Friday, March 20, 2015

Neighbor Cat Jack in Caturday Art

I processed this photo of our neighbor cat Jack to look like a watercolor.  (Click on the photo to bignify it for better viewing). I was out taking shots of the daffodils in the yard along the woods and he was right there with me.  He got bored and wandered into a sun puddle on the hillside above me when I spotted this pose.  Since my cats are indoor only, I enjoy having his visit so I can take photos of him in the yard.

Thanks again for the kind comments for my last Caturday Art post and for Lily. Her oral tumor is growing again but she is still eating and enjoying her time with us.We have a vet visit today to see what else we can do.

For more Caturday Art visit Athena and Marie.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy 15th Gotcha Day to Darby on St. Patrick's Day!

Me as the St Pat's Day Queen

It's me Darby!  Mom has not done a blog post about me in a while.  I am 16 this year and this is my 15th Gotcha Day.  Wow - I guess I am getting up there in years.  It has been a fun time living all these years with this gang of cats. Everyone is wearing green today to help me celebrate!

Snowball looks dapper in his hat.

Smidge is trying to pretend that mug is not hers.

Even shy Woody dressed up for me.
If you are new and would like to read my Gotcha Day story - go to Introducing DarbyThe second part is here.We have some fun treats to thank you for coming to my party - nip wine for those old enough to imbibe, (nip for those who can handle it) cookies and a rainbow cake for all.

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
~Irish Blessing

P.S. UPDATE on Lily - she is perky and doing well considering the lump in her mouth.  We hope to have her with us a bit longer.  Thanks for the good thoughts for her.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Lily for Caturday Art

It is me Lily for the Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by Athena - this is our first entry, we think.  Mom took this of me in the kitty bed and made it look like a painting.  Pretty cool.  

As you all know, I have cancer in my mouth and was not doing too well but the vet gave me a shot of a mega anti inflammatory on Tuesday and I have been doing MUCH better since then.  I am very busy all day, watching birds, hanging with my beans, going on the porch to get some fresh air and even eating a little bit on my own.  I know this is temporary but it sure feels a lot better than a week ago.  The vet told Mom we can get two more shots if this one starts to wear off and I feel yucky again.Thank you all soo much for the kind comments and purrs for me.  They do help Mom get thru this and I know they help me feel better for a lot longer.

I am just enjoying each day and living in the now.  Isn't that what we all are supposed to do anyway?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thankful Thursday with Lily

We wanted to update everyone on Lily and thank you all for the purrs - she is stable for now.  To recap, she had surgery to have teeth pulled and the vet found out she had cancer.  Since the surgery she is not able to eat on her own so Mom is assist feeding her, plus giving her lots of nutritional, herbal and anti cancer supplements.  Mom vetoed the surgery - too disfiguring.  It seems chemo and radiation don't help much either for this type of cancer. Mom will try to get by and visit you all but taking care if Lily is her most important job right now.

Mom talked to an animal communicator and Lily told her she does not want any upsetting treatment - she prefers the gentle less invasive way.  She is OK with her illness and will let Mom know when it is time to go.  The communicator told Mom that Lily is already going to the next world and coming back - when she looks like she is in a deep sleep.  Mom hopes that she just slips way one day when she is asleep.  We are just taking one day at a time.  Lily still enjoys watching the birds, going on the back porch on warm days and spending as much time with Mom and Pop as she can.  Please keep the purrs and prayers coming for her - we want her to be with us a bit longer and to be comfortable.  The post below is reposted from 2009 when Lily told how she came to live with us.

Lily wants to tell her story today!

I am the momcat for all of the white kitties plus Woody and Tabitha. I showed up at the old general store across from Mom's house one summer a few years ago with a litter of tiny black kittens and one white one. The beans at the store fed me and tried to catch my kittens. I was not happy and taught them to not to go in that cage even if food was there. My black kittens disappeared - I hope they got nice homes but I never saw them again. Snowball was the only one left and he stuck to me like glue.

The store closed for the winter and we were left with no food and were very hungry. It was cold and snowy outside and our stomach grumbled empty. Someone told Mom and she started putting food out on her back deck and even made us a place to sleep safe and warm, out of the snow and wind under the house. She tried to catch me and Snowball too but we were smart and escaped. Mom firmly believes in TNR - that means trap, neuter and release! But I got pregnant again and had another litter of all white kittens this time with one tabby - Woody. I am a very good mom so they all grew up and were healthy.  Mom made a place for the kittens to play on the deck with a kitty condo and stuff.

Those mancats would not leave me alone and I got pregnant again - all this time poor Mom was desperately trying to catch me to stop me from having kittens. She was so nice to me but I would not go near her or let her pet me. I was afraid. Being a mom is my job so I would not go in the trap no matter what. I would pull the food to the side and pull it out with my paws.

Mom did catch Snowball first then all the others at once - Norm, Woody, Sam. Since Mom was moving to another town she could not TNR us and leave us outside cuz no one wanted to take care of us. She asked all the neighbors too and shelters. The shelters were going to put us to sleep. I didn't like the sound of that. She knew she had to take us all with her when she moved, so she put the kittens in their own special indoor space with a screen porch.

Finally I had one more litter under the house - again all white cats with one tabby who is Tabitha. These guys were real cute and by now Mom was getting friendly with me and the kittens. She caught all of us a few months later by propping open the door to the back porch and enticing us with food and toys to come in. Then she pulled the piece of wood holding the door open and we were caught! It was scary when she and Pop tried to catch us and bring us inside but now we are happy and safe and no more babies for me.

We live in a nice shelter with a screen porch and have lots of toys, treats and food. The chipmunks and birds play outside and we can watch all day. Mom and Pop spend lots of time with us and we love it. We are all friendly now except Smidge and Sam sometimes. I guess we are pretty lucky.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mega Purrs for Lily

We had hoped to get back to blogging for fun but got yet another shocking bit of news.  Our dear sweet Lily, age 9, mother of the white cats, has oral squamous cell carcinoma.  The vet removed a mass under her tongue for the biopsy but since the cancer involves her tongue, more surgery would not be an option.  It would leave her unable to eat.  I know a feeding tube could be used but this would be for the rest of her life - not a a good quality of life as I see it.,

I am treating her with nutritionally and herbal treatments to make her comfortable and help slow the cancer growth.  The vet is looking into chemo or other treatments for this.  I ask for all the purrs, prayers, healing energy you can summon up for our dear girl.  My heart is broken.  I can't lose her!



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