Katie (in loving memory)

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Home:Chicago, IL  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Female   Weight: 6 lbs.

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Quick Bio:
-cat rescue

February 1st 1995

Patched Tabby

She loved being brushed and taking long naps.

Nothing irritated her more than nail trimming.

Favorite Toy:
She liked all cat toys.

Favorite Nap Spot:
She was the best lap cat.

Favorite Food:
She liked to have a variety of wet food.

She was very skilled at being sweet and cute.


Arrival Story:
It was fate! I decided to switch to a better apartment in my building and was buying some furniture from the tenant, Matthew, who was going to move, when his cat walked into the room. I asked if she was for sale too, just kidding. It ended up he still needed to find a home for her because he was moving across country and couldn't bring her. I said I would adopt her. So she stayed in the same apartment but switched owners. I don't live there anymore but I still have my lucky find.

Katie's 2nd life began in the winter of 1997 when she was found outdoors and starving in Chicago. Her previous whereabouts remain unknown. In Katie's words "I don't want to get into my past...it was painful, but time has helped blur the memories. Though I do have unpleasant dreams sometimes. I'll just say that my first two years are a mystery to my mom. All she knows is that I was found on the cold, winter streets of Chicago by a nice woman named Marina. She took me to her apartment and kept me in a back room away from the scary big dog. I knew that I couldn't live with a dog, so when her friend, Matthew, would come over I would look into his eyes and meow. He eventually realized I was asking him to help me and took me to his apartment. I was very skinny, so he fed me and helped me gain much needed weight. A year or so later, I met my mom." Since being found, Katie has lived a happy and comfortable life. She prefers the company of humans, so has asked that we don't adopt another pet. She enjoys spending her days snuggled in a blanket, occasionally getting up to bat a ball around or fling a mousey. She is extremely affectionate and feels that being a lap cat is her true calling. I'll end with Katie's insightful introspection..."I am a feline of great emotional depth and keen philosophical insight. I've been through some hard times, but have always maintained my positive attitude towards life and have continually welcomed humans into my kitty world. For this, I have been greatly rewarded."

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Katie's last day

March 27th 2010 8:17 pm
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Dear Catster friends,

I’m Katie’s mom and I’m sad to say that Katie passed away last week. She had been doing well considering her health problems, but it was her time to go. We had a really nice day together. It started out with a trip to the vet for her regular blood tests. I know she wouldn’t say that was good, but it was a sunny and mild day, so she felt the breeze blowing into her carrier and enjoyed the sun warming her inside. And she was really happy when we got home. She spent the day looking out the windows, getting petted by me, napping, and eating her favorite food.

In the evening I gave her the subcutaneous fluids like usual then brushed her. She loved being brushed so she purred and purred. I left her for ten minutes and when I came back she was limp and unresponsive. She came to when I picked her up but I knew she was very sick so I took her to the emergency vet. They did tests but didn’t know what was wrong with her. Her condition got worse and it was obvious that she was dying, so we decided that the best thing to do for her was to help her go.

I'm very glad that I was home when she started dying so I could end her suffering quickly. And I cherish our last day together, just like I cherish every day I had with her. Every day with Katie was indeed a treat.

Take care kitties,

Katie’s mom


Every day really is a treat

February 1st 2010 8:00 pm
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Hello diary and everyone,

I've made it to another birthday! I know Mom has been worried about me for the past few months, but I am doing pretty good for an old gal with kidney disease. I even had a surprisingly good blood test recently. My kidney function is stable, certainly because of my new medicine (Epakitin and Azodyl; ask your vet about them if you have bad kidneys too). My red blood cell level is good AND my diabetes appears to have gone into remission. That means no more shots! Mom has to keep watching me for signs in case it comes back, but so far so good. It sure gets boring talking about my health problems, but that's part of getting older, isn't it?

Now that I'm in my twilight years and don't mouse around like I used to, I have a lot of time to reflect on my life as well as enjoy the slow pace of the present. I think back to what I wrote in my first entry -"I've been through some hard times, but have always maintained my positive attitude towards life and have continually welcomed humans into my kitty world. For this, I have been greatly rewarded." So true, so true. The people who have taken care of me, from my owners to my vets, have been a gift from the universe. We are a different species but we happily go through life together loving each other.

Did I just say I love my vets?? I must be getting senile. Ha, ha, ha.

Happy birthday to me!



Lots of changes

September 18th 2009 2:05 pm
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Dear diary,

Lots has changed since the last time I wrote. Mom and I moved into a new apartment, so I've had to adapt my daily rituals to a new place. I used to spend a lot of my day snoozing under the blanket on the couch, but now I spend all of my time on the bed. It's by two windows, so I can sunbathe and look at all the goings-on outside. It's a pretty sweet set up I have there.

Ugh, the other change is that I lost a bunch of weight again. I hate when I do that! I don't do it on purpose though. It ends up that my kidneys aren't working as hard as they used to, so get this, I get iv fluids once a day. It's like I'm a patient and Mom is my nurse. But luckily I don't have to go to the hospital to get it. I was pretty grumpy about it at first because the needle kind of hurt. But Mom asked the vet for thinner needles and it's been going better. Getting fluids isn't my favorite thing in the world to do, but it's only for a few minutes a day and Mom brushes me to make it nicer for me.

Getting older is a pain, but I still enjoy my kitty cat life and since Mom takes such good care of me, I hope to have many more happy days ahead.

Purrs and trills,


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