Lillie (1988-2006)

Domestic Long Hair/Breed Unknown
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Home:Norfolk, VA  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Female   Weight: 7 lbs.

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Lillieboo, Lilliebutt, Miss Stank, The Whiskered Wonder

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:
-mixed breed-deaf -cat rescue

Tortoiseshell Smoke

Stealing a warm seat, catnip, treats

Too numerous to mention -- she's cranky

Favorite Toy:
Anything with catnip; laser pointer

Favorite Nap Spot:
Her daybed, her computer chair, her sofa -- and the warm spot left by Dad when he got up to get something to drink

Favorite Food:
Fancy Feast Sliced Turkey Feast, Tuna (with the water, please!)

She can open doors -- but, then again, what cat can't?


Arrival Story:
I was working in a small music store when one morning, I swore that I kept hearing a kitten meow. A woman who had been perusing the CD's said that she had brought a kitten in (contained in a carrier). She had already rescued so many animals that her husband told her, "No more." She was procastinating taking this one kitten to the shelter, although she realized that the little one needed a good home. Having no animals at the time, I offered to take her home over the weekend. Lillie has never left my side since.

Lillie is the longest relationship that I have ever had (outside of my human family, that is). She had already been through several ordeals prior to living with me, so her personality has always been one based on suspicion and trepidation. Now, at almost 18 years of age, she is in the beginning stages of renal failure, as well as age-onset dementia, deafness, and just recently, blindness. Yet, on good days, she is as spry and ornery as ever. She requires a little extra TLC, but that is never a chore. Never. UPDATE: Lillie was diagnosed with a squamous carcinoma of the tongue in December, 2005. We kept her comfortable to the best of our ability until the tumor proved to be too much for her. She crossed The Bridge on January 24, 2006. I miss her so much -- she was my "first love," but I know that she would approve of our having adopted two needy kittens. She hasn't been replaced in our hearts or in our home, but she would understand our opening both to those in need of a forever home. And we know that she's watching over them, too!

Forums Motto:
I am Alpha Cat!

The Groups I'm In:
=^..^=Angel Cats=^..^=, CATSTERHOLICS!!!, Doc Hunter's House of Medicine, The Edina memorial centre for grief fighting, ^*^Over The Rainbow^*^

The Last Forum I Posted In:
My tail's losing its fluff!



I've Been On Catster Since:
June 13th 2005 More than 11 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Catster Id:

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When Catlike Reflexes Begin to Fail

Hymn to Her

February 28th 2006 12:17 pm
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She will always carry on
Something is lost, something is found
They will keep on speaking her name
Some things change, some stay the same


Missing my dear Lil

January 26th 2006 11:55 am
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To all of our dear friends -- both human and divinely feline -- I wish to express my heartfelt thanks for having helped us through the hardest part of any relationship with a non-human: saying good-bye. I don't want to be melodramatic (Lillie wouldn't have wanted that!), but I feel compelled to say this via a forum that will reach everyone who has touched my and Lillie's life in the past few weeks. Right now, I can barely go to her page, I miss her so much. Those of you who have sent e-mail (on Catster) to Lillie, I will respond, but I need a few days to collect my thoughts. And a humongous "bless you" who sent Rosettes in honor of my sweet kit.

I do have to relate this one final story about Lillie -- I have 18 years of stories about that feisty little cat! -- before I close. Lillie had her own room in our house (really the office, but it was all centered around her!), and she HATED to have the door anything but open. It never latched properly, so she quickly figured out that by slipping her paw under the door, she could pull it open and slip out. Well, that evening, after she'd crossed the bridge, I sat holding her tiny body, kissing her head. My husband escorted the vet and her tech out, and he closed the door behind them as they all exited. I sat with Lillie, when all of the sudden, the door popped open about five inches -- just wide enough for a little Tortie tabby to pass through. No other doors in the house had opened (causing a change in air pressure that would have caused the door to open on its own). I knew then that it was Lillie, getting the final word in -- "Don't close that door, dammit!" And it was also her way of letting me know that she was leaving (wow, typing THAT word was hard). I miss her so much that it hurts, but I know that she's in a better place -- where she won't hurt -- and that we did this at the right time, before she truly began to suffer.

Thank you, everyone at Catster, for being so awesome. I'll be back to posting and e-mailing in a day or two.

Best regards,
Julia (Lillie's Mom)


The Bridge is so Beautiful!!

January 24th 2006 4:17 pm
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Tonight, I crossed over the bridge. It was sudden -- but Mom noticed early this morning that I wasn't doing well. I didn't eat at all -- I couldn't, as the tumor had become too large. I tried, but I just couldn't. I spent most of today in the "meatloaf" position on the bathroom mat, not wanting anyone -- not even Mom -- to even touch me, let alone brush me. I did, however, take a moment to venture out into the bedroom to enjoy one last sunspot. I lingered there, then returned to the safety and comfort of my bathroom.
The bridge is so beautiful...everything that all of my angel cats have told me is true. Lots of catnip for me, and sunspots everywhere. And Buddy, Callie, Newton, and SooLing (among so many others!) are here, to show me around as I ease into my new surroundings.
I'm still watching over Mom and Dad, and my sisters, especially Malaika. It's beautiful here, and I'm no longer in any pain or discomfort.

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