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Flop: 1997 – 2014

Flop 1We had to put our cat Flop down today. He was seventeen years old, the last of the three kittens I got back in 1997 before starting grad school.

He got his name because he tended to hold his head tilted to one side when he was younger. I don’t know if there was a neurological problem, but if so, it didn’t slow him down. He was very much the alpha cat. He wouldn’t fight much, but every once in a while if the other two cats got too obnoxious, he’d thump ‘em once, just enough to remind them who was really in charge.

I’m pretty sure he’s the one who taught Pod how to shred paper. I came home once to find both of them sprawled out in the living room, surrounded by shredded toilet paper and napkins and anything else they’d managed to find.

He started out as my cat, but I think he really became my daughter’s. Or maybe she was his kitten, I’m not sure. When she was little, he’d go upstairs every night to check on her and help tuck her in at bedtime. They’d snuggle together while she was going to sleep.

Flop 2

He’d come curl up with her when she was older, too.

Flop 3

I remember a night when she was little, and she’d woken up and started fussing. Flop jumped up on the table where we had the baby monitor set up, and he started yowling at it, then at us. You could almost see him thinking, “The little girl has gotten trapped in this tiny white box! Come fix it, hairless monkeys!”

I used to joke that he was autistic. Like my son, he would run laps through the house, literally bouncing off of the walls at times. Like my son, he hated change, and tended to freak out when overstimulated by too many people or too much noise or whatever.

He was quite patient with my son too, as you can see.

Flop 4

He’d developed some arthritis over the past few years, and lost a bit of weight. Mostly he just wanted to curl up in a warm lap, and if he couldn’t find one, he’d stake out a spot in front of the heat vent.

I’m really going to miss that cat.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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queenoftheskies
Dec. 28th, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry for your loss, Jim. ::HUGS::
aitchellsee
Dec. 28th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
Condolences, Jim
dr_phil_physics
Dec. 28th, 2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
Seventeen good years? The holidays? There is never a good time to say goodbye to a good friend. My nephews just lost a black cat and one was telling me, "I wish cats lived longer." And then he thought about it and said, "I suppose that would be a problem, too."

Our hearts go out to you. Sorry for your loss.

Dr. Phil
wood_dragon
Dec. 28th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear this, Jim.
sartorias
Dec. 28th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
It hurts so much to see them go. But it sounds like he had a splendid life. (And those photos are very dear.)
pameladean
Dec. 28th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a great cat. I am so sorry for your loss. Cats span so much of our lives and carry so many memories, in addition to being their quirky, lovely, maddening selves, it's like losing something of those years and of yourself too.

P.
nyxalinth
Dec. 28th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
*big hugs* I'm sorry for your loss :(
sillylilly_bird
Dec. 28th, 2014 09:01 pm (UTC)
Sleep soft, sweet Flop. 17 years is a grand long life and it looks like one filled with love.
deborahblakehps
Dec. 28th, 2014 09:01 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. Black cats are the best. (My cat Magic made me say that.) I've got one who has been fighting chronic renal failure for 6 years and the vet just told me we're reaching the end. It never gets easier, does it?

BIG HUGS.
attilathepbnun
Dec. 28th, 2014 11:51 pm (UTC)
*hugshughugshugshughugshugshughugshugshughugs*
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debmats
Dec. 28th, 2014 09:15 pm (UTC)
I am sorry for your loss.
lsanderson
Dec. 28th, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
Condolences
My condolences.
corinneduyvis
Dec. 28th, 2014 09:25 pm (UTC)
So sorry for your loss. Cats are so damn wonderful, and I don't think they can ever understand just how much they matter to us.
taldragon
Dec. 28th, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
i am sorry for your loss -its so hard to lose a family member.

(icon is my Maia-cat, gone about 3 years now but certainly not forgotten)

matthewsrotundo
Dec. 28th, 2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
My condolences, Jim.
rosefox
Dec. 28th, 2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
His memory for a blessing. He looks like a sweet, wonderful cat and I'm glad you got so much good time with him.
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