Tuesday, July 27, 2010

4 Cats, Part 2

THE BIG THING:  Keep in mind this is not about us doing these posts, but about "them" for their lives.  And about the loss Ann and Dan feel for the kitties that were part of their lives for so many years... 
  
Pestilence...
 
Pestilence was born along with Plague in March, 1993, and came to the same Ann and Dan Forever Home with her. Pestilence started out as "Donder."  Pestilence and Donder have related meanings.  Ann is a linguist, so I’m not surprised at these connections.
Pestilence had a hard life.  For the first four months of her life, she was the sweetest, most laid-back cat ever.  Then they found her unconscious on the floor near an outside door. 
 
They called the vet late in the day.  He wanted to put it off, but they told him they were seriously worried about the cat.  She swelled up all over.  That's why her ears are wrinkled.  She had a furless ring on her tail.  She survived, but it changed her body chemistry.  Her fur was always rough after that.  

She went into heat at four months and became very territorial and aggressive.  Once she pushed out a screen to go after a dog that was trotting along the sidewalk, minding his own business.  After they moved to the country, she had a stroke.  When she came back from the vet's they had to keep her separated from the other cats.  They did "jump and pounce" exercises with her every day.  They called the vet each day to report on her progress.  Finally she got to the point where no one would ask  "What's wrong with your cat?" 
Nothing was wrong, finally...

Their favorite story about Pestilence is that one night Ann went to bed early because she had to get up early the next morning.  Pestilence had a fuzzy multi-colored ball that was HER ball.  She was playing with it on the bed, keeping Ann awake.  She threw it off the bed and composed herself for sleep.  Feeling a soft pat, pat, pat, Ann opened her eyes to see Pesty was sitting about six inches from her face with the ball at her feet.  She threw the ball again.  Pesty went after it.  Composed herself for sleep again.  Pat, pat again.  Ann thought, "This is worth waking up for!"  She threw that ball for Pesty for about 15 minutes.  Dan didn't believe it until she did it for him too.  Unfortunately, when they moved, that ball was lost, and Pesty never really got into fetching another ball.  But up until just before she died, they could get her going by saying, "Where's your ball?  Go get your ball!"  And she'd look around for it.
Pestilence loved to get up in trees.

Her nicknames were “Baby” and “Doorstop”.

Pestilence died June 3, 2010 after a slow decline with a sudden worsening.  She was 17 years old.

18 comments:

Harry Spotter said...

How very sad. I am so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our purrs and prayers.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Oh it is so sad that Pestilence had to go to the bridge last month. But oh, Ann and Dan - they are so wonderful to take such good care of her for so long - and honestly after everything she went through early on a lot of people would have given up on her, and sent her to a shelter or worse. They are such angels to take such good care of her and give her the love that she deserved. And boy, even with wrinkled ears she was a cutie. We send lots of comforting purrs and prayers to her family - we are sure they miss her so much. And as I said yesterday, it is so wonderful that you are paying tribute to the four of them this week. Such a great thing to do!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Such a loved cat was she! What a wonderful story.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Goodness, with a beginning like that, she still lived 17 years. They must have taken good care of her. And they must miss her like crazy. Purrs and tail wags for Ann and Dan.

Jacqueline said...

Such a bittersweet story of love and loss...Pestilence was a beautiful girl, so resiliant and courageous to make it through such physical hardship...Ann and Dan are truly kind hearted souls to have cared for and nurtured this baby through so much, giving her a life she was willing to fight for, overcoming so much pain...We send our deepest condolances to them at this sad time in their lives...xoxo...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

Katnip Lounge said...

What a wonderful tribute to a truly unique Cat. Pestilence (we love the nickname "Pesty"!) had the heart of a lion to survive her illness and live a long 17 years.

She was a beautiful Cat, and we hope she found her Special Fetching Ball across the Bridge.

Brian said...

That was a beautiful story about such a sweet soul, we'll meet up with Pestilence some day.

Cara n Crew said...

These are such wonderful stories about these little kitties. Can't wait to read the next two. Both Pestilence and Plague sounded like such sweet and wonderful cats. Thank you for sharing.

Cara and Pip, Smidgen, Minnie (fraidy cats)

The Island Cats said...

We're sorry Pesty went to the bridge. Thanks for sharing her story with us.

Cory said...

I'm so happy that we are getting to know these wonderful cats...all very special. We are purring for her family.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

What a beauty! While I'm sorry she went over the bridge, I'm glad she had 17 happy years with her Humans.

Lisa, Jack and Baby said...

That story is full of dedication and love. No wonder Pesty lived to a grand old age.

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

That is amazing that Pestilence lived to such a old age with a start like that. I wonder what was wrong at the first. Wow.

Must have been all the love that kept her going. What a wonderful family she had.

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

How beautiful she was!
A fine cat for two fine people!

AFSS said...

We hopes Pestilence and Charybdis are having fun fetching balls at the rainbow bridge. When we read about Pestilence fetching the ball we immediately thought of Charybdis. She was the first cat we ever saw fetch a ball. Artemisia will do it sometimes too.

AnnDee said...

To answer Goldie, Shade, and Banshee's question: That first time, we think Pesty got hold of a bee that had come in through the door, or a black widow spider. The vet said if she were an outside cat, he would suspect a rattlesnake bite. I assured him we didn't have rattlesnakes in the house.

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Pestilence lived a very interesting life and we just love how she loved to play fetch with the ball!! Purrrs and hugs to Ann & Dan!!
Your TX furiends,

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Wot an adorable playful cat pestilance sounds ~ we are sure she is missed lots by her beans.