Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

A Good Cat, A Lovely Cat


We are feeling a little sad tonight,

as this afternoon we took Darcy the cat down to the vets to be put to sleep.


You may recall a few weeks ago that I mentioned she’d got, what I thought was an abscess, it turned out to be a tumour in her ear canal, with a second in her neck.

At the age of sixteen and a half we were quite clear that we didn’t want to have lots of invasive treatment, she’d only ever been to the vets twice in her life, once for her kitten jabs and a second time to be neutered; she’d had a life as idyllic and healthy as a cat could wish for and only a few weeks ago she was fit enough to be catching swallows on the wing.

A good cat, a lovely cat, we will miss her.



Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

20 thoughts on “A Good Cat, A Lovely Cat

  1. hi, arh, i’m sorry to hear about your little pussy cat. i’m sure she did have a lovely time at your place, bye, sara 🙂

  2. Thanks Sara, you know how it is of course, having had similar with your horse Mr George. 😦

  3. You have my sincere condolences. Your Darcy reminds me of my beautiful Artemis, also a tortoiseshell. They are special cats and no others are quite like them.

    I had to bring Artemis’s life to an end to avoid further suffering and she died in my arms. That was in 2001 and it still hurts.

    You will never forget Darcy and all being well, the sorrow of her passing will soften in time and then you will be able to enjoy your memories of her, as I enjoy mine of Artemis.

  4. RIP Darcy and much love to you all. Beloved pets leave such a hole in one’s heart but be comforted by the fact that not only did she have a lovely life with you, you did the right thing for her at the end of that life.

  5. I sympathise! I always found it hard when any of our cats died, but have fond memories of all of them. Darcy reminds me of Smudge from a very long time ago. xx

  6. I am so sorry for you loss. Darcy is such a beautiful cat. She was lucky to have you to take care of her and to do the right thing.

  7. A hard choice to have to make for one you love. When she reaches the far side of the Rainbow Bridge, she will be in good company. *hugs* to those she leaves behind.

  8. Very sad but she must’ve had an idyllic life with you. I was just looking at our Molly cat this morning and thinking she is definitely a family member!

  9. Awww, I’m so sorry to hear that. She was beautiful. Every cat has a right to a good long and happy life.

    (I love the second picture.)

  10. I’m so sorry … giving our pets an easy goodbye is the last gift we can give them, and fitting thanks for the joy they brought to us.

  11. Such warm plushy fur, and so much going on behind those golden eyes. A lucky cat to have landed in your family. I’m so sorry she’s gone–so glad she was with you as long as she was.

  12. You have my condolences. Darcy looks like a lovely cat, and I’m glad she had such a happy life and peaceful end. — Susie C.

  13. I am so sorry. Fee is exactly right, but it’s very, very hard, especially when a pet has been a part of your life for so many years.

  14. Terrible news. Cats are magical animals. All them memories that go with them…… When a cat goes after so long it brings to mind all the life events during which they have been a constant companion. Condolences.

    • Oh my, my: Inspector Gadget, you’ve hit the nail on the head with that comment. Especially when you think how she was only a few weeks younger than Tom. There is a saying about it not just being the person (or cat in this case) who has died, that you weep for at a funeral, but all the losses that have gone before.

      We buried her in the copse at the bottom of the field, the trees weren’t even planted when she was a kitten. All in all it was a little easier than when our first dog died, he is buried there too; but we buried him at night in the pouring rain (November also) by the light of the Landrovers headlights and when we’d done, we got the Landrover stuck in the mud. Nightmare. We’ve probably traumatised the boys for ever…

  15. I am now 74 and have had four cats in my life, Smoky, Tinky, Suki and Lodger. One lived, 14 years, one 15 years and the last two 17 years.

    Each and everyone still has a special place in my mind and their lives, apart from Smoky, ended in my arms. Smoky was older than me when she died in my Father’s arms. I no longer have pets but I do miss my cats.

    My condolences also.

  16. I’m sorry. Darcy looks a lot like Gypsy, the cat I had when I was a kid.

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  18. I know that I am a month late in giving you my sympathy, but I do know how tough it is to lose a beloved animal.

  19. Oh, your Darcy was a beautiful cat indeed. It’s been over a year since you lost her, but I’ve no doubt you still miss her beautiful presence. One of my cats died this summer. I still miss her terribly. x

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