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My Fur Babies

I would like to share with you one of my favourite photographs of my two adorable 'fur babies', Lilo and Stitch. The picture was taken 9 years ago when they were kittens. Sadly we don't have Stitch anymore. He died very suddenly last February. For a long time after, I wasn't able to look at pictures like this, because it just broke my heart. I still miss him terribly and I'm sure I always will, but I'm finally at the stage when I can look at my photographs without bursting into tears!

Lilo (the tabby & white) is still going strong and I think she's actually enjoying being the only cat in the house after years and years. Her brother and our other male cat, Rupert (also deceased) used to gang up on her and I think she felt as if she was at the bottom of the pecking order. She is much less nervous these days, although she still automatically looks over her shoulder before she starts eating, and she insists on me putting her food bowl in a specific place on the kitchen floor near the door, presumably so that she can make a hasty exit if another cat approaches.

In the early days the kittens often slept curled up together like this. When they grew up though, they were not as close. I don't think Lilo really missed Stitch at all after he died, but of course it's impossible to know for sure what animals are thinking.

Image Credit » Photo is my own, taken by me

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ElfenLied21 wrote on January 13, 2015, 2:57 PM

Very cute photo! I adore the names Lilo and Stitch. I am glad Lilo is coping well with the passing of her siblings.

j2401 wrote on January 13, 2015, 3:07 PM

Thats a very sweet photograph, sorry you lost one of your babies.

kat123456 wrote on January 13, 2015, 3:07 PM

What a gorgeous picture, sad that the other cats have passed but Lilo sounds like she is blossoming x

LilyDay wrote on January 13, 2015, 3:12 PM

Lilo is a beautiful cat, and Stitch was lovely as well. I am certain that Lilo misses him, but sibling relationships can be rather complicated.

JenniferMiller. wrote on January 13, 2015, 3:26 PM

Aw! That is an adorable photo. They look so cute together. My two kitties never snuggle together like that anymore. They used to but not so much anymore.

Kasman wrote on January 13, 2015, 3:49 PM

It's amazing how attached we get to our pets. As a youngster I had a dog for a year until he was knocked down by a car. I still think of him and all the fun we had together - and that was nearly 50 years ago!

k2705 wrote on January 13, 2015, 3:55 PM

Ah that's a lovely photo of them, and such a shame about Stitch. When one of my Mums cats died suddenly the other one really missed her.

Fleur wrote on January 13, 2015, 4:31 PM

That's so cute, I'm sure you miss him but as you say it sounds as though Lilo is out from 'under the thumb' now!

McIntire wrote on January 13, 2015, 5:01 PM

Your fur-babies are beautiful, and I can just picture Stitch with little angel wings, keeping watch over Lilo. I know how you feel aabout losing him; I lost my big grey and white Tuxedo cat, Zoe, last year due to an illness. Not long afterwards, our 14 yr. old Chihuahua passed away. A really bad time for my husband and I.

AngelSharum wrote on January 13, 2015, 5:10 PM

I'm sorry about Stitch. We lost our cat in October. It still hurts. They are cuties.

arthurchappell wrote on January 13, 2015, 5:36 PM

lovely photo - I can see why it reminds you o

arthurchappell wrote on January 13, 2015, 5:37 PM

my last comment fired up prematurely - it was meant to continue to say I see why it reminds you of your sadly no longer with you cat

Janey1966 wrote on January 13, 2015, 5:44 PM

What an adorable photograph and thank you so much for sharing. Like you, I got upset looking at photos of Flo-Jo soon after she was put down in September (she had cancer but was only 7 years old) but now I smile a lot more as we have a collage of photographs on the wall, so I've got used to looking at them all in one place. It's actually helped enormously with the healing process. I shall never forget her though and tears do still well up occasionally when I want her here and she's not around..but that's selfish on my part, right? She was suffering towards the end (hardly recognised the two of us) so we did the right thing..but it does hurt now and again although she's on the Rainbow Bridge with Thebes (one of my previous cats that 'looked after her' from her spot on the Bridge) so that's giving me lots of comfort. We shall have two cats eventually but that's dependant on a move to somewhere with a garden. I shall keep you posted!

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 13, 2015, 6:04 PM

I love the names. They are very cute together in that photo. Sorry that you lost Stitch so suddenly

PeggyWds wrote on January 13, 2015, 6:55 PM

When we had dogs and one of them would die, the other one always visibly mourned. I am sure your cats felt the loss although they might not have shown it as much as dogs do. Cute photo!

isabbbela wrote on January 13, 2015, 8:19 PM

They are so lovely! I own a dog, and I also love cats. My dog actually loves cats as well and I would love to adopt a cat, but I'm scared that the cat won't adapt well with my dog... I know my dog would adapt and love the company, though!

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 13, 2015, 8:37 PM

That is such an adorable picture and I know what you mean about finding it difficult to look at pictures after losing a furry family member. We have framed drawing of two of kitties that ended of passing away and it was really hard at first to look at the picture. Now I am very glad I had a friend of mine do the drawing as surprise gift for my wife.

BodieMor wrote on January 13, 2015, 10:08 PM

I think dogs suffer far more than cats when they lose a "pack member", or so we have experienced. Our dogs are more disturbed than our last remaining elderly cat over the death of our feline "Rudy" a few months ago...

zabelle51 wrote on January 13, 2015, 11:02 PM

In the days when we had cats, I always had two at a time, usually siblings. I think it is good for them to have each other.

Elfbwillow wrote on January 14, 2015, 4:33 AM

They are so cute! Great names too, though sorry one is no longer with you

grandma20121 wrote on January 14, 2015, 9:39 PM

Aww they were so adorable, I know it must have been hard losing one of your kitties, it was hard for me when we lost one of ours too, I am glad that Lilo is still hanging in there with you and enjoying all the attention.

peachpurple wrote on January 15, 2015, 1:10 AM

are your male cats very old when they passed on? Sorry to hear that

Telynor wrote on January 15, 2015, 10:43 PM

Oh those sweet little paws! I adore cats, and to hear of you losing one of them is painful. I know how they manage to wrap their little paws around our hearts.

WordChazer wrote on January 16, 2015, 10:19 PM

Pets do become so much part of the family, it is like losing a family member when they pass. Sorry to hear you were bereaved, but it sounds like Lilo is blooming now, certainly.