Sleeping with his Daddy.
Last night we had to say goodbye to our beloved cat Billy who was suffering with kidney failure.
Billy had been our family cat, even before we were a family!
My husband Peter and I actually saved an 8 year old Billy after a neighboring family had abandoned him…he came to live in a flat with us in West Hampstead pre-kids but we knew he really needed a garden so my Dad, Papa G and Mum came to collect him one sunny afternoon and took him back to a blissful life in the countryside in Leeds.
I always remember Dad telling me that Billy miao-wed all the way down the M1 in his cat basket so they let him out in the car for a wander (not sure why!) and he promptly dived onto Dad’s knee, staying there for the remaining 3 hour journey up North. From that moment on, Dad and Billy were the best of friends and in many ways, he Dad’s first grandchild. Papa G would shower him with love and even pet Christmas presents and Billy really had a charmed life in Leeds.
Billy, nicknamed Kill Bill (he liked to scratch) was an independent boy who loved nothing more than rolling around in the sunshine (shame this was such a rare occurrence in Yorkshire), loved sleeping with Daddy (see above) and in strange positions (below) and playing in the beautiful garden at my folks’ place overlooking fields of cows, a reservoir and pretty fairtyale-esque forest before we too settled in Leeds with baby Oliver in tow.
Oliver and his little brother Alexander adored Billy and towards the end of his life, he really rather enjoyed being stroked and he appreciated the children’s attentions and affection. Writing this, I still can’t believe he’s no longer here.
We are all so saddened by Billy’s passing, my Dad, husband and I have been in tears…I can’t bring myself to tell Oliver what’s happened so I’ve simply said he’s gone to live with the Vet who is looking after him. At 3, I really don’t think we need to have that conversation yet….one day but not today.
Grief is a funny thing isn’t it, be it a cat or human of course…the world keeps turning but life has changed and it’s pretty hard to take it in.
Rest in Peace Billy boy x