We are super curious to learn more about what is important to you as cat parents. Our Curious Cat Surveys have helped us to know what you want to learn about and just as important what you don’t want to read about. The past surveys have had great results thanks to you and this year, we are giving away $50 gift cards to two participants in appreciation for the time you take to complete the survey. There are more details at the end of the survey and a place for you to enter your email address if you choose to enter the giveaway.
The new year has arrived and with it came a new responsibility for Eddie and me. It is time for us to follow Gracey’s paw prints caring about all cats big and small. Even though we are still kittens, we have grown a bit and learned a lot from Lazy Leopard and Bad Kitty. They have been guiding us and with their help we feel we can begin. After all, small paws united can make a big difference.
I am going to let Eddie go first.
Just a few short months ago, I was waiting for my forever home in a cage with Eddie at the Grayson County Humane Society. Donna and her team took really great care of us. They made sure we were loved, received snuggles and attention so we would be socialized and ready for adoption. The Grayson team makes sure they capture the best photo of all cats and dogs at the shelter so that when the photos are shared, people from all over will see their faces with the hope that someone will fall in love and adopt them.
You did it! The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club is a finalist for Best Blog Post in the 2013 Petties. We are proud to be a finalist for our blog post Since You’ve Been Gone Our Message to Gracey. This post is very important to me as we work through our grief from losing Gracey.
We have been honored for the past four years, since the Petties began. We were thrilled to win the Pettie for Best Blog Post in 2012 for our Cat Obituary, Farewell Eastern Cougar, I wanted the post to be a voice for the big cats and the trouble they are having surviving in human dominated landscapes. Winning the Pettie helped amplify that voice.
In 2010 we were a finalist for Best Cause Related Blog, in 2011 for Best Cat blog, in 2012 we won for best blog post and in 2013 we are a finalist for best blog post.
Do you have a plan in place in case something happens and you are no longer able to provide for your cats? We became Maggie’s godparents for Marie and we took that promise to heart. Even though we had hoped Maggie and Marie would live many more years together it was not to be. We had just adopted Annie and Eddie so adding Maggie presented a slight challenge but one that we were prepared to meet.
Years ago we also welcomed Hazel into our home when Ed was no longer able to stay in his home due to illness. Hazel and Gracey never became best friends but they lived peacefully together until Hazel crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Currently we are godparents to Hobbes part of my sister Barbara’s family and of course our Mercy, who is adored by Paul’s mom.
One of the biggest worries I had was what would happen to Gracey if something happened to both Paul and I. Gracey was a special needs cat requiring ProZinc injections twice daily, glucometer readings, and a special diet. Paul and I didn’t even take trips together because one of us needed to stay close by home for Gracey. This didn’t feel or seem like a burden to us because we loved her, but asking someone else to look after her seemed a burdensome thing to ask. If something would have happened to us, Barbara would have taken care of Gracey.
As we were moving Maggie into our home, I began to think once again about the importance of making a contingency plan for your family members. I remember our friend Ingrid writing a post about this topic on her site The Conscious Cat. Ingrid details steps that you should take to plan for your cat just in case. She points out that nobody wants to think about becoming ill, or dying but we owe it to our little loved ones to plan for their care just in case we can no longer remain in our homes. Ingrid reminds us to find one or two responsible friends or relatives that you trust will keep their promise and legalize the arrangement.
There are a few other things you can do to ensure continued care for your cats in the event that something happens to you:
Carry a wallet alert card with contact information for your emergency care givers.
Make sure that emergency care givers know how to contact each other.
Post emergency contact notices inside your front door. Include favorite hiding places for your cats on this listing – depending on your cat’s temperament, he may be scared when a stranger enters your house.
You can find Ingrid’s post here: Who will care for your cat if you can’t?
You will have peace of mind knowing that you made arrangements for your loved ones.
Thank you for caring for all cats big and small.
Since you’ve been gone we are doing our best to pick up and carry on but to be honest it hasn’t been easy. Coming back to our home without you was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. Putting the key into the door and not seeing your happy face running towards me made my heart sink and tears stream down my face.
Stepping inside, I saw your water fountain unplugged and stagnant. I made it to the kitchen, put down my bags and stood still. Not hearing your voice telling me about your day, not being able to scoop you up and bury my face in your neck and not being able to carry you out into the sun room to look out over the yard, was more than I could take. Lazy Leopard looks so lonely. I sat down and had a good cry. The kind of cry where you can’t breathe for a few moments and you think you can’t go on. But we do go on, just on a different journey.
I thought I would fill the bird feeders and take Bossy Back Yard Blue Jay his peanuts. I procrastinated coming home, stopping by the store to load up on food for your friends. I made it to the garage and lifted the hatch on the Jeep but that was as far as I made it that day. I felt so weak and vulnerable. I thought I couldn’t fill the feeders without being able to see your face supervising my every move from your windows in the sun room. I wouldn’t be able to touch your pink nose through the glass on my way back inside.
I cleaned out the refrigerator of all the different types of food we had for you. Each lid turned with the hope that you would eat. We didn’t know you were so sick Gracey or we wouldn’t have tried so hard to make you eat. You were such a good girl and so patient with us. I washed up your bowls and syringes and packed up your little tiger rug.
I tried to be strong when your dad came home because I know how much he is hurting too. But when I saw his face, I fell apart instead. He wrapped his arms around me and said, “Let’s go for a ride. That’s what the old folks do.” And this made me laugh. We went for that ride to postpone being alone in the house without you. Our home feels so empty. Your parents are lost without you.