by Ruth

Three years ago today our beautiful cat Ebony Rose died, just before her seventeenth birthday. She came to us from Cats Protection as a tiny kitten about 7 weeks old. We already had 2 boyz at that time, both rescue cats. Felix was 8 years old and Bryan just 6 months old.

But not long before that, our very old cat Bert had died and the next day we lost Alice too. She had a very sad story.

Her mother and siblings were killed by the family dog in the coal shed of the horrible people she belonged to and she had health problems from the attack which we didn’t think she would survive. We had her 3 happy years but her bad start caught up with her and she had to be PTS at only 3 years old, she had lesions on her brain which caused her to have fits.

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I drove quite a way to collect Ebony (or Abracadabra as she was then called) and the CP fosterer said she was a lovely kitten, that she never stopped purring. She was right too, she purred from the moment I brought her home, for the whole of her life. She was the most gentle and happy cat you could hope to meet.

Felix and Bryan loved her and she settled in beautifully. The years went by, Felix died of old age and sadly we lost Bryan to cancer when he was only 10 years old.

So Ebony was alone, but not for long as along came more needy kittens, Walter, then Jozef, then Popsy came to us too when her daddy died. Ebony loved and was kind to them all, along with next door’s cat Tamuri who just about lived with us too.

Ebony was diagnosed with diabetes at 14 years old but thankfully it was the type able to be treated with medication and little and often meals.

She had 3 more happy quality years before she began really slowing down and we knew the time was approaching we’d have to make the decision as to when it was time to say goodbye.

Ebony spared us that! One day she refused to eat and she visited all her old haunts in our gardens, resting in the grass a while, still purring every time she saw us.

The next morning she got up with us as usual, again refused to eat, lay down on her favourite rug and went to sleep.

She left us that day peacefully and quietly with no fuss.

The house still feels empty without her. R.I.P Ebony Rose



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May 10, 2012 5 years now NEW
by: Ruth

5 years today since Ebony left us and we miss her still.
She left a huge gap.
Walter and Jozef haven’t sorted out yet who is top cat, they ‘job share’
No matter how many cats we have, each and every one is special.
R.I.P Ebony Rose xx

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Aug 31, 2010 Ebony’s birthday
by: Ruth

Ebony would have been 20 years old today.

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May 16, 2010 Peaceful end
by: Ruth

I think the one thing we cat lovers pray for is that when their time comes to leave us they go peacefully without us having to decide for them when they’ve had enough of life.
It was a huge relief that Ebony went as she did because awaiting the vet’s arrival if you have to do it that way for the cat’s sake, is almost unbearable.

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May 16, 2010 Ebony Rose
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi Ruth. Ebony found a good and happy life with you and lived until she was full of days. Cats like her are with us forever in our minds. Thank you for telling us about her.
I think her final round to her favourite garden haunts shows something comparable to human conscious minds. Our old Rudolf acted in a similar way during his final days and seemed aware that his life was soon coming to an end. We’ll probably never fully understand the way cats think, but think they do.

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May 10, 2010 A special sweet soul
by: Tracey

I was so sad when I heard of Ebonys awful start in life but she couldn’t have found a better place to call home than with you and your’s.

She had a lovely life and you will always remember her. All our pets carry a special place in our hearts don’t they?

I cried when I read about her visiting her special haunts still purring. I’m thinking of you both now and I hope you can feel the warmth that we share in our love of cats.

May 10, 2010 So beautiful
by: Joyce Sammons

She was a beautiful cat. Your story made me cry. I’m glad you didn’t have to make the decision for her. I hope my old dog passes the same way. Losing a beloved pet is bad enough. Wondering if you made the right decision to euthanize is hard to deal with.

Any cat is lucky to have you.

May 10, 2010 I know that feeling
by: kathy

I know that feeling very well. It was a year and a half my sons cat 8-Ball died. I was with her when she past. I just kept holding her telling her how much we loved her. She tried to hold on until her master came home but she expired only 10 minutes before he came in the door. They are part of our families.

May 10, 2010 Goodbye Ebony Rose
by: Gail (Boston, MA USA)

You were loved by all who knew you and touched the hearts of those who didn’t. Sleep well.

May 10, 2010 Remembering Ebony Rose
by: Babz

RIP little sister, we still love and miss you

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May 10, 2010 Loving
by: Michael

A loving and tender story of a beautiful relationship. Thanks for sharing, Ruth.

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  1. Ruth aka Kattaddorra

    Remembering Ebony Rose on her 6th Anniversary today, still loving and missing her every day.

    1. Yes, we must and we will always remember our lost and loved cats. My two, Missie and Binnie are very big in my mind. They are always present.

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