Meow Monday – we pay tribute to the life of Fluffy. Fluffy adopted us 10 years ago and stole our hearts right away. She lived a life full of love!
Last week, Fluffy crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. She has been in poor health for a few years, and last Tuesday night she started having trouble walking and went down hill fast. We set her free on Wednesday. We knew this day was coming, but our hearts are still shattered.
Fluffy actually adopted us. She was a stray.
Fluffy started showing up in our back yard in 2008. She would sit in the yard and watch the birds at the bird feeder and then sit in the catnip we had planted outside. When it got dark, she would leave. We just assumed she was going home.
Fast forward several months, she was sitting outside our front door looking inside. She was really skinny, and I realized that she didn’t have a home. My heart broke. I got a bowl of food and put it out for her. Chicken Legs was out of town at the time. I called him and told him that Fluffy didn’t have a home. He said to give her some food. I told him that I already did. We are suckers. If you know anything about cats, you know that we adopted her right then.
Fluffy stayed outside for a few years. We had an old cat, Marmalade, and she couldn’t take another cat inside the house. Jack was already too much for her.
Fluffy had a great setup in the garage. A bed and a heater for the cold weather. We would shut the door at night and let her out in the mornings. She loved to hang out in the garage and watch the neighborhood happenings.
After Marmalade passed away, we took Fluffy to the vet to get checked out. She got a clean bill of health (not even any fleas), and we brought her inside.
She was mad at me for a little while for taking her to the vet, but she eventually got over it and made herself at home.
Fluffy loved drinking water. She would just sit next to her water bowl and enjoy herself for hours. She loved drinking water out of the shower. Every time we walked in the bathroom, we had to turn on the shower for her so she could drink water off the floor.
Fluffy was a soft spoken cat – EXCEPT when she screamed at the top of her little lungs at 4AM. Almost every single night. It was annoying, but it was Fluffy. We learned to deal with it.
Fluffy got SUPER skinny over the past few years despite the fact that she ate ALL the time.
OMG! Every time I turned around she wanted food. She loved rotisserie chicken, fresh cooked ground beef and stinky canned food.
Fluffy loved being outside. She used to try and get out whenever we opened the door. As she got older, she quit trying to escape. LOL! The screened in porch was one of her favorite places to nap. She also LOVED going on car rides. SO crazy, but she just loved getting out in the car.
We were SO lucky that Fluffy chose us to be her cat parents.
We couldn’t have asked for a sweeter more loving cat.
I am going to miss her coming in my office every morning for pets, prancing around the house, asking me to turn on the shower and asking me for food all day long. I’m pretty sure I’m still going to wake up at 4AM because she trained me over the past 10 years to get up at that time. LOL!
We are missing Fluffy terribly.
We are taking comfort in knowing that we gave her a loving and safe home.
We always said she went from the outhouse to the penthouse.
We know that she lived her best life!
She will be in our hearts forever.
I love this "love story". I remember I couldn't read it at the time Fluffy crossed the bridge because, well, just because. She really blessed your life, such lovely memories.
Beautiful cat, I enjoyed the Meow Mondays with her in them. Thanks for sharing her story with the followers of your email blog. sorry for your loss, remember all the funny moments, good times
I’m so sorry for your loss. Please take comfort in your memories and in knowing that you will see her again. She was my favorite of your babies— her face had so much personality!
So sorry for the loss of your beloved Fluffy.
I am so sorry for your beautiful Fluffy! I had to put my 19 year old cat Teddy down about 3 weeks ago. He was the same way, lost some weight but he ate all the time and drank alot of water. He was diagnosed with kidney failure nearly a year ago and I took him in weekly to the vet for fluids. He lived a long time after the diagnosis. I understand how you feel about Fluffy. I miss Teddy so much.
I'm so sorry to read this. I so look forward to seeing pics of the babies on Meow Monday's. My girls are my heart and I lost my hear and soul almost two years ago. We all know that Fluffy had a wonderful life with you and she was so lucky to have you as you were to have her.
I'm so sorry. Yu are very special pet parents.
Oh so sorry to hear the news that Fluffy passed over the Rainbow bridge. She was a beautiful cat and I've loved seeing her pictures along with the other cats on Mondays. I am so thankful there are wonderful people like you in this world willing to take in cats like Fluffy and give them good and happy lives. This was a wonderful tribute to her and I know you will miss her terribly. May her sweet memories comfort you and may she forever be in your hearts. She will indeed be missed.
TEARS AS I READ YOUR STORY>>
So sorry for your loss!! I'll miss seeing her picture every Monday!
We are so sorry to hear about Miss Fluffy. I have always heard that animals adopt us. We have a tortoise shell kitty just like your Fluffy, who came into our lives from out of nowhere. We named her Spirit and she has been the light that we needed at a difficult time in our lives. Fluffy chose the perfect pet parents and had a good life. Rest in peace Miss Fluffy.
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Tears in my eyes. Deepest condolences.
Fluffy is one of a kind with her unique marking and personalities with you and your family.
It is a good feeling for Fluffy knowing that she was loved.
My heart breaks for you and your family. I told you once before how much she looked like my Fancy and Jack like my Rowdy. I know they have welcomed her with playful hearts and loving kindness because they have both crossed over as well. I miss them so much and I still looking for the right ones to adopt me!
I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious Fluffy! Such a sweet beautiful face! She reminds me so much of my long-haired Torti, Sarabi. It's easy to see how much you love your fur-babies. I wish you healing for your heart and many wonderful memories!
My heart is breaking for you. I know how hard it is to lose a fur baby, and Fluffy was so lucky to have you guys for cat parents. I truly believe that we will see our pets again some day, and I hope that Jack, Squeaky, and Nacho Man Kitty Savage give you comfort during this time.
So so sorry for the loss of this beautiful girl. Your photos are so lovely. Only thing wrong with having pets is that we outlast them! Love to Jack and Squeak and new guy, but especially Jack…
My heart aches for you. I know the hurt of losing your fur baby- they adopt you and then they leave and and the hole in your heart never seems to heal. My daughter just rescued a tortoise shell who is a double for your Fluffy. We couldn’t believe she’s has my daughters birthday- I know it wasn’t our first fur baby, Aimee, sending her to my daughter. They are amazing creatures. Reading this story made me realize how lucky we are when they choose us
Thank you for sharing Fluffy with me. I'm gonna miss her too.
(Tears roll down my cheek.)
Had a maincoon cat that walked in and let me live with her for 20 years. She took my heart when she passed. Then I adopted 2 more cats from humane society. It's been a wild ride being trained by my cats. I'm a jumping board at 3am and I love it. Love your story.
I'm so sorry for your loss. Fluffy was lucky to have you both.
I am so sorry for your loss I also found a cat and orange tabby years ago he has since passed to Rainbow Bridge years ago I found him in a garbage dumpster he went from being what I used to call him a little hobo to being and living like a king he gave me six beautiful years I feel your pain
My condolences on your loss…She was a beauty and sounds like she had a great quirky personality! I will miss seeing her picture every Monday. She was one lucky cat to have you as her owner!
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in knowing you gave her a great life. She was so beautiful! Thank you for sharing her (and all your sweet beasties) with us.
I'm so sorry for your loss. They bring us so much joy in life. And we miss them so much when we lose them.
I am so very sorry for your loss. It is so hard to say goodbye to our feline friends. But it's hopefully just for a while and we will be reunited one day. Fluffy sounds like a such a blessing to you and your husband as you were to her. God's speed, Fluffy!
So sorry to hear about Fluffy's passing. She had a wonderful life with you, your husband, and her kitty siblings. Thanks for sharing.
Tears in my eyes as I read this. Fluffy was beautiful, and she had a great kitty life with you. She will live on in your hearts, I’m sure. What a sweet recounting of her life. I will miss her on Monday mornings. Thank you for sharing ????
Oh Steph I'm so sorry, you two gave her such a wonderful life. It's so hard giving up our fur babies. I will miss her on Meow Mondays.
I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Fluffy. What beautiful eyes she had. She reminds me of our Frito, who adopted us by living on our front porch for a year or so. Then she got injured and let me pick her up and take her inside, and she never went outside again! She wasn't so fond of our other kitties, but she followed me from room to room, wherever I went. She even sat on a kitchen stool watching while I cleaned the kitchen. Thanks for reminding me how much I loved her. Perhaps Fluffy and Frito are frolicking together now.
I'm so sorry for your loss. Fluffy was a beautiful cat. She looked like our cat Ito Ito who lived a royal life. She lived in Hawaii for 12 yrs before she flew to Idaho. She had a long and loved life just like Fluffy. I still miss her as you will Fluffy. They remain in our hearts forever. Thank you for sharing her life.
So sorry for your loss, I have enjoyed seeing her each Monday morning and will miss her. Strange how one can grow attached to, and shed a tear for, a kitty only known online. Sending you healing and light.
Steph, I am so sorry to hear about Fluffy. You can find comfort in knowing you spoiled Fluffy and gave her a wonderful home. Fluffy will always be in your heart.
I was so saddened to read your sad news. Fluffy was one in a million. I will miss her too. I read your blog post this morning and cried with you.It was a beautiful tribute. One of the best I've ever read.I held my Molly in my arms and cried for your loss. And I made Molly promise to stay well and live forever.She just purred and licked my tears.Thinking of you and Chicken Legs.
Much love from Florida, Becca
I love your cats…all the photos makes me feel like I get photo pet each one of them! I’m going to miss Mr. Fluffy each week. I bet he gave out a big squlll at 4:00 am his first morning in cat heaven! Haha ❤️
I sure enjoyed seeing Fluffy every Monday and will miss her. So sorry for your loss.
Fluffy had a life well lived and well loved. Sincere condolences for your loss. It is hard to walk this path (been there too) but you gave her a good life and she gave back to you many loving memories.
Sorry for your loss. Pets are family forever.
So sorry you lost your baby! She couldn't have found a better family to adopt. Her years with you were certainly filled with so much love.
I am so sorry to hear about you two losing your beloved fur baby.
She was lucky the day she adopted you.
Beautiful eyes that will be missed.
So sorry for your loss. She was very lucky to have chosen you as her family.
Oh so sad. When you lose a kitty you lose your heart. He is in kitty heaven drinking in everybody's water bowl.????
I’m sorry for your loss. Such good memthat I’m sure will come to mind for years.