To My Favorite Kitty

Yesterday I found out that my oldest kitty Jasmine has a tumor on her left lung. At this point, I don’t know what’s going to happen, but as my mom called me in tears I had voted to put her down. Jasmine was turning 17 this year so she lived a very long and joyful life. It still makes me sad as I won’t be able to be home for another week and a half. So when I go home the basement will feel empty as if something will always be missing.

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The exact moment I was a crazy cat lady. 

Jasmine has been in my life since I was 5. My dad was a cat person, but my mom.. not so much. However, my dad thought a cat would fit our lifestyle a bit more since my dad and mom both worked and me and my brother were in school. We went to the humane society and fell in love with Jasmine and her sister. Though her sister was adopted before we could adopt her. My mom thought of Jasmine after Aladdin which was my brothers favorite Disney movie. The name stuck.

Jasmine was timid and would hide in the basement. She eventually warmed up to us, but it took a while. Late at night my dad would get home from work and go down to our basement where Jasmine would leap into his lap and fall asleep. It didn’t take long for Jasmine to become his cat. I remember both me and my brother brought Jasmine to our class for show and tell. I carried Jasmine on our old red deck and held her like a sac of potatoes as my family calls it. My dad yelled at me because Jasmine could have escaped. I used to carry string and dangle it in front of Jasmine and she would bite it and chase me around the house. Jasmine loves lounging on our porch and rolling around on our linoleum with cat nip.

After my dad passed, Jasmine was different. Her late at night buddy wasn’t around. After getting the Xbox though, I was downstairs every day at least. I would sit in the recliner and call Jasmine’s name and she would run from the office to hop into my lap. She wouldn’t face me because she was so focused on the TV. I joked that she was my gaming cat.

As unfortunate as this is, I’m glad that I grew up with cats. Cats aren’t the mean creatures that everyone says they are. They’re compassionate, lazy and loving animals that deserve attention. I will forever be a cat lady and that’s because of this amazing soul that came into my life and brought me so much happiness. I will miss you and love you forever Jasmine.

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11 thoughts on “To My Favorite Kitty

  1. Aww Mariah 😥 Call me if you need to talk. Loosing a pet is so hard, and it will feel different. But know that everything will be ok, and cherish these memories with Jasmine forever. She will be missed, but it’s the right thing to do. 17 years is a long life for a cat, and she had an amazing family. 🙂

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    • Thanks Beth! 🙂 Yeah I mean I haven’t called my mom yet today if she actually put her down or not. I’m assuming they did because I mean it’s on her lung you know? And the mean cat is still around so. you know. lol

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  2. I’m so sorry to hear this about your kitty. She looks just like my childhood cat, Bella. Sounds like Jasmine has lived an awesome love-filled life ❤

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  3. I’m so so sorry you’re going through this, Mariah. Cats are incredible friends and Jasmine sounds like such a sweet and loving girl. You’re in my thoughts during this difficult time! 💔

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  4. I’m so sorry to hear about Jasmine. My dog passed away last September. She was apart of our family for 12 years, and our cat passed away a year before her too. She was 23! I know exactly how you feel. Losing a pet is so difficult. Grieving is hard in the beginning but it eases with time and cherishing memories definitely helps. My thoughts are with you and your family. ❤

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      • I can totally relate. It’s hard adjusting to not being able to do the things that we’re used to with our pets. We fall into routines and having them apart of our families, and every day lives. Some days are harder than others. Some days I’m still taken by surprise that they’re not here. I learned to allow myself to grieve and to miss them just like anybody else who is close to me and passes away. It’ll get better. 🙂

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  5. Sorry to hear 😦 I had two cats growing up and then got my own Mocha when I got my own place. They’re all gone now. I miss having a cat so bad 😦 But my mom has two now that she rescued in the past few years so, I go cuddle with them when I need some cat love.

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