A Very Sad Day

We had to have our beautiful cat Carmen put down today and she took a piece of my heart with her.

I didn’t intend to let a cat capture my heart and run my life…, but it happened. I called her my princess and she fit the part. She would wake me up every morning at 5:00 a.m. no matter if I wanted to get up or not. She would walk over my head until I had no choice but to get up… She demanded to be fed then she would get back up on the bed and go back to sleep.

When our daughter, Shantel, was 10 years old our family cat, Nikki, died. We were all heartbroken, but Shantel cried for days and days. Then, after a few months, she begged for another cat. We gave in and rescued a beautiful 4 month old short hair tabby cat from the Arizona Human Society, and named her Carmen.

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Right from the get-go Carmen took control of our home. She was feisty, funny, and sassy, and had no problem making her wishes known. She completely attached herself to me and acted as if I was her mother. Everywhere I went, Carmen was sure to follow, and make herself completely at home.

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If I was working on the computer, she thought that was her invitation to come and get a belly rub…

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Because she seemed to always be around me, I found myself starting to talk to her more and more, and she had me convinced that she understood what I was saying. Is this not the face of an intelligent and alert cat?

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She loved her fancy feather bird/fish, and would play with it anytime we were out of the house. I would find this little cat toy all over the house.

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When Shantel graduated college, and moved into her own apartment, she was not allowed to have a pet so we kept Carmen with us. Carmen would not have liked to leave her home, and I know she would not like being away from me.

When Bill and I made the decision to become full-time RVers, I thought it would be a good idea to get Carmen harnessed trained so she would be able to sit outside with us in the mornings and evenings. I bought the harness and placed it on the bed where she slept in the hopes she would warm up to the idea of trying the harness on soon. But she let me know straight away that she was NOT at all interested in doing any such thing…

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I finally had to wrestle her to the ground to get the harness on her much to her complete annoyance

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She took about three pissed off steps then fell to the ground and acted like she was paralyzed! OMG, she was a drama QUEEN! πŸ™‚

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This past week Carmen started refusing to eat. I tried everything to get her to eat. I tried different cat foods, baby food, pumpkin, tuna, cooked ground turkey, chicken stock etc. She would just look at the food and walk away. She was drinking very little water and stopped using her litter box. We took her to her Vet and he said it was just old age and her body was shutting down and there was really nothing more he could do for her. As hard as it was to let her go I agreed that I knew it was time to let her go. So with my arms wrapped around her I told her she was my princess, that I love her and thanked her for being my furry baby girl. I kissed her and told her good-bye as the Vet gave her the medications that ended her suffering and put her in a place of blissful peace…

Carmen, my life was enriched for thirteen years because you were in it.

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Rest in peace my beautiful, funny, Princess. You were loved and you are missed.

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Sep 28, 2016 @ 21:25:43

    So very sorry to hear about Carmen. Our pets become a member of the family and it’s like losing a piece of you when they pass. Know I’m thinking of you both…so much. Love you…

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    • beyondcinderella
      Sep 28, 2016 @ 22:39:16

      Yes, GG, you are so right. Our pets do become members of our family and it is like losing a piece of you when they pass. Thank you for your text and this comment. We love you too. XoXo

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  2. Ellen Kaufman
    Sep 28, 2016 @ 21:46:14

    Yes, I know it would be a very sad day for you, as I know how much our dogs mean to us. Just remember you and Bill made the right decision to let Carmen go now & keep her dignity and go to the everlasting blissful peaceful place that I know God has prepared for all our precious animals. She will always have a piece of you heart, love you and I will send prayers to St Francis of Assisi to take good care of her.πŸ’œπŸ’«βœοΈπŸ™πŸ»

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  3. Bill
    Sep 28, 2016 @ 21:55:37

    What a hard thing to do, Carmen will be missed , a very sad day.

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  4. Lucie Vezie
    Sep 28, 2016 @ 23:41:48

    I am sorry to hear about Carmen. It was obvious that she loved you and Bill. Love you both very much.

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  5. katsbynp
    Sep 29, 2016 @ 00:40:11

    I am so sorry to hear about Carmen. I know it is always difficult to lose a pet as they are so much a part of the family. You have so many good memories. I loved the story of the harness , she definitely had her own ideas. XOXO

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    • beyondcinderella
      Sep 29, 2016 @ 00:55:50

      Thank you Kathy. We do have a lot of good memories of Carmen, and will try to focus on that in the days to come, but her presence is so missed in our home tonight. It just takes time to process the loss of such a beloved, special, pet. Love and hugs to you and yours. XoXo

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  6. Karen Reno
    Sep 29, 2016 @ 18:04:25

    Hi Virginia – very sorry to hear about Carmen. You wrote such a nice tribute and she sounded like a very sweet cat with a great personality. Love you.

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    • beyondcinderella
      Sep 29, 2016 @ 22:18:40

      Thank You Karen. I so appreciate your note. Carmen was a great cat with a huge personality. She is so missed in our home. Love you too and can’t wait to see you sometime soon. We are still at San Tan. Not sure when we will get back to McDowell Mountain Regional Park, but we are happy to help out here until they get their returning hosts in and/or get new staff members in and trained.

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  7. Celina Kirnberger
    Oct 01, 2016 @ 13:50:53

    We are so sorry to hear about Princess Carmen! Hugs and kisses

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