My Recent Scarcity

Posted by on July 2, 2010 in life in klaskyville, uncategorized | 29 comments

I know that my postings have been erratic over the past couple of weeks.  I have a hundred and one excuses, but one of them was the fact that I was dealing with an ailing sixteen-year-old cat. 

This morning, Christina, died.  I adopted her and her (already-deceased) brother when they were six months old.  Christina was a tiny, terrified kitty who had been brought to the shelter after some kind soul found her (and her mother, and three siblings) in a barn.  Boys had been throwing stones at the cats, and Christina spent her first eight years terrified of men.  Once my husband came into our lives, though, Christina warmed to people in general and men in particular, and in her old age, she was downright sociable.  Christina was always the alpha-cat in this house, controlling access to our bed and the food bowls.  She could eat her always-less-than-six-pounds-weight in turkey, chicken, and ice cream.

Christina had lost a great deal of weight in the last couple of weeks.  Yesterday, she sat on my lap while I wrote, and she watched baseball highlights with us last night.  She demanded a full jar of baby food (turkey, of course) for a late-night snack, and she seemed to be doing better.  This morning, alas, she was clearly very much worse off; she died beneath our bed before we got to our hastily-scheduled 10:30 a.m. euthanasia appointment at the vet’s office.  We’re pleased that she didn’t have to face the fear of that last visit (or the difficulty of the vet searching for one of her teeny veins.)

I’m grateful that Christina chose a long weekend to leave us, especially one where Mark was already home for the day.  Our remaining cat, Poppy, has been very attentive (after she checked out the place where Christina died, and after she reported back to us, very verbally, that something was wrong.)  We’ll wait for a couple of months, and then we’ll find another shelter-kitty to share our home.

Mindy, very, very tired.


  1. I’m so sorry for your loss, I’ve had to go through this too and it was heartbreaking. I’m glad you have Poppy to help comfort you.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  3. I’m sorry to hear that. Losing a beloved fuzzy companion is always hard.

  4. It’s hard to lose a friend, especially a good and close friend. I hope Poppy does OK and takes to her new/future companion.

  5. I’m so very sorry.

  6. Aww, I’m sorry for your loss. I’m glad she had you to give her a nice life. *hugs*

  7. 16 is a very long time. I’m glad Christina was able to remain in her last best place until the end.

  8. A lovely tribute to an obviously beloved four-legged friend. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  9. Oh, sorry for your loss! I”m glad she had a good life with you.

  10. I’m so sorry. ::HUGS::

  11. Christina was so, so lucky to have found such a wonderful, loving home. Sendings hugs and good thoughts your way.

  12. Oh Mindy. I’m so sorry. ((hugs))

  13. Sorry to hear about your kitty. All best.

  14. I’m so sorry for your loss. It sounds likes Christina ended up, after a rough beginning, with a very nice life.

  15. I started following you because I like your books, but I continue to follow you because you’re the kind of person who neglects your blog to spend time with your aging pets. I’m sorry for your loss.

  16. I am so sorry. I know how hard this is to go through. Best wishes for all of you.

  17. I am so sorry for your loss.

  18. Oh, Mindy, I’m so very sorry. My thoughts are with you.

  19. i’m sorry to hear that, but glad that she died at home instead of somewhere she didn’t know.

  20. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  21. Awwwww. 16 is a good age. They tend to lose kidney function about then. She had a nice home and was a good companion and outlived her rough beginnings, poor thing. My condolences, from the farm with 9 indoor/outdoor cats, 8 of whom are rescues.


  22. Sending love and blessings your way!
    You have a great heart and I am so glad Christina had the honor and pleasure of being with such great humans for so much of her life!

  23. I am so sorry for your loss, but am glad she and you had part of a wonderful evening together and she passed at home, rather than facing any trauma. I’m sure she will be waiting on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, or whatever you prefer to call it, sitting in the sunny warmed grass, waiting for you to be together some time in the far future.

  24. My Sympathy to You

    This is the first time I’m reading your blog. My heart and sympathy go out to you at the loss of such a beloved family member. Thanks for supporting the shelter kitties too!

  25. Very sorry for your loss, Mindy.

    :: hugs ::

  26. Oh Mindy, this breaks my heart … please know that even though we have never met, I am thinking of you. In case you need reminding, you made Christina a wonderful life after a hard start. I’m glad she found her way to you.

  27. Oh, I missed this. I’m so sorry. Such a special girl!

  28. *hugs* I’m so sorry. What a rough thing to go through.

  29. Belated condolences. I lost a cat this week too, and my other cat is missing him as much as I am.