We had a lovely party for scrunch_the_cat on Saturday. It rained most of the time, so kylecassidy generously offered to stand in the rain and grill the veggie burgers and dogs while the rest of us mingled in the comfort of his home. Because of the rain, I think few people got a chance to see Scrunch's resting spot, and the lovely statue that Kyle and Karen found to place on top of Scrunch and 1ear's graves. If you look closely, you'll see the little statue has two kitties. One is sitting and the other is nuzzling the sitting cat - the nuzzler is missing an ear. This is in reference to 1ear the cat, Scrunch's kitten-momma when he was out on the street. kylecassidy has a nice entry about them here.
kylecassidy and I are hosting a party in honor of Scrunch the Cat at his home this weekend. Please do stop by for a little while to celebrate the life of our favorite West Philadelphia feline. scrunch_the_cat will provide veggie burgers and burger fixins', chips and side dishes from Saad's. Just bring yourself and the beverage of your choice. Everyone will get a handsome program to commemorate him. We will also have information about citykitties on hand, the West Philly rescue organization that helped Scrunch, 1ear and many other West Philadelphia strays. Any small donations would be greatly appreciated.
Date: Saturday, May 13
Place: 46th and Walnut
If you need directions, please contact me at susanjacobson at livejournal dot com, and I will help you. Please feel free to stop by even if you have never met Scrunch in person, but have followed him online. His human friends and family will be happy to meet you.
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Scrunch the Cat early this morning. He was my darling baby boy, and I miss him more than words can say.
His passing had nothing to do with his FIV status. Instead, he had a stroke at the young age of about 5 years. I came home around 8pm, we snuggled until about 9:30pm, at which point we started to play. In the middle of jumping after the ribbon, Scrunch stopped, started to meow plaintively, started to pant. He hid under the couch. I tried to lure him out, he came out briefly, but it soon became apparent that he could not control his hind legs. I called the Penn Animal Hospital (University of Pennsylvania), and they said that it sounded like he had a urinary tract blockage, and to bring him in. I stuffed him into his carrier, and off we went.
The people at Penn were very good - they took him as soon as we walked in the door. After about half an hour, the doctor called me back to talk to me, and told me the news. He did not have a urinary tract blockage, he had a saddle thrombosis - a blood clot that had paralyzed both legs and his tail. He was in terrific pain, and the treatment that was available was effective in only 20 percent of the cases, and of the 20 percent all of the cats died within a month. He would never be able to go home. I could not believe it. Less than an hour before, he was chasing his ribbon around - it was that fast, that sudden.
Fortunately, Scrunch and I have a lot of friends nearby. I called them, and they came. People who knew him when he was a street cat. kylecassidy, who took him in and fixed him up before I adopted him; khrystabelle, who also helped foster him; i_l_u, who took care of him when I went away; and Karen of the many cats. They all came and said goodbye to him - he was in a special cage where they were giving him oxygen, and keeping him on painkillers to keep him comfortable. When the time came, we moved into a larger room wehre we could all gather around the table and tell him how much we loved him and pet him. The vet was very good, she explained everything that she was going to do, and gave us some time between the procedures. When she administered the sedative - the one before the sedative that stops his heart - he closed his eyes and his little nose tipped forward. He looked so peaceful. We all petted and kissed him. Then the vet delivered the final dose, and it was over almost immediately. Everyone left the room so I could be alone with my baby.
The vet put him in a box, and we took him to Kyle's. Kyle dug a hole for him in the garden, next to where 1ear was buried. 1ear and Scrunch used to hang out together on the street. You can see them here. The box was still warm with his body. I placed him in the earth, and Kyle placed the earth over it. There were candles.
We went inside for a while to reminisce about Scrunch the Cat. Around 2:30am I went back outside to grieve by my baby's grave.I returned home around 4am. I cannot express the love I felt for my kitty, or the sorrow I feel by his absence. I can tell you that I feel we did the right thing and that I was really touched by the friends who came to be with him - and me - in his last moments.
So schnoogle your kitties and other loved ones good today in honor of Scrunch the Cat.
I left mommy a present last night! Wasn't she surprised when she got home!
Mommy tried to put me in the cage today.
Sorry I have not updated for so long. I have been busy. Well, not really. But look! Look what I found on mommy's bed! What is it! It looks like another animal! It looks like it could be the Intruder!. Well maybe. It smells funny. ( Here's a picture of me battling the thing on the bed!Collapse )
See how I help mommy on her computer. Why doesn't she appreciate it!
There's another cat lurking around my house! I have seen him several times, but he's sneaky, I have not yet been able to find him and pounce him, although I have tried. Mommy does not seem upset about this. It's lucky for her that I am alert and protecting us and keeping the other cat away. ( Here's another picture of the Intruder!Collapse )