Re: [CatVet] Daddy-cat
- Thank you for sharing your story. It is so hard to lose a beloved pet.
Take comfort in knowing your feral had love and a friend which made it all
worth while like you told your daughter. I have had similar experiences and
when my feral purred like crazy in my arms as he passed away it gave me
comfort that he knew he had love, Thats why we keep on doing it over and
over again. I am currently caring for 19 ferals. God bless you and I hope you
have a good 2011.
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- So true. Thank you so much for your kind words! Have a wonderful 2011!
--- In CatVet@yahoogroups.com, CatWoman <diana@...> wrote:
> Hugs to you and your daughter. Daddy-cat definitely
> lived his last days knowing love and comfort.
> Tell her it is hard to let them go - whether you
> have them a couple of hours, a couple of years -
> or a couple of decades - but the time they are with
> us always makes it worth the pain of the loss.
- Hi, I am so sorry to read about Daddy-cat. You and your daughter gave him a loving home. My heart and prayers are with you and your daughter. I hope you both will remember all the good times you had together with Daddy and his family. Take care and hugs, Carol
--- In CatVet@yahoogroups.com, "scampsangel" <pwkollasch@...> wrote:
> I've posted a couple of times and made mention of my wonderful "Daddy-cat" who was a feral rescue that I planned on having neutered/shots & releasing back to his "family" that lived in my back yard. Unfortunately, Daddy-cat had tested + for FeLV & FIV so I couldn't - in good conscience - release him. He became a part of my family in Feb 2009 & went from being COMPLETELY FERAL to being a sweet, snuggly lap cat in about 2 weeks.
> Sadly, Daddy-cat's "wife" and 2 sons eventually disappeared before I could trap them & have them fixed, shots & tested. I assume they were most likely picked up by animal control & were most likely destroyed.
> For the last almost 2 years Daddy-cat has been the King of his own room and enjoyed so much love. Christmas Eve Day he didn't seem to have much of an appetite & seemed a little lethargic. Over the weekend he stopped eating & became very lethargic. A trip to the vet found him to have a temp of only 94 & a RBC of only 10. My precious angel passed away this morning in my arms.
> I'm writing about this for 2 reasons: First, to celebrate his life & how proud I am to have been his "human". Daddy-cat was named this because he was such an UNUSUAL male cat - he always stayed by the side of his wife and guarded his 2 sons closely. He would often lay in the grass and let them climb all over him while Callie - his wife - rested nearby. The 4 of them were hardly ever seen apart - even after the kittens grew to be almost full-grown. This has never ceased to touch my heart and make me wonder what sort of angel he really was.
> Secondly, my 9-year old daughter cried last night after learning that Daddy-cat was very sick and would likely die very shortly. She begged me not to bring in "anymore + cats" (we had another one, Salem, who was also a stray-rescue who was also + for both & died after about 8 months). Trying to explain things like this to a 9 y/o is not always easy. I told her we rescued Daddy-cat from a "kill" shelter which probably would have destroyed him within a day because he was "feral" (and I guess perceived to be disposable!). We had him for several days before we found out he was +. I told her our choices would have been to release him & let him infect other cats & die alone outside; put him to sleep even though he was currently "healthy" (he died weighing 13.6 lbs, with a gorgeous coat of fur & teeth/gums in such good condition the vet could hardly believe his history!); keep him & love him knowing that one day he would break our hearts.
> I aksed her if she would have traded the last 2 years of loving him & being loved by him in order to prevent feeling the pain she was feeling right now. She didn't have to think long before deciding that she wouldn't have made that trade. We gave Daddy-cat every bit of love we could - and he gave back 100 times over! He will always be missed - but never forgotten. I have to believe that he is now in Heaven - free and at peace - with his loving wife, Callie, and their sons, Cinders & Phoenix.
> I will go home now & love my 9 other babies who all came to me as "misfits" - some as little as 3 yrs ago & one almost 17 yrs ago. I will kiss them & love them & be thankful for every minute I have and will have with them. I will do the same for my 3 "real" children, too. Please take a moment to think about this and love all of your "babies", too - 4-legged and 2-legged.
> Sorry for the length of this post. Happy holidays to all & I wish you all a wonderful 2011!