Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Good Days Bad Days

Rascal's mom here. We haven't thought about cat blogging much, but I wanted to give you all an update on Rascal. Here's still with us, having his good days and his bad ones.

On the good days he wants to go out and make his rounds. He knows where the mice and chipmunks hang out, so he can usually be found there.

He knows where the safe and comfy catnap spots are.

And he's ever faithful to accompany me when I go out to the garden, and keep me company while I do various gardening chores.



On bad days he doesn't want to go out, doesn't want to eat, doesn't want to be bothered. On days like that we debate whether or not to take him to see Dr. C. We know that in all likelihood, if we take him, he probably won't come home again. It's hard to be brave enough to face that. His annual check-up is in August and hopefully he can make it for that.

Sometimes we wonder how he keeps going. He's all skin and bones and pretty fussy about food. But as long as his good days outweigh his bad, we'll hang in there with him. We hope that when his time comes, he'll peacefully fall asleep and never wake up. If he does need help to cross the Rainbow Bridge, we just hope we'll know when he's ready.

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32 Comments:

At Tuesday, June 22, 2010 11:38:00 AM, Blogger Eric and Flynn said...

We are purring for you Rascal and are glad that your good days still outweigh your bad days. You look happy out in your garden.

 
At Tuesday, June 22, 2010 12:04:00 PM, Blogger Jan's Funny Farm said...

We're so glad you posted an update on Rascal. We've been wondering how he's doing.

We too hope his good days keep outweighing his bad! Purrs and tail wags.

 
At Tuesday, June 22, 2010 12:25:00 PM, Blogger Cheysuli and gemini said...

It is a very difficult time. We were there with Georgia for different reasons and it's hard to think about letting them go when they get such pleasure out of some of their days. Cats are very graceful. I have no doubt that when the time comes you will know.

 
At Tuesday, June 22, 2010 12:41:00 PM, Blogger Tina T-P said...

Yes, thanks for posting an update - I think of Rascal (and you) so often and have been wondering how things are going. It's good that he still can get outside and have happy time - XOX T.

 
At Tuesday, June 22, 2010 1:46:00 PM, Blogger ML said...

Fanks so much fur tha update, we's been wondering about him.
Looks like he's haffing fun.
Love & Purrs,
KC

 
At Tuesday, June 22, 2010 2:09:00 PM, Blogger William said...

Thanks for the update--we've been thinking about Rascal and how he might be doing.

Rascal, you sure look like you have the best time outside. Hang in there, buddy!

 
At Tuesday, June 22, 2010 2:37:00 PM, Blogger Renee said...

One of the vets from Emergency Vets (Animal Planet) recommended doing the following so you know when it is time to say goodbye...

make a list of your pet's favorite things to do...and when you notice that your pet isn't doing them on a consistent basis, then it's time.

Hugs and Prayers!

 
At Tuesday, June 22, 2010 2:50:00 PM, Blogger Parker said...

Thanks for the update and for the great photos of one of my favorite blog kitties.
If you get a chance please whisper in Rascal's ear that all of us in O Hi O love him very much.
I hope his good days outweigh the bad ones for a long time.
Hugs and Purrs,
Parker and Co.

 
At Tuesday, June 22, 2010 3:21:00 PM, Anonymous Ken and Mary of FancyFibers Farm said...

Rascal, we sure hope you have many more good days to enjoy with your humans. They'll always be there with you.

 
At Tuesday, June 22, 2010 4:16:00 PM, Blogger MiniKat said...

We know how you're feeling. FH and I had to help our sweet Confetti over the bridge last Thursday. It was so sudden since we didn't even know she was sick. We were blessed to have two months more than what the vets thought she could handle...it was a gift.

Now we're back to focusing on Castor's health and figuring out how to keep him comfortable, happy, and as healthy as we can.

Big hugs to you, your DH, and Rascal. We have more if you need them.

 
At Tuesday, June 22, 2010 9:01:00 PM, Blogger Katnip Lounge said...

Rascal,
We hope you have many more Good days...as long as you still enjoy Cat stuff it's not time.
How are you doing with the kittens?

 
At Tuesday, June 22, 2010 9:28:00 PM, Blogger The Island Cats said...

Thanks for letting us know how Rascal is doing. We're glad he's still enjoying outside.

Rascal, buddy, we're purring for you...

 
At Tuesday, June 22, 2010 10:08:00 PM, Blogger Sara said...

Rascal,

We sure are keeping good thoughts for you! Am glad your mom let us know how you are doing...Hope you have lots of good days...

Killian and Sara

 
At Wednesday, June 23, 2010 12:02:00 AM, Blogger Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Oh Rascal, we are glad you are having more good days than bad days!! Thanks for letting us know how you are doing!! We are purring & praying for you!!
Your TX furiends,

 
At Wednesday, June 23, 2010 2:35:00 AM, Blogger Helen said...

Hi Leigh
The hardest time is whether to help a much love pet over the rainbow bridge. I feel for you. Our rule of thumb is if they are till enjoying life to keep on going but we had two dogs that when they went we realised they had been allowed to go on too long. Tough times. I feel for you. And Rascal as he is my surrogate cat as I can't have one.
love Helen

 
At Wednesday, June 23, 2010 4:35:00 AM, Blogger Everycat said...

Rascal we hope you have many more good days than bad days and you can keep enjoying your days at your idyllic home. We send you rumbly purrs and love

Whicky Wuudler

 
At Wednesday, June 23, 2010 8:32:00 AM, Blogger SuziQCat said...

Purring for more good days for Rascal. It is hard to make a tough decision, but trust me, you'll know when the time is right. Hang in there and enjoy him as long as you can.

 
At Wednesday, June 23, 2010 9:41:00 AM, Anonymous cats of wildcat woods said...

Sending lots of loving purrs for Rascal. You will know when the time comes but hopefully he will just fall asleep and not wake up - one of mine did just that.

 
At Wednesday, June 23, 2010 9:44:00 AM, Blogger Disco le joli coco said...

Salut Rascal, c'est Disco
tu es très beau

 
At Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11:41:00 AM, Blogger Junior and Orion said...

Well, RAscal, as long as youare having more good days, than bad....we think your family is doing right by you. We will be purring for you!

 
At Wednesday, June 23, 2010 2:40:00 PM, Blogger Kat's Kats said...

Star says, "The Teenage Mutant Ninja Kitty Horde will be purring for you, specially since you look like me. I am a notorious ninja, excellent with my paw-work. I remember when Nicodemus the Evile Anti-Koala passed away. He just stopped eating and then stopped drinking and just stayed in mom's bathroom (it had radiant heat so it was waaaarm, I wish her new one did!) all the the time."

"Mom would hold him and check to see how he felt but he didn't want to go to the vet. She knew when Samantha wanted to go because when she and our old dad talked with each other and the vet and decided to take her to the vet, she got out of hiding and jumped on the bed. Nicky died laying on a towel on mom's chest. Quietly, going to sleep, after all of us had gone to say good-bye to him and the Horde was pretty big then. I think you'll know. I think he'll tell you."

"Oh btw, mom said to tell you that most of us talk. Christopher, who has already crossed the bridge, talked the most. He said 'me-out', 'me-in', 'mom', 'nee-ooow', 'me-eat' and 'ne-oo' plus some more I can't remember.

 
At Wednesday, June 23, 2010 2:41:00 PM, Blogger Kat's Kats said...

I wondered, how do you get the cursor to become a black cat?! Inquiring Kats would like to know!!

 
At Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5:18:00 PM, Blogger The Meezers or Billy said...

Rascal we is glad that you still haf more good days than bad ones - enjoy the sunshine and the mousies and the warm catnap places - and keep keeping your mom company. We knows it's hard but we is purrrring furry hard for you.

 
At Wednesday, June 23, 2010 6:24:00 PM, Blogger The Lee County Clowder said...

Hang in there, Rascal. May you have many more good days.

ppuurrrrrrrrrr

 
At Wednesday, June 23, 2010 7:04:00 PM, Blogger Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We purr and purray dat da good days keep outnumbering da bad days fur a long time to come.

 
At Wednesday, June 23, 2010 9:54:00 PM, Blogger meowmeowmans said...

We are purring and praying for you all. Rascal, we hope you continue to have more good days than bad ones. We love you!

 
At Wednesday, June 23, 2010 10:18:00 PM, Blogger Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

Oh Rascal, we hope your good days are more plentiful than bad ones.
We will send you some BIG purrs and hope they help :)
Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

 
At Thursday, June 24, 2010 3:00:00 PM, Blogger ABBY said...

Rascal
We hope your good days outnumber your bad and we promise to keep you in our purrayers....

{{{{HUGS}}}}
Abby

 
At Friday, June 25, 2010 1:22:00 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

Oh, Leigh...
We got back from Black Sheep and just now am catching up with friends. I can see in the photos that Rascal is thin and perhaps the disease is winning now.
As long, as you say, his good days outweigh his bad and there is joy in his life, I know he will keep going.
We tend to try to use the "Three Things" guidelines - pick three of Rascal's favorite things in life. When he stops doing those three things, you know it will be time to help him to the Bridge. I say that, but know full well my heart does other.
You and Rascal are in our thoughts and prayers...
Kathy, L'il Rascal, & the Mob at Sheep Thrills

 
At Tuesday, June 29, 2010 10:19:00 PM, Blogger caspersmom said...

Rascal we sure purrs and prays that you have many more good days than bad days. Looks so good when you are up and about in your beautiful outdoors. Your Mom sure does have quite a garden.

Casper

 
At Tuesday, June 29, 2010 10:20:00 PM, Blogger caspersmom said...

Rascal we sure purrs and prays that you have many more good days than bad days. Looks so good when you are up and about in your beautiful outdoors. Your Mom sure does have quite a garden.

Casper

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 5:14:00 AM, Blogger Theresa said...

Leigh,

Big hugs and heartfelt sympathies. No matter how long you have them, even if it is gift time, it's never long enough.
Theresa

 

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