Animals are amazing creatures who have the innate ability to make even the worst situations a little less awful, whether by a goofy grin, a soft purr or a sloppy kiss. Somehow they just know what to do to make us feel better.
A cat on his way to the vet’s office for the last time knew how to make the somber drive a little less devastating for his owners. A photo posted to Reddit by abernha3 shows Andrew the cat with his paw resting on his owners’ hands, as if to assure them that everything will be OK.
“He held our hands on his last trip to the vet. Little Andrew was much stronger than his mom and I,” abernha3 wrote.
The 15-year-old cat “loved everyone, but just got old and sick over the last year,” according to his owner.
“He purred everyday of his life and when he lost that, I knew it was time,” abernha3 wrote. “Always sad to lose a friend.”
The photo has prompted an outpouring of support from others who have lost pets.
“So sorry for your loss, brought memories of my beloved Cleo, I held her hand on the last moments at the vet and that’s something that, for good or for bad, I will never forget,” writes one Redditor. “As sad as it is to remember it though, it also makes me remember all the amazing good loving moments we enjoyed together. Much love to you and your future feline family members.”
“I still remember my cat’s last trip to the vet so clearly… the doctor asked if my father or I wanted to hold her when they gave the injection, and she barely managed to get the question out of her mouth before I said yes,” wrote another. “I’m so sorry for your loss… it’s easy to see just from that one picture how much you loved him, and I’m sure he knew.”
Goodbye, sweet Andrew. Your last photo reminds us all how important it is to celebrate the time we do have with our beloved pets. If only they lived as long as us.