My kitty is getting old, so I'm starting to make plans
for her demise. What all should I do when Ms. Kitty goes
on to the hereafter?
Dear Name Withheld,
I feel for you. No subject, lately, has been nearer or
dearer to my own heart than the loss of a beloved companion
animal. I'm proud of you for looking reality dead on, and
have some questions for you to ask yourself. First, what
do you wish to do with Ms. Kitty's earthly remains? Do
you have a backyard in which to bury her, even though it
is illegal? Or, would you prefer to have her cremated?
Or, will you leave the details to her veterinarian? If
you are considering cremation, I urge you to find out the
price before you sign the papers, as you could be shocked
at the outrageous prices crematories are charging these
days. You also might want to consider a little memorial,
where you can serve delightful cocktails to Ms. Kitty's
human friends and you can all take turns recounting amusing
tales about Ms. Kitty exploits and sharing touching memories.
Then, everyone can have a big group cry and an even bigger
group hug, and afterwards, you'll be amazed at little you
miss your Ms. Kitty, but long for the hair of the dog that
bit you the night before! Wait at least a year before making
any major decisions (like whether to get married or to
move or buy a new car), but only wait a month before deciding
whether you want a new kitty, or not.