Pele, My Sweet Cat


Pele has been with me for 18 years, since she was weened as a kitten. She has been a wonderful companion through thick and through thin. It was a sad moment last night when Richard and I met at the vet’s office and had to euthanize her.  I’ve had to euthanize pets before, but none as beloved as Pele. If any of you reading this are in the Cleveland area, specifically Cleveland Heights, I highly recommend Mandel Veterinary Clinic. The staff was as caring, respectful and sympathetic as any vet I’ve ever taken my pets to in my life. After a physical exam for Pele, we were escorted to a “grief room” where we could spend some time with Pele. There were several steps to the procedure, but I was allowed to hold her through the entire process. As much as I despise having to make these kinds of decisions, every vet I checked with in the last month (many) told me that her time had come. I finally chose the vet where we received the kindest, most tender conversations. I will certainly miss Pele, but I am thankful that her parting was handled in such a sensitive way. Thank you to all the staff at the Mandel Veterinary Clinic.

Nov. 2, 2011 -- photo taken around 1pm, deceased @ 6pm

42 thoughts on “Pele, My Sweet Cat

  1. Cecelia I am so sorry. Pele is so very lucky in the fact that she was loved and respected all her life and in the end someone, well you and your husband did the kindest thing when she had lived her good life. My wish is that all kitties could live and pass this way. I know your heart is breaking, just know that I am thinking of you.

  2. Oh, I’m so sorry. I can so relate to this. Only had to do it once, back in 2001 … my beloved Hadassah had to be put to sleep at the age of 16. They were really nice and caring at the vet’s clinic I went to, too.
    It’s a very long time to live with a cat, or any animal, and they leave a big void… I still feel the pain when I think of Hadassah, but am thankful for all those years I lived with her.

    Pele was beautiful! Cherish the time you had together and think of that she’s probably in a better place now..


  3. How sad. I cry thinking about the time that will come for my baby. I send you good thoughts. Keep the memories of Peleand know that she surely appreciated the love and concern you gave her over her life. May she greet other kitties at the Rainbow Bridge…

  4. I’m so sorry about Pele. My thoughts and prayers are with you. “May the Lord comfort you with all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.”

  5. So sorry to hear about Pele. Eighteen is long life for a kitty but it’s still hard to let them go. I’m so glad you stayed with Pele through the process. I’ve done the same thing with the three we’ve had to put down and as hard as it is, it feels so right. The last one, Kitty, was my office cat. I miss him every day.

    1. This was the second pet I’ve had to put down. The first one (five years ago) was a nightmare in the way the vet techs handled it. I felt guilt for a full year about that one. I loved Possum, too. This time was a completely different experience. And although i am feeling a lot of grief, you are right; it feels so right. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving such kind, understanding words.

  6. As a cat owner, i feel your pain and extend my deepest sympathies to you. 18 years is a blessed long time to have a pet and that shows an amazing bond too… I feel for you Cecilia… again my condolences. 😦

  7. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Pele. I know how hard it is to lose a furry friend. I’m so glad you were able to stay with Pele throughout the process.

  8. oh Cecelia, a belated note to say how sorry i am to hear of your loss of sweet Pele. the latter part of October and the first part of November i was away from blogging because of a small medical crisis at home – which actually was not so small at the time – and blogging was one of the last things on my mind. and so i missed this when you originally posted it.
    i am sure you must still be missing her at every turn. we once had a cat who adopted us when she was about three and a half, and we were able to enjoy her company for a long time, until she was in her 21st year. Pele was with you a long time, too, and i can image it was hard to say good-bye and yet that last tough decision is one of the kindest we can make for our pets. my heart goes out to you. how nice that you could be with her for those final moments.

    1. Thank you for your kind thoughts. I miss Pele so much, but as Richard keeps reminding me, her end was peaceful and she was held in our arms. I appreciate your thoughts. Hope all is well with regard to the medical crisis, and that you are on the mend. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such kind words. That means a lot to me.

  9. Sorry to hear your loss. I have a dog since last 8 years and she is so adorable and precious for me and my entire family. The thought of losing her only crushes my heart. I can imagine what you would be going through. Anyway I hope you recover from your grief soon and once again start spreading your love for the furry friends. 🙂 May Pele rip.

    1. Thank you. It was painful and I still miss her. But she was deteriorating and I was reaching the point where I could no longer take care of her. It was sad. Thanks for your kind thoughts.

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