R.I.P. Mouse
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FROM

Hope Bohanec
July 2018

He was so good natured with everyone, even with his brothers and sisters when they were mean to him. He never had that usual nose-in-the-air attitude of a cat. No, he was sweet, peaceful, and loving.

Mouse the Cat
Mouse

We had to say goodbye to our beloved Mouse. He was our "love child" because he came to Cogen and me as a kitten when we first got together, so he has been with us his whole 18 years. We have had several cats come and go in our lives, but Mouse was undoubtedly the sweetest cat I ever knew. He never hunted or hissed. He was so good natured with everyone, even with his brothers and sisters when they were mean to him. He never had that usual nose-in-the-air attitude of a cat. No, he was sweet, peaceful, and loving.

Cogen and Mouse the Cat
Mouse and Cogen: "He was my son, and I loved him very, very, much. My life won't be the same without him."

I want to share the story of how he got his name. When we lived out in Camp Meeker, one of my other cats caught a mouse. I heard the ruckus and screamed and he dropped the mouse out of his mouth, but the little guy was hurt. I was on my way out the door to work so I put him in a shoebox with a dish of water and hoped he would be ok, but when I got home, he was dead. I felt terrible.

A couple of days later, I was at a SPAR meeting (Sonoma People for Animal Rights) and someone had brought a tiny kitten to the meeting. They were volunteering at the shelter and a kitten had been brought in so young, his eyes were barely open, he didn't have any hair, and she was having to feed him with an eye dropper. He looked just like that little mouse reincarnated!

I thought, oh my god, I have a second chance to save that mouse! Here he is! So I took him home with me and called him Mouse.

Mouse the Cat

Rest in Peace sweet Mouse! You were and always will be my angel.


Hope is the Project Manager for UPC United Poultry Concerns and the author of The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat?


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