December 27th 2010 11:54 am
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Buster, Suzie and Sammy are her kitty siblings. Buster came first, then Panda, then Suzie and then Sammie. All rescues. Anyhow, this is what auntie wrote about dear Panda:
She was incessantly curious. I could not assemble or build anything without her getting dangerously in the way. Or else she would run away with small parts. Even painting, she'd be sitting on the stool I had reserved for myself, and watching over my shoulder. She would hide beans and bring the dried remains out once in a while to play with. She loved peas. When I brought her home in that same purple carrier, she erupted into a volcano of spits the moment she spotted Buster and she ruled him from then on, even though she was only a kitten half his size. When she was spayed, she leapt to the top of the fridge only a couple days after. She adopted Suzie and groomed her mercilessly. Maybe Suzie will be able to grow her eyebrows now. I used to make her purr on the phone to Mom. She would purr so loud, Mom couldn't believe it. Her decline started so gradually, I didn't really notice and I attributed it simply to aging. A certain difficulty jumping up onto things, increased napping. Less time spent checking out the birds at the feeder. Aggressiveness towards Sammy who retaliated and made me so mad because I thought he was bullying her--but often it was she who provoked him. Even the usual morning cuddle with me, she wouldn't settle but preferred to remain standing.
But last night she joined us all in the big bed--like I said. I was surprised because I thought she was going to stay downstairs like she had done the previous nights. And she stayed the night. When I fed the other cats this morning, she came to have some water and gave a negligent look at the food tin. For a moment, I thought she might bring herself to sample it but she didn't. That's about the time I phoned the vet.
Then I had a lot of time to reconsider until he called me around 11:30. This morning, I felt I had waited too long. On the way to the vet I felt I was pulling the plug too soon. Perhaps that signifies I picked it about right. She hadn't yet dwindled into a pitiful state, but she was heading there. There was nothing more I could think of to do--in fact all my attempts seem to be increasing her distress rather than alleviating it. So I gave her a long guitar serenade. I brushed her. Gave her water. And then she had a quiet end with a kind vet. Maybe humans would sometimes like that option for themselves too.
A gallant, happy little soul. You could never chastize her or make her feel guilty about anything. She would just talk back to you and do whatever she wanted. She was fearless and held her ground before vacuum cleaners, Sammy and intruders. She loved to visit everyone. The only thing that ever made her run away, was one sniff of the horrible fermented rotten herring the Swedes call "sewerstrumming".
Fly free sweet Panda! What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful life! You will always be loved and never forgotten!
Hugs and purrs,
Simon & Reuben(an angel)
That was sweet. I laughed at the part where she says...Suzie will be able to grow her eyebrows now. What a sweet kitty she was. Many purrs from us.
Sending purrs to sweet Angel Panda's family.
That was so kind of her Mom. She ws a real sweet heart
We're sorry to hear about Panda. We will send Scaredy Cat to see her at the Bridge.
Sending purrs to Panda's family. What a lovely tribute to her.
Loving Purrs & Hugs...
Our prayers are with Panda's family and friends. How blessed her family was to have known this beautiful soul.
God Bless and Love,
It isn't easy to say good-bye to a loving companion but your auntie did the most loving thing she could for her sweet Panda. Panda is flying free at the bridge now with all of us and we are watching over all of you.
Purring for Panda's family.
I, too, am a bridge kitty, that went there in a state of meowmy not really knowing if it truly was the right thing to do...but later, yes, it was...I was spared a lot of further agony, and that being taunted by my furblings, who really did not know how to be around an ailing kitty...
Purrs and many hugs to your furmily, Panda.
Suki, Angel furbling of Pipo & Minko
I will get my 3 other angel furblings, here to help you feel welcome, it really is a nice place to be.
Thank you ever so much, all of you, for your kind comments. I will pass them on to auntie.
Love & purrs,