Norman went to the vet today for a routine dental cleaning. The process was completed and he came out of the anesthesia without incident. Shortly afterward he suddenly went into distress and stopped breathing. The vet’s efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. By the time we got there, he was gone.

His prior blood work was normal and he was apparently perfectly healthy. The vet was shocked and had no indication of the cause beyond speculation of an undetected heart issue or blood clot. The vet helped arrange a necropsy so we can try to understand what happened.

We are brutally heartbroken and struggling to comprehend that what started as a completely normal day ended in bringing home only an empty carrier.

Norman – singer of the dinner song, hider under blankets, my funny, quirky, fascinating friend of nearly 14 years – you were loved.



  1. lily

    I’m so so sorry for your sudden loss

  2. Teri Reid

    So sorry for your unexpected loss! My sympathies to you and your family, including the furry ones.

  3. Sarah

    I am so terribly sorry to hear this news. Norman was a top-notch companion, and I’ll miss seeing pictures of him hiding in miscellaneous bedding.

    May he and my sweet Siamese, Fang, meet in the great beyond.


  4. Daragh Coulter

    So sorry for your loss. What a shocking way to lose Norma. Love and light from Duncan, BC, Canada.

  5. Emily

    As parent of a quirky, under-the-blanket hider myself, I have a real soft spot for Norman and will dearly miss your updates on his beautiful friendship with Jeff & Co. I hope you get some answers that allow you to be at peace, but I also hope that you realize you provide a cat-heaven on earth and it is obvious all of your animal-friends are well-cared for and very happy.

  6. Patrick

    Oh no :( So sorry to hear this news, Normie will be greatly missed. I’ve really enjoyed seeing him here and there during my years of following El Jefe. Blessings and hugs to Staff, Jeff and Rita.

  7. Tish

    I’m filled with sadness for you and your family. You are an excellent cat Dad and I can only imagine how filled with remorse you are. My condolences to you all. Tish (owner of many furry loves,(cats).

  8. Kitty Compton

    I AM so sorry!! Norman was so sweet!

  9. Evil Cat

    So sorry to hear about Norman. He will wait for you at the rainbow bridge, where he will sing his dinner song for you again.

  10. jw

    i’m so very sorry.

  11. Frankie

    So sorry for your tragic loss.

  12. Alice Middleton

    I am so heartbroken for you. It is not “like losing a member of your family” it is losing a member of your family. I am so sorry. I don’t know what to say.

  13. Matt

    I’m so sorry for your painful loss. What a lovely life Norman enjoyed with The Staff for so many fantastic years. He hit the jackpot with you.

  14. Scott

    poor kitty. :(

  15. Angela

    I am so sorry. The loss of fur babies is always difficult. Please remember what a good life you gave him. He was lucky!

  16. Emily (the other one)

    I am so sorry for your sudden loss. Norman seemed like such a sweet, beautiful boy. I do hope the follow-up by the vet can provide some answers that will help give you closure.

    May your happy memories of Norman bring you comfort during this sad time.

    Big hugs to all of you,

  17. Blythe Myers

    Such sad news.

  18. James

    I’ve enjoyed seeing various pictures of Norman and friends over the years. So sorry for you guys.

  19. Jannise

    I saw the news on Facebook. I’m so sorry you guys. I have a part-time burrower myself. Norman was adorable and had a lot of personality. The others are right, you are a great pet parent! He was lucky to have you and the rest of your family. It hurts, but it gets better little by little.


  20. M & U

    We are so sorry about your loss. And we will miss Norman so much!
    We know what it means to loose a beloved friend and we feel deeply with you.

  21. Sondra

    Oh, I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed seeing Norman and I hope his wonderful furry memories provide a smile for you in this dark time.

  22. sherri

    i am so sorry about Norman. I know how painful the loss of a good kitty (giddy) is and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  23. Ellen

    I’m very sorry. These unexpected losses are so hard to bear.

  24. Joshua

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I recently lost my little boy, Ziggy, about four months ago. His death was also very sudden – he was only 12. We don’t know what happened with him – we couldn’t afford a necropsy. I’m so sorry again about poor Norman.



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