February 17th 2013 4:57 am
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A bit belated Buddha thank you to all his feline friends for your thoughtfulness, caring, treats, rosettes, stars, and Valentines.
Buddha keeps himself very busy lately between helping with Lucy Liu's physical therapy by trying to encourage her to get up and move around, playing with and supervising the younger cats, mentoring Buttons, keeping everyone's heads and ears washed, helping to keep my blankets nice and warm for me at night, and taking care of his own needs too.
Yesterday I had a bad headache and Buddha spent most of the day laying on my lap, purring, doing his best to comfort me in his own feline way. Somehow he always knows when I'm not feeling well, when I'm in pain, when I'm sad, when I'm depressed, etc and although other cats will come lay with me and try to comfort me too, Buddha is the one who ALWAYS is right there with me at these times.
Anyone who believes the myths that cats are independent, aloof, cold-natured etc, simply haven't opened their minds and hearts enough yet to enjoy a good relationship with a cat and those people don't know what they're missing!
February 6th 2013 8:24 pm
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Thank you once again for honoring Buddha and Uno with another DDP and even both on the same day!
Buddha, ever living up to his name, has been busy today helping me encourage a hit-by-car cat to do her physical therapy. The hit-by-car cat's owner was going to have animal control take her and euthanize her but a friend of mine who worked for the owner intervened and so the cat (named Lucy Liu) came to me in December with a broken pelvis and peripheral nerve damage in her right hindleg. Her pelvis has now healed but nerve damage takes a long time to heal and I've been having to do physically therapy with her every day or so.
When I reached a point in her physical therapy where I am trying to encourage her to walk around and use her body more, Buddha usually is right there with me, helping encourage her. Sometimes a few of my other feline family will also interact very gently with her and try to encourage her to play.
I haven't put a profile up for Lucy Liu yet because I've been waiting for her to heal then I've been waiting for her to become more comfortable and at ease so I can get some decent photos of her. She mostly wants to curl up in a ball in her cage (an x-large plastic dog crate) and if she had her own way she wouldn't move at all except to go to her litter, water dish, food dish, and her bed. I put a figure-8 harness and a lightweight leash on her when I take her out of the cage to do her physical therapy. She has learned that when I put her harness and leash on her and take her out of her cage, she cannot get back to the cage until I take her back and once she realized she cannot get back to the cage on her own when I have her out for therapy, she's begun to relax more and pay more attention to things around her
When I do put Lucy Liu's profile up, I'll tell her story in detail in her own diary. At first her story has mostly consisted of letting her pelvic fracture heal. After that her story has mostly consisted of physical therapy. Lucy appears to be a very sweet natured cat but it's hard to yet know her real personality because when she first came, she was frightened, in pain, and uncomfortable. I have yet to see what she's like if she's able to get around normally and becomes more comfortable and sure of herself.
One thing's for sure. Buddha is a lot of help to me in encouraging Lucy Liu because being a cat, he's able to communicate far more effectively with her than any human can.
February 3rd 2013 11:32 am
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Thank you for your appreciation of Buddha and his diary, and for honoring him with a DDP two days in a row now. In fact as I first saw Buddha's diary was a DDP for today, I refreshed the page just to make sure my browser was loading the current page. While I'm surprised, amazed, and thrilled that he got a DDP two days in a row now, Buddha himself is taking his cue from Uno in remaining grounded and not letting his fame go to his head. Buddha's laying here beside me and Uno walked up to him, touched noses with him then turned her head to the side and Buddha obligingly washed her behind the ears. Even after his amazing achievement of being a DDP two days in a row, he doesn't even want a day off from his self-imposed duties of groomer/ear washer, comforter, and friend to all.
There is another self-imposed duty Buddha does that I haven't mentioned yet. Whenever I've had an elderly cat declining and getting close to passing, Buddha senses it just as I do and he will stay near that ca, gently wash his or hear head and ears, and comfort him or her. If the cat is caged, he will lay on top of the cage until I open the cage door and bring the cat out to care for him or her. Another thing that happens when the cat gets close to passing is the other cats will come in one by one and visit with him or her, as if they know he or she is getting ready to pass and are coming to say their goodbyes and pay their respects. Most of my elderly cats have passed while lying in a soft towel in my arms or on my lap as I stroked them gently, with Buddha sitting at their side.
I feel that although I couldn't make them live forever, its only right that I stay with them when they get ready to pass so at least at the end I was with them and they were warm, comfortable, and in my arms or on my lap being stroked and soothed and knowing they were loved when they passed. With the few cats that have had to be euthanized over the years, such as my multiple Grand Champion Siamese who had to be euthanized at only 6 for very aggressive breast cancer, I always stay with the cat and pet and stroke her. Over the years I've had a few cats such as Hallie, who went off alone and passed suddenly and unexpectedly without giving any sign that the end is near and I always wished somehow I could have known they were going to pass so I could have been with them at their passing too.
May Buddha have many more years of earthly life to continue living up to his name in his most unique exceptional ways.
February 1st 2013 3:42 pm
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Happy 10th Birthday Buddha! Today Buddha is 10 years old and while I'm glad he's alive and well and celebrating another birthday, I also feel a twinge of sadness at knowing he's getting old. Signs that he's starting to get old are creeping in. His chin has become somewhat grizzled now. I took a most interesting photo of him when he was directly in the light of a sunbeam. The effect of the sunbeam made his coat look brown and when Catster gets the photo problem fixed again so the photo shows up, you'll be able to see this effect. Even more interestingly, in the sunbeam you can clearly see that he is darker in the areas corresponding to the point color areas on a Siamese cat. In most lighting, he appears black. I've seen many blacks that showed ghost tabby markings in certain kinds of lighting but this is the first time I ever saw a black appear brown with even darker brown in the areas corresponding to point colors in a ghost Siamese markings effect!
I wish Buddha could live forever to befriend other cats, mother rescue kittens, and teach young cats the household rules.
January 28th 2013 7:22 pm
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Buddha is a tall black cat who looks like a panther. He is part Siamese and although his temperament isn't typical of a Siamese or of any other cat I've ever known, he does have the Siamese trait of talkativeness.
Buddha came to me already named and his name proved prophetic. Throughout the years, he unfailingly lives up to his name. He's an exceptional cat. He has an unusually mellow, patient, peaceful loving personality and gets along with everybody. He's the first to greet and try to make friends with any new cat who comes into the household. He mothers any new kitten who comes into the household. He has mothered and looked after many rescue kittens over the years and patiently helped teach newcomers house rules such as not to bother the birds. When I lived on a farm and used to breed German Shepherd Dogs, Buddha was one of the cats who taught the puppies to respect, get along with, and like cats. Most of the other cats go to Buddha when they want their ears or the area under their chins washed. Even Hallie, who rarely ever let another cat even touch her, would occasionally allow him to wash her ears. Buddha is almost always in a good mood and rarely ever gets into a quarrel with another cat.
A little over nine years ago, in September I stopped by a small local shelter's mall display to see their cats. They had two black cats that they wanted to adopt together and because they were so desperate to get these two cats adopted before October, they offered the two cats to me for free. Most shelters if they're wise, will not adopt out black cats during October because of Satanists and others who acquire and brutalize black cats in Halloween rituals. The neutered male, named Buddha, was 7 months old. The spayed female, named Stormy, was 4 months old.
Stormy was a sweet, although rather reclusive little cat. Throughout her tragically short life, she was very bonded to Buddha and dependent on him for companionship. She died when she was only a few years old, of a freak accident of choking to death swallowing a wild bird that somehow had gotten into the house undetected.
Buddha is a very intelligent cat and very adept at using his forepaws. He knows how to open cabinet doors and once managed to turn the doorknob and open an unlocked door to the house. Thank God I caught it and shut the door before he or any of the other cats got outside!
It's hard to tell Buddha's story in his own profile. It's easier to tell Buddha's story through the stories of other cats because his story is of welcoming, befriending, teaching, comforting, grooming, and mothering many of my permanent residents and other cats and kittens that I rescued and found adoptive homes for over the years.
Among countless other cats and kittens over the years, Buddha mothered Uno, Lefty, and Righty when they were kittens. In his photo which I hope will correctly show up on Catster soon, he is shown mothering and taking care of a red and white longhaired kitten named Bratsky.
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