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Don't Litter

April 6th 2011 5:13 pm
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Catster is suppose to be a happy place, but sometimes you see something here that makes you, requires you, to say something. I won't name names, but those who check Catster daily would likely know who I'm talking about.

One of our members passed onto the Rainbow Bridge recently. That's tragic enough, but this was an easily preventable death. The kitty died from a uterine infection probably aggravated by two earlier miscarriages and a current pregnancy. That's right folks, she was not fixed despite ample time to do so. If she was, or at least was not allowed to get pregnant, she would not have died.

There really is no excuse for this. I know getting a cat fixed can be expensive, but there are ways around that. Some vets offer reduced rates or payment plans. There are charities and groups willing to help with the cost. Even saving a few bucks here and there would have saved enough money for the surgery since this cat has been on Catster for over 2 years. And even if money was the sole reason it wasn't done, then you must keep your cat indoors!

I'm sure her family loved her and I don't want to cause them further pain, but this has to be said. There could be some critical detail I don't know about, but based on everything I've read her owners, for all their love, failed her. I hope they will become better pet parents and won't make the same mistake again.



March 23rd 2011 8:25 pm
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Like so many others here, we morn the loss of Hazel Lucy. Every person who adopts a cat knows there will come a time when their friend will go. That will happen in every relationship, human or animal. There will be a visit that will be the final visit and you'll never see each other again. Maybe they passed on or moved or the path your lives have taken will no longer intertwine. That is the nature of things. Even the stars will go out one day (depending on how much dark energy is in the universe of course, but you're not here for a talk of theoretical cosmology).

If you think that is sad, consider the alternative. The only way to avoid being saddened by the loss of a loved one is to have no loved ones at all. You just stay in your home with no friends or family, keeping everyone at arm's length to avoid emotional attachments. That's worse. That's not living. Being sad when someone is missing means you cared about them and want them in your life. Love will hurt when it ends, but I would rather have love knowing it is finite than avoiding it.

One day Sarge will no longer jump up on my pillow and rub my head. I will weep and morn and probably make myself sick with grief. I will remember what he added to my life and wish he could have been with me longer. It is what he, and all our loved ones, have have done to make our lives better is why we cannot just hide away. To know love is to know loss. With everything love has given us, I'd say we're getting it at a bargain price.


I'm doing good

March 9th 2011 4:36 pm
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The V-E-T called the other day. I'm in pretty good shape. Blood work all came back without any problems. We think my heart murmur was caused by having to take the sedative. It really did a number on me. I wasn't back to my usual kitty self until the next day. Tonight Dad chased me up and down the stairs to see how fast I'd go. I stayed ahead of him, but not zooming around like Pepi. Hey, when you're being chased you don't have to be fastest, just faster than the one chasing you.


My time at the vet

March 5th 2011 9:54 am
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Dad gave me half a crumpled pill this morning. It was awful, worse than my usual pill. After a few minutes I felt really funny and tired. Dad took Pepi and me to the vet. I tried to be angry but my legs weren't working right and I was sooo tired. I got examined all over, which I hated. Then I got taken to the back room where they drew blood and gave me shots. The good news is that my weight it stable and I'm in pretty good shape. The bad news is that I have a heart murmur. If it's not caused by my hyperthyroidism, I'll have to go back again for a scan. It could just be age.

Anyway, with that small problem, I'm doing fine. They said I behaved myself but I was too wonky from the sedative to notice. When I got home I jumped out of my carrier and nearly tripped over the edge. Dad put me on my bed to rest. He says I'll be fine in a few hours.


Happy Birthday to Me

February 2nd 2011 5:38 am
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It's my birthday today. Well my estimated birthday. This one is special because it marks me spending half my life with Dad. Yep, he's giving me the longest home I've had in my life. He got back late last night because of this storm. He was stuck on the train for 90 minutes longer than usual. Last night all of us stayed with him in bed. (Well Pepi was at the foot and got kicked off at some point, but Lena and I were next to the pillow being sentries.) He gets to stay home today. He doesn't get paid, but considering the snow and everything, it's a good idea he doesn't go anywhere. Plus it's my birthday so I want some more attention!


Daddy's working

January 23rd 2011 5:16 pm
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Well Dad's been at his new job for about a week. He's gone longer than at previous jobs but not as long as others. Pepi is surprised he's been gone this long during the day. "It pays the bills." he says. I miss him too. This weekend I insist he hold me a lot. I started rubbing his cheek with my paw. He's taken care of me nearly half my life now. Cared for me when I got sick. Made sure I felt happy and safe. I'm so glad he adopted me and he feels the same way.

Lena has discovered the wet food too, now I'm never going to get any. She growled at Pepi when she tried to get some. Heh heh, that'll show her. But I'm still low on the totem pole. I used to be the only one who got the wet food, now I have to wait for the girls to eat what they want. Dad said he'll leave a little more out so I'll be sure to have some.


Dad found a job!

January 12th 2011 1:22 pm
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Dad got offered a position Monday. It was really fast, less than a week between initial contact and offer. He's accepted it and starts on Tuesday. It's in Chicago's loop so he's going to be gone more during the day. Pepi will hate that, but it's old hat to Lena and me. It's a contract position so in a few months Dad will be back home again. What can you do?

I've been asking for more attention lately. I love to be held and petted. Dad has to wake up earlier now so he tried last night. I didn't exactly help. I kept asking for pets and getting in the way. He didn't sleep at all. I wanted to help though. It will all work out.


OK I'm done with winter

December 19th 2010 9:17 am
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Dad went outside for a little bit for some fresh air and I got to go with him. But it was so cold I went back in after a few seconds. There was no grass to eat and the sidewalk was icy. I love going out but not this. When will spring get here so I can eat the yummy grass and nap on sun-kissed concrete?


A Little Update

December 15th 2010 8:12 pm
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This has definitely been a crummy year for Daddy job-wise. One aimless job and one overly-stressful job, neither of which worked out. Then some confusion about his unemployment benefits (which thankfully worked out). This Friday will mark 8 weeks of being out of work. There's some irons in the fire, but some rejections too. One place was where a friend worked from way back BP (Before Pepi). It would have been a new position, but Dad's not sure he wanted to be that much in charge of a lot of things. It's too bad it didn't work out, but sometimes that's for the best.

But I am enjoying the extra time having Dad around. This week Dad started volunteering at the local food pantry. He's gone for like 3 hours and I couldn't wait to see him again! I was right at the door to the garage when he pulled in. Dad likes going to the food pantry. While it's sad that SOOO many people need its services, he's very happy that he's helping and there are other people and businesses willing to help. Dad wants to give a shout out to Trader Joe's for their donations.

And since it is Christmas time, along with several other holidays rich in traditions, and since Dad recently discovered a liking for Celtic music, he's also going to give a shout out to Marc Gunn and his Celtic Music podcasts.

They're good podcasts. Marc Gunn is also a new father so if you like his work, give him your own shout out and spread the word and if you can, buy his stuff. The best way to support independent musicians is to buy their CDs and spread the word.

Hmmm, this isn't so little. Well I'll close by saying it's Dad's birthday tomorrow so some celebration is in order.



December 4th 2010 9:12 am
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We have our first major snowfall of the season here. Dad went outside with large cups to get some fresh snow to melt. (No, the budget is not so tight that we have to use the free water outside. MOL) When he was about done, he let me come out too. I was reluctant but this is OUTSIDE we're talking about. So I went. The sidewalk was cold and wet. Did I mention it was cold? I gave a disappointed meow and turned back to the door. Dad laughed and let me in. Now I have to wait until spring to go outside. :(

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