We Love You, Baby Madison!

Today, was a sad but inevitable day. Our cat, Madison, has been sick for a while and his health has been slowly failing. I thought we would have one more day with him, but he didn't eat all day and was wandering around trying to get comfortable. I called my DH earlier in the day and told him that I thought he wasn't going to make much longer. Luckily, he told me to take today to pet him and comfort him, so I did.

He was such a loving cat. We got him about 11 years ago from a family in my home town, Fort Madison. Hence the name...Madison. They kept him in the basement as a mouser. Can you believe they left him in their basement? Well, they knew he needed a better home and I had just told my mom I wanted a cat like him. She called them numerous times until they called back. They said there were a lot of calls on their caller i.d., but no one called as much as her. Thanks, Mom!

We have estimated that Madison is between 17-18 years old. The family had him for five years and they got him after he was a kitten.

I thought I was more than ready for this day, but it became reality today and I am sad. I will miss him sleeping by me and crying for his tuna treats every day. We call him Baby Madison, because he is littler than Tanner. Tanner liked to refer to him as the baby. My DH would always joke with Tanner and call him "Big Madison", but Tanner would always correct him and say, "No, Dad! It is Baby Madison!"

Good bye, Baby Madison! We will miss you and we love you!



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17 comments:

nina said...

Oh Kim, I am so sorry to hear about your beloved cat. It's so heartbreaking, even when you see it coming, even when you've had so many precious years together! Somehow it never seems like enough time...
I wonder if Madison was a Maine Coon? He has that gorgeous look about him. Hope your memories are making you smile ...

Sharli said...

Kim, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss - I hear the love in your story and know this member of your family will be sorely missed!

I agree with Nina - he does look like a Maine Coon. Beautiful.

Hugs!

Karen Wilson said...

Big hugs to you Kim. I'm an animal lover to and your post brought tears to my eyes. Baby Madison is beautiful and definately looks like a Maine Coon. Enjoy your precious memories and when you're ready, do a layout on him. I've found that it helps.

{{hugs}} to you and your family

Tammy said...

Awe Kim, From one animal lover to an other. My heart goes out to you and your family! Beautiful Cat Baby Madison is. I so agree with Karen do layouts of all the memories when you are ready. It does really help!
Hugs
Tammy

Jeanne said...

Oh Kim...I'm SO sorry. I know all too well just how hard it is and how sad you are. Hugs to you and your family.

Baby Madison is gorgeous. She lived a good life after you got her and it shows in this picture and in the story you shared.

Hugs!!

Iona said...

My dear Kim. So sorry to hear about Baby Madison. My daughter had a cat that passed of old age as well. It is never easy and you know we are all here and ready for you anytime. We share your loss and extend a hand of comfort and big bear hugs. Iona

Brielle said...

I'm sorry for your loss. it is so hard to loose a pet. Maybe you could make a mini scrapbook for him.

Kelly said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Lynn Mercurio said...

Oh Kim...I'm so sorry. My heart hurts for the sadness you are feeling. Hugs to you for being such a loving pet owner!

Tails said...

Having lost my own pet just yesterday, my heart bleeds with yours. I hope you heal soon, and only remember the good times. *hugs*

Sankari W. said...

Kim, I am so sorry to hear about Madison. What a lucky little kitty to have your love and care and attention! I am so sorry for your family's loss and am sending you a ton of hugs and love! it always seems that no matter how much you think you are prepared - the reality of the loss always hits the heart deeply - I hope you all are doing okay and that Tanner is doing okay too with the loss.... I am so sorry...
big hugs dearest kim,
love and more love,
Sankari :)

Barb said...

Oh Kim, I am so sorry to hear about your sweet kitty! Losing a long time family pet is a bitter pill to swallow. Just know that I am sending hugs to you and your family...Madison was a beautiful cat! Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the picture...

Take care now...
Hugs,
Barb

Jena said...

So sorry for your loss! It's so hard losing a beloved pet - I lost my horse this summer after 24 years so I know how you feel! Enjoy your memories of Madison - take care!

Barbara said...

Hi Kim i was reading what you wrote about madison it brought tears to my eyes.Thanks for sharing your picture and memories of madison sending you and your family hugs.

Tammy Hershberger said...

What a beautiful cat, Kim! I'm so sorry for your loss!!! Sending you hugs, and I will surely give my kitties extra lovin' too!

Donna said...

Sor sorry for the loss of your cat Madison.

Sue from Oregon said...

Oh I am so sorry...Hugs to you.