My heart is heavy as I said goodbye to my “Lucky” cat…

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Lucky…with his brother Baby’s catch (He knew Baby is the better hunter).


Lucky never wanted me to leave…


Lucky (r) and his brother Baby.


Lucky batting at the blinds…anything to make some noise & get your attention.


Lucky helping me getting ready in the am.

On Wednesday morning I said goodbye to my buddy, “Lucky.”

He passed away rather unexpectedly. I had taken him to the vet on Tuesday and his blood work looked really good for a 16-year old cat. The vet diagnosed him with Stage 1 kidney disease and we devised a treatment plan. He expected Lucky to live another year.

Lucky had it rather rough that night and come Wednesday morning, I knew the end was near. I wrapped him in a towel and drove to the vet with him on my lap.

He passed away on my lap in the vet’s parking lot. My last words to him were “I love you buddy.”

Lucky and his brother Baby came to me 16 years ago while I was living in Washington state. A friend in Oregon found an abandoned cat in the woods by her house. She took the cat home and realized it had been nursing.

She went back to the spot in the woods where she discovered the mama cat and found four kittens. I drove to Oregon and took home the biggest one (my Lucky) and the runt (my Baby).

I thought “Lucky” was a perfect name for my new buddy as my friend had the hindsight to go back into the woods and search for kittens. Turns out I was the lucky one.

We are all lucky to have four-legged friends cross our paths and share our lives. The live forever in our hearts and memories.

Goodbye my sweet buddy. Thanks for letting me be lucky enough to have shared a part of my life with you.


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36 responses to “My heart is heavy as I said goodbye to my “Lucky” cat…

  1. Very sorry for your loss. Our furry babies are like our kids.
    RIP Lucky <3

  2. I’m so sorry to hear this. When I was growing up we had a black and white cat also named Lucky. My Uncle Rick picked up Lucky—so named because he was the only one of the litter who survived being run over by a car (the wheels missed him) and gave him to my Dad. Lucky had a black stripe on his back in the shape of a horseshoe. Lucky also made it to 16.

    I love cats, but as I live in a room and work so many hours, I can’t really have one. It wouldn’t be fair to the cat. I hope our pets have afterlives; we shall have to wait and see.

    Don’t hesitate to get another cat. They’re more intelligent than people give them credit for.

    • We still have Baby and a couple months ago we adopted a stray cat who is a bit of a wild child.

      Thanks all for the sentiments. I was looking through pics of Lucky last night and writing this post & seeing your comments has made me feel a little better 🙂

  3. Sometimes you’ll feel as if he is there, why not? He gave you the best sixteen years of his life, You were both “Lucky”.

    • It’s true! Just last month, my son’s little Sheltie, Lucky, died (and five months to the day before that, I lost my beloved Frenchie, Pig). My husband, son, and I have all seen Lucky around the house, and I’ve seen and heard Pig. My sister told me she still sees her cat, Bella, around her house (and she never really even liked that cat!).

      What heartbreak it is, losing an animal one has loved and cared for for so long!

  4. So sorry you have lost your beloved friend and Cat Lucky at the age of 16. My 2-year-old boy cat Flash looks so much like Lucky. I tell Flash, “If you weren’t here, I’d be talking to myself”! Flash wears a collar because he goes out and I don’t want some idiot thinking he’s a stray and “adopting” him. He’s already taken!

    So glad you had so many good years with Lucky, hope it will console you that you gave him such a loving home.

  5. My cats are family too so I feel your loss. They give unconditional love no matter what. We lost 4 cats in a year leaving us with 1… A friend gave me a kitten a year ago which I named after his late Dad. As I type our older cat and the younger one are running thru the house playing. They are a joy in our lives and great entertainment. We love all cats but black cats have a certain charm. I have had many black cats thru my life and love their personalities. Lucky is in the land of endless catnip now waiting for you…. Dammit now I am crying…. Rough old Sumbitch Watertender like me has a soft spot….

  6. What sweet pictures of your cats. I’m so sorry Lucky had to leave before you were ready, but then, are we ever really ready to lose our human and animal family and friends?

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. Our pets are so much of our lives and losing them leaves a big hole.
    He was a beautiful cal, RIP Lucky.

  8. About six months ago, I had to make the terrible decision to have my best friend, Pig (a French bulldog), down. It was the worst decision I’ve ever had to make (so far). Then, five months later to the day, my son’s pup, Lucky (the best Sheltie ever…and they’re ALL good, so that’s saying something) had to be put down (I’ll spare the story, but the term “riddled with tumors” was said). What a sad time it’s been!

    I’m not usually so sentimental, but I’ve really mourned the loss of our two fur-babies. The house feels so empty when it’s just me at home…funny how we come to depend on our furry friends as much as they depend on us.

    Goodbye and God-speed, little Lucky-cat! ♥️

  9. Goodbye Lucky,
    travel well across the Rainbow Bridge….

  10. Choked, quiet tears in sympathy with your loss.

  11. I’m so very sorry. I’ve been there, it hurts. Last year we lost our beagle of fifteen years to kidney disease. A month later I awoke to find my lab dead on the stairs. He was sixteen. I think he died of old age and a broken heart. He missed his buddy.

    We now have two puppies and a rescue dog. I’ll never forget my Milo and Simon, but that’s how it is with animals and humans. We’re only here for a time and then we move on. We leave the living to remember us.

  12. Beautiful sentiment, and I’m sorry for your loss.
    Lucky lives on in your heart and memories.

  13. I am so sorry for your loss. I have a cat and I always say ” I love you buddy to him”.When you said those were your last words to Lucky, I lost it.

  14. Condolences DCG, hopefully you’ll see that kitty again at some point, when evil is put to an end.

  15. DCG, Very sorry to hear of the loss of one of your beloved kitties. They really are each so unique and so much a part of us that is is sooo difficult to say goodbye to them when they have to go. It seems nature goofed on this one; that cats only live about 16 years or so and dogs even less. If it was done right they would live to be at least a ripe old 40. I’ve spent way more money than I should have on medical interventions to keep my cats with me a while longer- everything from blood transfusions to giving them subcutaneous fluids under the skin each day at home. My husband is even worse- he has the hardest time drawing that line between keeping them here for a chance at a bit more time with them, and being able to let go and accept that there comes a time when they are just plain suffering too much. The only experience I ever had with Jesus was when he appeared in a dream to me to ask me if I was ready to let ” Bunny” go. Of all the times I wished I could have had advise or input from Jesus in my life and yet he appeared because of my cat. At any rate hat was what I needed to convince my husband it was time to do just let go. But it is never easy is it?

  16. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is truly one of the hardest things in life to lose a loved one, be it humans or animals. In this past year, I have lost three, with one being my loving wife of 45yrs. Each death hurts in so many different ways.

    RIP Lucky, your loved one will be with you in God’s timing…

  17. We are sorry for your loss. We too lost Laverne and Shirley several years ago. No matter what one says about animals, they are family from day one. God Bless.

  18. Big hug to you DCG.
    I lost my 15 yr old cat Morgan earlier this year. Half the time he slept at my feet or on my legs, the other times up by my pillow. Lucky was a lucky cat to have found you and enjoyed a life of being loved.

  19. “If having a soul means being able to feel love, loyalty, and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”

    My condolences. Lucky is waiting for you at the rainbow bridge.

  20. My condolences on your loss. Lucky truly was a lucky cat. The many cats I have owned have been the joy of my life. I lost my beloved Zeke three years ago when he was 21. Now I have had Crispin for three years and he has been so healthy I feel truly blessed. For years prior, I have deslt with so many pet health problems it left me exhausted, even though all of my animals always had the cleanest diets and the best naturopathic care that money could buy. This time I think it’s strong genes. Crispin’s parents were feral cats, and his litter was born in a stable. He is also the scrappiest cat I’ve had.

  21. Sorry to hear about Lucky – the consolation is that he died while in your lap, and hopefully he passed peacefully, and in the knowledge that he was well-loved by you. Our buddies never want us to leave; I wish I could’ve taken my dog just about everywhere whenever I went to work.

    This fall seems to be a terrible time for our families and their furry loved ones.

    My daughter’s boyfriend just cremated his dog last weekend after he woke to find it dead.

    And I lost my 4-legged “brother” a few days before Halloween; my parents lost their German Shepherd, Yogi, when he was hit by a truck while my dad was walking him – he flew over 100 feet when hit – he did hold on long enough to take his last breath with my parents holding him. It’s one thing to lose a pet when you can see it slowly declining in health over weeks or months, it has to be far worse when he’s suddenly yanked out of your life. I couldn’t even talk to or see my dad for 1 1/2 weeks he was so despondent. He even said a few years back, he doesn’t expect to outlive Yogi for too long. He’s going to die of a broken heart.

  22. Thank you all for your kind words and sharing your stories.I truly appreciate it.

  23. Oh My DCG, I’m mourning with you tonight. Blessed prayers to you in your grief & I hope you come to regard the “good times” w/Lucky in JOY & mostly ….remember with laughter and love and humor the “antics” of raising Lucky 🙂

    I, too, lost our first family cat to kidney failure( she was age 18 & acquired her b/c I ran out the door on a rainy day to do short chore…& let the door cracked …& when I came back moments later, there she was, maybe 3-mo-old kitten, lounging on my couch. She came out of “nowhere” to choose us, & we were so wise to be on the “receiving end” of this/allow it). Too, she died in my arms while in the parking lot of the vets…’s as though they “know” and want to pass while in your arms and not in a clinical setting. I still find comfort in that last connection between me and my Calico “Panda” cat. She “chose” to stay forever in my arms. She, too, had been diagnosed only a few days before. But, our youngest child, then aged 12, the child she “raised,” had been away on a school 4-day trip. She lived exactly long enough to see him home….passing the next day when we were all together in the car at the vet’s parking lot.

    Additionally, I want to give thanks once again publicly for the gift of my stray cat, Feival, whom we adopted b/c our Shih-Tzu dog mix brought him home from a ferral kitten nest before his eyes were open. “Me-Too”, the Shih-Tzu mix had wanted so deperately to raise a baby. So, she found one and brought him home. She built a nest and cuddled him. We had to wrestle this tiny new-born kitten from her, gently in order to sustain him. We raised him and he lived with us 23 years….I will repeat…..TWENTY-THREE years. I had gotten to the point where, after about 16 years….and he was still so healthy and lithe and active, I began to think he was almost immortal……He was very healthy up to his last year. He did not ail..he just stopped going outside in the AM for his “usual” tour of the property before coming back in. He stopped climbing the stairs…..and lastly, he only wanted to sit in my or my husband’s lap all day. He died peacefully at home in my husband’s arms.

  24. ❤️❤️❤️

  25. I’m so sad and sorry to hear this, DCG. Heartfelt sympathy. My sweet Miri passed on this July. I recently adopted Violetta and her funny ways have brought new joy into my home. Every cat is special and your Lucky certainly had a special “mama.” Take comfort in knowing that you gave Lucky a wonderful life in a loving home. It’s all they ask; it’s all we can offer. Love ~C.

  26. DCG my heart breaks with you. It is never easy to say goodbye to our fur babies. Thank you for the beautiful pictures and story of his time with you. Your words & pictures speak volumes of the love you shared.
    He was a beautiful boy.
    Lucky left his loving pawprints on your heart where they will remain forever.
    My deepest sympathies as I have been there too. I lost my beloved Mist’ear in 2015 a month shy of 17 yrs old. I was blessed he passed with me and not in the vets office. The sadness was overwhelming, our memories keep them close and never forgotten.
    RIP and gentle journey sweet Lucky.

  27. DCG I made a donation in Lucky’s name to a cat shelter that my brother in law volunteers at. They named a black kitten Lucky in his honor. Again we are sorry for your loss…

    • Thank you so much. That brings tears and a smile to my face.

      Hope the next “Lucky” is just as happy.

      • We have cried over the loss of our cats when we lost them. They are family and a lot better than some of the 2 legged members any of us are related to. Glad to remember your Lucky and I believe the kitten named in his honor will have a great family to love him.

  28. Sorry to learn of your loss, DCG.

    Losing a beloved pet is like losing a member of the family.

  29. My heart goes out to you DCG in the loss of this wonderful family member. I think our animals were designed by a loving Heavenly Father to bless us beyond measure with their presence. I look forward on the other side to be reunited with my two dogs, and three cats.

    The cat I have now, named Baby, looks exactly like your Lucky, except that she is blind in her left eye. She had some real health issues last week, since I was not satisfied with the help that she was getting with her long time vet–I changed to someone else. He put her on an oral antibiotic that I can administer at home, and you would not believe the turn around in her. She had started hiding under the living room couch, and I frankly thought that she was acting like her death was imminent. I am so grateful that I will be able to have her for a while longer.

  30. Stephen T. McCarthy

    I feel for you, DCG, as I have had several dogs in my life and I know how deep the attachments become and the pain we experience when they are gone.

    I’m sure you gave Lucky a great life, one he wouldn’t have had without you.

    There was a time when I didn’t believe we’d see / know our pets in the afterlife. But as time went on, my opinion about that was altered by The Holy Spirit, I believe. So, in my opinion (which I take no credit for), you and Lucky will be reunited sometime in the Spiritual realm.

    ~ D-FensDogG @ STMcC Presents ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’

  31. Deplorable Patriot

    I’m sorry this has happened. It can be very hard to deal with. It was for me. I lost my dog in the parking lot as I was leaving the vet. Girlfriend was inside paying the bill for our visit. Dog died right in my arms. People will think I’m crazy but I literally saw something appear and fly away with him. His body left behind. The dog and I were very close. That was 3 years ago and I’m still pissed off at the vet. I’ll end that right there. We have another dog now and about 2 weeks ago she started to cough. She coughed so much that she went out. This has happened 2 times before. This time I had to give her mouth to mouth to get her breathing again. A trip to the pet emergency for blood work/ x -ray. The didn’t really find anything wrong with her. A little congestion so we left with some antibiotics. I’m in California so we bought an air purifier because of all of the smoke. Just took her in today for another x-ray/check up and everything appears to be fine. But she still coughs. Sorry, got side tracked.
    We consider our dogs as members of the family, not pets. It is incredibly difficult to deal with such a loss. I wish I had some inspiring words to give you but I do not. I wish I could give you an easier, softer way to get through it, but I do not know of any.. All I can say I truly feel for you and your cat. This is one of those things in life that really suck. Respectfully Deplorable Patriot


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