This weekend was spent trying to establish a new 'normal' in the house, one without Smokey. I am thankful for scrapbooking and friends that provided a nice opportunity to be productive, instead of dwelling on the loss. I do not have regrets about the decision I had to make for Smokey, but I still miss my snuggle bug. It is especially hard at night when he would lay on my shoulder, like a baby while we watched tv, and then he would share my pillow throughout the night. I keep telling Tanner and Oliver to "step it up" but they haven't taken to snuggling yet!
Oliver does not seem to notice that Smokey is gone. They were not close, so I am not surprised. When Ollie would try to snuggle in the bed at night, and would get too close to Smokey on the pillow, Smokey would bite him in the butt! I can't blame Ollie for not being too eager to share the pillow with me!
Tanner is doing well, both physically from his cancer treatments, and emotionally. He doesn't seem upset about Smokey. They were not overly close either, as Tanner was much more attached to Devon and now Oliver and Cousin Georgie.
Cousin Sophie is the one taking it the hardest of all the cats. She has wandered around the house looking in all of Smokey's spots looking for him. We gave her time on Thursday evening and Friday morning to smell him, and see that he was not feeling well. It will take her some time.
Cousin Pirate is excited to have the best bed in the house! He has taken over Smokey's spot in one of the beds at the fireplace.
Here are a couple of photos of Smokey from Thursday and Friday of this past week.
Getting in some final snuggle time on Friday morning...my sweet boy just did not feel good.
Thursday night laying on the couch on his favorite wool blanket. His arm is wrapped from the catheter. He had needed it all week to get fluids, and the vet just left it in to make things easier on Friday.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the blog and sent purrs to Smokey. Also, thanks to those that have left comments on Facebook for me. I appreciate your compassion and understanding. Sometimes it takes another cat lover to truly appreciate what you are feeling and experiencing.