October 28th 2009 1:06 pm
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Mawmee Laura here.
The overwhemling support and love that Ted and I have felt from all of Calvin's pals over the past two days has been so touching and comforting.
Just when I thought I was holding it all together, I'd read another pmail, rosette, or poem that was sent to Calvin, and the tears flowed again. I know you have shed these tears too, as I have done when our pals have journeyed to the bridge.
I love all my cats and dogs dearly, but there has always been something special about Calvin. I thank God that when he was rescued from the shelter, he hid under the guest room bed and wouldn't come out when I was trying to find homes for my aunts' four cats. I always knew I would keep one of her cats. Calvin was her favorite, and I know why. Losing him is even more difficult as it is the last connection I had to her.
I picked up Calvin's ashes this afternoon from the vet's office. One of the vet techs told me she had gotten on his Catster page. She had never heard of Catster before. I'm sure she was amazed at the special gift box that goes on for miles with wing after wing! I plan to copy all the messages in those special gifts so that I'll have them when they disappear.
I believe all the purrs for Calvin over the past month helped him stay with us for as long as he could. From the stroll, to the All About Calvin that cats have put after their names, to the diary entries, to the advice on feeding and medicines - they have meant more than you can ever imagine. Now that he is back home, please know that it is okay to go back to your own name and main photo. Calvin wouldn't want us fussing too much over him!
I will cherish everything you have done to make Calvin feel special and so loved. Please accept this diary entry as a huge thank you to all his pals and their humans. Today, I received a beautiful arrangement with three gorgeous roses in it from one of our Catster friends. The message on the card read:
Red for his passon for life, pink for his love of family, and yellow for all the friendship he inspired.
The friendship you all have shown will never be forgotten . . . . . just like Calvin!
Thank you, and a big hug to your cats from me!
October 26th 2009 10:00 am
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Early this morning around 5 a.m., Mawmee came downstairs to check on me. I was laying in the dining room. She got my fleece blanket and put it over me, and laid down on the floor to be with me.
All of a sudden, Gleek showed up, and then Violet, and then Newman, and finally Samoa. We were all in the dining room together. Everycat was gathered around and being quiet, except Newman who was on the dining room table messing with the Calvin Collar envelopes that were ready to be mailed!
I decided to get up and go in the other room. Who can sleep with all those cats around?
This morning I had a visit with my vet. She took my blood and checked it, and came in and told us that my red blood cell count was very, very low, and that I was bleeding internally. Mawmee and Daddy were so sad to hear this news, but at least they found out what was going on with me, and why I didn't eat anything over the weekend.
It was time for me to become an angel. Everyone cried - even my vet, and she kissed me on the head. Mawmee was very brave because she stayed with me when I left to make my journey to the bridge. She has never been able to do that before, but she promised me that she would not leave me. I was laying on my fleece blanket, and it was very peaceful and calm.
When I got to the bridge, I couldn't believe all the angels that were there to greet me. They gave me my heart basket. I think this might be a bridge secret, so when it's your turn to come to the bridge, act surprised.
Every animal that journeys to the bridge gets a basket, and every basket is full to the top with hearts. Some pets have baskets with just one or two giant hearts in them because they only had a couple of people who loved them when they were on earth. But their basket is full with those giant hearts. Those are the pieces of the hearts they took with them when they made their journey.
You should see my basket of hearts. There are a gazillion hearts - very tiny, but there are so many of them they almost spill out of the basket. They are pieces of hearts from all the wonderful friends I have made since I've been on Catster. I feel sorry for those cats who only have a few giant hearts in their basket because they were not loved by as many people.
I had a wonderful life - especially the last seven years that I spent living with my Mawmee, Daddy, and all my siblings. I know today will be sad, but I hope you will remember all the pawsome fun we've had over the years. I know those memories will be with me forever.
Knead On . . . . . . . . .
October 25th 2009 10:17 am
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Wowza, the Diary Gal must be all about me too - MOL! Thanks for picking me today.
This morning Daddy was happy to see me walking around and acting a little more alert. I wouldn't eat for him, and when Mawmee tried later, I ate two tiny bites of wet food. She has tried several more times with different wet foods, and I walk away the minute I see it. She thinks maybe the smell is making me feel yucky. She even tried baby food, but I wouldn't take it.
Tomorrow she is going to see if the vet can get me in so we can make sure I don't have an infection or maybe something is going on with that Ann Emia chick again. She and Daddy said if it is the cancer, then they will have to make a decision, but we're hoping maybe there is some other reason like the last time when that Ann Emia chick visited me and I wouldn't eat.
Double wowza - eighteen Calvin Collars are sold! I sure appreciate all my pals who have purchased one. I'm even going to be sending a Calvin Collar all the way to Australia!
A few more have been added to the shop, and there is even a petite Calvin Collar because there was a request for a smaller one for those thin necked kitties. If you want to request a certain color/size, Mawmee can make it and put it under reserve in your name.
Thanks again for all the purrs. Mawmee was afraid to wake up this morning because she wasn't sure what condition my condition would be in, but I told her I've got all of Catster purring for me, and those purrs are gonna keep me strong, Don Pardo.
Who the heck is Don Pardo ?
October 24th 2009 8:57 am
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Hey, pals! I wanted to check in with you since I haven't updated my diary on how I am feeling.
Today is not a good day. I am not feeling good, and haven't eaten anything. I've been drinking some water, and all I want to do is lay under the little table in the living room that has a cloth over it. It is nice and dark in there, and nobody bothers me . . . . . except Mawmee!
I was doing good yesterday, so we're hoping this is just a not-feel-good day, and not a day with one paw toward the bridge.
Mawmee took my temperature, and it was normal - actually a little lower than normal. She didn't know exactly how far to stick that thermometer up my butt, but she thinks she did it right. She would definitely flunk vet school!
So, I'm asking you to ramp up your purrs today if you don't mind because I know those purrs have helped me in the past.
Thanks also for all the Calvin Collar purchases - we've sold 14, and we're very close to sponsoring that first kitty at Best Friends Animal Society. I want to be here when that happens!
Knead On . . . . . . .
October 20th 2009 9:03 pm
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There may be a Sally that sells seashells by the seashore, but my Pal of the Week is this Sally!
Sally has only been on Catster since September, so you've got to get over to her page and ask her to be friends! When I first met Sally, I told her she need to get in touch with our pal, Buddie, because Sally has a feeding tube just like Buddie did. She said she was friends with Buddie too!
Sally has had her feeding tube for about a month. She had to get it because she got a fatty liver and stopped eating. I think her big fat liver was named Billy Ruben. He was one mean dude because he made her ears turn yellow on the inside. I told Sally I've had yellow ears my whole life. She said having yellow ears on the outside is okay, you just shouldn't have yellow ears on the inside.
Billy Ruben is almost gone for good, and Sally is back to eating and has white ears again, but the vet is going to leave her tube in for a little while longer just to be sure that Billy's fat self doesn't come back for a visit.
Sally and I have a lot in common right now because food is the most important thing going on in our lives. It's good to have a support system when you have bad people like Ann Emia and fat Billy Rubens ruining your life!
Sally has a secret, but I'm not going to tell you because I don't know what it is - MOL! You'll have to read her diary, but then you have to keep it quiet!
Sally has Ugg boots just like me! She has one black boot, and one orange boot. She started a new trend by having boots in two different colors.
One of Sally's best friends is her pink fuzzy bear. She had that bear when she lived in the shelter and was waiting to go to her forever home!
I'm glad you're getting better, Sally! Thanks for being my Pal of the Week!
October 19th 2009 6:08 pm
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Oh my cats, two of my Calvin Collars are sold! Thanks so much to Olivia Pickles for purchasing the very first one, and to Alfie for buying the second one! Mawmee said she will start crocheting like a mad woman to make more collars.
I told her I wanted her to save $1 from each of the Calvin Collars, and when I get $25, I'm going to sponsor a kitty at Best Friends Animal Society.
Thanks again, pals!
October 19th 2009 1:41 pm
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Well, pals, you'll never believe this, but I actually finished a bowl of food without walking away and making Mawmee follow me with the bowl. And she even snuck in another spoonful of food, and I ate that too! She was very happy about it.
Newman is always right there to help me. Wait until you see the picture of him encouraging me to eat - you will MOL!
And I've got another first to tell you about. Since I've been going to the vet every week, and I got chemo three times, and I have a bunch of medicines and fluids that I take every day, Mawmee says I have to help pay the bills. Apparently, cancer is expensive.
So, I've decided to have my own line of floof collars in Mawmee's Etsy shop. They will be called Calvin's Collars. They are crocheted, so they are soft, and they slip over your neck. The thing that makes them different than the other floof collars is the special cat charm/button on the front of the collar. These will be made for photo sessions and stuff, and to keep your neck warm if you get cold in the winter.
I guess I'm really special, and Mawmee wanted to have something like Morgan has with his beds. I checked with Morgan first to make sure he wouldn't be mad that I stole his idea. His beds are to help pay for the eye surgery he had. He thought it was a cool idea, so that is how I'm going to help out around here.
A couple of these collars are ready to go, so if you're interested, be looking for them at The Cat in the Clover!
October 15th 2009 10:20 am
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I forgot the most important part of the vet visit today.
I did an IP in my carrier! For those of you who aren't up on all the correct terminology, IP means inappropriate peeing!
Luckily, there was a pee pad in the bottom under the fleece blankie, so it didn't go all over the car like the last time.
It wasn't my fault. They kept me in the back vampire room way too long. I kept telling them I had to pee, but no one was listening to me!
Don't forget to enter your pictures in the 2009 World's Coolest Contest!
I think I'll spend the afternoon looking through my pictures and finding some good ones to enter.
October 15th 2009 10:12 am
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I didn't have a very good day yesterday. I was feeling punk, and I didn't want to eat much, and I hid under the round table in the living room that has a tablecloth over it.
Mawmee stayed up late on the computer, and around midnight she wanted to give me some food before she went to bed. She couldn't find me, and got really worried, but guess where I was? I was in bed with Daddy and Gleek! It is dang cold here and I needed the body heat from two big guys!
Mawmee brought me a midnight snack in bed, and I ate all of it. Then this morning, Daddy said I ate pretty good, and Mawmee fed me again around 9:30, and I ate good for her too.
Then we went to the vet's office at 11:00. I got more blood taken, and Mawmee gave them my pills so they could put them down my throat instead of her having to do it. She is finally getting smart and letting them do the dirty work. She said it's okay if I don't like them, but she doesn't want me to not like her anymore!
My weight is down only 1 ounce, so the vet said that is really maintaining because the difference from last week could just be a good poopie (although she didn't use the poopie word, but I told her I would have to use it to get the Diary Gal's attention).
My red blood cell count has gone up again to 28,000 and if it gets to 30,000 she said she would be happy! So, I'll continue the shots every other day. My white blood cell count was normal!
I'm also going to get my prednisone every day instead of every other day. She thinks that will help keep the cancer suppressed a little. I only take 1/4 of a tablet, and she said taking it every day won't hurt me.
She noticed that I wasn't as peppy as last week. I told her she wouldn't always feel peppy if she had vampires sucking her blood each week too! I don't have to go back for two whole weeks, unless I get really bad.
Thanks for continuing with the purrs. I really appreciate all my friends!
October 12th 2009 7:56 am
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Back in my younger days, I ate food that wasn't the best for me. That was our pre-Catster days when we didn't really know anything.
Then we got on the good stuff - you know, the dry food that doesn't have all that filler and gluten and stuff that is bad for you.
And our wet food changed too. We love the seafood varieties, but we got switched over to the turkey and chicken because sometimes the seafood varieties aren't so good for us older cats that have kidney problems.
We all liked the new food we were eating. And then I got that nasty C. Between the chemo, and that Ann Emia chick, I didn't feel like eating anything.
So, the hunt began - find a food that Calvin will eat. We have every brand and every variety of wet food on the market sitting in the cabinet or in the refrigerator - MOL! The vet lady gave us samples of some dry food - the good dry foods.
But guess what I like the best?
The seafood Fancy Feast, and Fancy Feast Dry Gold. Neither of them are the best, but Mawmee says that if I'll eat it, I can have it. You should see all the others come running the minute they smell seafood in the air. You would think there is a huge dead fish in the kitchen with the attention my chef gets when she opens a new can.
Fancy Feast ain't cheap, but I'm worth it. Mawmee is able to get the turkey variety in a 12 pack box, but the seafood doesn't come that way. She has to pay 50 cents a can for it, so I'm the only one that gets it. Did I say I'm worth it? Yesterday, Mawmee and Daddy went into a new Target store that opened in our area. The Fancy Feast seafood I like was 62 cents a can. She about fainted. And then bought me 2 cans because we were out. I'm definitely worth it!
And you want to hear something funny about Sarah, my favorite vet tech? The vet techs always ask what I'm eating and how well I'm doing with the food. Mawmee has to admit to them that I'm eating stuff that I probably shouldn't be eating. And then Sarah says, well, that is okay, we know that we shouldn't eat too many times at McDonald's, and we do that anyway!
Fancy Feast is my Happy Meal . . . . . . . . .
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