December 6, 2012
It has taken me 24 hours to be able to sit down and write this. It just never gets any easier….
We lost a very close member of our fur-family last night, Puff, the domestic cat who shared the main sanctuary house with us.
He found us back in 2002 when our truck was broken down on th side of the road. We were stuck in the middle of nowhere and I heard a kitten crying.
We looked and there was this skinny little gray ‘rat’ climbing through a ditch full of water to get to us.
He was too young to be weaned and unafraid of people – yet there were no houses nearby. We suspect someone dumped off a litter of kittens and he was the lucky one who found help. Actually, I think we were the lucky ones…
With his always-sweet personality, Puff has been one of the favorites among all of our volunteers for the past 10 years. He is the first one to greet everyone when they arrive for work in the morning and the last one to see them off at the end of the day.
He had always been healthy until last week, he started to become a picky eater. By the weekend he had almost completely stopped eating. Even his favorite foods were left uneaten.
Although he seemed otherwise fine, we knew something was wrong. We couldn’t come up with any reasons for his refusal to eat. We looked him over ourselves and all he did was purr.
A trip to the vet for diagnostics….our worst fears were confirmed, Puff had a tumor in his abdomen and it appeared to be involving his liver or spleen. That is why he had stopped eating.
In hopes that the tumor could be removed, we opted for immediate surgery….but the tumor was completely throughout his liver and could not be removed. He would not eat again and would have quickly failed if we hadn’t found it.
I’m thankful that he was content and purring through his exam, he knows how much he is loved….I’m just so sorry that we only had 10 short years to spend with him.
We will all miss his excited greetings when we walk in the door….
I will miss having him snuggled up on my lap in the evenings after a long day at the sanctuary. Its amazing how the contented purr of a cat can melt away all of life’s stress.
Puff, thank you for always being such a good listener. You have touched so many hearts along the way, we will never forget you.