Monday, July 2, 2018

Slan Darby Until We Meet Again (2000 - 2018)



Darby threw a clot on Sunday afternoon July 1st.  She had been diagnosed with hyperthyroid in December 2017 but in May she was having trouble breathing.  The vet put her on Lasiz to drain the fluid around her heart.  She was feeling better but last week we took her in again as she was coughing and wheezing.  The fluids were gone in her chest so the x-ray gave us more information - she had an enlarged heart - cardiomyopahty.  Her blood pressure was normal, as was her thyroid. Along with the Lasix and Enalapril, the vet prescribed a very low dose of aspirin to prevent clots.  She had a good few days but then Sunday morning I noticed she was very restless even tho her breathing was normal. She wanted to be off the bed so I put her on the floor. She was walking in circles, falling over. She had had a stroke/a clot in the brain.

Darby terrorized poor Yoko in her early years.

We took her in to the emergency vet. They were very busy as usual. While we were waiting to be seen, Darby had a saddle thrombosis.  Both Don and I were holding her when the vet gave her the final injection.  I had hoped to spare her this pain and confusion but it was not meant to be.

Just after her spaying




Darby was a little spitfire of a cat from the beginning. A neighbor alerted us during the winter of 2000 that a small grey and white cat was living under our rental house in the crawlspace.  We began putting food out for her and were able to trap her on St Patrick's Day.  Because she would chase off all other cats outside, I thought she was a boy and named her Darby.  Once she was spayed I realized my gender mistake but the name stuck.

Celebrating her Gotcha Day

Darby took a long time to tame, spending weeks in our bathroom while we worked with an animal behaviorist to calm her fears.  She would swat our hands if they came to close.  We eventually got to pet her through a towel and then just with out hands.  She still was quick to swat if she did not like what we were doing to her.  She did bond with me over playing and petting.  She preferred people to our cats. She tolerated the other cats more so in the past few years.


Darby loved playing with a ribbon, catching it with her paw as it flew over her.  She napped in the funniest places - perched high on several pillows in the spare room like the Princess and the Pea story.  Often she slept face down in our clean laundry, snoring, whistling and chirping as she dosed. 


A favorite game she liked was when the sun came in the western side of the house in the bedroom I would make shadow puppets on the wall for her to chase. She would go and sit on the bed, waiting for the puppet show to start even on cloudy days! She also delighted in the laser toy, chasing hte red dot until she was pooped.

Catching the red dot


Playing shadow puppets with me

These last few weeks, Darby enjoyed sitting in the bedroom window watching the birds and goats outside. The window had always been a favorite place to sit.  In autumn, she would try to catch the leaves as they fell in front of the window from the maple tree outside.





The other cats were afraid of her - she would run at them growling and swat them. if Darby wanted the couch , no one dared to sit there so she would have it to herself.  Her favorite place was the office chair  at my computer desk.  We had to share the chair with her or let her sit next to the computer if we wanted to work there.


My Princess and her Pea

We were treated to a free session with an animal psychic for the blog in 2014.  This is what she said about Darby then - She described Darby as a happy cat who gives much love back to us: she is very affectionate. Nancy did not see anything negative with Darby.  She stated that Darby had deep feelings and was very intuitive.  Darby can pick up on things without being told - she reads our energy.  In this way she felt that Darby is a healer, a cat that stays with us when we are not feeling well.  Nancy explained that Darby needed companionship, to be constantly reassured.  She learned to be quick and very sharp living on her own outside before we took her in.  She can take care of herself in spite of her small size. 




By Lou Belcher

Darby was beautiful with tuxie markings and eyes that were either green or gold depending on the light.  Artists and blogger Lou Belcher did a drawing of her a few years back.  I will treasure it always.

Sitting in her window recently.

I thought we had more time after last week's vet visit and so did the vet.  My time was spent caring for her, making sure she got all her meds each morning and evening.  Sweetpea is the last of the older cats.  The house seems so empty now. 



Darby is buried with her blue paid ribbon next to Mamacita and Mr. Kitty on our land. I will always remember my feisty little grey tuxie for all of my years.  Until we meet again sweet girl..


PS - I apologize for not visiting all who commented on Mamacita's post here and on Facebook.  I will get to all of you eventually but my heart needs to heal from all this loss.  Thank you for stopping by and for caring.




Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Adios Mamacita (2004-2018)



Last week x-rays at the vet showed a large abdominal mass and fluids in Mamcita's tummy.  She had been off her food and vomiting more. It was most likely lymphoma but with her still being so feral any further testing and treatment was not an option.  We had to sedate her to handle her for anything - medications, putting her in the carrier.

Rosa was with her all last night and morning today.

We pampered Mamacita for this past week with catnip, milk, anything she would eat, telling her how much we loved her and how special she was. She spent her last night curled up with her daughter Rosa who seemed to know something was going on.  This morning we let Mamacita go at home.  She was sitting on my lap with Don next to us.  Both of us surrounded her with Reiki light and love as the vet gave the final injection. It was peaceful and easy.  Before we buried her, we laid Mamacita's body on the floor in a blue blanket for the other cats especially Rosa to see and knowledge.

Five month old Mamacita

I had contacted an animal communicator a few days ago to find out how Mamacita felt about this turn of events.  Mamacita , the communicator told me, was very independent, strong willed and always had to be in control.  She preferred to let this illness take it's natural course and trusted me to not let her suffer.  Mamacita was so appreciative of us letting her be who she was during the years we had her.  She was glad we respected her boundaries.


Left to right Mamacita, Rosa and Manny

What can I say about this sweet, stubborn and determined girl?  She came to us as a tiny young five month old mother with two kittens.  (Rosa and Manny who passed in 2006.) I trapped all three cats when I saw that the kittens had terrible URI's. We treated the kittens and got them all spayed and neutered.  Shortly after this procedure, Mamacita lost the use of her front legs.  If you picked her up they would dangle down.  She would slide on her belly on the floor propelling herself forward with her back legs. We were devastated but already had planned on keeping her and her kittens.



After many vet visits to find out the cause of this  paralysis, we went to our holistic vet as a last ditch attempt to help Mamacita.  Dr Maggie gave her a homeopathic remedy and within a few hours Mamacita showed movement in her front legs.  We increased the dose and she was able to move the legs in an awkward  walk. eventually she was able to walk almost normally.  As she aged her gait was a bit stiff in the morning but improved as the day went on.  We gave her CBD powder for the stiffness and it helped.





Mamacita loved boxes, napping kitty piles with Rosa and Angel Joey.  She was quite the hunter and loved to chase spiders, ants and moths.





The sitting on screen porch or next to an open window brought joy to her days.  She was not a lap cat but on rare occasions, she would slowly situate herself on my lap or sit with tow paws on my leg next to me.  If I moved too fast, she was gone.




Being a plus sized girl, Mamacita had a cute habit of hooking her claws on the back of the chair before she groomed herself to keep from rolling over when she was reaching to her  tummy and below!



She allowed us to pet her eventually but only when and where she picked.  If friends came to visit, Mamacita disappeared. She was the cat most people never saw. 



She was a devoted Mom to Rosa and they were inseparable.  I have saved some blankets with Mamacita's scent on them for Rosa.
She loved to roll on Don's smelly sneakers!



She had a special place in our lives and we will always remember her.  She is buried on our land next to Mr Kitty with the catnip and treats she loved so much.  A bouquet of wildflowers graces the grave.  Say hi to Manny and Joey dear girl.  We will see you all soon.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Adieu Mr. Kitty (1999 - 2018)


In his window seat

We lost our handsome 18 1/2 year old ginger boy Sunday night. It was unexpected but Don and I were sitting on either side of him on the sofa talking to him and holding him when he passed.

Sleeping with utter abandon


He had hyperthyroid (on Felimazole) and odd bouts with nausea, vomiting and loose poop off and on since we had him but nothing showed in tests. I managed his symptoms with natural remedies. Then a few weeks ago his left back paw and later his front paw became swollen and sore.  All tests were inconclusive.  We will never know what took him.

Begging for food.

Mr Kitty was only with us for two years and nine months but he ensconced himself into our home and hearts like he had always been here. True to his Maine Coon background his intelligence, friendliness, playfulness, curiosity and ability to live in the now captivated us.

Mr Kitty at his first home.

 Mr Kitty grew up in a household with two human brothers, Nate and Jason and their parents, Deb and Barry. Mr. Kitty was a gift as a kitten to Nate for his tenth birthday. Mr. K was so very loved and spoiled in his home. When Barry had an organ transplant they were not allowed to keep pets so I offered to bring Mr Kitty to our house for however long he lived.  He joined us at age 16 and adjusted well for his age.

Mr Kitty and Don

Mr. K was a social guy who loved people, especially men, greeting all guests with an opportunity to give him some love. Our ginger cat loved my husband Don with a passion.  They bonded on the two day trip to our house.  Mr Kitty always had to be sitting next to or on Don.  If Don went out, Mr. Kitty was on alert for the sound of the back door and would be right there to greet Don as he came in. When Don wore his baseball cap, Mr Kitty rubbed his face against the visor purring with pleasure.


He did not care for the other cats but Mr. Kitty tolerated Sweetpea for some reason.  They could be found spooning each other on the sofa while napping,  Sweetpea was with us on the sofa on Mr. Kitty's last night.

Mr Kitty with Sweetpea on the sofa

A purrfect model for holiday photos and special occasions, wearing costumes or bow ties, Mr. Kitty tolerated the fuss.  He wanted all the attention good or bad.  He had a habit of pushing things off the coffee table with his paw if no one was paying him attention.  He was a true attention hog.


His favorite place was in the office on the window seat catching the morning sun. or on cold days in front of the heater.  His time on the back screen porch was something he cherished no matter what the weather.

In his window


On the porch with Tabitha

In front of the heater

Always curious, Mr. Kitty loved to check out the grocery bags when we came home from shopping.  Once he pulled a full loaf of bread out of a bag on the floor and ran down the hall, dragging it.  The cat toy basket was a source of fun for him.  He would pull out several toys , digging around to find one that caught his eye to play with.





If you cannot see this video, go here.


These past few months his personality was mellowing out. He was less and less active. He had a couple of good days on Friday and Saturday.  He spent time on the back porch, was treated to cooked chicken liver, and sat in all his favorite places. He enjoyed his time with Don on the sofa watching TV. We did not expect to lose him on Sunday.

In all his gorgeous glory
We wrapped him lovingly in a soft fleece blanket with is catnip flower and buried him on our land next to the others we have lost.  Rocks cover his grave with a bouquet from our holiday wreath.  I have ordered a stone for his grave site to be put there later.



This big beautiful boy with a larger than life personality left a gaping hole in our hearts. I am forever grateful we were able to have him in our lives for the time we did.  He brought us so much joy, laughter and love.  Rest well Mr. Kitty, until we meet again at the 
Rainbow Bridge.


P.S. This morning before I woke I dreamt I woke up and Mr. Kitty was sitting on the end of the bed in all his glory looking so content just like in the photo above in his window seat.  When I did get up I saw him again in my peripheral vision next to my feet in the kitchen where he always sat waiting for his breakfast..  I know in my heart he is safe and young and happy once more on the other side of the veil watching over us.





Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Taking a Break


Two Spot bids you a Happy St Pat's

I have not posted as much on here as in the past but I don't want to close down the blog so I will be taking a break.  At some point I may come back to the blog or if some event occurs that I want to share but I don't know when. 

All the cats and the humans at our house are fine. I do post often on our Facebook page Cats of Wildcat Woods. and on our Instagram page, @wildcatwoods.  We also have a local page called Carolina Mountains on Facebook if you want to know what the humans are up to. Please follow us at any or all of these.

It has been a wonderful experience blogging and getting to meet you all.  We have made some very dear friends. After nine years, it is time to focus on other things. at least for a while.  Please feel free to email us at calcatsndogs AT gmail DOT com if you want to keep in touch.  We would love to hear from you!

Take care.  We love you!  


Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy Rubber Ducky Day - Jan. 13

Norm and Snowball want to know "Whatsthis????"

Another Rubber Ducky Day is upon us.  Another day of Mom trying to pose us with these strange yellow things.  As you can see from our photos, we all have different reactions to today!  Browse thru and check us out.


For those who don't know...in 1970, Jim Henson performed the song “Rubber Duckie” as Ernie on Sesame Street, and the rubber duck bath toy has been an iconic American symbol ever since.  Show us your Rubber Ducks and sing along with us.

Rubber Duckie you're the one
You make bath time lots of fun
Rubber Duckie I'm awfully fond of you
Rubber Duckie joy of joys
When I squeeze you, you make noise
Rubber Duckie you're my very best friend it's true
I find a little fellow who's cute and yellow and chubby
Rub a dub dubby
Rubber Duckie you're so fine and I'm lucky that you're mine
Rubber Duckie I'd like a whole pond of you
Rubber Duckie I'm awfully fond of you



Woody wodering what he is supposed to do with the duck!





Tabitha is ignoring the ducky.



Mr Kitty says "Is mine!"



Only just looking cute with his.

 Happy Rubber Ducky Day from all of us!!!!


P.S.Update on us....both Mom and Pop were pretty sick before and after Christmas so they didn't even post or show all our holidays cards.  We are so sorry.  The cards were great - we got way more than the humans did.  Mom just got over her flu thing this week.  All us cats are fine.  Sweetpea is going on 6 months since her CRF diagnosis and doing good. She gets daily fluids and is eating well.  She turns 18 this year along with Mr Kitty.  We hope the beans will post once in a while for special days or our Gotcha days.  We do post much more often on Facebook as Cats of Wildcat Woods and on Instagram as @wildcatwoods  so please follow us there.

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