Archive for March, 2014

Catkins

March 6, 2014

Every once in a while you realize that life is more than meets the eye, and following your gut instinct is the right thing to do.  Why adopt a mother and entire litter of kittens one might ask?  Time is the true storyteller, since none of us “really” has a crystal ball.

In September 1999, when Nancy Piper adopted a mother cat and her litter of five kittens that had been dumped at a country veterinarian clinic, she not only saved six lives, she wove a legend of the “catkins” over their lifetimes.  They were dubbed the “catkins” because the kittens grew up to be cats and the Momcat was still with them.  The momma cat was very undernourished and could not nurse them during the first three days.  Then suddenly, she began to care for them.  Nancy wondered how she was going to place five kittens, but people began to step forward when they heard their story.  The “Momcat” was named Eileen.  Momma Eileen was a “grumpy cat” at first; ready to bite, or scratch, sometimes drawing blood.  She most likely had a trust issue; however, she grew to be the “sweet-grumpy” girl we loved.  In time, her periods of grumpiness grew shorter and her times of happiness and “kitty smiles” grew longer.

The “catkins” had distinct personalities.  One of the girls was so sweet, she immediately found a forever home.  Four of the kittens found their forever home at Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens.  Glory is a beautiful calico and Ginger is a gorgeous tortoiseshell.  They are both very shy.  They have become more social as time goes by, but still defer to their safe place when they feel the need.  Slowly, they have become more outgoing and expanded their social territory.  We are so proud of how far the girls have come socially.

Timothy was full of energy with an “in your face” attitude.  Nathan was calm, laid back, with low energy and most likely thought that Timothy was a real pest.  This wayward family has brought many memories to Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens.  The braided root three strand Ficus Tree now has only one trunk remaining with a few scratches and holes in it.  This tree still stands in our lobby as a tribute to the survival against overwhelming odds.  No Christmas Tree stands upright during the holiday without some outside help.

Sadly, 2013 has been the year the family chain was broken when Timothy became ill on May 9th.  He was affected by a physical condition that could only be repaired by a very risky surgical procedure that came with high potential for complications.  It was decided to allow him a peaceful sleep through gentle euthanasia rather than subject him to pain and misery of surgery with uncertain results.  Our Eileen was also taken to the vet many times with no diagnosis when she was off or did not act like herself.  It was finally decided that she had cancer in her abdomen/chest cavity.  She was having so much difficulty breathing and once again within 30 days a difficult decision needed to be made to allow her a peaceful sleep through gentle euthanasia.  However, she died naturally after being given just a sedative to relieve her discomfort and the decision was made for us.  She left her body on her own and crossed the rainbow bridge.

We are ever mindful of the joy animals bring to our lives.  This wayward family of “catkins” brought more than joy; they brought a sense of family connection through their journey of sharing their days with us in life and in death.  Tim, Eileen and Nathan were comfort cats, providing many a person with a warm furry body to love on one of the worst days of their lives.  There is no greater blessing than to have walked the journey of life knowing that you have improved the life of another.  That is what we desire to do with each and every being that comes through our doors.  It is our hope to provide the promise of a caring hand to help their hurting heart.

Momma Eileen and Chris          Timothy

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