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Sex: Female Weight: 14 lbs.
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"Me watching Killian swim. (Killian: 4/6/06 ~ 3/28/07)"
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"My first birthday at the bridge
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Leave a treat for Kayleigh ~ Eternally Loved
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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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|December 12th 2004
||More than 8 years!
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