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Thread: The sheriff has died (my big Tom Cat)

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    The sheriff has died (my big Tom Cat)

    Over ten years ago my shop was over-run with mice, the vermin were EVERYWHERE! My tool box drawers had become both baby mouse nurseries and mouse toilets, they were leaving their little calling cards everywhere and any area that was not ventilated well reeked of mouse pee. Then a 1 year old nineteen lb very muscular terror named Jack Bauer (after the character from the series "24") hired on as the new Sheriff to clean up the town, and clean it up he did! He was deadly and diligent and always on the job, the few mice that managed to escape would not dare return and in short order I had the place clean again. Jack has been my constant companion for the last eleven years, he lived in my shop and wanted to "help" with every job I did, I already miss him immensely and the place just seems cold and drab knowing he will not be there anymore. He was healthy and very active for even a young cat never mind a 12 year, but he suddenly lost his appetite and started acting listless so we took him to the vet to find out what was going on. After extensive testing it was found that he had kidney cancer and his kidneys were failing fast so the only option was to put him out of his pain. I don't know how someone can get so attached to an animal but Jack was almost like a child to me so it grieves me a lot to have to let him go but we all know pets are not to be forever and Jack had a good run.

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    RIP Kitty. I have two that are like children, so I understand the loss.
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    I love cats. Dogs are great too, but a good cat is special. We had a big tom cat show up and adopt us about three or four years ago, and because we already had three inside, he stayed outside, I made him a warm house on the front porch and he came and went for a couple of years. We suspect he had more than one family and eventually he disappeared, I like to hope he's still out there.

    He was the friendliest cat ever, followed me around, even out in the woods and sat on my lap while I squirrel hunted sometimes. He was also a very lethal critter for small things. Since he's gone, we have to be careful to keep field mice from nesting in the car engines, never was a problem when he was around.

    I'm sorry for your loss. Sounds like you better get another cat or your shop will have mice again soon.

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    Sorry for your loss. I would urge you to adopt a rescue cat. We have two former ferals who are little stone killers on the vermin. They've both been spayed and are now indoor girls and good Democrats living off the Outpost welfare state, but they remember their roots and line up their mouse tails on the hearth to show what good hunters they are.
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    RIP Jack!

    May there be plenty of work in Heaven for you!

    For the OP, when you are ready, find yourself your next friend. You will never have another “Jack” as I am sure God broke the mold the day the original was born but the next one will be special in it’s own unique way if you will it.

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    I am sorry for your loss.

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    Get another cat. He will not be Jack Bauer, but will be a friend.
    We have 4 cats, 1 inside, and 3 outside. I often find kittens in my barn and under my farm equipment. I once found 2 under my workbench that still did not have the umbilical chord dried out yet.
    They were hand raised on a bottle with kitten replacement formula.
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    Those who know me know I have other cats (all spayed/neutered) but this one was so special in so many ways that he stood out from the rest. He was my pick and my pet and also a very dear friend that I could never come close to replacing but of course I will move another one in the shop very soon, I intend to scout the animal shelters for an adult that fits my wants/needs. There always seems to be at least one that is lovable and good natured but can't find a home due to looks or some other reason people pass on them and that's the one I intend to select as soon as I find him/her.
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    I understand your loss very well over the decades I have had many cats, one was with me for 20 years she came to me one cold rainy night when my stepson was coming home from work, he also hit her as she was in the road. He picked up this very cold very wet animal and brought her home. She latched on to me and we were there for each for a very long time. She too had kidney issues and I had to put her down a few years ago. Still miss her greatly. Ended up with 3 to replace her and they all help me and my small dog go through the days. As soon as you can find another and love that one as much as your lost buddy, it does help really.
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    My condolences for Jack. As mentioned (and whenever you up to it) I'd also advise adopting, I mean there are so many eager candidates! We lost our "Peach" not long ago and wife misses him awful- he was only 5 but had a tumor on his kidney. I'm sure no other feline can fill Jack's shoes but would be so happy to be hired on!
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    Sorry for your loss it can be very hard to lose a pet. The only bright side if there is such a thing is that you can get to know his replacement.

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    Sounds like you lost a wonderful companion. So sorry that you lost Jack. It seems that a cat like Jack is as much a necessity as a pet so I wish you luck in finding a good Deputy.
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    Sorry for your loss.My two kitties are Morris and Snowball.Got to be kind of careful around Snowball,as he was born deaf.Just me and them.Two major snuggle bunnies.As said, get another as soon as you find one that you like.It`s never easy loosing a pet.Been there done that way too many times over the years.
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    Sorry for the loss of your friend. I don't have cats but a very special Great Pyreneese who will be two in a few days. I will cry like a baby when it is his time. Good luck

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    Sorry for your loss. Its very kind of you to seek out the ones that have not been adopted.

    RIP Jack

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    I had a rescue cat that was very special to me. Her name was Camden. She lived quite a nice life until she developed some sort of a stomach cancer. Anyway, long story short- I had to put her down. It wasn’t easy, and I absolutely feel for you in your situation.

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    So sorry for your loss.
    I have had many cats over the years.
    Hard when I had to put them down.
    One passed in his sleep.
    Takes me a while to get over them and get another.
    Have a female one now.
    She's a pain.
    But still love her.
    I'm sure Jack is still there.
    As long as you remember him, he will always be.

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    RIP Jack.

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    My wife loves cats, I love dogs, we have both.

    Dog is a little rascal, half Chihuahua/half Pomeranian. Cat is a rescue, half Siamese, quite dark with front toes looking like they were dipped in white paint.

    We had a few mice,, not many on main floor but basement and attic. Cat figured out he dropped a dead mouse in front of momma and he got the very best of canned cat food, catnip, and lots of praise from momma. At first after catching them he would play with them, and about a third would escape. One night he was throwing one around, it landed infront of me and started to make it under my recliner, but my boot was faster.

    Then I had a long talk with the cat. Kill it first, be sure its dead, then play all you want.
    No treats for escaped mice. No rewards, harsh words. He figured it out quick.

    2 weeks later he had 4 line up for us on the living room floor.
    You go cat!

    He's six now, should have several good years left. Him and the dog play most nights.
    Hear yelps with the cat gets too rough on the dog. Then the dog will drive him into the basement and sit at the top of the stairs to keep him there.

    They grew up together, had the pup 2 months when my wife rescued the cat.
    Dang Siamese are vocal though. 3 am if he thinks he is hungry he will wake the whole house up. 6 months since I seen a mouse, or sign of one though.

    The cat and the dog are like brothers They will argue hammer and tongs. Then 15 min later you see a fur pile with the cat and the dog sleeping on each other.

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    May he mouse in the great grain bin in the sky. Cats earn their keep on the farm. Neutered males only at my place, thank you. I have two out side for gophers, nice, and snakes. Thor and Muffin. I didn't name them, I'm a dog person.

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