Domestic Shorthair
Picture of Arlene, a female Domestic Shorthair

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Sex: Female

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Arwene, Leenie, Arweenie, Weenie, Precious

Rainbow Bridge
Quick Bio:
-mixed breed-part feral-cat rescue

Tortoiseshell Silver

She loved rubs on her shoulders and Garfield. She loved her little boy, Luca and Simba too.

The male ferals who came around and any other cat.

Favorite Toy:
Her fav toy was a green catnip mouse... she would wack it in the air and you see her flying in mid air across the patio, chasing after it.

Favorite Nap Spot:
She loved snuggling up with Garfield. In direct sunlight so she could do some sun bathing.

Favorite Food:
Meow Mix. Moist tuna treats drove her crazy like it was catnip.

She was the most vibrant cat I've ever had. She was a wonderful mother to Luca. A great hunter, a present brought home at least 2 times a week. I can think of so many more...


Arrival Story:
We moved to the old neighborhood in 2004. We weren't cat people and I never really liked cats. But after a while of living in our new house, I noticed two cats, an orange tabby and a silver tortoiseshell. I chased them off every time they were in our yard. I wasn't comfortable, but they continuously returned. One day in October, a week before Halloween, I'm decorating a small tree by the driveway. My sister was sitting on the steps trying to fix something to hang in the dogwood. I looked to my right and I see the cats watching me. I felt nervous, but I decided not to chase them off. I was tired of it. Minutes later, my heart stops when the tortie pops up out of nowhere under my legs. She rubs the tree and gives me this look in her eyes. I held my breath as she rubbed my legs. I reached down and gave her a rub back. My heart lightened with joy and danced. I suddenly fell in love with this cat. I looked over and there was the orange tabby watching her closely. The tortie ran to my sister and sat with her on the steps. It was funny. Sometime before, my dad gave me two beanie babies as a gift, Garfield and Arlene. I thought and it came to me. Arlene and Garfield will be their names. I fed them bread and milk and water everyday. We had no such thing as cat food in our house. They were home all the time. Arlene was always loving us as we loved her, but Garfield was more secure of himself. Arlene wasn't your ordinary cat. She lead me to knew places outside when I'd go exploring the neighborhood. She was an amazing climber. She'd almost always get stuck on the roof and I'd have to find a way to get her down. She'd climb 50ft tall trees and still find her own way down to the bottom. Where ever I went, she went. She was an awesome hunter as well. We'd find bird feathers all over the front porch or moles or chipmunk tails, just about anything. She'd bring us presents and I praised her. She was in love with Garfield. He was always by her side, watching over her. They'd snuggle together at night or cuddle up for naps during the days. She was loving when Simba joined the family. She'd greeet him and rub him. Garfield loved him, too. She did have trouble with the male ferals. They'd chase her up trees and corner her and try to impress her. She never gave them a glance. I had to rescue her from them so many time. 3 male ferals chased her up a tree once, but I chased them away and she was meowing thank you to me non-stop. Then Arlene became pregnant over winter. Who other then Garfield to be the daddy. She didn't like any cats, except for Garfield. April 29, 2005, she had Luca in the corner of the house. Little orange stuff. She had another but it didn't make it. Our attempts to save it weren't good enough. But Luca did. She loved him so much. She cried outside when we had to give Luca his bathes, which were terrible having a kitten trying to climb up your arm. Garfield was a good daddy as well. They were the perfect parents... in March 2006, mom decided we moved. I was worried about the cats at a new home. All went well the first month, but it all came to an end in April. I found Arlene lying in the road on April 19, 2006 at 7am... She was was pregnant again over winter and was a week due to have kittens, but it all ended that morning. Of course it was the most difficult time I've ever had. I remember standing on the steps, that lead down to the street where she was, and crying and shouting "why" and "no". Simba and Luca were there with me at that moment. I'm sure they either thought I was crazy or extremely upset. Simba sniffed her body under the tree and he flinched. I felt his energy burst and he mourned for her. Luca as well. But he knew that she was alright and decided to take care of the flattened chipmunk for her. I grabbed it out of the street and threw it to him so he wouldn't end up like her. Her entire death story was in the road. She was chasing a chipmunk in the road... I found her pretty pink collar 10 feet ahead on the other side of the street. I ran out to get it quickly... I hate to imagine this part of her life... I still have her collar. She had a rainbow collar at the old neighborhood and the pink one was a newer one. I have her tags as well. They're all on my bed rest so she's still with me. She missed Luca's first birthday and my 8th grade graduation. I considered the thought of not going to it because she wouldn't be home to see me, but she was with me while I was there. I had to live on, losing Garfield in May. I never had the chance to let her go until November 2006. I prayed that she was alright up there and I prayed that she was up there. We buried her in our backyard. I made a tombstone for her in October 2006. I've been saying thank you to her ever since and telling her I'm sorry. All she could do was be with me in my dreams. She was first best friend and we never cared for cats... until she came into our lives... we became cat people and she's the biggest reason of them all -- she gave me my love for cats. My best friend.

Forums Motto:
My Precious Girl

I've Been On Catster Since:
June 11th 2006 More than 9 years!

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2 Years too Soon

April 19th 2008 1:20 pm
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Today is my 2 year anniversary on the Rainbow Bridge. Mommy was expecting it but today just came up on her too fast... She woke up this morning and she knew what day it was immediately... Although it rained a lot last night, I have brought down a beautiful day for her to enjoy. She will never forget anything about me or what happened that day. It may have been 2 years, but it's been 2 years long with mommy still starring out her window at the street, every morning... every day. It's hard on her since the street will always hold the most tragic memory of our lives...

I watched mommy this morning, as she tiredly walked over to the window and looked down at the road. She looked in the lushious greens yards and the cloudy sky from the rain. She turned around and looked toward the tombstone she made for me over a year ago. She told me about today... my 2 year anniversary. 2 years have past and yet, I still wonder why mommy continues to blame herself for what happened... She knows she shouldn't but she still feels that way.

Mommy, I'm still sorry we have been separated, long ago. But we will be together again soon... I'm purring along with your prayers for me.

Love Always...

-Your Arwenie


Daily Diary Pick

April 10th 2008 4:01 am
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Thank you Catster HQ for choosing me as a DDP yesterday! Mommy has been quite busy lately, but she did get her email yesterday morning that I was chosen! What a surprise it was... I did enjoy my day! Thank you Kay for the pmail and thank you Snowy for my rainbow rosie!! I was on Cloud Nine!



Cat's Prayer Poem

March 30th 2008 6:43 pm
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Mommy has updated our angel pages. I love my page's new look... it's so cute and pink! I told mommy we wouldn't disappear on her while they were in Florida. I've been jumping around the place and being lazy with Saki and Leo. Who knew being an indoor kitty could be so relaxing and worry-free?? While mommy was looking up some backgrounds for me, Garfield, and Digger, she came across this cute cat prayer poem! Along with this long quote about the rainbow bridge.


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