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Grief-stricken [owner] KILLED himself 'because he couldn't get over the death of his beloved cat'
Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 8 May 2012 | Rick Dewsbury

Posted on 05/09/2012 9:57:24 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows

A grief-stricken pet owner killed himself because he struggled to cope with the death of his beloved cat, an inquest heard.

Bachelor Michael McAleese, 44, was devastated after 13-year-old tabby cat Sophie died in his arms after suffering a stroke.

The recluse - who was not known by his neighbours - was so traumatised by the loss that the dead cat 'slept' on his bed for three days afterwards.

Mr McAleese then told a man who came to collect Sophie for cremation that he would kill himself.

Five days after the cat's death Mr McAleese posted a moving video in the moggy's memory on YouTube, which featured pictures of her backed with sad violin music.

Unemployed Mr McAleese captioned the video with: 'This is in her memory. She was such a wonderful little cat.

'This is a montage tribute to my beloved Sophie cat. I loved her so much and still do.'

Mr McAleese's body was found eight days later on December 21 last year at his rented lodgings in Poole, Dorset.

A post mortem examination revealed Mr McAleese had taken an overdose.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping; nolife
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To: digger48

I hear ya ... I have a female tuxedo cat who has made me her human. She was the nextdoor neighbor’s cat, but they were never home and didn’t treat her well, leaving her out days at a time without feeding or water bowl. She is now the mistress of this house. But I will not allow myself to become so attached again. Hurts too much


51 posted on 05/10/2012 7:55:44 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Lazamataz

“LAZ HAS SPOKEN!”


52 posted on 05/10/2012 9:44:55 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: MHGinTN
I have a male tuxedo cat.

We should get the two of them together for a Prom.

53 posted on 05/10/2012 10:02:28 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: BuffaloJack
Losing a critter can be traumatic, but this guy must have had other problems that were bigger.

The story mentioned that the man was a recluse, so he probably had no other ties to life than the cat. It's sad anytime someone isolates themselves from others, and when one does that, there isn't much reason to keep going, I'm sad to say.

Mark

54 posted on 05/10/2012 10:15:32 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: anyone

I lost my mom, 2 of my 14 yr old kitties that were my friends and who I adored sooo much ...my brother ..and a friend in the last year and a half. I must be strong. Although I go to tears all the time.....time heals all wounds they say..


55 posted on 05/10/2012 10:49:51 AM PDT by Fawn (Rush Babe on Board.)
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To: ßuddaßudd
I need to get a new cat soon. . .

I'll never forget this story of this man who came to the shelter (I volunteer with) who walked in to the cat room and said, "which 2 cats are the most un-adoptable." They showed him and he adopted them. He still keeps in touch with them. Still brightens my day thinking about that....

56 posted on 05/10/2012 10:52:44 AM PDT by Fawn (Rush Babe on Board.)
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To: Lazamataz

That would look like a ‘same sex couple’ then! No thanks. But I wonder what their kittens would look like? Maybe a herd of little penguins?


57 posted on 05/10/2012 11:24:47 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: MHGinTN

Well, we shall never know. His balls are off. :)


58 posted on 05/10/2012 11:30:30 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz

Having had a vasectomy decades ago, I can sympathize, somewhat.


59 posted on 05/10/2012 11:53:50 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: geege

I love my cat Pumpkin more than anything in this world. I’d be heartbroken without him.

We almost lost him a couple years ago;he had a huge hairball that blocked his intestines. He would throw up shortly after eating and wasn’t urinating or defecating. He finally passed the hairball,but he lost a lot of weight. He has since put some back on.

I cried so hard;it was the worst time in my life.


60 posted on 05/10/2012 1:11:00 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: BuffaloJack

24? Wow!


61 posted on 05/10/2012 1:13:15 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

This brings tears to my eyes.


62 posted on 05/10/2012 1:13:51 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: geege
Our 3 yr. old parti-poodle died on Sunday of an auto-immune disease that destroyed his red blood cells and platelets. Was really quick and we were devastated. I feel like my heart has been ripped out. Am now looking for a new puppy and hopefully I will find my heart again.
63 posted on 05/10/2012 1:24:26 PM PDT by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home......)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

Well I’m glad Pumpkin is better....My Ozzy was diabetic and I gave him insuline for 8 years...he was 17 years and Gregio couldn’t walk so I had to let him go as well....The vet thinks he had a clot...I have both their remains....I did go visit Stellaaaaaa today and she is a beautiful 2 year old Calico....I will pick her up on Tuesday.....She is well cared for at “Tabby’s Place” in Ringoes NJ....It’s like a cat resort.....


64 posted on 05/10/2012 1:25:08 PM PDT by geege
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To: KYGrandma

How sad....Too young....They are over the Rainbow Bridge(: Another pet is always a good thing....


65 posted on 05/10/2012 1:27:56 PM PDT by geege
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To: Slings and Arrows

Five years ago I lost a cat who was my best friend. He was fourteen years old and done in by that blasted poison Chinese cat food. I still haven’t completely gotten over it and I doubt I ever will.


66 posted on 05/10/2012 1:45:00 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: Fawn
Unfortunately, Im very particular about the pets I choose...
67 posted on 05/10/2012 2:23:06 PM PDT by uddaudd
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To: geege

I have another cat named Leopold. He’s a Manx and doesn’t have a tail. He hops like a rabbit! He’s becoming more affectionate and he’ll sleep next to me. He’s like a rock and doesn’t want to move. But he’s so cuddly. :)


68 posted on 05/10/2012 3:51:47 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

Oh he sounds soooo cute.....I love puttys(:


69 posted on 05/10/2012 4:06:52 PM PDT by geege
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To: geege

He’s adorable.


70 posted on 05/10/2012 4:20:19 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Very sad, I hope he's with his kitty now. I've lost so many cats, it is very hard to take but I just think, life has to go on and I'm sure if my cats came back to me, they would tell me to remember them and think about them but get on with life. I think the best way to remember and love the kitties (or any pets) you have lost is to adopt new ones to love.

I did have a very vivid dream/ghost story where one of my cats who passed on came back to me. His name was Buddha (Boo), a black cat, half-Siamese. He came back to me and started to talk like a person, even his mouth moved, like Salem the Cat's did in the TV show "Sabrina." He basically told me, one one of us could come down so all of my past pets elected him "spokescat." He said, that all my pets miss us but still love us and see us. He also said, they are all fine and doing well, having a good time, even meeting new friends. He said, don't feel sad, just love the kitties you have now and get new ones as you can, that is the way to keep loving us. He also said to me "we will all be together again one day." He then said, "I have to go now." The dream happened after we lost G.W. last year so I asked Boo, "got time for a question," and he said, "yes," so I asked him about G.W. and he told me that he is getting along fine with his brother Greystone, then we said our goodbyes. When I get really sad, I try to think about this, it does help.
71 posted on 05/10/2012 5:40:35 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

> 24? Wow!
Yeah, 24. The vet told us that he was the oldest animal of any species that he’d ever had to put down. What was amazing was that he never went through all the long drawn out end of life problems that many animals experience. He was healthy, active and happy right up to the last few days of his life.


72 posted on 05/10/2012 7:56:39 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: BuffaloJack

Cats are the funniest creatures.


73 posted on 05/10/2012 8:02:31 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: BuffaloJack

Did you ever notice that cats look like they have their head on a spring? I’ll be playing with my two cats and pretend I’m throwing something or tossing something in the air and they have the bobblehead thing going on. It’s so funny.


74 posted on 05/10/2012 9:20:31 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: Nowhere Man

Thanks for sharing that awesome dream. I think that sometimes dreams are just dreams but sometimes they’re more. The night my grandpa died, he appeared to me in a dream and took his leave. It was very cool — changed my spiritual life completely, actually. No actual words were exchanged, it was all like telepathy where I just knew everything — but in my dream he was VERY excited and happy to be going where he was going. Really pumped! And then the next morning we found out he had indeed passed on overnight. So . . . maybe your spokeskitty told you some good stuff there! A lovely story, thanks.


75 posted on 05/11/2012 11:10:06 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert ( "Be Breitbart, baby!")
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To: geege

I wonder if your new cat Stella, is Gwen Cooper’s cat that she had to give up? Gwen Cooper is the author of a book called “Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat”. She adopted a calico cat named Stella from a shelter in NYC (I think), but Stella did not get along with her cat Homer, so she had to take Stella to a cat rescue. I wonder if this is the same one?


76 posted on 05/24/2012 9:45:09 PM PDT by sistabrista
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To: sistabrista

I don’t think so, Stella is from Tabby’s Place in Ringos NJ....


77 posted on 05/25/2012 2:53:04 AM PDT by geege
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To: sistabrista

I don’t think so, Stella is from Tabby’s Place in Ringos NJ....


78 posted on 05/25/2012 2:55:26 AM PDT by geege
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To: sistabrista

I don’t think so, Stella is from Tabby’s Place in Ringos NJ....


79 posted on 05/25/2012 2:55:26 AM PDT by geege
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To: geege

That’s where she took Stella, was to Tabby’s place!!! What a small world! Check out her facebook page, and scroll down to about mid February, and she has pictures of Stella as well as stories about her. She was devastated that Stella did not work out for them, and was even more hurt that she had to give Stella up. You should send her a message and let her know that you adopted Stella and that she’s got a wonderful home. Also, if you haven’t read her book, I highly recommend it!


80 posted on 05/26/2012 11:21:42 PM PDT by sistabrista
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To: sistabrista

Wow....What a small world.....I haven’t picked up her yet but I will soon....Tabby’s Place told me that Stella didn’t get along with the other cat as well.....Are there pic’s of Stella on her FB???? If you can send me the link....


81 posted on 05/27/2012 4:08:58 PM PDT by geege
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To: geege
I hope this link works, but try this: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=355672844472726&set=a.355672737806070.82512.126124190760927&type=1&theater

I compared her picture of the facebook page, to the picture on Tabby's Place website, and it's definitely her. You are correct, she does not get along with other cats, which is why Gwen had to give her up. Here's a link for an interview with Gwen Cooper, Stella's ex-owner, about her book: http://mysmelly.com/content/interviews/homer-the-blind-wonder-cat-—interview-with-gwen-cooper.htm

82 posted on 05/27/2012 4:54:10 PM PDT by sistabrista
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To: sistabrista

Well, Stella will be the “Queen” once I pick her up...No other putty’s,....Thanks for the info......I will let you know when I get her and post pic’s....


83 posted on 05/28/2012 4:02:13 AM PDT by geege
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