I had to put her down. Circumstances, indecision, fear, money, another cat left daphne at my mom's house, where I or a pca would have to go feed her 2 cans a day (hyperthyroid, she was hungry always, but scrawny and even fussy!). I wished Daphne had followed her doctors prognostication in feb, but she is such a survivor cat, she lived on, mostly alone. She was still purring loudly when held, and had her cool cellar kingdom. I felt guilty not being with her but my orange tabby(huge) would have terrified her. She was a truly lucky creature. She lived many lives. I spend 700.00 to save her fro kidney poisoning from tainted Chinese aspects of her Price Chopper food. I had two sick parents and like most of my life, could not keep up with the lawsuit that ensued when many cats and dogs died in 2007.
I brought her back from Kidney poisoning, and it involved injections and exhausted me, as I fought to help my parents, cure the cat at age 14, and hang on to a doomed relationship. My hands shook and she somehow started drinking again. I could not let her die, when others said, go to club med with the money! (I'm dying to see a club med-any takers??lol)
Most of you know my mother died suddenly 3 and a half months ago. I should have put her down(daffy)then, but instead tortured myself as she was purring still, and loved being alive-it was clear. She looked totally like a scrawny cat who weighed maybe 5 pounds... But she seemed to be free of pain, (or mostly for the time I could tell) and would purr, and allowed me to hold her. As an old lady, she became mellow but still had her huge blood curdling meow and many different meows. One was absolutely "Mom." Others would marvel at her variety of speech. She lived in her home since 6 weeks, damaged a lot of the house, my clothes. Oh, I'd get yelled at. daffy was really a pain, and I wanted to give her back many days to the pound. I felt guilty. Mom, who never wanted these "damn cats." was devoted to little daphne, and nearly lost it when she got out. Daffy and my mother were survivors who actually seemed similar in personality!
She would be prey to coyotes or fox or anything really if she got out, which was rare. She had several amazing cat lives, was not really domesticated like my other tabby cats. She was an incredible hunter. She was really very beautiful with the deep green eyes. I have a picture I wish I knew how to share that would make you all laugh and ask how I got the pic...it was sheer luck. I wonder if our resident photo genius. (she's not been around, she is a mod, and I can't call her name up right now-u all will tho) might coach me. I really wish I could put this photo on some sight. I think I'd get many hits, make people smile. Maybe I could earn badly needed money, even, lol.
She had an incredible, survivor personality, was a "Queen" cat. I think if she were a skater cat she might be a diva like Tonya, or Irina or Maria B. She was so beautiful. If she were not such an outdoor huntress, I would have been a better daughter to declaw her. I ask your prayers as loneliness/isolation is so hard. I love animals and I loved this diva cat. Oh, Ok, got the name (senior moments). Tonichelle the talented photographer moderator!
I wonder how to get a color photo on line here. It really is unique, and I'd love to share this beautiful creature captured with a "saber tooth tiger, both smiling. If anyone can give an easy lesson to the computer challenged older me, I'd appreciate learning a new skill. I have a new printer, and its an Epson. I am not doing well with it. It has a scanner function, which I have never used. copy and print were easy on the old printer. I am daunted by new one, but perhaps they work similarly. We have so many highly skilled puter kids and adults here on GS.
If heaven has animals and my departed cats, then I want to go! I cannot imagine heaven if there are not creatures and sp our beloved pets. Here's to the pain in the neck cat who lived 11 lives! thank you for letting me share about her. I got a condolence card from her vet. It was so quickly over, my little ragamuffin calico with the huge, extraordinary personality.