Saying Goodbye to Puddin

Yesterday was a sad day as we said goodbye to our beloved cat Puddin. Last year she had developed lumps on her body that turned out to be malignant, and due to heart conditions we decided to not risk surgery and just keep her comfortable as long as we could. She would have turned 14 in July, and spent 13 of those years with us after we brought her home from a local shelter. She has been a part of this household from the beginning, and will be much missed. Today I’ll share some of my favorite photos of her.

She often slept in surprising places, like using the turtle as a pillow.

Puddin with concrete turtle

We once found her in my wife’s cabinet she used to store fabric.

Puddin hanging out in fabric cabinet

The cubes were also a favorite spot for a nap.

Puddin in cat cube

Puddin in cat cube

I think my favorite was when we found her in my wife’s canvas tote bag!

Puddin tries to hide in canvas tote bag

My wife has made several bowls using dyed roping material. She wasn’t happy with the way one large bowl turned out, but Puddin decided it made a good bed.

Of course, she had plenty of actual cat beds she could sleep in, which she did much of the time. She often kept one leg sticking out.

Puddin with a leg out

Puddin with a leg out

When we got our tuxedo kitty Ace, the two of them really hit it off and could often be found snoozing together. He died unexpectedly two years ago, and Puddin seemed to grieve, losing her appetite and a few pounds in the process. Which led us to bring Ally in to give Puddin some company.

Puddin and Ace doing what they do best

Puddin and Ace doing what they did best

Ace and Puddin

Ace and Puddin

Ace gets a bath from Puddin

She also bonded with new cat Ally, but they weren’t as close as she was to Ace.

Ally and Puddin

Ally and Puddin

While she was usually quite well behaved, she did occasionally wind up in places she was less welcome, like my wife’s computer desk.

Puddin using computer

She had a few quirks too. Any time I brought fresh garlic in the house to cure, she always wanted to chew on the leaves. I indulged her occasionally.

Puddin chewing on garlic

Puddin chewing on garlic

She also was known to get in unusual poses, like this one I called ‘cat yoga’.

Puddin in a yoga pose

Puddin in a yoga pose

Puddin was truly one of my favorite cats, and I’ve had quite a few over the years. She was loving and kind, never met a stranger, and got along well with all our other cats. I still remember the day we brought her home in 2007, and she was still quite young. R.I.P. sweet Puddin!

Puddin in 2007 in my handmade cherry bed


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10 Responses to Saying Goodbye to Puddin

  1. Margaret says:

    Oh, I am so very sorry, Dave. She was a lucky kitty, though, to have spent most of her life with you and your wife, being thoroughly spoiled, I’m sure. Even when they’ve had a good, long life, it’s still so hard to say goodbye (perhaps even more so).

  2. Bonnie Steele says:

    It looks like Puddin made sure to enjoy every spot in her home. I love that. So sorry for your loss.

  3. ray says:

    we feel your sorrow . . . you will always have the memories.

  4. Sue Garrett says:

    So sorry that you have lost Puddin. I know just how much that hurts.

  5. John Rush says:

    Sweet Puddin. I am so sorry for your loss, and I know from my own experience how heartbreaking a loss like that can be. You gave Puddin a good home and life, and she brought you much joy. I wish acceptance and peace for your family.

  6. Phuong says:

    Aw, such a pretty girl. Her cat yoga was adorable. I am sorry.

  7. alittlebitofsunshine says:

    Dave I am so sorry to hear of Puddin’s passing. I know she will be sadly missed and, having been such an active member of your household will leave a big space in your lives. Think of you x

  8. I’m so sorry you lost Puddin. I can see from your photos how much joy all your kitties have brought to you and you will always have those wonderful memories. Your photos made me smile too.

  9. Dave @ HappyAcres says:

    Thanks to all for your kind words!

  10. Denise says:

    So sorry to read about the loss of Puddin. I can tell she was quite happy and well-loved and know she will be missed. Sorry for your loss.

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