in which we are terribly sad

Inertia, aka “Pants”, our International Cat Of Mystery, died today. He just laid down to sleep and his heart went out, which is probably one of the nicest ways we can think of to die.


I already miss him, horribly. He joined our family as a kitten, while we were living in England. He lived with us for 12 years, and we loved him very, very much. He was the sort of sweet, affectionate cat that converted even cat- haters; I can’t count the times people told us that they didn’t like cats, but if all cats were like Pants, they’d love cats.

He lived with us since Beckett was four. She used to put dresses on him. He tolerated it with grace and a begrudging affection, even if he did try and steal her stuffed unicorn.


He spent the last two years of his life being fawned over by us and all of the studio elves. I’m glad that the last stretch of his life was so full of people who adored him. I’m so happy it ended this way. I wish he were still with us, but I am glad he had this, and that he got to leave us in this way.

RIP, Inertia. I can’t believe you’re gone.

  One thought on “in which we are terribly sad

  1. Katey
    April 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Aw, Sarah, I’m sorry about your kitty, though it sounds like he had a perfectly lovely life. May we all go so peacefully. *hugs*

    • April 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      Sam and I were just saying that he went the way we’d like to go- right after a big meal, in our sleep. We miss him terribly, but what a lucky boy.

  2. April 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    😦 I’m so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts.

    • April 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you, very much.

  3. Kristin Brænne
    April 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm


  4. April 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a beautiful kitty gatto.

    • April 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      Thank you so much for your thoughts!

  5. Radishcake
    April 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Sending you all our love and hugs today. I’m glad you all had each other for a good long time. xoxo

    • April 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      Thank you- we were so lucky to have him.

  6. April 5, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I’m so sorry – he was gorgeous! Hugs and squishies to you.

    • April 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      Thank you! He was a lovely old lap cat.

  7. Heidi
    April 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Condolences to you and your family. Inertia was a lucky cat to be so well-loved.

    • April 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      Thank you for your thoughts. He was so adored, but we were lucky to have him in our lives.

  8. Michelle Lisenbee
    April 5, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Oh, Sarah…I’m so sorry. I know how much it can hurt to lose a loved furry family member. What wonderful photos you took of him. It looks and sounds as if he was a blessing to your family. Hugs.

    • April 22, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you, Michelle.

  9. Kathleen Deminski
    April 6, 2011 at 9:38 am

    What a sweet boy. My heart breaks for your loss. I am happy he had such a sweet long life with you and that his passing was peaceful. How wonderful to be loved so much!

    • April 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      Kathleen, thank you- we miss him terribly.

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  11. Indiecita
    April 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Having lost a much beloved fur person myself I know how painful it can be. He was clearly surrounded by a huge amount of love and I’m sure feels it still, wherever he is.

    • April 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you, Indiecita.

  12. April 7, 2011 at 8:21 am

    He was a great cat. Much love for all of you.

    • April 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you, Kate!

  13. Tan
    April 7, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I’m so sorry you lost your beautiful cat. Many hugs.

    • April 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      Oh, Tan, thank you so much.

  14. April 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Sarah, I’m sorry for your loss. Pants sounds like an amazing animal, and I know he’ll be missed. What a beautiful boy, and I’m so glad he led his life so surrounded by love.

    • April 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you, Kristen.

  15. April 24, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Oh, I am so, so sorry for your loss. I’ve been there, and the thought of the fine, love-filled life you gave Pants should make you both proud & happy. So many cats don’t have those simple blessings. *hugs*

    • April 25, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      Oh, Ria. Thank you so much.

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