Likes: Chasing off other cats, climbing trees to get the birds
Pet-Peeves: Other cats
Favorite Toy: I don't like toys. Mom tried a mouse and I hissed, spit & swung at it
Favorite Nap Spot: Cat Litter Box
Arrival Story: For the last year, I've been hiding food out in the bushes for a few cats. When one of the cats disappeared on October 1st, she and her sister showed up a few days later. Shortly after that, her sister was mauled by 3 dogs and ran off. Tabby stayed. Every day Tabby would greet me out by the food and eventually started rubbing up against me and the dog. She even let me pick her up. I think she belonged to someone because she is so friendly. I can't believe she even runs up to the dog and rubs up against her. If the dog doesn't respond, she swats at her to get her attention. About a week ago (March 2) she disappeared for 3 days. I kept putting food out anyway. Then last Sunday she crawled out of the bushes. She was limping and not using her back right leg. I tried to look at her leg to see if I could see anything. I didn't see any blood or anything obvious. Then this past Wednesday morning I went out to feed her. I picked her up and she wouldn't let me hold her but for a second. I put her down and then I saw a spot of blood on my shirt. It was dark out and I really couldn't see anything. After work I went to check on her. Her foot was bleeding and starting to swell. I called around to different vets to see if they could get her in, but to no avail. On Thursday I made an appointment to drop her off at lunchtime and then I'd pick her up on the way home. I looked for her for 15 minutes and couldn't find her, so I had to cancel the appointment. I didn't see her the entire day. Then yesterday she staggered out of the bushes and she barely moved. I went and got the carrier and she really fought me to go in it. She tore up her injured foot even more and blood was everywhere. I called and made another appointment and took her to the vet. I wasn't prepared for what the vet showed me. She had at least 10 puncture wounds on her foot and 3 or 4 on her leg. The most amazing part of the whole thing was that she had been enduring so much pain and the only time she made a sound was when I put her in the carrier! The vet cleaned out all her wounds and gave me some antibiotics that I have to give her for a few weeks. I had her tested for FIV and FELV and she came back negative for both. She weighed in at 6.4 lbs. The vet thought she was about a year old, so I used yesterday's date as her birthday. Tabby has an appointment to be spayed on Tuesday. Then after she's healed and off of the antibiotics, she can get her shots.
Bio: Tabby is currently living in the dog's kennel just as Sunny did after I broke his little leg. I put food and water and a litter box in the kennel. Tabby doesn't feel comfortable sleeping on the towel, so she lays and sleeps in the litter box. Of course now she has kitty litter in her wounds and WILL NOT let me get anywhere near her foot to clean it out. She has not taken care of business yet in the last 24 hours either, which worries me. I'm not looking forward to trying to give her the first dose of antibiotics. It's a pill. Good thing I got those pill poppers.
Tabby had been losing weight lately but she ate like a horse. She would always be the first to the food bowl. I even started bringing her into the laundry room this last week and fed her some canned friskies. The last couple of days she just nibbled at it but she still came running for the food.
I came home from work today and Tabby was laying on the floor in front of the fridge. I knew her time was coming. We went out on the deck for a few and she walked around. Purring the whole time. Then I brought her in and we watched some tv. I laid down around 8 cuz I was tired. Tabby was on the pillow next to me. I dozed and would wake up and check on her. At 10:30pm I woke up and she was leaving me. She took her last breath at 10:38pm as I held her and said goodbye. My Tabby Girl is gone.
She was so unique. She would paw at my face and lick my face and give me kisses. Anytime she got bopped in the nose, she would just freeze, close her eyes tightly, scrunch her nose and mouth tightly for a minute like she had gotten hurt and that was her way of letting me know she was hurt and when she got over it. The other cats just sneeze a few times and then they're over it. Tabby was so different. Tonight I read through her diaries because it's been so long. I had forgotten so much but had remembered all the things as I read them.
I can't believe my baby is gone. Out of the original 10 kitties I moved into this house with, I am down to 2 now. I know nothing lasts forever and I know this day will come with each of my babies but it never gets easier and each one hurts me terribly when they leave. Tabby really was special and will always hold a special place in my heart. Rest in peace sweet girl. I hope you took my love with you and will hold it tightly. I hope to be reunited with all of my babies when it's my turn to cross the bridge. I hope Tabby comes to visit me and lets me know she is there. My heart is once again broken in two and she took half of my heart with her. Until we are forever together again, I miss you Tabby. I love you with all of my heart and soul. My life will never be the same again. You are flying free and flying high now that you got your wings. God Speed my Tabby Girl. I love you sweetie. Rest in peace now. Thank you so much for sharing your life with me and choosing me to be your mommy. I still can't believe you are gone. You died so quickly and quietly but you fought til your last breath. I am so proud of you. Til we meet again...I love you Tabby Girl.
Currently I'm hiding somewhere in the house and mom didn't know why until she opened up her email. There are several emails from my wonderful friends on Catster letting me know that they've given me rosettes. Mom continued down the list and then she saw the one from Catster letting her know that I'm today's Diary of the Day featured on the home page. The HOME page. There I am! Me, the Diary of the Day. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!! But mom's confused as to why I'm hiding. That's because I'm embarrassed. I'm not used to being in the limelight for the whole world to see. I'm the the first furbutt in the house to receive this incredible honor! Some of them have been selected as a Diary of the Day before, but never the one on the home page. So, I'm a little bashful at the moment, but mom is sure that I'll snap out of it pretty soon (at least she's hoping anyway).
Guess what else has happened? I've been Tagged and so has Shelby!!! I was tagged by Zorilla and Ele! Yay! I feel better now. Thank you!!! So does that mean I get to write another 7 facts? We'll have to wait and see how many I can come up with.
I've received rosettes from Sammie and KiKi, Zorilla, Samoa, Ele, Simba, Sami and Pippin. Thank you so much for the beautiful rosettes! I also got a Star from Tinker! It's so shiny and bright. I'll wear it furrever! Thank you every kitty for the rosettes and the star. They're purrfect and I love them. That was very sweet and thoughtful of you!!! I'll send out "thank you's" shortly.
I wanted to say a special Thank You to Catster and to those that selected me as the featured Diary of the Day kitty today. This is an incredible honor. I was very surprised and never thought that this could/would have ever happened to me. Thank You Catster and to all my wonderful friends here on Catster. We're all looking forward to many more years to come for being a part of the Catster family!!! I am a very happy kitty today!
Update: Well, my day is winding down way too quickly! Thank you to all my kitty friends that have sent me rosettes, treats, pmail of concatulations, and requests for friendship. You all made my day so much brighter! I am a very lucky kitty!!!
I finally came out of hiding and found that mom had moved the turtles again while she fixes the tank that they're usually in. So, I just had to investigate. Mom took a few pictures and posted them to my page. That big turtle is just as big as I am. I hope he doesn't get out of that container! I'm sure no one would want that to happen!
Thank you again for everything! I've had a purrfect day today!!!
Well, I didn't get tagged in the Tagged game that went around. I'm feeling left out and so was Shelby. So, we're writing about ourselves anyway. We don't need to be invited.
1. I'm a bully to some of the other furbutts in the house. I love to chase Shelby and attack her. I pick fights with Tanner but he's starting to fight back.
2. I don't like Simon or Lucky. They constantly chase me. I always have war wounds on my nose.
3. I'm a momma's girl. I protect her and attempt to fight off any other furbutt if they try to get too close to mom.
4. Mom cleans out the litter boxes everyday, but I will only urinate in the boxes immediately following the cleaning. If I have to pee and another furbutt has used the box, I retaliate by urinating in the bathroom sinks. I've done it a few times right in front of mom.
5. I absolutely love to play with Sunny. He's the only furbutt I actually get along with.
6. Curiosity always gets the best of me. I have to stick my nose into everything. I probably only have a few lives left of my nine lives.
7. I have no desire to go outside anymore. I don't even bother sitting in the window. I already know what's out there and am not interested. I was a stray that got attacked by something. That's when mom captured me and took me to the vet to get fixed up. Can you blame me?
Well, there you have it. I'm sure there's more I could write, but I think I'll save that for another day. This was fun!!!