Sunday, May 2, 2010

Hope

Our cat Mischief will be 16 years old on the 15th of May. We are hoping he makes it that long. The past few months we have seen Mischief deterioate. We've seen the 'oldness' in his eyes for the last few years but he can still see well. Except that his pupils will not dilate in the sun like they used to so he doesn't like bright lights. His whole life he's never been a big cat, always around 6 1/2 pounds. Even though he's been eating he has lost so much weight. When you pet him you are basically petting a skeleton with fur on it. He is just not maintaining his nourishment. We know he probably has a tumor or something that will be fatal. And at this point we also know if we bring him to the vet they are going to suggest putting him down because of his age. We watch him so carefully ever day now to look for signs of suffering. He does have a hard time jumping now and is much slower then he used to be. But so far, other then weakness he still purrs and cuddles on our laps and he's eating so we are optimistic that we will 'know' when it's time.

Mischief was an outdoor cat his whole life up until 3 years ago. But when we moved into this house we decided for a few reasons to make him into a indoor cat. Number one being all the wild life around this area and number two my cat was always an indoor cat. Plus at the beginning it was unfamiliar territory to him and I guess because of his age he really has never seemed interested to go out here. (My cat Nemo who has always been an indoor cat is another story!!! lol)

Both cats go outside in a large cage everyday for a 1/2 hour here, a 1/2 hour there and they both love it. Mischief has always been so good. When he wants to come in he meows and lifts his paw. So I just open the cage door and he walks into the house. (I could never do that with Nemo - I have to open the cage door and grab him before he takes off~! lol)

The other day I opened the cage door and Mischief slowly came out of the cage but he didn't walk towards the door. He started smelling the grass and gradually started walking around the yard. I was going to pick him up and put him inside but my husband said 'Let him explore'. He was right, Mischief is no threat to take off, he just doesn't have the energy.

So we let him roam. He walked slowly all around the yard smelling things and then started walking through the field at the back. My husband stayed close to him but let him explore all over the place for about a 1/2 hour. He even jumped up on a rock and looked like King of the Castle. He loved every minute of it and I think he even got a sparkle back in his eyes. He was exhausted after but we are so glad we let him do it. Mischief has been such a loyal companion and we can only hope that we will know in our hearts when the right time has come.



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Today I put these Metal Word Plates into LLL Creations Dollar Mart;

(Two are shown in the above 12x12 inch layout of Mischief)

Metal Word Plates #1

You get 12 metal word plates for only $1.50 - get them here.



and Metal Word Plates #2

You get 12 metal word plates for only $1.50 - get them here.



And a detailed view below ...



And ... I have a new May Promotion going on at
LLL Creations Dollar Mart
...

PLEASE NOTE: Promotion is now expired but overlays can be found HERE.



With a minimum $5.00 purchase at the shop,
get these 4 bottom page overlays for FREE~!
NOTE: - Will automatically be sent with order.

Here's a closer view of the corners ...



And here's one in a layout ...
(the bird in this layout is a White Breasted Nuthatch and we just started getting them this year at our feeders ...)



Bird word art available here.

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Todays freebie is this 'Baby Girl Word Art' ...
Same size as the Baby Boy Word Art shown on a 12x12 inch layout from 2 posts ago ...

Download Baby Girl Word Art Freebie
SORRY LINK HAS EXPIRED



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4 comments:

Wendy said...

Awww, you made me cry. You are an awesome person. I can feel your love for your sweet Mischief as I read this. My prayers are going up that you have many more happy years with your baby.♥

Lori said...

Thank you for freebies. Link on your post was added to Lori's freebie list

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [03 May 03:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Arlene said...

I'm glad Mischief got to have a little adventure and be an "outdoor cat" again for old times sake (with supervision). He's SUCH a sweetheart. I hope he makes it to his 16th birthday. I know how much you and Peter (and Nemo) are going to miss him when it's time to go. It's THE hardest part of owing a pet - and I'm sad just thinking about it. BIG HUGS!!