Albert, RIP

We lost Albert last night. It wasn’t a surprise at all. I was almost surprised he made it through the day. He was sick a few years ago and never fully recovered. Since then, it has been off and on for him and thought he was on his last legs, only for him to bounce back.

I didn’t mean the little pun in the last paragraph, but Albert had only three legs, so “last legs” might not have been a great choice of words. He was also FIV positive, that is like HIV, but “F” for “Feline” instead of “H” for “Human”. I won’t say he had kitty AIDS, but he did have an immunity issue and we were told we would most likely have him for less than five years. It was over ten. I am not sure how old he was when we got him – they said “Two”, but my guess is older. So he would have been at least 12.

Albert was a native of Kuwait. Really. Here is his story, or at least the version we first heard. Later we heard a different version.

It had been months since Albert could go up and own the stair by himself, and he continued to slowly weaken. This last week eh went pretty quick.

We lost Josie almost exactly six months ago. In such a short time we went from three cats to one… But not for long ;) No there is nothing wrng with Grace Kelly!

Here are some posts that featured Albert:

Biting me softly
Albert – A Great Coincidence
Albert’s Cold
My Name is Albert

Albert had a ton of personality and will be greatly missed.

92 thoughts on “Albert, RIP

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Albert had more personality than any cat I’ve know. He was great, but sick off and on for quite a while, so it is all for the best :( Funny, I discovered that when the woman who rescued him took him, the vet was going to put him down not just because of his injuries (he lost a leg) and being FIV positive, but because his markings were wrong for the breed! I’m with you, the markings are striking!

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  2. Southern Patches

    I am so sorry for you but happy for Albert. He was quite handsome. I am still singing the song Biting me softly, lol. I loved all the Albert stories. It sounds like he was a true angel cat.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      “It sounds like he was a true angel cat” – the name the shelter had for Albert was “Angel”, but that changed to Albert when he came home with us. And he was more than a bit of a devil with an oversized personality, but for the most part, a kitty-angel. Although I am very sad, in many ways it is a relief that he is gone. It has been rocky for a while, so now he is at peace. Thanks.

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  4. Antoinette Truglio Martin

    So sorry Trent. Her was a handsome kitty. It seems that he happily stuck around because you took good care of hi.r.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      He was a very handsome fellow and had huge amounts of personality. He had a rough first couple of years and was always very appreciative of being with us.

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  6. dprastka

    Aww, rest in peace sweet fellow and what a wonderful long life he had with you and your family! That is truly amazing he lived such a long life for a feline with those issues. He was very handsome and a very lucky kitty. It’s always so hard when it’s their time. ❤️❤️❤️

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  7. Writing Sparkle

    Losing one fur baby is so hard but two so close together is even harder. Very sorry for your loss Trent. Albert’s pictures sure show a crafty little face, you can see personality written all over it. I am sorry again about Josie as well.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is pretty awful. One thing that might interest you – Albert was a traveler. Maybe not living in a camper, but he went with us when we traveled, mostly because he would be so sick if he stayed home with the other cats!

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          He didn’t enjoy the driving much, though he was getting used to it, but he liked being with us. It really helped him compared to when we would leave him for a week, even though he had two “sister” cats with him for company (at that time). He had so much trouble then!
          I’m sure you’d be heartbroken without Shadow. He is your constant companion.

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          1. Alexis Chateau

            Losing Shadow would break me for sure. He’s still growing out of his shell, so with the loss would come that feeling of an unfinished story.

            Think of the fond memories of your kitty! Thankfully, you still have two to keep your company.

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  8. Marilyn Armstrong

    We lost both Scotties this year during the first two months of the lockdown. By then, luckily, we already had Duke and I realized that getting him was a prize for us because we would not be left without any dogs. I don’t know if I could have dealt with that. But we are old enough that we aren’t going to get any more pets. We don’t have the energy to do the things a young dog wants — like long walks and runs in the park, or for that matter, training. But he is a picky (yet relentless) eater, so I cook for him and if he’s in the right mood, he eats for me.

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    1. Marilyn Armstrong

      It always hurts to lose them, though I think it is less terrible when you have known for a long time it was coming. Sometimes, we let them linger too long. When Duke simply died while sleeping on the sofa, while everyone was sympathetic, every single person said some version of the same thing: “At least you were spared that last awful year when you wonder if you should “take them to the vet” now … maybe you can get a few weeks more. But we made up for it with Bonnie whose physical health was fine, but her mind had gone. That was a really terrible choice to make. I’m glad you didn’t have to make it.

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      1. trentpmcd Post author

        The last two, Josie and Albert, passed peacefully at home, but in the past we had to make that choice too many times. It is awful. And with Albert having been so sick off and on for so long, in ways his passing was a relief. I really realized it looking at photos over the years and seeing how better he looked 5 years ago than 2 years ago, and how much better those from two years ago were from how he looked two weeks ago…

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    2. trentpmcd Post author

      Back in, I think, early winter of 2014 we lost our dog and my wife immediately picked out a puppy, even though I was against it. A month and a half later, we lost our other dog, and I was glad we had that puppy on the way! I understand. It was a sad day when my parents decided they could not replace either dog or cat that had passed. I think they would have done fine – that was ten years ago and they are both still around – but then, I wouldn’t want to have put the extra worry and responsibility on them.

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  9. davidprosser

    Sorry for the loss of your friend Trent. Sometimes it’s a shock even when you expect it. I’m sure you’ll be back on the bike before long though creating more good memories as you have with Albert. He may be gone but I doubt he’ll ever leave you.
    Hugs

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is never easy. I still have a fond place in my heart for all of my other depart fur-children, so I am sure I always will for Albert as well. And soon there may be kittens to help fill the void. Thanks.

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  10. workinacresnothours

    I hope you are coping ok, too sad. I was glad to read in another comment you have an appointment to visit a shelter. I hope your heart is comforted by a new addition to your fam, lots of extra cuddles for Grace Kelly.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Doing OK, thanks. It is always hard, though with Albert being sick for a while, it was almost a relief, much easier than with Josie in December who was unexpected. Grace Kelly has been getting plenty of cuddles – I’m not sure if she needs comfort because of Albert or is taking advantage of being “only cat”….

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      1. SHL2

        We had the 5 cats all fixed but two were outdoor cats Harry and Stripey. Then indoors was Mr. Bird, but he did go out during the day Ishy and Puffy Tail. Well Stripy disappeared one night, Ishy died of old age and then Harry disappeared a year or so later. Now we are down to two Mr. Bird and Puffy Tail the are about 2 weeks apart in age and around the age of 12.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          From 5 to 2 in a short time must be hard. When I was growing up, all of our cats were indoor-outdoor cats, that is, they slept in the house, but spent most of the days outside. I don’t think any of them lived past 6.

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          1. SHL2

            I miss my outdoor cats a lot they were both fixed but had their claws for defense. They both wander to the barns at night and I am sure met up with male cats wanting to fight. The ones who go in and out stay on our 2 acres but mostly on one acre. You will always find them they never wander down the road or through the other pastures. It is like they know this invisible fence is there and its not lol.

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