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survivor kitty, the baby, little one
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September 11th 2002
warm dark corners, her fuzzy blanket
nails (when he's in "play" mode), strangers in the house, but mostly nails
her tail, anything that's "crinkley" and can be crumpled - wrappers, paper, etc.
Favorite Nap Spot:
the top of the couch, particularly when the floor lamp is on, making a nice warm spot just there
she's not too fussy, as long as it's NOT people food (go figure)
hiding invisibly whenever we have company
shortly after i started seeing my ex, we were at his place one night, and there was a scratch on the door. thinking that it was his cat (who actually lived with his mother, due to its dislike for the dogs) he opened the door. in walked a beautiful, young, black female kitty, who was obviously not masbeth. we named her luna and she stayed with us. shortly after that, oliver (one of masbeth's kittens) came to live with him as well. before we knew it, luna was pregnant, and gave birth to 2 kittens on the one-year anniversary of september 11th. there was a boy kitten and a girl kitten, and we now had a happy little kitty family. however, on october 12th tragedy struck! the kittens had just begun wandering out of their corner under the endtable, to explore their home, as kitties are prone to do. unfortunately, we can only speculate as to what happened that day. i had left to bring my ex to work, and had only been gone about an hour. when i returned to his apartment, i discovered a suspicious pile on the living room floor, near the spot usually inhabited by one of the dogs. upon further investigation, the "pile" turned out to be half of a kitten! i was horrified and, as i mentioned, could only speculate as to what may have happened. to the best of our deductive skills, it would seem that one of the kittens wandered over to the dog in the living room, at which point the other dog came out from the bedroom, and the 2 dogs fought over the kitten. at some point, it seems that luna must have joined the fray in an attempt to protect her kitten, because she died later that night, apparently due to internal injuries. i had to work myself that night, so i cleaned up as best i could. bringing the remains of the kitten with me in a shoe box, lest the dogs have another go at it. just before i left, luna came out of hiding and started throwing up. i didn't think too much of it at the time - after all, if i had just watched one of my babies get ripped in half by the dogs, i'd probably want to throw up, myself. when we both returned to the apartment late that night, we found luna in quite a state. my ex took one look at her said "oh my god - she's dying ..." we lost her around 2 am, and buried her and her kitten the next morning in the back yard. but what to do with the surviving kitten? we were afraid to leave it alone with the dogs, after what had happened, and we were equally afraid to leave it at my place with nails, due to his tendency to not get along so well with other animals ... so we took it with us wherever we went. to work, out to the mall (hidden in the sleeve of a coat), and in case of emergencies, we'd take it to my place and leave it locked safely in the bathroom. finally, my step-father (and landlord) suggested that the kitten stay here, and keep nails company. i was a bit skeptical of this plan, since thus far nails had shown nothing but contempt and hostility toward the kitten the few times they'd met, and nails has a tendency to be a bit rough without always meaning to, due to his above-average size. but after a couple more weeks of not knowing what to do with the kitten (who we had mistakenly named sebastian, thinking that it was the boy kitten) we finally decided to risk bringing it to my place, and keep a close eye on the situation. sebastian spent the first 2 weeks she was here in a rather sodden state, however, due to the fact that nails adopted her almost immediately, and could not seem to refrain from giving her baths almost constantly! to this day, if i yell at her, or discipline her in any way, nails will come up behind me and bite my calf, as if to say "hey that's MY kitty, not yours."
late sunday night, as we were heading in to bed, we noticed that sebastian had thrown up on our comforter. she had been rather lethargic, but that's not really all that unusual for a cat, so we hadn't thought much of it. but this particular area of "sick" didn't look like the "normal" i-ate-too-much sick, it looked very clear and foamy, and bile-y. i decided to stay up (despite already working on about 2 hours of sleep the previous night) and keep an eye on her. when she attempted to make it to the food dish, she was definitely not walking right. we decided to stay up and take her to the vet first thing in the morning, unless she seemed any worse. around 4 am, she was definitely seeming worse, and we decided to call the emergency vet. we called ahead and gave them an e.t.a. of about an hour, but due to bad weather it took a good bit longer to get there. when we did get her there, we found out that her kidneys had completely shut down, and there was not much that could be done. there was only one humane option, and while the decision is never an easy one, all i could think was that i couldn't stand to see her suffer. our little one joined her surrogate parent, life long companion, and love of her life (nails) at about 8 am on monday december 9. as hard as it is to let her go, i know she'll be happier with him than with us any day.
the september 11th kitty
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