“Tash” (2004-2021)

I never thought I’d be writing another one of these posts so soon after the one about Penny two weeks ago, but sadly we have now also lost one of our precious “old girls” when the kidney disease that has been a constant threat to beloved “Tash” for many years finally took her from us yesterday exactly two weeks almost to the hour that we lost Penny. She had been going downhill for a while but recently had lost a lot of weight, and most of the use of her back legs, after a fall. A return trip to the vets confirmed that her kidneys had given up and so we had to make the decision to have her put to sleep.

We first got Tash (short for “moustache” for obvious reasons) after I saw an advert in the local paper for half Siamese kittens, My oldest son was still devastated by the loss of our little black and white girl “Pippin” a little while before and with my wife a lifelong fan of Siamese one of these seemed like the perfect new family member, so I rang up and we went down to see the two the lady had left, We picked the friendlier one of the too a Black and White “Felix” lookalike and we brought her home calling her “Poppy”, however the other little girl, was still in our minds and the next day I rang back to see if she was still there (not that I was really bothered, of course!), she said she was but someone was coming to look at her later, We immediately jumped in the car and rushed down to get her bringing her home. We placed the cat carrying case down expecting a bit of a “spat” between the sisters as they had been apart for a night, only for Poppy to walk over poke in her nose, as if to say “Oh it’s you” climb in and settle down to sleep with “Tash”. The pair have been inseparable ever since, often backing each other up when they were small, though they were not above falling out now and again.

Though it took a little while to bring “Tash” out of herself she grew into a lovely affectionate girl, with the typical demanding Siamese voice, something often to be heard in later years as she and “Amy” one of our later additions and also rather “noisy” would have full blown conversations (not always happy ones!). Another of her little foibles was to insist on drinking from the kitchen tap! Often sitting in the sink and shouting till you turned it on for her. She was a lovely little girl who liked nothing better than sitting on you especially if you were laying down, how such a small cat could be so heavy we’ll never know.

I know we will miss her immensely. Goodbye old girl, Dad.

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30 Responses to “Tash” (2004-2021)

  1. So sorry to hear this news! Sounds like she was much-loved cat though and you were lucky that she shared her life with you (I’m pretty certain it’s cats that own humans, not the other way round)!

  2. angrypiper says:

    Damn, Roger! So soon. I’m sorry to hear this. The picture of your cat did, however, make me chuckle aloud; I’ve never seen a cat with markings like that. You just have loved watching peoples’ reactions to her.

    • Thanks Keith, the best was the mother-in-law when we told her she was called Tash because she had a moustache, she did a double take and announced “Oh my god she has!”, the mad thing was when we bought her, her breeder though we said “Taz”, I thought it was obvious myself.

      Cheers Roger.

  3. Dave Stone says:

    Sorry to hear the loss of another beloved friend (pet), it is always hard, and nothing we can say can make it feel any better, but with you and your family as caretaker, I’m sure she had a good life

  4. Well Roger that’s been a tough couple of weeks mate and my heart goes out to you as I know how much we value our pets. They aren’t animals they are family and their loss is as great if not greater in some instances. All a pet can ask for is a good home and I’ve no doubt that yours certainly had that.

  5. Aww mate that sucks. 😕 Well loved kitty though

  6. Pete S/ SP says:

    So sorry to hear of this. Am sure she had a well loved and happy life with you.



  7. With you in spirit Roger, so sorry

  8. Wudugast says:

    Really sorry to hear that, what a time you’ve been having lately. We lost our own cat last year so I know just how gutting it is. 😦 Take care mate.

  9. Guru PIG says:

    Roger I am really sorry for the loss of Tash so soon after Penny. Our thoughts are with you.

  10. borderguy190 says:

    Oh Roger. Such sad news. I’m with you, I will never understand how a cat can make one paw feel like 50 pounds. Some kitty karate magic I guess. Good on you for giving those sisters a loving home. We would have a thousand cats if my daughter had her way. She sounds like a kitty to remember.


    • Thanks Matt, strangely while I was out with the dog (Holly) the other week, a girl said to me that the dog could probably smell her cat on her, I replied that it was OK as we had seven of them at home ourselves and she said “Seven! oh you lucky devil, I’d love to have that many!”.

      Must be a girl thing 🙂.

      But yes you couldn’t forget Tash.

      Cheers Roger.

  11. Aww sorry to hear that mate, our pets certainly are a part of our family and it cuts deep when we lose them.

  12. Mut says:

    So sorry for your loss, Roger, especially so soon after losing Penny. Sending hugs from across the pond.

    • Thanks Matt, to be honest we were surprised she lasted as long as she did, She’s not the first one we’ve lost to kidney disease, it’s the biggest killer of indoor cats, but she was so well even though she had it for so many years, she was a little miracle.

      Cheers Roger.

  13. Western Keep says:

    Very sorry to hear about your loss Roger, Tash looked like a wonderful cat, there is some conciliation that she had a long life and a good home.

  14. Azazel says:

    So sorry, Roger. We lost our last cat to kidney failure after 18 years, so I have an idea of part of how you feel. Can’t imagine losing one right after the other, though. 😦

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