Wednesday, January 11, 2017


This is Muggles.

No, we were no big fans of the Harry Potter books.

I picked the name out of the thin air because of the M on her forehead (only partially visible here.)

It wasn't until later that I learned that all tabbies have this M.

But about six weeks ago our beloved Muggles stopped eating.

She also had developed a nasty cough.

And she began migrating to an apparently chosen spot, under the bed in SWMBO's room.

She grew smaller and smaller as she went day after day without consuming any food and very little water.

We assumed she was dying.

And as much as we hated that and grieved over it, we held back from taking her to a veterinarian to have her "put down".

I told a friend, Tom in France, about it one day in a comment on his blog.

He responded lovingly, having gone through the loss of his dog Molly, like Muggles a member of the family more than a pet.

And yet.

And yet.

Muggles has begun eating again.

And drinking.

She still has the cough.

And she has lost so much weight that she resembles a kitten.

And when touched, her body is like a fur coat stretched over a framework of wire coat hangers.

But she apparently is spending less time under the bed, favoring the top of the bed and it's fuzzy quilt.

She still comes to me for her "petting" when I sit down at the base of the bed.

She still purrs.

She has taken up, once again, her habit of coming into the kitchen and banging the door that she knows is to the cupboard holding the cat food, even though she eats very little of it.

We don't really know what to think.

We had pretty much prepared for her departure from our lives.

Yet she perseveres in living.

What a cat.

Great cat.


May she be, like the title character in the book I brought home today from the library for SWMBO (and I) to read, "The Cat Who'll Live Forever". 


Should Fish More said...

Just on the off chance it's something with a bacterial causation, get a broad spectrum antibiotic from your vet, see it it works.

Doesn't sound like it, but this 'shotgun' theory works occasionally.

joeh said...

Hopefully she will recover and give you a few more years of affection and fun.

Catalyst said...

Can't afford the vet. Gonna have to let nature take its course.

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Stephen Hayes said...

Your love for this cat is palpable. As a fellow pet lover I can sympathize and hope your fur friend is on the mend and not on the way to the Rainbow Bridge.

Val said...

Sometimes pets know what's best for them. Let's hope Muggles is healing herself.

Our cats lost a tremendous amount of weight...all three of them...and looked so poorly that I told Hick it must be a bad bag of (dry) food. Even the dogs turned up their nose at it when I gave them their usally-begged-for treat. New brand, renewed appetite, and they bounced back. They didn't have a cough, though.

Tom Cochrun said...

We are sorry for you both. We know your dear Muggles and send our best wishes.

Tom said...

Here's keeping my fingers crossed in hope.

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Catalyst said...

Thanks, Stephen.

Catalyst said...

Thanks, Tom.

Catalyst said...

SWMBO has been giving her soft food, which she seems to prefer though she nibbles at both it.

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Sharon Anck said...

As one who loves my pets like they were children, I feel your sorrow. I do hope it was just a temporary illness and Muggles is on the road to recovery.

William Kendall said...

I hope things go smoothly for her. What a sweetie.

The Bug said...

Much love to you & SWMBO - Muggles sounds like a fighter!

RedPat said...

Good girl, Muggles!

Natalie d'Arbeloff said...

Maybe take her to the vet to give her a general check-up? Might be something amiss in her bowels or elsewhere. Anyway, best wishes to Muggles and to y'all.

Zhoen said...

Much like Moby a bit over a year ago. Which is when we started cooking their food, no dry food. Although, he had a bad bowel obstruction. Your lovely Muggles may have just had a bad virus? May she continue to revive.

I second the vet idea, afford it, you friend deserves it.

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Kate said...

Coming to this from your recent post: guess she proves that cats have nine lives! Lucky you to still have her!! Lucky cat, too!

Kate said...

Coming to this from your recent post: guess she proves that cats have nine lives! Lucky you to still have her!! Lucky cat, too!