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Mr. Legato L. Gato, Darn Cat!, Pretty Baby, Ralph the Dog (Dad's nickname for him)

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:
-cat rescue

May 5th 2001

Van Bicolor

I like to lick plastic, eat lint, and sleep.

I hate vet visits, dogs over 20 pounds, lawn mowers, falling out of windows, vaccum cleaners, baths, and most of all, insulin shots!

Favorite Toy:
I love laser pointers.

Favorite Nap Spot:
I like to relax in my carrier. My pet makes sure the door is always propped open with a cat pillow. It's my den.

Favorite Food:
I like any dry, fish-flavored food or plain old lint.

I charm everyone I meet. I've surprised my vet and my pet by bouncing back from a half a dozen serious health problems.


Arrival Story:
My pet met me at a rescue's adoption event at a pet store. She was looking for a small dog when I stretched my left forepaw out between the cage bars. We shook hands, and the rescue people asked her if she wanted to hold me. I don't think she did, really, but she didn't want to be rude, so next thing she knew, I had my head tucked under her armpit, and was purring! When her sister and brother-in-law were done shopping, she gave me back, and decided to go on with her life. She couldn't get me out of her thoughts, though, and two weeks later adopted me.

Forums Motto:
Conniseur of Comfort

The Groups I'm In:
Diabetic Paws, Mutt Cats, Ohio Cats

The Last Forum I Posted In:
'odd' things you like to eat

I've Been On Catster Since:
December 22nd 2005 More than 11 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Legato's Life

October 28, 2009 - Legato's Song is Silent.

October 29th 2009 5:21 am
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One of my favorite songs from the musical "Cats" is the one about how cats contemplate their secret name, known only to them and not shared with their pet humans. I like to think that Legato shared that name with my sister who encouraged me to adopt him in 2004, although for no known reason he never seemed to like her after that first day. I had been struggling to decide on a name for him, knowing only that the name his rescue group gave him, "Snoball," was definitely not the right one for him.

When, about two weeks after adopting him, I told my sister how this still-nameless cat loved to sit on my lap and purr, she suggested "Legato," which she explained is an Italian word used by classical musical composers to indicate a "calm and peaceful interlude," and also sounds like the Spanish, "el Gato," which means "cat." So, "Snoball" became Legato L. Gato - the calm and peaceful singing cat.

I can't help but think that "Legato" was his secret name, the one usually cats reserve for themselves, and that for whatever reason, he loved us enough to honor us by sharing it with us. (Of 203,875 cats on Catster right now, he's the only one with that name.) Maybe he knew that no matter how many miles he traveled with me (300 miles, 3 times a month, for 2 years, then 110 miles, 3 times a month, for 3 years, plus one business trip - all by car), he had his forever home the day I took him home for the first time.

I spoke with the vet yesterday morning, and both vets in the practice felt that only the IV fluids were keeping Legato alive. When I went to visit him, I agreed. Both vets felt that the only possible options were either a bone marrow aspiration, which would not have shown anything which could be treated and which would have been horribly painful for Legato, or putting him to sleep.

At my request, since I knew I would not be able to drive home safely after Legato died, they agreed to keep him comfortable until October 29th, but Dad was able to come out and go with me back to the vet's.

Legato was put to sleep on the afternoon of October 28, 2009, because of a blood disorder. The vets were able to regulate his sugar, but he was showing no sign of improvement and no interest in his environment. The vet used the term "blood dysplasia."

Now, I go between completely numb and knife-like sadness, but I know I did everything I could, and I know I did the right thing by letting Legato go.

Legato's song is silent now.


Waiting, Waiting, and More Waiting

October 26th 2009 7:51 am
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Two emergency calls to the vet yesterday (Oct. 25th) convinced me not to have Legato put to sleep. She said he might be more comfortable if I held food and water for several hours, then reintroduced it slowly. I did, and he's walking more, but definitely not steadily.

Legato woke me at 4:50am when he was vomiting again - he makes this horrible meow when he does - but has seemed mostly comfortable since then. He's been able to keep down liquids, and after I gave him two small amounts of water about 40 minutes apart, began drinking on his own.

The vet called this morning - she's waiting on the lab results. She said yesterday that she's hoping that the 8% "unidentified cells" in his blood count will be something treatable.

Legato's figured out that I will carry him if he feels too tired to walk. He has a different meow from the vomiting one, and usually walks as far as he feels like, then points his head in the direction he wants me to take him.

For now, I guess, it's back to more waiting.


The vet called back

October 25th 2009 8:37 am
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The vet called back and we think Legato may have an ulcer in his stomach. He's resting comfortably, and I'm cooking chicken and rice for him. He only vomited once today, so I'm still hoping we can get through until tomorrow afternoon.

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