The Loss Of A Family Pet

Gizmo The Devon Rex

Before I Knew Better…

Back in 2009 I discovered that some people were not allergic to certain breeds of cats. The first one I heard about was the Siberian cat. So as a young naive 24 year old, instead of researching breeders and such, I went to the local pet store.

In my defense, I was ignorant to the horrors of pet shop cats and dogs. Social media was not what it is today. I did not know that respectable breeders DO NOT sell their kittens or pups to pet shops. Today the same store I went to does not sell cats or dogs, they are now a satellite location for the local Humane Society. Times have changed as the public, myself included are more educated about pet ownership.

I want my readers to know that because I am only able to have certain breeds of cats due to allergies, I now find respectable breeders. Our sphynx kittens we adopted in 2017 were from a breeder I knew personally. While I know it is best to adopt, not shop, my situation is slightly different. Without a pure breed Devon Rex or Sphynx, my allergies would flare up and my children would not get to have the joys and responsibilities of pet ownership.

Intro To The Devon Rex Breed

So my husband(who was my boyfriend at the time), his daughter and I went to the pet store to look around. An associate came to see if we needed any help. I told her I was looking for a Siberian cat because I had heard they were Hypoallergenic. She told me that they did not have that breed, but asked if I had ever heard of the Devon Rex? I told her I hadn’t and she went on to tell me that many people with cat allergies are fine with Devon Rex cats. They also had one available.

Meeting Our Forever Cat

I wanted to meet this cat, so she brought us to the meet and greet area. A few minutes later she walked into the area with the cutest little orange tabby kitten. She had a thin coat of curly hair, and the biggest ears I had ever seen. I was in love. As I ran my hands through her fur, I realized she was like no cat I had ever met. She was soft as velvet and I knew she was coming home with me.

While we were filling out the paperwork a man and his son came to see this kitten. They explained to us that they had bought her a week prior. But had to bring her back because his wife’s allergies were too sensitive to tolerate the kitten. They were happy to see she was being adopted.

We brought her home and thankfully she never bothered my allergies at all. She was a part of our family.

Our Alien Gets A Name…

After careful consideration, because of her alien sized ears, we decided to same her Gizmo.

Memories With Gizmo

We have so many great memories with Gizmo the Devon Rex.

I remember the first summer we had Gizmo she joined us when we went to outdoor birthday parties. She also came to the beach with us.

Gizmo on the beach

When Travis and I were first dating, and our big kids were with their other parents, we often entertained friends. After a few drinks we had people crashing at our house to make sure everyone was safe. Gizmo made friends with all of our friends. There was even the time our friend left rum and coke in a short glass and I woke up to a tipsy Gizmo. After that everyone was very careful with their drinks.

You could also not turn your back on Doritos, chicken, and especially bacon. Otherwise it would be gone.

Mexican Kitty

One of my co-workers back when I first got Gizmo, brought her back a sombrero from Mexico.

Every night I would go to bed, I would call her because I knew she would want to lay down with me. But every night she ignored me, so I would lay in bed and just start to get comfortable. Next thing I knew she was scratching at the door wanted to be let in. I do’;t know why she insisted on waiting, but I always got up and let her in.

Last Summer

Last summer Gizmo started to really show that she was aging. A few times in the past she managed to sneak outside. But when we saw her we would just go out and pick her up and bring her in.

However something was different last year. When she get outside she became a different cat. She didn’t recognize us anymore. I tried to pick her up and she lunged at me. That was the first time I was ever scared of Gizmo.

She was gone for 2 days. Then someone spotted her. We hurried to catch her, but she got away from my step daughter and I. The next morning, the people who had spotted her called us. She was back, and my husband was able to catch her.

Picture someone took to post to our lost cat ad when they spotted her.

A few weeks later she escaped again and was gone for 5 days before my husband found her in the backyard and caught her. That day I went the pet store and bought a GPS Tracking device to put on her collar. I was not going through this again. Luckily I never needed to use it for the rest of the summer months. Gizmo never tried to go outside in the winter.

Her Outings Really Aged Her…

Those two outings really aged her. She was never the same cat. Her arthritis really flared up and she started avoiding visitors and the children.

Saying Good-bye…

Sadly last week on March 15, 2019, we had to make a terribly hard decision. That day the children all said their good byes to Gizmo the Devon Rex. After the big kids went to their other parents house, and Zakari’s tutor arrived to babysit him, my husband and I went and spent a bit of time with Gizmo.

One last cuddle before we left.

It was so hard to see her in such a state. Slowly over the 10 months, Gizmo’s health started to fail her. I had to help her walk to her litter box. After we had both said our good-byes, we packed her up to go to her final vet appointment.

Since Gizmo was my first real pet, this was my first real experience with saying good-bye to a family pet. We realized that she was more then a pet, she was a member of the family. This was a new journey to help my children deal with their emotions, when I didn’t know how to deal with my own emotions.

Good-bye Gizmo, until we meet again. I will miss you and your crazy antics. The house is empty without you. I often take the long way home so I can mentally prepare myself that you will not be greeting me at the door.

November 8th, 2008 to March 15th, 2015

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