My sweet cat Hendrix died today. My daughter Abby and I were with him. It happened so fast.
We are still in a state of shock. He stopped eating yesterday after being sick, got IV’s from the vet last evening, and I brought him home after he was given the IV fluids and nausea meds. He was sick again this morning after having labored breathing and died. The vet thinks he may have had stomach or pancreatic cancer. All his blood work she drew came back fine last evening. So odd.
Our pets are such a huge part of our family, aren’t they?
Abby and I have sobbed, keep crying now periodically, and are talking affectionately about him.
Death of a pet or someone we love is such a thing to deal with. What helps me tremendously now is my belief our souls do not die, they transition over to the other side. As we knew his time was ending here on earth, Abby and I talked with him about all of the things he gave to us and how much he meant to us.
Abby picked Hendrix out 13 years ago right now, at the Humane Society. We had never had a cat. Abby did her research on cats.
He came to us at a time when we were so very sad. Our beloved dog died 8 months before, and Abby’s dad left two months before.
Abby convinced me she needed an animal and since I told her no to a dog, since they were like a baby and needed so much attention and care and I was in no shape to take care of a puppy at this time, I agreed to our sweet Hendrix.
He was easy to care for and to love. He just in the last year developed a hyperactive thyroid, and dropped from 12 lbs to just over 7.
I wanted to write about him and share a few things. As you can see from the picture, he had beautiful green eyes and the very longest of white whiskers. All four of his paws were white. In this photo, he’s doing one of mine and his favorite things, sitting out on our deck on a nice sunny day!
What I know for sure about life, is we have no guarantees how long any of us will be here. We need to be kind and treat everyone as precious.
I will hold on to all of my memories of Hendrix and be very grateful we had him for the 13 years.
Blessings to all of you,