Photo Comments Sex: Female Weight: 6 lbs.
Leave a treat for Novella (Litsky) 1989-1999
Catster stats for Novella (Litsky) 1989-1999
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Favorite Nap Spot:
Wicker chair in sunroom
We lived in NYC in 1990, and were visiting a friend in the country. I was sitting at a table in the back yard, sipping coffee with cream, when a small, dainty cat came down from the back of the yard, jumped onto on the table and sat with one paw raised. She put a paw in my coffee and licked the coffee off her paw. I thought she must be very hungry to drink coffee - even with cream. I asked our friend about her, and he said she was a stray, and that his dog chased her whenever he could. So we put out a bowl of cream, and I asked Marvin, my husband, whether we could take her home. "We don't need another cat," he said.
So for the rest of the afternoon I put on the longest face I could muster, and he finally said,"If she's still around when we leave, you can have her." When we left, she was hiding under a car. We caught her and put her in a cardboard box for the trip home. At about 1 year of age she weighed only 4 lbs., and had every parasite, internal and external, known to man. She also had a cut on her paw, which is probably why she held it up. She was frail and weak, and sad. But we nursed her back to health and she became the sweetest, lovingest cat I've ever had. She would nap with me on the couch, she was friendly to my guests, and feared nothing and nobody, although she was never mean or aggressive. For nine years she brightened my life, but the gods were jealous. I always knew she was too good to live, and they took her back at the young age of 10. She died in 1999, after a brave bout with peripheral lymphoma.
The lymphoma that killed Litsky had been waiting in ambush for years. In 1991, a year after we rescued her, we went on vacation and left a colleague of Marvin's to care for our cats. When we got home, Litsky wasn't there. Our friend had fortunately noticed that she was ill and had taken her to the hospital. A needle biopsy showed peripheral lymphoma, and we were given the choice between prednisone (prognosis: 6-8 months) and chemo (prognosis: 9-10 months). We couldn't afford chemo and the prognosis wasn't very different, so we opted for the pred. To everyone's amazement - including the vet's - Litsky recovered completely, was gradually weaned off the prednisone, and lived in perfect health until she was diagnosed with the same disease several years later, in 1998. That's like 30 human years! Still, she was only 10, so this time we pulled out all the stops - chemo, radiation - and gained her another few tormented months. Were those years in between a very long remission? Was the diagnosis incorrect? Was it a recurrence or a new case? We'll never know, but we're grateful for the gift of those extra years. There will never be another Litsky.
Too good to live.
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