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Henning

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He died this morning.  He was seventeen, not a bad age for a very large cat, and he had had failing kidneys for several years. He was sitting next to Pp,  got up, fell over and died almost instantly.   Not a bad way to go.

He was a grumpy opinionated old cat, who considered himself extremely important.  He was a bit of a coward at heart, and was always the cat who would retreat sadly outside if we had a new foster dog, until he'd decided it was safe to return.   But though he never liked any of the dogs very much, he was more than willing to terrorise them by looming at them and bopping with a large, clawed paw, as long as he was confident the dog wouldn't have a go back.   For that matter, he'd have a go at the other cats, too! He was a bit of a monster with other animals, really, but he loved cuddles and human company and had a great purr.  

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heartofoshun
10th Dec, 2017 20:28 (UTC)
Great photo--he really does look like he thinks he is important. Sounds like he had a long satisfying life.
bunn
11th Dec, 2017 21:41 (UTC)
Thanks. He was an Extremely Important cat (and definitely knew it!)
mme_n_b
11th Dec, 2017 00:39 (UTC)
So very sorry for your loss.
bunn
11th Dec, 2017 21:41 (UTC)
Thanks.
chainmailmaiden
11th Dec, 2017 01:08 (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear that, he really was Henning the most hegnificent cat of them all. I loved the way he would bop you to get attention if he didn't feel he was being paid enough attention & you're right. He really did have a wonderful purr. He had a very good and long life with you & it is at least something that his death was quick, not that it really makes it easier, as there is still the loss to deal with. I'm sure you'll both miss him a lot & I'll be thinking of you.
bunn
11th Dec, 2017 21:43 (UTC)
He was indeed a cat who would make his point with his paws. We're missing him, a house with only one cat and one dog seems so strange and quiet!
lindahoyland
11th Dec, 2017 03:12 (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss, hugs. He sounded a real character.
bunn
11th Dec, 2017 21:43 (UTC)
Thanks. He certainly was!
apel
11th Dec, 2017 07:18 (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss.
bunn
11th Dec, 2017 21:44 (UTC)
Thanks!
r_blackcat
11th Dec, 2017 09:15 (UTC)
He looks like a Cat's King himself on the photo.
bunn
11th Dec, 2017 21:44 (UTC)
He very definitely thought so. Monarch of the cats (at least in his opinion)
alitheapipkin
11th Dec, 2017 10:30 (UTC)
I'm very sorry for your loss but it sounds like he had a great and long life and really, that is the best way to go for any creature I think. Lovely photo as always.
bunn
11th Dec, 2017 21:49 (UTC)
We have certainly lost pets under worse circumstances. He had a good breakfast, and I think he was happy until the last few moments.
howlin_wolf_66
11th Dec, 2017 13:57 (UTC)
Sorry for your loss; he's a beautiful boy. :-) *hugs*
bunn
11th Dec, 2017 21:50 (UTC)
Thanks, I appreciate it.
ladyofastolat
11th Dec, 2017 14:22 (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that. He was indeed a cat of a great and mighty magnificence - though far soppier than he wanted us all to believe. I remember once spending quite a while carefully styling his fur into stegosaurus spikes, while he just flumped there, placidly accepting any manhandling that came his way. Although he got his revenge many times in the years to come, by trying to steal my breakfast...
bunn
11th Dec, 2017 21:51 (UTC)
Yes indeed. He had a very tough self-image that crumbled under the least bit of pressure! We miss our grumpiest cat.
scripsi
11th Dec, 2017 18:50 (UTC)
What a beautiful cats he was! I'm sorry for your loss! *hugs*
bunn
11th Dec, 2017 21:51 (UTC)
He really was. We adopted him with his brother, who died some years ago. I'll miss him.
pixel39
11th Dec, 2017 19:05 (UTC)
I'm sorry. He looks like he was a magnificent cat (and knew it).
bunn
11th Dec, 2017 22:01 (UTC)
Oh, he certainly did! I'm glad that he got to have so long being Hegnificent, and it ended so fast and easily for him.
hhimring
11th Dec, 2017 21:37 (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss!
Although it is not a bad way to go.
bunn
11th Dec, 2017 22:02 (UTC)
It really isn't. We were right there with him, he was happy, and then he wasn't there any more. Still, we'll miss him a lot.
huinare
12th Dec, 2017 04:13 (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear this. He does look like he finds himself rather magnificent, thus I'm sure he's confident in the knowledge that he is missed.
bunn
12th Dec, 2017 21:07 (UTC)
Thanks :-( It is an end of an era.
puddleshark
12th Dec, 2017 08:08 (UTC)
I am sorry. After a seventeen year reign, his going must leave a huge, grumpy, opinionated cat-shaped hole in the household.
bunn
12th Dec, 2017 21:07 (UTC)
Yes indeed, that is exactly the shape of hole in the household :-(
timetiger
13th Dec, 2017 02:24 (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like he had a great life and plenty of personality. He was handsome, too.
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