For nearly ten years

For nearly ten years, at the end of each day or so, she would call: “Frimousse! RouXy! Tigri! Come in and eat, kitties!” Then for another four years: “Frimousse! RouXy!”. Since the beginning of February, “Frimousse!” was enough.

And now she will have no one to call.

49 thoughts on “For nearly ten years

    1. Le Maitre de Frimousse Post author

      Well, he didn’t really suffer. His swollen belly was a discomfort, similar to that of a pregnant lady, according to our vet.
      Frimousse was such a lively cat that he didn’t seem to grow older. Until the death of his friend, when he started declining very very rapidly. We knew the end of the road was near, and Frimousse seemed to know it too…
      Yesterday he was in his garden from 10.30 till the moment we collected him to put him in the transport case. We had removed the lid so we could put Frimousse gently in the case. I am glad to say he managed to avoid stress. Frimousse accepted without complaining.
      During the day, in his garden, he had been very weak, hardly able to walk slowly, refusing all food, only drinking.
      When we arrived at the vet’s surgery Frimousse was in a sort of fog as we stroked him during his last moment of consciousness..

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  1. Eastside Cats

    I am so sorry. Angel Frimousse was a special kitty. May you both remember the joy he brought more than the sadness of his leaving. My heart goes out to you all.

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    1. Le Maitre de Frimousse Post author

      Don’t worry! He gave us so much joy! He was such a lively cat we didn’t realize he was nearly seventeen until the death of his friend RouXy.
      But one has to die, doesn’t he?
      But he won’t die in our hearts..

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  2. Timmy

    It is so clear that Frimousse as all your dear cats was special. We are crying with you even though we may have not met in person we have shared the same grief. We do hope you will bring another into your home as there are many who need love and it would make Frimousse happy we are sure
    Purrs and prayers from us all
    Timmy, Dad Pete and Family

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    1. Le Maitre de Frimousse Post author

      Frimousse has shared our lives since 23rd October 2000. So it is a big part of our lives that’s gone with him. His body has started to decay but he will always be alive in our hearts.
      No! No other cat! It’s too hard losing them.

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  3. Punapippuri

    We do not have the words. Beyond sad. We celebrate the life and love and freedom you gave Frimousse in HIS kingdom. We know it will be empty – but please not for long as we know you have so very much love to give and so many need that love. I know this is not the time to move on. We have a candle lit here to wish Frimousse on his way and will look for him in the dancing lights of the aurora, playing with those who have gone before. Much love, Many purrs.

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  4. Madi and Mom

    We are sorry to read that your precious Frimousse has crossed over the bridge.
    We are 200% sure he was greeted with open arms by many familiar faces
    Hugs Madi and MOM

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    1. Le Maitre de Frimousse Post author

      That’s very kind of you.
      Of course we would have preferred he’d remained with us for a long long time more. We would have taken care of him even if he were ill. But we didn’t want him to suffer. And he didn’t.

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    1. Le Maitre de Frimousse Post author

      The pain we have when our friends die is a very egotistic sentiment. Frimousse is dead. He hasn’t suffered. He felt a discomfort, with his belly full of ascetis, similar to that of a prenant woman, according to our vet.
      But he had shared our lives since 23rd October 2000!
      It is a huge part of our lives that has collapsed.

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  5. hairballsandhissyfits.com

    So so so sorry–i was away traveling and just found out about Frimousse, My heart is broken for you and your wife. There is nothing to really say in such a terrible time like this. so very sorry – I was so happy to meet Frimousse just a little while ago and not i must say good bye again already!

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    1. Le Maitre de Frimousse Post author

      You knew his illness would be fatal. Rapidly. I’m glad to say he din’t suffer.

      This is his very last photo an hour before he was put to sleep. He could no longer stand correctly on his paws

      He was still a beautiful cat. I am certain he knew it was the end of the road. We stroked him and stroked him all day. He was sure we loved him.

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    1. Le Maitre de Frimousse Post author

      That is very kind of you.
      Frimousse had shared our life for such a long time, since 23rd October 2000. What is particularly painful is the fact that he was a very lively cat until very recently.

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    1. Le Maitre de Frimousse Post author

      Thank you. We will miss Frimousse. We all miss our departed friends, don’t we?
      The day he left buds were opening on his lime-tree, peach-trees were starting to blossom, tupilis to bloom… Ironically.
      He won’t see the snow, which he loved, again.

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  7. databbiesotrouttowne

    we did not have the honor oh knowing Frimousse but wanted to stop and convey our sympathies; we know this is a difficult time. Godspeed your journey to heaven Frimousse; we know you will never be forgotten …..we send hugs to your family ♥♥

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    1. Le Maitre de Frimousse Post author

      That is very kind of you. Frimousse was such a lively cat. We didn’t realize he was aging until very recently. We’ll have to live without his constant presence by our sides.

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  8. Ali

    We are so, so sorry for your loss. He was such a handsome boy. Sending tons of love, purrs and prayers during this tough time <3

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    1. Le Maitre de Frimousse Post author

      He remained a very beautiful kitty until his death – except for a vacuum in his eyes during the very last days.
      But above all his “presence” was the main quality of Frimousse.
      Therefore his “absence” is the more difficult to bear.
      thank you for your kind message.

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  9. Timmy

    We send our purrs and prayers for you both at this sad time.
    You have wonderful memories and they last forever
    Timmy and Dad Pete

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  10. Mary McNeil

    I am so glad you have decided to “blog on” – when the time comes. It leaves a small emptiness not to check in each morning !

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  11. Mary McNeil

    Oh yes – time off to process…and to properly mourn. I will go back into the archives. Purrs.

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    1. Le Maitre de Frimousse Post author

      Amazingly I don’t feel like mourning. I feel relieved. We did what had to be done and nothing else could have been done for our dear Frimousse.
      He had reached the end of his road, and he knew it I’m sure.
      I was terrified at the thought of having to push him (hard) into the treansport case. But Frimousse had declined so much that he was more and more peaceful as days and hours elapsed.
      We removed the lid of the case and laid him gently in. Stroking him. And we stroked him all the way to the vet’s three-quarters of na hour away.
      There’s no Frimousse now. And we are here with our sorrows and memories.
      I am repairing the first version of Frimousse Blog. I’m also sorting out pictures and texts, so that sweet Frimousse doesn’t get forgotten too soon.

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  12. weggieboy

    Please accept my condolences. For all the joy they bring us, there is that awful realization that they are with us for too short a time. Hugs and best wishes that your sorrow is short and the memories of your beloved kitty are long.

    Love and more hugs,
    Doug and his two Persian kitties, Andy and Dougy

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    1. Le Maitre de Frimousse Post author

      “They are with us for too a short a time,” Indeed! When must try to accept this law of Nature; a cat doesn’t live as long as a human being.
      Long life to you, doug, and Andy and Dougy.

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  13. Mary McNeil

    So, you have passed the first “major holiday” without him. Each day it will be a bit less difficult – but the memories will still be there to be consulted and smiled over. As you said, as long as someone remembers, you are still “alive” in some sense. The ancient Egyptians had it right.

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