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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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The poor guy would've been better off mourning, and in the fullness of time opening his heart to another cat. May he rest in peace.

1 posted on 05/09/2012 9:57:29 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows

How sad. :(


2 posted on 05/09/2012 9:59:44 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
Sounds like he had no humans in his life who cared.

Poor guy.

Maybe it was his own fault, maybe not. Doesn't matter. As someone said, he was living a life of quiet desperation.

As you said, may he rest in peace.

3 posted on 05/09/2012 10:00:26 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (In most cases, revenge is not a good thing. In other cases, it's the only thing.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; devane617; ...

4 posted on 05/09/2012 10:02:01 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Sad. I love my catz, but if we have a house-fire, the doors get opened, and every vertebrate for itself.

/johnny

5 posted on 05/09/2012 10:06:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Slings and Arrows
♫ Meow Meow Meow Pow ♫

Damn sad that anyone could be that bad off.

6 posted on 05/09/2012 10:13:28 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Mases Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Truly.


7 posted on 05/09/2012 10:14:24 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The guy was only 44.


8 posted on 05/09/2012 10:15:32 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Mases Could Be Farts)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I completely understand. I lost Mr. Crookedtail (he was nearly twenty) and less than a year later Goosecat died in my arms of a massive heartattack after a wasting illness. I’m still crushed. I do so hope to see thoise guys again, some where/when.


9 posted on 05/09/2012 10:18:05 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I completely understand. I lost Mr. Crookedtail (he was nearly twenty) and less than a year later Goosecat died in my arms of a massive heartattack after a wasting illness. I’m still crushed. I do so hope to see those guys again, some where/when. ... Can’t type too well with blurry eyes


10 posted on 05/09/2012 10:18:47 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Moggies will break your heart. Sophie in better times.


11 posted on 05/09/2012 10:21:32 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: MHGinTN

I’m sorry.


12 posted on 05/09/2012 10:24:05 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Daffynition
What a cutie.

/johnny

13 posted on 05/09/2012 10:24:27 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Daffynition

I’ve got a cat with that ‘tude. RIP Sophie.


14 posted on 05/09/2012 10:25:12 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Sad, probably this guy had other problems and this was the final straw.


15 posted on 05/09/2012 10:25:40 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: MHGinTN

I lost a couple really good old animal friends in the past couple years too.

I was clearing some pics from my cel phone today and ran across the some pics of them. One, was as I was taking my 16 yo shepard mix for her last ride.

Hardes thing I ever had to do. But cancer was eating her up and she was in pain.

I’ve been a mess all day since. Still hard to type this.

But...others have since found me and adopted me.

About a year ago, a tuxedo kitty showed up on my doorstep and just waltzed in when I opened the door.

About a month later, my boxer/mutt, found a 5 pound Yorkie in the ditch that someone had dumped. His hair and nails were so long he could barely walk.

2 of my newest, bestest friends now.


16 posted on 05/09/2012 10:27:59 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Slings and Arrows

I can understand the grief, but I can’t understand the suicide. Maybe I’m not programmed to.

My little guy, Tigger, had a stroke at nine. I was sitting on my porch the day momma brought her kittens out from under the neighbors barn for the first time, and this little orange furball spotted me, and climbed my steps to see what I was.

It fell asleep in my lap, and stayed there until the day he died.

He wasn’t my cat, I was HIS human. He wouldn’t have anything to do with the wife. When I would be on the road, for days at a time, he would sleep in my office chair, only coming down for food. Within an hour of my coming home, he would be on the stairs by the front door, staring at it, waiting for it to open. When I came in, even at nine, it was like he was a kitten again.

I’ve had animals that died before, several. But none ever affected me the way Tigger’s death did, and still does, to this day.

But suicide????


17 posted on 05/09/2012 10:28:23 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The loss of a beloved pet is an awful pain. My cat just turned 12, and I dread the day when he won’t wake up from a nap. Still, I have to think this fellow had other issues at play for him to take his own life.

Sad story all-around, though, whatever the case.


18 posted on 05/09/2012 10:28:46 PM PDT by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I almost adopted a kitten yesterday, but I felt bad at the thought of taking him away from his siblings to a home all by himself, with no other kittens to play with. Of course, we’d have hours of fun together, but I wouldn’t be home all day. I know cats are better than dogs about that sort of thing, but I think a kitten (or a puppy, for that matter) needs playmates.

As for the poor man...I’d rather live alone than have and lose something that meant so much to me.


19 posted on 05/09/2012 10:28:55 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: The Cajun

Agreed. Poor guy.


20 posted on 05/09/2012 10:29:00 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: digger48
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21 posted on 05/09/2012 10:32:13 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Slings and Arrows
Sad. People respond to the loss of a loved one, animal or human, in many different ways. Grieving usually follows a recognizable pattern but in a few cases goes aberrant into areas that are hard to explain. As a veterinarian, I get to see grieving manifest itself into a myriad of examples. Some are terrifying to say the least. I had a client sleep with her dead cat for three weeks after it expired. I have been attacked by a pet owner for not saving a moribund animal, even had my life threatened. It never ceases to amaze me by some of the reactions of pet owners to the loss of a pet. This fellow comes pretty close.
22 posted on 05/09/2012 10:53:34 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Slings and Arrows

I just had two idiots do a suicide by oak tree down the road from me. Flew past this woman (still calming down in my kitchen with my wife), lost control and SPLAT.

Darwin award winners.


23 posted on 05/09/2012 10:59:10 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: Slings and Arrows

Sad. RIP.


24 posted on 05/09/2012 11:02:16 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I feel real bad for both the fellow, and the cat.

Over the years I've taken in a LOT of cats, strays and injured and SPCA and OPK (other people's kittens), probably 20 or so all told. All but two are dead now.

My two remaining kittehs are 14, one male and one female, siblings. They were wild strays, and it took years for them to get comfortable around people. Now they're total snugglers. Indoor/outdoor -- no roads nearby. They're great at catching rodents and love bringing me "presents".

I live by myself in a very rural area, with lots of wild animals in the woods that prey on cats. The male disappeared for two full weeks when he was about four years old. I figured he was long since somebody's lunch, but no.... He showed back up one day, about 3 pounds lighter, ratty looking, sick, and with a serious head tilt, like 45 degrees, and walking real funny. Obviously had been through the mill, maybe ate something poisonous or got into a heck of a fight or both. But he survived, and after about 6 years even the head tilt pretty much disappeared.

He's my best friend, eats with me, sleeps with me, follows me around the property, sees me off when I drive to work and greets me when I arrive home again.

I'm gonna be devastated when he kicks off someday (assuming I don't go first).

But not suicidal. That's a little extreme.

RIP.

25 posted on 05/09/2012 11:22:24 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Poor troubled soul. He was probably already in bad shape mentally, and this was just too much. We lost our black half-Siamese Ursus two years ago to cancer at age 19.5, and it was like losing my best human friend. He was a completely crazy old coot, and had so much personality it was like having another human around. I miss that damn cat so much!! May this poor man rest in peace now.


26 posted on 05/09/2012 11:30:46 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert ( "Be Breitbart, baby!")
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To: Slings and Arrows
I still keep dreaming my orange tabby comes home, or that I can see him if I try hard enough. His cancer took everything away from him except skin, bones, purrs and a love of the outdoors. Since he still had some zeal for life, we figured we'd wait a while on making the hardest decision. We kept letting him go outside, and one day, he didn't come back. This was early last Fall.

We still haven't found anything to bury, and there was never any real closure, but it's kind of nice to believe he just walked off into the sunrise.

I understand how grief can lead someone to take his or her own life, especially when you're lonely. But even when you have many people and pets and passions to live for, for a time it feels like none of them can suffice when you just want that human or nonhuman person back.
27 posted on 05/10/2012 12:08:38 AM PDT by Méabh
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To: dayglored

I lost my dog of 17 years about a year ago. Broke my heart, but I didn’t think of suicide.

I’m going to give my furbabies all extra hugs tonight.


28 posted on 05/10/2012 12:34:00 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: TheRhinelander

Thank you and your wife for being there in that woman’s time of need.


29 posted on 05/10/2012 12:37:47 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: BradyLS
As for the poor man...I’d rather live alone than have and lose something that meant so much to me.

I don't know - I've lost family, friends, pets, but none of it made me regret having them in the first place.

30 posted on 05/10/2012 12:41:15 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

It’s what we do. Two weeks after we bought the house a guy had a heart attack and hit one of the oak trees along the road. After the second accident we got fairly numb to it now. This one was by far the worst.


31 posted on 05/10/2012 1:24:35 AM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: JRandomFreeper

Cats don’t always run in the right direction, especially if they’re afraid of the outdoors.


32 posted on 05/10/2012 2:16:27 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“All the lonely people...”


33 posted on 05/10/2012 3:27:39 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’ve heard stories of guys going absolutely crazy over p***y, but this one tops ‘em all.


34 posted on 05/10/2012 3:30:07 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

I came in here expecting the usual snark of FR in posts like these...

Glad to see the same compassion I feel for someone whose only emotional attachment or feeling that someone/thing cared about him was gone.

He’s holding his tabby in heaven now.


35 posted on 05/10/2012 3:54:14 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: MHGinTN

Would you welcome a hungry stray cat into your home?


36 posted on 05/10/2012 4:18:20 AM PDT by panaxanax (Voting 'Third Party' will ensure a Communist-Marxist-Socialist dominated Supreme Court!)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

It is sad....I had to euthanize my beautiful 18 year old a month ago and was devestated but now I’m ready to adopt from a local shelter (that has checked my background as if I was applying for a job)...And I have to meet her (Stellaaaaaaa)today(:


37 posted on 05/10/2012 4:23:25 AM PDT by geege
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To: Slings and Arrows
Police found an inordinately large supply of peanut butter in his apartment....
38 posted on 05/10/2012 4:24:01 AM PDT by wolfcreek (‘closed eye’ mentality is the reason for our current reality)
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To: tcrlaf

He must have a been a troubled man to commit suicide.

But hubby & I both felt like we were having nervous breakdowns after our cat died last year.

Neither of us had ever been affected by a death like that before, and we both lost our favorite siblings at very young ages.

We seriously both felt we were losing our minds.

We’re still not really over it, probably never will be.


39 posted on 05/10/2012 4:26:31 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: Slings and Arrows

Losing a critter can be traumatic, but this guy must have had other problems that were bigger.

A few years ago, our 24 year old cat had a series of heart attacks and we had to put him down, it was traumatic. But, we’ve got a couple of new critters now and life goes on.


40 posted on 05/10/2012 4:41:38 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Very sad to read.

People sometimes consider their pets love them in a way other humans can’t or won’t. Unconditionally.

If they perceive that kind of love from a cat, dog, or any pet to the exclusion of human contact, suicide can happen.

I sometimes do think though God sends these pets into our lives to demonstrate that kind of love. Hopefully though we learn the lesson and pass that kind of love on to someone else.

May he rest in peace.


41 posted on 05/10/2012 4:49:50 AM PDT by EBH (The redistribution of another man's money, does not create wealth for the "greater good.")
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To: Slings and Arrows

Sad, very sad indeed.

Cats have a way of taking captive your heart.


42 posted on 05/10/2012 4:52:04 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I need to get a new cat soon. . .


43 posted on 05/10/2012 6:53:35 AM PDT by ßuddaßudd
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To: mylife
"Damn sad that anyone could be that bad off."

It really is. The cat must have been the only thing in his life that mattered.

44 posted on 05/10/2012 7:11:21 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Sometimes suicide just makes me angry at the selfishness of it.

But then along come folks like this fellow despondent from losing his last source of unconditional love (in his mind), and I can understand more than not. Not a hostile death, simply a bereft one.

This is exactly why I have several pets of different ages. There but for the grace...


45 posted on 05/10/2012 7:14:29 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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Condolences to all you Freepers who’ve lost furry babies.


46 posted on 05/10/2012 7:16:42 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: Slings and Arrows
What a mess.

EVERYONE, LISTEN UP: DON'T KILL YOURSELF!

As you were.

47 posted on 05/10/2012 7:18:06 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
As someone said, he was living a life of quiet desperation.

It's the English Way.

48 posted on 05/10/2012 7:19:10 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Lazamataz

Too late. I killed myself last week.


49 posted on 05/10/2012 7:20:58 AM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: MARTIAL MONK
Too late. I killed myself last week.


50 posted on 05/10/2012 7:25:28 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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