Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I wish I didn't have to write this


After an illness lasting for the last 10 days, our little Patas (black kitten) died this morning. Delfino really doesn't know what killed him other than a metabolic disorder. We have been back and forth to his clinic so many times over these last few days, and I know we did everything we could to try to save the little guy. It wasn't to be.

The clinic is full right now with cages stacked on top of each other - all full of cats and kittens. I can't even begin to count them and I don't know how Delfino keeps up with all the work at this time of year. I honestly don't know how he does his job period, I would get so discouraged, but Delfino believes that within the next year we will see fewer cats and more people interested in spaying/neutering their pets. I hope he's right. He continues the campaign to educate.

We've decided to call the grey kitten Smokey, even though my daughter doesn't approve. It seems to be a name that Miguel can pronounce, and he has started using it, and so I guess I'll go along with it and the kitten will be called Smokey. We have really been enjoying her antics playing on the back terrace, including harassing Maya and Minina. She was sick before Patas got sick but a bout of antibiotics and she quickly recovered and seems fine and is bursting with kitten energy. She seems to think she should be coming in with the other cats, and now that we know she will be alone out there, we may have to change our thinking on her being an outdoor cat. We'll see how it unfolds. Right now she's quite content out there on her own, she has her tunnel and other toys, and nature's toys - ants and other bugs.

R.I.P. Patas...

8 comments:

CancunCanuck said...

Oh pobrecita. :(

Kudos to you for making a great effort to save her little life, I hope the eduction program has some results, it breaks my heart to hear about all those poor kitties. Many blessings on your life for all you do.

jeanie said...

I'm glad she got to experience kindness and love in her short little life.

Salome0323 said...

oh my...
such sadness on the blogs today.
and I am on my way to the funeral home to hug a friend and shed a tear.
your little friend was lucky to have a gentle soul like you to care for her, Sue...even for a short time.
bless you.

Theresa in Mèrida said...

Poor little kitty, she looked like our Sugar.You did what you could for her, it's so sad. The best thing that could happen to the cats is to be spayed or neutered, they live longer and are healthier. Sugar lives outside, she comes in to see what everyone is up to, but she prefers the yard, so you never know about outside cats, Smokey may still be an outside kind of kitty.
regards,
Theresa

Life's a Beach! said...

I'm just getting caught up on today's blogs, and it's a sad day in cyber land. So sorry to hear about the black kitty Sue. I'm glad Smokey's okay (and I like the name).

Jamqueen said...

So sorry to hear about the kitty. Even though she was only with you a short time, I'm sure you had gotten attached.

Bennie said...

Sue I am so sorry to hear about the kitten. It was very lucky to have found you for the short time it was alive.

I like the name smokey for the gray one.

Sue said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. It is never easy to lose a pet, even when it has only been with you a short time. I was so hoping it would pull through, but it was not to be. Poor little guy. :-(