Goodbye Poem to a Short, Chubby Cat

Ten days ago we lost our cat Lupa. She was eleven years old, and she had cancer that had moved into her lungs.

cat sleeping on heater

Lupa loved making the bed with us when we took freshly washed sheets out of the dryer.  She was shy and liked having her cheeks rubbed. And she was sneaky in her lifelong quest for yogurt and cheese.

She was short and chubby, with a snow white chest and a little gray spot on the left side of her pink nose.

Wet Cat

Lupa was happiest in familiar places, but every once in awhile she would walk right out the front door while we were doing errands. Then she would flop over — outside! — to have her belly rubbed.

sleeping cat

Lupa knew her name, and she was a world-class purrer and snuggler. She always came when I called her, and she didn’t mind being picked up.

Snuggling Cats

I miss her, very much. I think a poem is the best way to say ‘goodbye.’

A Farewell»
by Harriet Monroe

Good-bye!—no, do not grieve that it is over,
The perfect hour;
That the winged joy, sweet honey-loving rover,
Flits from the flower.

Grieve not—it is the law. Love will be flying—
Yes, love and all.
Glad was the living—blessed be the dying.
Let the leaves fall.

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4 thoughts on “Goodbye Poem to a Short, Chubby Cat

  1. She was such a sweet little kitty and she didn’t live long enough; but then no pet ever does. I feel for you and am very glad you were there to make her life so happy.

  2. beautiful post/goodbye. beautiful, wonderful cat. amazing photos. thank you for sharing your memorial. I teared up. I hope you eventually open your home to another special someone.

    • Thanks Amy. We miss her so much – they are our familiars for a reason! Her little ‘sister’ cat is going through a tough adjustment and we think she might need a new friend, but it’s hard to know when the right time is.

      I guess we’ll know when we know 🙂

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