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Old 06-19-2011   #1
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Tigger is Dead

Two years ago this summer I lost my iguana Glaurung.

Two weeks ago we put down our cat Simba. I fucking hated Simba.

-=-=- But this is a story of Tigger's many lives -=-=-

I thought I had some pics on this computer but I don't apparently. I'll upload some later.

Tigger had a rough life. He had been hit by cars three times in his life. The first time he was a few years old (I was still in high school) and it was my mom that hit him.

The second time wasn't such a big deal. He leapt out of the way and his rear was hit by a slow-moving vehicle.

Then, one night I even found a headless orange tabby that looked to be the same size as Tigger lying on the busy road by my house. I buried him in my back yard and then went to my friends as I had originally planned (only now I wanted to go moreso to smoke loads of pot). I thought I had lost my cat.

The next morning as I returned home, I found Tigger in the front yard, alive, meowing, and hungry. I don't know whose cat I buried that night.

He would be hit by a car again (the third and final time) not long after. He was missing for three days until we found him not far from the house, alive but unable to walk. He was taken to the vet and we found out he was in good health except for being crippled in his left front leg.

That was nine or ten years ago. He'd live out the remainder of his years hobbling around. When I got Sheriff Ochs five years ago, Tigger became the jealous sort and stopped coming inside as much. He began to stay at a neighbor's house where he was loved and pampered and fed. He'd come home at night and get fed again by us!



This morning I found my beloved cat Tigger lying stiff on the kitchen floor. His health had been declining lately and he hadn't been eating. Last night I even tried to tempt him with some delicious shrimp but to no avail. After alerting my brother and sister and having them come see this travesty, we all let out a good cry over the loss of a cat that had been there for us from childhood.

Tigger was 16 years old.

I must go now to dig a grave for him and bury him near Glaurung's resting place.

Requiescat in Pace Tigger.
You will be missed.
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Old 06-19-2011   #2
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RIP Tigger. Sorry to hear about your loss. Yeah, Tigger may have had a bumpy life but thanks to you and your family, he lived sixteen years and that's pretty damn good for any cat.
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Sorry about your cat.
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Sixteen years, wow. He had a good run. My cat died in February, he was only 11. Regardless, sorry to hear about it.
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Re: Tigger is Dead

Thanks everyone. :\

I did find some pics I need to scan and/or upload somewhere to keep them safe.

At least I still have my dear Sheriff Ochs...
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Re: Tigger is Dead

Okay, EC. Stop Stalking me.
I had a Tabby cat named Tigger who also died when she was 16. We got her when I was 2. I miss her, especially since I grew up with her. :(

So sorry for your kitty loss. *plays the Last Post on a Trumpet*
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Condolences. I've lost pets in the past that have been with me for over a decade. It's never easy to say goodbye.
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Thanks y'all. I have been fairly distracted and mopey today. It is nice to be comforted in times like these. I know it might seem strange to some to mourn a cat, especially for those with human loved ones who have passed away.

There's something about saying goodbye to a deceased human though which just seems easier to me. You have (presumably) a large number of people saying farewell thus making it easier to cope but where pets differ, I think, is the amount of time spent being affectionate to one another. This is true especially for a cat lover like me. My pets have almost always remained close by. Even now Sheriff Ochs is a few feet in front of me, resting on the computer's subwoofer. When I go to sleep, Sheriff Ochs sleeps either a) at the foot of my bed, b) curled up on my stomach or lying on top of or between my legs, or c) under the covers with me (which I always thought was odd for a cat).
Tigger also slept close when he slept in a bed with you. He was more of an outdoor cat in his later years, and especially after his accident.

Sorry for rambling on about my pets. Tis what a good cat lover does, methinks.
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Aww. I'm so sorry to hear that!
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Re: Tigger is Dead

All right. It's 6:30AM on Midsummer's Day and it is 83 degrees Fahrenheit outside. The Heat index is already at 93 and the humidity is 90%.

This is probably the coolest today is going to feel and I need to dig a grave. As of yesterday evening, every one in my family who loved Tigger has had the opportunity to see him one last time. I was going to dig the grave yesterday but we broke heat records hitting 103 degrees F. It's now or never!

I'll go to do that now and then I will retrieve the newspaper- and towel-wrapped corpse of Tigger from a freezer where it has been stored since noon Sunday. I've placed him in a cardboard box that is a perfect fit for him and some items I wish to bury him with. After I dig the hole, I will look on him one last time before committing him to the Earth and to his final resting place. I do this alone for while we first got Tigger to be my at the time five year old sister's cat, he quickly became one of my best friends.

(I know I said in my first post I was gonna dig the hole then but my family members who were out of town wished to be able to see him once more.)

Thank you everyone for your kind words. Rep all around!
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lol i like how you make digging a hole seem like such a chore. it's not like you're digging 6ft deep for a man 6ft tall.
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Your opinion on the matter doesn't count Mr. Oxnard-is-Great-and-Always-70-Degrees.

This is my weather currently:

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Yeah... ain't summer in the south great?

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89 degrees 63% humidity producing a heat index of 100 and that's with a 15 mph wind blowing.
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