RIP Katy

September 15th, 2014


I’ve been avoiding writing this post for almost a week. This will make it seem real.

Our cat Katy, who was staying with our good friends Erin and Rocco in Oregon while we’re in Japan, stopped eating a couple of weeks ago. Erin took her in to the vet, and they found a large cancerous tumor in her abdomen. Taking her age, health, and the fact that she hadn’t eaten in almost a week into consideration, the vet thought she wouldn’t be a good candidate for surgery, and recommended euthanasia.


Erin took Katy home. She took a few photos of her when the light was nice, and they cuddled her and loved on her and said good-bye. The next day, Rocco took her in to the vet and gave her lots of pets and chin scratches for everyone. When it was done, he took her body home and they buried her with her blanket under an apple tree on their property.

under the apple tree

For the first time in almost 20 years, we are a catless family. We said good-bye to Katy when we left her in Oregon last April, but we honestly didn’t think we were saying good-bye to her forever. We’re all pretty sad that she’s gone, but we’re so very grateful to our friends for giving her a good home for her last few months.

Now I’m certain we made the right decision when we didn’t bring her with us to Japan, even though I would have loved to have her with us, and I’m sorry that Erin and Rocco had to deal with having her put to sleep. If we’d brought her, she would have had to deal with a long plane trip, then being quarantined at the vet’s while we were in the Navy Lodge, and then quarantined in our house for months after we got here. Since she was in Oregon, she was able to go outside and had other cats and chickens to terrorize, and Erin and Rocco’s 3-year-old daughter Indy had a cat to love on. (The other four cats all tend to run away when Indy comes at them.)

Katy, you had an incredibly yowly meow and you could be a little overwhelming in your demands for attention and you were so picky you wouldn’t even eat tuna, you weirdo. But you were the sweetest, most loving cat we ever had, and your fur was the softest, and your purr was the loudest. You always knew when someone needed a cuddle and were right there to head-butt them in love and then sit with one paw resting on their arm, like you wanted to make sure they knew you were there. Rest in peace, Kater Potater.

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12 Responses to “RIP Katy”

  1. Dana says:

    Awww Katy, RIP. Sorry to hear this news Bethany. Katy was a great kitty and had a wonderful life with you guys. It’s still hard to say goodbye, especially from afar. You have some really great photos to remember her by.

  2. Sonja says:

    Oh, Bethany. I’m so sorry.

  3. Sarah says:

    Poor Katy, I’m sorry you guys. Sounds like she had a very caring foster family with Erin & Co. – knowing how to care for you too with taking those goodbye photos.

  4. Rena says:

    Oh, Katy. She looks so cuddly and sweet, and I’m so sorry for your loss. May it bring you comfort to know that your family gave her a wonderful life, and she appreciated it with all of her heart.


  5. Jen Wilson says:

    I’m so sorry about Katy. :( She really was a loving cat! I’m glad she had a good last few months with Erin & Rocco. Their place is pretty rad. :)

  6. Joe says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about this Betho. She really was a great cat and your post captured her beautifully.

  7. SAJ says:

    :( so sweet of Erin and Rocco. Thank you from me too. I loved her too…

  8. Aunt Janet says:

    I’m all teary after reading your post. It brought back memories of saying farewell to Tressa’s cat, Evie and Tony’s dog, Fred. It was so nice that Katy was with Erin .. making her last days peaceful and filled with love… and it must bring you, Troy and the girls a feeling of peace at having to say goodbye from afar.

  9. BeachMama says:

    So sorry to hear, but thankful that you had good friends to take care of her for you. We did the same once for friends who were away and couldn’t take their 15 yr old dog with them. xo

  10. Kassie says:

    Oh man, I’m so sorry to hear about Katy. She was so sweet and one of the few cats that I really liked. Hope you guys are doing ok! We miss you all.

  11. tina says:

    Just reading this now, Bethany. I am very sorry to hear about Katy. What a hard way to say goodbye, but how wonderful that you have such kind and thoughtful friends who were looking out for her at the end. Thinking of all of you.