It’s a sad day

I’m very saddened to share with you that my kitty Spud passed away this afternoon, quite suddenly. Chris and I came home from work early because of the snow storm, around mid-afternoon, and after being home about an hour or so, we realized that we hadn’t seen the cats yet. I found Spud down in our basement in quite a lot of distress, with Smokey (our other cat) by his side. We rushed him to the vet and they immediately told us that he was suffering from a blood clot in his iliac artery, which is the one leading from the heart to the kidneys and the legs. Apparently this is can often happen quite suddenly for cats which have cardiomyopathy (a heart murmur), which can be difficult to detect in cats, and something I didn’t really know Spud had. This morning he was his usual, happy cuddly self, and so it’s quite a shock that he’s suddenly gone.
Hitting the books

This comes as an especially hard surprise because over the last two weeks I’ve had lots of ups and downs with the big dawg Zeus, who is 11 and a half years old, and well past a Saint Bernard’s life expectancy. He has problems with hygromas on his elbows (swellings of fluid and build up of callous-like tissues), which periodically get infected and need to be drained (yes, it’s gross). He had an especially big/bad one last week which sent us to the vet on an emergency visit which required antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and lots of stress that this was going to be “it”. Eventually the infection opened and it drained, but now its a gaping wound that requires extra care. Our vet advised that these wounds are especially hard to get healed and there may be a tumor underneath. Right now he’s wearing children’s leggings that have been fashioned into a “shrug” so we can keep a bandage over it (that bandage being a maxi pad – you’d be surprised how well this is working). I’m actually working on a design I’m inventing for a knitted shrug that will fit better and look less silly! More to come on this later.

Spud chasing sunbeams
Spud chasing sunbeams

So it’s a sad day here, and we both already miss the little “Sky Hook” immensely (Spud had a slightly deformed tail which meant that it was hook-shaped at the tip). Spud came to us with Smokey via a friend who moved to Hong Kong and was not able to keep them any longer. The two, while not related, lived like brothers, and Spud came from a shelter at about 5 months. He may have been abused or at least neglected because he was very shy for quite some time, but he immediately had a calming effect on Smokey, who was a holy terror at the time. Spud eventually came around, and evolved into one of the sweetest, most loving cats I’ve ever owned. He loved to hang out in sunbeams, watch the birds outside and visit me while in the bathroom. He was especially fond of our duvet, and rejoiced in October when we got the new king-sized bed. One of his latest and most endearing behaviors was to come up behind me while I’m standing, reach up for a stretch with his front paws and basically “grab my ass”.

Spud chasing sunbeams
Big stretch

Rest in peace little snugglebug. We miss you terribly already. Here’s to you little buddy:


  1. Marie says:

    What a very very sad day for all of you! All my sympathies and here’s hoping Zeus feels better soon!

  2. admin says:

    Thank you,

  3. Teresa says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Spud. We have 7 cats and 3 dogs, and just lost our oldest, Miss Kitty a few years ago and I still miss her.

    I will keep a good thought for you!

  4. Jacquie says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss!

  5. Siobhan says:

    I can really empahtize with you, we lost our 2.5 year old, Snoop, on the 16th of December with what they think was Cardiomyopathy. I took him to the University of Guelph for a post mortem and still to not have a definitive answer.

    We had no warning of this except for the day before he was a little out of sorts and the next morning he had passed away. His passing has depressed me terribly, I feel I should have seen some type of sign.

    My thoughts are with you.

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