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phoebekitty
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18 Sep 2009
I have posted before,and I have written a tribute to my little cat Felix. Tomorrow I am going on a trip for about a week, and am taking the 5 ft tall scatching post that belonged to Felix. My other cat Phoebe has never been interested in it.

When I moved from a rural area to the city of San Diego, I had to keep my wandering cat inside- the apartment and the patio. My husband and I went to a large pet store and found this thing that is very large, but would fit on the large patio.

The effect it had on Felix was incredible! He went outside, kind of circled it, and knew it was for him. It was his "condo". When he went outside, that was HIS property and I was was not allowed to bother him unless he asked me to. So we had to respect the little guy when he was sleeping or guarding the patio.

Tomorrow I am taking the post to a close friend who rescues cats. Many are from horrible homes and end up with her. So she is excited to get it. I vacuumed most of the fur off, and saved some of it, for what purpose, I don't know, but it is still hard to part with it. My husband has not asked me to get rid of it. But I am very sad again, because it is one of the things that belonged to my favorite cat. I never in my life thought I would mourn for a cat for so long. After reading many of the posts, I don't think it is too unusual to feel this way. I had Felix put down on Dec. 5, 2008.

Does anyone else still have this difficulty so long after the death of a pet?
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My furry friend was born on my front lawn in 1996. His mom was dumped at the school next to me, and had no choice of where to give birth. I found homes for the family, but could not find a home for the "runt". So he became mine.

He was the smallest, but the smartest of the bunch. He always attacked every toy I gave to the kitties, even pushing out the bigger ones. He figured out how I opened the screen door to let them in and out: I found him dangling from the latch but unable to manipulate it. His large feet caught everything that moved: mice, rats, dragnflies, lizards, but not hummingbirds!

My husband did not really think too much of cats when I met him in 1998. Somehow Felix learned how to get my husband to give him snacks, let him out, play with him and scratch him in the "right spot". When I thought that Felix might like Jim better than me, he would sleep at my feet every night. We talked to him and he talked back. He was my friend who did not speak English, but could make his wants known. He owned the house, and we made the payments.

Felix had diabetes, and an enlarged heart, both diagnosed within the last year. He let me give him shots, and I hid his heart meds in Pouce catnip-flavored snacks. He never complained when I took him to the vet, and always purred when we came home. Felix had his front leg amputated (in early November) because of a blood clot, and he was recovering very fast.

We had little footstools and pillows for him to use while he go his legs back. He slept between us purring as usual. When he started limping, he had a biopsy, which diagnosed a fractured hip and a very agressive cancer throughout his body. He was euthanized at our home within a day of the diagnosis. Except for the last 2 days, you would hardly know he was ill.

I am so thankful I had this cat for such a short time! Even as he lay dying, he struggled to purr and to move his little legs when I spoke to him. I told him as he was going that I loved him and would miss him. I know he understood me.
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