Thursday, March 21, 2013

Goodbye Cinnamon girl

Cinnamon Riggs, October 2001- March 21,2013


We said goodbye to our Cinnamon kitty today. It was sad, holding her in my arms in the sweet Veterinarian's sunny office, as she passed smoothly into the next world. It was her time, and after getting a bleak diagnosis on Monday of large cell lymphoma of the mesentary and intestines, it seemed the most humane thing. She spent most of her last few days hiding under my bed, but last night she slept right next to me, purring when I patted her, and this morning moved over to look out the window as the sun rose. Cinnamon lived to be 12 years old, and even though she was an indoor cat, caught several mice in her time. She loved being up high, and enjoyed the cat-tree we built for her. She often ate daintily with her paws, scooping food out of the bowl into her mouth, and was a fanatic for cheese and Haagen-Daz Vanilla. One time I had greased the pan to make a cake, turned away for a moment, and returned to find Cinnamon happily licking the butter off the cake pan! She had the most beautiful purr, and loved having her neck scratched, especially in the place where she had surgery to remove a sewing needle she swallowed in 2004. She would always lie on the children's coats if they happened to be thrown on the floor,right over the warm spot where the heat came up.As our family's first cat, we had a lot to learn about cats, but she taught us to be patient and to stop and pay attention if she meowed, for usually it meant she had some adorable means to tell us we were beloved.
As the subject of several of my quilts, her image will live on, and the joy she brought to us will always remain. RIP dear Cinnamon. And thanks for all the fur.

10 comments:

Holly Knott said...

Aww, so sorry to hear this, Jeri. What a beautiful, beautiful kitty. And surgery for a swallowed sewing needle? Oh my. Hugs.

Jacquie in Vermont said...

It's hard to sat goodbye to a beloved pet. My two old ladies (16 and 15 years old) are still doing well as far as I can tell. They are inside cats in the winter but mostly outside during the warmer months. I have had them since they were born and the house would not seem right without their presence. I hope that a new cat will be as dear as Cinnamon. T2 just joined me for a cuddle, purring loudly and making typing difficult. Silly cat! But I do love her ...

Carol said...

Sweet kitty. Beautiful cat. Lovely post about a passing. Heartspins. RIP Cinnamon, I did not know you well, but you had a very nice air.

Elizabeth Rosenberg said...

So sorry for your loss, Jeri. Cinnamon was a good cat. I remember her perched up high on the cat tree in your living room, looking down on us. I know she had a good life, and added much to yours. I'll call you soon. In the meantime, enjoy your pleasant memories of Cinnamon. I'm sure you'll hear her purring in your dreams tonight, so she will live on.

smbelcas said...

So sorry to hear of Cinnamon's diagnosis and passing! Hugs to you.

Bard Bloom said...

That's sad. My condolences.

val shaff said...

if sadness felt and tears shed are a testement to the depth which we feel for our pets and cherish them, well......then I guess it's a wash....So truly sorry for your loss, and happy that you have such animal love in your life. God bless Cinnamon. I hope she crosses paths with Rex who in a better place, I know will have more appreciation for the cat beings......

Jill Rumoshosky Werner said...

I'm so sorry, Jeri. Your obit for Cinnamon brought tears to my eyes. It was a beautiful tribute.

Natalya Aikens said...

so sorry Jeri..... sounds like Cinnamon led a charmed life...

Leslie Tucker Jenison said...

It is so hard to lose a beloved pet, Jeri. I love your story about her. Sending a hug to you today.
Leslie