A black cat sits comfortably with his front paws tucked under his body on artificial grass in front of a brown wooden door.


Weirdy cat, scaredy cat, daft cat.

Our cat.

Night time ninja, our very own Slinky Malinki.

Owner of the most fabulous squirrel tail,

And the loudest pneumatic-drill purr.

Supplier of the best cuddles,

Champion of reversing in through open windows,

Generous with live gifts that needed catching to be put outside again.

Our hearts are broken again too soon.


June 2005 – 3 February 2022



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29 Responses

  1. Corinne says:

    Oh Christine, I’m so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing, so soon after Toffee’s. It’s amazing how much space animals take up in our hearts and when they’re gone it leaves an aching void. Lots of love and hugs to you and your family xx

  2. Geeha says:

    He was beautiful and much loved. You must have treasured memories. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Ann Collins says:

    What a beauty he was. I’m so sorry to hear this news but he will live on in your memories.

  4. Jacqui says:

    So very sorry to hear that you’ve lost Mike so soon after your other cat. It’s painful losing such an integral part of the household. Know only too well what it feels like as we lost our two Maine Coons within weeks of each other and that was one massive hole. It was the lack of “presence” we felt so acutely. It was only the second time we’d been completely without a cat in 30 years. Each time it wasn’t long before we found ourselves adopting another cat; first from the Cats Protection League and last time from the RSPCA. Not saying you should do the same but there are so many cats that would love to be part of a family like yours x

  5. Barbara says:

    Thinking of you at this very hard time. Remember all the good times. Such a lovely cat B x

  6. Margaret Longden says:

    I was so sorry to hear this – it is devastating for you. Cats are always part of your family and particularly when you have children, a precious part of their family memories, and teach them so much about life. We have not been able to have another cat as where we live now is on a busy junction, but how I wish we could. Though all different, they add so much to life.

  7. Fran says:

    Bug hugs to you and your family although nothing can prepare you for the hole they leave in the family.

  8. Maggie says:

    I’m so sorry to read this, you must be heartbroken 💔
    Cats definitely leave paw prints on our hearts 🐾

  9. Bernadette says:

    So sorry, losing a pet is sooo hard. Hopefully lovely memories will sooth the sadness.

  10. Jeannette Saylor says:

    Sorry about Mike. Sounds like he was quite the personality.
    I have a black cat too- Neptune.

  11. Jennifer says:

    So sorry to hear about Mike, our furry friends are always so loved and dearly missed when we lose them.

  12. Betsy Grizzard says:

    How lucky Mike was to be part of your loving family. Sending hugs of comfort to you and all who loved your beautiful cat.

  13. Deb says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of this adorable baby. Sounds like he lived a long and interesting life and was much loved by his family.

  14. Cathy Milligan says:

    I’m so sorry, Christine. The heartache of heartaches.

  15. Ambermoggie says:

    I’m so sorry, such a fabulous photo. They work their way into our hearts and when they leave it takes us time to realise they are still there in our memories and always will be. Hugs x

  16. Marysdevon says:

    So sorry. My little black cat and I are remembering you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Ruth Howard says:

    So sorry you have lost your pussy – it always leaves a big hole 😢
    Love Ruth x

  18. I am so sorry to hear this. He looks and sounds like he was a wonderful cat to have had in your lives. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

  19. Elizabeth says:

    To be “owned” by a cat is an honor…but it makes the heart hurt even more when they are gone. I do believe, however, that they will meet us on the other side to follow us around forever.
    Huge hugs all around.

  20. CJ says:

    So sorry to hear that, it is so very hard to lose a beloved pet. CJ xx

  21. Maya says:

    I’m so sorry, losing a pet is such a particularly awful kind of heartbreak; no matter how long we get to have with them, it really never feels like long enough when they go on ahead. Mike sounds like a wonderful and much loved fellow, sending good thoughts to you and your family ❤️

  22. Gillian Edwards says:

    So sorry to read about the loss of your beautiful cat. I know how heartbreaking it is. I am crying now for you as I type this as we lost our beloved little dog 18 months ago. You gave Mike the best life. Sending lots of love to you and your lovely family. Xxx

  23. Lynne Parry-Griffiths says:

    I am so sorry to hear your sad news. The loss of a pet, any pet, hits hard but Mike sounds like he was much, much loved and had a grand life. Black cats, although I love all cats, are my favourite, mine, William Andrew John, also sends feline condolences and love to you. xx

  24. Christine Valentine says:

    Nothing can fill the space a beloved friend leaves when they pass. I’m wishing you a gentle passage through grief to life after loss.

  25. Deb says:

    Oh, so sorry.

  26. JULIE KELSHAW says:

    So sorry to hear of your sad loss. We also lost our 17 year old black cat around the time you lost Toffee. They leave such an imprint on our lives. Take care.

  27. ChrisG says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss, Mike sounds like quite a character and what a long and adventurous life he had as part of your family. Sending you healing thoughts x

  28. christina says:

    I am so sorry to read about Mike the cat’s death. He looks and sounds like a fine cat. Sending you love (and apologies for this late comment)

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