In June I lost my 18 year old cat, Lula, who'd traveled with me to Central America and back. I was heartbroken and you all helped me through it with so much love and sharing your own pet stories. I also learned about the Rainbow Bridge, which though I don't really have any after life beliefs gave me a format to use to "talk to Lula" and has helped tremendously!
I was finally ready to adopt again and found my new little boy who I've named Dulce which means "sweet" in Spanish. I wasn't going to get a kitten because I didn't know if I have another full kitten life in me. I realized I was assuming I wouldn't live into my 80s, but thinking about it, understood I shouldn't make such assumptions when so many Type 1's live long and healthy lives!
So I thought since you were all so here for me in my loss, I'd share my new found happiness. While Dulce is never going to be a Diabetes cat, he keeps me from feeling totally alone! I tried to upload his picture directly into the text but it just loaded gibberish. So I attached a file instead. If someone can tell me how to upload an image I'll change it. Thanks!
Thanks everyone. I just got back from his first wellness exam (he had a tick!! Yuck!). And there was a man at the counter whose dog has diabetes, "type 1" he said - I didn't even know they talked about type with animals, but it would make sense they would!
Zoe-Congrats on your new family member. He is so beautiful and I am sure the 2 of you will have a long life together. I am certain that Lula is looking down on the both of you b/c another cat has found a wonderful home.
thank you catlover! One of the things that TuD members posted was the "pet's last will and testament" that said "to some lonely stray I am leaving you my food bowl, my toys, but most of all my mama's lap and her love". I really liked that idea.
Oh my. Sooo precious and I am so happy for you. All ten of our babies are now seniors. We lost 2 this fall. We debate taking in kittens now, when they might outlive us and how do we makw sure they will be cared for. You give me hope. We do have kitty-loving family and neighbors, after all!!!.....Thanks
Thanks, Judith. I'm sorry about your lost kitties, Judith; it's so hard to have them for their whole lives and then lose them. Yes, I really thought about whether I had "a whole cat life" left, but decided who can say and if I got a young adult cat, that's only a couple years difference. Adult cats come with their own problems too. I'm thinking of asking my niece if she'll take him if anything happens to me, but I know she would.
Dulce is very pretty! My dog Suri passed away this summer and I was really sad like you were when your cat died. I didn't think I wanted another pet ever, but it took me a few months and I felt the need for an animal friend. I decided to get a cat, which is new for me. Mine is black with green eyes and a little white patch on her chest. She is very petite. Her name is Zen. I find her very sweet. Congratulations on your new friend. Have fun!
The little white patch is called a locket. Because if she was wearing a necklace, that would be the locket! :-)
aaaw...he is so darn cute! Congratulations Zoe! Im sure you guys will have lots of precious time...
He is such a sweetheart. Love his fur coat too.
Thanks everyone. I'm sorry about your Suri, lots. Yes, it does seem like we know when we're ready. One day I realized I hadn't been without a cat for 36 years and that was about when it started being "time". Congrats on your Zen, nice name! How old is she? Dulce is around 4 months the vet says.