Some Cat

RIP, Mishka-Roo:

My deepest condolences to longtime readers Ronnie-Roo and Grumpy for the loss of their loved one. I hate this.

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    Oh no! Bestest thoughts to Ronnie-Roo and Grumpy in their time of mourning.

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    Big Ole Hound says:

    So sorry… hard to lose a longtime companion.

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    JustRuss says:

    I had a tux-cat like that for 18 years. I still miss her, she was very special. Condolences to RR and Grumpy.

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    Big R says:

    Mishka-Roo, z”l.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    There’s too much of this going on around here. My deepest condolences to Ronnie-Roo and Grumpy. They leave such big paw prints on our hearts. 🐾

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    Manyakitty says:

    What sad news. Peace and love.

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    Mary G says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of another Balloon Juice family member. It’s so hard.

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    PaulW says:


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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Al Jarreau, and now Mishka-Roo.

    Yet Dick Cheney is still animated.


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    Humboldtblue says:

    Bye, Misha.

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    SFAW says:

    Such a beautiful kitty.
    So sorry to hear the news.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Tuxies are such lovely cats. My condolences to Ronnie-Roo and Grumpy.

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    Riley's Enabler says:

    Sending heartfelt sympathy to Ronnie Roo and Grumpy. I’m so sorry.

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    MomSense says:

    So sorry about Mishka Roo. Condolences to you Ronnieroo and Grumpy.

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    {{ }} to Rr and GCM. Mishka was a beautiful kitteh!

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    trollhattan says:

    Awwww, sorry about your furry friend. :-(

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    ruemara says:

    Big hugs and support to Ronnie-Roo & Grumpy. My deepest condolences on the passage of Mishka-Roo.

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    debit says:

    I am so sorry.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    Any day could be your last. So treat everyone accordingly, including your kitties and doggies.

    My dog didn’t want to get up this morning, he had a tiring, fun weekend. So I just let him put his head on my arm and sleep in for ten minutes before we went out. I was ten minutes late to work. Best ten minutes of my day.

    Ronnie-Roo and Grumpy, I am truly sorry. People say you get over it, but I disagree. I think you just learn to live with it. Scars are healing, but they are still scars.

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    rikyrah says:


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    planetpundit says:

    Best wishes losing such a wonderful lil friend is always so hard.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Mishka-Roo was a lovely kitteh. I’m so sorry for your loss, RR and GCM.

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    Rest in peace, little Mishka Roo, and flights of angels purr thee to thy rest.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Oh no! At least Mishka had a good life with lots of love, which is what most of us want out of life. Condolences.

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    Woodrowfan says:

    I am so sorry, what a sweetie…

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    HRA says:

    My sincere condolences to Ronnie-Roo and Grumpy.

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    middlelee says:

    I’m so sorry for Mishka’s passing. We hold you in our hearts.

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    Nicole says:

    I’m so sorry. What a beauty.

    My six-year-old downstairs neighbor’s cat had to be put to sleep last week. He’s being brave, but he’s pretty crushed- he picked her out from the shelter as a kitten, just about two years ago. She was tiny, and stayed tiny, and it turned out she stayed tiny because she was suffering from a pretty rare blood disorder which eventually was too much for her. I feel for him. All our pets are beloved, but I think there’s a special place for the first one. My schnauzer died 30 years ago but I still sometimes dream about her.

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    J R in WV says:

    So sorry for your loss, folks. Mishka was a sweet looking beautiful kitty, and I know she knew she was loved and cared for. I love our cats all the time, and will make up to them especially well tonight…

    Thanks for passing the word, John.

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    laura says:

    Ronnie Roo and Grumpy please accept condolences on the loss of your charming Tuxedo Cat. The loss of our friends never goes away, we just come to cope with the loss as the sharp edges dull just enough to bear.
    And thanks to The Moar you Know for the simple truth of what’s important in our day by daying.

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    Original Lee says:

    So sorry to hear about Mishka-Roo. Deepest condolences to Ronnie-Roo and Grumpy. We had to put our Lucky Dog to sleep last week (liver cancer – at least it was fast). I think this has been a bad year for pets.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Sorry for your loss. But it’s amusing that depending on how you transliterate and pronounce, “Mishka” could be the diminutive word for “mouse” in several Slavic languages. Having a cat named “mouse” is kind of neat.

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    Immanentize says:

    Sweet Kitty. This another occasion to, as my Dad used to say,: “save your tears for the living.” It is so hard to be left behind.

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    Mike in NC says:


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    hovercraft says:

    Sorry for your loss, Mishka-Roo was a beautiful kitty. Virtual hug.

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    Calming Influence says:

    Why Did You Go
    E.E. Cummings

    why did you go
    little fourpaws?
    you forgot to shut
    your big eyes.

    where did you go?
    like little kittens
    are all the leaves
    which open in the rain.

    little kittens
    who are called spring,
    is what we stroke
    maybe asleep?

    do you know? or maybe
    did something go away
    ever so quietly
    when we weren’t looking.

    Sincere condolences.

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    Tom Levenson says:

    So sorry to hear this.

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    Ruckus says:

    @The Moar You Know:
    I think you just learn to live with it. Hopefully you do. As you get older and the news comes more often it can be a bit more difficult. And one tends to think a bit more of one’s own which doesn’t always help.
    But still, it is what it is.
    Condolences to Ronnie Roo and Grumpy on your loss.

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    raven says:

    We who choose to surround ourselves
    with lives even more temporary than our
    own, live within a fragile circle;
    easily and often breached.
    Unable to accept its awful gaps,
    we would still live no other way.
    We cherish memory as the only
    certain immortality, never fully
    understanding the necessary plan.
    — Irving Townsend

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    Aw, heck. Poor kitty, and poor people-who-love-the-kitty!

    Hugs and comfort offered (you know, in a discreet; you don’t know who the hell I am, but I do sympathize; sort of manner).

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    eclare says:

    So sorry to hear about your kitty.

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    Suffragete City elftx says:

    Very sorry for your loss RR and Grumpy.
    I’d had a dream with all my former kitties in it a month before we ‘found’ our Shadow. I still miss them.

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    BubbaDave says:

    Deepest sympathy, RR and Grumpy.

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    Cckids says:

    My sympathies, I’m sorry for your loss.

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    hedgehog the occasional commenter says:

    Sympathies and love to RR and Grumpy. So sorry for your loss.

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    WereBear says:

    So sorry to hear about Mishka-Roo. Never easy.

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    Ronnie-Roo and Grumpy – Thanks for giving Miska-Roo a good life

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    sherparick says:

    A good cat. So sorry for the pain of her loss.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Sad news. Strength and courage to kitty’s loved ones; it never gets any easier.

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    Drunkenhausfrau says:

    So sorry. It’s so hard to lose them, but they bring such love, we can’t resist them.

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    Aleta says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss.

    My ones who are gone even for years now are still holding on to their territory in my heart.

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    sharl says:

    Fairwell Mishka-Roo, and praise be to the kitty’s lifelong servants Ronnie-Roo and Grumpy.

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    RoonieRoo says:

    Thank you so much Cole. I needed this and I appreciate the BJ community so much. My baby was 18 years old and both Grumpy and I are really struggling with his loss. But seeing all this love from the BJ community and Cole has been so good for my aching heart.

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    J R in WV says:

    We’re old, and have been saving cats and dogs for a long time now. I can name all the dogs, not so many of them. I tried to name all the cats, and made it all the way. We don’t name our critters quickly, we wait for them to reveal a little about their self first.

    So there were a few cats that didn’t make it that far. Not many, and I can count them, and see them in my mind’s eye easily. 6 all told in 45 years of rescue work. But all of them knew they were home, safe and sound, cared for, snuggled if they would let us. Nearly 20 cats all told, counting the two varmits we have right now.

    Thanks for the e e cummings poem, it was very appropriate. Short and both sweet and sad. He could do a lot with just a few words. I forget the famous guy who wrote a long letter to a friend, then apologized, for the length, saying he was sorry, but he just didn’t have time to write a short one.

    I’ll stop now. ETA: I kinda have to, it’s hard to type with a cat on your shoulder purring, and hanging on with those oh so sharp toenails.

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    Pogonip says:

    Sorry to hear your cat died! The house always seems so empty after a pet dies.

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    Grumpy Code Monkey says:

    This was a rough one. Mishka isn’t the first cat we’ve lost, but the circumstances around his adoption were special, and he held a unique place in the house. He was a diva like all cats, but in such a way that was more endearing than off-putting. He had a truly unique personality, and we’ve never been able to form a bond with the other cats the way we did with him.

    Thanks for all the kind thoughts.

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    Mike R says:

    Very sorry, it is really sad when a special friend passes on. My deepest sympathies.

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    Rob Lll says:

    So sorry to hear this. My condolences to both of you.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Grumpy Code Monkey: @RoonieRoo: That picture shows such a sweet little face. It’s so sad when you’ve had a kitty that long.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    I know that I am late but so sorry for this loss of Mishka-Roo . She was a true beauty.

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    HeidiMom says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. She was a beautiful kitty — they all are.

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    SWMBO says:

    @RoonieRoo: Peace and comfort to all the survivors.

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    Ann Marie says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

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    Greenergood says:

    @RoonieRoo: Sorry you have lost your Mishka – it’s so hard, and it’s hard to explain to people who don’t have an animal companion just how bereft you can feel – they’ll be like ‘get over it, it’s not a child, etc.’ They haven’t got a clue – I hope that soon, but only when you’re ready, that you will fill the cat-soul gap in your lives with another deserving rescue kitteh. Once a home has had a kitteh, it’s very hard not to always have one – it’s part of the soul of your home. Condolences … :-(

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    Shalimar says:

    Our last cat, Mickey, died 4 hours ago at 14 years old. Maybe I will get another one now, but he was one of four just a couple years ago and I haven’t replaced any of the others as they have passed.

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    Kristine says:

    Such a sweet photo of Mishka. I am so sorry.

    Shalimar, condolences as well.

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    satby says:

    @Original Lee: @RoonieRoo: @Grumpy Code Monkey: @Shalimar: deepest condolences to you all! You gave them love, a safe home, full bellies, cuddles and scritches. To our furkids, that’s heaven on earth. You gave them their heaven… I hope you can get a bit of comfort in that.

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    Steeplejack (tablet) says:


    Condolences on your loss.

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    No One You Know says:

    @Grumpy Code Monkey: I’m tearing up…I feel very sad for this. I have a senior cat who is quite ill, myself.

    Love and hugs to you and yours, and may there ever be a pawprint in your heart.

    (Cries, very quietly)

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    Gemina13 says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss of Mishka-Roo. He was a beautiful tuxie, and he sounds like he was an engaging, loving companion.

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