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Myrrh the Purr

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Location: Indiana, USA

Myrrh the Purr

Meeting Myrrh was the only time I have experienced Love at First Sight. His feral Mama brought him to the feeding station next door where I found him sleeping in a white wicker rocking chair. Besides his astonishingly mighty purrpurr, the biggest things on him were his ears and feet – which he never quite grew into.

His soul was immense as well. He was friendly to all other cats and delighted in playing musical chairs with any human who stood up for a moment. He would grieve himself hoarse if I left for more than 2 days. Although the smallest, he was the Supreme Mouser among my four felines. He never met a stranger and was completely confident of his charm. His mighty purr could be heard from a distance of six feet! He liked to lay on his back, purr, and stroke my face with his paw, and he slept in my armpit every night. His fur was like silk.

Myrrh died of Lymphoma around the time of his 8th birthday, May 2012. I still miss him very much, and have had to learn to use the bathroom alone. For his last trick, he taught me to pick him up whenever he raised his left paw just so. I still have three wonderful kittys, but Purry Myrrhy was The Man.

24 Responses to “Myrrh the Purr”
  1. Jeankit

    Pounce as Starkit of the Day on TDK!
    (Luv the name!!!)

  2. Avatar of meddings meddings

    What a touching eulogy for a beautiful boy !

  3. Avatar of squeakers70 squeakers70

    What a touching tribute to such a beautiful kitty!! Made me tear up….

  4. Avatar of JoanfromNewJersey JoanfromNewJersey

    Wow, Murr the Purr was quite an amazing shooting star. This is a beautiful picture of him. Thank you for sharing his story and I’m very sorry for your loss.

  5. Avatar of Bobosmom Bobosmom

    Aw, what a touching story. I think the love we have for our beloved animals stays with us forever. They are so endearing and sweet and the longer we have them, the more in sync we are with each other. Purry Myrrhy had the best life possible, with someone who truly treasured him.

  6. Avatar of catlessinto catlessinto

    Myrrh was one good looking cat, and with oodles of purrsonality to boot! How lucky you were to have had him. They may pass on, but our dear furry friends always have a place in our hearts; thank you for sharing Myrrh with us :-)

  7. Avatar of loislaine loislaine

    I am so sorry for your loss. Purry Myrrhy’s story made me cry. He was absolutely beautiful. That is a gorgeous picture of him. I believe I’d have the picture enlarged and hang it on the wall. Thank you for sharing Myrrhy’s story. ^ ^

  8. Avatar of HammysGrammy HammysGrammy

    I am so sorry about the death of your wonderful cat, Myrrh.

  9. Avatar of JasonInIllinois JasonInIllinois

    A lot of us here know what it’s like to loose that special kitty too soon. I’m glad you had 8 good years together. He was lucky to have you as his person. *hugs*

  10. Avatar of Buckskin977 Buckskin977

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful cat. Thank you for giving Myrrh a loving home. Know that you have a furry angel watching over you & the furkids.
    Sending you all a hug!

  11. Avatar of Sheba's Mom in Raleigh, NC Sheba's Mom in Raleigh, NC

    He looked like a purebred, very regal. Gone much too soon–so sorry.

  12. Avatar of micabelle1 micabelle1

    Hey! 30 years and I have been unable to use the bathroom alone. What a beautiful kitten. I like to think that you were given 8 beautiful years of friendship that you may have had to live without. Don’t be sad!

  13. Avatar of Sailkitti Sailkitti

    Ohhh what a sweet story, sorry for your loss.

  14. Avatar of Beachcomber Beachcomber

    My first reaction to this photo – “Oh what a beautiful kitty!” – and he was beautiful inside and out. He sure had a wonderful life as a pampered pet and that is the best thing we can give our wonderful kitties. Sorry for your loss as I am sure you will always have a special place in your heart for Myrrh.

  15. Avatar of caroline caroline

    Such a handsome boy. I’m so sorry for your loss..

  16. Avatar of draucker draucker

    What a sweet sad story. So sorry for your loss but so happy you have all the wonderful memories of Myrrh the Purr! He truly was a beautiful cat-inside and out!! I’m sure you will never forget the wonderful cat that he was. Thankful for the memories. He looks like a little mountain lion in his pose in that picture. Cherish him always.

  17. Avatar of piobaire piobaire

    There’s always one that will always be The One. I lost mine about ten years ago and I still miss her.

  18. Avatar of turquoise turquoise

    All of us who have lost favorite kitties before their time can feel for you. You’ve honored him with your truly beautiful tribute.

  19. Avatar of cindicated cindicated

    What a beautiful cat Myrrh was & what a beautiful relationship the two of you had. I truly believe we see our furkids again & that Myrrh will be purring away for you. I’m sorry for your loss, but glad you had such a wonderful companion.

  20. Avatar of amuse amuse

    Thanks all for your lovely comments and hugs. I think it did my heart good to write a eulogy for Myrrh, share with people who understand the extraordinary bond that can exist between felions and humans.

    Neighborhood legend was that Myrrh’s momcat was one of several Bengals turned out by a basement breeder because “faults”. (She was shaggy and another I adopted has a short, thick tail.) That could account for his unusual coloring which I found out is called Seal Lynx Point Marbled Tabby.

    Myrrh was such a friendly guy that I am sure he is with God…likely in Her lap by now. At least thats how I picture him. :-) Thanks for letting me talk about my boy. Hugs to all,
    Myrrhy’s Mom

  21. Avatar of oreisl oreisl

    Hi Myrrh’s Mum,

    Your lovely tribute touched a nerve. Binki & I found each other in 1990 after a series of random incidents which were so bizarre as to be almost unbelievable.

    I like to think I’m a rational person but overnight I became obsessed with thoughts of a black kitten. I couldn’t understand why, I already had two lovely cats and a gorgeous German Shepherd but couldn’t get this out of my mind.

    Long story short, I visited a local animal shelter and they brought out a tiny little soul who was being bullied by the other cats. He had any eye infection and had been passed over by several adoptees. We too both “fell in love at first sight”, he snuggled into my neck as soon as they gave him to me and purred so loud he vibrated!

    Only people like those who visit the “Daily kitten” will understand what an intense emotional bond can be formed with an animal. I have loved all of my pets dearly before & since but Binki was different somehow, he rarely left my side, always returning if I called & insisting on getting in the bed each night & “kneading” for hours, dribbling happily.

    Then one dark, wet night after only 3 short years together, I had been out & he wasn’t waiting at the window in his usual spot for my return. I called & called but he didn’t appear. He had been killed by a car & taken to the local vet. My husband & I buried him in our garden & I’m not ashamed to say I howled with grief.

    Over 20 years later I still miss him dearly. I like to think our pets are safe together with our departed family & friends & that we will all meet again someday.

    Best wishes to you, remembering beautiful Myrrh – Sue

  22. Avatar of cskormin cskormin

    Myrrh was a very beautiful cat and I understand your grief. I have four cats, two 10 year olds, Smokey who is a male and his litter mate sister, Misha. I also have two 5 month old kittens. They are all female except for Smokey and his is the One! I can’t explain the bond he and I have, but it is very special! I know that I will be devastated when the day comes that he leaves me. I am so sorry that you had to suffer the lose of Myrrh way too soon.

  23. Avatar of cskormin cskormin

    *he is the One*

  24. Avatar of amuse amuse

    @ SUE, I totally understand. I believe cats can read minds – I really believe it – and have several anecdotes to support my position. BINKI was calling you across the miles, and Love at First Sight is always a 2 way street. It is hard to lose them, but the JOY they bring us always outweighs the sorrow.
    @CSKORMIN-Don’t feel guilty about SMOKEY being “The One”. I adore all my cats, past and present, but sometimes one is just so totally on your wavelength that it is truly a wonder. Like Moms, we try not to play favorites…but sometimes it just IS. :-)

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