This is tender photograph. Rose Gauthier took a selfie with her just deceased cat in her arms lying on her chest. She’s in tears and the comments flooded in.
It is an eye-catching photograph. It stopped me in my tracks because I have never seen one like it before. I have seen hundreds of thousands of cat photographs while building PoC.
Anyway, as expected there is a ton of sympathy and rightly so. Rose links to a gofundme.com fund raiser for vet’s bills and cremation costs. This has raised just over a thousand US dollars out of a target of $3k.
The picture was posted on The Cat’s Whisker’s FB page on march 30. It is not hot-off-the-press cat news. However, it would be nice to found out how Rose is now.
Personally, I have never cried so much nor grieved so long as I did when my darling female cat, Missie, was run over by vehicle in 1994. It still hurts and only now have I reconciled it in my mind. It was my fault. The guilt is hard to bear. It is why I am a cat confinement advocate provided the enclosure is excellent and encompasses the outdoors.
I am sure that many cat owners have cried and grieved more over the death of their cat than the passing of a husband, sibling or mother and father. That’s not to imply that I am being callous and uncaring about people in general and relatives. It is just that companion cats (and dogs) have a special place in our hearts. Our love for them is often unconditional, pure and genuine.