Ms. Pudding: A Feline Farewell Ms. Pudding died this summer at home on Cape Cod. She was approximately 18. It was a long and worthy life for "a favorite family member" who also happened to be a cat.
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Ms. Pudding: A Feline Farewell

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Ms. Pudding died this summer at home on Cape Cod. She was approximately 18. It was a long and worthy life for "a favorite family member" who also happened to be a cat.

LYNN NEARY, Host:

An obituary often brings some solace to those who mourn. But no newspaper we know carries the obituaries of animals. Reporter Alice Furlaud's beloved cat Ms. Pudding died at her home on Cape Cod this summer at the approximate age of 18. We asked Alice to contribute an obituary of the cat she describes as her favorite family member.

(SOUNDBITE OF CAT PURRING)

ALICE FURLAUD: Ms. Pudding brightened our lives like a small angel. For days after Max died in 1999, Ms. Pudding would lie for hours on his pillow. We became closer than ever, each of us always knowing exactly where the other was in the house. But she began cautiously to make new friends. One of them is Peter Burnetter(ph).

PETER BURNETTER: Ms. Pudding was just a little sweetheart. I didn't know her until later in her life, but I - that playfulness, you could still see it in her eyes. She had that little spark in her eye and her energy was huge. Her spirit was huge. I mean I'm sitting here now in her spot and I can feel the absence of her being in this house.

FURLAUD: At night I don't bother to close the parlor curtains. There's no one in the morning to hear me say, Let's get some light on the subject, kitty. Breakfast takes no time at all without Ms. Pudding's elaborate morning routine. I don't have to clean up the messes she made late in life when she was too weak to make it to the litter. I'd give anything to have all that to do for her again. But I have to be glad that I've outlived my dear old cat. I'm no longer haunted by a fear I've had since growing old myself, a fear that one morning Ms. Pudding would come padding up the bed to my face and I wouldn't respond at all, even when she batted the green pencil down.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG FROM "CATS")

NEARY: Reporter Alice Furlaud lives on Cape Cod. Her cat Ms. Pudding died this summer. This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. Scott Simon will be back next week. I'm Lynn Neary.

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