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Rest in peace, sweet Monapants.

December 15th, 2014 · 23 Comments · Daily

Hi there. I'm Ramona. I'm here to stir it up.

Tomorrow would have been Ramona Quimby’s sixth birthday. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to her on Friday evening. I planned on writing a little tribute to her similar to the one I posted about Sid back in July, but you know what? It’s just too much going from being a two cat family to a zero cat family in less than five months, and I’m having a hard time dealing with it. (Wednesday is the five month anniversary of Sid’s death.)

I’ve spent most of the weekend thinking that I hear Mona jumping up on the bed. Last night I mistook Meredith’s black boot for Mona. Scout has been hanging out by Mona’s crate since last Wednesday, just hoping that her buddy will suddenly reappear.

(I apologize for the sad music. Please know that I made the video three years ago when things were far from sad.)

We took Ramona in to the emergency vet clinic on Wednesday evening because she hadn’t eaten in a day, and she was barely drinking water. Chronic kidney disease. Just like Sidney. I could sing songs to you (in a minor key) about my theories, but I know that you would slowly back away as soon as I warbled something about “potential formaldehyde in new carpet and no one warns you that it’s there or that it could kill your animals.”

A few weeks back, I took a photo for Instagram showing how an attempted nap with Ramona Quimby goes down.


I like to think that she now naps next to her sister.

Sid & Ramona


23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nichole // Dec 15, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I’m so sorry, guys.

  • 2 Jessica // Dec 15, 2014 at 11:05 am

    The house feels strange and echo-y and weirdly shaped, doesn’t it? It’s amazing how much they make it feel like home. I’m so very sorry.

  • 3 Elizabeth // Dec 15, 2014 at 11:26 am

    How sad! It’s good to know she had a wonderful family while she was here.

  • 4 Cindy // Dec 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I want to hug you guys.

  • 5 elsiroomom // Dec 15, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Oh man…..this is so hard. Hugs to all of you.

  • 6 Donna // Dec 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I’m so sorry. She was a beautiful girl.

  • 7 Judi // Dec 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Oh boo. So sad to read this. Our animals are such a part of the family, I know the loss is great. Sadly a few years back we lost all three of our pets, a Dobie and two cats within six months. Heartbreaking. Big hugs to your family!

  • 8 Deanna // Dec 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I’m sorry. I know you gave her a very happy life and you can feel good about that if nothing else.

  • 9 blackbird // Dec 15, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Gosh I am sorry.

  • 10 Kathy S. // Dec 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    This makes me so so sad. That is way too much loss in too short a time, not like there’s ever a GOOD time for any of that. Ugh. Hugs to you, my friend.

  • 11 Shannon // Dec 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I’m so sorry for all of you. Hugs to you and belly rubs for Scout.

  • 12 Grammy // Dec 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    They break your heart, these creatures that come into your life and take it over and make you fall in love with them whether they are good or naughty. But at the same time, they nestle into that little broken space and linger until you can someday smile again at the mere thought that you knew them. Then your heart can heal again. I wish words could comfort you now, but I know they won’t.

  • 13 Pam // Dec 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    I’m so sorry, Angela. Within a week I lost my dog and cat, and less than two years later the other cat, and now I have no pets for the first time in over 20 years. For small creatures, they leave such big holes. There’s nothing to say that will comfort you, but your sorrow is shared.

  • 14 Jill // Dec 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I’m so sorry. Pets are such big, happy part of our lives. I hope the memories help you heal.

  • 15 ccr in MA // Dec 15, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I am so, so sorry. I once lost my two boys a year apart, and that was awful. Hugs.

  • 16 Suburbanmom2 // Dec 15, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    So sorry.

  • 17 pharmgirl // Dec 15, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    My heartfelt and most sincere condolences.

    I’ve never bought into the thought that animals don’t have souls.

    They are the very epitome of Grace.

  • 18 Ani // Dec 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I am so sorry:(

  • 19 kmkat // Dec 16, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Pets are part of the family. Once your new carpet has finished outgassing, perhaps you can think about a new kitteh?

  • 20 Janet // Dec 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I am so sorry.

  • 21 Jen // Dec 17, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    It’s crazy how quickly kitties can go into renal failure. They potentially show no warning signs until it is too late. It’s like they know it’s their time, and poof! just stop eating and drinking. I’m so, so sorry. I also know how it feels when you question if you could have done something differently to save them (I’m thinking of your statement about your carpeting). We lost our 2 senior pugs about 6 months apart over the past year. My heart aches for you.

  • 22 Carroll // Dec 23, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Oh no! Somehow I missed this post and have been mistakenly thinking of you going around all happy for the holidays. So sad. These fur babies — so tough on our heart when they have to leave us. Also, I really did not know about the new carpet issue. I’ve heard of outgassing, and knew that there was an odor, but potentially lethal to pets? Yowza!
    Big sorry-for-you hugs from here, my friend!

  • 23 Kizz // Dec 29, 2014 at 10:39 am

    So so sorry to hear about this. It’s very weird when they go and devastating but the weirdness keeps you on your toes. She was a beautiful girl.