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Wed Jan 25, 2023, 01:59 PM

My sweet Don Bosco died last night

He was my cat even though he hadn't lived with me for 16 years. (It's complicated.) One day when I was living in Richmond I went grocery shopping, and when I returned I found this handsome tabby and white kitten, about half grown, sitting on my stoop. I opened my door and he walked in, explored, then sat down in the kitchen like he owned the place. I'd always had cats, so I figured that was his signal that he wished to stay. I opened the door, but he didn't leave, so I went out and purchased a litter box and some food and dishes. Once I had determined he was a young gentleman kitty, I named him Don Bosco after the patron saint of street kids, and the following week I took him for vaccinations and the necessary surgery he would have to have if he was going to live in my house. I notified the apartment manager and uncomplainingly paid the increased rent. He was a delightful companion who ate like a horse, played like a puppy(in his defense, he did seem to be largely Maine Coon), cuddled aggressively, and loved a laser pointer, jumping 3-4 feet off the ground in pursuit of it. He got to be very big and quite furry, and adamantly did not like to be brushed. I learned that he would tolerate about 5 minutes of it before turning around to swat at either the brush or me, so I would brush him in small increments.

Unfortunately, my now-husband, who was courting me seriously at the time, turned out to be seriously allergic to The Don, and would break out in sneezing fits when he came to see me. I would shut The Don in another room but it did no good, and I figured I would have to re-home him, which broke my heart. A friend who lived on Staten Island volunteered to take him but was unsure how he would get along with his own two cats; he actually flew down to meet him and they liked each other a lot. Then another friend who lived much closer said she would take him. She has always had a lot of cats and figured, what was another one/ The Don would bring her to 6 as she had recently lost one. She met him and it was love at first sight. Took him home and he found a buddy with her big orange cat Sunshine. She sent me updates on him and considered herself his foster mom. He grew to be a monster 22 lbs until the vet advised her to trim him back and he became a svelte 19. Yesterday she found him crouched by the baseboard heater, shivering. She took him to the vet, who said his kidney values were very low. He died during the night. They think he may have thrown an embolus. We think he was around 17, which is a good age for a cat. See you at the Bridge, Don Bosco!

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 02:02 PM

1. I'm very sorry for your loss of Don Bosco.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 02:05 PM

2. They are never with us long enough.

I am so sorry.

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Response to Diamond_Dog (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 02:15 PM

3. You are so right.

Sorry to hear about The Don.. 🐾

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 02:31 PM

4. I'm So Sorry

What a beautiful, well-written story of your loving relationship. I hope you got to see him again. Thanks for sharing and I'm very sorry. RIP, Don Bosco.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 02:36 PM

5. I am so sorry for your loss. 🕯️

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 02:36 PM

6. Don Bosco is a lucky kitty to be loved so much

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 02:40 PM

7. May Don Bosco's love live in your heart forever, and bring you comfort and compassion. n/t

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 02:40 PM

8. Here he is in all his furry glory

Thank you, Susan, for the pictures.
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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 03:35 PM

9. What a beautiful boy!

I'm sorry for your loss.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 03:55 PM

10. We had a 15 pounder (Tommy) who looked just like Don Bosco

For some reason he liked the neighbor lady better than us and she loved him and lived alone,
so she adopted him. Sorry for your loss.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 03:59 PM

13. Such a beautiful cat.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 04:46 PM

19. What a beautiful

cat. So sorry for your loss. His name is interesting. Didn’t know that was the name of a Saint.
There is a community center in our city named Don Bosco. Always thought it was named after a local person that started it many years ago. I am in my sixties and can remember hearing the name of that center since my teens.

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Response to Rebl2 (Reply #19)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 04:58 PM

20. St. John Bosco

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bosco Good guy.
There was at one time a more or less inner city boys' high school in Milwaukee named for him. It's been absorbed by a nother school now. But it's been a popular name for Catholic boys' high schools, especially in the inner city.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 26, 2023, 10:52 AM

23. Such a handsome fellow!

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 03:55 PM

11. Deepest condolences

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 03:59 PM

12. Sending you hugs and condolences

on the loss of your kitty, Don Bosco.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 03:59 PM

14. Sorry.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 04:06 PM

15. That's an impressive lifetime for a cat.

Don Bosco sounds like a great one. He’ll be meeting new friends at the Rainbow Bridge.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 04:11 PM

16. My deepest condolences to you💔

RIP Don Bosco

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 04:15 PM

17. So sorry, Jilly. ❤️



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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 04:23 PM

18. Condolences to you and His adoptive mom.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 07:18 PM

21. He was lucky you let him in

in all the ways you (and Sunshine's mom) did. I can imagine the fun bond he had with a big orange boy…
My heart goes out to you, Jilly, and to your friend who creates such a welcoming home for our stray kitties.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2023, 10:51 AM

22. Lady Bast, please take Your little one gently home in Your loving arms, and send peace

and comfort to his grieving loved ones.

I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious Don Bosco.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2023, 10:15 PM

24. What a handsome fellow.

I really enjoyed the picture of him sitting with his paws crossed. Two of our now-departed cats, a brother and sister, used to sit like that. It looks very regal.



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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2023, 07:36 PM

25. Sorry To Hear That

We're bracing. Our Greta is pushing 20. Although she's still pretty spry & alert, she's very old.
Are you going to get a new kitty?

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #25)

Sat Jan 28, 2023, 05:21 PM

26. I have barn cats

I had to re-home Don Bosco because my now husband was horribly allergic to him. The Don's foster mom, who is also getting up in years and has had health problems, has only senior cats and says she isn't adopting any more, although I wouldn't be surprised if she ends up with another senior.

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