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Caitlin: 2005–2023

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I’m very sad to report that Uni Watch girl mascot Caitlin died yesterday. As I recently mentioned here on the site, she’d been in failing health for a while, and yesterday it reached the point where I knew what had to be done. She was 18.

Caitlin’s demise came about six years after the death of her brother, Uni Watch boy mascot Tucker. I always thought of them as a matched set, so I like thinking that they’ll now be reunited.

As I’ve probably written before, I didn’t choose Caitlin — she chose me. When I went to the animal shelter in the spring of 2005 to get a new pair of kittens, they had a litter of five available — one boy and four girls. I knew I wanted one of each, so I took the one boy (that was Tucker) and then picked up each of the four girls. Most of them were kind of limp and inert — unsurprising, given that they were only six weeks old — but one of them put her paws on my face, climbed all over my shoulders, made lots of little “Meep!” noises, and basically behaved like a little monkey. That was Caitlin. We bonded right from the start.

In the years that followed, Caitlin never strayed from the playful spirit of that first encounter. She was always very chatterbox-y, very inquisitive, and a total character. One of her favorite things was being upside-down:

She also loved to straddle the top of a chair or a sofa, a behavior that I always found puzzling but very entertaining:

What an endearing weirdo!

And like any good cat, she loved being in the sun:

Caitlin’s fur was soft — like, really, really soft — and it got that way literally overnight. When she was still a kitten, I woke up one morning, reached over to pet her (she had spent the night sleeping next to me), and couldn’t believe how ultra-plush her fur suddenly felt. I was like, “Whoa, what happened to you?” It was like her skin had begun secreting some new oil or something. And I wasn’t the only one who noticed: A few weeks later, when I dropped her off at the vet to get spayed and then came back to pick her up, the desk clerk told me, “Everyone’s talking about how soft Caitlin is!” (She kinda whispered it to me, all secret-like, so the other pet owners in the waiting room wouldn’t feel slighted.) Caitlin retained this super-soft coat right up to the end.

For most of her life, Caitlin seemed eternally kittenish. Visitors to Uni Watch HQ always assumed she was three or four years old and were amazed when they learned her true age. “Wait, she’s how old?” At some point maybe four years ago it occurred to me that it was going to be particularly heartbreaking when this youthful-seeming creature finally began to show her age. And it was — over the past eight months or so, she lost some of her energy, then half of her weight, then most of her joy, all of which was very hard to witness. Yesterday I finally decided that it was enough. I know it was the right thing to do, but it hurt (and still hurts) so much. Love is really, really hard.

Uni Watch HQ already feels so much emptier without Caitlin. I keep instinctively looking in her favorite spots, expecting to see her, and then I remember — oh, right. It’s the latest reminder that the pet/human bond is a miracle that we often take for granted. Like, if you didn’t already know about people having pets, and if someone then told you that we’d have these other species in our homes, and that we’d love them, and that they’d love us back, you’d probably think, “Nuh-uh, that’s never gonna work.” But it does.

It was always fun to share Caitlin and Tucker with the Uni Watch comm-uni-ty. Over the years, I got in the annual habit of chronicling their birthdays (you have to scroll down in some of those posts to find the kitty content), and at one point I even had someone put Caitlin’s face on a San Francisco 49ers body. When I mentioned last month that Caitlin wasn’t doing well, so many of you expressed kind thoughts, either here on the blog or privately via email. Thank you so much for that — it means a lot, really. For those of you who have animals in your life, please give them an extra skritch for me today, because I no longer have my own little monkey to skritch. Thanks.

I’m sure there will be more Uni Watch mascots at some point down the road. For now, though, I just want to think about Caitlin and all the joy she brought into my life. Goodbye, cutie — I’ll always love you. R.I.P.

Comments (191)

    So very sorry for your loss. I hope you find some comfort in so many good memories of your beautiful cat. How lucky that Caitlin chose you. Thanks for sharing photos and stories of her all these years.

    So sorry for your loss – miracle is the best way to describe that relationship. Thank you for sharing.

    So sorry for your loss Paul. What a beautiful cat Caitlin was and so lucky to be so loved.
    I said goodbye to my cat Dusty two months ago and it still so difficult to comprehend, but I like to think that just shows how loved they were.
    Will give our cat Luna a skritch and a hug for you and for Caitlin

    So sorry for the loss Paul. People who don’t understand think she was “just a pet.” She was a companion, a sounding board and I’m sure someone that put you in a better place when she “let” you spoil her. All of my condolences.

    I’m so sorry to hear this Paul, my heart aches for you. May her memory be a blessing.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You can certainly tell how much Caitlin means to you all.

    Try to remember how lucky you are to have found one another. You are a wonderful person and Caitlin had a wonderful life because of you.

    Sincerest of condolences, Paul. What a fantastic life she led. :) And thank you for sharing it with us.

    There are very few things in the world that is worse than losing a pet. I am very sorry for your loss and the pain that you are going through. I hope you take solace in the 18 years you had with Caitlin and the wonderful life that you provided her.

    Don’t wait too long to open your heart to another pet. Filling your life with another animal who needs love and a home really helps fill most, but not all, of the huge hole in your heart.

    I never understood how hard it was until it was my turn. Hard for anyone to truly understand until they’ve been there. They’re more than pets, that’s for sure.
    Very sorry for your loss, Paul.

    I’m so sorry, Paul. It’s truly amazing how much of our hearts they take with them.

    I’m very, very sorry for your loss, Paul. You did right by her—for her whole life, and especially at its end. Thanks to you, both Tucker and Caitlin lived their best lives.

    Paul, I am so sorry about Caitlin. Take some comfort in knowing that you gave her a great life.

    Oh, Paul… so, so sorry. We know this time will come with our sweet feline (and canine) companions, and it’s always so painful. My heart breaks for you.

    I’m so sorry for your loss Paul. I will be sure to give my Lucy (who is only a few months younger than Caitlin, and has similar markings) some extra skritches for you today.

    I totally understand how you feel! My best friend is going through a similar situation with her older dog. My condolences to you.

    I’m so sorry, Paul. We went through that with our Sasha almost ten years ago. We still have her ‘sister’ Phoenix that was a kitten at that time, so she’s getting up there too. It was incredibly hard the first time, and Sasha wasn’t even as bonded to us, more the stereotypical aloof cat. Phoenix (also ~6wks old) is incredibly bonded to us, so that one’s going to be bad some day.

    I wish I had some great wisdom to offer you, but I don’t It’s just a really hard and shitty thing to go through. Be well and take care of yourself.

    Sasha: link

    Phoenix: link

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed any content featuring your kitties and I hope they are both finding the perfect sunspot together now.

    So sorry for your loss Paul. Thank you for sharing her with us all these years. RIP kitty.

    My sincerest condolences Paul. It seems like we’ve been reading about Caitlin forever. I have lost pets this way, and it’s never a good thing, but the fact that you had a bond with each other for 18 years is a special thing.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace Caitlin, may there be an endless supply of treats for you in kitty heaven.

    I am so very sorry to hear this Paul. Like many others have written, words cannot convey the sadness we are all feeling for you. I think the fact that there are 30 comments and it is not even 7 AM (my time) yet proves how much this community cares about you and Caitlin’s memory. One thing is for sure, she will not be forgotten because all of us will remember the many times you graced these posts with her (and Tucker). My condolences for you in this very hard time.

    Very, very sorry to hear about your loss. Pets are family, and it hurts to lose them. We lost our cat of 19 years last October, and I’m still not over it. Such a blessing that she shared so much joy over the years!

    I’m so sorry to learn of Caitlin’s passing. I hope your 18 years of love and memories will help get you through this difficult time.

    I can picture just how soft her fur was. I’m sure Tucker was happy to welcome her in. So sorry to hear, Paul.

    The loss of a beloved pet is one of the worst moments in life. We are so lucky to have these creatures, who show us unconditional love and affection, and it is so painful when we lose that special bond. RIP Caitlin, you were a fine UniWatch mascot and will be missed. Frank Seitz

    My sincere condolences, Paul. Thank you for sharing Caitlin with us for all of these years. I’m sure that Tucker is happy to see her again.

    Heartbreaking! You will be in my thoughts, Paul, and I am glad that Caitlin is no longer suffering.

    Deepest condolences Paul. I wish I had something better to say. Grief sucks.

    Paul, condolences to you on your loss and wishing you peace. May the memories of what you shared sustain you through a tough time. RIP Caitlin.

    So sorry for your loss of Caitlin, it’s very painful losing a pet.
    Even worse, when you have to make the painful decision and say that it is time.

    Oh Paul – I’m so sorry to hear about Caitlin.

    Pets have a remarkable way of entering our lives and becoming cherished members of our families and it seems like Caitlin was no exception. It’s heartbreaking to lose such a beloved companion. I know how much joy and comfort she brought you, and the bond you shared was truly special. Remember all those moments when Caitlin made you giggle like a child, providing solace during the toughest of times. May her memories fill your heart with warmth and may you find strength in the love you shared. My deepest condolences.

    Very sorry to read this, my sincere condolences. May she indeed be reunited with het brother somewhere. Power and strength with this loss, Paul.

    Paul; May Caitlin’s memory be for a blessing. Losing a furry companion is, as many of us know, extremely hard. Keep in mind the happier times and know that you gave her and Tucker a safe and loving home. We are thinking of you and Caitlin. Joel Frank and family (including the Frank Cats).

    My Tikit is on my lap as I read this and she just got some additional pettings. My sympathies on your companion’s loss.

    Always tough losing a beloved pet. But take comfort knowing that you gave her a good life, one that she might otherwise not have had.

    Paul, as a cat guy these past 33 years, I am so profoundly sorry for your loss. Dogs and cats burrow their way into our lives and hearts. When they leave us, they take a piece of us with them.

    I have been chosen by strays and shelter cats through the years. The bonds we make are special. There is something in a kitten’s purr or a cat’s eyes that just melts the soul.

    My house, and our three cats, salute Caitlyn. May her memory live forever.

    Paul, I’m very sorry to read about Caitlin. I know through your mentions of her over the years how much she meant to you.

    Sorry for your loss Paul. Not easy. A time to think about and cherish the opportunity you had to spend so much great time with her.

    Getting to know Caitlin after so many years, I feel as if I’ve lost someone special. I admire your ability to open up your heart on matters of the heart. Thank you and Caitlin was loved.

    So sorry to hear this Paul. As much as we know these moments are coming and think we’re prepared, the moment itself is never any easier. Best wishes from me and my own fuzzball, Simon.

    So sorry for your loss. The pain of losing a loved pet, cat or dog, is terrible. It shows how wonderful they are, that you know that you will most likely go through this when you get your pet, and you do it anyway.

    I’m so sorry for your loss Paul. 18 years is time for a lot of love, what a special friend.

    So sorry and a wonderful tribute you have written. I know the pain all to well (it doesn’t get easier, just the new norm) but be thankful you had many years with her

    I’m sorry for your loss, Paul. I know this has been on your mind for a while now. May Tucker, Caitlin and especially you find peace in due time. Take care.

    So sorry for your loss, Paul. Losing a pet is always such a tough thing to go through. Your pain is felt and I’m thinking about you. What a great life you were able to give Caitlin.

    Ugh — that it gutting. So sorry, Paul. I know how special a pet can be and how massive it’s absence can feel. Glad you two had all of those years together. It seems like you have her a wonderful life.

    Sorry about your loss. It was always, and will continue, to a joy to read about the mascots previous adventures.

    Has anyone ever asked how their names were chosen?

    I can’t really explain their names. Some pets I’ve named for specific reasons. But for Tucker and Caitlin, I just brought them home, they stepped out of the cat carrier, and I heard myself calling them those names.

    Thank you for sharing.

    We rescuded our cat Mika and everyone asks about his name (Let’s go Rangers!)

    Pet names always seem to have a story, no matter the source, that are interesting!

    So sorry for your loss, Paul. It’s always hard to lose our fur babies. Especially ones that have been with you so long and have given you lots of fond memories. After my first two cats passed, it was difficult for me. My first one ran away right after I got married and moved into our new house. 10 months later, the animal clinic called and said they think they had him. Luckily he still had his rabbis tag on his collar and someone turned him in. He was legendary there as he was always quite the handful. But, he too started to take a turn for the worse and developed a large tumor in his throat. Three months after he returned, we had to have him put to sleep. It was almost like he was returned to me so there could be closure. We had been together for 12 years.

    It will take a little while. But, one of these days, you will find another fur baby that will give you a lot of fond memories as well.

    My deepest condolences to you, Paul. That is heartbreaking. They really do become part of our family overtime. Sorry for your loss.

    – Geoff

    Condolences for your loss, Paul. Never easy to lose a furry friend/family member, but the memories and joy they’ve brought will always be with you. RIP Caitlin!

    Paul, you gave both your kitties one heck of a home, and that’s something you can be quite proud of. I’m sorry that you’ve lost such a faithful and fun companion.

    Losing a pet is tough. Thank you for sharing your cats with us and for this great story about Caitlin.

    I’m very sorry for your loss, Paul. Your loving tribute to Caitlin is beautiful. My cats, Aurora and Persephone, share in my condolences.

    I’m sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing your time with both Tucker and Caitlin with us. I lost my own 14 year old girl Pinky in late 2019. They really are family.

    My heart is broken for you, Paul. Pets enrich our lives in hundreds of ways. May she rest in peace.

    Sincere condolences to you, Paul. Hang on to the sweet memories and have a gentle day…

    So sorry for your loss Paul. I’ll make sure to give my cats an extra skritch.

    Losing a pet sucks, no other way to put it. May you cherish the memories and take pride in the good life you provided both Caitlin and Tucker.

    Very sorry Paul. You gave her a great life and she provided a lot of love back. It always is heartbreaking that they cannot live longer, so we have to always remember the great times with each one.

    Paul, what a beautiful tribute to your little girl. I’m glad you got to have so many long years with her. She seems like she was a Very Good Girl. There’s nothing more special than the love of a pet. Thank you for sharing Caitlin and Tucker with us.

    Paul, I’m so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how you’re feeling right now. I’m giving extra skritches and treats to Toby today in Caitlin’s memory.

    Sending sincere condolences and thoughts to you during this unbelievably hard time, Paul. Pets are family and become etched onto our hearts just like human family members. Almost two decades of companionship is so incredibly hard to say goodbye to, but it’s also something that you and Caitlin were so lucky to share. Caitlin and Tucker hit the jackpot to have you as their “dad”, and you can bet that they’re together again watching over you and excitedly waiting to be reunited one day. You’re in my thoughts.

    Sorry, Paul. Caitlin won the cat lottery with you….She knew how much you loved her.

    That’s a beautiful write-up, Paul. Thank you for sharing them with us. I’m very, very sorry for your loss.

    Thank you, Paul, for giving Caitlin and Tucker a lifetime of joy, security, warmth, and peace.

    So sorry for your loss, Paul. Seeing her on this page over the years was wonderful, please take solace in the fact that many of us got great joy out of seeing her! Your commentary above cements that sentiment for me. Take care and grieve her as you best see fit.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing a family member is always incredibly difficult and Inhope you’re able to remember all the wonderful and beautiful memories of her to help you in your grief.

    What a touching tribute to a special family member, Paul. I don’t think I’m alone among the comm-uni-ty in saying that your lovingly crafted words about Caitlin over the years made us feel like we knew her, too. You have my condolences as you move into this new phase of life without her.

    Never had a cat, but I definitely understand the appeal. So I can *somewhat* imagine the loss you’re feeling now. May the many good memories you have get you through this time. Take care, Paul.

    Sorry for your loss Paul, thank you sharing the great experiences with her over the years

    My condolences Paul. Having spent some time with you, I know how much you love your cats–one of your many good qualities. I met a prior generation of the family (my memory is going, but Barbarella and Lizzie are the names I remember; I’m pretty sure there was a third member as well, but I can’t think of the name) and it was fun to see the joy/enjoyment they brought to you and the household. It was evident that Caitlin brought that same joy (to the entire comm-UNI-ty–did I do that right?). We went through the same thing…it’s been 7 years, still miss her every day.

    Very sorry for your loss Paul. It doesn’t matter how many times we go through it, it never gets easier.

    My deepest condolences. 18 years is a brilliant run but it still hurts. I’m catsitting this week so I’ll give the two kitties extra scritches in Caitlin’s honour.

    I’m so sorry, Paul. I recently lost my girl Sylvia, who was 17. I got her the summer before I started high school and she lasted into my 30s (and even knew my kids)! I know how you feel and I hope you get some time to yourself to grieve. All the best.

    Thanks so much for sharing your pets on this platform. I enjoy cats so much. Sorry for your loss.

    My 2 ladies – Cider & Middie – will have tuna treats and skritches in honor of Caitlin later today.

    My deepest condolences, Paul. It’s a road all of us pet owners have to walk down at some point. The only small comfort is that making that incredibly tough decision is the last, best, and most caring decision we can make for our pets at that moment.

    Peace to Caitlin’s memory… and to the memories of all the pets U-W readers have loved and lost over the years.

    So sorry for your loss. You provided her a great life & great home for 18 happy years!

    My sincerest condolences Paul. Our dog Molly is getting up there with multiple health issues. We’re just cherishing each day we have with her (although our 2 cats probably won’t be upset when she passes on, then they won’t have to fight with her for her doggie bed)

    Paul, I am so sorry for your loss. Having experienced that pain a few years ago, I know exactly how it feels, and it sucks. Hang in there . . . RIP Caitlin.

    Dang Paul, I am so sorry…. Caitlin was a good cat, and a good mascot, and you’re a good cat-dad.
    She will be missed, take it easy friend.


    So sorry for your loss, it’s never easy when we lose a pet, especially one that’s been in our lives for so long.

    So very sorry, Paul. Our furry family members are such loving companions. Her loss will hurt but you will always have the love she and Tucker have shared with you.

    So sorry, nothing anyone can say takes away that pain, but time wolill. We lost a thirteen year old in 2022 to diabetes (treated)/pancreatits…it was hard. His younger cat sister was 5 back then, so 17 now, and she acts like a 4 year old, but i know the day is coming. We now have three others, which doesn’t make it easier.

    I’m so sorry for your loss Paul. Thank you for that wonderful remembrance and sharing Caitlin’s exploits with your readers all these years. I’ll be wearing my Uni-Watch Rain Check T-shirt with our loved UW mascot in her honor.

    I’m sorry for your loss. I became a cat owner for the first time last year and it’s hard imagining not having my Walt & Roy (I’m a Disney fan if you couldn’t tell) in my life.

    Deepest condolences, Paul. Yesterday, my wife and I made the same heartbreaking decision on our beloved dog, Cooper. He was approaching 14 but was deteriorating rapidly. We have had to say goodbye to our 2 dogs within a few months of each other. The sad thing about pets is knowing you’re probably going to outlive them and will have to watch them age. We already had just gotten a new puppy, and he will probably be our last pet going forward, which is also sad.
    We gave Cooper the best life we could, as I know you did for Caitlin. That’s what makes it so hard.

    My sincerest condolences to you, Paul. Loss and grief — they’re hard. May you find peace in the coming days.

    I’m so sorry, Paul. I have 4 cats myself and know how unique and special they are. You gave Caitlin and Tucker incredible lives and they lived well into their twilight years. That’s all you can ask for, though it doesn’t take away from the immediate pain. My thoughts are with you.

    Sincerely sorry for your loss. Rest in peace, Caitlin. Thank you for sharing her with us all of these years.

    Paul, thank you for every time you have ever shared with us a moment of tenderness, joy, or sun-lazing with Tucker and Caitlin. And thank you for sharing with us your feelings of loss at Caitlin’s passing. I’m so sorry for your loss, and I wish you comfort in all of the nice memories.

    I’m so very sorry for your loss Paul. I’ve been a reader since the beginning and loved stories about her.

    I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. I never thought a Uni-watch column would make me cry but here it is. People who have never formed this kind of bond with a little Angel have no clue. I still carry the scars of those I’ve lost in the past, especially one from 3 years ago. I’m going to go love on the two I have now and think of Caitlin.
    My heart reached out to you.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It is never easy losing a pet. I always loved reading about Caitlin and Tucker.

    That was a wonderful sendoff, Paul. I’m sorry to hear about your tough decision and loss. One day at a time. Cheers, friend.

    Paul so sorry to hear the news. Sad that she is gone, but grateful for all the years yall had to love each other.

    So sorry for your loss Paul. My family’s 13-year-old bulldog is fading, and the way you’re thinking about this resonates with me.

    I’m deeply sorry for your loss, Paul. Pets are family, and losing them hurts so much. They really do leave a hole in our hearts and in our homes. Your tribute to her was beautiful. Thank you for sharing Caitlin with us for so many years.

    I have never been a so-called “cat person,” but those pictures and that description of Caitlin when she chose you give me all the feels. May the excellent memories remind you of how happy she made you and you made her.

    RIP Caitlin! Paul I know how you feel and am very very sorry for your loss. Peyton the cat will receive extra scritches todays in Caitlin’s honour.

    So sorry for your loss. We had to walk that road with our “original beasts” Kramer (2003-2020) and her sister Satchel (2003-2022). Fortunately Satchel sent us two new beasts–Chewy and Tippy–to help fill the hole made by her departure. I’m sure Caitlin will be “involved” in sending you your next pet(s).

    I am so sorry to hear about this. I understand how tough this is and just how awful it is, all the way around. I hate for folks to go through it (having done so recently myself, and dread when it will come again). Hang in there and so you can see, you have many folks thinking of you during this tough time.

    We’re on our second generation here. Had 6 cats around the turn of the century and, one by one, their times came. I still miss them to this day.

    Now we have a bunch of cats AND 3 dogs. The initial 2 cats and the dog all turned 12 this month and I’m starting to see real signs of aging in the dog and one of the cats, who’s always had trouble keeping weight on.

    Losing them (and most often making that choice for them) is the price we pay, I guess, for all the joy and happiness they always bring.

    I am very sorry to hear this. I didn’t read every comment so I apologize if i’m repeating what others have said, or if this is obvious, but cats being willing to lie on their back and expose their belly so much is an indication of their level of comfortability and trust and willingness to be vulnerable with their owner. One of the many ways they can express their love

    Sorry for your loss Paul. We adopted two sister kittens from a shelter in 2006. We chose Kristine because she was the chattiest of the litter! She’s 17 now, healthy and still chases the red laser dot and is still very chatty! We had to put her sister down almost two years ago and I think Kristine still misses her. I’m going to be extremely sad when she passes, but for now I’m really enjoying our time together.

    We have a couple pets, and I’m always ashamed to think about how we prioritize our lives – mostly kids’ activities – over theirs. It feels like we should be giving them better lives than we do.

    It’s always been very obvious that you’ve made the mascots a priority in your life, and they were both very lucky to have you.

    I’m sorry for your loss.

    I’m so sorry man. That feeling is one of the worst when you lose your fur buddy. Cheers to Caitlin.

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved feline. I remember you writing about how humans and their pets depend on each other. Felix and Simba will have extra treatsies tonight in her honor. May she rest peacefully.

    Never thought Uni-Watch would make me cry – and right before a big meeting! My kindest thoughts to you guys, I know it’s tough. Destructo, Dexter, Spenser, Hissy-Poof, Gypsy & Cricket, Taffy, and every other good animal soul is waiting to befriend her. All to run, play, and leap again…

    The bustle in a house
    The morning after death
    Is solemnest of industries
    Enacted upon Earth –

    The sweeping up the heart
    And putting love away
    We shall not want to use again
    Until Eternity –

    –Emily Dickinson

    So sorry for your loss Paul. Cats truly are the best. I lost my little guy earlier this year, and know how heartbreaking it is. Peace to you.

    My condolences Paul. I still start every day by saying good morning out loud to Honeybunny, who passed 2 years ago. Watching them decline from “slowing down a little” to “oh, this is probably the end of the road” is gut wrenching. I hope you’re doing alright.

    What a lovely tribute to a lovely kitty, Paul! The love you felt for her and Tucker shone through every one of your posts and photos about them. You gave them a great life and then you gave her the greatest gift of all — letting go when it was the right time for her, not you. I hope she and Brother Tucker visit you in sweet dreams often.

    Beautifully written.

    You nailed it: “Love is really, really hard.”

    & yeah, having gone through many (many) pets, we know it is crushing & life-affirming.

    All the best.

    18 years is good, but it’s never really enough. Very sorry for your loss, Paul. R.I.P., Caitlin.

    I’m very sorry for your loss, Paul. My family lost our two cats several years ago, and they are still missed in our home. My thoughts are with you.

    So sorry, Paul! We have these wonderful, silly little friends that bring so much happiness into our lives, and we miss them when they go.

    I will give mine extra pets today!

    That is so great that Caitlin spent her life with you, I bet she’s feeling the void as much as you are Paul.
    I’m sure Caitlin and Tucker will meet up with Vino and Roman somewhere and talk about how great you and I were.

    Thanks for sharing your pets with us, Paul. Rest in Peace, Caitlin.

    Terrible news. I’m very sorry for your loss, Paul – Caitlin will be deeply missed by all of us. I always loved getting to see her in random posts over the years.

    So sorry for your loss, Paul. Thanks for sharing your memories and feelings with us. I hope you find solace in knowing Caitlin’s struggles are over. I know how excruciating it is to make the decision to say “goodbye” to a pet. Time will help heal your pain, and you will always have the wonderful memories of how Caitlin made your life better all these years.

    No words are sufficient at these moments, but I hope your best memories are providing some comfort today. We love our pets so much, and they are with us so briefly.

    So sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing about both Tucker and Caitlin with all of us. It was a privilege to share in the stories and the pictures of something so personal as a pet. Sending you good vibes.

    I’m so incredibly sorry to hear this and I’m sending lots of love. I know how this feels, and it’s one of the very toughest things in life. Take care.

    So sorry Paul. My guy Splode left us on Saturday after a solid 14 years. It’s such a hole and there is no way to prepare yourself, it seems.

    That’s a beautiful tribute. I gave my cat Norman an extra belly rub in her honor.

    They are such a joy to have that we accept the deal that we can’t keep them forever. But it hurts a lot anyway. She was well-loved and had a great kitty life. Thank you for giving that to her!

    Hi Paul. So sorry to hear of Caitlin’s passing. I know it must be hard. I am not looking forward to the day when I will probably have to make the same decision for our two kitties. A saving grace to Caitlin’s passing (as well as your other kitty Tucker) is that you were able to provide them with such joyful and healthy lives. Rest assured that they loved you for all the world in their time on earth and as they crossed the rainbow bridge. RIP Caitlin and Tucker.

    Paul – So sorry to hear about Caitlin. We recently had to make a similar decision about our sweet Stella, who had been in failing health. It’s devastating.

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