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Bambina, Bam-Bam, Buttons-Butt, Beanie-Baby
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September 1st 2002
Jumping and Climbing, watching pouring (water, cat litter), opening doors
No peeves -- beautiful accepting personality
Ping-pong balls -- bouncing them, playing soccer with them. Also chasing cabbage-moths!
Favorite Nap Spot:
Buttons sleeps around, but mostly on cupboards or upside down on laps.
Loves ALL food, especially chicken!
Can open ANY door - round knob, handle, low, high, sliding, push-door, pull-door, doors that stick -- ANYTHING!
indoors and outdoors
Have had her from before she was born. Never meant to have so many cats, but shortly after her birth (on my bed!) she was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. If we had left her at a shelter, she would have been put to sleep -- and that would be criminal, for such a loving, trusting creature. So we're hers, now and forever.
At 5.40am AEDT December 19th 2005, Buttons successfully got into the bathroom (a forbidden area!) and so my mother brought her into the living room, where she ate her food and then requested a small amount of commercial cat milk, which she lapped up with every sign of enjoyment.
She jumped up onto my bed, started grooming after her meal,
then went crazy and started mauling her right back leg.
She then developed saddle thrombosis in both legs as my mother watched, and regurgitated her food and milk. She didn't cry out in pain, just seemed confused. She struggled to a corner where she propped herself up in a sitting position with her legs out in front of her - but didn't cry out or anything. My mother stroked her and she purred, then we put her in the car and took her to the emergency vet, which is a L-O-N-G way away.
On the way to the car, she was looking out the front of the house, out the back of the house -- she was really curious, drinking it all in, closing her eyes and raising her head and using those muscles near the nose/mouth to enjoy the scents -- not at all struggling for breath, just enjoying being high (she loves heights) in her carrier and seeing things from a new perspective.
She's never been in this car before, and hates cars in general. She cried out most of the way, but only towards the end (when it was major highways with semi trailers everywhere making horrid noises) did she start open mouth breathing a little, but she got that under control herself before we entered the Hospital.
This was now 7.03am. A stethoscope revealed a gallop rhythm, we gave them ALL of her history, both medical and social. We left at about 7.45am.
The emergency vet has ultrasounds, and a specialist cat-vet, who rang us at 10.15am. Buttons left atrium had swelled to 2cm, a bedside test revealed slower than average clotting (?) and a small amount of fluid around her heart. She said that clot-busting drugs sometimes hasten death, but that if the cat survives, their quality of life is improved with greater chances of hind-quarter mobility.
Although finances are BEYOND tight, we elected to go with the clot-busters, even though they are $600, because we wanted to give Buttons the best possible shot at a good life. She was only born
1/sep/2002, so was young, and as it turned out her kidneys
were in good shape, we'd caught the clot early (as it happened, in fact) and it seemed the best shot.
At 1.06pm, the emergency vet rang to say that as they were adjusting her drip at 12.45, Buttons went stiff, gave a B-I-G sign, and her heart simply stopped beating.
There were almost no external warning signs of this. She had lost a little weight, but her appetite and thirst had been good but not excessive. She hadn't been restricting her activities -- up until minutes before the clot she had been jumping up 1.5 metres to open the bathroom door in the first place! She hadn't been open-mouth breathing, or stomach-breathing, or coughing.
She'd just been her. The baby. The only one who loved being held upside down like a baby in your lap for hours on end. The only one who loved bouncing ping pong balls like a basket baller. The only one who was good at opening ALL kinds of doors, drawers -- anything.
Merry Christmas, Buttons-Angel.
Gotta Love Me!
The Groups I'm In:
Heart and Soul, The Catster Heart Disease Group
I've Been On Catster Since:
|January 2nd 2006
||More than 8 years!
Rosette, Star and Special Gift History
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