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If Cats Ruled the World


When I moved into my condo more than 5 years ago, I decided to give up my cat, Lily. It was a wrenching decision. She’d been a happy, outdoor cat for all her 12 years of life, and I couldn’t give her that in my new apartment. I knew she’d be miserable indoors. So I left Lily in wonderful, loving hands and still visit regularly. She’s 18 now and not doing so well. This afternoon, we spent an hour together with her purring in my lap. It was a very emotional day. 

Illustration by Mrzyk & Moriceau


16 comments for “If Cats Ruled the World”

  1. Jules says:

    I love Lilly, such a truly dear soul. Sending you and her my love. XO

  2. Petra says:

    Sending lots of love to you and Lily. I just lost my 16-year old Bella and my heart is with you. So glad you had some quality time with Lily.

    • Petra says:

      I might add that Miss Bella loved going out in the backyard, where she was only allowed under supervision.

      • wendy says:

        Lily loved to roam the neighborhood. In fact, she’d sometimes walk around the block with me as I was walking Rose. I didn’t worry about her. She knew how to navigate outside.

    • wendy says:

      I’m not sure how long she has left, but it’s nice to hear her purr.

  3. Jess says:

    Sending warm thoughts to you and Lily. I’m glad you’re able to visit with her.

  4. Lauren says:

    Thinking of you and Lily, Wendy!

    Good for you for prioritizing her well-being and quality of life.

    • wendy says:

      It was such a brutal decision. I consulted with lots of pet owners beforehand. And it sounded like such a nightmare. I’ve never regretted the decision, even though she was my best sleeping buddy.

  5. Lola says:

    Sending warm thoughts to you and Lily. So nice that you got to spend the afternoon with her purring in your lap. I’m sure she knows how much she was loved.

  6. Claire says:

    A purring cat in your lap is such a lovely thing. As I type my 11 yr old fur baby is purring on my lap. Since she’s gotten older and we moved into an apartment and she can’t go outside (she’d always been an adventurous outdoor kitty like Lily)she has become much more affectionate. I feel bad for making her stay inside so I give her the extra attention. Thinking of you and your sweet girl.

  7. Gigi says:

    My heart goes out to you and sending you hugs.
    I had to put down my 19 year old English Setter Abby in July. It’s never easy may she go in peace and cross the Rainbow Bridge when it’s her time.

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