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Category: Who are The Craft-E-Kittens : About the cats

  1. Beary

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    bearyAge : She was 17+ when she passed…
    Arrival: June 5th 2006

    How she got here: We had recently lost Tigger-Lou , but by chance saw an advert posted up on the board in Pets At Home – We collected her that day!  [stray wandering around Swindon's gardens!]

    Why she is with us: She had been straying in a residents garden in Swindon – they had found her sleeping in the bottom of their plastic zip up “greenhouse” and would of kept her except for their small kitten did NOT want a competitor for Human time!

    Medical Issues: She had apparent eye trauma when we received her , along with leg damage (not visable but she could barely walk or jump).  She was later diagnosed with Rhinotracheitis and along the way other things became apparent. Calicivirus was only finally diagnosed (although we had been prompting this for many years) the day before she was PTS. The vets unfairly blamed us for her lack of care (how little did they know). She also suffered with Renal Failure , Was allergic to most foods and was suseptible to heat problems (liked to sit in a big tub of water to cool off – really!)

    Day to day attitude: She was sometimes shy and “back away” ish depending on how gunked up her eyes were and her sneezing. We felt bad for her as it was clear she was under the impression she would be punished for getting us gunked up if she sneezed on us – REALLY BOU!? I developed a saying or few along the route with beary – my favourite being “Im the kind of Mamma who wears her best clothes out to see to the cats – Do i really look like i care about a little Cat Snot and Eye Boogers?!”
    Aside from that – she was always looking for affection , “If you sit – Bou will come” ….and give you a dead leg / arm! she liked to lick your top and rub her ears against you as her way of showing affection towards us.

    Abilities: She was very vocal and very smart – she could do things that surprised even us (including opening springlocked doors with one paw and picking the right coloured toy / shaped item if you played brain games with her)

    Special Needs: She needed daily eye cleaning but didnt like that too much – also she had a fur issue as she was an unknown breed with very long matty fur . She would have a shampoo and brush down regularly. She required L-Lysine tablets every couple days with wet food to aid her Rhino-T.

    Coat description: Brown tones , beige stripes , black and tan markings (stupidly designated as British Shorthair by the vets and “tabby with fawn markings”)

    Breed Detail: Felis Chaus Hybrid as discovered by doing research into her heritage , markings , distinguishing features and characteristics (plus size etc) and help from people online with breed knowledge

    Beary Passed on November 10th 2011 after being suddenly overcome with weakness , lethargy and refusing to eat for one day – she was withdrawn and couldnt even sit up let alone stand – due to the shock of its sudden happening we rushed her to the vets which we dont usually do (we have found better care in home remedies which give the cats a calmer and loving rest and recovery experience), we were unfairly judged by our local vet who wouldnt believe it was literally overnight her condition had come to this – they ridiculed our capabilities and methods, even to the point where they refused to allow her even to come home for her final hours when we were pressured into having her PTS – when we finally insisted we wanted her body back to bury her ourselves , we were met with horrid comments which as you can imagine are unthinkable at any time let alone when your daughter has just been PTS.  It has been almost 2 years since bear died – Sox went not long after her which breaks my heart in more ways than imaginable however they kept eachother fighting strong side by side for over 5 years – for this i am thankful . And am honoured to have shared my life with these beautiful inteligent furbabies. Everything i do from now til the end of my cat caring days , will be in memory of not only Sox and Beary but Tigger-lou , for whom the whole history of Craft-E-Kittens wouldnt of been possible without.

  2. Tigger-Lou

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    tiggerAge : Tigger was supposedly 8 or 9 when we got her – so going by this we estimate she would of been 10 when she died :(
    Arrival: March 13th 2004

    How she got here: She came with Sox  – from a friend who could only take two of their four cats to new housing.

    Why she is with us: She came to us as said above – we only initially had them as companions for myself to get through awful times , we actually wernt meant to have two – only Sox but i insisted and mum caved! lol Later we found Tigger and Sox both had health issues (this was before The Craft-E-Kittens came about)

    Medical Issues: Bladder problems , Cystitis , on thinking back and my current knowledge i would say she also had some form of nerve problem and renal problem (much like sox which wouldnt surprise me  as they were inseparable)

    Day to day attitude: Tigger-Lou was a very nervous cat around anyone except myself , mum and grandad. She occasionally accepted “treats” from relatives (much to me annoyance as i disliked them being fed dairy etc)
    She was vocal at night if left outside but would immediately curl on my bed for a snoozey hug once let in for the night. She loved hugs and being wrapped in a hooded baby blanket  calmed her if she got scared. She went missing for over a month not long after she got here – but we knew she couldnt be far away as socky kept going out back then and sitting near our back door “talking” to another cat (this ended up being tigger but we could never get there quick enough before she would run off ) eventually she came home after one day when i refused to come indoors until very late and she snuck up to me , sat at my feet and somehow magically bonded with me (!!) After this we were very close until a week before she died , she ran away out of the blue again feb 2006 , i was confused and wondered “why now” after everything was so good for a year , she had been to the vets on and off alot with bladder problems etc, and had been scared to be near sox from oct 2005 onwards as he “smelled different” after his car accident , but we had been so close and for her just to “leave”…. It turns out she had left to find a cosy spot in our adjoining gardens (uncles greenhouse) , we arent sure whether she knew she was passing and wanted to be alone – or the coincidental snow+wind storm that happened that week – but she was found hunkered down in a plant box just under a week after she disappered – 25ft from our back door! Frozen solid (sorry too much detail). Heartbreak …. doesnt describe it.

    Abilities: She was a good bird hunter and loved to play with frogs! didnt play very much other than with a fish on a stick toy! Good at opening doors though.

    Special Needs: She needed tablets for her bladder (UTI) but i cant recall the name. she also had to have weekly / bi weekly blood tests for something but sorry to say back then i was focused on things happening and not to make notes of it all.

    Coat description: short brown , white and grey stripes like a tiger. Classed as “tabby” by the vets but was an almost mirror of Sox except she had the brown markings over her black coat (imagine spraying the final detail over a black undercoat)…

    Breed Detail: Unsure – Sox was a Tuxedo British Shorthair , but what does that make her? tabby or other?