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I’m Going to Miss Him – Coal the Cat Passed Away

You may not be familiar with Coal the Cat, but I’m going to miss him.  If you want to read the previous posts up to this point, they’re here, here, and here.

Coal showed up at our front door around midnight on 10 December 2008.  I heard meowing when I went to get a drink and saw him outside through the window.  It was seriously cold out and it took only a bit of coaxing to get him to come inside.  Cindy and her niece Stevie had seen him earlier that night while doing the nightly walk around the storage facility she managed and we lived at but figured he’d go back to his home.  He didn’t have any tags and after getting a better look at him it seems he was out on his own for a while after likely being abandoned due to a home foreclosure.

I woke Cindy up after he came inside and everything seemed pretty good when he crawled into bed with Stevie.  We eventually gave him to Stevie as a Christmas present :)  The pics below are from the day after he showed up on our front porch.  I took him down to the vet to have him scanned for a chip and while they found one, it was from the other end of the valley and from several years before.  The number in the registration information had been disconnected so we decided it was finders keepers and added a furry member to the family.  I’d thought of keeping him, but there were a few things that kept that from happening.  Still, he found a good home and I was happy with that 8)

Coal the cat - First day in our home

Coal the cat - First day in our home

Coal the cat - He sure was skinny!

Coal the cat - He sure was skinny!

Coal the Cat - Even when he was skinny and hungry he was curious :)a

Coal the Cat - Even when he was skinny and hungry he was curious :)a

Coal the Cat - He wasn't sure about much at first...

Coal the Cat - He wasn't sure about much at first...

Coal the Cat - He didn't want to stand still for pictures, either :wink:

Coal the Cat - He didn't want to stand still for pictures, either :wink:

Coal the Cat - Look at those big, yellow eyes 8)

Coal the Cat - Look at those big, yellow eyes 8)

He was curious, but skittish which was understandable considering his circumstances.  He didn’t like to be picked up much, but he’d come and want to be petted and loved after he figured out that we weren’t going to leave him like someone else had.  Eventually he moved down to Arizona with Cindy’s sister and her family and then back up to Vegas a while later.

Coal the Cat - I last saw him on Thanksgiving Day in 2009

Coal the Cat - I last saw him on Thanksgiving Day in 2009

The last time I saw Coal was on Thanksgiving Day last year when I went to Cindy’s sister’s place for dinner.  He was the same cat I remembered and he seemed to remember me as well :)

I got word today that he had to be put down earlier in the morning.  He’d been losing weight and not doing too well for a while so Cindy’s sister and her family took him to the vet where he was diagnosed with cancer.  From what I understand, there was nothing they could really do for him and he’d only get sicker and hurt more over time so they did what was best for him and let him go.

Coal had been abandoned at one point and we didn’t have him for all that long, but I’m glad we had him while it lasted :)  He was a good cat and we gave him a good home for the year and a half we could.  He spent the last part of his life with a loving family and a couple of other cats he could play with while being spoiled with treats like tuna, cottage cheese, and plenty of toys.

I’m going to miss him.

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5 comments to I’m Going to Miss Him – Coal the Cat Passed Away

  • Kath

    Hate it when pets get sick, bec. it makes you feel so helpless. Have to do the best you can and then listen to the vet, bec. you don’t want them to suffer.

    But, geez, you do miss them ever so much when they’re gone.

  • kc

    So sorry for your loss, Jeff.

    We’ve had 3 die from no discernable cause in the last 2-3 years, along with 2 who disappeared. I thought My Queen had joined them a few weeks back, but she showed up starved and dehydrated 6 days later…stuck in a neighbor’s shed is my guess. I thought I was going to get to bury her with the others, but after some water, a lot of rest, some tuna, and a half bottle of pedialyte, she came out of it & three days later you couldn’t tell she’d been gone. A bit weaker, a lot skinnier, but just as obnoxious as ever. I think her eyesight is failing. Her tummy is ever so sensitive & she upchucks whatever’s in there every few days, sometimes water, sometimes food. The Bitch Is Back.

    She’s been with me since June of 2002. She was 2 or 3 then. Hawai’i, Jax, Maryland, and Jax again. She’ll join the others in due course, but neither one of us is in a hurry, I’d say.

  • Six

    Condolences Jeff. It’s always hard to lose a beloved friend. I hope you and the family take some comfort knowing you gave him a good home for his last years. That was very well done.

  • Very sorry to read that Jeff. That’s one of the hardest trips to make & I feel for you & his adoptive family.

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