Thursday, July 29, 2010

4 Cats, Part 4


Today is the individual story of Famine:

You know Famine’s initial story with War from yesterday (the garlic production line and all that).  Here is her individual story...
Famine was precious, and she knew it.  She was their "Nermal, the world's cutest kitten."  She weighed 8 ounces the first time the vet saw her.  When they bottle fed her and War, she would finish off the formula and quickly became quite rotund (hence the name).  She got up to 14 pounds eventually.  They figured she was getting ready for the next famine.  When she ran, she looked like a fuzzy black bowling ball with legs.  But cute.  Always cute.  Unlike the other cats, she would have been happy in a fourth storey apartment, never going outside. 

She was a natural indoor cat.  She did catch a mouse.  Once.  And let it go again (Ann had to catch it).  But they used to say she couldn't catch a mouse in a bathtub.  She hated water.  If Ann snapped her hands after washing, Famine would cry if a drop got on her. 

She hated to be picked up, but would hop in your lap if you sat down. While the other cats were wary of strangers, Famine was convinced anyone who came to visit came to visit her

When Ann and Dan made their king sized bed, Famine would "help."  At the end, she would hop up on the bed.  One of them would wiggle their fingers and she would come to them.  That person would pet her.  Then, on the other side of the bed, the other person would wiggle their fingers and Famine would run across the bed to get pet by them.  Back and forth, back and forth.  They got tired of it before she did.  It was the most exercise she ever got.  Then would put a towel on the bed for her to sleep on.  Like many cats, she'd sleep on anything on the bed.  Ann and Dan used to tease each other by moving the towel to the other person's side of the bed!

She loved to lick Ann’s hands--it drove Ann crazy--and wiggled if Ann pet her.  They decided she was a puppy in a previous life. 

On one Friday, Famine hopped up on Ann’s chair as usual.  Sadly, on Saturday morning she was walking like a drunken sailor.  Ann took her to the vet's when she went to pick up the deceased War, who had been kept overnight. 

Her nicknames were “Precious” and “Paperweight”.

Famine died Monday, July 12, 2010, a little less than 24 hours after her brother War. 

Losing both in 2 days was very hard for Ann and Dan, but appropriate in a way.  War and Famine came into the world at the same time, went through the same garlic line production tribulations as young kittens, lived together in their Forever Home together, and went over The Bridge almost together.  Their threads of life were spun together and cut together.  They were together from beginning to end for 16+ years...

AYLA and IZA:  We wanna add a total “Paws Up” for Plague, Pestilence, War, and Famine for their great lives.  And for Ann and Dan for giving them such a good Forever Home.  We jus KNOW that when annykitty meets them over The Rainbow Bridge that they will all be romping around together!  Find one and you'll find them all!


Amy and The House of Cats said...

What a sad thing for Ann and Dan but it sounds like War and Famine really did belong together here or at the bridge. I would have been very hard for her to be without her brother after loosing Pestilence just a month before. As I have said we love the tribute to them, and it is also a wonderful tribute to Ann and Dan and shows what wonderful people they are!

The Lee County Clowder said...

Great stories about great kitties.

It must have been rough on Ann & Dan to lose three kitties in a little over a month. Sending some mournfull purrrss and gentle healbuttss to them both.

AFSS said...

Famine sounds adorable. We are very sad that Plague, Pestilence, War, and Famine had to leave Dan & Ann and go the rainbow bridge. We can tell Dan & Ann loved them all very much.

Jacqueline said...

War and Famine were true soulmates and they enjoyed a wonderful, loved life together with Ann and Dan...This has been a lovely tribute to all 4 of their sweet babies and we are sincerely sad and sorry for their sudden, acute losses over such a short period of time...Best of luck to them, wishing them comfort and peace during this sad time in their lives...I really hope another kitty will be allowed to bless their hearts with love again soon...xo...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

AnnDee said...

Again I'd like to thank Mark, Ayla, and Iza for these tributes.

We will live petless for a while, which we always do. But we will have a cat or two again. I've never bought a cat, but I can't think of another way to get a cat that I haven't experienced, from the cat who adopted us over my mother's objections when I was a baby to rescuing the kittens. I wouldn't hesitate to hand feed kittens again, but I may consider an older cat instead. Occasionally, some misguided person will drop a cat off near hear, and maybe one of them will come for a visit and stay.

I thank you all for your kind comments, your purrs, and prayers. Every cat is unique and has an interesting tail to tell.

Love to the kitties,
AnnDee (^..^)~

Brian said...

Yes indeed, that is a sad story, but the big story is all the love they had. Thanks again for such a kind tribute to them.

umi_e said...

It's really a sad story :(

* RIP for all of the sweet kitties

Sweet Praline said...

Thanks for the wonderful, but sad stories.

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

She sounds like a genuine sweetheart of a cat, so playful but also a lap cat.
How sad she and her brother left Ann & Dan with a double dose of grief. but as you said, how appropriate they leave the world as bonded as they came in.
Thank you for sharing these wonderful stories of love with us this week.

Katnip Lounge said...

Ann and Dan truly have had a wonderful life with their kitties. How funny to have a butterball Cat named Famine! And how bittersweet that Famine had to follow War over the Bridge so soon.

As one who is owned by 12 Cats, I know that all are unique and fabulous little fur-persons.

My sincere sympathies to Ann and Dan. May another fine Cat find you when the time is right.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

It is only right that brofur and sisfur go to da Bridge together after a whole lifetime...what would one do without the other? We're sure they will send their beins new kitties when the time comes, they always know what to do.

Lisa, Jack and Baby said...

Those are incredible stories about the kitties. It's amazing how often cats will show up together, and then go over the bridge together at nearly the same time. Sometimes I think the survivor just can't go on without their constant companion.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

It would be horrible to lose 3 cats so close together. It does seem appropriate that Famine left so quickly after War, but what sadness at the double loss. We send purrs and tail wags for Ann and Dan who gave all 4 kitties such a good home.

Cara n Crew said...

We enjoyed reading about their lives and send lots of purrs of comfort to Ann and Dan.

-Fraidy cats Pip, Smidgen, Minnie

The Island Cats said...

Famine was quite a kitty, just like War, Pestilence and Plague!! We sure enjoyed reading all of their stories. We hafta admit, they do have unusual names!! But how sad that Ann and Dan lost 3 of them so close together! We send them comforting purrs...they sure are good cat parents. We hope some more kitties grace their lives again.

Kaz's Cats said...

Thank you to Ann and Dan for letting us all share stories of their wonderful kitties. We kinda understand that Famine would have been sad without her brother, but it must have been a tough time for Ann and Dan. They were all magnificent kitties, and we're sending hugs to Ann and Dan and everyone who knew them,


Gypsy & Tasha

Cory said...

We would have liked all 4 of these kitties so much. Although sad, there is comfort in knowing that War and Famine got to come into this world together and leave it...without one having to go on without the other. They were meant to be together.

Purrs to the whole family and I'm hoping that my guardian angels get a chance to meet and play with them at The Bridge.