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.

58 comments:

Angel Prancer Pie said...

We are sending lots of love, purrs, and light your way.
XOXO

Summer said...

Thanks for the update on Lily - I hope she continues to enjoy life for way longer than anyone expects!

The Swiss Cats said...

We send you tons of purrs, and hope that Lily has an enjoyable life as long as possible. Purrs

Jenna said...

Thank you for the update on Lily. We're sending logs of hugs and purrs your way. We hope she'll have many comfortable days left.

Random Felines said...

purrs to all of you....

Brian said...

We enjoyed reading the Lily story and we all send tons of purrs and prayer her way every single day.

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

Lily we are so glad you told us your story. In some ways I believe cats are much better than we humans are at acceptance of the cycle of life. Dear Lily...you are one wise lady.

Hannah and Lucy said...

We hope Lily will have some time left with you and know that you won't let her suffer. We are sending purrs to you and to Lily.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

da tabbies o trout towne said...

lily...we all understand that yur mom & dad want two spend az much time with ewe az possible ...de continmewed blessings from St Francis, may he watch out for and over ewe, 24/7.....we troo lee hope ya can beet de nastee azz C...itz been done bee fore ♥♥♥♥ we hope ewe will two ♥♥♥♥

Fuzzy Tales said...

Lily, we're continuing to send you all our purrs and purrayers and universal Light. We hope that you'll be able to stay with your humans for a while yet, and we ask the Universe that when it's your time to cross that it be peaceful, gentle and merciful. Much love and many hugs to you all. Blessings.

Flynn said...

I continue my purrs for you Lily and hope you have a lot more quality time with your family.

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

Of course you want to spend your time with Lily. We'll continue to purr for her and for your family as you surround her with love and care.

The Island Cats said...

We're purring for Lily...and you too.

Quill and Greyson said...

Sending our love and purrs to all of you!

Eileen said...

We is sending our purrs for Lily and for your beans too. We hopes you have time for more lubs before you have to leave.

Sasha, Sami, & Saku

Caren Gittleman said...

Keeping you close to our hearts and in our thoughts. Purrs and prayers for that precious girl xoxoxo

Kitties Blue said...

Our mom has a raging case of the winter blahs and we have been very lax in visiting our furiends and commenting. We are so sorry to hear about Lily. We will keep her in our purrs and prayers so that you all can have more time together and she can pass quietly in her sleep when the time is right for her. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

Old Kitty said...

Awwww lovely Lily! Thank you for sharing your amazing story with us! You are a true survivor! We are so grateful that you are in the bestest place now. Take one day at a time. You are surrounded by love and hope and beautiful memories. Take care
x

Austin Towers said...

This, i know, is heartbreaking for you, but Lily is getting the best love and care! She and the others were so lucky when they found you! Sending huge purrs and cyber hugs x0x

Honey P. Sunshine said...

purrs sweet girl

Marilynn said...

Grace and her boys and I are sending LOTS of purrrrrrssssss and prayers for Lily and all her family. My first precious pet, a wonderful cat named Friday, went through this, too, so I know what you're all going through. Love and hugs and pats and purrrrrrsssss for Lily and all of you.

Love,
Marilynn, Grace & Company

Everycat said...

Lily, we are so sorry that you have this diagnosis, but we know that your family are the most caring and knowledgeable folk, who will make sure that the time you have left with them is very special. You have made a big impression on the world with your babies and love Lily, what a wonderful Mummy you are.

Take it easy sweetheart

Luff and rumbly purrs

Mungo
Jet
& Jane xx (((((hugs)))))

Lovable Lily said...

Hi Furends,
We are so very sorry to hear this news. Give that C a good fight Lily!

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

Marg said...

We sure send lots of purrs to you Lily. Lots of good thoughts too.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ~xo~

Samantha & Mom said...

Lots of purrs and prayers for you Lilly and lots of hugs for the Family! We will keep you in our prayers!
Your TX furiends,
Samantha & Mom

Big Piney Woods Cats said...

Tons of purrs and headbutts from the Big Piney Woods.

Squirt, Miracle and Mom Toni

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I hope Lily can have more time enjoying your love- I am praying for her.

Melissa and Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Cherish every moment that you have with your beautiful girl. Life is just so unfair sometimes. Sending you purrs of comfort and love.

John Bellen said...

I just read about Lily's plight. I am very sorry; nine is a young age for a cat, despite what veterinarians say. I wish she could stay, but I agree that a feeding tube for the rest of her life is not a feasible option for a contented animal. I hope she decides when to go, and leaves quietly in her sleep, knowing she is loved.

www.shelter-cats.com said...

Purring and praying that sweet Lily will be comfortable and happy at home with you. Sending sympathy to your family during this sad and stressful time.
Maggie

Just Me Pooh said...

Purrs, prayers, hugs and nose kisses

Forty Paws said...

We are so sorry that Lilly has cancer. Many hugs and purrs and purrayers to you and Lilly during this difficult time.

Luf, Forty Paws kitties and Maw

JC said...

I am so sorry. My heart is breaking for you.

My Lilly Ann was very feral. So, I know the love of these girls.

Know that you made such a good life for her and her kittens.

How does a cat get cancer though .. just saying .. it's not fair.

I'm glad you talked to someone who can kind of talk to her. I always wish my loves would just fall to sleep. May yours be the one that does.

Either way, know that you did the best you could for her and she knows it.

I'm always here for you .. anytime.

XO,
JC and The Purr and Fur Gang

KitKat said...

Purring and praying for precious Lilly. Sending hugs of comfort and love your way. God Bless.
Angel Normie, Mika, Sasha & Grady Lewis

Maggie May said...

Sending lots of love and warm headbonks to Lily!!
XOXO
Maggie May

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

I am sending much love to both Lily and to you too. Hugs and love at this time. x

Karen Jo said...

I am so sorry about Lily. I am glad she is comfortable and also hope that she just slips away to the Rainbow Bridge in her sleep. I send hugs and the kitties send comforting purrs and crossed purrs that she stays comfortable until the time comes.

meowmeowmans said...

We loved Lily's story. Thank you for loving her so much, Cheri and Don. Sending hugs, love, purrs and prayers always.

LP said...

We are sad to hear that Lily is unwell. We know you will make her comfortable and we know you will continue to love her until her time comes. She is safe with you ; you made that possible all those years ago.She understands how fortunate she is to have a loving family.

Our love to all of you.We are also sending you our purrs.
the critters in the cottage xo

Jans Funny Farm said...

We, too, are sorry about dear sweet Lily being so ill. We know she has had a good life with you but know it is always too soon to think of saying good-bye. We hope she has much quality time left with you.

Katie Isabella said...

Oh Lily, your story has mommy with leaky eyes. And YOUR mom's story has mom with leaky eyes. Mom said she sends STRNG love to you and prayers and I send the loudest purrs I can summon. I love you, Lily.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are so glad you didn't give up on catching Lily and that she had a chance to be loved and have her family with her. She sounds like a wonderful Mother.

We are sending healing purrs and has our paws crossed she will be with you for awhile longer.

Charlemagne and Tamar said...

Sending purrs and gentle headbutts that your journey is peaceful, sweet Lily.

Charlemagne, Tamar and Mal

Jeanne Pursell said...

We are so very sorry to hear about Lily. Sending lots of love and hugs to comfort you all. xo Chloe and LadyBug

Quinn and Angel brandi said...

We are so sorry to hear about dear Lily. May she be comforted by her family through her time of "farewell and see you over the Bridge." We send soft kitty headbumpies and purrs and prayers for the whole family.

Madi and Mom said...

DEAR LILY....MOM AND I WERE SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE EVIL C. YOU ARE IN THE LOVING CARE OF YOUR PEEPS WHO KNOWS YOU BEST AND WE KNOW YOUR TIME TOGETHER WILL BE VERY SPECIAL
LOTS OF HUGS MADI AND MOM

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Dear mom Cheri and all you purrrrdy kiddens! the cozy cottage cats and mom Karla are wishing you many sweet quiet days of soft light and gentle moments in the sunshine. These dreadful days of waiting are the price we pay for loving our fur kids...we would never have it any other way as I am sure you believe also.
Please know how much we care and are here to hold you up....much love to all

Sweet Purrfections said...

We know this is a hard time for your mom, but Lily is in excellent care and we purr for a peaceful transition from this life to the next.

Julia Williams said...

Sending tons of purrs and love for Lily and all of her family.

Katiez Furry Mewz said...

Purrs and Prayers for Lily... So glad you finally let the human lady help you and all of your kittens.

Praying you are able to stay longer and that you have time to love your kitty and human family before you have to go...

My mommy was a white kitty too. I was her only black kitty to live in her last litter, before she went home. Now I has a human Mommy to spoil me. But my human mommy misses my kitty mommy. I hope you get to meet her. -Purrz from Benjamin Lil Bear.

Fuzzy Tales said...

Continuing to send purrs and purrayers and universal Light to Lily and to you. Hugs and peace.

The Church Cat Family said...

Oh, Cheri-I went through the same thing with Tom who had cancer and any surgery would have disfigured him and put him through more than he could handle. I loved him with special care every single moment until the end. You gave her a wonderful life and she will take those memories with her to the Bridge. Sending gentle thoughts and love from all of us to Lily. xx

Tinker, Anastasia, Chopin, Bridgie & Mom Julie

Angel Prancer Pie said...

We're stoppin by to send love, light, and comfort to Lily and the whole Wildcat Wood family.
XOXOXO

dezizworld said...

We be so sorry. Weez sendin' lots of purrs and purrayers to you all.

Luv ya'

Dezi and Lexi

Vanessa Morgan said...

I just heard the news about Lily. I'm glad she's stable now. Lots of hugs.

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal said...

Sendig lots and lots of (((purrs)))

XOXO

Clooney said...

Oh sweet Lily, we are sending many purrs and prayers your way, much love to you all...

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