Ken Pope

This is Pumpkin:

an orange and white cat looks is playfully intertwined in the back of a chair

He came to us from a high-kill shelter in 1996. Despite a heart condition (for which he received care from an excellent cardiologist at Tufts Veterinary School), diabetes, kidney problems, and, eventually, cancer (for which he received chemotherapy from an excellent veterinary oncologist and hematologist), he lived with us 15 years, a part of the family of special-needs dogs and cats who live in our home.

As soon as we adopted him, Leon, a cat with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, became his closest friend and mentor:

two cats cuddle together

Leon's sister Lucy, who had heart and kidney problems, also became Pumpkin's close friend and care-taker:

a brown and white cat licks an orange and white cat

Pumpkin loved spending time with the other dogs and cats in the house, but also found time to spend with Moby:

a little cat looks at a fish in a bowl

He loved going everywhere in the house, from the excitement of being up high:

an orange and white cat walks on a narrow ledge high up inside the house

to the security of being on the floor.

a little cat looks up at you from inside a grocery bag

And he loved his naps:

an orange and white cat lies hppily on a towel rack

He grew frail with age, cancer, and his other conditions, and we knew the end was near. Yesterday morning he spent some time in his favorite window, then hopped down, found a good spot on the floor, stretched, curled up, and went to sleep. Five minutes later he had died peacefully in his sleep.

He was a sweet, gentle, loving cat who brought so much joy to our home. He will always be a wonderful part of our family.

an orange and white cat peeks out at you from a pile of towels

Here's a link to the family of special needs dogs & cats who live in our home



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