Rush Limbaugh insists he’s a “harmless, lovable little fuzz ball,” and that was never more apparent than when he’d take a break from politics to talk about his cat, Punkin. Limbaugh revealed on-air today that 16-year-old Punkin was put to sleep last week, but he’d kept the news to himself in order to get through the week.

It was one of the hardest things that I’ve had to do. Last weekend was really sad and lonely, and I wouldn’t have been able to tell you about this on Monday without breaking up.  But a lot of people have been asking because I had mentioned that she was not well, so I wanted to mention it to you and thank all of you for asking.  I appreciate it.  You all know. Those of you who have animals and lose them, you know what it’s like.

Limbaugh’s listeners do know what it’s like to lose a pet and took to Twitter to share their condolences.

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