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Mom and I both have the same thing....

November 10th 2013 4:22 am
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I went yesterday, was carted in early to see little vet. They put this stupid thing around my leg. I hated it.
They did this 3 times.
And now I'm on another stupid pill. I have high blood pressure, apparently. So does Mommy. She told me that it's just a silly pill to take.

Blame it on the RB. It's all his fault. And the others.
I have to endure 8 cats in this place.

Ah, why can't they all get adopted?

Mommy still wants to take me for a second opinion...but i'm content for now in my little bed by the window. Daddy took the air conditioners out of the window last night and Mommy is hopeful that this will make things a bit warmer in here. The blinds were removed from one window-that small destructive creature they call the Beastess has been gnawing on them.

I hope that everyone else is having a lovely restful morning! Ah, a lovely soft blanket and sun!


love,
Natalie the Natcat.

 

Sunshine and Rainbows

October 22nd 2013 4:02 pm
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It is impolite to discuss one's aches and pains when all too soon there is another star in the sky, and the rainbow shimmers with the crossing of a dear, dear friend.

I won't cry. Cats don't you know. And as I totter closer to that precipice myself, I know that at times Rainbow's end is a wonderful place...and as my body grows tired....well, one greets death-that our Ruffy will tell you is not 'death' at all, with relief, if some sadness in leaving behind those we so love. But not regret.

Kaci Sunshine didn't do regret. She, the exact way one would picture a cat that was Sunshine, was a tough and tender little Tangerine dream of a cat. Her eyes mirrored wonder and fun. She was always ready to stand up to whatever life offered. She feared no one, and she took no guff from anyone either.

Ah, that we could ask our Angels for the gift of immortal life with immortal youth. That we could hold onto life and good health for as long as our humans needed us. But we haven't that power...and we need, yes, we need to at times, purr our hearts and souls in synch with them, and reassure them....'there is always a Rainbow after rain, and yes, there is an end to pain....'

Kaci Sunshine is much missed tonight. My heart grieves for her dear mother and grandmother. There is no denying that even though we go on, there is the ache of those we leave on this plane..there just is, and there is no way to make it softer...some humans accept quicker than others, and others, well, they ache with tears that seem to come from somewhere so deep-for a chord that had connected has been severed.

But it hasn't, really. Its just one of the team has made that jump before...and as cats, we live shorter lives in human years than humans. Our people-well, this is the way of it.

Yet, we have the gift of sending comfort...our Creator-that splendid Catmagic is spun into so many forms, as it floats down to some, in the form of a feather, to others, a piece of ice to ping and smack one in the cheek, and to another, a glimpse of a tail around the corner of the room...

and you, my friend, my Tangerine ray of Sunshine, how, then, will you say 'I am fine, don't cry...'
But such is not for me to know.

And so tonight, as the clouds cover the moon, and as the chill evening comes in with the mood of grief, I turn and catch, in the reflection of the windowglass, an impish, elvin feline face, nose freckled, ears rounded, and dancing eyes. And I meow and call softly...for you, dear heart, will never be too far from the hearts who love you.

In honor of Kaci Sunshine....The Kewlest Catster Kat I have ever known....

love,
Natalie the Natcat, Tiny Face, Tiny Paws

 

Sunshine and Rainbows

October 22nd 2013 3:37 pm
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It is impolite to discuss one's aches and pains when all too soon there is another star in the sky, and the rainbow shimmers with the crossing of a dear, dear friend.

I won't cry. Cats don't you know. And as I totter closer to that precipice myself, I know that at times Rainbow's end is a wonderful place...and as my body grows tired....well, one greets death-that our Ruffy will tell you is not 'death' at all, with relief, if some sadness in leaving behind those we so love. But not regret.

Kaci Sunshine didn't do regret. She, the exact way one would picture a cat that was Sunshine, was a tough and tender little Tangerine dream of a cat. Her eyes mirrored wonder and fun. She was always ready to stand up to whatever life offered. She feared no one, and she took no guff from anyone either.

Ah, that we could ask our Angels for the gift of immortal life with immortal youth. That we could hold onto life and good health for as long as our humans needed us. But we haven't that power...and we need, yes, we need to at times, purr our hearts and souls in synch with them, and reassure them....'there is always a Rainbow after rain, and yes, there is an end to pain....'

Kaci Sunshine is much missed tonight. My heart grieves for her dear mother and grandmother. There is no denying that even though we go on, there is the ache of those we leave on this plane..there just is, and there is no way to make it softer...some humans accept quicker than others, and others, well, they ache with tears that seem to come from somewhere so deep-for a chord that had connected has been severed.

But it hasn't, really. Its just one of the team has made that jump before...and as cats, we live shorter lives in human years than humans. Our people-well, this is the way of it.

Yet, we have the gift of sending comfort...our Creator-that splendid Catmagic is spun into so many forms, as it floats down to some, in the form of a feather, to others, a piece of ice to ping and smack one in the cheek, and to another, a glimpse of a tail around the corner of the room...

and you, my friend, my Tangerine ray of Sunshine, how, then, will you say 'I am fine, don't cry...'
But such is not for me to know.

And so tonight, as the clouds cover the moon, and as the chill evening comes in with the mood of grief, I turn and catch, in the reflection of the windowglass, an impish, elvin feline face, nose freckled, ears rounded, and dancing eyes. And I meow and call softly...for you, dear heart, will never be too far from the hearts who love you.

In honor of Kaci Sunshine....The Kewlest Catster Kat I have ever known....

love,
Natalie the Natcat, Tiny Face, Tiny Paws

 

A Saucy comment for those who don't like Mommy's 'Death Row- Cats' post on Face book

October 21st 2013 6:27 am
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Dearest Kit-tahs,

Understand, my years have done nothing, if not made me more able to dish it out.
A word to our critics:
You know who you are.

Do you know of my beginnigs here, with my folks?

Well, now you'll find out if you don't.

I came from the bottom cage of a local rescue that was supposed to be good-but wasn't. They had a good reputation, which we later found out was built on past glories, before they became money hungry.

I was rescued from this rescue, and anyone who has followed me at all, knows I have been through a great deal to lay in this sun patch and dictate to mommy.

Now...here we go. Please disregard if this isnt' meant for you:

Mommy posts 'Urgent-Pets on Death Row' and a listing of each cat each day. She shares these posts for one reason-sharing can save the cat's lives. People who share will sometimes also pledge towards the cats rescue, or pass on to friends who can, or even decide they want to foster themselves.

We currently have two fosters here. Do I like them?
No. Of course not. I don't care for any other cat.
But that is besides the point. They are cats. They are Safe. They live with us and will get other, furever homes.

This was due to sharing. This was due to someone sending this to mommy and mommy saying to daddy 'can we?' and Daddy saying 'go ahead. Right now. Get them out of there'.

Are the posts depressing?
Do fish have scales? Of course they are depressing.

Does sharing work? Yes. Yes it does.
Cats do get rescued.
Some don't.

I sit here, a testement to rescue. At the age of about 13 I was pulled out of a 'bad rescue'. There are cats that age and older turned in.

The point is this-if you are a 'friend' and you 'defriend' mommy, then you really are depriving a cat from a possible rescue-from having their life saved. It doesn't hurt mommy much-much. She's long come to realize that not all people who have cats are cat people, and some just, well, they wimp out.

I am no wimp. I have fought the Big C. I may continue to do so...no one knows and I'm not worried about it. I'm enjoying my sun this morning, Kit-tahs...for we, as cats, live in the moment.

However, even if I beleive I have way too many feline room-mates, I wish not one of them not to be able to live.

If you don't much care for us-well, that is just something we'll have to live with. But please realize that sharing these sad and depressing posts...it saves cats.

Don't run away from the fact that cats die in such kill shelters....do something about it! Sharing is so simple..it takes what, 10 minutes from your day? It costs nothing.

Better still, get up and become a foster. Take one of ours...er...just kidding...but why not? Fostering means you partner with a rescue, and say 'yes, I will take that cat on death row into my home, and let him/her live here as you and I-person and rescue-work together to find a home!

When you bring that feline home...you may be very surprised....here is a video link to Calvin McCatster and our foster kitten. I dislike her. He, obviously, does not....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPUGgQe56FQ

And so you see...this is in the space of a few weeks...and our other foster, Paws, has made himself right at home...

So you understand...this is a topic close to my heart. I was once that cat in a cage...

I hope I've made myself clear. We walk the walk here-now...back to my sun puddle. But before you defriend mommy...consider this...do you not think she finds sharing death row cats sad and depressing....of course...but she shares with hope...and love....and as I sit here, and purr...I'm thankful that others do...for we are a living example it works.

Have a wonderful day, Kit-tahs!

Natalie the Natcat, Tiny Face, Tiny Paws

 

A repost of 'Angels in Pink' as Sugr Bear's Mom walks to- cure cancer today-40 miles!

September 28th 2013 4:47 am
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Dear all,
I wrote this last year. I wanted to repost it today as Sugar Bear's mom is walking to cure cancer.
Lately we've had so many of us here who's lives have been touched by this dreadful thing. But we will continue to fight-because we must. We are, of course, cats.

This is dedicated today to my two very special friends-my Angel Tallulah and Angel Avail, who recently left for Rainbow.

Avail's Mom-you are not, and never will be alone...

ANGELS IN PINK
Angels in Pink

We come from different places,
We mostly wear fur
Our eyes are different colors
We like to purr
We are your sisters your daughters yourselves
Filled with quiet courage in the midst of hell
For we got the diagnosis, it's scary its true
It could be your best friend, someone close to you

And we're Angels in Pink,
In all different shades
Ah the sister hood of miracles made!
Some of us live here, we're everywhere you know
Some of us already have crossed the rainbow

And we're Angels in Pink
I trot to your side
I'm never giving up, and I'll never hide
That I wear pink proudly
To honor us all
For we're Angels in Pink
Here to answer a call

We are so many, and we're lovely too
Angels in Pink who never get blue
We roll on our backs and we love to play
Angels in Pink chasing butterflies today!

My Guardian Angel, Inspiration Queen T
Little Tallulah who was all she could be,
And she stands before us, leading us still
An Angel we love, and always will
We play chasing butterflies,
back and forth T can roam
She lives at the Bridge, but still goes home
To talk with her Momcat and inspire her too
You see Angels in Pink can do that to you!

And We're Angels in Pink
We've many names, some without people
And some of us with fame
But we're saving each other, standing side by side
For we're all feline sisters, with our Angel Guides

So I call to you all, cat and human alike
For the resarch done for us could save a life
We need the same medicine, and knowlege is blessed
And we're Angels in Pink who'll stand up to the test

Now all you kitties, and you boycats too,
We, your cat family are asking of you
To stand shoulder to shoulder
With us Angels in Pink,
Gathering round us and forming a link
to join with us in love, wear pink just to show
Support for Angels in Pink and their Magickal Glow!

 

The trials and tribulations of an Elderwise Kitty

September 2nd 2013 4:54 am
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Hello Kit-tahs,

I hope this non labor day finds you doing what we do best, relaxing and stretching and yawning and going back for another meal.

I've been doing these very things.
Saturday however, I was scooped up into one of those carrier things, and carried out to the car and then, of course, there I was-Little Vet's place.

I hadn't seen her in some time. I was hoping i would not have to, but I have been losing some weight-I am eating well, so it isnt' that.

Well, Little Vet examined me, which meant prodding and poking everywhere. Then she did that thing I hate-and I think every cat does!!!! She felt up my belly.

Now, I hate this. I really do. But she did it and when I yowled in protest and hissed and growled. She looked at Mommy and Daddy and said 'you know, in the past, we've talked about a sonogram' and Mommy said 'we'll see-but for now lets just pull the bloods' and they stole pee from me too-that wasn't nice at all.

I have lost weight- 3/4 of a lb, which isnt' good for me at all. I'm now back on B12 shots, and I get 75ml of fluids a day now. But my appetite is good. I get pepcid 2x a day and if I am still not feeling well or throw up-sometimes I get a little sick to my tummy-I then get a little piece of cerenia, which works like a charm.

Mommy said that little vet told her that this could be related to my kidney disease, or to a 'stomach issue' and little vet is concerned about intestinal lymphoma-thus wanting the sonogram. Mommy told little vet that I sometimes suffer from constipation, and the fluids do help that, and on occasion mommy puts a very little bit of miralax in my food to help things along. Little vet said this was good.

Then the tech reminded little vet and mommy that I was due for my shots. Mommy said 'nope-not today.' Mommy has been using another vet she likes alot who has a more 'modern approach' and doesn't believe in shots for elderwise cats who don't go out. In fact, he advises against it, with those who have health issues most of the time. Mommy told little vet that with all my health issues I simply don't need more things in my little body. Little vet agreed, but did explain that they are now asking clients to sign a waiver. She also told mommy because mommy declined my rabies shot that if I should bite someone I would have to go on a 'hold'. Mommy was really not happy about that. She said 'what if I refuse to sign?' and Daddy took the pen and said 'I'll sign, but you have to understand that I dont' agree with this at all. And if this is how it is then we may have to really consider changing vets."

No one was happy then-but I was happy to get out of there. Mommy and Daddy listened to me protest-i have learned a new trick, kit-tahs-it's to squeak very softly and make everyone say 'oooooh, Natalie!!! poor little girl!!!'

The results will take a bit, I suppose.

Last night I was assaulted by that rude Orange cat. How dare he? I can't explain it, that medicine he is on is making him more deranged than usual, I would suppose. Mommy and Daddy are considering making this my room only when they are away. And I'm in agreement with that, except I do sometimes like to go to the water fountain out front and have a drink there and wash my head-such a cooling sensation and so refreshing!

I am well, and just now, relaxing in my bed in the window, hoping to sun, but it appears the sun is late today. Ah well, a lovely rest is always good.

Til later,
Natalie the Natcat
Tiny Face, Tiny Paws
Big Harry's Wallaby Twin Forever

 

Southernisms : or as Daddy says and my Senior Panel workup- (it's good!)

June 3rd 2013 6:25 am
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Hello Kit-tahs!

I'm looking out the window. Mommy has the air on in the kitchen-when our landlords cook the kitchen gets hot, as theirs is above ours, but the window in the bedroom is open and screened and there is a breeze as it's raining. Or, as Daddy would say; 'It's like a cow peeing on a flat rock' or 'it's a gully buster for sure!'

Now, I might have mentioned this before, but my Daddy is from the South. This means, when he speaks Human, he has very strange sayings that sometimes make mommy start coughing when she's drinking something...such as...

'He's as nervous as a dog pooping (thats the 'polite' word) hot peppers.

or:
'He's as nervous as a cat trying to cover up poop (polite word again) on a tin roof in the rain.'

Or 'I had to go in and tell them today how the cow ate the cabbage'. (I don't understand this. We have no cows, so how would he know how they ate the cabbage?)

Or 'thats about as useless as t...ts (you get the idea) on a boar.) (apparently thats a big wild pig, but we haven't those either, so don't know how he would know this, either.

I do know when Mommy and Daddy were down getting married and took a ride, they saw said 'wild boars' and Daddy's sister, who had just met mommy said in a very alarmed voice when she heard this: 'Wild boars? Y'all gotta be careful of them...they can chase you for miles!'

To which Daddy replied 'Well, wish they chased us on back here so we could put up on the barbecue!'

You see...Daddy is strange. It must be the heat back South that did it.

Now, on to the news about ME!

I had a senior panel done Saturday. The lovely little vet and vet tech stole my blood, and then called and gave mommy and daddy the results. I am doing well! The only issue is that my liver enzymes are a little high. Mommy said its similar to Bella. Dr. M says I should have a sonogram, but this isn't an emergency-it's just Mommy was thinking about having my teeth done, as I only have 5 and they are very yellow and could do with a cleaning. However, I would need to have the sonogram first, so this is not an emergency, as I'm eating just fine and in no discomfort.

I have had some vomiting, but it's been very hot before Daddy got the air conditioner in. I'm doing better, and enjoying laying on the bed and relaxing, and taking my ease.

I hope everyone is doing well...Mommy is still not working, but doing something called an 'internship' and starts what she hopes will be her last round of classes tomorrow. She didn't have much of a break, not even a week with internship.

I'm thinking of you all here, with much love,
Natalie the Natcat
Tiny Face, Tiny Paws

 

a birthday letter to Natalie from Mommy

May 5th 2013 3:34 pm
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Dear Natalie,
It hardly seems that it's nearly 4 years ago we bought you home, a fiesty, endearing little raccoon like orange cat with the strangest little face and the tiniest little paws. I remember how you crawled out into daddy's lap at the bad shelter, I remember how sad you looked when he put you back. When he said 'we'e have to get her' I was right there with him. I didn't know you'd be my 4th feline wonder, my fiesty and funny Mah cat. How I love your little face, and as I watch you walk, hear you yell, and feel your paw on my hand in the morning, I am so glad we found you.
I know at times you don't understand why others have come, but maybe somewhere inside you do know. You inspire us, a little mystery of a cat-why do you walk the way you do? What breed are you, or are you mixed with? A strange, quickly little cat with the most expressive eyes. And of everyone, perhaps you are the cat who has really, aside from Bella, captured me. For you demand love with everything in you, with the most wonderful 'MAAAH!!!{ and a demanding smacky paw when those who love you aren't paying enough attention.
We estimate you to be 16 or 17. We don't know...you were found walking down a street, head up, tail high, and you yelled at your Rescuer. She got you into her basement, where you remained for a year til she was able to get you into the bad shelter. But maybe not so bad-you're with us now.
This year-the diagnosis of CKD-meaning daily azodyl, sub-q fluids, and doses of pepcid. Yet you remain our Nat, our little terror with orange fur, looking at us with dissaproval if you don't get what you want.
I'm so happy you are here with us...thank you Natalie. We love you.

Mommmy and Daddy.

 

My 'alleged' birthday! Happy birthday to me!

May 5th 2013 3:20 pm
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Today is the day my pawrents picked for my birthday, because, as we all know, those of us who are elderwise are truly ageless...

It's not the age, dear kit-tahs, tis the milage.

I'm hanging in there, doing well. I walk around, boss the other cats, hiss at everyone I can, and am, in general, Queen of All I can see, and some of what I can't.

This year has been one of plenty of food, naps, sunshine, bratty boys, having to share with others....grrr...

It's been filled with joy....my dear friends....
It's been filled with sadness as we see kittahs go to the bridge, and we grieve, as do their folks.

It's been a year of firsts, moving here to a new place, enjoying the love I'm getting, and just getting to be me.

It's been finding out for my pawrents that I have CKD and now, for me, need some pills smeared with butter and pincy weird watter needles in my back.

It's been mommy spending more time, and me giving more smacks.

It's been a year of kisses on daddy's face, and smacks there too.

It's been a year of love and light and smiles, and the Evil Tail. It keeps following me and I have to yell and hiss at it.

And it's been a year that I have missed many of you, for mommy has been taken over by demands from work and school.

Now...today I will lay here in the remains of the afternoon sun.. I will hiss at the newcomer in my room-another story-and I will curl up in my little bed, and purr. I've had dinner, I have mommy to wait on me, I have other cats to boss...I have a daddy who loves me.

What more could I ask for?

Oh, probably alot more...but I am humble.

Wishing all those who don't have a home of their own, a home.


It's good to be me.

love and light,
Natalie the Natcat
Tiny Face, Tiny Paws
Wallaby legs
Big Harrys Twin Forever.

 

How to assure you are given your Proper Due of ATTENTION!

April 25th 2013 6:31 am
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Dear Kit-tahs,

It has come to my attention that some kit-tahs are in need of putting their pawrents, or pawrent, in their plance. Below please find guidelines I myself have found very effective for doing just this.

Remember, an obedient and well trained pawrent makes for a happy kit-tah!

1) Make sure that you have food available at all times, where you want it, when you want it. Do this by yelling at your pawrent whenever they are in earshot, or not. Yell. Alot. If you are hungry, yell. Do not go into the kitchen to do so unless they have not needed said request. Then slouch in, and yell, hissing and growling loudly at any other cat within two feet. Sit there and look grumpy. Make sure they understand the gravity of this matter. Then, when a plate is put down for you, take a few small bites, tasting it as though it might be dog food (ugh). Then slink off and sniff at the other cats dishes, growling the whole time.
Stalk off to your little bed, on your big bed. Lay there and look mournful. Manage a very pathetic 'mah!' and look sadly at them for starving you. They will come running with a plate, and hold it under your little head. That is just what you want.

2) Remember that 4:30am is mealtime. Get up. Smack daddy on the head. If he doesn't repsond, smack mommy. If neither one responds, get down, scratch in the box and pee. Scratch some more. Come out, dance on the cardboard scratch post on the floor. Stalk around the room. Go to the side of the Bed where Daddy sleeps. Sit there, reach up, and smack him-preferrably on his nose or cheeck-with your little paw. On the second go round, make sure the claws are out.

If he hides his head......

Go round to the otehr side of the bed. Go up the small steps to the window. Leap over the cat in the bed by the window if there is one there, or growl loudly and bully them out of it. Sit there and look out the window. Nice view.

Now, step down onto the nightstandd next to Mommy's side of the bed. Notice that she is very close to you, because she has had to move to the side of the bed to allow you your space in the middle. She is Trained. Lean in close to her face. Is she sleeping-you must make sure your Mommy is sleeping before you do this....or your daddy....

lean in close...very close, so your face is right next to hers....it's very important you have surprise on your side.

Yell 'MAAAAAAH' into her ear.

She has been smart enough to not have a glass of water next to the bed anymore.

When she leaps up in bed, jump into her spot. Sit there. She will bring you breakfast, or Daddy will then get up and go and do so.

Sniff the breakfast. Eat a few bites. Come over and paw Daddy. He'll grumble and pet you. Go over to Mommy. Yell 'MAAAH' again. She'll take up the plate and hold it under your nose for you as you rest next to them in the nice cozy warmth. Just what you wanted.

Now, kit-tahs...this is lesson one. I should like you to put it into play this evening....it's very important to start training early.

Going back to bed in the sun for now...

love,
Natalie the Natcat
Tiny Face, Tiny Paws

 
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