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Snowball [Feb. 10th, 2002|01:16 am]
Peter Sheil
Snowball, the cat in this picture, is reaching the end of his life soon. He needs steroid injections to keep going and these are getting less effective. He is 14 we think, and lives with my mother-in-law. He was a "rescue cat" - his mother was left locked in a kitchen while the owners were away and he (and 3 others) arrived to no food or water. After this start he has done very well and apart from a habit of smoking [he brought the packets back home] he has been the perfect cat. I'll post some more pics of him when my web site gets going.

Blessed Be
peter
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2002-02-10 03:28 pm (UTC)

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Kitty? Hmm at 14 he's well past being a kitten. He enjoys lazing around, but then I can relate to that :)
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[User Picture]From: mysticprincess
2002-02-10 10:16 am (UTC)

My cat, Victoria, had to be put down at age 14. She had thyroid problems that could have been fixed surgically, but her condition needed to be stabilized first, and she wanted nothing to do with that. She refused all attempts to help her get well, so I figured she didn't think it was worth going on. She had a happy life, and appreciate the time I had with her. I mourn her passing, but I don't regret it. Death is a part of life.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2002-02-10 03:36 pm (UTC)

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As one door closes, so another opens.

yes, it will be sad to see him go, but he has had a good life. I guess another stray or rescue cat will come into my mother-in-law's life.

I'd like a cat [or probably two cats to keep each other company] but at the moment Kim and I are away from home too much (often with little notice) and that wouldn't be fair on the cats.

Kim would like Siamese, but I have vetoed that because they are evil [experiencede of one in real life and those two in the cartoon film]. OK I admit it is bias but I'm sticking to my guns on that :)

peter
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[User Picture]From: mysticprincess
2002-02-11 04:20 am (UTC)

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Siamese aren't any more evil than any other cat. As for being away, cats get along quite well for a weekend without a human around. Just make sure they have plenty of food and water and a clean litterbox. And if you had two cats, they probably wouldn't even notice that you're gone. (Cats are that way.)
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[User Picture]From: angel2dy4
2002-02-11 06:58 am (UTC)

=o(

I agree it is always hard when you lose a pet. This is the reason we don't have any pets. We had to give two away when transferring to CA about 8 yrs ago...both died while we were gone =o( I'd love to get my kids a pet...hubby says "NO" that I have enough to deal with having 3 kids without taking on another! LOL But wow....14 yrs is a long time =o(

As for kinds of cats....my hubby likes short haired..I like long haired....I think Siamese are very pretty....but have also heard they can be mean and not as much of a lap cat as most. ( I'm sure there are exceptions) I want a PERSIAN....and oneday I'll have one =o)

Ang =o)

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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2002-02-11 08:58 am (UTC)

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The siamese I knew was mean and sneaky. We once saw her bringing in a pork chop, complete with gravy, in through the cat flap! We just pretended not to know her. And she had a whole round of people she used to see and get food or milk from each of them. She schemed - you could see her mind working sometimes and it was almost impossible to keep her in if she wanted to get out. She worked out how to open the windows and then got Snowball to push them open for her.

she died a few yeras ago.

I guess Ang that having pets helps kids come to term with death - yes it is sad when the pet dies but it is prtt of life that they will have to come to terms with and they can be supported while they get used to small losses before they have to deal wih biger ones. what do you think?
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[User Picture]From: angel2dy4
2002-02-11 03:23 pm (UTC)

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Peter,

Your totally right..the only problem is...I'm sure my kids would deal with it better than I would! =o( I'll never forget losing my doggie who we had to have put to sleep when I was in the 5th Grade. I have great memories of him... * I KNOW * it was just a dog....but he was a great dog. It is amazing how close we can become to our pets =o) Just another part of the family..that's for sure.

If I had my way....my kids would have a pet, but hubby says noway =o( Maybe I'll get one while he's gone *grin* once the kids are totally attached...he's not gonna break their hearts by getting rid of it! =o) Now lets talk sneaky! Heh

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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2002-02-12 12:28 am (UTC)

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Well you know your guy, so you have to work out if it is sensible! Maybe the best way is for a stray to adopt you - that way you didn't go against his will just the cat (or dog) turned up and wouldn't go away ;)
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