Well I didn't tell anyone at the time but its a year ago today that my little cat Vivienne died.
She was the most human of cats and slept in a tiny suitcase on my desk.
I know this is a sad post but I just wanted Vivienne to be remembered and there is something permanent about putting something on the Internet...

Most cats are 'cat' cats but every now and then you get a cat that is like a human....if you have a cat like this then you will know what I mean.

Burying Vivienne was the saddest thing I have ever experienced.


  1. :( She looks so much like my cat Betty! I honestly don't know what I am going to do when she goes - it sounds a bit mad to say that she is a friend but I really will be so lost without her. Like you said she is one of those cats that seems human and she has the ability to read my moods better than most people I know!

    Rest in peace Vivienne - she looks gorgeous.

  2. I am sorry for what you're going through, we have a cat at home much like Vivienne, is called John. It is true that love them as a child, and it is painful to lose them. Vivienne Rest in peace, beautiful tribute.

  3. She looks like a sweet lady. I lost my little best cat last year and I still miss her so much. It's something that has been very precious, but it is excruciating to lose them - and although it does sound a bit mad, as the previous commenter said, they are friends, the best kind of friends. And now Vivienne will be remembered as my Mousie is by all the kind people who gave me messages of support.

  4. What a dear little cat, of course you miss her.
    When my old Suscipe died I couldn't bear the silence, and after a month or so took in another older cat (on the theory that if she didn't capture my heart, at least I was caring for a cat that needed a break). Shibui is totally different, a Himalayan with attitude who didn't sit on my lap for a full year although she adores my husband. I love her totally.
    Suscipe channelled Martha Stewart while Shibui is Jack Nicholson to the life, so it's a good thing they didn't meet. I love them both.

  5. My truest Cat Loving condolences. It is just over one year that my beloved Sasha BooBoo kitty passed away at 18. I still miss her. She was such a godsend and I am grateful for being so fortunate to share her for 18 years. Your Vivienne is still looking out for you I am certain. Cherish your memories and honor your sadness...

  6. Bless her and what a lovely picture to use as a commemoration of her life.
    I was cat rescue for almost 20 years and have wept buckets for strays that needed help passing and hand reared orphan and dumped kittens through many a sleepless night.
    Out of so very many, Ive been lucky enough to have 3 treasured personalities adopt me, the last of them is still alive but on borrowed time.
    I think its a form of intuition some animals and humans have.........and its a blessing.
    ( hug)

  7. I am sorry for your pain...
    Happy for the love that makes the pain possible.
    Be well.

  8. She looked just like our Yumi (only yumi has a little more white on her face) and Yumi is a very human cat too. she sleeps all night in the bed like a human. Yumi as a darling as I'm sure your sweet friend was. Blessings to you on this day.

  9. It's tragic when you lose a special furry friend. She is a dead ringer for my Finn, or at least a svelte version of him.

  10. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who commented here,its really lovely of you thankyou.x

  11. I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your beautiful Vivienne :(

    She sounds like she was one extraordinary cat and I'm sure she'll be missed here on the physical existence!

  12. I am so sorry to read of the loss of Vivienne. I can completely understand when you talk of those special cats who come along so very rarely.
    When I lived at home with my parents we had various cats over the years but there was one, Barnaby, who was not a cat cat, he was a human cat.
    He died at the grand old age of 16, and (for me) will never be replaced. In fact Ive not owned a cat of my own since, I have always had dogs, I honestly do not believe any cat could ever manage to fill those boots as it where.
    Anyway, the ramble was really to offer my condolences X

  13. Oh those little furry creatures leave such a huge hole in the heart when they leave don't they? I lost my lovely Bella this summer and blogged about her passing. The hardest thing ever and I miss her every single day so I understand how you feel.

    Donna x

  14. This is a short passage I share with friends who have lost their furry companions, for whatever reason. I would like to share it with you, for it speaks volumes to the love and heartbreak that we use to stitch together the unbreakable bonds that we forge with our animals.
    " We who chose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way." Irving Townshend; Separate Lives.
    Peace to your heart and strength to your soul. Sharon/Cats Paw Jewelry

  15. I lost my beautiful Starbright 4 years ago she was run over and I found her on the side of the road. We had such a connection, she was my friend and I will always miss her. Vivienne must leave a similar hole in your heart that never can be filled. Just made smaller - one hopes - over time and with others.

  16. Our animal friends know us better than many humans ever will. It is some kind of magic that weaves them into our lives so that even when they leave us they are forever a part of us. Just this Fall My Cinderella died in my gently that I wasn't sure when her breathing stopped...but the whole time she looked into my eyes as if to memorise me...she poured the purest of love into her last moments. We are blessed when we share our space with "familiars".

  17. So very sorry to hear about Vivienne. My heart and thoughts go out to you. I have a cat whose not just a cat too, and can't imagine life without her, they are very precious xo

  18. When we loose someone dear whether human or animal it takes time to come to terms with it. We never loose our memories.....

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  20. She has touched your heart and shall remain in your memory forever...

  21. Yes, I think so too - when you say it loud on the internet it makes it lasting.
    I have had a human cat too, and he died in September of last year. Oddly enough, his favourite place to be was in an old suitcase on my sewing room floor. I had bought it to store fabric in and before I could get it closed he was in it... finally I gave up and made a pillow to fit it.
    Vivienne looked beautiful in hers...

  22. I'm very sorry for the loss of your dear Vivienne. It's awful to lose these precious companions, especially when they are exceptionally dear.

    It's a beautiful image of her content in the vintage suitcase.

  23. I was so sorry to hear that you had lost your dear cat. Losing a friend like that is always hard, but I think it's especially hard when they've seen you through troubling times. I was devastated when I lost my 26-year-old cat. She had been with me for so long and had shared so much of my growing up pains and joys. I often think of the Robinson Jeffers poem, The House Dog's grave, which ends,
    "I was your friend.
    I loved you well, and was loved. Deep love endures
    To the end and far past the end. If this is my end,
    I am not lonely. I am not afraid. I am still yours."

  24. Much thought and consideration have gone into these comments. How lovely to see that in our hour of need the words of friends and strangers can still have a lasting and profound effect.

    When we loose someone dear the pain is always hard. Unbelievably, it eases, we find ways of coping and moving on and eventually forgetting the sadness and instead remembering the beauty.

    Thank goodness the brain repairs the scars in this way.

    I had a baby bird die in my garden last year after trying to keep it alive for a couple of days. I was amazed at the sadness I felt for a long time afterwards.

    It's important that we can feel these things as it makes us human.

    Thanks for posting

  25. I am so sorry to hear about your little Vivienne. My heart goes out to you and I send you many heart felt hugs.
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

  26. oh yes, i know exactly what you mean by a human cat. My Daisy is a cat only in form. But is a rather particular old lady in spirit.

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