In Memory of Our Cats
Bonnie: We said goodbye to 18-year old Bonnie far too soon back in November, 2016 . At 18, she was the oldest of a group of cats who were orphaned when their person passed away. She came to live with us on September 18th and spent every night sleeping in bed with Asher, grooming his head, and purring so loudly I could hear her over the phone. In spite of Asher's Herculean efforts to save her--administering medication and IV fluids multiple times a day--she began to succumb to advanced kidney disease. Her quality of life steadily diminishing until she could barely move her head, let alone walk. Our vet came to the house to help her across the bridge while Asher held her. RIP sweet Bonnie.
Creamsicle: In early May, our friend, valiant volunteer, and devoted cat lover, Lois Greer, alerted us to Creamsicle's situation. Poor boy! 15-year-old Creamsicle had been found as a stray on the street! With no claws, no teeth, and an indentation in his fur where his collar once had been. Creamsicle was not doing well in the shelter and we thought we could give him some more comfortable digs. Although we improved his surroundings ... he seemed to really love the soft bed in the window overlooking the back yard ... we were sadly unable to improve his medical condition. He had severe anemia and would not eat. We force-fed him three times a day and administered IV fluids over the course of ten days, but we could not stop his downward decline. Ultimately, we had to let him go and assist him across the Rainbow Bridge. I want to extend a special thanks to Lois for all her assistance and support with Creamsicle.Thank you also to the other MCAS volunteers who came to see him off before the end.
Fluffy: On August 24th, 2018, we had to say goodbye to Fluffy. 19-year old Fluffy McFlatface came to Leashes End in late November, 2016. Because she had been declawed, she would eliminate outside the litter box. And because she eliminated inappropriately, she suffered a lifetime of neglect and probable abuse. We know that she had been turned into the shelter multiple times by frustrated owners and that she had suffered from blunt force trauma which damaged her kidneys. We did our best to make sure her final years were comfortable and relaxed. Fluffy spent her days snoozing in her room but would come out when the house was quiet to explore. I believe she appreciated the kindness she found here, late in life though it came. RIP Fluffy. You deserved much, much better.
Granny: Granny Crabcakes was 20 years old and had ruled the roost here at Leashes End since coming to live with us in December 2015. A top floor cat, she spent most of her days lounging in a cat teepee that overlooks the foyer so she could look down in judgment on everyone and monitor all their comings and goings. Whenever humans failed to do her bidding, she never hesitated to let us know! Granny passed away on Thanksgiving Day 2018. Granny’s favorite place to nap was on Asher’s lap so it’s fitting that she was able to spend her final hours on earth cuddled up with him as he assisted her across the bridge. RIP, Granny Crabcakes. We’ll miss your cattitude.
Maggie: We said goodbye to Maggie on September 8th, 2017. 18-year old Maggie joined the Leashes End family in February, 2017. Maggie suffered from hyperthyroidism and was unable to eat enough to maintain a healthy weight. In spite of our best efforts, we were unable to correct her severe metabolic condition. She had lost a significant amount of weight over the last month of her life and had taken a turn for the worse. Ultimately, we decided that letting her go was our kindest option. Maggie, we will miss you!
Robert Redford: Still alive and doing really well! Except his name is now Anan (Hebrew for cloud) and he's living it up in Philadelphia. Anan is more of a teddy bear than a cat ... he's a huge, cuddly, 12-year-old bumbler. He was born the runt of his litter (something his current stature makes difficult to believe), with a crippling birth defect, and not breathing! The family managed to resuscitate him and in spite of his physical disabilities, he got on rather well most of his life. But last year, his human mom got pregnant and was told that she would not be able to tend to Robert Redford's special needs during the pregnancy or her baby's infancy. Poor Robert Redford! He was born with neurological impairment that denies him the full use his hind legs. He was also born without a tail ... no tail at all! But worst of all, his impairment affects his bowels and he requires periodic cleanings of his bum. Robert Redford needed a slightly quieter home than Leashes End ... one with only one feline companion. So he moved in with my brother's family, where he provides their previously solo kitty Arafel a bit of companionship and where my nephew and nieces can spoil him rotten!
Tova: Still alive and doing well! Tova the long term "foster" or the one who got away? I think it's safe to say at this point that Tova has moved in with our neighbor Tom. Tova is a healthy young Tuxedo female who was ostensibly on loan to us from an Army veteran. Tova came to live with us in March 2016 while her human mom worked through the transition from military to civilian life and focused on recovering from physical and emotional traumas suffered in the line of duty. But alas: Tova is a high energy loner who prefers the great outdoors to being cooped up inside the house. In 2018, we discovered that she had taken up with our neighbors who feed her and who even built her a whole heated kitty condo in their garage!