Today was a very sad day at our house. Mist had declined rapidly in the last few days, her health failing in a myriad of ways. We took her to the veterinary clinic about an hour away, the closest I could find with an open appointment. The vet mentioned that she had lost her body fat, and most of her muscle mass. We were advised that her health would further decline, so we made the decision to let her go in peace. She was ready to go. We stayed with her through her passing, and it was a gentle loving end; she suffered no distress at all.

Home won’t be the same without her.

Attila and I are in a state of grief, as we knew we would be.

Mist the Kitty
Our Sweet Girl
1996 – 2015


Worldly Distractions


19°C °C °F
Observed at: Muskoka Airport
Date: 10:00 AM EDT Wednesday 22 July 2015
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 101.0 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 18.7°C
Dewpoint: 10.4°C
Humidity: 58%
Wind: W 18 gust 28 km/h


“If we deny love that is given to us, if we refuse to give love because we fear pain or loss, then our lives will be empty, our loss greater.”


  1. NORA

    Oh, Maggie I am so sorry for your precious loss. She could not have had a better life anywhere else. She was so loved and cared for. Blessings to you and Attila. I know when we lose our babies it is so very difficult but we can after awhile rejoice in the happiness they shared with us. Hugs.

  2. Steve-Paul Simms

    Very sorry, Maggie. Mist was one of the best loved and written-about cats in Ontario, no doubt. You did her well and she loved her humans. My sister is facing the same decision about her dog imminently. Lots of love and hugs to both of you.

  3. I know Reenie, it hurt to let her go. She was ready, and as her life long friends, we held her, as she reached into the next realm, and moved beyond us. It felt as if she was traveling toward a golden destination.

  4. crochetlady or Lee Ann

    Oh, I am sorry that you went through this now. I feel your pain, but in the words from Harry Potter’s godfather (name escapes me, as does the author-early senility) You loved her well, and those we love never truly leave us, they stay in our hearts forever.

  5. Thank you Steve Paul. She did love us, in her own cat like way. Actually, Attila observed tonight that Mist didn’t really think of us as humans, she thought we were fellow cats. She was a very self-referencing cat. What a privilege to have loved her and to have been a part of her world.

  6. Eileen

    I am so sorry to hear that Mist has passed. It is so hard to have to make that choice but we do what is the kindest for our furbabies. Sending you and Atilla hugs!

  7. As soon as I saw “Mist” in the addy for this entry, I knew. Oh Maggie I am so sad and sorry, and even though it’s for the best (and our beloved animals are lucky they can die with dignity when humans can’t!) it’s still the hardest thing to do and the most heart-wrenching. So many pets have gone to sleep peacefully in my arms, in fact, the other day Paul said he was awake most of the night trying to remember all his/our pets’ names and where each of them are buried (in the yard!) so he’d know where to put our two current residents when the time comes. I could tell Mist was nearing that day when you had to partition off a room for her. She’s so beautiful… she’s free now, “over the rainbow bridge” as they say… wherever it is, I want to go there, too!

  8. Thanks Eileen! It is such a hard choice, you are so right. I knew weeks ago that Mist was ready, but Attila held out hope until this week, then, at last, her condition spoke to him. We had to be on the same page for such a decision, for her sake, and for ours.

  9. Bex, how right you are, that our beloved animals are lucky they can die with dignity when humans can’t. I have been thinking about that for days now. It was so right for Mist, so gentle, so kind, so loving, and I wondered what is wrong with our species that we cannot allow this obvious choice to each other.

    We know where Mist will go, she is coming to the little house in the city with us, we cannot bear to leave her here. She liked it at the little house in the city, and we want her with us.

    I think we are all going to the same place Bex, and my beliefs tell me that you have a whole family affair waiting for you on the other side of the rainbow.

  10. TopsyTurvy (Teri)

    So sorry to see this entry, Maggie. When you spoke of Mist trying to force her way out the window screen, I knew. And she knew, too. It was time for her to move on to her next adventure.

    Sending you and Attila ‘lost loved one’ hugs. Thinking of you both. *hugs*

  11. Thanks Teri! I think she did know, and was ever so patient and good to us, while waiting for Attila to come to grips with it.

    I must express praise for the Veterinary. So professional, kind, caring, gentle, respectful of Mist, and us.

  12. Sandra

    Maggie, I am so very sorry to hear you have lost your beloved companion. I’ve always thought Mist was such a lovely name for a cat. It’s been so enjoyable reading about her escapades over the years. You will feel lost without her.

  13. Sandra, thank you for your kind thoughts. I do feel lost without Mist. Today, as I was sitting at the computer, I heard her calling, and began to get up to go and see what she wanted… Attila says he keeps seeing her out of the corner of his eye…

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