9/1/2004 - 1/21/2016Simba was a 12 year old soul who brought my husband and I the greatest pleasures one could bring. Simba was and is my best friend and my soulmate. He always listened when I was feeling sad or happy and never judged! He would wake me up in the middle of the night, with his whiskers, so he could snuggle under the covers with me. When I came home he would greet me by stepping on his back legs, to stand up, so I could pick him up and again cuddle. He was my baby boy.

My poor Simba was diagnosed with "large cell lymphoma cancer" on 8Dec2015. My husband and I decided to have the large masses removed from his intestines, 8", and miraculously he recovered and began chemo treatments on 18Dec2015. Simba may have not been the same whole acrobatic kitty but he was happy and comfortable. Since Simbas body was already fighting his cancer, along with chemo, the poor thing developed a bad UTI on 18Jan2016, the next day he also had another chemo treatment where we found out his cancer had spread to his bladder as well as his intestines once again. The overall goal with Simba was not necessarily to "cure" his cancer, as we already knew he had an aggressive kind, but more so to give him the best life he had remaining. The next day 19Jan2016 his breathing was extreamly abnormal, so off to the ER Vet. There came more bad news - Simba's heart was 3/4 the size it should be for a kitty; no wonder he couldn't breath! so I knew then he was, not giving up, but his body was saying "no more".

I had called Lap of Love once before, Simba was in recovery from his surgery but he had a bad day/night and we thought he was going to receive his wings the following day, gratefully he fought that battle and won. so on 19Jan2016 I called Lap of Love to request wings for Simba the next day, if he survived the night. I stayed up all night with my best friend to let him know he did a hell of a job fighting and it was ok for him to fly.

I honestly feel Simba held on as long as he could just so we could say our good byes.

Although, we can all relate in this same feeling: I hate that I had to call Lap of Love because who wants to let their best friend go?! but I am GRATEFUL that Lap of Love was there for me to call as I wouldn't have it any other way. They allowed Simba to pass peacefully in his home around family. I laid a bed next to the sliding glass door so he could stare outside where he once played, so he may dream and play forever.

Simba is now with family in heaven where he is happy and healthy - waiting for his mom and dad to join him.

We Love You, Simba
Laura HaydenRaeford, North CarolinaJanuary 22, 2016
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Simba, you will be in a special place in everyone's memory. ~Dr. DanaDana Lewis - January 26, 2016
I feel your loss. Many feel like you do. We will be joined together one happy day!!Conner - January 23, 2016
Simba, I miss you so much already. I can only say thank you for being there for me through so many long days. You will forever be missed and loved. I am grateful to have been a part of your life. You were such a very special and unique little kitty. Truly one of a kind. Take care my little buddy. I will see you soon.Joe Hayden - January 22, 2016

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