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May 3, 2014

Cat Tales: Christmas came in April

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Last fall three of my six cats died, one right after the other.

Since I take good care of all of them, taking them to the vet for annual shots and checkups, I couldn’t figure out what was going on. I even changed the brand of litter they were using to see if that would help.

Little Willie died in September, Peanut in October, and Macy in November. Little Willie and Macy were 13 years old, but Peanut was only 6. The vet said Willie wasn’t producing enough red blood cells, Macy was dehydrated, and Peanut developed kidney trouble.

I retired at the end of September when Little Willie died so that I could spend more time with my other cats. Peanut liked to go outside on a leash and explore the whole yard. She would lead me around the yard while trying to catch a bird or just sniffing at everything. She would jump up on the potato box next to the kitchen door and meow wanting to go outside. I thought I would have time to take her out more often and at the same time get some exercise for myself. But, that didn’t happen.

I went around in a daze all last fall and when Christmastime came, I put up a wreath, a tree, bought presents and went through all the motions. There was no joy in the holidays. They came and went. I had no birthday in October.

To make matters worse, a teenager ran off the road in January and did considerable damage to my yard, flower garden, and driveway. Some clematis vines were 30 years old and two redbud trees were 6 years old and had their first blooms the summer before. I raised the redbuds from saplings I had gotten at a Amgro Master Gardener Flower and Garden Show.

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