Sex: Female Weight: 14 lbs.
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Kee, Mommy's Big Beautiful Girl, Brat Cat, Kayleigh Elizabeth, Pretty, Pretty Girl
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To have free run of the entire house
To have her hair brushed
Catnip and my laser light....especially my laser light!!!
Favorite Nap Spot:
On a dining room chair
milk and tuna
Rolling onto her back and biting to avoid being picked up when she doesn't want to be picked up
I had just moved to Texas to be on my own and missed my two pets that I left in the care of my mom. The weather news predicted an ice storm on this particular night and I remembered hearing a cat meowing in the bushes earlier that day. I decided before bedtime to go outside with a flashlight and see if the kitty was still there and she was. I pulled her out of the bushes and carried her to my apartment where she remained for the duration of the ice storm. When the ice melted and the storm ended, I let the kitty out to see if she would return to her 'real home'. For the next several days this kitty was waiting for me everyday when I would return home from work, so I adopted her and she's been my 'big beautiful girl' ever since! Did I mention that shortly after I adopted her, I found out she was pregnant? Several months later, she had SIX beautiful kittens who all found good homes!!
March 11, 1996 ~ November 13, 2010
Sadly on Saturday, November 13, 2010, I had to send Kayleigh to the Rainbow Bridge. In March I had taken her to the vet for her annual checkup and everything was fine according to the vet. A few days later, Kayleigh was standing beside the computer and I reached over to pet her and felt a large lump on her flank area. I immediately took her back to the vet. The vet (as well as myself) missed the lump because it could only be felt if Kayleigh was standing up and very rarely was she ever standing when being petted or examined. The vet advised me to monitor it. A month later as the lump appeared to be growing, I took her back to the vet and again I was told to monitor it. By this time, Kayleigh was throwing up afer every meal and eventually stopped eating altogether and had lost three pounds. I took her back to the vet and demanded that the lump be surgically removed. The mass was sent to a lab but the vet advised me that it was very large and had a lot of 'feelers' that could not be completely removed and for this reason the tumor would most likely return in 3 to 6 months. The lab results came back as a malignant fibrosarcoma. Within 3 months to lump returned and rapidly grew to its original 'baseball' size. Kayleigh had stopped eating again. I took her to another vet and he felt that due to the size of the tumor and her refusal to eat that she had only DAYS to live. I took Kayleigh home and tried food after food in an attempt to make her eat. Finally, Kayleigh ate, but she would only eat hand fed cat treats. For the next 7 weeks, I would sit on the floor every 3 to 4 hours and hand feed her as many cat treats as she wanted to eat. During this time Kayleigh lost her eyesight but quickly adapted to her new handicap by using the wall as a guide and her whiskers to assist her in avoiding walking into furniture and other objects. I also noticed that her rear leg nearest the tumor appeared stiff when she walked and I changed her covered litter box to an shorter sided open one to make it easier for her to get in and out. She had also began sleeping a lot more than usual. Kaci, Maytag and especially Kassidy all began staying close to Kayleigh and sleeping near her, as though they were keeping watch over her, just as Kayleigh had done for previous pets (Conner, Cole & Brandon) before THEY went to the bridge. On Friday, November 12, Kayleigh stopped eating again and refused all cat treats. I spent a lot of time laying beside her and talking to her. A week earlier I had given Kayleigh her Christmas gift earlier because I had a feeling she wouldn't be here for Christmas to enjoy it. It was a catnip ball. I set it on her bed and she sniffed it and purred and laid her head on it and fell asleep. On Saturday, November 13th, Kayleigh refused to eat for the second day. I placed her catnip ball by her face and she did not even purr. This is when I knew her quality of life had come to an end and it would be selfish of me to force her to stay with me when she was no longer finding enjoyment in the things she loved and of course, I had no idea how much pain she might possibly be in. I then made the hard decision to send her to the bridge. I promised her that I would be with her every step of the way and that if possible, to please let me know somehow that she had made it safely to the bridge. When I left the vet office, I had to pull off the road for a few minutes because I was crying so much I couldn't see to drive. It was a cloudy, dreary, grey day but as my head was bent over the steering wheel crying, I suddenly felt warmth on the back of my head. I opened my eyes and looked out the windshield and the grey clouds had split apart and I saw a bit of blue sky and the sun shone brightly down on me thru the windshield. All of this occurred in a matter of a few minutes.....grey and cloudy one minute and then a crack in the clouds and a bit of blue and sunshine shining down. I was 5 minutes from home and by the time I got back home, I noticed that the sunshine and tiny bit of blue sky was gone again to be replaced by the grey, dreary clouds again. I knew then that that had been Kayleigh's sign to me that she reached the bridge safely. I will always and forever love my big beautiful baby girl.
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Chef Skylar's open restaurant, Pawsome Pages, Samoa's Detective Agency, The Power of a Purr and Prayer., ~Always in Our Hearts~
I've Been On Catster Since:
|December 12th 2004
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February 16th 2012 6:48 am
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Wow!! Oh Wow! I received an anonymous rosie with a picture attached saying that I was chosen as a "Angel DreamGirl!" I'm so honored to hold this special title, I don't know what to say other than THANK YOU guys for choosing me!
November 13th 2011 8:14 am
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Kayleigh, I think of you not only today, on your first bridge anniversary, but everyday. You were and will always be my special girl.
I remember the year I moved away from home to make my own way. I had your brothers Brandon and Cole but my mom (you knew her as "granny") talked me into leaving them with her because she thought that I would be working all the time and not able to provide them the neccessary time that a pet requires. I knew she was wrong but I didn't argue with her and I sadly left my two boys with her.
I was so very lonely living in a new town with no family, friends or pets. I will never forget the day I found you. It was January 11, 1997......
I had just returned home from work and heard a kitty meowing in the bushes near my apartment building. I bent down and peeked under the shrubs to make sure the kitty I heard was not injured or sick. I was amazed at your beauty! I was certain that you belonged to someone so I left you alone and went to my apartment. All day the newscasts had talked about an approaching ice storm. That night I listened to the weather news before bed and I remembered you laying under the bushes that afternoon. I figured you had returned to your family by this time but on a whim, I grabbed a flashlight and ran down the stairs barefoot in shorts and a tshirt to make sure you weren't still there. It was FREEZING cold and beginning to sleet and I knelt down on the cold ground and shined the flashlight right on you!!! I couldn't believe you were still there!! I reached under the shrubs and gently pulled you out and gathered you into my arms and carried you upstairs and held you in my arms to warm you. You were so beautiful, sweet and gentle. We slept together that night, keeping each other warm while the power fickered on and off thru the night threatening to go off but it never did.
The next morning we woke up to solid ice everywhere. The town was at a stand still but I found a grocery store 1/2 a mile down the road that was open. I bundled up and carefully walked on solid ice, slipping and sliding the entire way so I could buy you a few neccessities (food, litter and litterbox). We spent the next three days continuing to keep each other warm. On the fourth day, the ice finally melted and I returned to work. I let you outside when I left, certain that you would return to your family.
When I returned home that afternoon, you heard the sound of my scooter drive up and I saw beautiful YOU run from around the building, up the stairs and wait for me to come up and open the door. You ran into my apartment as though you already owned the place :) That entire first week, you spent the nights with me and the days outside where I thought someone HAD to be missing you and that you would find your way home to them, but every afternoon was a replay of the one before and after that first week I knew that YOU had adopted ME.
It was that night that I decided you needed a name and I knew it had to be a name as beautiful as you. That night I thought up names and asked you to let me know which one you liked best. I would call out names but you didn't respond to any. Then while reading a book, one of the characters names was "Kayleigh" and I thought "that is a beautiful name." I looked at you and asked, "What do you think about the name 'Kayleigh'?" You looked up and walked toward me and said, "Meow." And it was settled.......you were now my beautiful girl Kayleigh :)
Today, on your first bridge anniversary, I thank you for coming into my life when I desperately needed a pet to fill the emtiness I felt in my heart and home. I will always cherish the 14 years we shared together. Until we meet again..... I will hold you gently in my heart.
December 25th 2010 7:50 am
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First off.... MEOWY CHRISTMAS to ALL of my friends and their families, earthly and Heavenly, and especially to mommy. She is spending the day alone cause daddy is working a double shift and she was listening to Christmas music, thinking about me (and my angel sibs) and getting sad when she suddenly discovered that I had been chosen as Catsters COTD (Thank you Catster for this wonderful and unexpected Christmas "gift" on my first Christmas at the bridge).
Silent Night always makes mommy sad now when she hears it because the day I went to sleep forever, the salon next door to the vet clinic which was adjacent to the room I was placed in, was playing Christmas music. When it came time for the doctor to give me the shot to make me sleep, the song SILENT NIGHT began playing and mommy could hear it thru the wall. She can't hear the song anymore without crying, no matter the location.... home, car, restaurant, store.
I've been at the bridge for just a little over a month. I'm still learning my way around but I have many friends here who are all teaching me lots of new things. My favorite thing to do at the moment is fly in and sprinkle angel dust on mommy at night while she sleeps :-) I was also reunited with my angel sibs Brandon, Cole and Conner. This is Conner's first year at the bridge also. It was an emotional year for my family as they had to send two of us to the bridge this year. Conner in March and me in November.
Well, I better go now. I just wanted to wish everyone a MEOWY CHRISTMAS and to say THANK YOU to Catster for picking me for COTD. I am honored to be Catsters "Christmas angel!"
Oh, before I go, I also want to Thank Buddie and his family for surprising us with a Plus gift. Now I can have this purrty pink background instead of the generic Catster one!! Thank you Buddie for also always being there for us during the good times and bad. You have offered mommy, Cole and me support and love on Earth and in Heaven. "Thank you" doesn't seem to be enough but I hope you know how much we appareciate you. I also want to thank Louis Lebeau and his family for the beautiful little Christmas tree they sent mommy for Christmas, complete with lights and tiny ornaments. It will be a constant reminder to mommy that even though I am no longer with her, my love will continue to grow just like the little tree will year after year, until we reunite at the bridge someday. Thanks also goes out to Calvin for making me these beautiful wings when I arrived at the bridge, so that I could fly in and visit mommy while she sleeps! And, Thank you to our friend Pedro for the giving us a gift of zealies so that we can give gifties to our friends.
Once again....wishing you all a Meowy Christmas and a Purrfect Mew Year.
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