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Thingy, Thingers, Sweetpea (call all my cats that one)
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April 13th 2005
Stuffed octopuss toy and me!!
When I left in the morning.
Stuffed animals. She loved fighting with them. I had to hide them!
Favorite Nap Spot:
on my arm on her back
She liked "gushy" food. She wasn't picky.
She was like a dog, meeting me at the door and coming when I called her
I decided to adopt a cat to keep my older cat Xena company. Xena was around 5 or 6 at the time and I wanted to do it before she became too old to accept a cat. I decided on a kitten thinking Xena, and my other cat Q who was around 16 at the time would accept and adapt to a baby more than an adult. I went out on Petfinder and found Athena, (named Thelma by her foster mom). From day one, I loved my sweet little kitten. She followed me around, got along well with Xena who at first was a little standoffish, but quickly became pals with her. Thingy was my baby, even laid on my arm on her back and slept. She met me at the door when I came home and would not leave me alone until I gave her some love. At about 6 months old, I was told by her foster mom that one of the kittens had died of feline leukemia. They had had the Mom tested 4 times and she was negative, but we soon found out all 6 kittens in the litter tested positive. I was devastated since I know there was no cure for it and little treatment since this horrible disease is more like HIV then like cancer. It attacks the immune system and is spread through body fluids. Thankfully Thingy was not an aggressive cat but I still had Xena tested (she was negative) I didnâ€™t worry about Q since Thingy didnâ€™t go near her. Q was a great cat, but she didnâ€™t like other cats. She only hissed and rarely did anything else. Thingy sensed this. Q lived to be 22 years old by the way.
Thingy remained healthy for about another year before she started showing signs of being sick. It came on so fast, that I had very little time to react to it. I took her to the vet who gave her anti biotic and some fluids. It did no good. Something settled in her lungs and the poor baby couldnâ€™t breathe. I couldnâ€™t see putting her through any more suffering or pain from treatments that didnâ€™t do much good, so on a beautiful September day I let my baby go over the rainbow bridge. For the short time I had her I really knew what it was like to love a pet. I bonded with her more than any cat Iâ€™ve ever had and she changed things for me. I didnâ€™t take my kitties for granted, but now I cherish all my time I have with them. I still miss my baby so much. I think about her all the time. I love the cats that share my life now, but I really miss my Thingers. The one good thing that came out of it is the shelter I adopted Thingy from offered me her Mom for nothing since they felt so bad for me. Her Mom, who I call Mama is much like her daughter, she meets me at the door, rarely leaves my side and is my cuddle bug. Iâ€™m happy to have her!!
Thingy was the sweetest cat you could ever meet. She never hissed, liked everyone that came over. If you should find out your cats has contacted this, do research on it. Since Thingyâ€™s death I have found some things that may have helped. Also I do believe other cats cannot get this by litterbox since my cats shared it and they remained healthy. Cats that have this can be adopted as long as other cats are not in the house, or very strict supervision needs to be in effect since even play can get aggressive with cats. I had Xena immunized once I found out to keep her safe since there was no way I was going to give up Thingy. If you have an outdoor cat, even part time out side be sure to have it immunized for feline leukemia, Donâ€™t pay the price of losing your pet!!
Sweetest of the Sweet!!
I still have Xena who is almost 11 now. I lost Q in October at the rip old age of 22. I have Mama, Thingy's mom, Luna, a smart chuncky butt kitty and Seraphina my shy young gal I adopted last year.
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