RIP Poor old Tarquin

Yesterday was a sad day.  We finally had to make the decision to have poor old Tarquin put to sleep.  He had been getting thin and bony and was having difficulty walking, dragging his back legs.  Yesterday afternoon he couldn’t stand properly and we knew we could not put it off any longer.

Here he is in full health some time ago.


Him and his twin brother Theo came into our lives as little bundles of fluff in June 1995.  We had only been married a year and we felt that 2 cats would make us feel more like a family.  Sadly Theo was run over by a car on a wet January evening when he was just 7 years old, but Tarquin stayed with us right through to old age.  He was 18 and a half years old, about 95 in human terms.

Tarquin loved to climb into a box, so much so that we made a box for him right by the fire so he could keep warm in Winter.  It was one of his favourite places to sleep.


He was a real lap cat, very much Neil’s cat and would take every opportunity to climb onto Neil’s lap when ever he could.  Since we have lived here in the country  and Neil has not been out to work, he has spent a lot of time just being with us.  He loved being groomed, especially with the “zoom groom”.

He had his health problems, surviving a thyroid removal operation, and then being on medication for high blood pressure and latterly also for arthritis.  Recently he took to just lying around and not venturing too far at all.


In his time he was a good mouser and even had a squirrel and brought a live magpie into the house, much to the disconcertment of our decorator back then.

Here he is just 2 weeks ago in Neil’s arms.


So yesterday afternoon we took him to the vets for his final injection.  The vet was lovely with him, and he gradually just slipped away.  We brought him home and wrapped him in one of Neil’s old sweatshirts and then we buried him in the garden, in the back border.  I planted anemone bulbs, pansies and california poppy seeds over the top so that in the Spring it would be a blaze of colour where Tarquin was.  We also placed a light there to mark the spot.


So here’s to Tarquin  March 1995 to Sept 2013.


  1. Eric & Philippa said

    Sorry that Tarquin is no longer with you.
    He couldn’t have had betting owners and
    know he will be greatly missed by you both.

  2. It’s so hard to lose a pet… so sorry.

  3. Cram, Christine M said

    Hi Kathy

    I will be thinking of you and I love the idea of Tarquin being a blaze of colour

    Christine Cram

    Seymour College
    Loco St
    PO Box 266
    Seymour 3661

    P: 5771 1300
    F: 5792 4041

  4. Nikitaland said

    So sorry to hear of your loss. it is never easy to lose a beloved pet. You are in my thoughts.

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