In Memory Of Cleo


In memory of Cleo

Cleo was the longest lived pet I have ever had- he was born April 1997 on the streets of Amherst Nova Scotia, and died May 20, 2014 due to complications of kidney failure.

Cleo was part of a litter of kittens left at the Amherst Veterinary Clinic to be euthanized for severe Upper Respiratory Infection, but his outgoing personality with my dog Hoochie had me treating his infection and adopting him out.

Cleo loved chasing the shiny crinkly balls, rolling in catnip, going for car rides, eating the occasional mouse, and sleeping on a human.

His weather schedule: Sunny days.. good, go outside, eat grass, poop in the neighbors garden… Rain/cold/snow……stay inside and sleep/eat/eat/sleep/eat.

Cleo was more of a lover than a fighter- he seemed to get along with neighborhood cats, and in his 17 years of life he was not once treated for a cat fight injury.

As Cleo aged and was diagnosed with kidney disease, he refused to eat canned cat food, instead opting for tuna.

A can of tuna a day did help keep the doctor away.

Cleo didn’t attain any large status in life- he wasn’t a celebrity, not involved in politics, but he sure had a large impact on his family.

Cleo initially slept every night with myself ( Dr Andrew) or my wife Catherine, and then as our 2 children grew, he slept with them.

Until the night before his death he was sleeping with my 14 year old son Liam.

We banter around the sayings that our pet give us so much more that we can give them back- when you lose a pet you know that to be true.

Cleo taught me that you can never underestimate the power of unconditional love, and that a loud YOWL will get you what you want.

Cleo you will be missed.

Dr Andrew

May long weekend christina Lake 2010, London Aug 2010 285


191 thoughts on “In Memory Of Cleo”

  1. Dr. Andrew, I am so sad to hear this and I know what it is like to lose a beloved pet. Am sending you prayers for comfort and may your happy memories heal your heart over time. Bless you and your family. Terry and Dusty

  2. You are to be congratulated for seeing to it that Cleo lived so long. More power to you!!

  3. My most sincere sympathy on losing Cleo. It looks like he lived as a very happy and contented pet.

    Best regards,
    A. Edwards

  4. I am so sorry to hear of Cleo’s passing. I have lost several fur babies over the years and it never gets any easier. All I can say is that the memories will somehow get you through the hard times and you, especially, know that you did everything you could for him and made his life the best it could be! Hugs to you and your family!

  5. Sorry to hear about this. My thoughts are with you. My 14 year old cat, I think is in heart failure due to hyperthyroid, totally heart breaking and I can relate to the love you shared with your dear cat and the pain of this loss. Take Care

  6. To Dr Andrew and family-I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Cleo. To say he had a great life is an understatement-he lived like a KING!!!My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you-I know he will be missed and many tears will be shed because of his passing-may God bless.

  7. I’m so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Cleo. She was beautiful and left you with many many memories. RIP sweet Cleo.

  8. So sorry about Cleo, Andrew. I know what it’s like. I lost an 18 1/2 yr old Siamese last year. They take part of your heart with them.

  9. I’m very sorry to hear about Cleo and my sympathy to you and your family I know she will be very much missed. She knew love and with love will be waiting at the bridge.

  10. So sorry about Cleo. Thank you for rescuing him and giving him a long and happy life.

    Sorry for your loss,


  11. so sorry for your loss of Cleo. loved and lost quite a few myself, know how much it hurts.

  12. Dr. Jones,
    My sympathy at the loss of your dear Cleo. People who’ve never known the love of one of our animal friends, have had unfulfilled lives. They teach us so much, and make us better people.
    Cleo is now with the other angels….and happy.

  13. Dear Dr. Jones, I’m so sorry for your loss. Our animal friends give so much to us, and each is unique. Reading your memorial to Cleo brings tears to my eyes, as I can so relate. It reminds me of the cats I’ve lost over the years and how devastating their losses were to me. I cherish each day I have with my remaining cat, who’ll be 14 next month.

  14. Dr. Jones Its always sad when a loved pet dies as they are so much part of the family, Cleo lived a very long life for a cat as you and your family took great care of her, and I am quite sure she took care of you in her way. Your family will always remember her in your hearts and souls. May your other pets enjoy long lives too.

  15. Aaaw…I have a rather old gentleman myself (an 18 year old ragdoll). I know this day will come, for all my pets. I can only offer you this:

    And God asked the feline spirit
    Are you ready to come home?
    Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul
    And, as a cat, you know I am most able
    To decide anything for myself
    Are you coming then? asked God
    Soon, replied the whiskered angel
    But I must come slowly
    For my human friends are troubled
    For you see, they need me, quite certainly
    But don’t they understand? asked God
    That you’ll never leave them?
    That yours souls are intertwined. For all eternity?
    That nothing is created or destroyed?
    It just is…forever and ever and ever
    Eventually they will understand,
    Replied the glorious cat
    For I will whisper into their hearts
    That I am always with them
    I just am…forever and ever and ever

    Bless you. xx

  16. Dear Dr. Andrew,

    I’m really sorry for your loss. He was a beautiful
    boy. 🙂

    I lost my cat of 17 years back in 2008.
    She was the runt of the litter and didn’t weigh
    more than 5 pounds her whole life. She always had
    “cattitude” and was, very much, her own person.
    Her name was Saavik (after a Star Trek character).
    I shall always miss her. I still keep a photograph
    of her along with my other family photos in my bedroom.

    I appreciate your emails on animal care very much.
    I have put many of your suggestions to use. Although
    I must confess, I cannot get my Siamese to eat canned
    cat food. 😉

    Take care.

  17. So sorry for your loss, Dr. Andrew. It hurts like hell, I know…I had two cats in my lifetime, both of them died of kidney failure, one was 8 years old, the other 10 years old but we only had him for 4 because he was a rescue. You were lucky yours lived so long… He had a very good life with you and your family. God bless you all. Hugs! Romana

  18. I am sorry to hear about Cleo, Andrew. Having lost two pets in the last year I can totally feel your sadness.

  19. Hi Andrew,
    I am so sorry to hear of Cleo’s passing but I’m sure that Cleo is now frolicking with all those who’ve passed before (including my darling Jeze who passed away on 8th January this year after over 14 years with me), waiting to greet you when it’s your time to accept to the invitation Home. God bless.

  20. sorry for your lost ;-( lost a few myself but they never went alone was always there for there last moment it’s hard but they give us so much love that’s the least we can do for them have a better day an wonderful memories ;-))

  21. I am sorry to hear about Cleo. Mine has diabetes, so I deal with the possibility of losing him on a daily basis. It is very difficult. I also had a kitty named Sandy for about 15 years who suddenly went blind and stopped eating altogether. We never could figure out what was wrong with Sandy, I was advised to euthanize her, and then the vet blew the euthanasia procedure causing her to suffer unnecessarily.

    Our pets can be such a comfort and also such a heartbreak, but it is all worth it to me. When people have asked what kind of things I used to think about wanting to do when I was little, my answer is that I wanted to have cats lol

    Soft paths to you, Cleo.

    neisy trueheart

  22. These things always make me weepy. I’m truly sorry for your loss…having been through it several times now, I can honestly say, it never gets easier.
    I think that’s so wonderful that you were able to save that sick kitten from being euthanized and he had a wonderful long and well loved life with you and your family. And Cleo’s weather schedule is just about the same as my four!
    They like to be out all night and then eat a big breakfast and sleep until they are ready to go out and do it all over again.

  23. Heartfelt commiserations. It doesn’t matter who you are, or how many times you’ve already gone through it, losing a pet hurts like hell. Such a big presence in your life leaves a massive hole. I’m sure that even other pets grieve.
    Love to you and all your family.

  24. my condolences… I can just imagine how painful it is to have lost a loved one. I am getting on that stage with my 14 yr old dog shitzhu who is now showing signs of old age and deterioration. I always give him the best supplements ever and feed him the best food. and of course tender loving care.. I will continue doing this until to the end..hes a part of me and I know its not going to be easy for someone whos with you for almost 14 yrs. up to this time hes ok but I know soon he will be gone, hard to say but I just have to accept it.. love this dog truly, hes my friend , companion and makes me happy during my difficult times in my life…

  25. I am so sorry to hear of Cleo’s passing. I hope she found my Bou who passed 1 month ago at the age of 15 (from heart failure? 4 vets still can’t agree)and whom I miss so much! I hope they have met and now play together in sweet grass and under the shade of great trees which they can climb and descend from joyfully.
    As you miss your Cleo so do I miss my Bou!

    I miss you so much, my Bou!

  26. To lose your beloved pet is losing a member of your family. They give us so many years of unconditional love that it’s almost impossible to let them go. We lost our darling Keeshond last October and the loss is still ever so deep. Learning about Cleo brought back the tears again.

    We trust you’ll find another wonderful kitty to help heal your loss.

  27. Dear Dr. Andrew:
    Was so sorry to hear about your loss of Cleo. I’m sure your family misses her terribly.
    It is so hard to have to give them up. Sounds like you all have great memories of her.
    I always miss my ‘babies’ when they pass. But, they will suffer no more! That sentence is about all that can console me. Because it’s true.
    Hopefully in the future you will be able to rescue (NOT replace Cleo)and again find the love of a Cat.
    R.I.P. Cleo.
    Sincerely, Marie

  28. My sincere condolences to Dr Jones and his family, loosing a pet no matter their age, is a great loss and most heart breaking. I personally believe that those who love animals, have a greater love for mankind than those who give no time to animals at all. Cleo is now at peace and enjoying himself back to full health in heaven.

    Kind Regards
    Mary M Boyce – Billie

  29. I am so sorry to hear of Cleo’s passing. I lost my 18 year old cat, Fred, on 1/11 of this year and then my 14 year old dog, Bug, on 3/18. I know they will welcome Cleo to Rainbow Bridge with open paws. You and your family have my deepest sympathies. RIP sweet Cleo.

  30. When my beloved Saber left our world, he left behind a GIFT.

    I initially thought this GIFT was for me … alone.

    It is not.

    It is for suffering animals and the people tasked with protecting them. They are also suffering.

    I’m so sorry ~ Leannan

  31. We are so sorry about your lost. We can understand, as we lost 2 cats in 2013.
    Know you all are very sad about losing “Cleo”
    Mrs.Pat McGhee

  32. Oh Dr. Andrew Jones, I am so very sorry for your loss. In this topsy turvy world that we live in what a blessing it is for your little Cleo to find you and your family. On a level that I don’t understand, I don’t really think they leave us when they go home, I think they are always with us and I hope you get to see Cleo again. Such a great void our little loves leave us with when they go home. Your Cleo looks like a little doll; and his tail up high and happy, too! My condolences are with you and your family. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there and take good care.



  33. Oh, dear dr. Andrew! I am so very sorry for your loss. I completly understand.Every time I see/hear about a pet in pain it physically hurts me,probably, as much as every normal person.You and your loved ones did your very best to give him a beautiful life: he certaintly was the happiest cat in your neighborhood!Take my advice:do not cry too much for he needs peace!Be strong! My love to you all. Adriana( Romania)

  34. Dear Dr. Jones,

    That is so hard. May your memories be So Strong that they sustain you and your family, and may you feel so connected with Cleo through your love.
    Blessings, Denise

  35. Condolences to you, Dr. Andrew, and your family on the passing of Cleo. The pictures show him to be a beautiful cat and your eulogy shows him to have been a beautiful spirit. It always hurts so much when we lose one of our family members of the four-footed variety. They ask so little and give so much, it almost seems unfair.

    And when one of them touches a special place in our heart, the loss is all the more intense. Take comfort in knowing that without your presence, Dr. Andrew, Cleo would never have enjoyed the long, full life you made possible.


  36. I am sorry for your loss. It is always so hard to lose them. May you and family find smiles at all the good memories.

  37. Cleo looks a lot like my Fluffy and Faith and I am so sorry to see him go as pets are like family and I too love mine as I know you love yours .

    I read about a dog’s last wish and I am sure cats have it too . They don’t want you to just grieve they want you to go out and find another to love and to give the other pet you find be it at shelter or on the street or any place you can adopt an unwanted pet . They want you to love them as you loved yours and to give to them the toy collar and such . Pets have hearts too and they love and when they leave us they want us to remember them but to love another that I unwanted .
    Hugs to you and all the family and God Bless all of you .

  38. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy on the passing of you beloved cat, Cleo. Because I have lost beloved pets myself, I know how you much be grieving over his demise. The passing of these much loved pets leaves a tremendous void but by their passing, it creates a place in our families in which we can bring another wonderful furkid into our fold . . . not to replace the one that has left, just simply another wonderful furkid to get to know and love.

  39. So sorry to hear about Cleo … I know how much a cat can crawl up into your heart and the sorrow of losing our beloved companions. However, I always felt that 17 was not old for a cat. My oldest and most beloved pet ever was Pittsburgh – she lived to be just a few months short of 23 years old – and that with a dx of oral sarcoma at 19yrs. Etienne lived to be 20 years 7 months old and I currently have a 19 year old that I intend to have for another few years.
    I know it is never enough time but 17 years is much too short a life for your Cleo. I am so happy that she knew love and contentment and adventure and safety throughout those years. Thank you all so much for that

  40. So sorry about Cleo, I also have a 17 year old cat, she is diabetic and I am treating her accordingly, she still eating, drinking, peeing and pooping and sleeping 23 hours a day. I have been through the pet loss a number of times and I can well empathize with you and your family, it’s a part of your everyday life that goes missing. I know I will find the decision to let my Katanah go when the time comes very difficult, we all do the best we can and the memories of our pets unconditional love is what keeps us going.
    Wishing you all the best.

  41. It’s really heartbreaking. I lost my few cats and saw the loveliest one, the dearest to me dying in front of me and I couldn’t do anything to save her. Pets are the real means to understand the actual meaning of love and affinity.

  42. Sending so much love to all of you as you move thru this transition of precious Cleo’s passing. A true sweetheart of a family cat that Cleo was…a blessing for 17 wonderful years! God Bless you all.

  43. My condolences on the loss of Cleo. He was a beautiful cat and I’m sure he had an amazing life with his family.

  44. Sorry to hear about your lose Dr. Jones. We too have a cat of 17 years and are dreading the day that he passes away. So far he has been very healthy with just a bit of arthritis in his back legs. I of course have been giving him your cat supplement on a daily basis for the past year and have seen an improvement on his overall health. We hope we have a few more good years with him.

  45. So sorry for your loss. It’s always hard because they so much part of our lives. My heart goes out to your whole family.

  46. Dr. Jones and Family,

    My sincerest condolences on your sad loss of Cleo. Even though we know the end is near, it never, ever is easy. Here at my (forever- at- home)sanctuary for homeless, abused and dying cats, losses come far too often, and each time, it is a soul-wrenching, painful experience.

    Your Cleo is gorgeous and reminds me of my Fhairroh, who, when stretched out, looked like the Sphinx, posing in its glory. He was a big, wonderful sweetheart and he, too, like all our LuvBugs, is deeply missed.

    May your pictures and wonderful memories of Cleo help to heal the sorrow that rests always deep in heart and eventually serve to help you smile when he graces your thoughts. And may you both be happily reunited at Rainbow Bridge when that time is at hand.

    With sincerest Sympathy and Blessing to you and your family,



  48. Hi Andrea,

    My deepest sympathy to you and the family for the loss of one of your family, Cleo, the wonderful and deeply loved cat. I can relate to your sadness as my boy ‘Joey’ died on March 31, 2014 at 15 years. I was lucky, it was quick and he died at home on the bed surrounded by his family of humans and sister and brother dogs.
    I can see the goodness and love of Cleo from the pictures you shared.
    Love to you!

  49. Deepest condolences. Only those who have owned a pet understand what it’s like to lose one. Part of the family, like your own child, just a bundle of pure, unconditional love, which no mere human can give.

  50. I’m so sorry about Cleo. Reminds me a lot of one of my girls who turned 18 this month. She was born in May 1996. She was also diagnosed with kidney disease 2 1/2 years ago. I found a supplement called Renavast. It saved her life. She was going downhill fast. Started her on Renavast and 2 weeks later she was a new kitty. Just had her blood work done and it improved slightly from last year. I told my vet about it then but he wasn’t interested. This time he said “what is that supplement you’re giving her again??” Everyone with a cat or dog should know about this wonderful product. There is no cure for this disease but if you can keep it from progressing, it will give you more time with your babies.

  51. Dr. Jones,
    So sorry for the loss of your precious Cleo. It is always the hardest thing to do. I feel your loss after treating three cats with CRF, the little black beauty,6lbs at her best fought for 3 years and finally succumbed at 21!!!

    God speed Cleo.

  52. I’m so sorry to hear about your Cleo. Even though you are a veterinarian, I can’t imagine it to be any less of a heart-wrenching shock to lose one of your own pets, than it is for any of us. I know that Cleo had a wonderful home with you for his 17 years. Bless you for rescuing him when you did and for giving him such love and care.

  53. Hello Dr. Jones, just wanted to tell you how very sorry I am to hear of Cleo’s passing. This morning and last night I was watching him in your videos, and laughing at his enjoyment of his job as model. This is truly very sad news. He did obtain some celebrity status however, as I’m sure many others who get this message will also feel the loss. Take care.


  54. Dr Andrew,

    I’m sorry for your loss. Think of all the love Cleo had during his life. A houseful of people to care for him and to sleep with.

    I lost my very dear, wise Percy in January of last year after nearly 16 years due to diabetes [for much of his life he had eaten the … ahem … kibble Veterinary Diet]. I have felt blessed to find you and know of your true love for pets.

    It may help to have the kids make a journal or memory book about Cleo. How he meowed, the annoying and cute things he did, how he felt on the lap, how he moved you over in bed, how he started life, and how wonderfully he changed over the years.

    May your hurt soon heal, to be replaced by great memories of your furry friend.

  55. Andrew,
    I’m so sorry about your loss of Cleo. Beautiful memorial! I lost my cat Minnie at nearly 15 years of age, nearly two years ago but still feel the loss of her warm unconditional loving presence. So I understand how your family must be grieving right now.

    Now our pooch Duke, a border collie that we once used in our deer research work (my husband and I are wildlife biologist in Argentina), just surpassed Minnie in being the longest lived pet we have ever had. Just a month more and we will get to celebrate his 15th birthday. Other than very poor hearing and sight (cataracts) and an occasional stiffness of his hind quarters, he is alert and still thinks he is a puppy, so we have to use caution in taking him out for exercise. I dread the day when we will have to say goodbye to him too. How true your words of wisdom that our pets give us so much more that we can give them back.

    I enjoy your newsletters very much, Take care, Dr. J

  56. Even if they live a long and happy life like Cleo, it’s always too soon when their time comes. I know you and your family will miss him. A beautiful cat, in all ways. How great that you responded to his spirit and made it possible for him to be a part of your life for 17 years! Now that’s good karma.

  57. I am sorry for loss Dr. Jones, animals touch that special place in your heart. What a beautiful gift of 17 years of life for Cleo. He was blessed to have been rescued and raised by you and your family.



  58. Dr. Jones,

    I read somewhere years ago that orange tabbies, and particularly male orange tabbies, were particularly friendly. It’s no wonder you were blessed with such love and consideration. I lost my little black and white matriarch, Jennie, on Valentine’s Day (2013) and 18 y.o. to Chronic Kidney Disease also, after almost two years of relative comfort. The last two months of 24/7 hospice nursing were my labour of love to show her a respectable end, but yes, it will never be the same without my little princess.

    My condolences to you and yours. Now, as Professor Francione reminded me, there is a space that I’m sure Cleo would want you to fill with another who needs rescuing and care.


  59. I am so so very sorry for Cleo but more for yourself because one who loves them so much really suffer a lot when they leave. He is enjoying in the Cat world in another dimenssion.

  60. Hi Andrew – sorry to hear of the passing of your old moggy Cleo. They are family, more so because they depend on us for everything (less so cats than woofers. She was a pretty cat and looked sparkling, so sad.
    I know you like canned food over dry, as you know I am a diet freak. One (read 2) issue on canned, is the quality of the stuff they put in and two, the amount of sodium (I believe they are pretty stuffed full of salt to preserve and enhance the taste). And we know what high salt does to the kidneys.

    Feed them well – help them live long


  61. I’m sorry for the loss of Cleo. My cat is about 18 and has hyperthyroidism and kidney problems. I’m not sure what I will do when she’s gone.

  62. Dearest Dr. Jones;
    Please accept my deepest and dearest sympathy. Loosing a pet is loosing a child. They’re loving, they’re understanding, they’re acceptant of our failures, they even scold us as we scold them. They should have been allowed to speak our languages, since most of the time they understand us, be we have a hard time with them. There is a huge empty black hole in our lives when we loose a pet. I actually think it’s the hardest thing a human has to go through. I know, because since the last 24 years, I’ve had a total of 16 cats in my life; now I have 8. Only one of them lasted 17 years, then died of old age along with kidney failure which had just started. The rest died due to illness provoked by abuse before my husband (also now deceased 2 years 3 months from an accident with his trash/recycling truck)and I rescued them. Seven of the cats I have now are all in pretty good health. The 8th one has upper respiratory and kidney problems. Twice he had surgery to remove stones; the last surgery he had 9 stones. He’s doing pretty well right now. I just want to pray for you, that you have strength to get through these unhappy times. Concentrate on the wonderful things you had with Cleo, knowing you gave him the greatest life he could ever want, knowing that the love he had for you and your family overpowered the size of the universe. The pain will slowly subside, but the memories will linger a lifetime. God Bless you and your family. With love, Shari

  63. My deepest sympathies for the loss of Cleo, who seems to have been a well-loved cat who was saved by you as a small kitten and was therefore able to have a long life, where he was loved by all in your family. R I P Cleo.

  64. Dr. Andrew, I’m so Terribly sorry for your loss. It’s never easy, even when your expecting it and try to prepare yourself for it. Cleo had a wonderful family with you, your wife, and children. Thank you for giving him a loving home and making him part of your family for the past 17 years.

    RIP Cleo

  65. HiDr Andrew&family,
    Sorry for the loss of Cleo your beloved cat. I’m sure she had a great life in your household so she was blessed with 17 fabulous years, that’s 119years in cat years. R.I.P.
    Kind regards
    Maria in Ireland

  66. Sending sympathies for the passing of Cleo. My own kitty, Cody, was also a beautiful orange and white boy who lived to 15. All that you shared sounded so familiar and pulled at my heartstrings.

    May you and your family be comforted while you heal from Cleo’s passing. You’re all in my prayers.

  67. Hi,
    I feel so sorry for the family’s loss. My most profound sympathy. He is now on the lap of Cat’s Lord.

  68. I am so sorry. I have a ginger and white cat I love more than anything. I can’t imagine losing him. I will pray for your family and for your beloved kitty.

  69. I’m so sorry for the loss of your pet. For me, losing a pet is as painful and difficult as losing a family member. I had a dog that accompanied me from pre-school to university: I saw her grow, mature, have puppies, aging, loss of sight and smell, to death in my arms one night after returning from college. was strong for me, but I felt full of peace, knowing that I gave her all my love for 16 years…

  70. God bless Cleo. No matter how long they live, it breaks our hearts. They live well when well cared for and probably enjoy life more than we distracted humans do. So many to greet us when we cross over. God didn’t create living things with no souls.

    I wish Deb at number 8 would look into I-131 treatment for her hyperthyroid kitty. Mine had it and it’s a virtual cure for that condition. 14 isn’t that old. I hope she sees this.

  71. I’m sorry for your loss.. It is so hard when we loose one of our furry children.. It looks like Cleo was one handsome dude.. Hold on to your memories and feel a little better every day..

  72. So sorry to hear about Cleo. We lost our big orange tabby Eric to lymphoma on May 1st, at 19 years old. There is nothing like the love and friendship of a beloved furry friend. You have my deepest sympathy.

  73. I am so very sorry to hear that you have lost your lovely cat ,
    Cleo but hope you all find comfort in giving him a well-loved
    long lived life …and someday over Rainbow Bridge……..

  74. Sorry for your loss. I’m sure Cleo knew that he was loved. He for sure lived a long life. Cleo has now crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

  75. My heart breaks for you and your family. But remember this your little boy Cleo is still with you in spirit that was his home, and his family, and his dogs for many years. So don’t treat him as if he is gone, leave his bed there and his toys the same.

    You are not dead when your are gone, you are dead when your are forgotten.

  76. So sorry for your loss! We had a kitty that lived till he was 15! He was born in CA, moved to MD, Moved to GA, moved to WA and finally went to rest in Belize, Central America! He followed his family around all over the place, wherever jobs took us! He died in 2011. I know it is so hard to loose your friend and comrade!

    Come, gather round and cry, but not for to
    Long! I know you love kitties, so please, when your are ready,
    Enter into another relationship with another little
    Orphan, and give him the love that you gave to me! He will be blessed!

  77. Dear Dr. Andrew,
    So sorry to hear about your lose. It’s very difficult to lose a good friend. You’ll meet again one day on Rainbow Bridge as we all will with our beloved pets. RIP Cleo. Thanks for all your good advice. Please take care. Sue

  78. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved cat Cleo. GORGEOUS LOOKING CAT. My Simon looks exactly like him. You are lucky to have had such a long time with him. I still would feel if they lived as long as we do it is still not long enough. I am still shocked at how long pets live and look back at how fast the time went and how I took the time for granted. RIP furry one, run free.

  79. May you be granted you comfort and peace as you grieve the loss of your beautiful Cleo.

    We lost our precious ginger tabby, Gabriel, at 19 years of age in December of 2012. He’d been just a bit “off” his norm for a day or so, but our wonderful vet, rightly, felt that it was just likely his time to pass over. I held him, sang to him, and told him what a wonderful kitty he’d been ever since he came to us as a tiny kitten. I also told him that when Jesus called and sent angels to bring him home, it was alright for him to go. Of course, I was weeping, and he knew how much we’d miss him. It seemed he only realized somthing different was happening just fifteen minutes or so before he went. He looked up at me in puzzlement and I told him that this was called death, that we will all go through it, and that it was ok for him to go when it seemed right. A few more minutes of love and cuddle, then he took four deep breaths and closed his beautiful eyes forever. His life with us will be forever treasured and he is held within our hearts, and we hope to be reunited one day over the Rainbow Bridge.

    We now have our 24y/o Becket, a long-hair ginger tabby, and 19y/o Brendan, Becket’s son, who is a lively, frisky grey tabby. It is so hard to think of the time when they are called home.

    May God bless and comfort you and your family in your great loss.

  80. So sorry to hear about your loss. I know he will be waiting over the rainbow bridge when you can be reunited again. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  81. Dr Andrew and your family, please accept my condolences. I too know what it is like to lose a pet. I have a few buried here in my yard and I miss everyone of them. They all had their own personalities and brought their love with them. Cleo and Hoochie will be playing and waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.

  82. Dear Dr. Jones, I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved cat Cleo. Nothing ever quite prepares us for the loss of a family pet of so many years. Cleo certainly was a lucky cat to have belonged to your loving family and he must have been very happy, that is why he lived for so long. God bless you and your family.

  83. aah Andrew so sad to hear of your loss. Tears roll down my face as I type this….May God surround you and your family with all His Love. Please try to find comfort in knowing that his suffering is over and that he is playing with your other doggy (forget his name now)that you too lost. It is with great longing and sadness that I realise the 1st year memorium of my 3 darlings who sadly passed away last year (June and then 2 in July)— Dusty, Buster and Snoopy. they were with us for 12yrs. God bless you and take care…Truth be told we can obtain new pets but WE WILL NEVER FORGET OUR DECEASED LITTLE DARLINGS…

  84. I am so sorry for you and your families lose. I recently lost my cat Tiger of 15 years and know what you must be feeling. It truly hurts when we lose any pet but to have one for that long seems to make it even harder to take. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have no doubt he will be missed greatly but I also know he will not be forgotten.

  85. Sorry for your loss 🙁 I agree that orange cats are special as I had one years ago and he was different, his ability to interact, defend his little sister and bond & empathise with people and dogs was amazing. However I also suffered a terrible loss just over 1 week ago when my dog had to be euthanised. Tomsk was 20 years old, with me for 16 years since ‘rescue’. Like your Cleo, Tomsk was sociable, kindly and patient with less-intelligent or not so well-behaved dogs, outgoing and filled with interest in the world and it’s wonders. He was also the best-mannered gentleman I have encountered ! A terrible loss and I cannot say how such a gap gets filled. He was an only pet and I am devastated. I feel your loss

  86. Dr. Jones, my deepest sympathies on your loss. Having gone through the pain of losing beloved pets myself, I’ve found comfort in knowing that he’s always with us, watching over me and his extended furry family. Every so often I observe my other kitties staring, transfixed, at the spot on the couch where my beloved Leo (then the oldest male cat in the house) used to snuggle with us and watch TV. I wonder if they see him (or his energy) and I’d like to think that on that little spot, some of his energy still resides, evident to the keen senses of my kitties. I’m confident the same applies to your beloved Cleo.

  87. wow so sorry to here about that but look on the bright side he had the probably the best life ever a cat could have

  88. Oh, that awful feeling! I am so sorry that you lost your baby. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  89. So sorry for your loss. Pets are the most loyal friends we can ever have. They love so unconditionally. I love the picture of cleo with the dogs on his own bed.

  90. I am sooo sorry about Cleo. This is really crazy and like synchronicity but cat Gyatso also looks very similar, is also sick and 17 years of age. He was fine the one day and the next day, lethargic and just did not want to eat. I have been hydrating him and force feeding him. Amazingly enough he is starting to eat on his own. Vet told me to give him Cipla Actin (not sure if this is good) but I have literally aged in the last week. My heart is ripped apart not seeing my lively feline friend. I am preparing myself and I know I will be devastated when he goes so I know totally how you feel.

  91. Dear Dr. Andrew and family,

    My heart goes out to you and your family, as I know your pain. It never seems we have enough time with our furry family friends and losing them is one of the most difficult of situations. We are not only their friends, but their advocates and voice. All they want is to love and be loved and I’m sure Cleo was so very happy to be a part of your family. Cherish her memory always….Take good care and God bless.


  92. I know your pain. At the end of January 2014, I had to put down my two 13.25 year old Cavalier siblings. Zorro had been dealing with heart disease and lung cancer since he was 9 and his sister had developed canine cognitive disorder over the last year, as well as being almost blind, and she no longer recognized me.
    I still have two more Cavaliers and Diva the Ragdoll who thinks she is a cavalier.

    Hug your other animals for confort to you and them as they must be feeling the loss too

  93. I’m so sorry for the loss of Cleo. I feel your pain. I lost my cats, my two girls last year within 5 months of each other, both were 18 and with me through marriage, 3 babies and 2 pups (pups were not by their choice I can tell you!) Whenever I feel the tears well up I remind myself of 18 years of love. Wouldn’t trade a day to ease the heartache!

  94. Dr. Andrew,

    I’m sorry to read about the loss of your beloved Cleo. My heart goes out to you an your family. I hope you will retain the happy memories that you all shared together. I am a firm believer that our Pets are our family. Cleo is now at the beautiful rainbow bridge.

  95. So sorry to hear of your loss of your precious Cleo!! What an awesome and spoiled cat he was … and he knew it. He will be waiting on Rainbow Bridge for you and greet you with his big Yeow one day down the road. He knows how much all of you loved and spoiled him, he will be just fine.
    The grief is hard and is deep, but try to remember all the good times, the 1000s of time he made you smile and laugh, all the good memories. For one day all of you WILL be together again!!

  96. So sorry for the loss of your fur family member. Cleo sounded like a fabulous cat! They sure leave a footprint in the heart. Hugs and Wags from Sarasota. Another cat will find you eventually….Give the pups extra love as they are grieving also….

  97. I am so sorry for your loss, I lost my Henna (chocolate lab) at the age of 2..she was my world and its been 5yrs and i still miss her so.

  98. I am so sorry for your loss. I know only too well how painful losing a pet can be. I lost a 4-1/2 year old Shih Tzu two years ago to a seizure and I’m still not over it, don’t think I ever will be. He was such a sweet little guy. I miss him terribly. My thoughts are with you.

  99. I am so very sorry for your loss. Cleo had a wonderful life with you and your family and I’m sure he will be waiting at the Rainbow Bridge.

  100. I am so sorry for your loss. I once read a story about a little boy who was losing his pet due to old age and the vet and his parents were lamenting the fact that pets don’t live as long as we do. The little boy said: “I know why….people are supposed to find out how to “love” everyone and everything so we need longer. but pets are born knowing how to love so they don’t need as long as we do.”
    I have lost pets due to old age and cancer both and I think this little boy had it right. They ARE born knowing how to love unconditionally and they teach us the same. Love is the only thing that lasts. I wish your family peace;… eventually. It takes time.

  101. I am so sorry for your loss. No matter how many years you’ve had that pet those years are never enough. Cleo left footprints in your heart and Cleo with be with you forever.

  102. So very sorry to hear about the loss of your precious Cleo. My heart goes out to you and your family. <3

  103. I’m so sorry that you lost Cleo! I lost my Bella due to congestive heart failure secondary to kidney disease in February and I still miss her. She was 15, which seems young to me, but she had been sick for a long time. Cats are special people and I’m sure she’ll be missed. What a beautiful cat! Blessings.

  104. My sympathies and heart go out to you and your family. I know the heartache of losing one of our furry family. I just lost my cat about 2 months ago to kidney failure. She was a few months shy of her 20th birthday. I still grieve for her and still expect her to coming running over to jump on my lap when i sit down on the couch. I was astounded though when my vet told me that he has only ever had one other cat live until almost 21 in all the years he has been a vet. Good care and food i hope gave her that long life.

  105. So very sorry for the loss of your beloved Cleo. They aren’t just ‘pets’……they truly are Family Members.

  106. Dear Dr. Andrew Jones, I am so sorry knowing that your lovely cat Cleo paased away. I have one cat named Nono (greatfather in Italian)similar to Cleo. Same color, same face, same white spots. I found him 12 years ago in the street. I already lost many cats and dogs. The suffering loosing them is terrible! May God be with you at this moment!

  107. My deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your beloved feline family member. They leave such a huge hole in our hearts when they leave us and it is always too soon.

  108. So very sorry to read of your loss of your gorgeous kitty, Cleo. He will be running through fields of catnip with so many friends at the Rainbow Bridge and will be completely free of all pain now. There are many butterflies and fun things to chase and always plenty of food and warm sun puddles at the bridge also. Oh, and the parties that all of those cats have to celebrate their special days!
    Fly free sweetest Cleo and please say hello to all of our angels who are there waiting for the great reunion with their families some day.
    Blessing to you and your family as you work through your loss and missing your beloved Cleo. He will be watching you from above and waiting to be with you again; forever!

  109. I am so very sorry for your loss and know all to well how it feel to lose a furry family member. My heart goes out to you and your family! <3

  110. Dr. Jones,

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Cleo.

    I daresay, he was a bit of a celebrity in that he came to many of our homes through videos with you! He had a great purpose in life beyond lounging amongst family members.

    I know how difficult it is to lose a beloved pet so my heart goes out to you and your family for your loss. He clearly was loved.

    Heidi S.

  111. Dear DR. Andrew Jones,

    I am so sorry for your loss of Cleo. I just lost my Tabby gray cat, Thomasina, of 15 years due to kidney disease. I believe she and Cleo are in heaven now and will wait for us. Seeing our pets die is very hard but God will take good care of them. May God Bless You and help you during this hard time.

  112. Dear Dr. Andrew Jones,

    We are so sorry to hear about your Cleo. We’ve had our hearts broken too actually it’s devastating, so we can surely feel your pain, they are like our children. They are a gift from God, we will say a prayer for you.

  113. So sorry to hear that Cleo passed away. Pets become so close to us, it hurts so much when they leave us. But Cleo was a lucky one to have you as his friend. They leave us, but always remain in our hearts. Take care and have a good week.

  114. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your dear Cleo. She was such a dear sweet kitty. I know how close was to you and your family she will always be close to you now and always.

  115. Treat me kindly my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

    Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me learn.

    Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ears.

    Please take me inside when it is cold and wet for I am a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.

    Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should you be in danger.

    And, my friend, when I am very old, and no longer enjoy good health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having any fun. Please see that my trusting life is taken gently. I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands.

    -Author Unknown

  116. It is such a humbling thing, to know an animal and be loved by them. We are thinking of you and your family – human and animal – and hoping your loss can be filled with something wonderful.

  117. Sorry to hear that Cleo has passed. We just put to rest our 19 year old Rocky. His last years spent sleeping and eating and playing a little. He had a good life with us, but we were the lucky ones. We got him as a stray. He was the only cat we ever had that liked to retrieve things for us to throw them again. We miss him. I am sure Cleo will always be in your heart.

  118. Dr Jones, i was so very sorry to hear of Cleo’s passing ~ what a beautiful boy. i also had a Cleo, a girl who lived to be 18. She lives forever in my heart as will your precious little one. i so appreciate your wonderful site and i thank you for all you do for us who love our pets. sincerely Bobbie

  119. Dr. Jones,

    Condolences on the loss of Cleo. I know how hard it is to lose a pet. They are a big part of our families. May God bless and comfort you in your time of sorrow.

  120. I have a cat who is 16 years old called Cleo, she is still full of life and playful and does;t look much different to her kitten self… I feel your loss, your story reminded me that my Cleo would also one day leave me and I felt your pain and sorrow immediately, I love my Cleo and I hope she stays with me a little longer but when she does go, I hope the Cleos can hang out x

  121. Dear Dr. Andrew,

    I am so sorry about Cleo ‘departure’. They live in our hearts forever because true love is endless. God bless you for being so nice to these great hairy friends !!!.

  122. Dr.Andrew to you and your Family,so sorry for your loss, it is because your great care that she lived this long.Blessings to you.

    Tina and Boys

  123. Dear Dr. Jones.
    I am so sorry for your loss, of Cleo I feel your pain . I lost my Siamese mix cat [ {boboy he was 21 yr ]last year to a liver tumor. He knew when I was sad and would try comforting me my touching my face. When I was in pain with dysmenorrhea he would stay with me in bed and look me in the face I would try not groan cause he would looked so sad. You are a good vet because you truly love animals keep up the good work. .

  124. I am so saddened for your loss! I pray for comfort for you and the family! One day you will be united again!

  125. So sorry for your loss. Cleo was a beautiful boy. My boy will be 21 years in June.

    Love and peace to you and your family.

  126. I’m so sorry to hear about Cleo. It is devastating to lose our little babies and I really feel for you. My last cat was 17 when he died too.


  127. I am very sorry for you loss, I know how it feels! I lost 4 in the last year and I am still hurting. Two of them were 19 ! The other two were 10. 🙁

  128. Dear Dr. Jones,
    I’m so sorry about the loss of your beautiful Cleo. He had a wonderful life with your family. Thank you for all you do to help us keep our animals healthy.
    Carol, Misty, Smokey & Robbie

  129. So sorry for your loss. It sounds like you gave Cleo a wonderful life, and Cleo gave you a wonderful life.

  130. We are so saddened by your loss. You did all you could and gave him a great life. God calls them home where they are young and pain free. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time…Jenny & Lorry

  131. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Cleo. It is so difficult when it comes time for one of our fur babies to go to Rainbow Bridge. In the past 5 years, I have lost 4 of my dogs…..all due from old age. My fur baby that is left is now almost 15 years old. I’ve had him since he was 3 months old. I just wish they could all stay with me forever. But, realistic, I know that the circle of life continues. I hope your treasured memories of Cleo will help give you and your family some healing for your broken hearts. Cleo knew he was loved as much as you knew that he had unconditional love for you and your family. My thoughts are with you and your family. RIP Cleo. Hugs ??

  132. The heart at the end of my comment showed up as 2 question marks. My apologies for any confusion.

  133. So sorry for your family’s loss of Cleo. Words cannot express the empathy I feel for you. Bless Cleo and all the Jones family. Remember the good times and all the fun you had together.

  134. My thoughts are with you and your family in your sadness know that Cleo has moved on that wonderful place where we all meeting up again – thank you for giving and sharing his life. Take care ????

  135. My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of such a beautiful cat. It is so heartbreaking to lose a family member which they become. Every creature is a masterpiece, each unique in his/her own way. They are given to us for a short while to take care of, and because we have so much love for them and they for us it is only natural to think we will be reunited again one day. I cannot bear to think otherwise or the pain would be too much. I am so glad you were able to give him such a good comfortable life. There are so many unfortunate ones, thank you for being so kind. I have lost numerous cats and dogs and it is so unbearable at times a struggle to go on. In March 2011 I had to make the sad decision to euthanize my 15 year old cat who developed a blood clot and became paralyzed suddenly. In June the same year my other older cat who had diabetes and was responding to holistic medicine developed a bladder infection in which she did not respond to antibiotics. With heavy heart I told her if she wanted to go already, to do so. I was not going to try to keep her with me any more. She passed away shortly afterwards. December the same year my diabetic dog who my son found abandoned on the road by our place 6 years previously, who also had pancreas problems, passed away suddenly, and I had guilt as I was not able to be with her at the time. It took 2 years before I could think of getting another dog. I am totally in favor of holistic rather then man made drugs and moist food with less carbs as they helped my diabetic cat who I did not have to give insulin. It is painful, I know Dr. Andrew, you suffered a loss with your dog as well, but one day you will all be reunited again.Take care.

  136. So terribly sorry about Cleo. My 21 year old Siamese, Marzipan, had kidney failure the last year of her life and I had to learn to give her IV’s at home. I think she gave me that last year as a present….we became closer than ever…when I had to have her put to sleep, it almost killed me. That was in 2008, and I have now been volunteering at Simply Cats in Boise,Id. It is really enjoyable, a no kill facility that only takes so many cats and kittens. I am now ready to become a momma again….the hurt is still there, but it has lessened. God bless Cleo and your family.

  137. I am so sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose a special friend. As a vet, I’m sure you saw pets leave their families all the time, but it is never easy, and I’m sure you don’t get used to it. I hope you find some peace in knowing that Cleo had a wonderful life with you and your family.

  138. Dear Andrew,

    Having lost three cats (Spokie to heart failure 3 years ago, Dottie to leukaemia 2 years ago, and Rosie last November to cancer) I share your loss! Yes its so sad but we have so much fun and memories. We had all three cremated and keep their ashes near. My heart goes to you and I pray for comfort to you all!
    Thank you for your emails and website….has taught us many new things which we can use. Kind regards

  139. Dear Dr. Jones,

    I am so sorry about Cleo. I wish you and your family many happy memories of your dear boy. He had a wonderful life with a family who loved him very much.

    Take care.

    Best regards,

  140. I am sorry for the loss of your cat,Cleo. It’s always sad and leaves a big space. I have lost three pets in 10 months. My 16 yr. old shepherd/husky cross, 17 yr. old longhair grey, neutered, male cat, 16 yr. old domestic shorthair male, neutered. It’s tough to see them go. It’s always to soon. One day we’ll all be together again. What a reunion that will be. Our companion animals will always be remembered.

  141. Dr. Andrew I feel your pain. It never gets any easier. A few weeks ago I lostt my beautiful white Princess from that nasty kidney disease. Why is kidney disease so prevalent? It is so terrible to have them leave such a large hole in our lives will matter what they die from.

    I wanted to say something to Deb who was number eight in the messages. She has a hyperthyroid kitty. My 14-year-old hyper thyroid kittie, Bobbie, had radioactive iodine treatment which cured him. He had gone down to 12 pounds in January and now he is 15 pounds. He looks great but wouldn’t you know it, he has been diagnosed with early renal failure. I could not believe it. After having just gone through it a few weeks ago, I will have to go through the pain again. However, I am so glad I had the radioactive iodine treatment. It is expensive but it is worth it.

    I feel what you’re going to Dr. Andrew. I feel for you and I feel for myself and everybody else who loses their kitty cats. Be happy Cleo. I am sure you are.

  142. Dear Dr. Andrew,

    I am sadden to read that your Cleo has passed. Thank you for adopting Cleo and making him part of your family. I am sure he was very much loved and cared for. Sending prayers to you and your family.

    God Bless

  143. So sorry to hear of your loss. Losing a pet is the same as losing a family member. I can relate to your loss as I had a long hair gray cat that died in it’s 17th human year. God gave you and your family 17 years of mutual love and memories and that’s a blessing.

  144. Good morning
    My deepest sympathies. My Mau died after spending a wonderful 22 years with me. She had always been very healthy and suddenly developed a cancer on her face. She was sick for about a month and then died in my arms. It has been a month and a half and my heart is still shattered into a thousand pieces. She use to sleep between my pillows next to my head and I still wake up expecting to feel her there and I still see her from the corner of my eye when I walk around the house. I hope that the love your Cleo brought to you will surround you always. She is waiting for you in heaven. I am so sorry for you and your family. If you put your hand on your heart you will feel it beating. I always say that beat that you feel there is your loved ones reminding you they are there waiting for you and that you will never be forgotten.

  145. I am so very sorry for your loss. Cleo lived a long wonderful life. I lost my Morty to kidney failure 2 years ago and he was only 7. His brother now has it, and he is 14. He won’t eat the special food, but I have him on Benazepril (always forget how to spell it and I work at an animal hospital). I have lost many pets in the past few years. Some I had to help go to the bridge and others went on their own. I always go to and set up a tribute for all the pets I have lost. It helps me through. God Bless you for all you do.

  146. I am very sorry to hear about Cleo. I agree with Marilyn rainbow is a very special website and you can create a beautiful memorial for Cleo. He was a very handsome kitty. I lost three cats between 2008 and 2011 and I still think about them always. It’s beyond sad, one of mine Petey was only 6 and passed suddenly from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Samantha passed at 14 from squamous cell on her face, and Skeeter was 18 and we believe kidney failure was the culprit. It’s not easy, they become part of our hearts. Thank you for all that you do to save and care for these beautiful creatures

  147. The loss of a family member whether two or four legged is so very hard and always comes too soon. Deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God bless and comfort you all at this time.

  148. I am so sorry for your loss. I have had my babies go on to Rainbow Bridge and it is never easy.

  149. Dr. Andrew,

    I’m so sorry about your loss of Cleo. Cherish those fond memories until you see him again.


  150. Dr. Andrew,
    I am very sorry for the loss of your precious Cleo. I too have 4 rescues and 1 has diabetes. I anticipate his death at any time but know that every day he is with us, is another day of pure joy. I have had a cat all my life and losing each one is as hard as the next. They have become a part of my family and I believe the joy they bring me, is far greater than what I give them. My prayers go out to you and your family. Knowing Cleo will be waiting on the other side of Rainbow Bridge for you, should maybe give you some solace. You have helped me a great deal with my furbabies and I will be forever grateful. Thank you, my dear friend and God Bless.

  151. I’m so sorry for your loss of Cleo, Dr. Andy.
    My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
    You can never prepare for a loved one’s death and
    clearly you loved & were loved by Cleo.
    I’ve always found it so amazing how only a few pounds of
    furry life can fill a home with to the brim with love
    and whose absence echoes loudly. Life is about love and loss.
    When we accept the loss and hold onto the love, it gives us the
    will to go on. In time, the pain subsides and you are left with
    missing them and a lot of happy loving memories.
    When you have someone in your life that long and you can think back
    to all the joys, triumphs and challenges that they shared with you,
    it’s certainly like letting go of a piece of your heart.
    I pray you will be comforted by the love that has blessed you over
    all these years.

  152. Dr Jones

    I’m going through my emails as I’m so behind as you can see by the year I’m posting.

    Cleo was a handsome cat, he lived a long wonderful life with his family that loved him. Very sorry to hear this news!

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