Saturday, January 16, 2010

Beloved Toto

Lorrin's excellent cat Toto died yesterday. He had stopped eating altogether on Monday and after a series of vet visits and an ultrasound, the worst was confirmed: he was wracked with cancer. The prognosis for his recovery was not good. He was on I.V. as well as being force fed with a syringe in order to build up his strength, but he seemed to slip farther away with every day. On Friday morning, Lorrin made the hard decision to euthanize him.

Toto had been with Lorrin since she found him as an emaciated abandoned kitten wandering in an industrial park in Sydney, Australia. At the time she found him, he was all tail, paws, and ears. He later grew into the ears and (somewhat) into the tail, but his paws remained outsized.

He was the stateliest, most serene cat I've ever known. He would walk into a room with his tail high as if he were an emperor out taking the air. But he wasn't aloof and imperious; despite the stern, eagle-eyed stare he had mastered since his youth, his calmness and gentleness revealed his true nature. He was friendly and loving, always had a purr for you, and he possessed a most zen-like character.

His loss is heartbreaking. Lorrin is devastated and her other cat, Jasper, is confused about Toto's sudden illness and disappearance. I will miss seeing him whenever I go to Lorrin's. He liked me and would sit beside me or on my lap and purr whenever I was there. I loved him and regret that he remains only in fond memories.

To Lorrin, he was all the world. She had him for 16 years, most of her adult life, on two continents. He was her pole star amid the tumults of life and her companion in its triumphs and joys.

Goodbye, Mr. Toto. You were a great-hearted and loving cat, a prince among your species. We will remember you fondly.


  1. David:

    I'm sorry to hear of your loss. He was part of your family and life. Dean

  2. David, I'm very sorry about Toto. If it helps Lorrin, have her remember the good life she gave him. It's always tough to lose any cat, but especially one you have that special connection with.

  3. Sorry to hear about Toto. It is always difficult losing a pet. It is our tragedy that those we love so much live so much shorter lives than we do. My regards and condolences to Lorrin.

  4. Thank you all for your thoughts and kind comments. Toto was a wonderful and very special cat and, after 16 years together, I can't imagine my life without him - my heart and home are bereft without him.

  5. I lost my splendid Nicholas cat in August, and still miss him deeply. I understand full well how Lorrin must feel, and sympathise. My condolences to her.

  6. My condolences
    Being myself (and family) the 'rromamtes' of eight cats, I can understand the loss of Toto.
    Remember him in the joy!
    Best regards

  7. My mother lost Fatty-cat before Christmas, she had a proper name but hey! She had been a kitten in a house I shared when I got out of the army in 1988 so she was 21 HUMAN years, so god knows how meany cat years she had under her belt?

    Comiserations, it's very hard to lose a friend, whatever species. Don't get a replacement until the survivor has got use to the loss, and started to get lonely (which takes a year or so), if you bring in a new cat (especially a kitten) too soon, they will only resent them, but if you leave it for a while, they tend to be more greatful for a new friend...

  8. Condolences...

    We have gone through the same thing.

    It never gets easier, but from what you wrote Toto had a good life.