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Red Squirrel

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Been a hard couple days. My cat got very sick suddenly and I had to have her put down on the 24th. I knew this day was coming at some point given her age but it still feels like it happened so fast and unexpected and like it's not real. 17 years, almost 18. She was born November 30 2004. She had kidney issues which is very common in Siamese cats and I had her on the kidney vet food and everything was fine for a good year or so but as of a few days ago she stopped eating or drinking and became very weak and was barely able to walk. She was so pittiful, but still trying to jump on my lap or on the bed, or off the bed, but I had to help her.

Vet gave her fluids and some wet food but she did not bounce back and only got worse the next day so when I went for the followup I made the difficult decision. Was a really emotional moment, even the vet was crying as she bred her and it was the last remaining cat from the litter that she knows of as some went out of town. The mom and dad lived at the vet office but past away years back.

The house is just not the same. My family has been a good support and I've been mostly out of the house with them since it's when I'm here that it hits hard. Even get anxiety. Night time is the worse. I did get a decent sleep last night though after taking a sleep pill so will do the same again tonight. 3rd night without her. I never figured it would be this hard on me to lose my cat, but when I think about it, I've had almost half my life with her. I'm 36 and she was almost 18. She had her quirks, some things that would annoy me and I would get mad but I feel bad for getting mad now, and would do anything right now to clean up some puke off the couch or bed with her here.

This is a recent pic of her before she was sick. I loved this pic since it was so hard to take a selfie with her as she'd get so annoyed haha. But in this one she even closed her eyes.

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Going to wait until I get over this and probably get another cat. Technically I should maybe get 2 so they keep each other company when I'm on my 12h shifts but not sure if I actually want 2. So I need to think it over more. But I miss the night time cuddles. Even working from home is going to be so odd now. So much emptiness. :(
 
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Red Squirrel

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Going through photos of my cat the other day and coming a lot of other random memories too like house projects etc, I realized I should have more backup copies of all my photos in general, I have some going back to like 2004.

I already had backups but the paranoia of possibly losing these pictures hit me. I now allocated 2x 2TB drives for a dedicated backup job for just the photos. That will be 2 copies in addition to other backups.

I still need to revamp my backup setup though, I'd like to do something that can span data across multiple drives and also keep retention. Kinda like commercial tape backup software does. It basically tells you what tape to insert and it manages the rest.
 

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Sorry for your loss, squirrel. Remember the good times. Your girl has crossed the rainbow bridge and is waiting for you.

My boy and girl are both hyperthyroid. I give them pills twice a day. Mine are 13 & 14. They are family members.
 
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Red Squirrel

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Going through the pics and I'm so glad that I took that many. They do bring up all the good times for sure.

I think I will make an album of my cat too, so I can preserve in physical. In fact I need to go through all my pictures and do that as I just feel a hard copy of memories is safer no matter how many backups you have. I have pics going back to like 2004 as that's when I at least started to preserve them more.

I actually just setup 2 extra backup drives dedicated to just pictures so I have more backups of them.
 

Red Squirrel

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This pic is from 2013 when I was setting up my Supermicro 24 bay NAS. Take the foam off and she immediately goes in the box. Typical cat. That server is still running to this day, it was money well spent. I do need to upgrade all the drives in it though as it's almost full. Mostly 1TB-3TB drives in there.

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Raiders won in OT. Jacobs 86 yards to the house. Great holiday weekend (sans squuirrel's cat). Huskers win, get new head coach. Bruins win. Bergeron gets to 1000 career points. B''s 18-3. First team to ever start 12-0 at home.