Our Message to Gracey After One Year
Our Cat Eddie
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.
We want to tell you a story…
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.
Thank you so much!
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.
Who Will Provide a Home for your Cat?
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.
Do You Have a Plan?
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.