June 2, 2008

Moonster the cat checks out at 21 years, 3 months

Filed under: — Natasha @ 5:43 pm

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When I was a little girl we had two cats, Ti-Noir (‘Blackie’) and Ti-Gris (‘Little grey one’). T-Noir was a big tabby that just got too old (16 or so) and Ti-Gris had decided to take off into the woods and never come back one summer. My dad had the nasty task of bringing Ti-Noir to the vet to have it put to sleep. When he came back, he told me something like, “don’t get a cat unless you’re ready to do this, too.”

When I got my first apartment in 1987, the first thing I wanted to have that I couldn’t before was cats. At my favourite restaurant, one of the waitresses had kittens she was giving away. I said yes without knowing what the kittens looked like, all I knew is that I wanted a female cat. I got a whiny pitch black siamese cat called Gala (Dali’s wife’s name) and renamed it Pussyminou, roughly French Canadian for catcat. A bilingual joke on my part.

After a few months of whiny Pussyminou, the black stealth cat that sneaked around corners, I met some classical guitarists that had some kittens to give away. I said yes again, without a picture and ended up with the female Moonster.

Both Pussyminou and Moonster came to the Netherlands with me in 1999. Pussyminou got very ill and was put to sleep – how could I forget – on September 10, 2001. She was 14.

Moonster was put to sleep today and was 21, which is a helluvalot for any cat. After some years of kidney pills and recent heart problems, she had a stroke and was paralysed, so it was time to check out.

Long live Moonster.

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9 Responses to “Moonster the cat checks out at 21 years, 3 months”

  1. Jeroen says:

    RIP Moonster. Take care, Natasha!

  2. Eric says:

    My sincere condoleances. I really liked Moonster (and PussyMin’ too) and she was a real beauty.

    Long live Moonster!

  3. Yuri says:

    Natasha, sterkte!
    Slaap wel, Moonster!

  4. Laurent says:

    mes sincères condoléances.
    les chats vont-ils au paradis avec les kamikazes et les culs-bénis, ou bien en enfer avec tous les gens biens?
    des projets pour un autre animal?

  5. Jean-Guy says:

    Sooo sorry to hear… But at least she had a great life!

  6. Jasper Sprengers says:

    Moonster stayed at my flat in Rotterdam for a few months in 2003, where she was ‘president of the Jasper Sprengers fan club (members: one old cat)’, as Natasha jokingly said.

    May she rest in peace!

  7. Natasha says:

    You’re all so nice, thank you. I miss her.

  8. Inger says:

    Ach, wat verdrietig. Long live Moonster! Wat een mooie poes was ze. Annie en Snollie geven je een kopje.

  9. Astrid says:

    oh no… what sad news… bye moonster, you were too cute! hugz for you ‘tasha, I know you’ll miss your poezzebeest. *kuzz* A.

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