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 Lionne (original poster member #25560) posted at 4:14 PM on Sunday, November 14th, 2021

I don't know how I wound up with 4 indoor cats. Well, I KNOW but it's not really what I wanted or thought I'd ever do. I think it's true that once you have one cat you really can't do without another one, or two, or five.

I officially own 3. The fourth is the sister of my third cat. I am (permanently) fostering her in order to get help from the rescue should expensive medical treatment be needed. She has a ventricular septal defect, the murmur is very loud and audible if you put your ear on her belly. The hole is large, affecting circulation in the worst way possible, and is unlikely to close. I vowed to give her the very best life she could have in whatever time she has.

Other than her relatively small size, and a persistent weepy eye, you'd never know she was sick. She bounces around here with more energy than the others, and is incessantly curious. EVERYTHING is a toy. She's mischievous and intrepid, always the first to investigate new things, and totally fearless. She LOVES playing in the water so I've had to adapt their water bowl to a less messy place. She knows when it's bedtime and squeaks at me to follow her so she can curl up next to me. She taunts the 3x bigger male cat I have who is cranky but surprisingly tolerant. She doesn't like not knowing where I am and her inquisitive squeak is designed so that I'll call her to me.

What a lesson she is teaching! We should all strive to live life like our heart could stop beating at any minute.

Me-BS-65 in May<BR />HIM-SAFWH-68<BR />I just wanted a normal life.<BR />Normal trauma would have been appreciated.

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BearlyBreathing ( member #55075) posted at 4:24 PM on Sunday, November 14th, 2021

❤️

Me: BS 54 (49 on d-day)Him: WH. 64D-Day 8/15/2016 LTA
Kinda liking my new life :-)

**horrible typist, lots of edits to correct. :-/ **

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zebra25 ( member #29431) posted at 4:27 PM on Sunday, November 14th, 2021

I love this!!!! You are a kind soul.

I have always wanted to adopt an elderly dog or cat and give them a loving home in their senior years. I get so attached and upset when I lose my fur buddies that I don't think I can.

I admire all who can do this.

"Don't let anyone who hasn't been in your shoes tell you how to tie your laces."

D-day April 2010

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 Lionne (original poster member #25560) posted at 4:56 PM on Sunday, November 14th, 2021

She's so bad. I have an arrangement of fake gourds. She loves to knock them down and chase them across the room. I accidentally left an upper cabinet open, and although she knows she isn't supposed to be on the counter, I heard her rummaging in my dishes.

She and her sister were supposed to be temporary, I've successfully adopted out 5 foster cats this year. I suppose foster fails is very prevalent.

I think I have been able to do it because of my 37 years in elementary education. It was always hard to see "my" kids leave me in June but always exciting to meet 25+ more little souls in September. And gratifying that I sent them off with new knowledge and experiences.

Me-BS-65 in May<BR />HIM-SAFWH-68<BR />I just wanted a normal life.<BR />Normal trauma would have been appreciated.

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