R.I.P. Othello – 1994-2008


OthelloWe lost Othello today to a tumor that was crunching up against his intestines, preventing him from eating much of anything. This is why he lost so much weight so fast. How we missed this for so long, given that the tumor was bigger than some of his organs right at the end, I don’t know. He snuggled up to me more than anyone else (other than Olivia and occasionally Obi), so not finding this early is on me.

Othello was a few weeks away from being 14 years old – not long after I adopted him and Iago, I “gave” my birthday to my kitties, because it was actually pretty close to the right date, and because it was more fun to bestow kitty treats upon the masses than to celebrate my own birthday by myself. So on my birthday this year, Othello would have been 14.

The vets did all they could for him, but we didn’t figure out what was really going on until it was too late.

Othello was my most faithful companion, and most days I’d wake up with him next to me. Whatever it might say about the family dynamic around here, I can honestly say I’ve woken up next to the big black cat more times than I’ve woken up with my spouse or my child next to me. He went through the 1996 tornado (and the explosion a few days later) with me, and moved cross-country with me several times over the last 11 years or so. Othello went through a lot and put up with a lot – he apparently seemed to think that being my cat was worth all that.

I can certainly say that being his person was worth everything. I would – and will – do it all over again.


Bye bye, buddy. I love you and I’ll miss you. Until we meet again.



5 thoughts on “R.I.P. Othello – 1994-2008”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about Othello’s passing. It’s always tough to deal with the death of a pet that’s been with us for so long. As I read your post, it was hard for me not to start crying. 🙁

  2. I’m very sorry for your loss, Earl. 🙁 I’ll hug CowCat extra tight tonight in remembrance. I hope Othello is happily frolicking somewhere with Iago right now. I’m sure you’ll see them again someday.


  3. Oh. Bummer. I’m so sorry for your loss. How are the other kitties dealing with Othello missing or haven’t they noticed yet? My white cat Teresa spent several weeks looking for Saddith when she was put down for kidney failure. That made me even sadder.

    Time to get a new kitten! 😀

  4. I am very sorry for your loss. Tears came to my eyes when reading this and thinking how much it must hurt right now. I hope that the pain is eased in this difficult time

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