The Lord of the Manor Speaks

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A tribute to my dear friend, Wally

December 1st 2007 3:02 pm
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You know, I just don’t understand how life can be so unspeakably cruel sometimes. Why are so many of my best Catster friends deciding to celebrate Christmas in Heaven this year instead of with their earth families and furrriends? And multiple cats within the same family too?

I am just a simple house cat, so I can not comprehend these things. I am reluctant to even speak of my good friend Wally’s sudden and heartbreaking departure for Heaven because I am afraid that anything I say will sound trite. But I will say that knowing how hard it would be for anycat to adjust to a world without Wally, I can’t even imagine how hard it will be for his mommy and for Alfie, that little orange lovebug.

We found this song a while back right after Wally’s sister, Sydney Rose also left for Heaven, just a few short weeks ago. The lyrics say:

Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you can not hear my voice
I’ll be right beside you, dear

That song made us think of the photo of Sydney Rose, with her wings all lit up like the splendid angel that she is, and now we will always thing of Wally when we hear it too. I can just picture beautiful Sydney Rose flying down to take Wally from the comfort of his mommy’s arms to Heaven to be with her and all the other furfaces we love and miss so much.

I put this special song on my page for you all to hear and remember Wally and Sydney Rose too.

Wally, you were a super-cool dude and a great friend to our family. I’ll see you on the other side.

 

Heartbroken

November 27th 2007 4:28 pm
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Tonight when Mommy came home, I was eating my supper and then I heard Mommy get on the computer to check Catster. Suddenly I heard Mommy cry out, "Ohnolordhavemercy!" like it was all one word. I came to see what was wrong, and she was just sitting there with her mouth hanging open and her head in her hands. I asked her what happened, and she gave me the dreadful news that sweet McKenna had left for heaven only days after her brother Buddie. I jumped right up on Mommy's desk to read this for my own self because I could not believe my ears.

Then I rubbed my head all over Mommy and was alternating between purring and meowing. She did not even yell at me to get off her work clothes. Instead, she folded me all up and held me close, and she said it's a good thing she can't read Catster at work because she would have to explain to everyone why she could not stop crying.

We are beyond heartbroken for Buddie and McKenna's family. This is just too much. To be left so suddenly with no furfaces must be unbearable.

PLEASE help Buddie and McKenna's Mommy and Daddy by keeping them in your thoughts, especially through the holidays. Please let them know you are thinking of them often. We have to help them get through this somehow. It is what Buddie and McKenna would have done for any of our pawrents.

 

My test results

November 17th 2007 8:38 am
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Well, we got through week 1 with no Mommy! Well, we still have a mommy, but she is never home.

The v-e-t called with my blood results. They said the return of my symptoms (weight loss, vomiting, heart murmur, abnormal kidney values) is likely due to the fact that my thyroid levels increased dramatically again. My thyroid was regulated just a few weeks ago, but suddenly starting to get away from us again. This is typical with hyperthyroidism. It gets worse over time.

So the doctor recommended two things:

-increase my dose on the thyroid pills (yuck!)
-change food again

The v-e-t staff left the food outside the office door for Mommy because their hours conflict her new hours. We will start the transition to the new food. Sigh. I am so frustrated that in spite of being such a good boy and always taking my medicine for Daddy, that I still am not getting better.

I am feeling ok and acting normal, except for an occasional poop outside the box. Mommy wonders if I am just letting her know I miss her! But when I first got diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, I was not using the litterbox at all, so it could be that too. I have been good the last few days with no accidents or throwing up.

Hopefully this new strategy will get us somewhere. Thank you to all of you who sent pmails, rosettes and nice thoughts and purrs to me.

 

Barbecue in November!

November 11th 2007 4:03 pm
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Today Mommy and Daddy had a bunch of people over for a barbecue in November! Mommy put Kiki and me in the guest room with our beds, litter, food and water. Catsy stayed in her pink bed.

One of people that came over was our old next door neighbor named Janet. Janet is a super nice lady that loves me! At our old house, I was an indoor/outdoor kitty, and I used to visit Janet too! Janet is the one who first explained to Mommy when she found me that I am a boy kitty and not a girl kitty as Mommy thought. (Thanks for clearing that up, Janet!) Mommy allowed Janet to come upstairs and pet me for a while, and I was so happy to see her! She said I sure have mellowed out in my old age!

One time at our old house, I was missing for a whole day. Mommy was outside crying and crying and looking for me, and then Janet (who was on her way to work) came along and offered to help her look for me. Guess where I was? I was in Janet's garage! Her son had opened the door the night before and I went inside, but then he closed the door and I could not get out! (Thanks for finding me, Janet!)

I am so glad I got to see her again.

 

The four-person blood draw team

November 9th 2007 12:42 pm
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Today I was sleeping on the people bed in the guest room. I was already quite comfy when Mommy turned the electric blankie on just for me. I didn't think I could possibly be any happier!

But then Mommy had to go and ruin it by packing me all up in that box and lugging me to the v-e-t! I yelled at Mommy that this was no way to spend our last day together before she goes back to work!

Mommy tried to collect my urine sample at home in the litterbox, but I would not give her one! Why should I make her job any easier? But when I was at the v-e-t and I saw that big pee-collecting needle coming toward me, and I said..."ok! ok! You can have my pee! Here!" and then I put their sample right on the table for them. (After they collected it, I left three more for good measure. They might have gotten what they wanted, but now they have a whole load of laundry to wash just from me!)

The doctor said my specific gravity is unchanged, which is not the news we wanted. Also, my heart murmur is back...grade 3 out of 5. The doctor is not happy that I had a bout of vomiting either, and he is worried about my cough. He suspects that my thyroid, which we JUST got regulated with the pills, is running away on us again. What are we going to do? I am not well enough for Radiocat yet, but the pills are not good for me either, and it seems like I am no better now than I was before after all this pain and expense. And if it's NOT my thyroid, then it's something else.

To confirm his theory, the doctor said he needed my blood. Oh dear. He got one vial he needed, but then decided that to get the second vial he would need one just more pair of hands...his! That would bring the total number of people holding me down to three, plus one towel! But who would draw the blood if he was helping to hold me? The doctor asked his wife (also a v-e-t) to come in and draw the blood! Four people and one towel, just to get a little blood from my paw! Mommy asked them if I was the worst cat ever, and they just laughed and said I am not even in the same ballpark as their most difficult patients, and that made Mommy feel a tiny bit better.

After the blood fiasco, it was finally time to go home. I always come out of my carrier at home and act as if nothing happened! I wanted food! So Mommy gave me the yummy feast she promised me, and now I am going to see if those blankets are still warm!

Mommy is awfully worried about me. :-(

 

Mommy is going back to work

November 6th 2007 6:50 pm
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Mommy just told us she is going back to work. She starts her new job on Monday. I am not happy. I spent all summer training her how to be a cat, and now all my hard work and training is down the tubes. I guess you just can't find good help these days.

 

Cat Wheel of NOT Fun

November 5th 2007 4:43 pm
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A few weeks ago, Mommy and Daddy went into Target to buy kitty litter. This trip somehow cost them over $100!

Anymeow, one reason they overspent was because Mommy and Daddy each picked out a new toy for us. Mommy got us one of those crinkly tubes, and Daddy got something called the Cat Wheel of Fun.

Have you ever seen the Cat Wheel of Fun? It's a round frame with some fabric over it (reminds me of my cat carrier!), and it has four compartments to sleep, hide and play in. While Daddy put it together, Mommy tried to get us to play with the crinkle tube, but mostly we just ran away because we were scared of the crinkle noise. Kiki decided to play with the Target bag, which makes the exact same scary noise, so Mommy could not understand why she did not like the new toy! Mommys just don't understand us cats sometimes.

Finally, the Cat Wheel of Fun was ready! But has anycat even played with it just once? NO! All three of us have rubbed our faces on it, and that is it! Mommy thought maybe we just needed time to discover it, but it looks like it was just a huge waste of money. For the record, Mommy's toy was also a waste of money, but much less money!

Mommy says she told Daddy we would not like the Cat Wheel of Fun, and she has no idea what to do with it now. Sigh. I wonder sometimes if poor Daddy ever gets tired of being wrong.

Well, at least Kiki liked the Target bag, so it wasn't a total waste.

 

Heartbreak in Catsterland

November 1st 2007 11:16 am
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Today there is even more heartbreak in Catsterland. We have lost so many of our good friends in the past few weeks alone. We were still reeling from losing Amelia when we lost the beautiful Sydney Rose. We also lost our friend Kiki.

We thought things were turning around. We got such great news from Adam, and our dear Miz Hazel Lucy was Cat of the Week!

But just yesterday, we found out that Roy Baxter Baxter Boy had to leave us. He was a great guy.

And today we got the sickening shock of finding out that Milo, a member of one of Catster's most beloved furmilies, suddenly left for the Bridge this morning. What a terrible loss for Milo's family and for our whole Catster family.

I was just meowing with Milo the other day. I can't believe he is gone. I really don't know how much more bad news I can take.

My most special memory of Milo is when we went to Yosemite for Truman's bachelor party! It was so very fun. Milo drove us around in his car. He was a very good driver. Milo's mommy Janet is so nice that she even sent me a photo of us boy cats out on the town!

Milo, I know we will be friends forever, but right now, I just miss you.

 

All better for Meowlo-ween!

October 31st 2007 7:29 am
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I seem to be all better now, thanks to all my good friends purring for me!

Last night, I felt better and I wanted to celebrate! I asked Mommy to brush me, so she did, and that made me feel better. To look good is to feel good, and I looked great!

I started meowing again, and I even jumped up on Mommy's desk to visit her! I jumped in the tub for a while too, which is where I love to go and sit and catch some drops of water. I visited Catsy (with Mommy to watch me) and I was mostly good.

Then I asked Mommy to help me get my toys out so I could play. I played with my furry mouse (named Eeek!) and my ping pong balls and little kitty ring from Calvin and his family and also my fishing pole and my mouse wheel. Mommy said she was so happy to have me back!

I got better just in time for trick or treaters! We did not have trick or treaters last year because Grandpa was sick and Mommy was with him all the time. The year before, we lived in a totally different house, so we have no idea how many trick or treaters we might get! Mommy is going to put some lights up to encourage kids to come. I hope we get a whole bunch!

 

Feeling all yucky and girly

October 30th 2007 12:07 pm
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Mommy just took even MORE photos of me in a pink flowery bed with ruffles! She is going to ruin my macho image! This is a new one we got so that Catsy would have an alternate bed when she was traveling in other rooms. But so far, I am the only cat who likes it! We also have a bed with red flowers that I like, and another pink one for outside. You would think I like flowers or something! I think someone here does, but it's not me! That said, I can't tell you how comfy this new bed is!

I am still not feeling too hot. I have not thrown up anymore, but I am sleeping an awful lot. Yesterday I slept ALL DAY, and I even let Mommy cover me up with a blanket, which I usually don't tolerate. Today, it was noon-thirty and I was still not up yet, not even to eat. Mommy performed a test of my appetite by opening and closing the cabinet door that hides my Fancy Feast! I passed the test! I came down pretty quickly to get my food. She also performed a test of the litterbox after I used it. Don't ask me what that was all about.

I called in sick to my office on the porch again today. Kiki will handle my affairs why I am out sick. I have gone out a few times just to check in, but then I can't get comfy and I want to go back in. She did tell me that a woodpecker is pecking holes in our house! Boy, I wish I could go out there and get him!

Thank you to Spunky and Diego, Lulu and Leggs for my get well rosettes! They helped a lot. Also, thank you to Cybil and Loki for the pmails. I appreciate everycat's concern very much.

Hopefully by tomorrow I will be all better for sure.

 
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