Your beloved "Cheezel" was a handsome lad. My orange tabby "Marmalade" and he could have been cousins or brothers or Father and son.
Thank you for sharing those delightful photos of "Cheezel" that you posted here on the forum and for sharing some of his and your story. "Orange boys" can be so wonderful and loving and silly. We have numerous pet parents here on the forum who had beloved orange Tabby boys and I think we have 2 or 3 Tabby girl (which are quite rare. Only 20% of orange Tabby's are girls) parents.
These words that you wrote really touched me and are quite profound. Thank you for sharing them with us: "He was such a presence in my life, always filling up the moments that would otherwise be lonely or ordinary. I find myself expecting him to appear at any moment, to let out a little 'arr' and run towards me, to be back in my world again. Even though I know he is gone, my brain does not want to or cannot accept it."
That is exactly how I feel about my "Marmalade." He filled moments up which would have been lonely or ordinary with his prescence in my life.
I am so, so sorry for what "Cheezel" and you and your family experienced. It is so evident in your words how much you all loved and appreciated him which is so, so important for any pet. They should all be so blessed. Please know that you are not alone. We are with you in comradeship and in spirit, as is your "Cheezel."
My kindest regards and sincerest condolences,
Thank you so very much for your message and I am sorry for your loss too. Marmalade and Cheezel really do like they could have come from the same family tree - I'm sure they would have been wonderful friends.
Yes, it is really the loneliness and quiet moments where I find myself yearning to see my little one again. I can't believe how empty these pockets of time are now. Even just going to use the sink now conjures up a memory of him trying to drink water, failing, and getting his small paws all wet. I would give everything and anything to see him do that, or anything, again.
You and Marmalade will be in my thoughts as well.