Lydia, our "Puffy Princess", has gone to kitty heaven

Our sweet Lydia left this world today, and our hearts are breaking right now. She had been so well after her surgery in January that removed a large fast-growing subcutaneous tumor on her mammary gland. She had bounced back so well we thought she'd beat the odds. But a week and a half ago her health started to decline rapidly. We weren't sure if it was a kitty cold (which the others have) or if it was a recurrence of what we hoped would never come back. Today, the vet confirmed that it was the latter. We had to make the difficult choice to have the vet end her pain and suffering before it got any worse.

Lydia was the quintessential prissy princess kitty I had dreamed of having when I was a little girl. We hadn't planned to adopt her. Her mother brought us Lydia (and her siblings) when she was 8 weeks old. She came inside soon after and never had the desire to be outside again. She preferred velvet cushions, toile comforters and having her luxurious silver hair brushed.

Her precious little paw pads had a beautiful lilac hue to them. We called them her "aubergine paws". Against her silvery fur they looked quite regal.

Lydia's soft meow was much like Marilyn Monroe's voice--airy and feminine. She was such a girlie kitty and never wanted to muss her fur. She was known to lay with "fancy paws" (see below) quite frequently.

We love you dear Lydia. Thank you for gracing our lives with your sweet affectionate spirit. We were honored to be your stewards for your time on earth, as short as it seemed to be. We hope there is a wonderful purple cat tree on the other side that will match your lovely fur like the one you loved to lounge on here. We also hope you're flipping that plume of a tail for all the angels. They will love it as much as we did.
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  1. Oh Cindy, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet kitty, Lydia. You poor thing. She's a beautiful girl. It's so hard losing a pet, isn't it? My wonderful kitty, Tucker, left us last fall...I still think about him everyday. Hugs to you ♥

  2. She is such a beauty, I know that there will always be a special place in your heart for her.

    I am so sorry that you have lost's hard, simply hard to loose a part of your family.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  3. I'm so sorry, Cindy. My heart breaks for you. I know how impossible this decision is to make and the amount of love it takes. This is a beautiful tribute to Lydia. She's someone I would have enjoyed spending time with.

    Much love and healing hugs,

  4. Dear Cindy, I am so sad for you.
    Your beautiful cat:(
    How hard it is to say goodbye to our furry friends, we too had to make the hard decision a few weeks back with our oldest cat.
    It is heartbreaking...
    I love the way she crossed her paws my other cat does that too they look so regal and funny at the same time.
    A big hug to you xo

  5. I'm so sorry my sweet friend. Love you.

  6. Oh dearest Cindy...I am ever so sorry to read about your sweet little girl going to heaven. I miss my old red gril so much and today wandered through her many pictures and made a post on my blog. Our kitties will always leave a cat shaped hole in our hearts with their name on it...
    sending you soft hugs...Karla & Miss Peach

  7. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Rest in peace, beautiful Lydia.

  8. We never knew Lydia, but it is clear she was a much loved (and much pampered) kittie. Sending comforting purrrss to you all.

  9. Your love for Lydia comes through in every word you wrote here ... she was a beauty! It was not by chance that her mother brought her to you. Our pets leave such a hole in our hearts when they are gone. What you did for sweet Lydia was the ultimate act of love. I'm really sorry.


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