Jan 082021

I can’t believe I’m writing this. Zoey passed away unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon. She hadn’t been doing well for the past couple of weeks (she had both megacolon and low grade lymphoma), and on Monday we discovered she was severely constipated. Home care wasn’t working so it was recommended that she spend a day or two at the vet so they could help clear the constipation. I picked her up from the vet yesterday, and when I got home, she was in some distress. I didn’t know what was happening. I rushed to the ER vet, but it was too late… she was gone. I am shocked, numb and truly heartbroken.

Zoey Forever graphic
Forever Loved…Forever Missed

Zoey wasn’t always the easiest cat but I loved her just the same. She had a great life here. I’ll write more about her…but for now, I need to take a break from blogging and cope with this tremendous loss and sadness.

I will miss my green-eyed girl forever.


  87 Responses to “An Unexpected Loss”

  1. Sometimes there are just no words…..we are sad and shocked and know how heart-breaking this is. Zoey was well loved certainly there but EVERYWHERE as well. Those eyes mesmerized. Ernie will be lonely and we send him and you BIG HUGS of condolence AND of love.

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy

  2. We are so very, very sorry Sue and we are so sad that Zoey is gone. She was such a favorite with all of us. When our Zoe came to live with us and Zoey made her an honorary Island Princess was something we still think about to this day. Love and hugs from all of us. Love you always Zoey.

  3. I have not words just ((hugs))

  4. Oh, no, this is so heartbreaking. We’re so, so sorry for her unexpected passing and are sending hugs, purrs and Universal Light.

    Kim and Derry

  5. omc…. we are so sorry that your beautiful has flown off. our heart breaks for you. we will miss her spectacular spirit and attitude.

  6. We were shocked when we heard about Zoey. Zoey was a beautiful and special girl. (((hugs)))

    The Florida Furkids and Mom Sharon

  7. Oh, sweet Zoey! We are so sorry you were called to the Bridge so soon and so quickly. We too will miss your beautiful green eyes and beautiful soul.

  8. I am so very very sorry to read about Zoey’s unexpected passing just as you got her home.
    Run free dear girl and may each day be filled with sunshine and gentle breezes.
    Zoey I was quite envious of your beautiful eyes of aquamarine
    Hugs to your peeps and brudder Ernie.

    Hugs Cecilia

  9. Oh no, I am so very sorry to hear this sad and unexpected news. Beautiful Zoey will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with you.

  10. I am so very sorry. Any loss is hard, but these unexpected ones are the worst. I am purring for comfort during this time. Big hugs to you and Ernie.

  11. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sue. May you find peace in the wonderful memories you share with your beautiful Zoey.

  12. I’m so sorry to hear this news of Zoey’s passing. Please know that so many of us are with you in your grief and pain.

  13. We are so very sorry that gorgeous Zoey has departed for the Rainbow Realm and send huge hugs and soft purrs.

    We’ll light one of our special rainbow candles in her honour this evening.

    The B Team xx

  14. We are so heartbroken for you. Zoey always was a very special cat, and we know she’s in your heart forever. Sending comforting purrs.

  15. Oh honey, I’m so very sorry. Huge healing hugs. ♥

  16. We are so sorry to hear. That must have been such a horrible experience for you. Hugs

  17. We will miss your beautiful girl as well. I am so, so sorry, Sue. ♥

  18. I don’t even know what to say. I’m so sorry. Sending prayers for Zoey.

  19. This news is heartbreaking. I am so sorry for your loss and the terror you must have felt when she went the way she did. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all that loved Zoey. Hugs.

  20. No matter the circumstances, we are never ready to say goodbye to a beloved friend.
    Take comfort in the knowledge that you gave her a safe and loving home.
    Hugs and purrs as we know it will take time to recover from this sad loss <3
    Purrs, Julie and the mum

  21. Oh, this is so very sad. Zoey will forever remain in our hearts as the beautiful girl she was. We are deeply sorry,

  22. We are saddened by your loss of Zoey as all of us in the blogging world will be. You gave her many years of love and care and now she is at the Bridge looking down with love. It is so hard to say goodbye and when it is sudden doubly so. Know that we send our purrs and prayers of support at this sad time. Fly young, healthy and free Zoey and say hello to all our friends who will show you all the best places to hunt, play, nap and keep an eye on we still in the world
    Timmy, Dad Pete, Toby, Rumpy, Fitz and Einstein

  23. Dear Sue and Ernie, we know how devastated you are. These sudden and unexpected deaths just enhance one’s grief and sorrow. Please know that we understand and are sending warm hugs, sympathy and love during this difficult time for you. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, angel Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer & Kizmet & Mom Janet

  24. I’m so sorry for your loss! I always enjoyed seeing Zoey and her beautiful green eyes on your blog.

  25. Sending love and gentle purrs from our house. We are very sorry for your loss.

  26. I am so very sorry that precious beautiful Zoey passed and so suddenly- and without any warning. I always thought she was one of the most beautiful girls I have seen in Blogger and I always had a special love for her. Go with the angels beautiful girl. I will always remember you.

  27. I’m so sorry for your heartbreaking loss of Zoey. Beautiful Zoey had so much personality shining from her green eyes. I’ll miss Zoey. Hugs, purrs, love to you Sue and your husband and Ernie.

  28. We are so sorry for the loss of beautiful Zoey. Sending you hugs and purrs.

  29. Zoey; a beautiful girl ♥♥♥ you always will be. We know Wally greeted you at heavens gate; and we hope it helps mom and dad,…. even if just a bit, to know….. St Francis stayed by your side on that journey to heaven. We are beyond sorry and send hugs and loves to you, mom, dad and ernie ♥♥♥♥♥

  30. Such sad news beautiful,gorgeous Zoey. Sending prayers,hugs and love mom and Spike.x

  31. We are so sorry.

    Sending love, purrs and hugs to you xx

  32. I am so sorry about the loss of your beautiful Zoey. Purrs and hugs from our kitties and me.

  33. We are so very sorry and sending purrs

  34. Zoey had the loveliest green eyes we knew, and we can imagine the depth of your sorrow Each loss takes with it a little piece of our heart.

    Everyone at The Poupounette

  35. I am so sorry for you at this time of loss, so unexpected and devastating.
    Zoey was so gorgeous and her beautiful emerald eyes were amazing.

    Rest peacefully, Angel Zoey; soon you will be sporting your strong glowing wings and flying all over the catnip meadows with your fellow angels.

    Zoey, you will NEVER be forgotten and all who loved you, will hide all your wonderful memories, in the treasure boxes that are deep in their hearts.

  36. We are just gutted to hear about sweet Zoey. We luvs her as ifin she’s one of ours, as we did Wally and do ernie. We know nuffin we can say will make this better, so ifin you need anything, purrlease let us know. We’re sending hugs and purrayers.

    Luvs ya’

    RaenaBelle and mommy A

  37. I am so sorry for your loss. I loved to visit your blog on Friday’s just to see her, and I have been doing it for years. She was a very special cat. (The cats who aren’t easy are always extra special.) I will miss her on Fridays, but I am sure you will miss her on all days.

  38. Our human’s eyes are leaking, Words are never adequate. We will say though, that our hearts go out to you, and we willmiss her glorious eyes! and the memories that we are privileged to have in knowing Zoey though your blog. We send you our love, virtual hugs, purrayers, head bonks and strength.
    Purrs Marv, Jo Jo, Kozmo, Cinnamon and Barb

  39. We are so sorry to read of the loss of beautiful Zoey. We have all had cats that were a bit more “complicated” than others. but loved them all completely. And purrs to Ernie, who will also miss her terribly.

  40. Omc we didn’t expect to hear this heartbreaking news, and we’re shocked…so sorry for your loss Ernie and Sue. Soft Pawkisses to comfort you
    Fly free beautiful Soul⭐

  41. Our hearts are so sad and our eyes are leaky over the loss of Zoey. Sending comforting purrs and hugs to you.

  42. We are so very sorry to hear this sad news. What a shocking way to lose her. Our Best Purrs Of Confort to you!

  43. This is just the most heartbreaking news. I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. She was such a beautiful girl and loved by so many.

  44. I am so so very sorry. Zoey was such a beautiful girl, with the most amazing eyes. She was blessed to be given a home and love with you.

  45. I am so sorry for your loss and so sad to hear this. I will miss reading about and seeing beautiful Zoey.

  46. That news was very sad for me to read. I am so sorry. I wish there were something I could say to make you feel better but I don’t have the words.

  47. I know there are no words of comfort right now, but I am very sorry for your loss. Zoey was a beautiful girl. XO

  48. We’re so sorry for your loss. We’re all going to miss beautiful Zoey.

  49. We will miss beautiful Zoey so much, we are very sorry for your loss and are sending purrs of comfort and paws of sympathy.

  50. I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Sending many warm thoughts and purrayers your way.

  51. I am very surprised and sorry to hear of the loss of Zoey. Sending our sympathy.

  52. I’m here to pay my respects to Zoey, a cat after my own heart. *bows head* I’ll miss seeing her on Fridays. Maybe she could be a ‘flashback Friday” every week, not that I mind seeing Ernie.

  53. So sorry for your loss. Zoey was a beauty-full lady cat and she will be missed. Especially her gorgeous eyes.

  54. I am so sorry. We loved Zoey, and she was one of our oldest cat blogger friends, way back from before I was even around. Lots and lots of purrs to you.

  55. We are in complete shock, having woken this morning to such heartbreaking news!
    We send you purrs of condolence and to Zoey, We say – fly free, sweet and beautiful girl. The Great Cat in the Sky will keep you safe and loved until the day when all Loving Hearts are reunited.

  56. Words fail me. Zoey has been so much a part of Island Cats. Bless you, my heart breaks at your sudden loss.

    * Huge hugs *

  57. I’m sorry for your loss.

  58. Oh, no, not our Zoey, oh sadness. Tears for you and your family, Pleae hug Ernie for us and hugs to you, Sue, this is a terrible loss but we will always remember those eyes…

  59. My heart and dad’s heart hurts for you on the loss of your sweet girl. We were so sad to read about Zoey early this morning, and please accept our heartfelt condolences. Dad actually teared up a bit while helping me write this. Life is too short. We know you’ll miss your sweet Zoey too much to explain. We’re sending you our thoughts and prayers and sympathy during this very sad time.

  60. Farewell, Angel Zoey.
    This is too sad.

  61. We were so sad when we heard of Zoey’s sudden passing on FB.We’re so sorry for your loss. We send you comforting purrs and gentle headbonks. Purrs and hugs

  62. Thinking of you at this terribly sad time.

  63. This is very sad to read. It must indeed have been a great shock – and is still. Zoey may not, as you write, have been the easiest cat, but such of God’s creatures need loving homes as much, or more, than others, and she had one with you. Godspeed, Zoey.

  64. oh no! we are so sad and so sorry for your loss! we send our love and purrs,

    minnie, hollie, sharpie, ditto, TL

  65. I’m so sorry for your loss. She was obviously well loved, the greatest gift of all. ~hugs~ Best wishes to you all.

  66. I am so so sorry! Just so heartbreaking to hear. I don’t even know what to say-we are all thinking of you and send lots of purrs

  67. Oh my ….shit!! Zoey was a beautiful and aloof kitty. She was strikingly unique and one could tell it just from the way she held herself. Any dealings with Zoey were on Zoey’s terms so when she loved you it was with all her heart. We know she loved you and Ernie. Thank goodness her struggling was not for a prolonged period. You are in our hearts.

    Big virtual hugs,

    Shoko, Tyebe and Jean

  68. NO NO NO!!! Not mee frend Zoey?!?!? Oh Miss Sue an Hubby an Ernie mee iss so furry sad. LadyMew iss cryin buckitss an wee so sorry…
    Take all tHE time you need to greeve an….**sniffullsss sniffellss**
    Run free sweet Zoey an reememburr wee will allwayss LOVE you….
    **purrss** BellaDharma an gentell ((huggiess)) LadyMew

  69. Oh no… I’m in shock and heartbroken… I’m so sorry your sweet Zoey is gone.. She was such a beautiful kitty, so loved and cherished. Sending warm hugs your way.

  70. Sue, we are utterly heartbroken by the sudden passing of your beloved Zoey. She had such a wonderful life there with you. Thank you for loving her so much, and so well.

    Love and gentle purrs,

    Kevin, Tracey and Ava

  71. […] earlier this week,, we had to say yet another goodbye…this time to Zoey from The Island Cats, and it was a shock to all, including her family…and she will be sorely missed, but never […]

  72. I am so very sorry about the loss of your sweet girl Zoey.

  73. Dear Furmily–we are sending you purrs, hugs and comfort. We are angel cats and will look for Zoey over the Bridge. Our hearts are with you, meowmie’s eyes are leaking, Bibi & Meep (sent by Timmy Tomcat)

  74. It is hard enough to lose a pet when it is expected, but unexpected, tragic losses are just unfathomable….(you know I know all too well), my heart breaks for you. It is so hard to wrap your head around what has happened (I still haven’t)……Zoey was one gorgeous girl, she and Cody had those exquisite green eyes. I am certain Cody is helping to take care of her now…(Michigan cats have to stick together after all)……I am so deeply sorry Sue. I also completely understand taking a break…..I wasn’t sure I would ever come back, in time…..you will. Take whatever time you need….Ernie needs you now too……I am so deeply sorry and am here if there is anything you need. Love from all of us xoxo

  75. I am so, so sorry about Zoey. She was a beauty and will be missed. Sending love and hugs. RIP, sweet Zoey.

  76. Sue and Ernie…..hubby too! Our heart goes out to you at this ever so sad time. There is nothing we can say to lessen the pain in your heart. We cry with you because we know this pain only too well and it slices the heart.

    Know we are there with you in spirit.


    Jean, Shoko and Tyebe…..our hubby too!

  77. Oh sweetness, we are so sorry for your loss. We keep you in our hearts and prayers during this tough time. Zoey will be missed on the blogworld for sure.

    Love and kisses,
    Emma and Buster
    and Mama Maria

  78. Sorry to hear of your loss.
    Mommakitty, Kimo, Sabi, & Sherman

  79. Poor Zoey. I’m very sad to hear that she went through such an ordeal and that her lil’ body ended up shutting down. She knows you did all you could for her and will continue to love her until the end of time. I send purrs to help comfort you as you grieve for her.

    RIP Zoey. You were a good furiend to me and to so many.

  80. Coming From Eastside Cats….Im so very sorry. It sounded like she was on the mend…..andthen she left. I do believe she tried to stay and rally. Im sorry

  81. Oh noes. I am so sorry for your loss of your sweet gurl. Zoey was so pretty, yes, her eyes are very special. It must have been so scary and traumatic to loose your Zoey that way. Sending lots of {{{hugs}}} and POTP for your broken heart.
    Ruby ♥

  82. Oh, I’m so sorry. I loved Zoey’s eyes… She seemed to have a lot of personality.

    It sounds like she went in a similar manner to Diego-San and I keep playing his last day in my mind over and over because like Zoey, he had been sick for a while, but the end was so sudden. My heart breaks for you…

  83. So very sorry to hear about Zoey. I understand your pain and p[raying that your sad heart will be filled with happy memories soon.

  84. I am so incredibly sorry about this unexpected loss of your sweet green-eyed girl. Sending you warm hugs in your time of grief, Sue.

  85. Belated condolences on the sudden loss of Zoey. I’m so sorry things happened so suddenly, as that always makes a loss more difficult.

  86. We’re so sorry we’re late with commenting on this post. We were so very, very sad to hear about Zoey’s passing. We’re still sending lots of love and purrs to you.

  87. I thought for certain that I had come to give my condolences about Zoey. I had read about her on the Cat Blogosphere site… I apologise if I didn’t. And I want to thank you for your sympathy over my Josie’s death. Everyone who loves cats seems to have experienced a loss. It is the same pain for everyone, yet very different for each of us. God bless you.

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