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Posted 09 Jun 2010
It is with sadness that I write to inform everyone that Pusscat is no longer with us. Lynda noticed she was ailing yesterday afternoon, after not having eaten for nearly two days. Howard found her in the yard in the rain so he picked her up and put her in the tractor shed out of the weather. This in itself was a bad sign as she never let Howard come anywhere near her. Lynda wrapped her up with straw and hay and clothes but it was really only a matter of time.
By this morning she had sadly passed away after having been checked every couple of hours yesterday evening - it was obvious she wasnt going to make it through the night. Bless her, she managed to purr a bit when Lynda stroked her even then.
It appears that whatever she had inside her, kittens or a growth, was too much for her to deal with. She was very ancient and fortunately she didn't linger very long once she got poorly. Here are a few pictures of Pusscat's life at LambWatch HQ.
Although we are a bit uncertain as to Pusscat's actual age, the first picture above has a modified date of 2002, making her at least 8 years old but the picture could have been taken much earlier than that. In this picture she is with her mum, Sophie, and brother Brutus, an all-black tom, who when a little older, decided that the grass was greener on other pastures! Pusscat remained at the farm with mother Sophie until Sophie passed away, leaving only Pusscat to keep the cat-flag flying at LambWatch HQ!
Pusscat, like her mother Sophie, was the biggest softie a cat can ever be. In fact we believe she was just Sophie all over again! She was never bossy with humans like many cats can be and she was a tough little thing; having put up with two mangly ears and even some scary redness in her eyes in her late days. But she never let it worry her and as already mentioned, her decline was speedy.
Rest in peace, Pusscat!
Oh so sorry about pusscat. rest in peace,,
Milly on 09 Jun 2010 12:02:27
I am so sorry to hear your sad news about Pusscat - we will all miss her following Lynda to the Lambwatch sign whenever the feeder needed re-filling and hearing her purring when Lynda lifted her up for us to see. Marlfield won't be quite the same without her.
Margaret on 09 Jun 2010 12:07:58
Thanks Dan, sorry to hear of Pusscat's demise. I am sure she enjoyed all of her days in and around the farm and it is nice to know that she passed away peacefully.
Chas on 09 Jun 2010 12:13:11
What a terribly sad day. The loss of a pet is heartbreaking - even the weather is crying in sympathy at the farm today. We will all miss Pusscat sauntering past the webcam - may she Rest in Peace.
Cindy on 09 Jun 2010 12:50:13
Very sad to hear about Pusscat. It is fitting that the heavens should weep too. At least she had a good life.
maria on 09 Jun 2010 14:04:20
Poor Puss... I shall miss my constant outdoor companion.. she followed me everywhere, just like a dog
Lynda on 09 Jun 2010 14:19:07
I know pusscat would be thrilled that she had such a following :) bless her lil funny ear!
Dan on 09 Jun 2010 14:34:21
I am so sad to hear of Pussycats passing. :(
Christine on 09 Jun 2010 15:05:44
R.I.P in Pussycat heaven. Its so sad when you lose a pet, we'll all miss her x
Tricia on 09 Jun 2010 15:12:35
I am so sorry to read this. Pusscat was a lovely cat and I am glad to have had the pleasure of meeting her when we visited 2 years ago. Pussscat, we really will miss hearing and seeing you on cam with your best friend and mum Lynda. May you enjoy your time over Rainbow Bridge playing with all other pets who are no longer with us. Rainbow Bridge: Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His/her bright eyes are intent; His/her eager body quivers. Suddenly he/she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his/her legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... Author unknown
Fi on 09 Jun 2010 15:28:35
Our cat died on Monday - he was 19. Very sudden. Miss him so much. Maybe they are keeping each other company!
Elaine on 09 Jun 2010 18:02:55
I like that idea Fi. It would be lovely to get my past kitties back when I "go".
maria on 09 Jun 2010 18:51:33
Pusscat , Pusscat , Where have you been? I've been at LambWatch, where grasses are green. Pusscat, Pusscat, What did you there ? I lived well and happy, without any cares. Pusscat, Pusscat, What was your keep? I looked after Lynda, the lambs and the sheep ! Pusscat Pusscat, How did you fare? I was well looked after, the time I was there. Pusscat, Pusscat, your precious as gold. I'm back in Heaven now, healthy and whole ! Puuscat Pusscat, What now are you after ? The bugs and the mice up in Gods green pastures ! Happy Hunting Pusscat ! Love, Karen
Karen on 09 Jun 2010 19:16:58
Sorry to hear of Pusscat's passing. I noticed the background picture has changed ... in honor of Pusscat, I presume. I have several cats who are welcoming Pusscat to her new home.
Stephanie on 09 Jun 2010 20:30:20
So Sorry about Pusscat Lynda!! I love cats! And Karen, what a beautiful poem. Thanks
nancy on 09 Jun 2010 20:54:11
May the road rise up to greet her / May the wind be always at her back / May the rain fall softly on her face / And may she play in God's green fields / Long before the devil knows she's gone! I missed her when I was there in mid-May - she was off hunting, or doing things that cats do when humans aren't looking.
Helen on 09 Jun 2010 21:15:38
I was surprising one night to hear a loudy pampered voice of a cat through my earphones . something like " Vrrreoooow vrrrr vraooww why am I lone and the night dark?". This was the first time which I knew Pusscat Now it is the second time me to be surprised. Is this cat gone? V Vvrrrrraw sad. Thanks to the writers here for their nice writing.
Yaakov on 09 Jun 2010 23:37:44
So Sorry to hear that Pusscat has gone the to Rainbow Bridge. She will be playing inHeaven with her Mim Sophie and all the other farm animals that have gone before.. I know Lynda and Howard will miss her as it was like watching me and my shadow when Lynda came to refill the feeder. Pusscat was such a sweet cat and I always took her treats.God Bless Pusscat...You were loved,,,,,,
Sue in Yorkshire on 10 Jun 2010 12:12:47
Poor pusscat :( will be missed.
Alex&Family on 12 Jun 2010 18:35:07
I am very sorry about Pusscat's passing. I so enjoying seeing her onscreen. I first met her on your bbc video and always looked forward to seeing here. I have 2 cats, Percy and Ripley and they are members of my family.
claudia on 13 Jun 2010 15:17:51