But sometimes the season just doesn’t seem long enough…and that’s how it was with Cinnamin, the beloved cat of my dear Florida friend, Judy Ditfurth.
Cin was the last surviving member of the happy furry family Judy had shared her life with for many years. When her Bulldog, Jeremy, died unexpectedly on Christmas Eve 2008, the loss was unbearable for Judy…and also for Cin. The two boys had been best buddies.
So last year Judy, who is a long time supporter of Bulldog rescue, brought home two Bullie ladies who needed a forever home. The hope was these sweet girls might be interested in making friends with a beautiful orange and white cat.
Cin did everything possible to forge a friendship with his new canine family members, but the dogs just weren’t interested. So he contented himself by playing with his toys, sleeping in his cat nest, and staying close to Judy.
He held his own through 2009, but when 2010 rolled around Judy started to notice that Cin just wasn’t Cin anymore. He was losing weight. He had begun sleeping in Jeremy’s old resting spots. The playful cat she had known was disappearing before her eyes.
Then, about a month ago, things started to go very wrong, very fast.
A team of doctors did every possible test they could think of, but no one could come up with any conclusive answers as to what was wrong with Cinnamin. His frail little body was shutting down. On April 13th Judy made the heartbreaking decision to let her boy go.
When she called me, the first thing she said was “Cin’s with Jeremy now.”
Medicine has come a long way. There are tests and treatments available that can often save or extend an animal’s life. There are drugs that can relieve pain, help old kidneys, and fight cancer.
But Judy feels Cin died of a broken heart…and there just doesn’t seem to be a medicine for that.
Farewell sweet Cin.