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My little Fatty

When I first met John Steed he was a fat cat, he was borderline obese. He loved to wait until you were deep in sleep then we would crawl on top of you and stand for a second on the small of your back (pushing it out of alignment) before comfortably settling down.

When John's life partner Emma Peel died a little over two years ago he began to lose weight. We figured it was depression at losing his companion of over 16 years and the fact that he now leisurely ate his food instead of trying to eat it all before Emma got any. He continued to lose weight as if he had some dramatic surgery and it worried us. We liked our little black cat to be fat. We even nicknamed him Fatty. He actually responds more often to Fatty than John.

John is now a thin old cat. He is over 18 years old and we have to give him an IV and thyroid medicine every night (I told him it was fair since I have to get allergy shots and take allergy pills)... but he still seems bright eyed and happy. He still talks to us when we get home and seeks the warmth of a nice lap. He still jumps from one piece of furniture to another without touching the floor (must be lava) to follow the sunbeams appearances around the house. He loves to jump from our bed to the chest of drawers where he can get the longest lasting sunbeam. He's a happy but thin kitty. We took him into the vet on Friday and they shaved his belly and gave him an ultrasound, he was not happy about that. Today the vet called and said John has a cancer cluster on his spleen and could live a few weeks or months. I'm devastated. Tom has to be even more devastated, John has been his companion for 18 years and is his baby. Tom also handles death worse than anyone I know.

I'm Thankful I have time off to spend with my little monster, I'm not looking forward to the decisions that will have to be made sooner than I want to make them. I love my little Fatty.

A thin Fatty avoiding the heat.

Comments

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mrhavisham
Nov. 25th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
If you two need anything let me know.

XOXO
monkeyx3
Nov. 25th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you. XOXO back at you.
ptownnyc
Nov. 25th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry :(
monkeyx3
Nov. 25th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
0rko
Nov. 25th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
Oh I'm so sorry. Just give him lots of love and let him know how important he is to you. Right before my kitty died last year, I got to hold him for hours and before me and his other daddy went to sleep, we laid him down between us so he could leave us surrounded by love.
thisisdavid
Nov. 25th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
I'm crying right now... :_(
monkeyx3
Nov. 25th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
He knows. we spoil him rotten. he has slept between us from the beginning. He was kind enough to let me share the bed with him and Tom.
sisyphus238
Nov. 25th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
I feel for you. When my cat was getting older I would remind myself that the day was coming when we would have to say goodbye. I don't know why I do that to myself. Maybe to keep myself grounded or something.
Anyway, having been through it, I know how hard it is.
monkeyx3
Nov. 25th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks B! I think I've been doing the same thing. I'm just very glad he doesn't seem to be in any pain.
artkouros
Nov. 25th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about this. At least you know it's coming and can have some special time before the end.
monkeyx3
Nov. 25th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
That is very true. We didn't really get much time with Emma. Thank you.
bender772
Nov. 25th, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
*hugs*
monkeyx3
Nov. 25th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
bunnykitteh
Nov. 25th, 2008 08:44 am (UTC)
:( :( :(

}{ugs to you folks, and pettings for teh kitteh.
monkeyx3
Nov. 25th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'll relay the petting to John.
bunnykitteh
Nov. 25th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)

Hehehe :-) Yay!

You hierophant, you.

Edited at 2008-11-25 10:20 pm (UTC)
mikaelbard
Nov. 25th, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
i´m really sorry.
as tom knows i´m noteably not a pet person but i´m well aware most gays are.
i´m sorry your losing the kitty and i hope he will not be in much pain .
monkeyx3
Nov. 25th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Re: i´m really sorry.
Thank you
fingertrouble
Nov. 25th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
aww. that's sad. 18 is one hell of an age though.

Black is the Color - TUNE! It's a song that reminds me of John; ironically as his hair isn't black but I mixed it with Slowdive's Golden Hair cover (which it is, golden I mean). Probably my best and most meaningful mashup, ever.
monkeyx3
Nov. 25th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
Very True. Most cat's don't live to 18 and very few are as spoiled as John is. I just gave it a listen. It's amazingly beautiful and minimal.
thisisdavid
Nov. 25th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Why was the ultrasound done? For the eating slow down? Just curious.

And I'm so sad right now. :(
monkeyx3
Nov. 25th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
I really have no idea. I'm sure it was over concern about his weight loss. I never think of ultrasounds outside of pregnancy contexts.
outherelistenin
Nov. 25th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

Very sorry to hear this. He's a good kitty.
monkeyx3
Nov. 25th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
Yes he is, thank you.
southernpm
Nov. 25th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear this. They become such a part of the family.

*snugs*
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