Goodbye Little Ultraviolet

Our beautiful black kitty Ultraviolet (Little Girl)

We have lost our beautiful black kitty Ultraviolet, also known as Little Girl. I called her Sweetheart, most of the time. We’re heartbroken.

I knew she wasn’t young. Even so, I thought we’d have her longer. Two vets estimated her age to be about 10 last year in August, when we took her in off the streets. So this year I thought she was 11. Many of our cats lived to 16 or 17, and one even lived to 19 and a half. She could be older than 11, my husband said. Still, I felt hopeful because she had a hearty appetite and she was affectionate and cheerful. Her vet check up last year had been good. So was her recent checkup a few weeks ago.

Suddenly without warning she had a severe episode like a seizure, a stroke, a heart attack, or all three. Afterwards she was unresponsive for a time. She miraculously revived and chirruped and purred, coming to us to be snuggled. We hoped this meant she could recover; we made plans to have her tested for various ailments, but then during a sleep that seemed normal, she slipped away.

I don’t think we’ve ever had a sweeter kitty. All day and all evening she would go from one of us to the other, making little “urrrp oop eep” sounds of greeting. “Come up Sweetheart,” I’d answer. She’d jump up, sometimes with a little help from us, and settle in for pets and purrs. I miss her soft chirrups. And, of course, her editing.

Ultraviolet with a knowing look, helping me edit

As sad as we are, I would take an older cat again. I’m happy we could give her snuggles, her favorite tasty foods, toys, comfy blankies, and a safe home in her last year. I just wish we could have had more time with her.

She was so loving and had such cuteness and whimsey about her.

For the last few months I’ve been trying to get the first volume of my book ready for publication. I’m getting closer, but am not there yet. It’s taking a long time, partly because I haven’t been too well myself. I have a very limited time span each day when I’m capable of stringing a sentence together.

So I haven’t had much energy left over to go out and about and comment on the sites of others. I’m so sorry and hope to do better in the future! I do read and enjoy everyone’s websites, and I mean it when I ‘like’. I think of it as leaving a pictorial calling card; I sort of like that idea. But my plans are still to comment more in the future. I also meant to start doing book reviews and I’ve had to delay that too. There is so much more to the book publishing process than I had anticipated!

Once I actually have the book out I think it’ll be fun. But I always thought Ultraviolet would be here with us for that festive time.

About Leah

I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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108 Responses to Goodbye Little Ultraviolet

  1. So very sorry for your loss! It’s never easy with a beloved pet!

  2. Judy says:

    I am sorry for the loss of your loved cat and am sorry to hear you are having some health issues. Maybe the writing takes the mind off these things for awhile. Be well!!

  3. chattykerry says:

    Somehow I missed this post and I am so sorry, Leah. She was a lucky cat to spend even a short time with you. I hope that you continue to recover from your recent hospital stay. Our outside cat, Katniss, disappeared suddenly about a week ago and I fear the worst but time will tell. Thinking about you. K x

  4. inesephoto says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Dear sweet kitty, it is so sad and unexpected. She must have had the same illness as my daughter’s kitty who too collapsed last July, but miraculously recovered and was himself another two month until he turned to the worse again and passed away at the age of 14. May they all run free behind the Rainbow bridge.
    Best of luck with your book!

  5. Ellen Hawley says:

    I’m late coming to this, but all the same I’m sorry. We’ve been through it and I have a sense of what you’ve been through.

  6. I have only just read this and I an so sad. Ultraviolet was such a lovely kitty, I am so sorry for you xxxxx

    • Catwoods says:

      Rosie, thank you so much for your kind words and your sympathy. This was indeed a difficult loss, she was such a sweet kitty. xxxx ❤

  7. So sorry you lost your beloved kitty. As many others have said, your love for her was clear and she must have had a wonderful year with you …but too short. Rest well little Ultraviolet. 💕

  8. So sorry for your loss. Your Little Girl sounded like a beautiful kitty, inside an out. We had to help one of our fur babies cross Rainbow Bridge earlier this year, after a sudden illness. It never gets easier 😪 Sending you hugs.

  9. Dalton & Pipo aka Meezer’s Mews & Terrieristical Woofs says:

    I just read about this news, so sorry you had to say goodbye to your dear little Ultraviolet. Pipo sends many loud purrs and Dalton adds some soft aroos, too.
    It was so good that she knew love and the comforts of a good home instead of the harshness of the feral life.
    How pretty and sweet she was.
    We made you a memento picture, and sent it in a message to your FB profile…I do not know how to post it in the comments here….
    I will post in next week in our regular Sunday Selfies post.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you for your kind words of sympathy and comfort, Meezer’s Mews and Terrieristical Woofs. Thank you for making the memorial picture of our kitty. Hugs.

  10. I just read about this news, so sorry you had to say goodbye to your dear little Ultraviolet. Pipo sends many loud purrs and Dalton adds some soft aroos, too.
    It was so good that she knew love and the comforts of a good home instead of the harshness of the feral life.
    How pretty and sweet she was.
    We made you a memento picture, and sent it in a message to your FB profile…I do not know how to post it in the comments here….
    I will post in next week in our regular Sunday Selfies post.

  11. I’m so sorry to hear about your Little Girl. As you know, I, too, have a Little Girl, a sweet little kitty with black fur and a loving heart. I lost Malachi in a similar fashion. As hard as it is to lose a beloved companion to sickness, it’s harder I believe to lose them suddenly. ❤️

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Jen, for your kind words of sympathy. The sudden losses are indeed difficult, and I am sorry for your loss of Malachi. Purrs going out to your Little Girl and all your kitties. ❤

  12. Yvon says:

    I’m sorry to read about Ultraviolet passing the rainbowbridge. She was loved and she takes this love and your family in her heart where ever she may go.

  13. paws2smile says:

    I am so sorry. 😦 I had to put my precious Storm (dog) down a year ago so I know the heartache you are feeling. *hugs*

  14. OMC We’re so deeply sorry of your loss, Leah. It’s hard to let go, no matter how long they were with us. Granny remembers my seizures in August. I was one out of a million who survived the attacks, but I wished for Ultraviolet that she also had 😥 Soft Pawkisses to comfort you ❤ Fly free beautiful Soul and thank you that we have met. Until we meet again ❤ ❤ ❤

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you for your kind message of sympathy angelwhisper2011. It really does help to know that other kitties and people understand how we feel, and we are so glad that we, and Ultraviolet, had the change to meet y’all. We miss her so much and try to treasure memories, and hope for a meeting one day at the Rainbow Bridge.

  15. Our deepest sympathies on the passing of Ultraviolet. Always so hard, but you can take comfort in the fact that she didn’t have to endure a long and difficult illness.

  16. RMW says:

    What a fortunate cat to be able to spend her last year in such a loving home. And to be able to pass away so peacefully. You were meant to be with each other. I was happy that my precious feral cat Pharoah passed away at home… he was only 13 but I knew he wouldn’t have a long life… although I believe he had a happy one. You gave Ultraviolet a great gift… just as she gave you the gift of her last year. Wonderful memories.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you RMW for your kind words and for telling me about your kitty Pharoah. I’m so sorry you lost him, too. I am glad we had the chance to be her people in her last year, and I’m trying to hang onto the memories.

  17. 2ndhalfolife says:

    I am so sorry for your kitty and your loss. It’s hard when you don’t know how old they are, but you are wonderful to take in strays and older cats and love them as long as they are here! xoxo

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much, 2ndhalfoflife, for your kind sympathy. We’ve always found the strays and older cats we have taken in to be such great pets. But losing them sooner is hard. xoxo

  18. Eliza Waters says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss of Ultraviolet. It sounds like she passed peacefully, always a blessing. Your pain is fresh to me as well, as we had to put to sleep on Friday, our own Squeaky. As a rescue, I’m not sure how old she was, but we’ve had her 17 years, so it was a good life we gave her from her beginnings in a feral colony. It is hard to say goodbye, even though we know that death is a part of life. May they both now rest in peace, pain-free.

  19. terrepruitt says:

    Oh, I am so very sorry. It doesn’t matter how long they have been with us it is never enough time! I love that you seem to be focusing on the time you did have and that you made here life lovely.

  20. Candace says:

    Oh, no, Leah, I’m so sorry! A year with a kitty, no matter their age, is just not enough. But it’s so wonderful that you did take her off the streets and that she knew love and comfort for that time. It’s also sweet that she passed at home, in her sleep, with her loved ones nearby. Still so sad. I hope another kitty will come your way soon since a house doesn’t seem to be a home without a cat. Condolences. RIP, UV.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Candace, for your kind words of sympathy and support. We’re still feeling so stunned. I hope for another kitty as the house does feel so empty, but we are so busy right now we might have to wait before we seek one. But it’s also true that cats seem to somehow find us, so it could happen sooner.

  21. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I lost my dear cat last summer, still miss him greatly. It does get easier in time, even if it’s never the same again. I’m glad your cat had a good life with so much love for her in the end ❤ Treasure the memories. With love, C.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Calee, for your kind sympathy. I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your cat, too. I’m trying to hang onto the sweet memories. ❤

  22. toutparmoi says:

    Such sad news. Our little friends’ lives always seem too short. But I’m so glad you made Ultra-Violet’s last year such a happy and secure one. She obviously enjoyed it.

    I wish you all the best with your book, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about it. When your time and energy permit, of course…

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you toutparmoi, for your kind words of sympathy. I can only hope Ultraviolet knew how happy she made us. Thanks also for the encouraging wishes for the book. I’m getting closer but have a ways to go.

  23. cat9984 says:

    I am so sorry. Luckily for her, she found a loving home for the last part of her life. I’m sure she felt loved.

  24. Sondra says:

    So sorry, Leah and William! It’s always hurtful and bewildering when unexpected. Leah, you have immortalized Ultraviolet in your writings.

  25. I am sorry to hear about Ultraviolet. It was a shocking unexpected surprise. Words fail.

    • Catwoods says:

      Greg, thank you for being here and for your kind words. It’s very hard when it’s sudden but it’s a comfort that her leaving was peaceful.

  26. So very sorry, Leah!!! We lost our dog of 17 and 1/2 years and never got another dog. It is heartbreaking. But you gave her a wonderful last year of life and lots of love and take solace that you did such a wonderful thing!! Hope you can feel better physically as I know how that can make everything worse. The loss will take time. I send you hopes for your healing and good luck with your book!! Would that we could all go in our sleep instead of hooked up to machines in hospitals.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you stockdalewolfe, for your kind and soothing words, we appreciate it and I know Ultraviolet does too. I am so sorry about your dog, too. Thank you also for the well wishes and the encouragement about the book! It’s hard when loss is sudden but it is comforting that her leaving was peaceful.

  27. sorry for your loss. Precious Kitty.

  28. greenpete58 says:

    So sorry, Leah. We’ve lost pets and know the pain. UV was a pretty cat. We have one left who is now 17, Chloe (also known as Chlo-cat, Fatso, Chubsie-Wubsie and Lumpy Plumpy). It’ll be tough when she goes.

    Look forward to your book. It’ll happen! (Mine seemed like it took forever.) Also, I always notice your “likes” on my posts and really appreciate them. Take care.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you greenpete, for your sympathy and for saying Ultraviolet was pretty. Your description of Chloe and her names made me smile. Also thank you for the encouragement about the book! (Your book is on my list of books to get when things settle down in our lives a bit.)

  29. KiM says:

    So sorry for your loss of Little Girl, it is wonderful you were there for the snuggles before she went peacefully in her sleep. I am still coming to grips with losing Trinity and I know how hard it can be. I think it is wonderful you gave her a wonderful home and love and are willing to open your heart up again to another sometime. Best wishes for happy memories to flood your mind and for your book to go well- as I know how hard that can be too. The one thing I try to comfort myself with is that when they go suddenly like that, they didn’t undergo years of suffering – it just makes it harder for those of us left when it’s such a shock. Prayers for you.

    • Catwoods says:

      KiM, thank you for your kind and soothing words. I am so sorry for your loss of Trinity, too. It is very hard when it’s sudden but it’s true that long lingering illness can be difficult too. I’m trying to focus on sweet memories. Thanks also for good wishes about the book. Hugs.

  30. weggieboy says:

    It always is hard, no matter how long or short a time they have with us. Hugs…

  31. Herman says:

    So sorry to read this sad and painful news about the passing of Ultraviolet. It is always so hard when you have to give up one of your furry friends. Please cherish all the warm and beautiful memories of Little Girl deep in your heart. Wishing you lots of strength and love.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Herman, for your words of sympathy and comfort. I am indeed trying to keep Ultraviolet, Little Girl, close with the sweet memories.

  32. samanthamurdochblog says:

    I am so sorry. They only have little lives, but you gave her the best love and time with you.

    Thinking of you xxxx

  33. niasunset says:

    Oh dear Leah, I cried while reading you, I know how sad… I remember our Princess… she died last summer and she was old too… But they are both yours and ours so nice and lovely cats, and they were lucky too to be with a nice humans…. I think of her always… I am so sorry about your loss dear Leah, I’ll be thinking of you, love, nia

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Nia, for your kind and comforting words. I remember your Princess, Surya, I am so sad and sorry you lost her too. Thank you for thinking of me, much love, Leah.

  34. Lavinia Ross says:

    It is hard when our companions leave us, especially when they are young. I am saddened to learn dear little Ultraviolet passed away, Catwoods. She was a very beautiful kitty. Your sweet Ultraviolet will get flowers here in her memory.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much Lavinia, for your soothing thoughts and for saying that Ultraviolet was beautiful. And for the flowers, that is so kind of you! We appreciate that so much and I’m sure Ultraviolet does too.

  35. I’m so sorry for the loss of your little sweet baby. She was more than obviously loved very much. May your heart be light and your memories near. Hugs. ❤❤❤ My eyes tear up at this moment and she wasn’t even my kitty. Thank you for sharing all the beautiful photos of Ultraviolet. 💜

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you elizabetcetera for you kind sympathy and words and for caring about our Ultraviolet kitty. I’m glad you think she was beautiful. Hugs for you also.

  36. Leah, I’m so sorry beyond words and feel so very sad for you. I loved your stories about Ultraviolet and can feel your love for her. I relate as I adopted a beauty of an 8-year-old kitty named Bella who I only had for 3 years and she suddenly died of lung cancer at 11 years; and then my beloved Topper who I lost in December to lymphoma at 10 years. I too have had cats who’ve lived to be 18, 20…it’s so hard when they go at “middle age.” You gave Ultraviolet a wonderful loving home and family and she blessed you with her wonderfulness–it’s sad that the time was so short, but it was sweet for sure. I wish you lots of love, light and healing. I’m certain her spirit lingers and will still probably be helping out with the editing…

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you CatLadyintheCanyon, for you kindness and sympathy and for telling me about your kitties. I am so sorry you lost Topper and Bella and that they were also in the middle years like Ultraviolet was. It’s been hard because it was so sudden but I am trying to hang onto the sweet memories and the sense of her lingering presence.

  37. They are like family. Ultraviolet was very lucky to have been with you for the time that she spent with you.

  38. It is heartbreaking when a lovable member of our family suddenly sorry for your loss.

  39. Mollie Hunt says:

    Such sad news! I love the older cats too. You did good.

  40. catsworking says:

    Words don’t describe how sad this news makes me. I thought you and Ultraviolet would be besties for years to come. But as you said, you were able to make her last year probably her best year and she surely loved you for that.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you, catsworking, for your kind thoughts. I too thought we would have more years with Ultraviolet. I am happy, as you say, that she was with us rather than out on the streets, when she left.

  41. Bernadette says:

    I’m so sorry. What a shock when they leave like that. You didn’t have to watch her suffer with any condition, at least your most recent memories are of her being her sweet self.

    I thought I’d missed something. Good luck with your book.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Bernadette, for your kind thoughts. The suddenness did make it very hard as I was hoping for more years with her. But it is a comfort that her leaving was peaceful, and I am trying to hang onto sweet memories. And I so appreciate your good wishes about the book!

  42. DS Levy says:

    Oh, Leah, I am so very sorry about UV. When your post popped up in my email I audibly gasped. It’s so hard to believe. I know how much you and your husband loved UV, and I know she loved you back. She was lucky to have you two take her into your lives. Cats are the most miraculous creatures—loving, caring, affectionate—and we want them to be with us always. Whatever it was that whisked her little spirit away so suddenly—well, I suppose you can be glad she didn’t suffer (we’ve had cats who have and it was gut-wrenching). Now UV is in the spirit world, but her love for you and your husband lives on forever.

    No need to worry about keeping up with the blogosphere—it’s always here, always waiting. I hope you can use UV’s editorial guidance to finish your book. I for one, cannot wait to read it! And what a way to honor UV.

    Dear Leah, I’m keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers tonight.


    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much for your kind and soothing words, Deb. This was really hard because it was so sudden, but I am glad that UV was with us and not living outside, and that her leaving was peaceful, as you say. Thanks also, for your very welcome expressions of support for my book! It really helps as I’m a bit discouraged, thinking I don’t have enough energy to go around. But I will keep at it!

      • DS Levy says:

        Yes, you must keep at your book, Leah! Selfishly, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and read 🙂 I know this is a sad time for you, but maybe you can use your grief for UV to motivate yourself to finish your writing project. And yes, UV was where she wanted to be up ‘til the end — in the loving home of you and your husband. My blessings to you, my friend. (If I can help you with your book in any way, please don’t hesitate to let me know.) Deb

  43. Oh this breaks my heart too! Shedding tears for your loss, but I’m thankful this beautiful girl enjoyed her final days in such a loving home with you and that she slipped away peacefully and without pain.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Susanne, for your kind sympathy. I too am grateful that she was living with us rather than on the streets and that she left us peacefully.

  44. I am so sorry! I know you hadn’t had her long. But I am so glad for her that she found you for this last part of her life, and was able to spend it surrounded by comfort and kindness.

  45. Lauren says:

    Oh Leah, I know the pain from Coolidge, diabetic for nine years, two insulin shots a day, and he lived to be 17 and I was devastated when he passed in my arms. I held him through his throes. I called our vet later in the morning (Coolidge passed in my arms at 3:45 a.m.) and let him know. I called him again at 4:00 in the afternoon and told him I had never slept in our house without a cat, and I didn’t think I could. Our wonderful vet said, “Sometimes it can help with healing to get another cat right away.” We called Petco because the Shelter was already closed. The woman at Petco described Effie. We got there in time. I saw Effie, picked her up, she put her arms around my neck, and we walked around the store. It was a lock. The rest is history. Effie has been with us for more than three years. This past March we decided to take in beautiful, feral Paladin. We took him to the Shelter vet for neutering, de-worming, vaccinations, and microchipping. It took him just three days to transition from feral to homebody! I just wanted to share my experience, because I was grateful for my vet’s encouraging words. It was healing to bring Effie home the evening of the day Coolidge passed. And Paladin has been a blessing for Effie as much as he has been for my husband and me! ❤

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Lauren, for your kindness and for telling me about your kitties. I’m so sorry you lost Coolidge. In the past, we managed a diabetic cat for two and a half years who also lived to age 17. It’s good that Effie was able to help right away! And more recently, Paladin. This is an especially busy time for us so I’m not sure how soon we may get another cat. That is what I would like to do but I think my husband needs some time. But I do believe you are right, getting another cat is a huge step towards healing.

      • Lauren says:

        Thank you, Leah. I always say I didn’t rescue Effie–she rescued me. Now I think of Paladin not as a rescue cat, but as a family enlarger!

  46. Cate says:

    So very sorry to hear this, I had become fond of Ultraviolet, too, through your posts, and had hoped, like you, that she’d be around for a long time. So glad she got to spend the end of her life in such a loving home, and that she got to slip away peacefully, rather than suffering a long debilitating and painful illness. I’ll be thinking of you.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Cate, we appreciate your kind words and sympathy. And it makes me smile to think you were fond of Ultraviolet too! I too am grateful her leaving was peaceful.

  47. Timothy Price says:

    That is so sad. I’m so sorry to hear of the sudden and unexpected loss. It’s so hard to lose our lovely kitties, but you gave her a good home and a good life for a year. We do all we can for our kitties, but sometimes their prior lives have been so difficult, that they succumb too easily to sudden episodes. She celebrated the new life you gave her with love and purrs, and the love and attention you gave her in return is with her for eternity.

  48. Oh I am so sorry about your loss. I had an elderly cat that passed like that, quietly in his sleep. There are definitely worse ways to go than quietly in your sleep in a home where you are loved.

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