Re: OT: To Our Kitties & A Little About Buttons
Thanks for posting these. I believe these poems were originally
written in regards to adoption, which, after all, is what we've all
done with all of our kitties. Adopted them into our families and our
We lost our cat Buttons 2 weeks ago tomorrow and it's still tough.
We still have his sister, Patches, and our beagle Cocoa, whom we love
very much as well.
It's difficult the pain I feel and deep down I feel a sense of
depression because I think most people don't expect for me to still
be mourning and yet I am. I think most people, especially those who
do not have pets or whose pets are just inhabitants of their home and
not their hearts, just feel that you should just be moving on without
another thought, but it's not that easy.
My husband and I are also struggling with infertility for 14 years
and with Buttons' death and my turning 40 later this year, & the fact
that I also lost my grandmother 4 months ago, I just feel really
down. Our pets are our babies and to lose one, plus lose my
grandmother and be turning 40 this year and losing some hope about
our having a child of our own, it's all be too overwhelming for me at
times. I can't even stomach holding a new baby. My brother's baby
just turned 2 months and I saw her again today and she's beautiful.
But I can't bring myself to hold her. It's too painful. Too many
years of pain and now the pain of losing my grandmother and one of my
I am on the Angel on My Shoulder as well as some other support groups
and it does help. I was only on here a short time. I found your
group several weeks into Buttons being diagnosed with cardiac
myopathy and he only lived for a little over a month later. It's a
long story. I was told a slightly less caustic version of his
diagnosis by the feline cardiologist, who wrote in his chart that
survival anything past 4 months would be extremely guarded. I was
later told by a vet that guarded is VERY BAD in vet speak.
When I saw the cardiologist in his office, he told us that the goal
was to get Buttons another 6 months to a year of good quality life
and that he may be able to survive longer with the right combination
of meds. We are still unsure as to the exact cause of his death as
he was able to bring himself back after a cardiac arrest and no
medical intervention (after 1-2 minutes with NO heartbeat, which of
course, makes no sense in a cat with severe heart disease).
I'm sorry. I'm babbling. I will post Buttons story later as I have
time. Thanks for listening and thanks for posting those beautiful
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, nala nala <nala_zq@...> wrote:
> Go, Candace, Go!
> I love the affirming nature of these verses!
> -Nala, Camille and Cozette
> --- moonpye <moonpye@...> wrote:
> > For all our kitties,
> > Not flesh of my flesh
> > Nor bone of my bone
> > But still miraculously my own
> > Never forget for a single moment
> > You were not born under my heart
> > but in it....
> > by Fleur Conkling Heylinger
> > *The Gift of Life*
> > I didn't give you the gift of life,
> > But in my heart I know.
> > The love I feel is deep and real,
> > As if it had been so.
> > For us to have each other
> > Is like a dream come true!
> > No, I didn't give you
> > The gift of life,
> > Life gave me the gift of you.
> > I believe the above is how most of us feel about
> > all our kitties.
> > The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil
> > is for good people to do nothing.
> > Edmund Burke
> > Candace with Cinnamon and Skylar
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been
> > removed]
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- --- In email@example.com, "illuminatedlady"
> Thanks for posting these. I believe these poems were originally
> written in regards to adoption, which, after all, is what we've
> done with all of our kitties. Adopted them into our families andour
> We lost our cat Buttons 2 weeks ago tomorrow and it's still
> We still have his sister, Patches, and our beagle Cocoa, whom welove
> very much as well.[...]
I just HAD to respond to this one! Usually I just lurk because
*touch wood* my four little furbabies are still fine.
But it's just such a co-incidence -- there used to be FIVE
furbabies -- a mother (healthy) and her four HCM babies -- Buttons,
Patch, Claude and Tuppenny.
Buttons was also the first to pass, unexpectedly on December 19th
last year. I list their names in birth order, but this is also the
order of severity of disease. Buttons was the weakest, and patch is
now the most severe -- though he doesn't know that, and I have to
watch him when he's outside to stop him from climbing trees!
Anyway, that's beside the point. It's just funny to see another
person with a "Buttons" and a "Patch" (or "Patches") in the family.
The difference is that in my family, Buttons was the girl and
Patches is the boy!
Hello from Down Under,
Catherine from Melbourne
- Hi Debbie,
I know this is such a sad time for you. Buttons' spirit and the loved you
shared will always be with you. Please do post his story to the group when
ever you can. Even though I already emailed you, I wanted you to know that
we are here for you when ever you need us.
Purrs and hugs to you, Patches and Cocoa
On 8/5/06, illuminatedlady <Writenpamper@...> wrote:
> We lost our cat Buttons 2 weeks ago tomorrow and it's still tough.
> We still have his sister, Patches, and our beagle Cocoa, whom we love
> very much as well.
> I'm sorry. I'm babbling. I will post Buttons story later as I have
> time. Thanks for listening and thanks for posting those beautiful
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