Our big male cat, an­nounced in this space in 2005, died sud­den­ly. Bloggers’ cats get obit­u­ar­ies.

Marlowe, R.I.P.

Look­ing ir­ri­tat­ed, prob­a­bly be­ing tick­led.

Mar­lowe al­ways had a great coat and there was a lot of cat un­der it; in mid-life he be­came obe­se, but when we put him on a di­et and his waist re-appeared he was one damn fine-looking cat.

He wasn’t ter­ri­bly smart or ter­ri­bly af­fec­tion­ate. He liked the out­doors and was a pret­ty good rat-catcher. Hey, we live near the mid­dle of a port city and that’s a big plus.

His great­est joy in life was a warm sta­tion­ary lap, so he ap­proved of long TV shows. He had one re­mark­able skil­l; on those oc­ca­sions when I didn’t want a lap-cat, I’d re­ject his ad­vances. He’d go in­to stealth mode and ooze in so smooth­ly that I wouldn’t even no­tice he was on my lap till I couldn’t get my hand on the mouse-pad.

If I were ir­ri­tat­ed about the oozing-in, I’d tick­le him, and if I tick­led him too much, he’d stab me. I guess you call this a re­la­tion­ship.

A cou­ple months ago he was OK at his reg­u­lar vet check­up. A week ago he was fine. Then he was poor­ly, and sud­den­ly his ab­domen was gross­ly swol­len; af­ter a night in hos­pi­tal, the ul­tra­sound re­vealed the can­cer all over the place, ev­ery­thing all blocked up.

We racked up a cou­ple thou­sand in vet bills in his last 48 hours; I give thanks for liv­ing in a civ­i­lized coun­try with so­cial­ized medicine for hu­man­s.

He on­ly had a very few re­al­ly bad days. He had a lot of re­al­ly good ones, lots of laps and not that many tick­les.

Marlowe, R.I.P.


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From: EricH (Feb 02 2016, at 21:56)

Sorry to hear it. He looked beautiful.

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From: Takashi (Feb 02 2016, at 22:29)

Sorry to hear that he has gone to rainbow bridge. RIP.

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From: Greg (Feb 03 2016, at 04:03)

RIP Marlowe. We have a big Maine Coon called Trevor and it seems his behaviour is much the same and I'll be very sad when he's gone. Hope you're coping ok.

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From: Josh Lubell (Feb 03 2016, at 06:01)

My condolences, as a fellow human owned by cats. Looks like Marlowe gave you lots of fond memories.

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From: stephen o'grady (Feb 04 2016, at 01:05)

So sorry to hear it. I know how important pets can be, and what it means when they're gone.

He looked like a good one.

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From: Ryan Barrett (Feb 04 2016, at 22:45)

So sorry for your loss, Tim. Sounds like he had a great life, and loved you a ton.

I can commiserate, and also confirm the blogger cat owner thing. :P https://snarfed.org/2012-12-29_charlie

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