February 1st, 2008

RIP Snufkin

December, 1994 – 31st January 2008

We had to take Snufkin to the vet's for the last time yesterday.

He had been unwell since just after Christmas, without anything being obviously wrong.

He began to lose weight, lose his appetite, lose interest in life generally. After various tests, the vet determined that he had a mass in his intestine, and that it was growing rapidly. He wasn't in any obvious pain but he slept more and more, ate and drank less and less.

His condition began to deteriorate markedly on Wednesday night, and yesterday we decided that the time had come to let him go.

We had plenty of time to make a proper goodbye, to cuddle and stroke him during the morning, and when we took him to the vet it was all over very quickly.

It's hard to say goodbye but we know it was the right thing for Snufkin.

We've buried him in the garden, against the wall, where he spent so much of his time sunning himself in the late afternoon sun.

All cats are special to their humans, so of course there never was and never will be be another cat quite like Snufkin, but he was undoubtedly the most intelligent cat I had ever met, and sometimes the most amazingly inept, as if he couldn't quite apply all that brainpower to very simple things like retracing his steps when he got himself into trouble. He was adorable and we loved him.

And we also miss him. As do others.

Travel well, Snufkin!