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Pay Your Respects to Simba the Cat 6 years 8 months ago #7414

Shortly after recording episode 61, we lost our kitteh to advanced old age. Brandi took him in as an adult cat some fifteen years ago. He has since enjoyed many hours in a loving home. He may be gone, but his memory remains. How Brandi once scared him accidentally that he leapt straight up into the air and landed in his water bowl. How when I first met him he leapt on to my lap and started purring as if to prove Brandi wrong. She said he was skittish around new people.

Like Dax and Pyra, Simba has been immortalized as an internet celebrity. Many times his meow could be heard on the podcast. I have also posted pictures of the angry faced kitty on twitter. That angry face contrasted sharply with his sweet demeanor. He was a loving, charming, and gentle feline and will be greatly missed.

If you care to pay your respects to the third host of The InsideOutcast, we would greatly appreciate it.

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Re: Pay Your Respects to Simba the Cat 6 years 8 months ago #7417

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I'll miss you so much, my little kitty friend.

Before I met Dave, I had Simba, and Simba was the one to whom I told all my woes, my hopes, my dreams, my desires. He acted like he didn't care at the time, but when some asshole guy dumped me and I lay crying on my bed, he got up next to me and cuddled around my head, one paw protectively placed in my hair.

I can't even count the times when I wasn't feeling well and he stuck to me like glue until he knew I was on the mend. He loved the iTunes album art screen saver on my computer and would watch it as intently as any human would watch a thrilling TV show or movie. He also loved looking out of windows, and when we moved into our house, he claimed the window above the kitchen sink, as it was built out over the wall of the house and he could look down at everything.

We know he loved us, judging by the amount of live mice and birds he tried to bring us every chance he could. And we loved him with all our hearts. Rest well, little guy, you will always be in our hearts and minds.

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Re: Pay Your Respects to Simba the Cat 6 years 8 months ago #7418

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Sorry to hear about that. Cats are fantastic things, and I wish I could have one in the flat.

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Re: Pay Your Respects to Simba the Cat 6 years 8 months ago #7420

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That's so sad to hear, he must've been quite old though, sounds like he had a full and happy life.

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Re: Pay Your Respects to Simba the Cat 6 years 8 months ago #7422

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Poor little guy. That's such awful, awful news, and there's a particular kind of agony to losing a cherished pet. You'll both be in my thoughts today...

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Sorry to hear the sad news, we have four cats at home ranging from 6 months to 13 years of age and I can guess the upset you have been through.

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Re: Pay Your Respects to Simba the Cat 6 years 8 months ago #7432

I'm a great big softy at heart. The harder I try not to bond with pets, the more tightly I bond with them in the finish. I didn't want Dax. I didn't want another cat. I despised cats for the most part, because every one I had met had been aloof, and demanding, and skittish. But the then-girlfriend wanted one as a companion to the ginger ball to irritation that she had at the time, and I very grumpily acquiesced.

When we got to the pet shop, we were shown to a cage full of mewling, big-eyed balls of fluff vrying for our attention, none of them inspiring. And at the back of the cage, curled up and looking very forlorn, was little black fuzzball, all cringey and miserable. And a dirty, traitorous, insidious little voice at the back of my head said...

...want that one.

When we got him out of the cage he shot straight up my arm, curled up on my shoulder, and sat there glaring at the ex. And that nasty, dirty BASTARD little voice in my head said...

Yarrrrrrrrrr.

But still I tried. NOT MY CAT. No. Nuh-uh. No way. Nadda nix no. But he didn't like the ex so much. Whenever something scared him, he'd come running to me. Whenever he wanted affection, he'd curl up on my shoulders, or sit on my chest and lick my nose. He'd turn down food in favour of a hug. And he was jealous of my dog, Willow. If she was sitting near me on the sofa, Dax would force his way between uh... Or sit ON her. And the bastard, bastard BASTARD voice said...

MINE.

I lost Willow two years ago, to a car accident. Right in front of me. I held her as she died. I still can't talk about it in detail. But Dax seemed to share my grief, sitting with me quietly as I stared into space, too upset to even cry any more. He made it very clear that he would stay with me as long as I needed. From then on, we were irrevocably bonded. No matter what happens in my life, he's always there. He always listens. And I like to fool myself into thinking that he understands.

There is nothing on this planet like the bond between a pet and its owner. There is an unspoken trust, an emotional tie, and understanding and a loyalty that transcends words. And losing a cat, I think, is somehow worse than losing a dog, because a dog is a pack animal, and generally (though not always) bonds with his family evenly. He belongs to everyone, and everyone shares the grief equally. A cat, however, looks around himself, judges his options, looks into someone and says YOU ARE MINE. And once he does that, it's game over. You can fight it all you want, but you'll lose; he is every bit yours as you are his, and no matter how long it takes, you'll accept it. It's a monumental moment when your cat accepts your new partner or spouse, almost like a vindication. And when they pass away, it's like tearing a part of your soul away.

Brandi, Dave... When I read your tweets, on one of the rare moments I got a 3G signal this weekend, my heart broke in two because I know what it would do to me to lose Dax. I know what he meant to you and I know how much you're hurting. You had a friend and companion like to other, and it hardly seems fair that his lifespan, though full for a cat, was only a fraction of yours. I'm here if you need me.

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Re: Pay Your Respects to Simba the Cat 6 years 8 months ago #7441

Thank you so much, everyone.

The same night we lost Simba we took a young kitten into our home. It has helped ease the feeling of loss, but not the sadness. Simba will forever be our little guy.

Shinobi, named because of his ninja skills, will make a good addition to the family. He has bonded to us quite well. A wee, black and white kitten, he's a little ball of fluff.

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oh, that's the Nobi you tweeted about? I though he were named after Nobi Nobi boy or possibly Nobu from Nana.

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Awww. Poor kitteh. Sorry to hear the news :(

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