February 24th 2016 6:52 pm
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This morning at 1 am (2-20-16), this world lost a most exceptional cat. Buddha, born 2-1-03, died in my arms at 2-20-16 at 1 am. I held him, stroked him, talked lovingly to him as his spirit separated from his earthly body and began the journey to the Rainbow Bridge. Feline CRF finally stole his earthly life from him.
Buddha was unlike any other cat I've ever known. He was the first cat to greet a guest. He was the first cat to befriend a newcomer kitty and gain that newcomer's confidence. He was the first cat to take a newcomer kitten "under his paw/wing" and mother that kitten. I might have to hand feed that kitten, but Buddha would mother that kitten, snuggle with it, wash it, help very young kittens evacuate their bowels, etc. Many a kitten thrived because of him.
Buddha would help, comfort, and encourage ill or injured cats that came to me. (Ill cats that didn't have contagious diseases only, of course.) When Lucy Liu first came, she was unable to walk due to her broken pelvis. Buddha would lay with her for hours on the bed, snuggled up against her, washing her, etc. When she first started walking, he was right beside her, encouraging her the way only another cat can encourage a cat.
Buddha truly lived up to the name of "Buddha." He was quiet and loving with all. You never heard him hiss or growl. He's never fought with another cat. Once in a while he would warn someone by placing a single claw on that individual, just enough for them to feel it. That's all it ever took for him to settle a disagreement. He never had to follow up with anything more forceful than that. He always sensed when another cat or when I or another human he came into contact with, was sick or hurting or depressed, and did his best to comfort them.
Buddha was a cat I wish could have lived forever, so profound was his positive impact on others, so amazingly sensitive and loving and peaceful was his personality. I wish he had had more than only 13 years on this earth and I wish to someday be privileged enough to live with another cat like Buddha although I know it's unlikely because he truly was a rare and special individual, a once in a lifetime individual. Still, I look at little Calvin who is very sweet and loving to everyone and although part of this is certainly due to his tender age, (he's 5 months old now), deep inside I hope Buddha imparted some of his wisdom and love and character to Calvin. Buddha's spent an enormous amount of time with Calvin, mothering him, playing with him, etc.There's much more I could say about Buddha, but I don't need to try to write a book here.
October 30th 2013 5:57 am
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It's almost Halloween, the day when black cats like me get a chance to be in the spotlight. I like to put on my best grumpy panther look and take advantage of my height (I'm a rather tall cat) and make myself look as scary as possible so I can have fun watching people's reactions. Mom has a hard time keeping from laughing whenever someone asks her if I'm as mean and scary as I look. Shhhh! Don't blow my cover. Let me enjoy pretending to be a big mean fierce scary black panther cat for Halloween! Its the one day of the year when my acting skills get noticed!
September 28th 2013 9:43 pm
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So far, after Micah's shocking sudden departure to the Rainbow Bridge on 9-21-13, the three remaining rescue kittens are growing and thriving. With a little input from Russ and Christine, they also have names now.
The little red and white boy is named Dovakin, nicknamed Dova, a name which is supposed to mean "dragon born" and comes from the game Skyrim.
The little white with black boy was named "Moo" by Christine because of the kitten's markings resemblance to those of a Holstein dairy cow. Christine likes cows, hence the name Moo. When Russ and Christine get a place of their own, Moo will go to live with them.
The little spotted tabby and white kitten who bears a strong resemblance to little Micah, is named Jag for Jaguar because his spots appear rosetted like those of a wild cat species. He also has earned the nickname Scamp because whenever the door to the kitten cage is opened, he quickly scampers through it and runs to the bedroom!
Every day the kittens each get one on one human handling, play, and socialization time away from their mother and the other kittens. Every time, Buddha comes and "supervises" the socialization, helping, encouraging, and mothering the kittens and sometimes helping me by keeping a kitten from running out of reach under the bed!
September 22nd 2013 9:09 pm
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As told in Little Skittles diary, on Sept 14, 2013, I was called upon to rescue and save the lives of two adult cats and four kittens. On 9-19 I took some pictures of the kittens.
Buddha is an exceptional cat. He has always loved to wash other cats and he has always loved to act as a surrogate mother to orphaned or rescued kittens. In every way he lives up to his name. Thus, as is ever his way, when he saw me carrying kittens to the bed to photograph them, he came running and immediately started sniffing them, then washing them, then playing with the first and second rescue kitten to be photographed.
Interestingly in light of what was to come a few days later, he was especially attentive to the third rescue kitten. Did he sense something then? Did he somehow know what was to come?
This kitten, who was posthumously named Micah, was the smallest of the litter. He was also the least active and the most reclusive of the litter. He spent much more time laying around while his littermates romped and played. However except for being the smallest, he seemed totally healthy and in excellent condition.
It came as a shock to me when I found Micah dead yesterday 9-21-13. There was no clue as to what took him to the Bridge at such a tender young age. (The most likely possibility is a heart defect or other internal defect). He lay stretched out in his favorite spot, his little forepaws curled under him in a sleep pose. It appeared that he peacefully crossed the Rainbow Bridge as he slept.
I hadn't named the kittens yet because I hadn't yet gotten to really know their individual personalities. However, due to his sudden crossing of the Bridge, I named the smallest kitten Micah-meaning Gift from God. As his spirit soars on the other side of the Bridge, Micah's earthly shell lies in a corner of the catnip garden.
Hopefully the three remaining kittens will continue to thrive and grow up to be the beautiful graceful cats they are destined to be.
June 15th 2013 2:59 pm
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As you know, lately like-it-or-not our kitty family have been given the task of properly teaching some manners to the newest addition to our family, a big rambunctious German Shepherd puppy named Destiny.
At first whenever Destiny would see one of us, she'd give chase. Now none of us like to be chased, especially by big clumsy creatures like humans and large dogs even when we know those humans and dogs aren't intending to hurt us at all. Finally we made an arrangement that whenever Destiny was coming through the house or was learning how to behave while loose in the bedroom, most of us would seek refuge out of Destiny's reach. Those of us who were confident enough would stand our ground and not run from Destiny. The results were spectacular. If Destiny comes rushing up to us too fast, instead of running we hiss and slap her. We slap her real nice too, we keep our claws sheathed and don't ever use our claws on her. We don't need to. All it takes is one good slap and Destiny backs up and then goes her own way.
When Destiny comes slowly up to us and gently noses us, we sit still and let her. She found out that when she doesn't chase us, we will let her interact with us. WE found out that when we let Destiny come slowly up to us and nose us and sniff at us, that's all she does. After nosing us and sniffing at us, she will walk on past us, satisfied.
Destiny has been here three weeks as of today and now she rarely ever tries to chase any of us kitties. Pretty good dog trainers, aren't we!!!
May 22nd 2013 2:19 am
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Mom just added Kimberly
to Catster today. She hadn't added Kimberly before now because unless she has some polaroids or 35 mm photos of Kim in her photo albums that she's forgotten, she really doesn't have any photos at all of Kimberly when Kim was young and in good condition.
Kimberly is 16 and has been battling CRF for over three years now. The last couple of days, Kim isn't responding at all to her meds and is dehydrating so quickly that Mom has to give her subcutaneous fluids twice a day now. Even though Kim is still eating at least a little food, Mom said she feels Kim will cross the Rainbow Bridge within the next few days.
If you aren't already friends with Kimberly and ALL our kitty family, we would love to be friends with you. I'd kinda like to see Kimberly have some Catster friends before she crosses the Rainbow Bridge. Purrs!
May 4th 2013 11:41 pm
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I can't understand why people make such a fuss over that one cat on the internet just because it has a grumpy look on its face. I have a grumpy look on my face most of the time and nobody except Mom gives me any attention for it at all. Mom calls it my grouchy panther look. The funny thing is, I almost never get grouchy, never have. I'm almost always in a good mood. So don't let my grouchy panther look fool you. I really am not a grouch at all!
Take THAT, grumpy internet kitty! My grouchy look is as good as yours even if people haven't been fortunate enough to recognize that fact yet!
April 24th 2013 4:04 pm
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Uno may not like the newcomers getting in her way and spoiling her fun she shouldn't be having in the first place, but I for one like the newcomers.
While Uno gripes about the newcomers, I've gotten Kitty GaGa to already be comfortable with me that when we're sleeping with Mom at night and I lay down beside Kitty GaGa, she leaned against me and forgot to hiss at me for touching her. Now THAT'S progress, Buddha style!
March 19th 2013 3:25 am
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Many times in their own way, our kitty families make just as much or more effort to take good care of us, their humans, as we make to take good care of them.
For most of my life, I've gotten migraine headaches. Anybody who ever has had a migraine knows there's no other headache that even begins to compare to the kind of misery a migraine can put you through. A migraine can be so painful that if splitting your head open with a brick would relieve the pain, you might be tempted to try it. There's no such thing as a mild migraine.
Migraine symptoms vary widely. With each individual headache you can have different symptoms or different combinations of symptoms. For those of you who are interested, here's some migraine information from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/migraine-headache/DS00120
One or two days before a migraine, you may notice subtle changes that may signify an oncoming migraine, including:
Most people experience migraine headaches without aura. Auras are usually visual but can also be sensory, motor or verbal disturbances. Each of these symptoms typically begins gradually, builds up over several minutes, then commonly lasts for 10 to 30 minutes. Examples of aura include:
Visual phenomena, such as seeing various shapes, bright spots or flashes of light
Pins and needles sensations in an arm or leg
Speech or language problems
Less commonly, an aura may be associated with aphasia or limb weakness (hemiplegic migraine).
When untreated, a migraine typically lasts from four to 72 hours, but the frequency with which headaches occur varies from person to person. You may have migraines several times a month or much less frequently. During a migraine, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
Pain on one side of your head
Pain that has a pulsating, throbbing quality
Sensitivity to light, sounds and sometimes smells
Nausea and vomiting
Lightheadedness, sometimes followed by fainting
Chills & Fever
The final phase — known as postdrome — occurs after a migraine attack, when you may feel drained and washed out, though some people report feeling mildly euphoric.
Over the last couple of days, I've had a migraine coming on. It hit me hard last night, leaving me writhing in my bed in the dark in total misery. As I lay there feeling like screaming with the pain, I slowly became aware of the infinitely soothing lull of Lefty's loud purring by my right ear. Then Little Skittles started gently washing my forehead. Lily curled up beside Lefty, added her purring to Lefty's comforting rumble, and started washing my right arm.
One of the most pleasant experiences in the world is the experience of being gently washed by a cat. The cat's rough tongue, it's temperature, and degree of wetness is just right to feel wonderful on human skin. I've often wondered if it's possible to invent some kind of wash cloth, exfoliating brush, or other such face and body cleansing tool that would be able to emulate a cat's tongue. I think such a tool would make the ideal skin cleaning implement!
Buddha came up and gently lay on my abdomen to soothe it's pain with his warmth. Splat Cat lay on one of her favorite "perches" on my body, my left knee. Uno stretched herself out across my chest. Nearby, Righty, Farrah, Moose, and Velcro added the purring chorus. Skittles continued washing my head and face, Lily continued washing my right arm, Uno started washing my left arm.
Gradually, the efforts of my kitties began to have positive effect. The soothing purrs and kitty washing, the warmth of the kitties lying on and around me (I was having chills with this particular migraine) all felt so wonderfully soothing and comforting. Although the migraine still persisted, as the kitties helped me relax, the pain and misery of the migraine diminished noticeably.
My ever faithful Kitty Family TLC Crew was on duty as usual, right when I needed them most!
March 3rd 2013 5:45 am
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My bad, I forgot to congratulate the guys who achieved their DIT & their Dreamboat titles. From what I can tell, achieving a DIT and achieving the title of Dreamboat is quite an honor even though I still don't know what you have to do to qualify to be a DIT or a Dreamboat.
Obviously you guys are thrilled with your DIT & Dreamboat titles though, so that's enough for me to be happy for you. I don't have to understand it. You're happy so I'm happy for you!
BTW there ought to be a title for Pranksters & Mischief Makers so Uno has something to qualify for. Hehe I know that's being catty-no pun intended.
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