I had to put our oldest cat, Molly, down this week. I don’t think anyone would say she was a cuddly cat. In fact, we called her Grump Kitty most of the time. She had a unique, persnickety personality. What made Molly special though, was the fact that we belonged to her and she belonged to us.
We found Molly one hot summer day mewing away in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Frightened. Scared. Too young to be without a mama. She was only about 5 weeks old and fit in the palm of my hand.
One of us nicknamed her the ‘immortal kitty’ because she never seemed to age. At 15 years, Molly could romp and play with the best of them. But, old age did catch up with her in those last couple of days. Molly went into kidney failure and drips and drugs weren’t going to stop the inevitable. The nickname, however, will linger on immortalized in our memories of her.
The Bible talks about how God created all creatures and many verses allude to His care and concern for them. I like to believe that means God provides a place for his creatures when they die, just like He does His human children.
I don’t think we’re ever ready to say goodbye. I don’t think it would’ve mattered if we’d had a week to prepare, a year, or only the 10 minutes at the vet’s office. When the time comes, it’s hard.
Rest in peace, Molly. We will miss you.
“God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:25 NIV Bible