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Fabulous Felines: the very sad day


One of the last photos I took of Frankie the evening I arrived home from a trip November 5, 2021.

It is with a very heavy heart I have to announce the passing of my dear little Frankie.

He fell out of bed in the wee hours of Friday morning, December 10. He couldn’t get up off the floor. He had been somewhat poorly but nothing serious. I had an appointment scheduled at the vet for Monday but I realized he wouldn’t make it.

When the vet showed me the report of his tests, everything was in red. She said his heart was strong but nothing else was working. She said this is pretty typical of an older cat. Older cat? He was only eight. She explained to me that he was fifteen years old if he was a day. She said the shelters are dealing with hundreds of cats coming in and they don’t have the time or resources to make a thorough analysis of their ages. They go by size and weight… and Frankie was a small cat so they guessed he was six months to a year old.

Wow! Looking back that explains a LOT of things that I won’t go into here. He plumped out from the skinny cat he was in the beginning but he never really grew from end to end.

I didn’t know when I first adopted him that he was taken to the shelter at death’s door. He was suffering from severe malnutrition. It took them a month to nurse him back to health and get him into adoptable shape. So his fate was probably already set.

And along came me! I went back to the shelter three times before making the final decision to adopt him… and I still wasn’t sure. I called him Ratface! The lady assured me I could bring him back if he didn’t work out within 30 days… as if…

I do not regret adopting him. He had a really good life from the minute he set foot in our house. Freddie welcomed him warmly.

He had the softest, silkiest fur of any cat I ever met.

As the years went by he was a devil and an angel… but always entertaining… and he will be greatly missed. Freddie is an only cat now and that’s how it will stay. I’ve had cats almost all my life. When Freddie has gone (hopefully not for a good many years as I know he certainly IS eight years old!)… no more pets for me. I’m done.

Have fun over the Rainbow Bridge Frankie, you little rascal!

Appreciating the shoe box, July 2021.

Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

29 thoughts on “Fabulous Felines: the very sad day

  1. I’m so sorry to learn of the loss of your Frankie, RMW. I know how hard it is to lose a kitty. May you take comfort in good memories.


    • Thank you Leah. I have lots of good memories of Frankie… he was a handful and a clown! Now Freddie can get all the attention he craves!

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      • Have to retype this… Freddie just wiped out my comment! I tried to leave a comment on your post Cattywampus, While Cats Look On; Season in Review but maybe comments are closed. Will your book be available on Kindle at some point? I’d like to support your work but I no longer allow printed books in the house… I have too many and I’m donating books to the local library. If not, I suppose I could buy the print version and give that away but then I wouldn’t have a copy. Thanks!

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    • RMW, I am so sorry I missed your comment below about my book before. In October of 2021 I had a serious health set-back and was in and out of hospitals and then on home TPN for over a year. I’m still not back where I was. I’ve only had the phone to work with, my computer is not set up yet. So the comments sections expired on my blog on everything but the About section. I am planning on an electronic version of the book, it’s just going to take about another month or two, if you still want one. I need the computer back on to do that, and to start posting again on my blog, as I’m not good at working from the phone. I need the computer to change the comments limits on my blog. Hope everything is going well for you, Cheers and Meows, Leah.

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  2. Frankie will always be with you in spirit. I still talk to Ayden and other cats we have lost over the years.


  3. I’m so sorry. He will be missed!


  4. Sad to lose a pet but I also enjoy my petfree retirement at the moment. I do miss the contact and relationship but not the responsibility and restriction on my movement.


    • I totally agree… I had three cats and when one passed away, although sad, I was relieved. Now Frankie has gone I’m already feeling some weight off my shoulders… although he was very sweet he also had some very strange habits and needed a lot of attention. One cat is so much easier!

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      • Agree, have always had one cat, one dog until I retired! But travelling between countries makes it difficult. Sorry for late reply my wordpress notifications seem to have gone to sleep! Happy 2022 to you.

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  5. No one would really “like” such sad news, but the photos are charming. And the memories are certanly to be cherished. Frankie was very lucky to have you in his life. Best wishes for a long run with the smaller, simply family life.


  6. That should be “simpler’–sorry.


  7. I’m so sorry to hear this, Roslyn. RIP Frankie. xo


  8. I am sad to hear of Frankie going well before his time. I know you gave him a good life and will miss him. It is always sad near the holidays as well.


  9. My condolences on your loss. Wishing you a new year full of love and care with your smaller family.


  10. So sad to lose a beloved pet, Roslyn. I’m sure you made lots of great memories together. 🌼


  11. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I know you made sure he had a lovely life but that doesn’t make the loss any easier. I can’t imagine being catless even though I sometimes look at mine and dread the inevitable pain that will come one day. But we must remember all the good things.


    • Thank you. I hope my catless days are far in the future. I have to admit it’s so much easier now I only have one cat–he is my good boy! I have fond memories of all my cats over the years.


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