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

Sad and Shocked


We are sad and shocked, that our lovely cat Dodger has died suddenly, he was only five.

Hunter, fisherman, all round mischief, strong enough to drag a fat pheasant up the field, it doesn’t seem possible.


At 8pm he was in fine spirits, lying on his back, in one of his favourite places, on the hot spot of the kitchen floor, where the underfloor heating pipes converge, legs  akimbo, batting the odd swipe at Spuds ears as he walked past. A happy, healthy and content cat.

cat nap

When we saw him again just after 9pm, he was very distressed and ill indeed. We rushed him through the snow and ice to the vets. Where poisoning and trauma were ruled out, it wasn’t a fever or infection either. He was given pain relief and we decided to bring him home, with a plan to take him back in the morning for blood tests and a scan.

Spud and Dodger 2

But it was not to be, he died during the night. Given the sudden onset, the most likely cause was a blood clot.

B S LOL-1        jammy dodger -1

Gone fishing

fishing cat 2

Bird watchers

The Bird Watchers -1



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.

24 thoughts on “Sad and Shocked

  1. I’m so sorry. 😦 Love your tribute to him. He looks like he was a fine and beautiful cat.

  2. I’m so sorry. I had a cat die suddenly at the age of six. The vet said either a blood clot or heart attack. It’s shocking and very sad.

  3. My heartfelt sympathies. Mum always said to remember our pets with fondness and a smile, which I’m sure you will of Dodger. xx

  4. Thinking of you all. So sorry to hear about Dodger – a special kitty. He really enjoyed life! ❤️

  5. I just lost my cat of 10 years myself last Saturday. They give us so much in their own inimitable way. Hugs.

    If cats had thumbs we would rule the world for them.

  6. I can’t even imagine. Such a young, beautiful creature. I’m so, so sorry.

  7. Oh, such a lovely cat, I am so sorry for you.

  8. My sympathies too – I still struggle to hold back tears when I think of the moment I found my cat on the roadside.

  9. What a happy cat. Remember that, I am sure he does

  10. Awww… I’m so sorry. Dodger was a gorgeous cat, and your photos show what a wonderful life he had with you. My sympathies and hugs..

  11. I left my cat with my uncle when we went overseas, when I came back the cat was dead. The same uncle got rid of my goldfish. Quite frankly when he died of alzheimer I was quite pleased. You form a bond with your first pet and mine was a cat called Benedict and he was worth more than a nasty piece of work who was my uncle. Fortunately I think my father had the same opinion, which is nice but does not restore Benedict to me. There is a successful and smug branch of the family that believes differently but I am afraid that my verdict is correct.

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