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Mr. Kitty
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Rickstir    Posted 08-27-2003 at 12:08:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
We got two cats as kittens six an a half years ago, a black femail with white feet (Mrs. Kitty) and a grey tabby we named Mr. Kitty. Both were our first cats, and the first "pets" acquired after we moved to the farm. We and the three dogs we had at the time (only one of those survive today) all got to know about each other over the next few years. It was a learning experience for both. But in do time all got along together. Friends that visit can't get over the fact that four dogs and five cats live harmoniously together.

Mr. Kitty soon earned the reputation to getting into scrapes. He and the Mrs. would roam pretty much at night.

One time he was missing for seven days. We live on 80 acres and there are all sorts of things that will kill a cat. We had all but given him up when on the eighth day he walked up as I was getting ready to leave for work. Like nothing was wrong, except he had lost a few pounds. Now this was not wonderlust, everyone at the farm is fixed but me.

Another morning he showed up with a big "V" in his left ear. We nicknamed him "Notch" after that.

Then there was the time he was missing for 3 days. He limped back in one evening with his left rear leg all chewed up. Love and anti-biotics got him through that one.

Last Easter as we were closing the garage door because we were leaving for St. Louis to visit family and friends, he flops out of the TOP of the garage door, pinned between the door and the opening. I didn't know how high pitched he could scream until then. But again, he cashed in one of his nine lives and although we aged a year in the process he was fine.

Next came a midnight fight right behind the house. My daughter heard the wailing and I found hair on the ground but no Mr. Kitty. Then about 4 hours later we found him in the shade of the chicken pen, hurting but alright. More anti-biotics and a few days inside and he was his old self again.

We noticed him going down hill a week ago but before we could catch him he vanished for a day and a half. He came home Friday afternoon, weak and with labored breathing. My wife rushed him to the vet and the Xray showed an abcess in his chest that was affecting his lungs. Massive dose of anti-biotics and fluids were about the only thing the vet could do.

Mr. Kitty passed away early Saturday morning. He became the first resident of our designated but previously empty pet cemetery across the lake. He taught us a lot about how to care for cats, became "step father" to our three kittens that joined us two years ago, and was the best mouser of the whole tribe. We'll miss the old boy.


mbr    Posted 09-19-2003 at 07:47:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Rick and ML,

So sorry to hear about Mr. Kitty.

For those of you who don't know, Mr. and Mrs. Kitty were born on our farm a short distance from Rick and ML. We were thrilled that they wanted to adopt 2 kittens as we knew that they would have a wonderful life at their place.

After living on a farm all my life I have dealt with the loss of numerous kitties, dogs, horses, donkeys, rabbits, lambs and calves. Did one mean more to me than another?. No. There was the blue healer who was my constant companion for 11 years and the little gray donkey who brayed when I came out the back door in the morning. Don't forget the other calico momma cat who had many litters of kittens over the years and Lamb Chops, my first pet lamb. The list goes on and on. Each has played an important part in my life and I fight tears as I write this even though most have been gone for many years. At this moment, we have a cow calving so the life cycle continues and soon there will be another precious baby on our farm.

Take comfort in the words of Robert Louis Stevenson; I think this applies to all animals.

"You think that dogs will not be in heaven?
I tell you, they will be there before any of us."

Sympathy from your friend and neighbor, MBR


Kim Smith    Posted 09-08-2003 at 19:33:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dear ML & Rick,

So sorry to hear about Mr. Kitty; I have my own Mr. Kitty (named Axl after Axl Rose of Guns & Roses because both are blond and extremely loud). Axl has been hit by a car, had a shunt in his neck after a fight with a possum, and also has a v-shaped notch out of one of his ears, earned after no doubt a night of carousing. He has bestowed us with much love & affection, along with presents, including but not limited to, a baby bunny on the back deck (not long for this world, it was awful) a snake (and yes, it was alive) in our kitchen and a mouse in our bedroom (thankfully deceased). He is now 15 years old and comes and gets me every night when he thinks it's time for bed. I know how much a part of our family he is and I'm very sorry to hear you lost a part of yours. We'll drink a toast to Mr. Kitty this weekend. Take care-
Love, Kim & Mark


Petra Swidler    Posted 09-05-2003 at 15:50:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dear Mary Lynn and Rick;

I am sorry to hear about your loss.

I know, what it means to loose a " pet friend ". I grew up with dogs, Guinea pigs, hamsters and pet birds and loved them all dearly. They taught me , how to care and take care. I guess they shaped my nurturing personality.
It always broke my heart to bury one of my pets in our garden.

I always had to remind myself, that this is part of the natural life cycle.

Pets really do become part of your life and when they decide to leave, it is like loosing a close relative.

I know Mr. Kitty had a good life and he will be smiling at you from ' cat heaven ' !

With all my heart;

Petra


Suzy Q    Posted 08-29-2003 at 07:42:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rickstir your cat lived to the fullest, adventurous life possible.

it is always difficult to say good-bye
to your pet however I imagine you are
finding comfort in knowing his pain and
suffering is over.



Maggie/Tx    Posted 08-27-2003 at 19:48:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rickstir, I'm so sorry for your loss and I do understand how it is to get attached to a cat. I've had cats all my life since I was 10 yrs. old, or rather they have had me for "staff." I've lost quite a few cats over the years and three dogs and I cry like a baby over each one.


Steve from Tn    Posted 08-27-2003 at 19:01:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have noticed that people who say that they hate cats have never been owned by a cat. They are interesting critters.


SusanMo    Posted 08-27-2003 at 12:41:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
i know what you mean rick i cried for two days after i had to have my mrkitty put down. he had a bad urinary tract blockage and was in so much pain and as much as i love animals i just couldnt and at the time didnt have 900 dollars to fork out for them to fix it. havent had a cat since.


Cindi    Posted 08-27-2003 at 16:52:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
You just almost described Havoc to a tee. This cat started out on a hard road being abandoned by his mother with his eyes still not yet open (1). We bottle fed him and he did very well. Then one day he came home with something wrapped around his leg, his foot looked like a lions foot it was so swollen (2). Then he got stepped on by Fred, (3) locked in the van all day one hot Spetember day,(4) knocked into the washer on agitate cycle, (5) was used as a chew toy by two pups, (6) got attacked by something that took one of his eyes, (7) last but not least rode all the way down the dirt road under the hood of the truck before we knew he was in there (8). I don't know how he survived that. Right now he's missing. Haven't seen him for five days. He's working on number nine now, so I don't hold out much hope.

My guess is I will be mourning him as you are your Mr Kitty right now. Sorry about your loss.


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