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.

43 comments:

Marg said...

Cheri, we are so sorry to hear this. Just know that she was a very lucky to have a home with you and Don and knew lots of love. Sending hugs.

Eastside Cats said...

Farewell, Angel Mamacita. Sending purrs and hugs to you all.

The Florida Furkids said...

Fly Free Mamacita. ((((hugs))))
The Florida Furkids and Mom Sharon

Jans Funny Farm said...

Mamacita had a good life with you. We're sorry it came her time to leave. Hugs.

www.shelter-cats.com said...

She lived the life she chose and she chose you. What a lucky thing for all involved.
I'm very sorry for your loss. I know you and Don and Rosa will miss her.
Sending love and sympathy.
Maggie

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Beautiful tribute for a beautiful girl. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope Rosa will be OK without her mama.XO

The Island Cats said...

What a lovely tribute to Mamacita. We are so sorry for your loss...but it sounds like she had a wonderful life with you. Purrs.....

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

I'm so, so sorry for your loss. She was very lucky to have you loving and taking care of her.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...
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Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are so sorry that Mamacita had to go to the Rainbow Bridge, she was such a special cat. We are sending comforting purrs to all of you but especially to Rosa, we know she is going to miss her Mama. Purrs of comfort and paws of sympathy from all us here at ATCAD

Bernadette said...

Thank you for rescuing her and her kittens. She went as far into socialization as she could, for you and Don, and was always clear and honest with you, even at the end. What more could any of us ask but that love and respect?

Brian said...

Cheri and Don, we're so sorry about dear Mamacita, she was such a special gal and she sure did great with your love and care. That was such a loving tribute to that sweetie and I know how much she will be missed. Hugs and love from all of us here.

Webbthistle said...

What a wonderful life she had with you, as evidenced by your loving tribute! Cheri and Don, I know your hearts are grieving, but please take comfort in the fact that you gave her and her babies such stellar care and love. Hugs to you both.

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

💔😢 purrs....

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

I am so sorry to hear your saddest news. You gave Mamacita and her babies a wonderful life full of love and care. She couldn't have asked for more. I send my love and condolences.

Laila and Minchie said...

We are so very sorry. A piece of your heart crossed over with Mamacita. What a wonderful life you gave her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kea said...

Cheri, I'm so sorry to read this. You gave her a wonderful and amazing life, but losses still are hard to bear. Sending hugs and universal Light; Nicki and Derry are sending you and Don (and Rosa) soft purrs. Peace to all.

Kim

Rene said...

We are very sorry for your loss. You gave her a good life and ended it in a kind way.

Debra Rose said...

Cheryl, I don’t think I have ever known anyone who could so beautifully articulate what it means to love and. when it is time, to let go. I am crying as I write this, but they are tears of sadness and sweet joy. Such love I am grateful for your presence on this planet.

Three Chatty Cats said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending lots of hugs and purrs. RIP, sweet Mamcita.

The Menagerie Mom said...

Mamacita was so, so blessed to have you. She is now flying free, watching over you all.

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

Cheri I am so very sorry about the loss of Mamacita. She was a true beautiful spirit and she will be missed.

Summer said...

I'm so sorry. That was a lovely tribute to Mamacita... a feral kitty who wanted things her own way, but still loved and trusted you on her own terms. A connection like that one is special. Purrs to you and to Rosa.

Caren Gittleman said...

I am so sorry to read about Mamacita going to the Bridge, but you wrote a most incredible post! This tribute brought tears to my eyes, what a special girl! Sending (((hugs)))

Kiril Kundurazieff said...

The Opinionated Pussycats send purrs and purrayers your way....

Mary McNeil said...

How blessed you bothe were to be in one another's lives. Purrs to Rosa. Mamacita will still be watching over you !

da tabbies o trout towne said...

Godspeed your journey to heaven Mamacita; a gorgeous house panther you were, and always will be. We send lots of hugs and loves to you, and to mom, dad, Rosa and the family you leave behind on earth. We understand how difficult this is. We also know how much YOU loved mom and dad and Rosa, and how much they, as well as all of your friends; love you. Please say HI to everyone there in heaven; mom wrote a beautiful tribute ~ ♥♥♥♥♥

dai$y, tuna, dude, sauce and boomer

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

So very sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and purrs to all of you

Katie Isabella said...

Tears and more tears. I am so sorry that this beautiful girl has gone away to the Bridge. And that you save blankets she used and have her scent. That made more tears to read as I know her daughter will be comforted. Thank you for giving them a loved and good life. XXXX to you, your husband and all the babies.
Carole and Katie and Angel Admiral.

Squeedunk Cats and Z-Girl said...

Dear Mamacita. You lived such a beautiful life on this plane. It's hard for us humans to let animals live the way they want, and to honor who they truly are, instead of who we want them to be...so to have landed on this earth with humans who know and understand how to do that is truly a wonderful match. We at Squeedunk are so sad that you have departed because we know that you will be missed dearly. Yet we are relieved that you are not suffering and we know that you are reunited with some of the Wildcat Woods cats. Your babies and your pals will join you when it's their time. Until then, please send love and hope to those who need it most. Your photos are so lovely, and we can see how much you enjoyed your sweet life. Peace to you, and peace to your human and fur family. Love from Laura and all the Squeedunk girls

Holly said...

So sorry to hear of Mamacita’s passing. May her memory be a blessing.

John Bellen said...

I was very sorry to read about Mamcita's passing. She had the best possible life with you and your family, however, and years of love and safety that she never would have had. She undoubtedly loved you all. Godspeed, Mamacita.

catsynth said...

We were so sad to hear of Mamacita's passing 😿. We were glad to have gotten to know her a bit through these pages over the last few years. This was such a lovely tribute to her, and the way she and Rosa were together to the end was so sweet and perfect.

Sending you all our thoughts and condolences.

CatSynth (Amanda, Sam Sam, and Angel Luna)

Deziz World said...

What a beauty she is/was. She will be missed. We're sendin' big hugs and purrayers.

Luv ya'

Dezi, Raena and mommy A

The Swiss Cats said...

We're so sorry for the loss of your dear Mamacita. She was beautiful. We send you comforting purrs and gentle headbonks. Purrs

Chirpycats said...

So very sorry for your loss. She sounds like a special girl who was so lucky to have you. Sending healing purrs. Rest In Peace sweet kitty.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

We were all sad to hear of the loss of your beautiful girl.

Purrs,
The Chans

M Dawson said...

I am glad you were able to find out what Mamacita wanted and respect her wishes, She was amazing and will be a wonderful cat in your heart.

Your tribute is wonderful, and I am deeply moved to read her story. Thank you.

Marjorie and Harvey from Dash Kitten

Cleo said...

Oh dear, we're sending our deepest sympathy your way on the passing of your sweet Mamacita.

meowmeowmans said...

We were so sad to learn of Mamacita's journey to the Rainbow Bridge. What a beautiful and special kitty she was, and what a blessing she was to all of you, and you to her. Sending so much love and gentle purrs of comfort to you, dear friends.

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

I am so very sorry. Sending purrs of healing and comfort

Cheri Wildcatwoods said...

Thank you.

Forty Paws said...

We thought we had left a comment about Mamacita, so we will now leave one. Many hugs and purrs and purrayers from all of us at Forty Paws. Losing two fur babies so close together breaks the heart in so many ways.

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