Monday, July 23, 2018

Good bye, Mootie

Today we lost our sweet Mootie!

Mootie and her friend Pip came to the farm in 2014 after their owner fell ill and needed to rehome them.

They were supposed to be barn cats (back when I had some silly rule about house-cat numbers!) But it wasn't long before they were living in the house.

Mootie had a particularly hard life before coming to her last owner. She languished in a shelter for a year, labelled "unadoptable" due to her cranky demeanour.

But her former owner Susan took a chance on Mootie. It was discovered that Mootie was actually in pain from a mouthful of bad teeth and gums. Once all her teeth were removed, her true affectionate happy character showed itself.

After I got her, I had her umbilical hernia repaired. At that time, they found out that after her spay, her interior stitches had let go, so all that had been holding her abdominal organs in was basically some layers of skin! So that was repaired as well. She hated wearing a cone, so I put her in a baby onesie, but she kept ripping that off too! (See above photo.)

We recently finished up the deck off our granary and got some furniture there, and Mootie had been enjoying sitting out there with me, soaking up a bit of sun. This pic were taken just over a week ago.

I took her into the vet this morning because her breathing was laboured. They did a bunch of tests... by the time they called this afternoon, Mootie was intubated and unconscious, and the vet said our only option was to euthanize. He didn't want to wake her up as he thought she would not be able to continue breathing on her own. So I got down there as fast as I could and was with her when she passed. Unfortunately Gordon was in Brockville all day and couldn't be there, but I told him what was happening, and I also said good-bye to Mootie for him.

This little cat will leave a great big hole in our hearts! Rest in peace, Mootie girl. I hope you meet up with Millicent (who we lost a year ago) and you play together in fields of catnip. We love you, Moot. xoxo


  1. I am so sorry to hear you lost your Mootie. They do indeed leave a big hole in us when they cross the bridge. Our border collie had to be euthanized a year ago last January. I still find myself frequently calling the new dog (a female yellow lab) by his name. They just never leave us.

  2. Ah! Bless!x (=♡ ᆺ ♡=)

  3. Oh Natalie - we are so sorry to hear about Mootie. I know how much you loved her, but it is nice that you were able to be with her at the end to let her know how much she meant to you. I am sure her life was much better living with you at the end - thank you for sharing your wonderful home with her.


    Julie and Poppy Q

  4. What a lovely tribute to a precious soul. May she rest in peace and may the beautiful memories she left behind bring you comfort.

  5. Natalie, I'm so sorry Mootie has passed. We never "get over" the loss of a loved Being, we only become accustomed to their absence, in time. My thoughts are with you and Gordon; my two boys send soft purrs.

  6. My heart is filled with love for the new life you gave Mootie.

  7. Sweet Mootie, such a loss for you. Sending big hugs and much love.

  8. Aww Mootie. I'm so very sorry for the hole in your heart. Hugs to everyone.

  9. Natalie, I am so sorry. Mootie was so beautiful inside and out. My heart is aching.❤️❤️❤️

  10. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful girl. XO

  11. My heart genuinely aches for you, Natalie. You & Gordon gave sweet, affectionate little Mootie, who loved to be brushed, the best life ever ............ and you deserve to also have that knowledge comfort you, too.
    [Given the suddenness of Mootie's symptoms, did the array of tests run by your veterinarian show a particular virus or bacteria? Our little 3-legged/ long-haired / orange-and-white rescue cat Sonny, 10 --who looks almost exactly like Mootie-- is an indoor cat, although we also allow him out onto our tiny enclosed deck right outside the Kitchen and --in this extremely humid, rainy weather-- I worry about mosquito-borne illnesses, you know.]
    I'll never forget your very heartwarming 0:26 video, (link directly Below), of Gordon "being all soppy with his Mootie"!:

  12. My heartfelt sympathy on the passing of sweet Mootie. She was such a pretty girl, and I know no matter how many more cats there are asking for attention, Mootie's presence will be missed.


  13. So sorry for your loss . Because of you and Gorden Mootie had the best time of her life on your farm . She will forever be in your hearts and memories .

  14. Anonymous1:07 pm

    You brought Mootie so much joy in her time with you and Gordon. You both are VERY good people.

  15. It's terrible losing an an old friend, but you made her life better, and I'm sure she was grateful. RIP.


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