Day 16, Cycle 6: Fuzzy little hope

I noticed last night that even as I have just lost the very last of the wispy hairs plastered to my balding skull, a soft down of new little hairs has sprouted. It’s not much but somehow it was comforting.

Speaking of fuzzy comfort, here is the oncatogy team deployed around (and on) me for an intensive felinotherapy session.

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Our friend Phantom

Phantom_shelterTwo years ago today, Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue posted on Facebook about Phantom, a black cat who had been left at a San Francisco animal shelter, reportedly after spending fifteen years with the same people. An older black cat with a blemish (a supposedly benign tumour above his right eye), terrified of the brouhaha at the shelter and therefore not responsive to humans: he didn’t stand a chance. He was was going to be euthanized unless someone stepped up immediately to adopt him. Fortunately, a friend (thanks, Brian!) re-posted and I responded that Edmund and I would take Phantom. It was a Saturday; the volunteer from Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue later said that if we hadn’t piped up right then, Phantom probably would not have made it to Monday.

Phantom was terrified of his change of surroundings at first, and not too keen on sharing the house with two other cats, but he has the most amazing growl and established his little space. (No actual cat fights occurred, just occasional Sturm und Drang.)

Later visits to the veterinarian revealed that the first vet we saw, who had dismissed the tumour as benign, was an idiot. It was a mast cell tumour, and although our (current, really good) veterinarian removed everything she could, the tumour was too deep to completely excise. It’s slow-growing but some day Phantom may have full-fledged cancer.

But in the meantime, oh! What an awesome cat! He is such a lovely friend. He loves to follow us around, curl up in physical contact with us, especially between Edmund and I. Edmund is his favourite but I do get quite a lot of cuddles too. We’re so glad he came to live with us! Thank you, Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue volunteers.

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Christmas Eve at Home

I opened a Crabbie’s ginger beer and finished wrapping presents this afternoon. For dinner, Edmund made a couple of recipes out of Dolly and Annie Watts’ Where People Feast: An Indigenous People’s Cookbook, baked Alaskan halibut with lemon-dill butter with a side of beet and blackberry relish, plus his famous sautéed parsnips. Now we’re having dark chocolate cupcakes for dessert.

With dinner, we played Sentinels of the Multiverse—Legacy, Expatriette, Haka and Nightmist beat The Chairman in advanced mode, ha-ha. (But we were pretty far down by the end…)

We sure know how to rock the casbah. ^_^

Happy holidays, one and all. Here is a picture of one of the best things this year, Phantom coming to live with us since July (the black cat in this picture). With him is Valentine, our little beach foundling.

Val and Phantom in Edmund's lap

Advent Day 3: Peace

Advent Day 3: Peace

Image by Sophie Lagacé 2013, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. Based on a photo © Edmund Metheny 2013, used with permission.

Caturday: Cat Pile

I’ve seen everyone’s babies, dogs, bunnies and selfies. Now it’s Caturday and by gum I’m going to post pictures of my cats. All day.

This is our two current household gods, in Transformer configuration trying to form Mega-Neko.

Cat pile: Valentine and Ubaid

Photo © Edmund Metheny 2013, used with permission.

Caturday: Claude

I’ve seen everyone’s babies, dogs, bunnies and selfies. Now it’s Caturday and by gum I’m going to post pictures of my cats. All day.

This is Claude, a feral stray we didn’t have with us long enough. When we coaxed him into our house and managed to get him seen by a veterinarian, he turned out to have FeLV (feline leukemia virus). We had to keep him and his food completely segregated from our other cats (at the time, Eurekatous and Mrs. Pedecaris), but luckily the configuration of the house allowed that. He died only a few years later, but it was a joy to see him turn from feral killing machine to lap cat.

Claude

Photo © Edmund Metheny 1998, used with permission.

Caturday: Mrs. Pedecaris

I’ve seen everyone’s babies, dogs, bunnies and selfies. Now it’s Caturday and by gum I’m going to post pictures of my cats. All day.

This is Mrs. Pedecaris, a foundling who adopted us in Quebec during our honeymoon in 1996. She had taken refuge near the dumpster outside a restaurant we ate at. We tried to find her home, or a new one, but failed, so we kept her. She was name for the character played by Candice Bergen in The Wind and the Lion because, as Sean Connery’s character the Raisuli (a Berber chief with a Scottish slur): “Mrs. Pedecaris, you a grreat deal of trrouble.”  We miss her and her habit of nesting on top of the old CRT monitor and falling on the keyboard.

Mrs. Pedecaris

Photo © Edmund Metheny 1996, used with permission.

Caturday: Guest-starring Kitty

I’ve seen everyone’s babies, dogs, bunnies and selfies. Now it’s Caturday and by gum I’m going to post pictures of my cats. All day.

This is a recurring guest in our house, Banshee Welton a.k.a. “Kitty.” When his humans have to travel, he comes over to have his spa time. Kitty loves perching high, being petted, and trying to get into the fridge. He’s very soft and his preferred method for trying to kill us is by head-butting us in the nose.

Banshee "Kitty" Welton

Image by Sophie Lagacé 2012, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.

Caturday: Benjamin Black

I’ve seen everyone’s babies, dogs, bunnies and selfies. Now it’s Caturday and by gum I’m going to post pictures of my cats. All day.

We got Benjamin from MEOW Car Rescue in Seattle.  They are wonderful people, saving all these cats that would be euthanized otherwise. Benjamin sure would not have made it; he was a special needs cat and hard to find a home for. But we hit it off and we had eight happy years with him. He was my big black cowardly lion.

Benjamin Black

Image by Sophie Lagacé 2010, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.

Caturday: Eurekatous

I’ve seen everyone’s babies, dogs, bunnies and selfies. Now it’s Caturday and by gum I’m going to post pictures of my cats. All day.

This was my beautiful Eurekatous, another stray. We found here as a kitten the day after Christmas 1995, and we had her until November 2011. She was such a wonderful cat, the epitome of cat. She was actually all black, very dark, but I drew her in greys so we could actually see her.

Eurekatous drawing

Image by Sophie Lagacé 2010, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.