Sadly, she went missing on Wednesday evening. Yesterday afternoon we found her remains after an extensive search of the woods near our house. She had been preyed upon by a coyote.
I am very sad; she was my favourite of our four cats and was such a unique personality. She didn't like to be held, but would often fall asleep by my head when I was in bed. If she didn't get attention when she wanted it, she would follow me around and yell at me in long, pitiful meows, until I would stop what I was doing and play with her. Then she would purr like a motorboat, and almost as loud.
My wife has taken it much harder. She does volunteer work every week for a feline adoption center, and that is how we came across Casio. She has a deep love for cats and is grieving for our little critter.
For those of you who own cats; be careful where and when you let them outside. In four years of living in my house, I have never seen a coyote anywhere near the house or even in the woods. Unfortunately many house cats get so scared that they don't know what to do, and so like little Cass, freeze on the spot.
Perhaps this post might seem like an over reaction, like we're over-grieving the loss of a pet, but our pets are our children, and it's hard to take, especially when I keep thinking I could have done something to prevent it.
AndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4238 times:
I feel very sorry for your lost.
I do have coyotes in my area, plus other animals. But I have a large dog that keeps the cat safe. It has been a while since wild animals have attempted to go into my backyard (death quickly follows if they do).
Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 11 Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4233 times:
My condolences for your loss. I keep saying I'm a dog person, but I know how impacted I'd be if something happened to one of our two cats. Don't blame yourself, we do our best to protect them, but in the end, they're still animals with wills of their own, and some things are just out of our control. My thoughts to you and your family.
"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity"
Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 25 Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4227 times:
I'am very sorry for your cat - we love animals (and have dog and cat..) and can feel what it means, to lose a dear animal-friend.
Our cat (called King Farouk - because he lived with us in Cairo..) is quite old and will leave us in a not to far future.The problem with animals is that you get attached to them and their loss can be very painful..
AerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4214 times:
This is a very sad loss, and I'm sorry to read of Casio's demise.
When a beloved pet passes from this realm, it strikes us harder because pets are almost invariably innocent beings, both loving and free, and completely unself-conscious in their respect and affection for you as their caretaker.
I hope that we all remember that our beloved pets deserve our care and that we remember them, after they leave us, for the wonderful times we all shared together.
God bless you, IFEMaster. Please convey may sympathies to your wife, as well.
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9294 posts, RR: 42 Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4194 times:
Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 6): The problem with animals is that you get attached to them and their loss can be very painful.
But on the whole it's so worthwhile. When my mum and dad's previous cat died a friend of theirs told them they should never get another cat because it was too upsetting for them. They didn't know where to start explaining the considerable plus sides - he just didn't understand.
AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4172 times:
I know how it feels.
On a -20° day in February 1987, I found a baby pigeon on the ground. I brought him home, hand-fed him until he learned to feed himself, and released him at a grain elevator four miles away. By the time I got home, he was already there sitting on the roof. He decided to stay and made the area above the living room bay window his home (outdoors). One day, I heard strange noises coming from the window. A hawk was attacking him and finally grabbed onto him. He broke free and I ran outside.
He had a 3-inch gash from his neck to his sternum. I stitched him up and he recovered completely. Two months later, Mr. Coo was gone. I searched and eventually found him under a pine tree a block away. There were feathers all over the place. Two legs and two wings is all that was left of him. I knew it was him because of the band on his leg.
He wasn't "just a flying rat" to me. He was a clean, smart, friendly bird. He ate from the bird feeder and drank from the birdbath. If the feeder was empty or the water was dirty or frozen, he'd bang on the door. When I opened the door, he'd either walk to the sink and wait for me to get him some water. Or he'd walk around picking up food crumbs off the floor. He'd fly to my lap and fall asleep. He really trusted me. He was even paper-trained. I taught him to only poop on an old green hand towel when he was
Sometimes, we'd go on road trips together. When I opened the door of my Ford Tempo, he'd fly in and land on the rear window deck. We went everywhere...even 100 mile trips to the Twin Cities or Eau Claire. He'd sit there the whole time and watch the world go by. Other drivers would smile and honk. If I parked to run a few errands, there'd be a crowd of people gathered around watching him by the time I can back.
He was even "toilet trained." I taught him to only poop on an old green hand towel when he was in the house or car.
Please don't dwell on "should haves" and "could haves." It'll eat you up.
AndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4121 times:
Quoting Jaysit (Reply 13): I love cats and I know them as affectionate little critters.
You should have seen what I did to the litter of kittens my cat had over the summer. The kids were on vacation, so the kittens were being constantly handled by the kids. The dog wouldnt go near them when they were little, but towards the end you could find the kittens full of slobber. So, we had 4 kittens that were used to people and kids from the beginning and were also used to dealing with an 80 lb dog. The kittens went all to friends and family, whom I see basically every day. They use one phrase to describe the kittens:
IFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4059 times:
Thanks for all your kind words everyone, and my wife sends her thanks too. It's odd that in such a sad time we can get comfort from an Internet forum of strangers.
It's been a horrible week, with this, some problems at work (I had to fire one of my best employees), and other smaller irritating issues, so tonight the good lady wife and I will walk down to our nearest bar, buy a whole lot of alcohol, raise a toast to Casio and to us for being excellent Kitty-Parents, and then proceed to get stewed to the gills.
Vaporlock From Canada, joined May 2001, 3645 posts, RR: 57 Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3999 times:
Quoting IFEMaster (Thread starter): Perhaps this post might seem like an over reaction, like we're over-grieving the loss of a pet, but our pets are our children, and it's hard to take, especially when I keep thinking I could have done something to prevent it.
Rest in peace, crazy little Casio. I'll miss you.
Sorry to hear of your loss. Believe me it is not an over reaction....pets do become just like kids and when they are gone it sure leaves a huge hole in your heart. Don't blame yourself because of what happened....like they say, everything happens for a reason. Try to remember all the cute little charastics that Casio had and while it may bring tears to your eyes, it will make you feel good inside. Without you and your wife little Casio may never have had the life he had...even though it was taken away while he was so young.
DavestanKSAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1678 posts, RR: 14 Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3960 times:
I'm very sorry for your loss, it makes me really sad to hear. She was a beautiful cat. I hope you will always remember the good times you've shared with Casio and remember that you and your wife gave her a great life and home.
Pets are such amazing creatures, companions, and family.
Take comfort in knowing Casio can now run free and be at peace.
All the best to you and your wife.
Yesterday we've sinned, today we move towards God. Touch the sky....love and respect...Safe Star!
StuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1845 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3950 times:
I'm sorry for the loss. Pets are important.
Coyotes are VERY present where I live and it's sad to see how many people move here unaware. People move into our apartments, unaware of the danger, let there pets out and within a few weeks we see the "missing cat" signs posted. It makes me sick every time. Unfortunately, we must keep our cats indoors here. I'm sure they'd be happier outside, but they don't know it!
People have to learn to deal with the wildlife in the area they live in. If you get yourself a cabin up in the mountains, you are gonna have wildlife, and in my opinion, you have to adjust.
We live in the city, but backup to a very large park that runs 20 miles. Before the house was built here, the neighbors saw deer eating in the lot. To make a long story short, I have a big dog that keeps the animals (we can often hear the coyotes) away, and they know to keep away. We had to get a cat to keep the rodents down as well. And the dog also takes care of the cat.
Now we have a beautiful balance in the exterior of the house. The birds and squirrels (the squirrels live in between the tile roof) keep to the front yard, the animals stay away from the yard, and the rats wont come near because of the cat. I havent had to pick up a dead animal for over a year now. And I get to enjoy some wildlife from my house, including hawks.
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9294 posts, RR: 42 Reply 23, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3920 times:
Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 22): Now we have a beautiful balance in the exterior of the house. The birds and squirrels (the squirrels live in between the tile roof) keep to the front yard, the animals stay away from the yard, and the rats wont come near because of the cat. I havent had to pick up a dead animal for over a year now. And I get to enjoy some wildlife from my house, including hawks.
Sounds good. Is that the house Snow White used to live in?
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2 Reply 24, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3912 times:
Very sorry to hear of your loss. We have coyotes all over our area. If you have coyotes or hawks in your area, NEVER leave the cat outside unattended. Here in Tucson/Oro Valley the local humane society recommends that all pets be kept indoors for safety. I have a decent sized apartment so both cats stay indoors. My black cat-Dale-has always been an indoors cat and only gone outdoors occasionally on a leash. Kyerlie-my big gray cat-was originally an indoors/outdoors cat but she has adjusted very well to being strictly indoors.
"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
25 Femme: No you are not........ Very sorry for your loss of a very loved family member.... Claire
26 TPAnx: Sorry about your loss. My sister lives in LA, on Hollywood Boulevard above Sunset..where it's just a two lane street..about as urban an area as you'll
27 IFEMaster: That's a great name for a cat! Yes, we will replace her. Our youngest cat, named "Sprite", (we had four, now three) loved Casio very much...they woul