Panther's Progress

Panther is doing really well 3 days after surgery for her abscess. The vet says she is healing really well. We had the drain taken out at the vet today. I can hardly wait until I can take off her collar and let her out in our cat run again. The vet does not want us to do that until 2 weeks after her surgery. Fortunately, being couped up in her holding cage is not depressing her.

I thought I could close off the cat run and let her walk around in the room to stretch her legs. But she ran around like a maniac, freaking out. So instead of that now, I take her out and hold her with me on top of her cat tower so she can look out and do some window wiffing. She is such a good cat!!!


Panther Had SurgeryToday

I have not even had a chance to post a memory-lane post for our beloved, departed Bootsy, when I discovered that Panther, another rescue, had an abscess near her tail.

She was licking it allot, and it looked really raw, so I got her right to the vet. The next day (today) she had surgery. Apparently,  an anal gland was involved. Stuff was drained out and she was sewn up. Her blood test showed everything else is good for her.  Thank God!!!

Now the poor thing has to have a collar on for two weeks until the stitches are removed. I'll be giving her more pain medication over the next few days. She'll have the drain removed Saturday (that's the thing that looks like a string in the photos).

The good news is that she seems anxious to get out of her holding cage (don't want the other cats to mess with her wound) - so she must be feeling pretty good.

I am always a bit shocked at the vet bills ( $526.00 this time ) although I should not be after all these years. I have Care Credit, so I only have to pay it off over time. I have been saving a little bit of money here and there for such emergencies, which means I'll be starting over again on that fund. If anyone feels like helping a bit, I have a PayPal button on the right side of my blog. And I would be so grateful!!!

We inherited our kitty colony soon after we moved into this house (a neighbor abandoned over twenty-five). None of them were ours originally. Panther must have been dropped off, as she was not part of the bunch from next door. She had to have all of her teeth removed years ago as they were in bad shape.

I was not prepared financially to care for so many. But I could not stand by and watch them starve, breed and suffer. I got some financial help from a rescue agency when we spay/neutered over 34 cats in two years. And I am so grateful to my blogosphere friends who have helped me defray other costs which arise as the colony ages. Somehow, God always provides!! Gratitude is definitely the key to happiness in this crazy mixed up world.


Bootsy is Gone

Bootsy disappeared on August 14th. He was acting like a cat who wanted to crawl off to die on his own terms. We have not seen him at all since August 14th. He had been eating 2 meals a day on our back porch for 7 years, never missing a day. He was not prone to wander off for days or weeks at a time. He was truly a homebody. Even though he never let us touch him, we will miss him as we would miss a family member.

Although we have not found his body, we feel certain that he is no longer with us. It is our deepest hope that he passed with little or no suffering.

In the near future, I will be posting retrospectives with photos of him over the years.

I thank all of you for your prayers. They mean allot to me.


Bootsy Is Still Gone

Bootsy has been gone for five days now. He has never been away from our back yard for more than a few hours over his 7 year life. So we feel certain he has gone off to die.

We still have several left in the feral colony - plus five indoor only domesticated ones. So we have plenty of love wrapped-in-fur to keep us engaged in supporting the living.

Thank you for your prayers!!!

Debby in Arizona


Bootsy Needs Prayers


Our household is filled with sadness today. We believe our 7 y.o. feral, Bootsy, has crawled off somewhere to die.

For his entire life, he has always been the first one to show up for breakfast.  Plus, unlike the other cats, his usual pattern is to hang out most of the day near our back porch. He has never been away for days like he is now.

One day last week, I noticed he was not coming around for food all day. I found him underneath a neighbor's RV. I looked right at him from a distance, with food in a bowl, and called him along with my signature whistle. Routinely for years if I call his name and whistle he comes for food. He has always been food motivated. But he just laid under the RV. Later that day, we found him laying under my car. We put food nearby. He never came out for it.

He has not really been his usual spry self for awhile. But he has been active and doing basic routines up until last week.  One day about a week ago, we saw him eating a bunny he killed. When I went out to dispose of the remaining carcass, there was none. It appears as if he ate it all including the bones. He has done that with birds in the past. But I have never seen him kill a bunny. I suspect he may have incurred either a blockage or internal injury from the rabbit bones.

Even though he never let us touch him, he has been part of our feral colony from the beginning. He is like family. Our hearts are aching and we are doing allot of weeping today.

Please pray for him. We are praying his system will shut him down so he is not in pain if he is dying. And we are praying his soul takes him so he does not have to suffer in any way.

Debby in Arizona


Tiger Curled up Like a Bug

I have had many cats who curl their heads down when they sleep. This includes tucking the head under so the top of the head is on the sofa. Some of them go into even more of a fetal position than Tiger Lilly is doing in this photo.

Does anyone know anything about this? Is it a memory of being in the mother's womb? I did not find much on the Internet... something there about conserving body warmth and being smaller in relation to not being spotted by potential predators.

Sometimes I think I might be a little overly curious!

Debby in Arizona


Bootsy is Listless

Bootsy, one of our 7 year old feral cats, has been laying around continually in the daytime since it has been hot. He is eating.

We are hoping it is just the heat. Usually, in the early summer here in the Northern parts of AZ, it's only in the 80's. But it has been in the 90's more often this year.

Please say a prayer for Bootsy that it's just the heat and that he is not ill.

Debby in Arizona


Interesting Cat Sounds

Here is a good article on cat sounds - also, there are cute videos here with cat sounds.

Our cats chatter at birds as in one of the videos with this -

Hope all of you are doing well - happy summer!
Debby, Arizona


Suffering in Draught

This is the first year that birds have been eating our cats' dry food off and on all day, every day. We believe it must be because they are having trouble finding specimens of what they usually eat in nature. This past year has been the driest I have seen since I have been here (8 years). Everything looks totally scorched. These photos show the birds on top of my garden fence, where we have secured a plastic dish full of dry cat food. This helps keep them away from the cats who, naturally, love to kill them. The spotted one in the last photo usually sits there, waiting for Daddy robin to come feed her mouth to mouth with the dry food. Please say a prayer for the wildlife in Northern Arizona. Thank you! - Debby


One Hairy Dudette

Stripe, my long-hair tortie, has been coughing up HUGE hair LOGS more often than usual since she is shedding. I brush her vigorously for long periods of time each day.

Yesterday as I was brushing her I said to her,

"You are one hairy dudette - with all this brushing and the work you do on your coat with your tongue, I am surprised you are not bald."

She is my favorite of all the five indoor cats. She is just so loving - nuzzles me, lays on my lap, and looks into my eyes so sweetly. She is such a gift.

Debby in Arizona