Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mr. Kitty
We have a lot to be grateful for this year even tho it has been  a hard year as well.

Today is Angel Joey's Gotcha Day at the Rainbow Bridge.  We took him inside to live on a Thanksgiving morning  16 years ago.  He had gotten beat up by another cat, yet again so I just decided that was it.  We are grateful we had 12 wonderful years with Joey living indoors with us. Happy Gotcha Day dear, funny Joey - we miss you so much and think of you every day.

Handsome and personable Mr.Kitty came to live with us this past April. He has adjusted well at the age of 16 and seems to be content with us.  We are so thankful we could offer him a home when his humans could not keep him due to a medical condition his human pop had.

A year ago this month we were able to take Georgie home after she spent several days at the ER vet - she was then diagnosed with diabetes.She had had set backs - fatty liver disease in the spring but now seems to be on a good stretch.  We are grateful that she is still with us and that we have such good veterinary care nearby for things like this.
Silly Georgie in her usual nap position.

Nobody wants to say goodbye to a pet, let alone three in three cats within six months. Pets enter our lives to teach us about love and when they leave we learn about loss.  Each cat we rescue expands and opens our hearts.  We become less us and more  a part of everything.  I am forever grateful to Lily for her mothering nature, to Ivy for her ability to live out loud and to Minnie for her fierce independence. Until we meet again dear ones....

Knowing how much work is involved with caring for many kitties like we do, I am thankful for my husband who helps in so many ways. He feeds them, cleans litter boxes, medicates them, drives them to the vet, digs graves and mourns them with me when we lose them.  Our cats could not have a better Pop.

Food, shelter, and transportation  - simple things that many others do not have.  We are so full of gratitude that we can care for our wonderful cats and still help others who are in need, in shelters or on their own.

Usually I am not one to believe in visualization techniques to manifest what we desire or at least it has never worked well for me in the past.  But things have changed.  Back in 2008 when the economy crashed, we lost  our land to the bank. It was a wrenching loss.  The land sold twice in the six years since.  We didn't have the money to make an offer so we let it go.  I loved this land and walked it when I knew no one was around and got to know its trees and  trails.  I felt it was still ours.  This summer we finally had some money to use so we called the current owner and made an offer out of the blue. They accepted!  It seems they had decided to retire to another part of North Carolina and were getting ready to list the property.  Nothing has ever worked so well and so effortlessly than this transaction.  I am forever grateful to the powers that be for this opportunity to have our beloved mountain back.

Our mountain

Lastly, but most importantly, we are so appreciative of friends like you.  We are so lucky to have a network of kind, compassionate animal loving people to celebrate the good things, to share our experiences and to support each other when the going gets tough.  Thank you for always being there for us over these past seven years!

May you and your family be as blessed as we are on Thanksgiving and throughout the coming year.

With love from all of us Cats of Wildcat Woods

Monday, November 16, 2015

Georgie is Home from the ER Vet

Georgie during visiting hours
 Last week Georgie, who is diabetic,  was not herself - not eating much and just laying around. I made an appointment with the internal medicine specialist at our ER veterinary hospital for Friday.  They examined her and found her potassium low, her BUN high, her blood glucose very high and she was extremely dehydrated as well.  They kept her overnight Friday.

She was doing better by Saturday afternoon when I visited but her numbers were not down yet so she spent another night there as well.  I could tell she was feeling better  as she was more alert and eating for the techs.  We had a good visit and I felt she would come home Sunday which she did.

She preferred snuggling in my coat.

She has been eating like a trooper and acting much more herself.  I will call the vet specialist on today to find out what caused this and how we can prevent it from happening again.  Initially the vet felt that we would have to adjust her insulin but that does not seem to be the case now.  I am just happy to have my baby girl home with us.  Thank you for all the purrs and comments on our Facebook pages about Georgie.  It worked!

Jack with his nip toy in Sept.

Please keep our neighbor cat Jack, who I have mentioned in the blog often, in your purrs and prayers.  He has been missing for 15 days now - not usual for him.  We live in the woods with a few homes - theirs, ours and a couple of others.  He never went across the road.  His mom came by a few days back to ask me if I had seen him.  She seems to feel something bad happened to him.  He always came home every night.  We do have all sorts of wild animals and raptors in the woods.  I keep looking for his little face at the back screen door but it hasn't happened..  After scouring the yard and the part of the forest he usually frequented, there wasn't a trace of him or anything that looks disturbed.  I am heartbroken - he was our outdoor part time cat.  I will keep you posted

P.S. I apologize for not getting around to the Veteran's Day posts - I was assist feeding Georgie every few hours all  last week to keep her from getting fatty liver disease again.  I was so worried - all my efforts went to her.  I will try to catch up this week.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thank you to our Veterans!

 Veterans Day – Nov. 11, 2015 – is a day set aside to honor those who have served their country. It traces its roots back to World War I when it was known as Armistice Day.

Only here today and we would like to thank all the veterans - men ad women - who served our country past and present.  Many men in our family have fought for our freedom.  Within our immediate family, Pop was in Vietnam and Grandpop in World War II.  We salute all vets today!

 "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." —Elmer Davis

Pop is the one on the right with short sleeves
"Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause." 
- Abraham Lincoln

Grandpop Sam during WWII
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation." – George Washington

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thankful, Gotcha Days and More

 First off we would like to thank all of you for your comforting comments on Facebook, our blog and emails to Mom and Pop about losing Minnie last week.  Mom was not up for blogging  - so she posted her Halloween post on the Tabby Cat Club, and Callie's 2nd Gotcha Day (Nov. 1) on Ladies of Autumn. Scylla of ACAD hosted a wonderful tea party in Callie's honor.  Mom also postponed my Gotcha Day until now.  Too much going on so soon after Minnie going to the Bridge - Mom wanted time to grieve and to leave Minnie's last post up for a few days.


 Things have been a bit rough for us the past year.  Last fall I was at the vet for severe constipation  that goes with my megacolon.  Georgie was there also for her diagnosis of diabetes and then again for constipation and then back to the vet this spring for her bout with fatty liver disease. We hope all the sadness and illness are behind us now.  I am feeling super groovy these days and things look outta sight for us.  I am just very thankful to be here in this loving family with all my siblings and humans.Can ya dig it?

Hang loose and enjoy while we entertain you with a 60's themed party  for my belated 9th Gotcha Day (Nov. 2).  I am ten years old this year but no one recalls the date. I have slapped up some cool psychedelic posters, put on my tie dyed shirt and turned on Pandora to the Jimi Hendrix station. We have some classic 60s snacks here - chips and onion dip, refreshing 7-up, the delish cheese ball with Ritz crackers and of course nip laced brownies.

Thank you for coming by, for always being there for us when things are not going well and most importantly for your friendship.  You guys are fab!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Minnie Got Her Angel Wings Today (1999 - 2015)

I have not blogged much in the past few months because of Minnie.  Caring for her has been a 24/7 job. She had stopped eating on her own about a week ago and even though I was assist feeding her, she was fading away.  Yesterday she developed a URI and her nose became congested. making it hard for her to breathe on top of everything else.  Just two months after being diagnosed with late stage chronic renal failure, we let her go this morning.  She was sitting contently on Pop's lap when the vet gave her the sedative and injection.  Minnie slipped away so very quickly and quietly - we knew it was time.

Minnie at about 7-8 months outside.
 This is our third loss this year - Lily, Ivy and now Minnie. Minnie was the next to last of the feral colony we inherited when we moved to the mountains.  Sweetpea is the only one left of that group. (To read Minnie's gotcha story click here.) Minnie was tiny at six pounds but long and lean and fiercely independent.  She did everything her way or not at all.  She was not a lap cat but allowed you to come to her to give her loving.  She did enjoy the attention.

Another shot of her as a youngster

She was very vocal if you tried to make her do something she did not want to do.  She had a raspy meow, similar to Ivy's quack and would not put up with much.  She would reprimand the younger cats if they got too rough near her with a growl and firm paw whap.

Minnie watching over Joey
She was incredibly devoted to her litter mate Joey.  When we caught him and brought him inside to live with us, she was there through it all, even sleeping on his kennel where he lived for the first few days.  They were inseparable, together always, sleeping, wrestling and grooming.  When Joey passed in 2012, Minnie was there with him to the end. 

Joey and Minnie

Minnie disliked having her picture taken for some strange reason.  She would turn her head or look down when you pointed the camera at her.  I had to snap shots of her when she was not looking.  Because of this I don't have many good close-up shots of her.

Napping in Mom's fern.

Minnie walked between the inside and outside window.

She was a curious intelligent and mischievous cat, always getting into something.  She loved boxes or any tiny space she could get into for that matter.  Just this past summer, she crawled into a dresser drawer I left open and because she is black I didn't see her when I shut the drawer with her inside, asleep.  Hours later I wondered where she was but it wasn't until Pop came to bed and shut the lights out that we heard her raspy meow and scratching coming from the dresser.  She was fine, just a bit put out from having been stuck in there. She loved to play and did everything with such abandon.  She certainly kept us amused with her antics.

Minnie loved the Christmas holidays and got into the action of decorating the tree, wrapping gifts and of course unwrapping the presents.  She loved to dive into the discarded paper, sliding on the floor scattering it it all over. 

Minnie gave me the gift of living in the now, this moment to the fullest.  She was chock full of joie de vivre and it spilled over into our lives.  Minnie is buried with her favorite catnip toy on our land with the others. I will miss her terribly but I know in my heart that she was warmly greeted on the other side by all the beloved cats from her feral colony - Big Guy, Mamma Kitty, Leroy, Ivy, Nick, Bob, and especially Joey.

If all of these wonderful cats are watching over me as my angels now - how lucky can I get? Until we meet again sweet girl..

I am taking a blog break - I had Halloween and Callie and Snowball's Gotchas Days set to post but I will let Minnie's story stay here and do the others at a later date. Snowball's Gotcha Day post will be on the blog Thurs. Nov. 8 so come back then.



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