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Boo-Key,Sweetie-Peatie ,Boo Boo Kitty, Aussie-Bossy, Mouser, Binky, "Awe"-stin, Baby-kin, Binky
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March 25th 1997
February 8th 1997
running up and down trees and sleeping in the sun getting brushes
Our other cat Sydney, being disturbed when all comfy cozey
a mechanical mouse that goes in circles in a round plastic disc and his self brush post
Favorite Nap Spot:
My lap, the computer chair, the corner of the big couch on the left side, the bed, the desk by the window, the work out bench, laundry basket
Shrimpie shrimpie and more shrimpie also likes"milky", cantelope, watermelon and will destroy anything to get into the English Muffins and Angel Food Cake
He is a great hunter and the fastest runner I have ever seen-I swear he is part Cheetah
indoors and outdoors
My beloved cat Bandit had died tragically and I was devasted. A woman I knew told me about a litter of kittens that were born to a feral cat on the "poor" side of town where a couple had brought the whole family into their home until they were old enough to leave their mother and go to the POUND. I went to see the kittens when they were only 3 weeks old and in that litter was this very headstrong, brave little kitten who looked like a little white bellied and gray mouse....he was adorable and we told the people that when he was old enough we would take him home. They decided to send the kittens to the pound when they were barely 5 weeks old and so we hurried to their house and took the little cutie and he has now been with us for 10 years.
Austin is a very bright cat--and very regal. He has been a bit depressed since we now have two more members of the family-cats and he feels that he has been knocked off of his pedastal--but that is far from the truth. He is the only one who gets shrimp for treats and he always gets first dibs on my lap. As time went by--and not too much time he and Jasper became great buddies. Many a night they fly through the rooms taking turns chasing each other and then grooming each other. Jasper tho has a bad habit of biting Austin in the neck if Austin is taking too long at the "water cup" or is getting too much attention from me. They sleep together and have known each other since Austin was 16 weeks and Jasper was 6 weeks. Now if ONLY we could get him to not be afraid and angry with Sydney. Austin is a beautiful cat and we love him dearly. He also was the cover page of our city newspaper when he was a kitten. He won the cutest pet contest!! (which happens to be the photo of him looking into the mirror. Celebrity suits his purrsonality.
UPDATE: Austin lost his buddy and partner from kittenhood, Jasper Juno in a terrible accident on Sept. 27,2005. They have been together for a little over 8 years. I am sure that Austin misses his buddy (aka-parnter in crime) as he keeps going back to the same place that he last saw his furry brother. I am soooo distraught not only in my own grief but for how Austin must be feeling. The death of his "brother" has left a huge void in all of our lives and most especially Austin. It is the end of some of the most wonderful memories.
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December 6th 2013 7:43 am
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There is no way to express the emptiness, heartache, the numbness, and the devastation of suddenly losing my sweet Beloved Austin Valentino. I try and soothe my soul by trying to be grateful that I had my baby for just shy of two months of his 17th birthday….which considering he has had diabetes for nearly 6 years, developed a level 3 heart murmur in August along with a cancerous lump (according to his Vet a slow growing cancer in cats), a nodule in his lung, either irritable bowel disease or cancer in that area. (He couldn't be checked out surgically due to the severity of his heart murmur and the fear that anesthesia would be too hard on his heart and he could die during that surgery. Considering all of those factors along with 3 or 4 major scares with too much insulin and needing emergency help to bring his temperature up along with his blood sugar I should be forever grateful that he was such a tough guy that he made it through those and continued to live a full life. (and lets not forget the trauma of losing his best friend Jasper 8 years ago and then having to continue to live in a house where he totally couldn't stand the stray we adopted -Sydney---tho they lived alone together without Jasper for 8 years….Austin did learn to tolerate him enough that he quit hiding from him) My sweet "Boo Boo Kitty" was a miracle really.
I am still in shock because I can't even believe I am writing any of this…it is beyond surreal.
On Dec. 4th he was his usual self….even though he had these issues he was content…purring….poking me with his paw for different foods he wanted---including his favorite thing SHRIMPiE….putting his paw on my hand while we watched tv….sitting by my side during the day as I used the computer like he did for his whole life….poking me to go outside and when he wanted in he did his usual knock at the door…yes he would knock on the door when he wanted in….and if we were out on the patio he would stand at the door and rattle it for us to let him out to join us. He also closed his eyes in great contentment when I brushed him that night….I would say want your brushies and he would come to my lap as he loved it so much. So all was well…all was peaceful and then………
December 5th--that morning around 7:45 Austin was found passed out and feces left on our upstairs level and then about 5 feet away from him downstairs as he was stretched out by his food and water dishes, tongue hanging out and my first thought was diabetic seizure which made no sense….but we rushed him to his Vet…..the Vet said that he had never seen a cat so close to death's door but they managed to bring up his temperature some and get his sugars up…..then after blood tests and so forth everything was normal or close to normal…nothing they could pin point to "fix"…..but he was having multiple siezers-jerking motions ect. they tried to subdue those with Valium which lasted only a bit…3 hours had gone by and the siezers wouldn't cease….the Vet said that his initial seizer was not caused from insulin but blood sugar dropped due to the seizer itself….and he suspected a possible brain tumor or perhaps his cancer had spread. At this point he had been seizing for so long that we were told he most likely would have brain damage…we had to make the worst decision ever and have him put to sleep. I am SOOOO sick about that and keep second guessing that decision….AND I STILL don't understand how he could be normal and then suddenly NOT normal…what in God's name happened and why? I keep thinking if we had found him sooner could the outcome be different and he would be sitting right here next to me purring or bobbing me with his paw for food or to go out and life would move merrily along??? It is the NOT understanding that makes things so much worse in this horrible nightmare. If he had shown signs of illness….not wanting food or water and so on it would make this just a little easier…still heartbreaking but easier to feel like we did the best thing for him….instead I keep thinking we could have prevented this and that perhaps putting him to sleep was the wrong decision….I feel sick to my stomach, sad beyond belief and so heartbroken. I feel like I let him down…not put him out of any misery…..he was his normal self up to yesterday morning.
I do realize that we have a finite time to be with our innocent and beautiful furry children and we are so fortunate to have them for the time we are allotted….none the less to lose them is so painful. I am grateful to have known Austin…..he brought so much joy, laughter and serenity to my life and those who knew him. I will never stop loving him or wishing her were still sitting here by my side. I met him when he was not much bigger then a mouse at 3 weeks old…and he has been my companion since he was about 5 weeks old…..till his last precious breath at age 16 and 10 months. I LOVE you so much my boo boo kitty, my binky my forever baby kin and forever love. I don't know what I will do without you. :(
Meantime may God hold you close, may you be happy again with your BFF Jasper Juno and may Dad (your Grandpa) give you the love and kisses you always received from us here on Earth until the day we can all be together again.
August 27th 2013 10:56 am
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Well first of all thank you to my sweet fellow felines who sent me and my Meowmy conforting messages per my last entry....we felt so much better due to those kind comments!!
Ok--Here is the scoop....after nearly $1000 in tests that my pawrents had a tough time scraping up we found out that I have a lump near my jaw that is indeed cancerous...but luckily for me it is a very slow growing cancer in kitties.....and luckily there wasn't a cancerous tumor in my tummy which my Vet feared......but the downside is that I may have either a non cancerous disease in my bowel/intestinal area or I have cancer there.....we can't find this out because now that I have this new heart murmur without the $800 eco-cardiagram to find out how severe my heart murmur really is we can't put me under anesthesia to remove my cancer lump or explore my rear end area to see what I may have because I could die with the wrong type of anesthesia.....so for now I get this yummy compound that I look forward to every night of prednisone...just a tiny bit tho....this is to help me to gain weight as I am also too skinny for the procedure above and prednisone is known to help if I have that disease....but not if it is cancer.....ok....so what is the problem? At least I am getting treatment....the problem is that I need higher doses of prednisone in order to kick or keep the disease under control but I can't have too much prednisone because it will interfere with my insulin....My Pawrents were told that they were stuck between a rock and a hard place....seems to me a rock is already a hard place...go figure those humans.....So meanwhile I am getting my insulin twice a day, my prednisone yummy "treaty" and ALL the food I want whenever I want it...the food part is the best thing!!!! I give my Meowmy my cutest look, chirp at her and poke her leg with my paw....it works EVERY TIME....she jumps up and gives me my favorite things that are not sugary......I DO love sugar and in my youth I would help myself if the grocery bags were on the floor....English Muffins, Angel Food Cake, Cantelope, watermelon, ice cream....I loved those things....but I no longer can have even a tiny bit.....that is okay...I still get my "Shrimpie"
and that is my all time favorite!!
Just wanted to update my friends on my progress....My Meowmy is so sad and scared even tho I lick her hand to let her know that I am hanging in there and I still enjoy the outdoors letting the wind blow through my fur as I sit on my very own lounge chair enjoying the beauty around me...I just don't chase the squirrels, bunnies and even deer like I did when i was a young boy. Oops...this is making Meowmy drop water out of her eyes....I better go now so I can allow her to feed me more and brush me.
P.S. one last thing....I do use my litter boxes but more and more I accidentally drop feces outside of the box in different parts of the house....no one can tell me why this is happening with me. I wish someone could help me out with that mystery.
Till later...Love and Blessings to all!! Austin Valentino
June 5th 2013 7:32 am
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I forgot to mention that at my Vet visit yesterday the Vet Technician who is very nice said something very disturbing to us....She said, "Oh, I see Austin is 16 now....wow....you have entered the heartbreak years...." What is that supposed to mean? My Meowmy is super upset about that comment.
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