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Friday Cat Blogging

In Memoriam

Friday Cat Blogging


[Editor: She survived a raccoon as a kitten and a getting hit by a car as a yearling. She was too skittish to take to the vet so the only help I could ever offer was antibiotics in food near her “hiding place”. She was approximately 9 years old, born after Opal but she survived multiple hurricanes. The car accident damaged her pelvis so she was never a mother but she was a babysitter for the younger cats. She disappeared for a couple of days and I found her in her “hiding place”. She will be missed.

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1 Steve Bates { 06.16.06 at 12:28 am }

Very sorry to hear of Festus’s demise, Bryan. Nine years is not bad at all for a feral cat, and surviving all those events means she must have been very tenacious. That said, I know you’ll miss her a lot. If it helps, just think of how much longer she lived with your help than she would have done unassisted.

One of our most effective local animal rescue/release workers says she never gives names to the wild animals temporarily in her custody, because doing so would strengthen her attachment to them, a bond which ultimately must be broken when they are released into the wild. But sometimes it doesn’t matter if you regard an animal as a pet or simply as a creature temporarily under your care: it’s hard to say goodbye when you lose one.

Hang in there, Bryan, and keep up the good work.

2 The CultureGhost { 06.16.06 at 12:44 am }

I’m so sorry. That was one tough cat. And I’m sure she secretly reveled in all the “assistance” you provided over the years. Like Steve said, keep up the good work.

3 andante { 06.16.06 at 7:43 am }

Festus (nee Chester?) was quite a handsome girl and certainly packed a lot of ‘excitement’ into her life. The younger kitties and their mothers will surely miss her, too.

We can only do so much … Mother Nature has limits.

4 Elayne Riggs { 06.16.06 at 9:24 am }

My deepest condolences, Bryan.

5 Bryan { 06.16.06 at 2:02 pm }

She was a tough old lady who earned her position in the pride.

Andante, that was my Mother’s fault, she mixed up Marshal Dillon’s deputies and forgot it was Chester that limped.