My Sweet Cat, Tama

by Hisae Yamazaki
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Tama was my constant companion for the last 10 years. After my divorce and after my son went off to college, her presence at home was something I truly cherished.

She was a personable cat. When my friends came over, she always went to investigate them by sniffing their toes, and when she felt safe, she jumped up on their laps and immediately started purring. I used to snuggle and put my ear to her nose just so that I can hear her contented purr (she was on her back, and I am holding her front paws while sticking my ear in her nose!).

She loved shopping bags. She loved sleeping in my laundry basket. She woke me up in the morning by gently nibbling on my fingers or putting her cold nose in my face.

But for the last three months, she did not do any of those. She suffered from polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and from congestive heart failure. PKD was diagnosed a year ago when she stopped eating and starting hiding under my bed for three days. She recovered from the first crash with regular sub-Q fluid injection and daily supplements to help her kidneys function better. Her congestive heart failure was diagnosed about a week ago when I took her in to the vet. She died early morning of March 31 at the vet.

I miss her terribly. I miss her morning “wake-up” nibble. I miss hearing her purr. I miss holding her. I cry as I write this. I don’t know when I will be able to look at her photos without crying.

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Apr 09, 2015
In my prayers
by: Anonymous

I too lost my precious cat to kidney disease May 13th, 2014 after 20 years, 6 months and 13 days of being my baby girl. Even now I cry when I think of her being gone. I understand what you are going through and while there are no magic words, we go on. We are not the same, but we go on. Peace be with you while you grieve.

Apr 06, 2015
My Sweet Cat, Tama
by: Doreen UK

Hisae I am so sorry for your loss of Tama. It is so hard losing a beloved pet, especially when they have been such a comfort in times of trouble and loneliness and we value them and the loving ways they have of bringing comfort to us when we need it.
I have just been through loss with my sister having had to have her dog put to sleep 2 weeks ago and she going through the worst pain ever from her loss.
There are no easy ways to deal with our grief but ONE DAY AT A TIME. See Tama as a unique part of your life with rich memories that you can add to this chapter of your life. Keeping a journal of your life with Tama will help your grief.
In time if you are able. don't limit your life to never having a pet again. See an opportunity for you to give another pet a home, and to carry on this cycle of giving and receiving love to enhance each day you live. WE have to put good things in our life to make it better. God only knows all the pain and struggles we have to deal with. Putting some SUGAR in our lives is going to help us recover better from our grief and heal.

Apr 06, 2015
by: Nadine

Hisae, I'm really sorry for the loss of your cat, Tama. I have lost 3 cats, so I know the pain you must be going through. We still have 6 cats and I love them like they were my kids. Peewee, our tabby, wakes me up by pawing gently at my face. It is ok to cry. I did too when I lost Ashley, my Maine Coon. I cried for weeks. Allow yourself time to grieve. And hopefully one day you will find another cat to love. Sincerely, Nadine

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