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Loosing My Cat

The year was 2008 and I was fortunate to be given this beautiful fluffy Persian cat. She was a beautiful orange and brown with pretty hazel eye I’ve never been a cat lover, but I found myself truly attached to this cat that I named Charmin. Charmin was a jewel. I was having symptoms of RA and it was a challenge for me to do simple things like iron the clothes, vaccum up the stairs.
I noticed that one day Charmin (my Cat) saw that I was struggling to bring a basket of clothes down the steps, so much so I almost missed the step. I believe if she could have picked up the basket and carried it for me, she would have. I believe she was the reason I didn’t fall completely down the steps. She was such company for me, especially the nights when I was sleepless. She would curl up beside me and be such a loving cat. Her purr’s let me know of her affection.
I was getting ready to go to a doctor appointment and somehow I rushed to get out of the house. I went upstairs and forgot to close my basement door.
Charmin made her way out. I came back home and there was no charmin. I searched the neighborhood. I put up flyers of what she looked like. All of this to no avail. I even put an ad in the newspaper for a reward if found.
I never found her and it really crushed my heart. I always believed someone found her and just kept her. She was definitely a healing source for me. When I came home I could count on Charmin being at the door. I could count on Charmin on those long nights of pain, Charmin was there. My pain would even subside just having her there. She was definitely therapeutic in my RA journey. When I would want to cry because of being in excruciating pain. I would look into Charmin’s eyes and just love on her. I was so attached to her and my experience in having her, the benefits of having her outweighed not having her. I was told to get another cat, but she was special to me. Many days she accompanied me to therapy and other medical appointments.
Emotions has a lot to do with your pain numbers. My discomfort level rose tremendously after losing Charmin. I had swelling, stiffness and almost unable to do anything. It took weeks for me to be back to normal. I may not have Charmin sitting at the foot of my bed anymore, but I still have the remarkable memories of this beautiful Persian Cat that was given to me for a reason of therapeutic relief.

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Comments

  • Eebtool
    2 years ago

    Sadly, memories can not replace the real thing. So sorry for your loss.
    Pets are more than just animals we silly humans keep around for our amusement.
    I believe that one day when you are having a tough day, and in need of a little love and comforting, a new furry (or feathery) best friend will show up and give you the snuggle you needed but did not know you were looking for at the time.
    Ever wonder, Do we find our pets or do they find us?

  • Kelly Dabel moderator
    2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Eebtool. Pets are so special for sure! Kelly, Rheumatoidarthritis.net Team member

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I am so sorry you lost your wonderful cat, celia123! I, too, have lost more than one cat and I know the loss can be heartrending. I am so glad Charmin was such a great source of comfort and companionship for you and I am glad her memories offer a measure of support to you, even now. I am so sorry you no longer have her purring presence on your bed at night. Your story about her is just beautiful. You really express just what a special bond the two of you had. If you are ever ready for another pet, I have no doubt you will be a blessing to whatever furry friend you may choose to adopt. However, I completely understand if you choose not to have another pet. It’s hard to lose our furry friends, isn’t it? Thank you so much for sharing the story of your Charmin with the community. Wishing you a good evening, Erin, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member.

  • celia123 author
    2 years ago

    Thank you for your comment.Yes my cat brought me a lot of joy and comfort.Yes the memories will always be there.Thanks

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