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Yuri Ratsinov

Filed under: Rats! — folkcat at 1:03 am on Monday, May 4, 2009

Our big, husky, shy boy Yuri passed away in our arms last night, straight up midnight.

He had another of what appears to have been asthma attacks, but this time, he didn’t recover. We gave him two puffs of an inhaler in a bag, then held him.

Lola, Yuri, and Lucet Braiding 
Yuri and Lola consider lucet braiding

He had bad spasms as he struggled to breath, even managing to clamp his teeth on Gryphon’s finger in the worst rat bite Gryphon’s ever had. Finally, he simply failed, giving up his last breath in my hands.

lola and yuri 
Snug as a bug in a rug with Lola

He was a sweet, soft, ruffly boy, who always waffled between his desire for attention and company, and his strong need to be alone in a hut, hammock, or box. In the end, as he always wound up doing, he did come to us in his time of need, wanting the comfort of his people at last.

Yuri Ratsinov
October 23, 2007 – May 4, 2009

He will be missed.


Comment by chasy

May 4, 2009 @ 2:44 pm

JennyJen, I am so sorry! 🙁 Losing a pet really sucks – there aren’t words for it. My heart goes out to you and Bill. *hugs*

Comment by sara

May 4, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

Jen, I am so sorry to hear of Yuri’s passing. I know how sad you and Bill must be…

Yuri had a wonderful life with you and for that you will have fond memories…

Take care, my friend.

Comment by Judith

May 4, 2009 @ 10:43 pm

Condolences… he lived the good, but short, life.
Now in Penna, getting closer to NH!

Comment by Dolores Jones

May 5, 2009 @ 4:20 am

I am so sorry.

Comment by folkcat

May 5, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

Thank you so much, Dolores.

Comment by Carrie K

May 5, 2009 @ 5:57 pm

Oh, Jen, I’m so sorry! It’s hard to lose a family member.

Comment by Marlena

May 6, 2009 @ 12:34 pm

I’m so sorry to hear this! But I’m so glad to hear you were able to be there in his final moments. I’m sure it meant a lot to him.

Comment by Carol

May 6, 2009 @ 1:35 pm

Oh that sucks. It seems like yesterday he came to stay with you. People say that cats like to hide when they don’t feel well. Mine didn’t They would come and sit on my lap or as close to it as they could get. Yuri was of the same ilk.


Comment by Valerie in San Diego

May 14, 2009 @ 8:15 pm

AWw….. poor Yuri and poor you guys. But he was so blessed to have you as his people. I’m sure that was a comfort to him throughout his life, as well as in his leaving it.

big hugs!

Comment by Jenny

May 15, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

That’s so sad… a rattie dead.

I’m so sorry. :'( *great big comforting hug*

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