Sunday, July 20, 2008

Hello, you...

I've started three blog entries this week; obviously none of which have seen the light of day. One is about the fiasco that was my Monday afternoon with the furniture delivery man, a.k.a. "It Ain't My Business to Move Your Current Mattress so I Can Deliver Your New Mattress, but I'll Gladly Watch You Haul It Down the Hallway Yourself Man" (hated him) and the other two are variations on the theme of my reflections about life in Los Angeles thus far, focusing on the quirky things about this area that have annoyed and/or amused me in the past weeks.

But I've not finished any of them because it seems every time I try to get something written, my Penny kitty decides to come and curl up with me, competing with the computer for my attention. Normally I allow her to lie here and purr, curled up to my leg, comfortable with her little motor running against me. I write, she chills out and purrs. It works for us.

But this week, when she's gotten up on the couch, curled up next to me and given me those "love me" eyes, I have not been able to keep the focus of my thoughts or the desire to write anything, certainly not anything amusing. So I end up putting the computer down and giving Penny kitty some serious under-the-chin scratches and belly rubs.

See, sometime in the coming week, I'm going to have to let my Penny go. After a week of her clandestinely throwing up little puddles of blood, and an obscene amount of money for a kitty endoscopy, we've found that she has a tumor in her tummy. She is absolutely hating taking the medications to help her feel better, and I don't have the heart to put her through the twice daily indignity of cramming a syringe of medication down her throat.

She's an old girl, going on 13 or 14, if my math is right (which if you know me, is kind of a long shot--it's not my forte). We are currently waiting for biopsy results and I know the veterinarian is going to go through a list of treatment options including surgery, chemo, radiation, etc. I just can't wrap my brain around putting an elderly cat through those types of measures, nor can I imagine what that would cost. And for those of you who have been reading for awhile, yes, this is the same cat who's teeth we just spent a small fortune cleaning---awesome.

So that's all from me for right now. She's curled up next to me, all purr-y and sweet. So I'm off for a bit of quality time with the little beast until it's time to say goodbye.

9 comments:

Sue said...

I'm so sorry about Penny kitty. We had almost the same scenario with our Smoky 10 years ago. We made the best decision for her, but we still hurt. {{{Sarah}}}

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry about Penny kitty. Go and love her all you can.

Becca said...

Oh how very sad! I am so sorry.

Emi said...

Abrazos for you Tia Sarah..

Amy said...

So sorry about Penny kitty. But at least she got to experience the California sunshine before she goes.

Let us know how you explain this to Ethan because my MIL just had too put her dog down and I am not sure exactly what to tell Jack about the whole thing.

Crystal said...

Awww...Penny looks just like my parents' cat, Tara, who had to be put down a couple of months ago. (Tara was a mean old beyotch of a cat, but we loved her anyway--I'm sure Penny is much nicer!). I'm so sorry.

Pam said...

Oh, Sarah, I am so sorry to hear this. I loved petting this pretty lady when you let me organize your house. Do enjoy your time with her. I lost my old Priscilla Queen of the Jungle cat (22 pounds, at one point) last year and still miss her.

Sarah said...

So sad! I'm so sorry.

Kayla said...

oh sad day. She would always give me lots of love when I would babysit Ethan. I am so sorry Sarah!