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Pumpkin (what I first named him, before we started calling him Rufus), Biscuit
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Being petted & food.
Life on the streets & owners who don't spay& neuter.
A liitle mouse but didn't have much energy for playing when he was rescued.
Favorite Nap Spot:
On anyone's lap.
Rufus liked EVERYTHING but probably preferred fish because it didn't upset his tummy so much.
Making everyone he met love him.
On Sunday the 7th October 2007, I decided to walk to the local supermarket as it was a lovely autumn day. When I was on my way back, I was walking down the alleyway that runs alonside the store when I saw a cat asleep on the raised grass bank at the side of the path. At first I walked on by but when I got to to where the path emerges onto the main road, I turned and went back to check on the cat. Firstly, it was NOT a good place for a cat to be fast asleep. The path runs alongside a very unsavory housing estate and the cat was vulnerable to attack from dogs and any unkind humans that could be passing. As I approached the sleeping cat, I thought he'd flee as soon as I climbed up onto the grass, but he didn't even open his eyes. This was when I realised there was something wrong with him. I stroked him and then he opened his eyes. I was horrified to discover that he was completely emaciated...basically just a little pile of bones with a fur coat! He rolled over and purred and I took a pouch of cat food out of one of my shopping bags and opened it for him. He tucked into the food ravenously but couldn't eat more than half of the pouch.
I asked several passers by if they recognised this cat but no one had. After several miutes deliberating, I decided to carry him home - I couldn't leave him there, it just was not a safe place.
I carried him under my arm along with the 2 bags of shopping, it's only about a 12 minute walk and he really didn't weigh anything. He tried to struggle a little when I was walking up the main road, I think he was afraid of the passing traffic, but he just didn't have the strength to hurt me.
About halfway home, I passed two litte girls, they pointed at the cat and looked like they recognised him. I asked them if they knew whose cat this was. They said he used to sneak in their cat door and eat their cats food and they had once named him 'Biscuit'. They said that he was just a stray cat and they didn't think he had an owner. They said they hadn't seen him for a long time and that he looked in much worse condition than when they used to see him.
I came to the conclusion that Rufus was either abandoned by owners who'd moved away or he had just been cast out by owners who didn't want him. He was not neutered and he was roaming the streets - that counts as neglect, in my opinion.
A local cat rescue took Rufus to the vets the next day. He only weighed 3lbs 8 oz. he was very weak and the vet didn't want to take a blood sample because of this. The vet advised Rufus be given rest and food to regain his stength. Three weeks later Rufus returned to the vets as he was stronger and had gained some weight, although he obviously wasn't well. He was tested for FIV and FeLV which were both negative.
Very sadly,Rufus had a seizure and died when he returned to his foster home from the vets. It was very unexpected and a great shock to us and Sue, the lady who was fostering Rufus.
We'll never know for definite what was the cause of Rufus's death but we suspect he may have been diabetic and untreated for a long time, causing damage to his whole system.
Rest in peace at Rainbow Bridge sweet Rufus. We only knew you for a few weeks but we'll never forget you.
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Bluie turned up about a month after I left for Rainbow Bridge. He just appeared in the garden one night and he was obviously in need of help. His fur was thin and dirty and he also pushed his face right into the food when trying to eat - usually a sign that something is wrong. Bluie couldn't actually eat because he had advanced oral tumours. We were unable to find out where Bluie had come from. Bluie went to Rainbow Bridge shortly before Christmas 2007. Unfortunately the heart breaking decision had to be made to help Bluie on his way to Rainbow Bridge to prevent him from further suffering.
Bluie and Rufus are now very good pals at Rainbow Bridge and enjoy being healthy and rejuvinated. They are currently living it up on Bono's houseboat!
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November 2nd 2008 4:23 pm
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So a year ago I got 'the calling' to make my way to Rainbow Bridge. I was quite shocked at the time because I'd only just been rescued and I was actually starting to enjoy life again, even though I still didn't feel too good healthwise, y' know...
Anyway, when you get 'the calling' there's nothing you can do about it...you just have to go with the flow. So I flowed on over the Rainbow Bridge and immediately I KNEW this was the place to be...yes siree!
As I already told you, I was welcomed by Bono who took me back to his houseboat and told me all about Rainbow Bridge. They say you come here to wait for your humans but man I aint waitin' for NOBODY!! I want to stay here for ALL eternity. I think the humans just say that to make themselves feel better! Like as if we've got nothing better to do than to wait for THEM *rolls eyes*.
It's paradise here...warm...safe...and interesting too! There's always something going on and new 'Bridgers' coming along. It's not like on the streets where everyone's on edge and looking for a fight - here we all get along and we're just relaxed and happy.
So tonight, I'm having a special Rainbow Bridge anniversary party and all my Bridge buds are invited. It's on the houseboat and its a barbecue with reams of fresh MEAT and FISH to put on the grill (or eat it raw - your choice!). We have crates of catnip ale and the finest catnip wines known to the felinity. Later on, there will be a limbo dancing competition and the winner gets his own speedboat, to speed around the milk lakes of Rainbow Bridge!
Good luck to all entrants! I've been limbering up all day!
November 22nd 2007 12:03 pm
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It's almost three weeks since I arrived here at Rainbow Bridge.
I had been having a tough time down on earth as I was poorly and having to fend for myself on the streets. Fortunately, when I was just about to give up on life in that alley next to Tesco's, someone found me and took me home.
From then on, for the last four weeks of my life, I was well fed, had lots of love and even got to visit this man called a vet! I never even knew these sort of humans existed!! Human's that actually tried to help us cats and make us feel better....amazing! I went to see him twice but before he got to the bottom of what was wrong with me, I got the calling to come to Rainbow Bridge.
Not that I'm unhappy about being here...it's out of this world...literally!
I've been living on a houseboat with a cat called Bono. He's Blades's girlfriend's Bridge brother, so he's kind of like my brother-in-law.
Today he's showing me what Thanksgiving is all about - I'm English you see and am not familiar with such an event.
We're having a huge feast and the table was so laden with food, we were actually worried about the boat sinking at one point!
Bono is thankful that he had such a good life when he was an earth cat and that he had such a good brother.
I'm thankful for getting rescued off the streets which saved me from probably dying all alone, cold & hungry.
Later on tonight, we're meeting up with Target, Bandy, Lucky, Bubbie and some of their friends and family here and we're going to a big outdoor party in the catnip fields. The weather is nice and warm - it's like summer all year round here...but not too hot. They'll be more food, drinks and dancing...I can't wait!
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