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Monday, April 23, 2007

In Memory of Velcro the Cat (1987-2007)

For more than 19 years my parents have had a cat by the name of Velcro. Velcro got its name because it would stick to us like "velcro" and made the sound of it when we pulled him off.

Velcro was born in 1987. We cannot remember exactly when he was born, but we know that it was between summer of 1987 and Thanksgiving of the same year.

Velcro died today, April 23, 2007. He had lived longer than any other cat they had owned and his health was deteriorating to the point that the only humane thing to do was to have him put to sleep.

Velcro was an interesting cat.

In his younger days he would make himself "available" to the grandkids in exchange for the good cat food.

One of his favorite places to perch was on my sister's head--or anyone's head--but hers was his favorite. He loved to run his paws through human hair.

Velcro sat on my son's head one day watching him eat a bowl of cereal.

He had learned to say "Hello." It was sort of a "yewo."

In his later years he thought he was on an equal with my youngest brother of about the same age. In fact my brother is just slightly younger than this cat. Velcro and my brother had a rather interesting sibling rivalry. My brother would complain that the cat would not stay out of his room. "Mom," he would say, "would you tell Velcro to stay out of my room while I am at school." In turn, Velcro would sneak into the room any chance he got, just because he could.

I am sure there are many stories that will be told about this cat for years to come. He will be missed.

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12 Comments:

On Monday, April 23, 2007 8:46:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

My brother, Jesse, sent me a link about the kind of cat that Velcro was.

American-bobtail

 
On Tuesday, April 24, 2007 12:33:00 AM, Blogger mimiscraps wrote...

ohhh that's so sad! I'm so sorry! I even remember that cat!!

 
On Tuesday, April 24, 2007 9:20:00 PM, Blogger nanc wrote...

ohhhhhhhhh, kelllllllllll...that is sad, but i'm not a cat person - give me fish, chickens or hamsters anyday - frankly, cats (of the feline kind) are too familiar and we all know that breeds contempt...

speaking of cats, a blogfriend of mine does a catblog friday every single week and i think she does it just to irritate me..........>^..^< pfffft...

hehehe...

 
On Tuesday, April 24, 2007 9:21:00 PM, Blogger nanc wrote...

p.s. my condolences.

 
On Tuesday, April 24, 2007 10:33:00 PM, Anonymous Kathy wrote...

Sorry to hear about your beloved pet Kelly.It is certainly much harder when they have been part of the family for so long..

Thought it was strange that you had not been around to cube's for your weekly "pkak" Nanc!

 
On Tuesday, April 24, 2007 10:46:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

Hey all, thanks so much for the condolences.

I was at my mom's house holding that cat when she told me that she was taking it to the animal shelter that day. I pulled out my camera and snapped a picture of Velcro. That was the last picture taken of Velcro.

 
On Wednesday, April 25, 2007 6:07:00 AM, Blogger cube wrote...

What a loving tribute to your cat. You were lucky to have Velcro for so long & he was lucky to have humans like your family.

BTW came here via nanc.

 
On Wednesday, April 25, 2007 1:53:00 PM, Blogger nanc wrote...

ODL! i sure hope i don't have to start coming here for a BI-WEEKLY pkak attack!

 
On Wednesday, April 25, 2007 11:34:00 PM, Blogger Mike's America wrote...

Sad story, but wonderful that your family had such a loving pet.

I've got a cat named Hobbes who is 15 in August and he's just the best pet.

 
On Friday, April 27, 2007 9:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Ohhhhh Kelly, that is the saddest thing to hear. I know it must have been a difficult decision for your parents; but like you said, it was the humane thing to do.

How sweet that he would sit on people's heads!!! Or more like, 'annoying'??? LOL

And, how funny that he said, "Mom, tell Velcro to stay out of my room." Like the cat would listen to mom!!! hehehe

I'm sure he is in pet heaven now, and playing with all the other cats who went before him. He will stay alive and in your heart every time you remember and tell a story about him.

Snif...kleenex please.......

~~Starla

 
On Tuesday, May 01, 2007 4:11:00 PM, Blogger Phelonius wrote...

Pets are such a personal thing that they can become full-fledged family members.

I am sorry for your loss.

 
On Sunday, May 13, 2007 9:07:00 PM, Anonymous Rosie wrote...

Velcro was a big part of my life as well. In fact, my kids and the other grandkids' first exposure to the word "velcro" was Grandma's cat.

When they were introduced to shoes with velcro closures, they referred to them as "kitty" shoes.

Before I was married, I would sit on a chair in my bedroom, and Velcro would jump from my bed to my back, sinking his claws into my back. Although it was very painful, I couldn't get mad at him because after attaching himself to my back, he would sit on my shoulders and "knead" my hair as if he were nursing from his mother, purring the whole time. I could tell that he loved me.

I loved Velcro also, and I miss him. He was a much-loved member of the family.

 

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