Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day 2021

Our Little Ultraviolet

I called her Ultraviolet, or UV. My husband called her Little Girl. She was so little . . . and so sweet.

August 28th is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. My heart is heavy with so many kitties who have left us, and eventually, when I can again access older photos, I’ll make a post with all of them.

Ultraviolet is our most recent loss. I still miss her so much. She showed up amidst a friend’s ferals. She was friendly but we couldn’t find anyone who claimed her, so on August 22nd of 2017, the day after the solar eclipse, we brought her inside. She helped me edit Catwoods in 2018 when it was finally coming together.

She left us on September 3, 2018. All cat loss is difficult but her loss was especially heartbreaking for me. She had just had a good report at her annual vet checkup. She was estimated by vets to be only about 11 years old, and many of our cats have lived well into their teens. She was with us for only a little over a year.

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, scritches, and purrs. I miss her soft chirrups. And, of course, her editing.

She left us for the Rainbow Bridge suddenly, due to what was probably an undiagnosed heart condition. Since the vets thought she was doing well, her unexpected leaving made it harder.

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

She shines in my memories. But knowing those memories are over and gone hurts my heart.

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.

I want to thank Deb Barnes of Zee and Zoey’s Cat Chronicles, founder of Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day, for creating this day of remembrance. We are joining her Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day 2021 – Purr Prints of the Heart Blog Hop.

I so miss you, Little Ultraviolet Girl!

ETA: We were okay in the storm, just tons of rain. Most friends on the coast have told us they are okay. Sept. 1, 2021.

ETA again Sept 1, now we are worried about everyone through the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states because the storm is causing tornadoes and tornado watches and severe weather way on up into those areas!

Again this year at this time, there is a hurricane approaching the Gulf Coast. At the moment it looks like we will on the eastern side of the storm which means we could have some rough weather. So, I may be slow to answer comments.

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I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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96 Responses to Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day 2021

  1. Excellent piece. Always nice to read your work! Paws Up! Ashraf

  2. She really was a sweetheart and she will live on furrever in your heart, Leah, but despite of that, It’s never easy…✨Soft Pawkisses especially for you as you remember your little girl🐾😽💞

  3. Wow! What an amazing kitty – it is so hard to remember them cause of the pain but so lucky to have them in our lives!

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Hairballs and Hissy Fits, for your kind words. You are right, as much as it hurts to miss her, I am so glad I had such a wonderful cat, even though the time was too short.

  4. JoAnn says:

    Aww, looks like she was a very sweet kitty.

  5. What a beautiful little girl she was! We’re sending you hugs as you remember her.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Lola, we appreciate your kind words, it really does help to know others understand. We send purrs and hugs in return.

  6. kittiesblue says:

    I absolutely loved learning about little Ultraviolet. You will not be making new memories, but you will never lose the ones you made. Having her in your lives for just that one year is so sad, but so wonderful that you could give her a home and your love. Thank you for sharing. Warm hugs, Janet and all the Kitties Blue (past and present)

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much for all your kind words, Janet and Kitties Blue, I appreciate it. Knowing others understand is a great help, and the memories also help as you say. I’m sorry for the losses you have been through, too. Hugs and purrs from the kitties and me.

  7. chattykerry says:

    Ultraviolet was just precious and entered your life at a time when you needed each other. Even if your time together was short, it was important. We still talk about how much we loved our last cat, Toffee. It keeps her alive in our memories and I still have her box of toys. K x

  8. I am so very late…but well, stuff gets in the way and no internet a lot of the time, too…

    It is very hard to loose a furbaby…but unexpected is the worst. Makes you do all that what is stuff…

    Our Minko was doing quite well on the regime we had him on for three years, when he passed due to a massive stroke…that had nothing to do with his other health concerns. Simba our second kitty also died without notice…and we were out of town, he had cuddle with hubby just hours before. I had to tell my then toddlers that their furry friend wasn’t there…sigh…

    • Leah says:

      No worries about time, Ingrid. I appreciate your kind words so much, it helps to know that others understand how much UV meant to us.
      I’m so sorry about your losses too, it’s always so hard in all ways and I know trying to explain to your kids had to be extra difficult. Hugs and purrs going out to you and your family.

  9. Ultraviolet was truly a blessing. “Rescuing” always works both ways!

    • Leah says:

      You are so right, mommakat, in the short time we had with her, she gave us an a world of love and sweet memories. Hugs and meows and purrs from the kitties and me.

  10. Carole Schulman says:

    I have grieved hard for my human family members but I have grieved just as hard for my furred family. I miss every single one just as much as I always did. I love them just as much and I’ll never ever forget them and the loving things they brought to me.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you for all your kind words, Carole, it does help to know that others understand. I’m so sorry for all your losses, too. I’m also missing some human family and friends, along with so many kitties. It never gets any easier.

  11. I couldn’t bring myself to write about my losses on that day. They are so personal and still so raw.

  12. Caren says:

    my heart breaks for your loss, losing a kitty that fast after adopting just isn’t fair. Sorry I am so late reading this, sending (((hugs))) of comfort

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Caren, for your kind and comforting words. It really helps when people understand. No worries at all about time, we send hugs and purrs of comfort to you also.

  13. catscue says:

    What a beautiful girl, I am so sorry for your loss – it is extra hard when it is not expected. you have described her so well, she sounds like a sweetie.

    Please stay safe and well during the storm and keep us posted.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you catscue, for all your kind words, and well wishes about the storm. Our UV was indeed, such a sweetie.
      We were fortunate during the storm, we only got tons of rain, though we heard were some trees down in our area. We just never know for sure. We’ve heard from most, but not all, friends at the coast and they are okay.

  14. niasunset says:

    I know her too and she was so lovely, dear Leah, this is a wonderful post for remembering, actually you know, they never die… living with us, in our mind and heart… Thank you, and also I hope and wish storm not to hit there, you are in my thoughts, Love, nia

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Nia, for your kind and comforting words, I thought you would probably remember her from earlier years on this site. They do stay with us in our hearts, always, as you say.
      Thanks also for your well wishes about the storm. We didn’t get the worst of it since it weakened, we saw mostly heavy rain and there will be more of that. We’ve heard from most, but not all friends closer to the coast and they are okay. I think it will be sad for many people though, and we haven’t heard about all of that yet because power is out.
      Love and meows from Leah and the kitties!

      • niasunset says:

        You are welcome dear Leah, these days climate really hits so badly… we have to be ready for everything. There is a new earth situation as I understand. In here we live strange weather events too, now it is expected a strong rain and wind… they warn us… Anyway, be in safe, Blessing and Happiness, Love, nia

        • Leah says:

          So true about the climate, Nia. Sending hopes for safety in all storms to you and family and friends and kitties too! Love from Leah and the kitties

  15. Gosh! Ultraviolet may have been small, but she had a mighty personality! Some cats wrap their tails around our hearts and they live within us forever. I too still see Nellie Bellie out of the corner of my eye and hear her tiny grumbles. I have come to believe she is the spirit of the house and I am happy that her spirit is still with me. Thanks so much for visiting us! I love your comments. I hope you have a marvellously happy week.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much for all your kind and comforting words! I’m sad you lost your Nellie Bellie too, but as you say, they stay with us in so many ways. My pleasure visiting your blogsite, I really enjoy it. Meows and head bonks and purrs to all at your place, from the kitties and me!

  16. davidstone1313 says:

    No matter how many we say “Adios” to, it never gets easier. I hope you all got through the storm okay.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you David, for the kind words, and for your well wishes. You are so right about the losses, we are missing so many.
      We’re still waiting for the storm. We’re on the eastern side which means a possibility of small tornadoes. And, there have been some tornadoes to the south of us. I’m hoping it all fizzles before it gets here!

  17. Ultraviolet was such a beautiful girl. It’s really hard to lose them unexpectedly, especially one that you form a special bond with. We didn’t have our Sammi very long either, and she was a sweetie that we wish we could have had more time with.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Indulgedfurries, for your kind and comforting words. I’m so sorry about the loss of your Sammi, too. It’s indeed hard to lose one when the time you had seems so short.

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    • Leah says:

      Hi, I’m glad you enjoyed my blog! I visited yours and I might follow. But I’m not doing much reading or commenting on blogs that aren’t completely cat-centered these days. This is because of limited time and failing health.

  19. Charlee: “We can tell how much you miss your kitties who have had to go away. We sure do miss our doggie brother Dennis.”
    Chaplin: “Yeah, he was the best doggie brother a kitty could have.”

    • Leah says:

      Awww, Charlee and Chaplin, the kitties and I thank you for your kind words and we are also sorry that you lost your doggie brother Dennis. I know you miss him. Purrs from us.

  20. She was so lovely. And no, it never gets easier to lose them.

  21. Garfield Hug says:

    It is sad to lose pets to sudden loss. It seems that there are a lot of kitties out there with undiagnosed heart ailments. Ms Feisty lost Miya too at age 1, and it was a sudden loss too, without warnings. I am sorry for the loss of you late cat and time heals and the others warm up around you and give you Kitty hugs. Much love and care.

    • Leah says:

      Garfield Hug, thank you so much for all your kind and comforting words. I am sorry Ms Feisty lost Miya too, at such a young age and so unexpected. It is good to have the other kitties. Thank you for commenting when I know you don’t feel your best. Let us all know how you are, I sure hope you will heal quickly and feel much better soon. Hugs, love, meows, and purrs from the kitties and me.

  22. meowmeowmans says:

    What a beautiful remembrance of your beloved Ultraviolet. We are sorry your time with her was so short, but grateful for the love you shared — so much love — while she was there with you. Sending hugs and gentle purrs as you remember. – Kevin and Tracey

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much for your kind and comforting words, Kevin and Tracey. It helps when people understand what she meant to us. Meows, head bonks, and purrs from our kitties and me.

  23. Beautiful post of remembrance on this special day. Losing Truffles so quickly to a blood clot was the most painful experience of my life, so I completely understand.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so sorry you lost your Truffles far too soon. that really makes it so hard. Hugs, meows, head bonks, and purrs from the kitties and me.

  24. Brian says:

    That really is such a hard loss, we know all about that unexpected thing. She sounds most lovely, inside and out. Hugs from all of us.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much for your kind and comforting words, Brian. I sympathize with the losses you have also gone through. Hugs and head bonks and purrs from the kitties and me.

  25. Leah, my heart goes out to you. Ultraviolet was so special. It is SO hard when they leave us too soon. I believe in their spirits still being with us, just in a different place. Sending a hug.

    • Leah says:

      Pamela thank you so much for kind and comforting words. You are right, it really is harder when you are expecting more time. Hugs, head bonks, meows, and purrs to you and Samantha.

  26. 15andmeowing says:

    Beautiful tribute to Ultraviolet. I am sorry you didn’t get more time with her. XO

  27. I had forgotten about Ultraviolet, but now I remember. Doesn’t seem that long ago. Bittersweet day of remembrance. Thanks for sharing her again.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Greg, for your kind words. It really doesn’t seem as long as it’s been, this one has been especially difficult for me to withstand. Meows and purrs from the kitties and me!

  28. Lavinia Ross says:

    I join you in your sorrow and remembrance, Leah. Little Ultraviolet was a very dear kitty, and will always live on in memory.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Lavinia, I’m so sorry about the kitties you have lost, too. They stay in our memories for sure, and some days it’s just not enough and we wish for more. Hugs and purrs from us.

  29. Deer Miss Leah an Franklin yore U Vee kitty girl soundss like a REEL sweetie!! An you only havin her fore a yeer innside…well no wunder this loss still hurtss you so much….
    LadyMew reememburrss that U Vee left not too long aftur Unkell Siddhartha….it was a terribell August an Seppytemburr that yeer!
    Wee are here fore you with lotss of ~~head rubss~~ an {{{huggiess}}}
    ***purrss*** BellaDharma an ❤ LadyMew

    • Leah says:

      BellaDharma and LadyMew, thank you so much for your kind words! You are right, UV was such a sweetie. I am so sorry about your Unkell Siddhartha too; that was a bad year for both our households! We appreciate you head rubs and huggies and send you head bonk, meows, and purrs too!

      • 2018 sure was a ruff yeer fore many Miss Leah! Even mee……Mee went out fore ‘Dopshun May 2018 an mee was back at Sheltur by mid-June…all alone inn a room an so furry sad…
        Of coarse mee yeer terned ’round when LadyMew came to see mee inn Seppytemburr….butt that iss another story fore another time 😉

        • Leah says:

          Awww, I bet that makes a good story with a happy ending, BellaDharma, though I am sad for the time you spent alone in a room.

          • Miss Leah mee was surrendured back inn earlee 2017 an mee had to bee seppyrate as
            mee doessn’t get along with other catss face 2 face.
            Mee went out fore ‘Dopshun sumtime Summer of 2017 an then got brott back aftur 2 weekss….mee then spent 1 entire yeer inn a room alone with a radio & only had peepell come inn twice a day with wet food. Mee then got ‘Dopted May 2018 an came back inn mid-July 2018. Mee shut down….
            Seppytemburr 6th iss mee 3rd Gotcha Day an you can reed THE rest of mee story 😉

            • Leah says:

              Awww, that makes me sad to think how long you were in the shelter BellaDharma. But I’m so glad you and LadyMew found each other on September 6th of 2017. Meows and purrs and head bonks.

              • Umm mee was not ‘dopted bye LadyMew til Seppytemburr of 2018 Miss Leah…ten dayss AFTUR Unkell Siddhartha had gone to Purr Land! It was a meeracull 😉

                • Leah says:

                  Oh my, sorry, I see now that I got that wrong, BellaDharma. It’s been a long day for me. And I’m sorry there was so much time that you didn’t have anyone.

                  • Iss Okay Miss Leah…mee figured yore eyes mite bee tired….
                    Beecause mee spent so much time on THE meen streetss of Wireton an then beein dumped at Sheltur an spend so much time aline mee has had adjsutmint issuess. Butt mee has come a furry long way….. thanxfullee 🙂

                    • Leah says:

                      I’m so happy you have come so far after living on the streets and in the shelter, BellaDharma! That wasn’t the only error I made with the post, it turns out. I had written 2018 as 2028 in the post. I haven’t learned to time travel, not yet anyway! And, I’d repeated several things. I have some days when concentration is difficult now.

                    • Many thanx Miss Leah an Franklin fore yore kind werdss. Mee nevurr mew a guud home till mee got ‘dopted!
                      Mee iss livin like THE Diva mee iss meant to bee! 😉
                      An do not wurry if you reepeet yoreself….wee understand!

  30. Dearest Leah,
    Yes, it is very hard for letting go our deep attachment to such lovely fur babies.
    Ultraviolet was a sweet girl, one can tell from her looks.
    So fortunate for having had you both as human parents in her final year!!!
    It breaks one’s heart to see or know that some are without that special bond…

  31. Timmy Tomcat says:

    This is so sad as she left so quickly but her true heart showed through and made you love her. She is one sweet Angel

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much Timmy Tomcat, I appreciate your kind words and I’m sure UV does too. Meows and purrs from the kitties and me.

  32. John says:

    I’m sorry for your loss, Leah. It’s always painful to lose your friends. I hope Ida won’t damage your home and property.

    • Leah says:

      John thanks for your kind words and well wishes. We’re not in the worst possible place like LA and NOLA may be, we’ll just have to see exactly where it tracks and what happens on the eastern side. Katrina downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm about 50 miles to the west of us. We had crazy wild weather for about 15 minutes with 50 trees down throughout town, but we were okay.

  33. Correne says:

    It’s hard, we never stop missing them. I’m sorry you didn’t have more time with her.

    • Leah says:

      Correne, thank you, you are right, we always miss them. And there is never enough time . . . Hugs and purrs from the kitties and me.

  34. Deb Barnes says:

    I love her little “urrrp oop eep” sounds of greeting – thank you for sharing that sweet memory. Stay safe and thank you also for coming by today. Purrs from Deb, angel Jazz, and the Zee/Zoey gang.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much Deb, for the kind words and the well wishes, I appreciate it. Meows and purrs from the kitties and me.

  35. Ann Adamus says:

    Farewell forever, sweet little UV ~ though we never got to know you, your Mom has shared your story well and touched our heart.

  36. Cleo says:

    Oh dear, what a sad, bittersweet story. We know just how you feel, and it’s crazy how they stay in your heart for so long. Some years before I came along when mom and dad had old Orbit, who made it 22 years, they fostered tiny little Grayson, who passed suddenly during a vet visit. Mom and dad are big fans on adopting seniors, too, as is evidenced by ME. We hope you’re able to stay safe during this storm.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Cleo, for your kind words and well wishes. What you say is true, they do stay in your heart. Senior cats are indeed some of the sweetest ever! Meows and purrs from the kitties and me.

  37. Herman says:

    It is always so hard and painful. And we move on with a heavy heart…

  38. I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet little one. It’s very hard when we lose one of our dear animal friends. 💛
    Stay well and stay safe through the storm.

  39. So sad and yet so sweet. I’m glad you got to give her a wonderful final year of life. That was a true gift.

  40. It’s so very hard to lose a sweet kitty. I know the pain. We lost a sweet kitty boy to heart failure unexpectedly also after too short a time with us.. I’m sorry she couldn’t have been with you longer.

  41. Timothy Price says:

    So sad. We called Najar “little girl”. Only the really good kitties die young.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much Tim. I’m sorry you lost your Najar, also your “little girl”. Some kitties just fit that nickname. My husband now calls Moonpie “little girl”; she is the smallest of the cats.

      • Timothy Price says:

        Marble is are smallest cat now, but little girl is not fitting, so we are little girless for now.

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