Which black cat is that? No, you’re wrong, it’s Kennedy looking out the side window at the rain and the birds at the feeder!
This post is quite different from the one I began last night, celebrating Kennedy’s new-found mobility in that I turned around in the kitchen in the morning to see an extra black cat—and he’d jumped the baby gate and come down the stairs! He spent most of Sunday exploring the house, and a good bit of Monday too. As I was writing this post, he had a seizure, the first since the day after he’d come here, then he looked as if he’d seize again so I took him to the emergency hospital. They began to look for a cause and held him overnight, then this morning he went to the neurologist section at the same hospital and we planned some tests, and then he had another seizure. Already he hadn’t been eating, he’d lost a pound in a month, a lot for a cat originally only 8.3 pounds.
I was about to change the title to “A Change of Plans”, but I think “Freedom” is still appropriate. It’s his final freedom, from the pain and deprivation he’s obviously suffered. I’m so glad I could fill the last of his time with love and caring and share him with other compassionate people. Thanks everyone for your contributions, your positive thoughts and your encouragement. They were certainly not in vain.
Last weekend I really thought I might lose him, then this past weekend he’s a new cat. In all the time he’s been here he’s never even considered climbing over the baby gate, or he could easily have done so. I open the door to his room but leave the baby gate in place each day. Sunday morning I was preparing their breakfast when I saw a black cat nosing around in the corner. A storm was coming so it was quite dark in the room. Giuseppe will sometimes do this when he hears a noise in that corner where I think mice may still reside, but calling his name got no response, and then he turned and he was…Kennedy! In the kitchen! What the—?!
He went cruising off toward the living room/office, I fed breakfast and went to explore. I found him at the top of the steps. I had been so concerned about those steps in all his wanderings because he seemed so unsteady. But he quickly climbed back over the baby gate and went off to explore again.
The cats can step from the landing to the cat tree, to the table in front of the window, and Kennedy figured that out easily. He also looked out both doors. I was concerned about him getting lost or stuck somewhere in my basement, so I blocked the door. A few minutes later they had gotten through and he was at the foot of the stairs exploring.
After last week’s barrage of treatments, standard and alternative, he’s really changed. He had a course of prednisolone, two reiki treatments, three acupuncture treatments and Dr. Michelle prescribed a Chinese herb supplement that, after he began it, totally changed the way he moved around.
The sweetest thing was Sunday evening when I’d been working in my studio for hours and went to lie down on my bed to rest my back for a while. He followed me in there, as he follows me everywhere, and looked at me with that round-eyed stare from the floor, then came over and jumped up on the bed. My bed is a high bed, an antique reproduction, taller than standard, so that feat of jumping up was no small accomplishment. Then he found me and walked around on me as he’d never been able to before, and that made him really happy.
But the best part was next. Giuseppe was on the bed and he and I had been having a little session. He had stepped back when Kennedy jumped up and watched. Giuseppe has a good bit of ego happening, and that’s why I call him my opera star, the male diva, and he doesn’t like to share me sometimes even with his siblings. But he has been deferent to Kennedy and the two have hissed at each other but Giuseppe has seemed to pursue a relationship with Kennedy, as the other day in Impostor! That was one of many little instances between the two.
Kennedy saw Giuseppe, stepped down off of me and walked over to him, then bowed his head down, and Giuseppe gave him a few licks on the forehead, then a few more. Then Kennedy licked him and the two had a little grooming session for some seconds. Soon enough Kennedy was off to more exploring since he’d never been on the bed before. I gave Giuseppe lots of praise and pets for that, and he was very receptive. They are just as important in my role as a rescuer as me.
I have known Kennedy’s time was limited, and I had the feeling this was coming, especially when he quit eating again, even with prednisolone, and his favorite foods. Last night he kept coming to me at my computer downstairs and meowing, then going back upstairs. He wanted that time upstairs in the studio. I didn’t make it up until later.
I am going to pick him up from the emergency hospital now, to bring him back for one more night. My veterinarian will come here tomorrow morning to put him to sleep. Send some loving energy for his journey.
See ya later, Buddy.
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