Thursday, April 10, 2008

ASPCA Day--Go orange! (and Morticia update)


A cause near and dear to my heart. Do you know that the Empire State Building in NYC will be lit in orange today in honor of the founding of the ASPCA in 1866? The famous Wall Street bull sculpture will sport orange ribbons too. Visit http://www.aspca.org/ for ways that you can help make the world a better place for animals. One year when I was "volunteered" to be in charge of the Yellow Daisy Quilt Guild's holiday party, my co-chair and I decided that the theme would be cats and dogs and we made cookies in the shape of dog biscuits and made little catnip favors out of four-patches. The favors went home with people who had cats or members could put them in a basket for donation to the local humane society.
If anyone has leftover four-patches from the Orange Crush quilt, you can make really cute cat toys by sewing two four-patches wrong sides together and leaving a space to turn rightside out. Stuff with leftover cotton batting (you know all those little scraps you have everywhere) and add a couple of spoonfuls of dried catnip (organic is best since it has the best catnippiness). Sew up and voila a quilty cat toy! My cats LOVE these little quick, easy toys from scraps. I made a bunch and donated them to the local humane society and gave out to my friends who have cats. And it's a great way to use up scraps.
OK Morticia update. The news is not good. She most likely has soft tissue cancer in her nasal passage and the vet had to remove some of her teeth where the cancer had eaten away her jaw bone. Dr. Harris took biopsies and sent them to the University of GA vet school. We'll get the results back next week. The lump means that the cancer has become aggressive and Dr. Harris said that maybe she will have one to three months, six at the long shot to have a comfortable life. I didn't know it would be so short but I knew that her prognosis was not good. I am going to make sure she is comfortable and pain-free and when it is time then it will be time. I know that she has had the best life possible for the past 10 years. Morticia was adopted from a humane society at the age of 6 months and the other 4 are strays. They really have the best life. My cats eat better than I do, have better health care, have a zillion toys, and are happy to be indoor only cats safe from dangers outside. That's all I can do for them.

5 comments:

CINDI said...

So very sorry about Morticia. Cherish the time you still have.

Karin said...

I am so sorry to hera the news of Morticia. I know that she knows that she is a loved and cherished baby and will be taken care of for as long as she has. As I told Laurie about Bailey-we love them as long as we have them

Becky said...

Oh! I was afaid the news about Morticia would be disappointing. She is so very lucky to have had a home with you for all these years. Hope that she is not in pain.

Take care.

Susan said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Morticia. I know that you will make sure that she is comfortable and loved until...

Our pets are like children, well almost. Our cat, Spice, is 16 years old; and our dog, Maggie is 8.

Michelle said...

I'm sorry about your poor kitty...but I know she is loved and had the best life you could give her. Our pets give us so much and bring us such joy, don't they? It's no wonder we spoil the heck out of 'em! :)