My sweetest friend died today.

We get to participate in a lot of happy tails and shining moments at Black Cat Rescue. At times, we are also honored by those who share heart warming stories of friendship and loss with our volunteers. This is one of those stories.

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My sweetest friend died today.

I found him in a dumpster in 2002 when he was 6-8 weeks old.  Outside a convenience store in Montgomery, TX.  He was the only one alive in a box with 3 dead siblings.  A jet black cat with no hope for any future.

I named him Emanon, which is “No name” backwards, because I had no clue what to call him.

He developed diabetes.  I was told I should just put him to sleep, but I could no more do that to him than I could my own child.

We have these … these cats, you know?

They’re stubborn and independent.  They don’t care if we call them unless there’s food involved.  They will never protect us.  We’re not part of their “pack”.  They understand only a basic level of territoriality.  They know where they can be, won’t be, shouldn’t be, and will never be.

They know who we are.  They recognize us, our faces, our voices, our smells, our mannerisms.  They know who to turn to for ear rubs and belly scratches, should the mood present itself.

We sit in utter exasperation at their litter box smells and constant whining and they live in constant frustration at us for limiting their perching space and closing off their roaming territories.  We chastise them for tearing up our furniture while they exist in a state of utter terror that we might, at any time, vacuum the rug.

We equally hate and love each other, but we need each other.  They accept who we are, no matter how drunk or poor or old; and we accept them for the occasional humor and purrs and quiet moments in the early morning over coffee.

They are like us.  Their loyalty is fleeting, their trust easily destroyed, their forgiveness not easily earned; but their friendship lasts beyond death.

When you lose a cat you don’t lose a pet.  You lose a piece of yourself.

I just wanted to share that.

Emanon the cat.This is Emanon. His family sent us the last picture they took of him. We have never met Emanon. We have never met his family. However, we are very touched that Emanon’s family shared this story with us recently. It reminds us about the greatness of simple things, things are truly monumental in all of our lives. Rest in peace, friend.

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17 responses to “My sweetest friend died today.

  1. I am so sorry for your loss, our fur babies are such a part of us. Healing thoughts sent your way.

  2. What a sweet baby. So sorry for your loss. What you wrote is so true. You lose a part of your heart and soul when they leave you.

  3. patricia Mraffko

    That´sad. But think of him being in a perfect place all healthy and happy. Black cats are really something. your words “When you lose a cat you don’t lose a pet. You lose a piece of yourself.” are more than true.

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss. This broke my heart. We lost our first black cat, Coco, of 12 years, a few months ago. What someone thought was a “throw-away,” one-eyed kitten, living under a bush, starving and surviving on crickets, blessed us one cold, rainy night and brought utter joy to us for the time he allowed us to live with him. Thank you for sharing Emanon’s life story with us. >^..^<

  5. That was one of the nicest stories I have read in a long time. So sorry for their loss.

  6. I’m sorry for your loss, and do know the pain that it brings.

    It truly is unfair that our feline (and canine) friends spend to little time in our lives. But they teach us lessons (including a good deal of patience). They love us unconditionally (and yes, I believe that animals love). They trust those worthy of gaining and keeping their trust.

    Kate, I’m sorry for your loss as well.

    Those that come into our lives in the ways that some of these cats do, are meant to be found, to be a part of a family. As was said above, we need each other.

    I’m living with one such black cat now.

    I agree about losing a piece of yourself, and I’ve lost more pieces over the past four or five years than I care to count.

    It never gets easier. It never hurts less.

    Take care.

  7. I’ve been in love with black cats for more than forty years now, and I understand all too well the loss Emanon’s family feels. To lose a cat is…. it is as they say “to lose part of yourself”, if only because you’ve given so much of yourself to let the new life in.

    And black cats… They give so much more than other cats (imho). Midnight Sun trusted and brought me to see her babies when they were born in a deserted woodshed, and her sisters Starlight and Shadow, they would lay in the sun, warm and sleek and purr next to me while I read a book. Asmodean, who tried to hide in the refrigerator he was so scared when he first came to us, became my constant companion. Charity with her torn eye and her wall-shaking purr who brought me more birds than I wished. Bebe with his “I own the world” dance in front of the other cats…

    I do understand. Thank you for sharing your love with black cats.

  8. You have my deepest condolances on the loss of your beloved. My only regret is that I can’t change things for you the same way I’d wished someone else could have changed things for me and aaaahhhh —- yes, I know the feeling all too well. Just like you, I lost “my sweetest friend” this October 18th past. I didn’t find him in a dumpster like you, instead, I found him the last one sitting in the back corner of his cage in a feed store around the very same age (8 weeks) – his siblings all vanished from him long before the late afternoon hour set in and in only the single moment that I first saw him, I was “smitten with that kitten”…….and the rest was history for 17 years. I won’t narrate the details of our story, but you get the idea. When the time came for us to part, such a large part of me wanted to “go with him” to whereever he was going – I prefer to think of it as crossing the “Rainbow Bridge” but we all have our own time for that and I believe one day we will all be reunited again in a place of such euphoria than we have ever known. Godspeed the healing of your wounded soul, my friend, you have our thoughts of love and peace.

  9. Two kittens arrived on our terrace last winter. Two brothers. One was black and white and the other black tip of the tail to the tip of the nose. We did not plan to keep them because we already had a cat, but we have food and shelter and … we ended up adopting them. We love cats or you do not like them but when you have fallen for them … whatever their colors you can only love them!
    We have a black cat yes but we have only happiness to share his life despite what popular beliefs.

    Sweet thoughts are with you Emanon, you were a beautiful cat and certainly the best friends and confidants. Rest in peace to the Cloud Animals.

  10. I was greatly moved by your beautiful writing – about Emanon – and cats in general. My rescues and I feel your loss of your wonderful friend, and wish you only the best memories of the life you saved and the life you shared.

  11. I am so sorry for your loss. My sister just recently loss her best friend Sam. A black cat she adopted in 2000. You are right about losing a piece of ourselves. My sister is grieving terribly her loss. Even so, I can’t help but think about how you (and my sis) gave your kitty a wonderful life and changed the future. Rest in peace Emanon.

  12. I am so sorry. There is nothing anyone can say that will make you feel better. Thank you for sharing this and than you for taking care of Emanon.

  13. yes this is true..when you lose a pet you lose a part of yourself..june 5th will be one year that my best friend my black cat Stimpy went to heaven..i miss him every day and when i see his picture..tears well up in my eyes..i remember his velvet nose, how he meowed silently to me, how he slept on the left side of my bed right by my head every night. I miss the way he smelled like a new teddy bear.. he died june 5th 2012 in my arms on my bed of kidney failure he was 18…I held him and put my ear to his chest and listened to his little heart beat its last beats..his tail curled around my finger and he went to heaven..
    I died a little that day..cause i felt my heart break into a thousand pieces..Stimpy had outlived 4 long term relationships..lived in 3 different homes with me…he was always part of my life and I couldn’t think of my life..without him there anymore….
    I was not planning on getting another cat..though I had already adopted a tabby to keep Stimpy company a month earlier cause he had been acting weird and I thought he was lonely..I didn’t know he was dying..
    however—-because of him..2 black kitties entered my life..months later..when i was always a one cat person for 18yrs..i now own 3.. oddly..one of my black cats (Violet Zoey) is exactly ….like Stimpy
    she looks like him, except she has yellow and not green eyes
    and every night, she curls up on the left side of my bed..by my head and i put my hand on her and we fall asleep
    I thank god every day that i got to spend my life with Stimpy and that oddly that these 3 kitties found me and filled the empty hole in my heart
    especially Violet Zoey who i swear is Stimpy’s angel kitty 🙂
    thank you for reading my story cause I am sure that you all can relate to the love of a black kitty..the best kitties in the world ❤

  14. I have so much empathy for you now, even though your post was a while ago. I lost my own best friend last night. Her name was Pixie and she was a beautiful black cat who rescued me one day after she was dumped out of a car on a country road, on a rainy night. We were together for 8 years, through thick and thin, my best buddy. She was love and perfection personified and she was my little hero.

  15. Yes, when I lost my cat, I lost a piece of me.

  16. I’ve loved black kitties for many years with my first two black cats, Midnight and Sammy being my first in childhood. Later on, in adult life, I adopted Ivan when he was around 6 weeks old in 1994 from a friend who had taken in a pregnant stray Siamese mother cat and he was one of her 5 kittens. Ivan was loaded with a double dose of purrsonality from the very beginning. He was super playful, extremely curious, loved human companionship (he hated to be left alone and would howl with displeasure until someone paid attention to him – so eventually he gained some feline companions to keep him company) and he was absolutely into everything! His best friend was a silver tabby named Tazzy who was the same age as himself and his closest female companion was a black and white cat, Esmie, who was adopted 2 years after himself as a kitten and whom he personally “adopted” and took care of from the very start — he even let her “nurse” from him when she was young! These three were part of my household for many years together along with some other feline companions, but they were the core group. In 2001, Ivan became diabetic and eventually also acquired hyperthyroidism. For all the medical stuff he went through, he was amazingly patient with the shots and pills he had to endure.

    Eventually, our favorite feline companions’ lives sadly come to an end. In 2010, Tazzy became sick with abdominal cancer and was put down with end stage cancer just one month shy of his 16th kitty birthday. Ivan was devastated to lose his best friend and seemed very lost without him around and it seemed to influence his own health. The next year, when he was 17 and after 10 years of taking insulin shots, he succumbed to kidney failure. Esmie was so sad to lose her constant companion of many years that her health failed subsequently within the next year and she also had to be put down at age 16.

    I miss those three kitties immensely, but especially my black kitty Ivan. Even to this day, fond memories of his very special black kitty self come up frequently. He was my “poosecat” (a loving nickname that was assigned to him for his extra special personality).

    More recently, I adopted two male black cats to be companions to one another, Bibi (who is Poosecat the 2nd) and Obi — they are each 2 years old, and are best of kitty friends. This summer they got a little sister, Spooky, who is half black kitty and half orange tabby, a tortoiseshell. They love their little sis. And I also have Big Grey who is 10, and two other black cats, Squee and her brother Sebasti, who are 13 years old.

    I can’t imagine a home without multiple black cats and their extra special personalities. For the love of black kitties… >^. .^<

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