For those of you who didn’t know, my beloved 5-year old Maine Coon, Stanley, was put to sleep Saturday afternoon. He was acting like himself the Tuesday before, all active and happy. Then he quickly took a completely unexpected turn. It started off that his fur was greasy, and he had a bad smell about him. He could still eat and jump, but he wasn’t like his usual self. The next day, he quit eating…but he was still able to move around like normal. He then was unable to walk more than a few inches without collapsing on the floor. He was walking in a zig-zag pattern, and his back feet lost all function. When the vet examined him, they said they’re trying their best, but there’s really no hope. Stanley was suffering from back-to-back mini seizures, which is why he hardly slept his last few days. She also stated that he was suffering from severe kidney failure. That was the toughest, saddest and most horrifying day of my life.
I couldn’t (and still can’t) believe that my baby boy is gone. I had my senior pictures taken with him! He was the love of my life for those five short years he was with us. He was such a unique, friendly feline. He knew how to shake hands and greet people who walked through the door. He was so easy-going and so nurturing. Every single day, tears wallow up in my eyes. I just want my cat back…but I know that’s never going to happen. It feels like my entire heart got ripped out of my chest, thrown into a busy highway and left to die.
My brother and I decided that we must get a new kitten. One that looks like Stanley. Not to replace him, but to carry on his memory. We searched online and found a few that kind of looked like him. We stumbled upon little Isaac from Save1Pets on PetFinder.com. When I looked at him picture, I knew HE was the ONE. He was the one who will bring us out of our heartache. He is the one who will take our minds off of our deceased furiend.
We inquired about Isaac the Monday after Stanley died. We had to wait for him to be neutered in order for him to come home. He went in for his surgery yesterday evening, and we got to pick him up earlier today!
Oh my goodness, words can’t even describe how hard I’ve been grinning since he arrived in my house. He has the most adorable, most precious face I’ve ever laid eyes on (besides Stanley, of course).
He is still quite sore, and it breaks my heart to hear him cry whenever he goes to the litter box 🙁
I can only hope Stanley is looking down at us from KittyKat Heaven. I hope he’s proud that we took in a desperate kitten in need of a furever home. He’s no Stanley. We don’t want him to be. We want him to be ISAAC!
Below are some pictures of Stanley, from kittenhood to cathood. You be the judge of whether they look alike or not 😉
Stanley has a lot more white on the bottom than Isaac does.
|Look how he greeted people!|
|That looks, uh, comfy?|
|My pretty boy.|
|Now WAIT a minute!!!|
|“I’m not fat! I’m fluffy!”|
Rest in peace, Stanley. You will be forever missed…forever loved. Say hi to Eddie and Isabelle for me.