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Before I post about The Sims 2 I would like to take a moment and post about Tiger, a very sweet and gentle cat who we lost to illness and age yesterday.

Tiger was 14/15 years old when I first met him and his mother, Mama Cat (who passed away in 2008 if I remember correctly).  This picture is actually from my first trip to see Kevin and so Tiger and I were just getting to know one another.  The main thing I remember from this trip is how Tiger is one of those cats that purrs as soon as a person he likes walks in the room and once he started getting pet the purring would get very load.  Compared to his mama he was a very large cat (only is structure, he was actually light in weight) being roughly twice her size.

Tiger was estimated to be 20 years old and he had a stroke in early July of 2009 which he remarkably recovered from despite the unlikeliness of a 19+ year old cat recovering from a stroke.  He was primarily and outdoor cat and was only inside to eat and at night which also makes his advanced age rather remarkable.  Kevin and I had considered bring him to live with us when we moved in together in an apartment that allowed cats, but decided it was best he stayed with Kevin's parents since I would not allow him to be an outdoor cat and the stress of not being able to go outside after 17 years of free roaming would not be good for him.   After his stroke and recovery he started dropping weight and his spine was becoming very obvious so Kevin's parents started giving him two meals of moist food a day instead of one (cats eat based on sense of smell and he may not have been able to smell the dry food they had out for him anymore).  The last few days, without warning his size shot up, although his weight did not seem much higher and his spine was still obvious, and he was mouth breathing which he had also never done before.  So yesterday Kevin's parents took him to be seen by a vet and while we do not know specifically what was wrong, it was agreed by all that due to his advanced age and the quick deterioration he seemed to be having that it would be kindest to let him go.

I miss Tiger very much and last night was a very long one once I had stopped distracting myself to go to sleep.  I think both of our cats knew something was wrong because both of them tried very hard to stay with me most of the night while I was crying.

He was beautiful. And he lived a good long life full of love.

I don't really know what else to say, except that I'm thinking about him and you.

(((((hugs)))) again, for what they're worth.
Thank you, it is appreciated
I'm so sorry to hear about that :( He was such a beautiful lil' boy.

I know what it's like to see a cat out to the end. It is sad, but it sounds as if he was very loved :) And 20 years is proof :)

He was very well loved and we know he loved us a great deal, sometimes I think that is what got him through his stroke.
He certainly had a good and long life, and I can easily imagine him purring very loudly every time you were near. It was very kind of Kevin's parents to look after him after you moved, I'm sure he would not have lasted as long if he'd had to be cooped up in a flat.
*hugs* to you.
I didn't realize how old they were when I first met them until Mama cat passed away because they still played like kittens when I first came out to visit.

They were very much, Kevin's cats, if Kevin was at one end of the room, and I was at the other, or his parents for that matter, they would go to Kevin first and only after he had stopped petting them would they come to me or his parents. I think they liked me because I would pet them for over and hour in one go and I guess a lot of the time they wouldn't get that much attention at once, because it was usually spread out over the course of the day.

I am just happy knowing he enjoyed having me around because apparently both of them were shy of strangers generally but when we were first introduced they took to me straight away. I have joked to Kevin that their reaction was part of why he married me.
Aww, sweetie, I'm so sorry. He's beautiful and sounds to be much loved.
Thank you, he is greatly missed by Kevin and I, and while I haven't talked to Kevin's parents yet, I am sure they miss him too.
i'be been here before so i know exactly how awful you feel. i'm so sorry for you but glad that you had a long time together.
Thank you, unfortunately he was not the first cat we have lost to illness, but we thought we were going to lose him in July of 09 so the fact that he hung on for another six months amazed everyone including the vet. We are very grateful for that extra time because it didn't come as a surprise and we had all said goodbye to him on Sunday (he got a lot of attention from everyone that day).