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I'm sorry to say that our cat passed away this past weekend. "Maser" was 19 yrs old this year. My then-three-year-old son found him while visiting a farm (he was a kitten, 7 or 8 weeks old) and he's been with us ever since. I will miss watching televised sports with this guy, he would always join me for football or hockey on weekends. 🙂

This is an image of him doing his "surveillance-of-local-domain" trick. He was as chill a cat as I have ever seen, and I will miss him a lot.

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Sorry to hear Ian. Maser’s picture reminds me of my departed friend Rocky.... He was also quite chill.
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I am so sorry, Ian. I too lost my cat this week (there is a thread about it on here). It is so hard. I’m having a tough time and understand how you feel.

Maser was a beautiful cat! My cat Aslan used to lie on chair arms just like Maser is doing in your photo, with his legs hanging down. So relaxed and content.

You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your good friend Maser.
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Thanks - wow - Sorry to hear that.

Thanks for your understanding. 🙂

We came to the point where he stopped eating and drinking , and so held a family vote (all the kids are back with us due to Covid) and we decided to euthanize.
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Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:28 pm
I am so sorry, Ian. I too lost my cat this week (there is a thread about it on here). It is so hard. I’m having a tough time and understand how you feel.

Maser was a beautiful cat! My cat Aslan used to lie on chair arms just like Maser is doing in your photo, with his legs hanging down. So relaxed and content.

You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your good friend Maser.
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Sorry to hear of your loss Ian. Looks a lot like my cat Indy who passed away in 2018, except Indy had a white spot on his nose and a bit on his paws. He certainly lived a long cat-life, so I hope that can be a bit of a consolation. Actually the guy who invented the maser (Charles Townes) was a friend of mine from my teen years on as he was a client of my gardening business and became a mentor when I went to college. While he won the Nobel prize it didn't go to his head, and he had a keen interest in amateur astronomy, SETI and other things. I hope you can find a new kitty who can help you get through the grieving period. (I'm just starting to get over it and look for a new cat).
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Hello Ian. So sorry to hear about your trusty friend Maser. It seems that we have had a number of folks losing their furry friends in the last few week or so. It is never easy to deal with this Ian, but in time, you may feel up to adopting a new buddy.
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Sorry to hear of your loss, Ian.:(

Our 21-year-old male, Max, had to be euthanized last year. Like Maser, he was my constant companion.

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Lowjiber wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:38 pm
Sorry to hear of your loss, Ian.:(

Our 21-year-old male, Max, had to be euthanized last year. Like Maser, he was my constant companion.

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Thanks John, much appreciated.
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notFritzArgelander wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:58 pm
Sorry to hear Ian. Maser’s picture reminds me of my departed friend Rocky.... He was also quite chill.
Thanks not_Fritz. Black tabbies are hard to beat. Appreciate your kind words. :)

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helicon wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:19 pm
Sorry to hear of your loss Ian. Looks a lot like my cat Indy who passed away in 2018, except Indy had a white spot on his nose and a bit on his paws. He certainly lived a long cat-life, so I hope that can be a bit of a consolation. Actually the guy who invented the maser (Charles Townes) was a friend of mine from my teen years on as he was a client of my gardening business and became a mentor when I went to college. While he won the Nobel prize it didn't go to his head, and he had a keen interest in amateur astronomy, SETI and other things. I hope you can find a new kitty who can help you get through the grieving period. (I'm just starting to get over it and look for a new cat).
Hi Michael,
Thanks - Maser was a really nice pet. Cool information about Charles Townes! I love folks like that who can keep their grounded attitude. I don't think it'll be difficult to raise votes for another pet, but yes like you, it'll take me a while to become ready. :)
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Makuser wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:24 pm
Hello Ian. So sorry to hear about your trusty friend Maser. It seems that we have had a number of folks losing their furry friends in the last few week or so. It is never easy to deal with this Ian, but in time, you may feel up to adopting a new buddy.
Hi Marshall,
Thanks very much - your kindness is very much appreciated.
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Sad to hear that.
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I'm so sorry to hear of your loss Ian.

My thoughts are with you.
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So sorry to hear Ian, hang on in there!
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What's going on? So many cats this year, Like I told in the other thread, I too buried my almost 20 years old cat this March.
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So sorry for your loss, Ian. Maser looks pretty chill in that photo. Our pets do have a way of embedding themselves in our lives and leaving a large hole when they pass.

Your story reminded me of my cat Bandit from many years ago. Watching football and especially hockey together was a great pastime for us. He was an indoor cat but when it snowed he would demand that I put him in his leash and go out for strolls in the snow.

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My sincerest sympathy Ian. Pets are super buddies and like Bob said, they imbed themselves in our lives.

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Sorry to hear Ian, it really hurts to lose a pet, they are family.
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Very sorry to hear about this Ian, a beautiful cat.
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Very sorry for your loss, Ian. 19 is a a great age for a cat! Wow.

I had an orange Maine Coon mix that made it to 21 (spent the last decade or so of his life with my Aunt though).
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