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Kjetil

Our big brown boy got weaker overnight, and there was nothing more the vet could do.  We went this morning to say goodbye to him and held him while the vet let him go.  It was very quick. He was very very tired. He still managed to ask for cuddles and pur a little, but he was a shadow of himself. He was such an active energetic cat, who would walk for miles with me and the dogs and more or less feed himself on rats and rabbits in the summer. I feel he stayed with us because he liked us, not because we fed him.

This is how I shall always remember him.

I won't forget the day we met some deer, and I managed to call the dogs back, but not the cat! I don't know what he thought he was going to do if he caught them. He was very like a little dog in some ways, so it's sort of appropriate that he was once in Dogs Today magazine, with Mollydog.

Here he is with his big brother Henning:


I hope Henning is going to cope all right without him. Kjetil was always the happy confident brother, and Henning was always the troubled grumpy one.

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parrot_knight
15th Dec, 2012 15:05 (UTC)
This is not the news I was hoping to read, and still less the news you were hoping to type. A cat who thought he could bring down a deer was a character indeed.
bunn
16th Dec, 2012 17:57 (UTC)
Thanks. We are both missing him very much.
ladyofastolat
15th Dec, 2012 15:10 (UTC)
Oh no! Poor Kjetil. He even went voyaging into outer space with us one year, IIRC, on the grounds that he was so cute that no enemy could resist him. I hope Henning copes okay.
bunn
16th Dec, 2012 17:59 (UTC)
Oh he did, of course! Not a very useful member of the party, but a very fearless and cheerful one.

We are both missing him very much. I'm honestly not sure about Henning. I think he was looking for him yesterday, but I'm not sure.
sistermine
15th Dec, 2012 15:25 (UTC)
That's very moving. He looks amazing in that photo, and I love the idea of him following you and hunting. Couldn't be more different from my cat.

Sorry to hear about his death, and glad it was peaceful and that you were there.
bunn
16th Dec, 2012 18:00 (UTC)
Thank you. He was definitely at an extreme end of the cat spectrum as a hunter and explorer, but also very cuddly!
lil_shepherd
15th Dec, 2012 15:35 (UTC)
So sorry to hear this. It is always hard to lose an animal, and you have had more than your fair share of this this year. He was a beautiful boy.
bunn
16th Dec, 2012 18:01 (UTC)
You can say that again... I am just hoping Az won't be another one. Fingers crossed.
ideserveyou
15th Dec, 2012 15:54 (UTC)
I'm so sorry - it's always so hard to let a furry friend go. But it's good that you were able to be there to say goodbye. What a lovely tribute and beautiful pictures, you obviously have such a lot of happy memories. I hope you all adjust very soon to the new order of things.
bunn
16th Dec, 2012 18:02 (UTC)
Thank you. The adjusting is hard : no matter how many you lose, I don't think it gets easier. :-(
endlessrarities
15th Dec, 2012 16:27 (UTC)
Oh, I'm sorry. He was really gorgeous - you were most fortunate to have known him, and he was most fortunate to have had you. Having sent four cats and a horse on into the afterlife, it's strange how you just know when they're tired of life and want to shuffle off to the afterworld...

I shall raise a glass in his honour tonight...
bunn
16th Dec, 2012 18:02 (UTC)
Thanks. I am toasting him myself tonight - yesterday was a bit too soon.
alitheapipkin
15th Dec, 2012 16:38 (UTC)
So sorry to hear of your loss, you are having a rough winter, pets wise :(
bunn
16th Dec, 2012 18:06 (UTC)
I suppose since we have quite a lot of animals of similar ages, it was bound to happen, but it doesn't make it easier :-(
kargicq
15th Dec, 2012 17:14 (UTC)
Very sorry to hear this... -N.
bunn
16th Dec, 2012 18:06 (UTC)
Thanks.
puddleshark
15th Dec, 2012 17:39 (UTC)
I'm so sorry. What a beautiful bold boy.
bunn
16th Dec, 2012 18:07 (UTC)
Thanks. He was a very handsome cat and we miss him so much.
gramarye1971
15th Dec, 2012 18:02 (UTC)
Oh, I'm so sorry -- he looks like such a sweet boy, and it sounds like he really had a wonderful life.
bunn
16th Dec, 2012 18:07 (UTC)
Thank you.
wellinghall
15th Dec, 2012 18:19 (UTC)
*hugs you*

*strokes the shade of Kjetil*
bunn
16th Dec, 2012 18:09 (UTC)
Thank you.
huinare
15th Dec, 2012 18:24 (UTC)
What a lovely, distinctive fellow. I'm so sorry.
bunn
16th Dec, 2012 18:14 (UTC)
Thanks.
helflaed
15th Dec, 2012 18:43 (UTC)
I'm really sorry to hear that- I'll be thinking of you.
bunn
16th Dec, 2012 18:16 (UTC)
We never expected it to be Kjetil that went next. Not that it would have been any easier if it had been one of the others, but still...
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sally_maria
15th Dec, 2012 19:41 (UTC)
I'm very sorry to hear that. :-( My sympathy to you both.
bunn
16th Dec, 2012 18:26 (UTC)
Thanks.
skordh
15th Dec, 2012 19:46 (UTC)
Sorry to hear that.
bunn
16th Dec, 2012 18:15 (UTC)
Thanks.
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