Aby-a-Day – Day 325 of 365

My tabby-point Siamese, Patrick was put to sleep today. He lives in California with my mom, and he just turned 16 last month; within the last week he started just…fading, in the way that older cats do. Trick had lost half his body weight (and he did not have hypothryroid), his kidneys were failing, he was severely dehydrated and he could not maintain his body temperature (his temp at the vet was 94° – normal for a cat is 101.5°). He also had a dark area on his lungs in an X-ray, and there may have been other things going on as well, but they stopped running tests on him.

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It’s hard to be sad when he had such a long life, and he was fairly healthy until just this past week, so he didn’t suffer at all. I am just so happy that we went to see him this year when we went to San Francisco. We took Amtrak on the Sunday of that vacation to go to Davis, and went to see him as much as we went to visit my mom, and it turned out to be the best thing we did the whole trip.

Patrick was adopted to be a friend for my seal-point Siamese, Harri. He was almost 3 when I got him, and he was always more cat-oriented than people-oriented. You could be gone for a month and he wouldn’t notice, but when Harri went to the vet without him for a few hours, Trick would get really upset.

After Harri died, Trick was miserable; even though we had Kylie and Tessie, because he just didn’t like female cats (he was a very peculiar cat). But when Gun-Hee arrived, Patrick was happy to have another friend.

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When Gun-Hee died, Patrick became very depressed, even though we had Kylie and Tessie at the time. He never bonded with them; he only liked boycats. So I took him back to California to live with my mom and her two boycats, Baxter and Madison. He was so happy there for the last two years of his life.

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If Gun-Hee had not gotten FIP and died, though, Patrick would have stayed here, with us…Even though they were 12 years apart in age, Patrick and Gun-Hee became close in the two years after Harri died.

My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped running today…He hunts with StarClan now.

Very Aby Holidays – Driving Your Cats Up the Walls

Ever since I first saw the Cats’ House in the mid-80’s, I’ve always wanted to have a home that was as much for cats as for humans. And I have, kind of: in my studio apartment in San Francisco I had a floor-to-ceiling cat tree, and in all my apartments since I’ve had as much cat furniture as human furniture.

And, of course, there isn’t much that’s off limits to the cats, either; I figure, they’re home 24 hours a day, which is more than I’m home, so they should be able to go wherever they want.

Still, there’s more I could do to make our shared living space more interesting for the felines in the family. Two companies, Katwallks and Wallcats make some great carpeted and wooden wall-mounted climbing, but they are admittedly designed more for the cats using them than the people looking at them. Still, I really want some some kind of wall-mounted climbing system, because…well, for fairly obvious reasons:

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The only reason we’re really holding off is we’re waiting until we move into a new place…the fewer holes we put in the walls at the point, the better. But when we do decide to put up cat shelves, I really want to get the Catemporary Cat Tower & Shelf and the Cat Clouds Shelves. I really love the concept of the corner wall-mounted cat tree as a starting point to a mid-century modern-styled series of perches.

That is, if I can’t convince my husband to let me build a network of walkways…and tunnels…

I Can Has Cyoot Kittehs

I’m a sucker for I Can Has Cheezburger’s Cyoot Kittehs of teh Day…especially when they’re Aby kittehs!