You must tell him he is a good cat

“He will need to be fed once a day. He prefers feline supplement number 25.”

“I understand.”

“And he will require water. And you must provide him with a sandbox. And you must talk to him. Tell him he is a pretty cat. And a good cat.”

“I will feed him.”

“Perhaps that will be enough.”

- Data and Worf, as Data asks Worf to take care of Spot (Star Trek, the Next Generation)

Saturday, we took Ming to the vet for his final visit. Here we are, sitting in the sun. Ever since that episode ran, I made a point of telling my cats that they were pretty cats. And good cats. I told that to Ming as I petted him.


This is the cairn we built over his grave. There is a blue jay feather, piercing a hibiscus leaf, and some flowers. I put a spool of thread in with him, because he had to have three separate surgeries over the years to remove the wads of thread he’d managed to eat. Where he is now, he can eat all the thread he wants. Ming also has a little bat about toy with feathers. The Egyptians got it right about cats.


And because I swore I would do this this year, and because even in sadness there is always brightness, here is the afghan I’ve been working on. Not bad for only two weeks of knitting.


Who knows, maybe I’ll even get my Project Runway recap up before the second episode.

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(7) Comments
#1. Posted by caroline on January 20, 2010

Oh, dear. I am so, so sorry. My heart goes out to you both.

#2. Posted by Elise on January 21, 2010

I’m so sorry you had to let him go. I know how hard that is. But he’s in a beautiful place now, young and strong and without any pain, chasing fat, slow birds and napping in the sun.

#3. Posted by RJ Flamingo on January 21, 2010

Ming is a good cat. And a pretty cat. And we will miss him, too. I know MJ will miss the way Ming always used to crawl into his lap and jam his little face into his armpit.  Hope there are lots of pheromones in kitty heaven. XXXOOOXXX

#4. Posted by Cyndie on January 21, 2010

The hardest day in a person’s life can be the day you say goodbye to a fur-person who has been in your life for years.  I said bye to my Coon Cat Natty last April…Anyway, it’s still so hard. My thoughts are with you, woman.

#5. Posted by Dorothy on January 21, 2010

My condolences.  I’ve been through it and I feel your pain.

#6. Posted by The may queen on January 22, 2010

I am so sorry, Lynne.

#7. Posted by Sharon H on January 23, 2010

I am so sorry.  Our deepest sympathy.
I can see he was soooo loved, and I know you will see him again, be sure of that.

We lost our Isis this year too, suddenly in Oct.  We are still trying to recover.  I completely understand & send hugs.

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