Thursday, September 17, 2015

Cat Nursing, add that to my C.V.

I have been exercising - this acronym, which stands for LOVE L isten With Your Heart;  O bserve for Changes;  Visit the V eterinarian;  and E nrich her ​​Environment.

It has been a month of challenges for our sweet Sumatra. She has needed all of our attention.
She just got out of surgery this Monday and is showing signs of improvement. She has been a constant reminder of that will to live. She began grooming herself this morning such a good sign, and each hour that goes by a sweet glimpse of the incredible gift a feline can give its owner.





I have been I CAT NURSING, little time for anything else. We both have been sleeping on our double lounger, 24/7. I feel very fortunate in many ways she has chosen David and I as her keepers ...
She has depended on us, loved us through her most painful days and as a reward has shown signs of hope today. So today is a good day.

Some may think, she is just a cat, but that is not so. I have had lots of time to ponder this past month. Sumatra is about LIFE. She is about laughter, calmness, incredible trust, passion
and the ability to bounce back from the depths of despair.

She has taught me deep love and a deep compassion for a living soul.

As owners of pets, pets who choose us to give them the most comfortable life
we can provide, the bad and ugly are sometimes part of the package ..

Every day there has been a lesson in forgiveness, a lesson in priorities,
a lesson in love. 

I so appreciate all the notes that found themselves in my inbox ...
"where are you ?, everything ok '


I am here, sitting beside my sweet ball of fur, smiling today,
we have another day to relish each others company ...
No regrets ..... see you soon ..

YOU matter ..





67 comments:

  1. So glad Sumatra is doing better! I think too such a sweet and dear pet is a big blessing and a joy to our lives and I wish you much more wonderful times together with Sumatra. I always enjoy to see those lovely pics from her.
    Hugs, Martina

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    1. Hello Martina...such a blessing in many ways...when you are still for hours, they silently teach you many life lessons...

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  2. Oh Samm! I totally agree with your words about pets and their influence to our lifes! My dad says "pets never grow up, they are always like kids", so they really deserve as much care as kids do! Hugs and heart warmth to you and Sumatra!

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    1. yes Maria...your Dad is so correct, they are children, that need so much tlc, not all the time...but when their illness is evident, we must pay attention and bring them back to comfort...no easy task but one I do not begrudge in the least...she sits beside me twitching...dreaming I suppose when she will up and about being the cat she was meant to be. x

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  3. I am so glad she is doing well now. I understand completely. I adore my poodles. They are a true blessing.

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    1. yes Vickie..living souls with a heatrbeat that no doubt beats for all those who look after these wonderful creatures..pet owners certainly understand..

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  4. Oh Samm I'm so sorry about Sumatra. I knew something must be wrong....felt it in my heart. I was reluctant to ask since I know how private you are but please know I've been praying for you. How precious is the sight of our loved ones when they are on the mend! blessings, marlene

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    1. I knew you knew...funny thing in the quiet moments...all of my personal STUFF was cast aside...the only thing that was important was this living soul, resting and healing before me.
      If we could all remember that in our lives, caring for a soul that needs us completely - we would so understand God's lessons in love...I have felt it every waking moment...she is mending...

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  5. So sorry to hear about your gorgeous Sumatra! But happy to hear she is on the mend now. I have been cat nursing myself. My sisters cat even. And I know that feeling of gratefulness over being chosen as the one to trust while very, very sick. She too is doing much better now and has regained her usual aloof self when I am there. But every now and then, when nobody is watching, she cuddles up close to me and begins purring. Very, very much a gift.

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    1. Hello sweet Heleen...any cat nurse is pretty special in all of our eyes...it is funny, yesterday as I was cleaning her wound, she stopped, looked up at me and licked my finger as if to say thank you...we are so connected to these lovely felines...the reward is they let us care for them when ill.... and love us tenderly and completely...who would not that caring and fulfilling role?

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  6. Your fur baby is adorable. Glad she is starting to perk up.

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    1. Thanks Gracie....she is all of that and more...and before we know it, she will be posing for pics once again...she so loves the camera.

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  7. They do seem to work their ways into our hearts. Hoping that she's back to her ole self real soon.

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    1. thanks Joan...and so agree...hard not to let them in our hearts..I loved her before I even knew her...

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  8. I've missed you. I knew that Sumatra had been sick, and I'm so glad that she is showing signs of improvement. Our pets are family members. Children. And they are the only thing in the world that gives us unconditional love. She is such a beautiful lady! Enjoy your time pampering her. I bet she is purring away! xoxo

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    1. I have missed you too sweet Carolyn...it has been a very long 5 weeks in fact...many tears shed for our sweet Sumatra...and totally agree about the love...only pet owners know that ....they somehow weave threads into our hearts that keep us connected every waking hour xx

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  9. Well said!!! Hoping for a speedy recovery and lots of snuggles!

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    1. thank you Paulette....snuggles welllll she is not a snuggler lol I laugh because we are so alike in many ways...wink..x but I know what you meant

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  10. So glad she is showing signs of being on the mend. Very sorry to hear she needed surgery and that you and David have had all that worry on your shoulders. Got you in my prayers.

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    1. HI Selina...you know all about worries, having pets we worry it is part of the emotions that makes them connect to us so much.....it has been weeks of worry, but I do believe we are over the worst..now to just sit still and embrace these moments...x

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  11. Bless her, and you too...hope she continues to improve, she has the most beautiful face and eyes. Maria xxx

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    1. Yes sweet lady..she is beautiful, inside and out...there is this sweetness about her that is hard to describe...all cats have such distinct personalities..she is no exception.

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  12. So glad you posted this, been wondering...glad to hear she is better. Love and prayers sent your way!

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    1. HI Kris....it was hard for me to gather the words, when in despair, there are no words, just worry...today as shared is much better...we are still " lounging" ...they sleep a lot ...smiling here, cause I knew that, but when you are around 24/7 it seems that is all they do ....

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  13. I am so sorry to here about Sumatra's troubles. Such a beautiful little lady. I hope she continues to improve. Many hugs to you. I know how worried you and David have been/are. I'll be thinking about ya'll and hope she continues to improve. Take care.

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    1. HI Mary Ann, she is very sweet in many ways...she has looked better that is for sure...we all have for that matter..your sweet note so appreciated x

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  14. My dear I know this love of a kitty and her owners/caretakers. We were so fortunate to spend 18 years with our Abyssinian Sasha who gave us unconditional love no matter what. Breathe, eat, sleep every moment you have together. My heart is still with my beloved Sasha. Blessings for your family...

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    1. Sherry, anyone who is lucky enough to a pet keeper knows that deep love for their pets...the sadness we feel when they are gone...and the joy of every breathing moment they gave us while they were here....settled I am coming back as a cat with an owner like you...wink...

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  15. I hope Sumatra is better soon. Lucky she has such a good nurse!

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    1. Thank you Christine..psst I do think she has been very pleased with her level of care...
      I have not begrudged one second...as she still sits by my side this pm..

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  16. I pray that sweet Sumatra is feeling better very soon. My pets have always been treasured members of the family and I would do anything possible to make life wonderful for them. And in return (not that I asked for anything).... I got to be unconditionally loved and treasured by them for their entire lives. I thank God for every minute with them!

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    1. today has been a good day Jeanie...she still sits by my side and I have noticed such an improvement in her overall being. She is content - I am sure to have me within reach...she has not been a cat that likes cuddling at all...but she has been a cat that knows she is so loved...
      that is what we do with our treasured members of our families...we love them and we care for them...x

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  17. Yep. We love our animabibble babies.
    I will be purring and praying for all of you.
    Pierro is also visiting the vet lady, Dr Jarrett, about once a week. He has IBD but we might be looking at lymphoma. As olden nurses, I think we have that need to care with every fiber of our being. We must

    I know you are doing what you feel is absolutely right. I would do the same.
    They are innocent and sweet. We protect them.

    When my big mancat Caesar left me in 2006, I was devastated.
    I was still ice dancing back then and most of the people at the rink were heartless.

    ♥️ I love you to bits, Missie Samm ♥️

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    1. luv ya too sweet Rosemary B...and yes I am sure being a nurse has a bit of our caring nature but anyone who has a pet would do the same.. sorry to hear sweet Pierro is at the vets...All of my friends have pets...they are so understanding...I cannot imagine anyone being heartless when it comes to any animal who sole purpose is to bring us joy.. xx

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  18. I hope Sumatra is feeling better soon.
    She is one gorgeous cat!
    Marilyn

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    1. thank you Marilyn...she is not so gorgeous at the moment...but she will be....fur grows back lol
      I swear all the goodness you all have been purrring in has helped immensely... thank you x

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  19. I am glad Sumatra is doing better and yes, our pets are a part of our lives, and they give us love and comfort with no exceptions but to be loved and cared for, as well.

    Debbie

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    1. Thank you Debbie...it is Friday now....and she is again better..so we have another great day ahead..

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  20. Aww, poor sweet Sumatra. Hope she's feeling better real soon. Prayers being sent up your way.

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    1. Hi Jan, well I should have tapped in much earlier with you all...those prayers and good wishes have certainly made a difference....we are beginning today on a very positive note...yours too x

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  21. Prayers and good thoughts for all of you. So glad to hear that Sumatra is feeling better. I knew in my heart of hearts that something must be wrong, but also knew that when it was time, you would let us know.Our Kitties, are so apart of our lives.Charlie has been a cuddler every time I was home today. I so enjoy when he chooses me to share his love. Please take care of yourself as well.

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    1. I knew you would Mary...I just could not burden anyone with the details, suffice to say we had a very rough month....but last night we returned to both our beds....She was on her tower, me back in bed...this morning she jumped on the bed and was poking at David to get up and feed her....
      she looks much better today, a bit whiny, like she is when she does not get her way...lol

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  22. That has to be such a worry. I am glad to read that the recovery is coming along in a positive way.

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    1. More than you know Mary....it was touch and go, and we were ready to make that terrible but heartfelt decision....suffice to say, she has fewer lives left over, but she is still here. lol

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  23. So sorry to hear about poor Sumatra! I am glad that she is feeling better now. Those that say that "a cat is just a cat" don't have soul!

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    1. Hello sweet Geta....you know it is funny about the soul thing....I wanted to say to those people...you have to have a heart to love this much...I do understand those without pets just don't understand....sad but true....their hearts and soul would be so much fuller xxx

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  24. Very nice to hear that everything's ok, I am so happy with hearing from you both :)

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    1. Hello Sweet...so nice to see you and thank you for your sweet note

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  25. She is beautiful. You love your friend as I wish every pet owner loved theirs. When you do, there is a special bond that some can never understand. I am so glad that you know it too.
    xx, Carol

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    1. Good Morning Carol, Sumatra is such a character...today full of drama as she wants to go outside...another good sign...but that is not happening..it has been a very long month, and I was exactly where I was supposed to be....the power of love is very healing.... Both our cats have filled our lives with more compassion than we could ever describe..T-cup has been such a comfort to us all through this time...xx

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  26. Poor Sumatra! I'm so glad she is on the mend now. They do steal our hearts! All that mothering we did as young women created such a strong desire to nurture, it has to be exercised even today. Our little furry babies are perfect for this. They don't make demands on us, but sit in our laps and show us through their body language how much they enjoy being near us!

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    1. She has had a very hard time but seeing such good signs these past 2 days...and totally agree Linda...our nurturing radar is still intact. As far as demands...wellllll that is not so with this cat....she makes it known in all her verbal skills exactly what she wants...she makes me smile ....

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  27. She's such a beautiful baby and I know she makes you and David smile with her funny antics. I love seeing photos of her and how her personality comes out in them. Our pets give us such love and pleasure!. I hope Sumatra continues to recover quickly. xo

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    1. You are so right , she brings much antics and personality...nice of you drop by and let us know we are not alone...t.y.

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  28. Glad to read that Sumatra is feeling better today. Hope she found a little spot of sun to lay in. I know she loves that. Sending best wishes for all of you.

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    1. It has been one of those days of caring and sharing, no outside for her for awhile...but I think she is more than contented to sit by my side...x

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  29. Okay, not having a good day trying to comment here- up for my third go over 2 days! Computers are wonderful but they can drive you a little crazy sometimes. Just wanted too say so please Sumatra is feeling better today and grooming herself and checking out life through the window. Everybody's stress levels will be better now.

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  30. HI Karen. these were photos from months ago...I am afraid I would scare too many of you if you saw her now...she is pretty beaten up.., only a mother could love her at the moment...every day I see her coming through...so I know this is just a short term " scary Sumatra"......today she looks a bit better...and yes she is grooming..but most of the time she has to wear a cone...poor sweet thing. xx and yes computers are not always reliable...I was trying to print today...no such luck...x

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    1. Oh no - not the cone - they usually hate those things - well, our old cat did. He ended up wearing one when he got into a fight and get an infection - not happy. I didn't realise they were old photo's - I thought they were recent. It's good to know each day she will get a little better under your care.

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  31. Thinking of you and Sumatra. The two of you were made for each other. Prayers for her recovery. I wish you both well.

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    1. HI Ev, we have not left each others side for quite a bit of time... I suppose you were right...we have a good connection lol..

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  32. Sumatra is the envy of all the cats...she lucked out with the most caring and loving pet parents. Ahhhh...the things we do for those we love even the furriest of them all. Best wishes to your sweet little girl as she gets better Samm. So glad things are looking up as I can see how much love you have for her in this post. xx

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    1. Envy of cats...I am envious of her....if ever we had a choice to come back..I am coming back as a cat with pet keepers like us lol...Today she was a pleasure to watch as the wind was playing with her....she is not 100% but my she is trying her best to well again and that we are so grateful for...our home is happy once again....x

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  33. Hi my dear friend,
    every word you have written up there is as if you have it written right out of my heart. From pet (owner) lover to pet lover I send you all the best wishes for your sweet Sumatra. Hope she gets better each and every day!

    Hugs
    Hilda

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    1. HI Sweet lady...yes pet owners know that sense of love and loss...we will do anything to keep them from harm....she is much better, we still watch over her, but she is healing well.

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