Rest in Peace dear Mao, beloved pet

My heart is heavy with the loss today (30 September 2015) of Mao, age 13, one of the sweetest cats I’ve ever known. He was a rescue cat, a rambunctious and playful boy as a youngster who also had a mellow side that took over as he entered his senior years.

Mao has not been well for a few weeks, but he was improving slowly after a trip to the vet. He took a turn for the worse two days ago, and I was mentally prepared (as much as one can be) when I returned to the vet with him today. Mao had stopped eating or even responding to his name, even though he still appreciated being petted in all his favorite spots. The vet was very kind but also direct, telling me about Mao’s multiple conditions that mitigated against recovery. Thanks to caring staff at the veterinary hospital, I was allowed all the time I needed with Mao before he was sent to the Rainbow Bridge. Deciding to let a beloved pet go is never easy, but I know I made the right decision for Mao. I will miss him, and I am sure my other two cats (also rescues) will miss him too.


Mao (July 2002 – 30 September 2015)

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