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Subject: OT Misfit the most pestiferous kitteh.
Date Posted: 9/9/2012 8:25 PM ET
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I just saw this on Cathy's FB page. I have a lot of interaction with Cathy, and came to know her cat through her posts.  Misfit was Cathy's baby and I hope you all will leave some love here for her she will need it.

 

Kitteh took a turn for the worse this weekend, right back where she was a week ago. We both went to the vet, but only one of us came home. RIP, you were a good kitteh even when you were a pest.

Date Posted: 9/9/2012 8:30 PM ET
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Oh Cathy! When I read this my heart just sank...I know the feeling of that loss. She will be waiting for you  - in Paradise.heart

Oh, oh, oh, and she will be reading all of those books that you haven't read yet!!! And then she can tell you all about them! wink



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Date Posted: 9/9/2012 11:24 PM ET
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Oh, Cathy -- so, so sorry. Sending hugs...
Date Posted: 9/10/2012 8:28 AM ET
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Cathy, I know just how you feel, having lost two fur babies this summer.  I'm so sorry.  It's just so damn hard...

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 9:05 AM ET
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Cathy,

I am so sorry for your loss. It is nothing short of amazing how much a part of our lives our pets become and when we lose one it is heartbreaking. I hope you join this thread soon and can tell us a funny story or quirk about Misfit. Maybe sharing your love for her will help and, you know your HF friends have willing ears and open hearts.

Thinking of you,

Linda & Kelly

 

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 9:57 AM ET
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Thanks everyone for your kind words. It is very quiet around here. She'd had heavy breathing a week ago last Saturday and I'd taken her in. The gave her oxygen and found fluid on her lungs (indicating likely heart trouble). They got quite a bit of the fluid off (but not all), and she was like new when we came home. Her recheck on Wednesday was good, but around Friday she started falling back. We had a couple extras days of kitteh loving and realizing what I would have to do, and took her in on Sunday. Of course there's always the send her to an expert and poke and prod and stress her just to find a reason for it, let alone try to cure it, but I've been down that road too many times and it always ends up the same in the end.

She was a dear, albeit a pestiferous nuisance at times. It is very very quiet this morning. I keep looking at all those kitty toys everywhere and can't bring myself to pick them up. I suspect I'll go hunting for another furry friend soon.

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 10:03 AM ET
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Oh, Cathy!  I sympathize with you.  Lost my Mischka last fall.  We miss her.  We have not replaced her.  She, too, was so sick that she needed to find a permanent resting place.  May you find a darling replacement.  They are members of the family for sure.  

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 10:29 AM ET
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*sniff*

I've been working on writing a review for a book I just finished and I've realized that there's no little pest jumping around the keyboard driving me nuts and getting in the way.

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 11:42 AM ET
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Oh Cathy I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your little fur baby.

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 2:57 PM ET
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So sorry, Cathy.

 

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 4:02 PM ET
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Cathy - they really can't be replaced but you can find love and affection, giggles and laughs with yet another addition to the family - and one who is looking for somebody to love them so that they can love back. I know.....I'm preaching to the choir here.  It works for me though. I never forget the ones I've lost - how can you? they are all such individuals in their own right, huh? But I always feel better having one to look after and enjoy and finding out what they are all about....heart

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 4:33 PM ET
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Well put, Jeanne! And, I heartily agree!

Kelly

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 5:42 PM ET
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Thanks everyone. I will be looking for another fur baby soon, there are plenty that need homes. Either that or I'll have to pick up all the cat toys, and there's a lot of them.

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 8:07 PM ET
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The kitties you chose to let into your life will be very lucky indeed.  I think you should get 5 or 6, cheeky ~ducking~

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 8:10 PM ET
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No, no, no, Cathy! Do NOT pick up all those toys. There is another fur baby who wants them and will love them!!! And you DO know that, don't you? And Misfit will be purring approvingly from above - I guarantee it! As a matter of fact, she most likely has already picked the next one (or 2 or 3 ) out for you!



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Date Posted: 9/10/2012 8:43 PM ET
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I don't think it will be five or six. This place isn't that big. BTW, I have to thank you again for the lovely Misfit Santa sock you made for her last year. It's hanging on the wall, permanently.

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 8:50 PM ET
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I have mementos like that too Cathy! But the babies are always close in our hearts!

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 9:04 PM ET
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Aawwww your welcome, of you get another kitten before Christmas I will make another.

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 9:42 PM ET
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Then I'll get two cheeky

Kidding. Some of you may have heard the story of Misfit's early beginnings, so you can skip the rest. She came into our lives in 2002 as a tiny bit of a kitten who wandered into the warehouse. The guys figured out we have a kitteh out there when they found poop in the stucco mix. When we finally got hold of a trap (not an easy thing to get), we got her trapped and brought her inside and let her out expecting nothing but oodles of kitty gratitude for saving her, but she was feral and we humans were anethma. She lived in one office for a few weeks, hiding behind the computers during the day and going kitty crazy at night when the door was shut and the lights were off (what a mess she made!). The decision was finally made she was not going to socialize and we needed to get her fixed and put back out into the wild. We got her fixed (getting her into a cage is a whole 'nother story), she was so cute we couldn't bear it and started working with her. I took some time, but then there was one morning you could just tell she was dying to be held and I risked her vicious claws and pulled her out. She was a furry purry bundle of kitteh loving. I eventually took her home and the rest is history. It was an amazing experience to see the little she-devil transformed into such a love bug.

I shouldn't have brought this up. I'm going away to cry now.

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 9:47 PM ET
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Sweet, wonderful Cinderella story! heart

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 10:12 PM ET
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Love, love that story, Cathy! One can't help but think that it was all just meant to be that way ... you for her & she for you. Reminds me of that line out of Forrest Gump ... "you lean against me & I'll lean against you and that way, we'll keep our heads outta the mud."

How long ago was it that you pulled her into your arms and found true kitty love? 

Kelly

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 10:31 PM ET
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We were just on the tenth anniversary of her finding us. She always went to the beat of a different drummer due to her feral origins, hence the name. She eventually got over most of it, but even cars driving by sent her running under the bed, though she never quite got over the garbage trucks rumbling through. The ceiling fan was another obstacle, and it took me a while to figure out she was terrified of it (imagine a small cat looking at a looming bird flapping its wings).

She used to love her toy mice, picking them up by the tail and flinging them around, and eventually *drowning* her prey in the water dish. One time she experimented with the toilet. There were three in it when I came home.

I'd already had today and tomorrow planned as vacation days, but going back to the office will be rough. Even the non-cat people had a soft spot for her watching that she-devil turn around.

Date Posted: 9/11/2012 12:41 AM ET
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I can make two. I am a firm believer in getting a pair of cats,  They are company for one another when you aren't there.

Date Posted: 9/11/2012 7:08 AM ET
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I am a firm believer in getting a pair of cats.

Me too!  I loved the story of how you found Misfit. She was such a lucky kitteh!  And poop in the stucco cracked me up! 

Our county has a (relatively) new animal shelter, and the pictures of all these poor pups and kittehs who need homes just kills me.  I'm sure you'll find a couple of new companions to love, as Jeanne said. 

DeSoto the Pirate kitteh drowns his toys too!  He and Misfit would have gotten along quite well.  wink

 

hro
Date Posted: 9/11/2012 7:59 AM ET
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I am so sorry for your loss Cathy. :/  Taming a feral cat is an experience like no other. That moment when they finally realize, "Oh, wait. You're going to love me and take care of me? Really?" and they turn into a heap of furry gratitude. Oh, that's just a lovely thing. 

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