This should have been Tommie’s birthday blog post. He would have been 17 years old soon. Tommie had the biggest heart of any cat I’ve ever met. But his big heart was no longer able to pump all the fluids we were giving him to treat kidney disease, and we had to say good-bye yesterday.


He had those wonderful polydactyl feet and 24 sharp claws that he never used in anger.


Tommie liked tummy rubs, chicken baby food, fresh catnip in the Spring. His purr motor had an instant “ON” switch.

Tommie loved life and he made our lives so much sweeter.

I’d like to thank his vets, very especially Dr. Patricia Doherty, and also Dr. Dave Santisi at A Cat’s Place in Norwalk CT for their kind and knowledgeable care.

75 thoughts on “Tommie”

  1. Oh, Maggie, we are so very sorry to hear that Tommie had to go to the Rainbow Bridge. What a lovely tribute this post is to the love, light and happiness he brought to your lives. Thank you for loving Tommie so much, and so well. Sending soft and gentle purrs to you, Rick and Mickey Mouser.

    Love and hugs,

    Kevin, Tracey, Moosey, Gracie and Zoe

  2. Maggie, I am so sorry for your loss! It’s the hardest thing to know you’ve done all you could but it was still his time to cross the bridge. I know that Tommie knows how much you and Rick loved and treasured him. What a beautiful post honoring a sweet boy! I’m sending hugs and my kitties are sending meows and head butts to you in sympathy.❤️

    Janet, Gemma and Spiderpig

  3. Maggie I am devastated to read this news. I am sooo deeply sorry. I lost my beloved Bobo a day after his 18th birthday, also due to kidney failure as a result of heart issues that developed in later years. My heart goes out to you, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your post is beautiful, what a handsome, handsome boy. Wish I could give you a hug…sending much love and my deepest sympathy. Caren (and Cody too)

  4. Oh Maggie, my heart is breaking for you. This is such sad, sad news.

    Your tribute to your sweet boy has touched our hearts. What a special little soul he was. …and you for all the love and compassion you’ve shown.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. What an handsome boy he was, and I SO understand the purr switch. I know it hurts your heart he’s gone and I am so sorry. I wish I could take away your hurt, except it is a measure of how much you loved him, and he you. You are so very lucky to have been his home and his treasure.

  6. Oh Maggie, I was just about to email congrats about your Blogpaws nom when I got your email about Tommie. I’m rewriting it. For now, I’m sending hugs and soft healing purrs in your time of loss. Your beautiful tribute says it all about dear Tommie.

  7. We heard about the loss of your friend and wanted to express our condolences. We know how hard it is. Sending purrs to our fellow TCC member. – Alana and Crepes.

  8. Maggie,
    You have been there for me at my time of loss and you touched me with your caring words. I now extend them to you as you grieve for beloved Tommie. I am so sorry because we both know how much it hurts, the tears don’t wash away the pain although we would do anything so they would. You have the purrs of the kitties, my thoughts and prayers and if there is anything we can do, let us know.

    Julie, Tinker, Anastasia, Chopin and Bridgie

  9. I am so very very sorry that beautiful and dear Tommie went to the Bridge. I know his life was happy with you and that he had eighteen years of love and care. He was a gorgeous baby and I hope when he sees my Admiral in the Bridge, that she will be among the babies who met him and showed him around.

  10. We are so, so sorry to hear about dear Tommie. We know there are never the right words so we send you lots of hugs and all our love.

  11. Mom and I are so sorry that Tommy had to go. We know you will miss him and his sweet big feet.

  12. Awwwww angel Tommy, you adorable sweetheart! We are so sorry to read that you’ve gone to the bridge. We send your family many gentle purrs and hugs. Take care

  13. We are so sorry that Tommie had to cross over. Kidney disease isn’t much fun for puddins. Many hugs and purrs and purrayers for you at this difficult time.

    Luf, All of us at Forty Paws, and Maw

  14. Oh Maggie, I am so so sorry to hear this news. Just know he had the best love he could have had with you. What a handsome boy. We sure send huge hugs. Sending lots and lots purrs and prayers too. Tears running down the cheeks

  15. I’m here to pay my respects to Tommie. *bows head* We have the leaky eyes. What a precious boy he was. Sending comforting purrz to those who loved him that he left behind.

  16. So sorry to hear that Tommie crossed the Bridge-but know that he would say thank you for setting him free. No more pain, just wonderful times; may his memories bring comfort.
    Hugs, Noreen

  17. Oh Maggie, we are so, so sorry to hear of your loss of your precious Tommie. What a beautiful tribute this is to him, that first picture of him is absolutely adorable. We are so glad he had you to love him. Sending you our gentlest purrs and holding you in our thoughts and hearts.

    Be Well Sweet Tommie

    xoxo Clooney & Neytiri

  18. Aww Tommie…our Tiny just got to the other side of the bridge a month ago after having made it to the age of 20 years and 2 months…she also had kidney problems….she, too is very missed, but know that you have lots of good company on the other side of the bridge…lots of lovely friends that are waiting for their humans. You look to have been a real sweetheart…rumble on sweet boy and send sunshine and flowers to your earth family sometimes to show them that you are always near and that they are alway dear to you. Tiny sends us beautiful sunsets, moon rises and the songs of birds…we know it is from her because she was like that…Mom asked her to send signs to us to let us know she is and always will be with us. We know she is and we know that you will always be with your family and they will always have you in their hearts. RIP dear, sweet, happy boy!
    Elioth and Chouchou (the cats) and Ellwood and Ginger (the dawns)
    Weezdabadcats & Dameendawgs

  19. We are so sad for your loss. I know Tommie left you with many wonderful memories to cherish. The Barking from the Bayou family sends its deepest heartfelt sympathy and love.

  20. Maggie, I’m so sorry for the loss of your handsome Tommie! He lived a good long life but, still, they always have to leave too soon. A warm hug and purrs and tail wags of comfort.

  21. Please accept our condolences. What an adorable tabby boy, Tommie was, with such a sweet face. We know he will be missed. With purrs and prayers, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  22. we did not have the honor of knowing you Tommy, but wanted to stop by and offer our sincerest sympathies to your mom and family. Godspeed and may He grant your mom peace in her heart during this very difficult time ♥♥♥♥

    boomer, dai$y, tuna
    & dude and sauce too

  23. I am so incredibly sorry to hear about the loss of your precious Tommie. You gave him a beautiful, long life, but it’s just never long enough. Sending you gentle purrs of comfort and healing.

  24. Tommie ~ may your journey be an easy one, may you find joy and peace and friends at its end. You were a joy here with us and will be missed forever.

  25. Dear Maggie & Rick,
    My heart is broken along with yours.
    Tommie walking out of the woods into your arms was so perfect.
    Such a wonderful happy handsome sweet miracle kitty boy.
    Personality and good looks too!
    Tommie is a treasure, he will be missed by all of us that love you.
    Peace and love to Tommie and you.
    Sus, Sundance & Cocoa
    9 lives is never enough.

  26. we are so sad that you lost your precious boy so close to his milestone birthday….this is hard to lose such a fine friend. He looked so handsome and was a prince among cats I am sure…those paws are amazing and I am sure the angels are kissing them right now…
    the cozy cottage cats

  27. I’m so very sorry. I wish I had words. What a sweetheart he was, such a personality. Your photos are wonderful. The boys are sending soft purrs of comfort and I’m sending cyber hugs and universal Light. Peace.

    Kim, Nicki and Derry

  28. Maggie we are so sorry to hear about Tommie! He looked such a sweet gentle boy! He was loved and now he is at rest. Run free young man xx

  29. I’m so sorry to hear about Tommie. We just lost our 17-year-old dog, Bailey, on Tuesday. I’m sure Tommie left a lot of wonderful memories behind to help you get through the pain and one day think only about the good times.

    Run Free again Tommie…and say HI to Bailey if you see her there.


  30. We were so very sorry to learn Tommie had gone to the Rainbow Bridge. We hopes the loving memories you has of him will bring you comfort. Purrs of comfort and paws of sympathy

  31. So very sorry for your loss. Sweet Tommy is now happy and healthy waiting for you just the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. He lives on in your heart and in the hearts of all who loved him.

  32. Oh Maggie, we are so truly sorry for your loss. I can easily see from the pictures that Tommie was such a sweet and happy baby. He had a wonderful life being loved and cherished by his family. And now he is with Gracie. Of course I know it still hurts so bad….I hope some day your heart will be filled with happy memories instead of sorrow. Sending lots of purrs and warm thoughts to you, your husband Rick and Mickey Mouser.
    Hugs, Goro & Niko, Tamago

  33. Dear Maggie, I just cannot imagine the loss of Tommie for you. I am so sad, and so very sorry. Just shy of 18 years is a noble age, and you had so much precious time together…but it is never ever enough. Sending you my love. Marianna

  34. My sincere condolences on the loss of your beautiful Tommie, he looks like such a happy sweetheart…So glad your precious boy found your loving forever home…Wishing you all peace and comfort at this sad time…xoxo…J, Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat

  35. Sending a big hug and all our love at the loss of your sweet is never easy to say goodbye…no matter how young…no matter how old..the hurt is the same..all our loves from the TCC members Dinnermintz and Pickles and all of us here ..Fozziemum xxx

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