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A Cat Above the Rest: Pippin's story 
 
May 31, 2011 2:47 pm 
Updated: Jun. 8, 2011 1:27 pm
A scrawny abandoned 6 week old tabby cat found his way to my sister’s in 2007.  To say he was smart to pick her rural farmhouse is an understatement.  She is a dog lover with a decided soft spot towards anything with fur.  She is also an excellent manipulator of other animal lovers.  It didn’t hurt that she plied me with lunch and wine when I visited her that sunny day.  “Oh,” she kept saying, “you’ve just got to see this kitten that showed up the other day.” “NO! I do not need another cat!” “Well, if you are sure. He can live outside. He is definitely a farm cat. He’s a survivor!” “Nope. I’m not taking another cat home!” “Here just let me top your glass before we go load that straw you want.”  I should have known the kitten would be in the barn right where the straw was.  The poor little striped fellow had already seen the hard side of life but boy was he friendly and quite the talker.  My sister was quite delighted with the little guy but she was afraid he’d die while she was on vacation hence the need for a new home.  Somehow it ended up my sister would take him to the vet, make sure he was fine and then bring him to me to “stay” while she was gone on a well deserved vacation. Our mother had been hospitalized with a broken leg since March.  She was finally home and was presumed to be OK. So out of town my sister was going.  And I still believed the polite fiction that the cat was going back once she returned.  Was not even going to name the little guy.  Uh huh.

And that is how Pippin came to live with me and my 6 other cats- Piper, the grand dame, Toulouse- the old man, Josie- a formerly abused cat with a loving nature and 2 children of her own, and Houston the cat who needs everything just so.  Didn’t matter he was the smallest, Pippin cheerfully elbowed his way into this group and my heart with his bulldog stance and attitude.  Puck fit him perfectly due to his mischievous personality but Pippin sounded much better to yell after him.

Since the very beginning he has tormented me with his independent streak.  The other cats only ventured as far as the vegetable gardens when I was out and set up a howl if I got out of sight. Rather like petey’s lambs, afraid of being irretrievably lost.  Not Pippin.  He needed the woods and the thrill of the hunt.  Many a night I’ve ended up calling and looking for him or getting up during the night to let him in.  We have coyotes, bobcats and other creatures in this area that made me fear for my pet’s safety.  The other kids didn’t need to be called twice.
I never knew where I would find this child.
I told you he was mischievous.  He knew better than to be on the table but he wanted to see why my glass of club soda was making such noise so he decided to sit in the napkin holder.  He wasn't "on" the table.
For the last 4 years Pippin has graced my life.  I call him my laughing cat.  I swear he does. He opens his mouth wide and shakes his head from side to side as if he is laughing without sound.  I’ve watched his antics from my kitchen window and laughed.  Curious at what creature he is chasing in grassy circles only to see that he was playing with a blowing autumn leaf. I’ve wondered at the sounds he’d make.  From the “bwoof” announcing his intent to play to the “here Mom, here Mom” as he came jogging across the lawn to see me.  I’m afraid the older cats were not so amused when he has tried to engage them in his free spirited play.  They were much more content to nap in the catnip than run up and down a tree.  Forget about pouncing like a leopard out of the tall plants to surprise Mama Cat while she was gardening.  Too much energy required for that.
Handsome fellow always wanting out.
So when he disappeared for 2 days this May, I was worried.  I was out looking for him as soon as he missed his curfew.  He climbed up and into my view while I was out yelling for him.  I was all set to scold till I saw his leg.  Dangling and useless so obviously hurt.  Then I found out everyone was having a bad pet day that day.  Our vet was 3 wide as my niece put it. So over booked there was no way to see him. Calling all the other vets I trusted only to find the bad pet day wasn’t confined to here.  Who’d they recommend to see my fur baby? My  overbooked vet. What to do? Cry and clean the wound. He wasn’t in shock nor was he bleeding. Then really cry because I just knew after cleaning the wound this was going to require surgery.  Then cry harder because I had to decide whether I could afford to save his 4 year old life.  I mean, except for the leg he looked perfectly fine and healthy as usual.  My DH has been laid off since early April, how to justify what might be an expensive operation on my cat?

Our appointment was the day after.  My sister met me at the office.  She‘d been on the receiving end of the ugly tears phone call and didn‘t want me to be alone if I had to put Pip to sleep.  How was I supposed to do that?  I got this cat the month before my Mom died.  Even as new cat to this household he cared for me.  My Mom died the day after my birthday so you can imagine how I spent that day.  The next night wasn't much better when Mom passed peacefully at 9:00pm. It was late when I finally got home that night but I wasn't going to sleep anytime soon.  I sat the kleenix box on the dining room table that I'd just inherited from Mom and then decided to have some of Mom's brandy.  I'd cleaned out her liquor cabinet and knew even if the other bottles were dusty and ancient the brandy wasn't.  Mother made "drunken raisins" to occassionally liven up her daily bowl of oatmeal.  She swore if I had drunken raisins I, too, would like oatmeal. That still hasn't happened but the brandy wasn't too bad that night. What happened next? All of my cats came to the table. My old lady, Piper, sat on my lap and the rest of them arranged themselves quietly around me. The older kids I understood because animals do understand when the people they own are upset. But Pippin? He was only a few months old new. Yet there he sat with everyone else until I went to bed.

I’d already decided what I could spend.  I knew the mad money I’d saved for new bedding plants, a new outfit for my DS’s graduation and some new jeans for myself could be done without.  I was so fine with that!  So in we went.  Doc looked at me first thing and said, “Has someone been shooting in your area? It looks like he has been shot. Let’s take an x-ray and see what we got.”

Well, what we had was someone shot my cat. The bullet entered his elbow and shattered both the upper and lower bones of his leg. I saw the x-ray it was irreparable. Again Doc looked at me and said, “We can’t fix this. We have to amputate. This cat doesn’t need this leg.” Luckily, my vet is a good one and reasonable.  I could afford it.  Pippin got a 3 day stay and surgery.  I went home, got the Kleenex and turned on the computer.  Sure All Recipes is a cooking site but how many cooks are pet lovers as well? I posted a thread about my cat’s trauma so I should know there are quite a few AR pet lovers, more than I remembered talking to (DH thought that day might require adult beverages), because quite a few were kind enough to post words of comfort and sympathy.  I also emailed some of my friends that I have made on AR.  I’m glad I did because I certainly wasn’t thinking about what was to come after the surgery.  I was thinking about the viciousness of this act and what I’d like to do to that someone.  I was thinking about my poor young cat who would now be maimed for life. Thank goodness, cheepchick was thinking for me! She sent me a link to a site that helped prepare me for what was to come. To know your cat is having a limb removed and then to see the reality of it are 2 different things.  Watching the video from this site of a cat called Kes recovering from her rear leg amputation helped me so much. I didn’t bawl like a banshee when I picked up my cat after surgery. Every time a snivel started to bubble up when I got Pippin home, I could hear (OK so I don’t really know what she sounds like) cheepchick admonishing “git to gittin!” In other words, now is not the time to bawl but move forward and deal with this like Mom.

Why are Pip’s pictures on this blog from before the surgery? Because there are some soft hearted cooks on this site as well as younger ones. I did not think it appropriate to have post surgery pictures here. They could be unsettling for some. However, Pippin has posted his very first blog about his homecoming since the surgery. Here is where it is if you would like to see how he is doing.

The humanity of animals never fails to amaze me.  Remember Scarlet?  A stray mother cat that was burned badly but still kept going into a burning building after her kittens. I’ve often thought of that cat and how she cared for her kittens. Just recently a set of parents near here were arrested for utter abuse and total neglect of their children. Where was their humanity? So why would it surprise me someone could be so callous as to shoot an obvious pet. Again I decided that matter was not suitable to be aired here. In fact, it has taken me 6 attempts at writing the blog to get it all down. It is here.

No, I don’t accuse anyone of the deed. I just merely put all the facts out and I’ll let whoever reads it decide for themselves. I figured if just one person reads it and can help me understand the behavior of these people, it was worth it. If just one person reads it that also has neighbors like these and now feels they aren’t alone, it was worth the effort. And no I’m not kidding about the wind chimes. For people as rigid and inflexible as they are, the tinkling sounds might just be enough to drive them crazy :)(:

Have I done the right thing for my cat?  The jury is still out.  I did the right thing for me!  He is getting around well enough but is he happy?  Not really, I don‘t think.  Just this weekend he overbalanced and went head over heels off the table I put by the window for him. The King of the Jungle can no longer go outside to roam.  I can see some of his old spark is gone for now.  Short of bringing live birds and mice into the house for him to hunt, I’m not sure how to help him.  I need to be much cleverer than I am to figure a solution to this problem out.

Pippin made me really dwell on something else this Memorial Day weekend.  While Pip is a cherished cat and always will be, he is just a cat.  He’s not a father or brother or husband. What about all the soldiers that have come home so grievously injured? I’ve always thought of those that served and been grateful to them but I never really and truly thought about how profoundly their lives have been affected by their service. God bless them and those that made the ultimate sacrifice!
Seriously Mom
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Comments
May 31, 2011 3:10 pm
God bless you and Pippin. I'm speechless and will now go hug my feline companions.
 
May 31, 2011 3:22 pm
Ah thanks, Maridele. Where would we be without our furred companions?
 
May 31, 2011 3:22 pm
Thanks for posting Cat. I did go and read Pip's blog - he is a survivor. He holds himself with great pride. Hugs to you.
 
pattyD 
May 31, 2011 3:46 pm
Pippin has touched my heart. I hope and pray that the idiot who did this to Pippin will be found, there is a special place in hell for people like this. I wish you both well.
 
Linnie 
May 31, 2011 3:51 pm
Thanks for the update Cat Hill. I read Pip's blog and I'm so glad you two have each other in your lives. Every once in a while you get a special pet (kid) that really grabs you by the heart strings . I envy you the room you have made for all your fur babies and wish I could do so also. We have such an ability to share our love and homes, don't we?? Good luck with the healing and thank you for the blog.
 
Elaine 
May 31, 2011 3:57 pm
I completely understand where you are coming from for I too had one of my beloved children hurt by cruelty as well. My momma cat went missing for 2 weeks and I thought well she either got hit on the road somewhere or attacked by another prey animal, so I morned her passing. But 2 weeks later she did come home and I was horrified by what I saw. She was thin, dirty and missing her front foot and about 2 inches of her leg. I knew right away she had been caught in trap and by one that who ever set it did not check it daily or if ever on this trap. I could see that she had chewed on her leg until she had gotten free and then limped home. My heart broke for her and the cruelty she had gone through and as with your Pipin the vet took the rest of her leg. I thought this was it for her she would never be the same and maybe I should have just put her to sleep, but she was such a fighter to survive and then return home. I just was so thankful that my vet took payments and let me pay what I could. Well Kitty did recover and she adjusted so well to not having her leg. She was able to run, climb trees, but not as high as she use to and I tried to always make sure I was close by to help her down. She was a tough mama cat, little in stature but big in heart and love. I'll never forget the time 2 of her big son's were having a tiff and this little mama cat came barreling in to bust them up. She swatted both of them and they sulked off like sorry mom, we won't do it again. She lived to a ripe old age of 12 and yes her one missing leg did slow her down, she longer took off hunting in the woods, but she still loved to jump and chase butterflies in the yard. And yes during this time of Memorial Day we honor those that have fought to keep our country and way of life free and those that didn't come home to us whole or in a pine box we are so thankful for their scarifies they unselfishly volunteered to do and to the family and loves of those whose loved one didn't come home to them. We take this time to honor all of them and say Thank You. And to our special fur friends that have touched our hearts, helped us when we need just a silent head resting on your knee or the gentle purring lending what they could of themselves at your gravest hours, I'm so glad to have them in my life the same I am with those we loved and passed, whom we honor either by putting flowers on their graves, attend a ceremony or just think about them and smile about the good times. I'm so glad they had lived and touched our hearts.
 
Wendie 
May 31, 2011 4:07 pm
Cat Hill, I recall when you posted on the Buzz about what happened to Pippin. Why people do what they do is a mystery. We too live in rural farm country. Nonetheless, he's an exquisite pussycat. As I type, one of our 6 (Holly) is purring away, seemingly sound asleep and leaning against my arm. Animal lovers, especially those who rescue and take seriously the responsibility of parent/caretaker, reap untold reward in unconditional love. The "after" pictures from Pips blog are proof: he remains a dapper guy and my guess is he's not slowed down much at all. My best to you and to Pippin.
 
May 31, 2011 4:22 pm
Awe Cat, I just got done reading everything and I am speechless. My heart breaks for you. I am so sorry.
 
Janet 
May 31, 2011 4:23 pm
Tears are rolling down my face as I read this; I am so sorry for poor Pippin. I have commented in the past about what a lovely cat his is. I would have done the same thing and have saved him as well, material things given up to pay the vet bill is small in comparison to the joy your Pippin brings to you. I think only time will tell how he continues to adjust, it will be him to decide just how adventurous he wants to become now on the inside of the house. He needs to be kept safe and time to heal....I had hijacked Mike Harvey's blog a while back and recommended a book for you to read; now more than ever I think you would really get some comfort and inspiration by reading it. It is called "Homer's Oddessy", and it is about a cat with a disability. I read it this past spring and absolutely loved it; and I cried reading it as well. I purchased it at a Target in the States and it is on the best sellers list. I am praying that Pippin adjusts and heals quickly so that his momma stops worrying. Please read the book!
 
Maggi 
May 31, 2011 4:38 pm
What a marvelous cat, tho I know they all are special in their own ways. That hideous act is beyond my comprehension. Warmest wishes for recovery...litle sweetie pie. Hugs to all!!!!
 
May 31, 2011 5:00 pm
I can only say thank you for being such a good cat mom. I wish the fix had been that easy for my Chop-suie.The vet I worked for long ago in a younger time had a triped cat that we would find on the roof everyday when we would open the office. He was a wonderful mouser and good office cat.
 
Denise 
May 31, 2011 5:04 pm
Cat Hill, you are Pippins guardian angel. God bless you!
 
sueb 
May 31, 2011 5:10 pm
It is so sad when people take their frustrations out on animals! I feel for your situation! If you want wind chimes info, write to me at (all one word) quiltbook @ gmail . com
 
May 31, 2011 5:52 pm
Ah everyone! You made me tear up again. But that isn't hard to do nowadays :)(:
 
May 31, 2011 5:54 pm
Pipen is a Cutie !!! Looks just like my Little hunter "Spencer". My baby died(at 12 years old)but I am so glad you got the chance to save your baby. Thanks for sharing !!!
 
May 31, 2011 5:55 pm
Baking Nana, that is what my sister kept saying when this first happened. Thanks for stopping by!
 
May 31, 2011 5:57 pm
opps - Pippin - Sorry about your Mother as well - God Bless
 
May 31, 2011 5:59 pm
pattyD, did you read either of the other 2 blogs? #2 alludes to the "who"! Thank you for your kind words.
 
njmom 
May 31, 2011 6:00 pm
so sorry to hear about pippin. things will work out. there are some bad people out there who like to hurt innocent animals; i won't say what i would like to happen to them!
 
May 31, 2011 6:01 pm
Linnie, thank you. I'm glad others are stopping in at Pip's blog. He deserves the positive attention :) I can't imagine my life without animals!
 
May 31, 2011 6:03 pm
Elaine, you are eloquent and I'm sorry you had a similar thing happen. Thank you for posting!
 
May 31, 2011 6:06 pm
Wendie, thank you and boy are you right! Losing a limb doesn't change Pip's beauty at all. I just want my laughing cat to laugh again :)
 
May 31, 2011 6:08 pm
Soup Loving Nicole, thanks for stopping in! You can see Pip at the end of July if you still get to come :)
 
May 31, 2011 6:14 pm
Ah Janet! I was born to worry :) And it was you that gave me the title for his blog. Originally I was going to do one similar to Good Eats NZ Bessie's blogs but life got in the way. I'll look for that book and thank you!
 
May 31, 2011 6:16 pm
Thanks Maggi! I don't get it either. I probably never will either.
 
May 31, 2011 6:21 pm
robograndma, I'm sorry if you just lost a fur child. Even the loss of a fur child that meant a great deal to you can be hard for quite some time. Pip thinks he is ready to go. Mama Cat says NO! Thanks for stopping in!
 
May 31, 2011 6:23 pm
Denise, thank you for taking the time to stop in!
 
May 31, 2011 6:25 pm
sueb, I will email you. I wasn't kidding about the chimes! I can't think of a better way to ward off their maliciousness! Thanks you!
 
May 31, 2011 6:28 pm
Ah coot, I had a Spencer too! Long time ago. Pippin has to use spellcheck a lot so he doesn't care how you spell his name LOL! Thank you for the kind thoughts.
 
May 31, 2011 6:31 pm
njmom, I'm with you! I can think of a ton of stuff that I wouldn't mind seeing happen to this person. None of it printable. Thanks for posting!
 
May 31, 2011 6:45 pm
I really don't what to say, except what an extraordinary person you must be... So sorry for your baby kitty, but with his personality, he will adjust... I recently saw a photo of a doggie with two legs and he WALKED on his two hing legs--amazing!
 
May 31, 2011 7:01 pm
Cynthia, I'm not in the least extraordinary. I just really care about the pets that share my life :) My cousin said her DIL had a 2 legged dog and it was just fine. Wow! Thanks for stopping by!
 
May 31, 2011 7:23 pm
Great blog Cat. I left a message on Pip's blog. Nasty neighbor! I don't know about wind chimes chasing away bad spirits, but it just might irritate the neighbors.
 
May 31, 2011 7:26 pm
Oh Pippin you are one lucky kitty cat. Someone wonderful took you in and plied someone equally wonderful with vino......and it was love at first sight. Bless your little furry heart and the great big beautiful heart of your girl, CatHill. I know you will figure out this new challenge and live the rest of your life happily with the mistress of your manor. Bless all god's creatures and those that love them. XO
 
May 31, 2011 7:31 pm
I am sitting here with my "girls" BigShot and Lulu on either side of me with tears streaming down my face. My heart hurts for you and for Pippin and I am beyond angry. I think you did the right thing for Pippin. He isn't happy now but as he relearns how to maneuver, he will get happier. He suffered 2 traumas in a very short time, getting shot and his amputation. It will take time, but I promise you with his spirit, he will recover. Remember, if he were human, he would get months of PT and Rehab. He just has to work it out on his own. My personal preference is for black cats, but I have admired his markings ever since he first appeared. Please keep us posted on his recovery.
 
May 31, 2011 7:33 pm
I just LOVE the first picture - he looks like a tiger - LOL about the spell check
 
May 31, 2011 7:42 pm
I left a comment on your blog about the # 3 scenario. What a writer you are!
 
May 31, 2011 8:47 pm
Can't wait to see Pip at the end of July and I shall bring a set of wind chimes!
 
May 31, 2011 9:18 pm
Wow, read it all and wanted to cry! My heart goes out to you and Pippin and all your lovies!! Hope he improves and gains his confidence back so he can be the "Mr. Wild" again! Cats are amazing creatures! Thoughts and prayers to you and yours!
 
May 31, 2011 9:58 pm
Oh Cathill....from one animal lover (especially cats) to another, I'm so very touched and moved by your very well written blog. Anger and confusion doesn't begin to express the emotions that we with a brain and compassion for all living things can understand. I'm so very sorry that this sweet kitty had to go through this. We once had a neighbor who came upon a kitten that just had been hit by a car. He took it to the vet and the same thing, only thing short of putting down this stray, was amputation. My kind hearted neighbor couldn't bear to put him down so he agreed to adopt him and have that leg amputated. He took him home and named him Tripod. That was the sweetest, most loving cat you have ever seen. He was an indoor/outdoor cat and nothing stopped him. I believe he was about 18 or so when he finally passed. Moral of the story: These cats can and WILL survive and adapt to their new kind of normal. Bless you.
 
May 31, 2011 11:04 pm
Having had cats a part of my life, all of my life, I have often thought that it can be easier to heal their injured bodies than their injured pride, but Pippin is a champ, and he with your help, he will prevail!! A number of years ago, someone in my parent's neighborhood was poisoning animals. My folks had a very fickle cat at the time that made it unscathed, but many a loving pet was found dead or dying during that time. It was a very hurtful and angry time. Many, myself included, believe we know who was behind that as well, but trying to prove it only "proved" to be impossible. I'll never get the point of causing harm to another.
 
Jun. 1, 2011 3:49 am
I'll be thinking of you and Pip. I am a total animal lover - if it weren't for my husband, I'd be the lady with 100 cats and 100 dogs with a zillion other "critters" mixed in for good measure! We have 2 cats (Oscar & Bozwell) who live inside. One evening while we were out they pushed our livingroom screen out and fell or jumped out the 2-story window. I stayed up all night looking for them and only Boz came home. I was heartsick, only to have Oscar show up the next night completely unscathed. Your Pip will recover, though it will take time. My husband had a 3-legged dog while growing up that even got back to roaming the woods with him after a long recovery. My best friend had a 3-legged cat that got a long quite well, though it was awkward at first. I can't understand why someone would shoot a pet; I "shoo" them out of my yard so as not to cause my animals to chase them but I'd never cause them harm! Many years ago we had a neighbor with small children and a dog they allowed to roam free. One morning as they left their house (children in tow) they discovered their dog dead on their porch. Someone had shot it and then put it on their porch. Those poor children! I'll never forget their crying over their pet. Give all your furry kids a hug for me today! Mine send their regards and hope for a speedy recovery! :-)
 
Candie 
Jun. 1, 2011 4:54 am
Awwww, hugs for you and Pip! I hope Karma bites the one who caused all this pain :(
 
Jun. 1, 2011 5:45 am
MB, uh yeah that might be what I'm going for :)(: Years ago when the neighbor started been nasty to the DS too, the little 12 yr old went back into the woods way in the back and fixed an old windmill so every time the wind blew it screeched something awful. I never could figure out what I could just hear till he told me what it was and why he had done it. LOL!
 
Jun. 1, 2011 5:52 am
mauigirl, that is exactly what my sister did! She'll look you straight in the eye and deny it to this day but I'm glad she did! Pip is moving pretty well. He figured out his bulldog stance doesn't work and has started standing with his front leg in the middle. He'll get it especially with all the positive thoughts coming his way :) I know he appreciates it! His "Mom" sure does :)(:
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:00 am
BigShotsMom, I'm sorry I made you cry. Believe me I cried buckets since this happened but my sister is right Pip is a survivor and I am the Mom. I'm thinking about putting a ladder in the sunroom so he can climb up into the beams and feel like he is outside. I had him out in the fenced back yard, he climbed my wisteria trellis (umm Bane kinda helped) and just sat there. After that I started seeing some of his former spark. We will get thru this no doubt. Thank you for your kind words and I will let Pip know what a handsome fellow he is :)
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:06 am
Coot, I think that Pip is pretty sure he is a tiger! LOL! He would get up in my trellises and roll around in them when I was out weeding. He wanted me to "see" what a fine fellow he was. That's a grape arbor he is in. One of his former favorite hiding places when it leafed out.
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:19 am
Cynthia, it took me 6 tries to get that blog down. I had a friend (who will remain nameless as she hasn't checked in yet LOL but I'm glad she pushed) pushing to see that in black & white. I really re-examined the past and it helped me. Doesn't fix what happened but now others can see what kind of people they really are. Thanks for the compliment but you know if you work at something enough you are bound to get it right :)
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:25 am
YEAH! Nicole! I was afraid you might not be able to come after the creek crossing washed. The hubby gets brownie( literally, I have a killer recipe) points if he can dust the laundry if he decides to bring a dirt bike and ride :) The quads aren't as effective.
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:30 am
LOBSTER, thanks! You know I think about you every time I make calzones. You gave me a great recipe for the bread last year. Thank you for the kind words, I appreciate them.
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:36 am
Avon, thanks and thanks for posting. I was floored at first thinking about Pip losing a limb but Doc kept saying "He is one lucky cat. Any higher and he wouldn't be here!"
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:45 am
mimosa, I'm with you! I came across a saying years ago that made me really think-Do as you will but first do no harm. How could you poison someone's pet? But then how can you shoot endangered song birds just for some purple martins? Thanks for taking the time to read Pip's story :)
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:53 am
Mother Ann, my DS says I will be the crazy old lady living with a house full of critters later in life. Oh well. I will never understand people who shoot pets or poison them. What a nasty core they must have, that's the only thing I can think. Thanks for dropping by!
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:56 am
Candie, my recall isn't what it used to be but aren't you trying to quit smoking? If so, I hope that is going well for you! Thanks for reading Pip's story. Karma does have an odd way of dealing doesn't it? :)(:
 
Cheepy 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:56 am
Ya know Cat, you and Pip are my heroes. You, because you did what needed to be done even though you were horrified, heartbroken and enraged and Pip because he just keeps on being all the Pip he can be. The word "can't" has no meaning to him! I wish it were a meaningless word for all of us. Don't you worry, your laughing cat is still there. Just hidden for now as he ponders the best way to go about life. When he figures it all out, the sparkle will come back to his eyes and from the top of the trellis, he'll be laughing down at you, pleased and proud of himself and his Mama! Hugs to both of you! :o)
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:56 am
Cat, I work in a vet clinic. I have seen my fair share of three legged cats and dogs, I've even seen a bird with one wing. Animals with one eye. These pets are wonderful and loving. They just go on with life as if they never had it. One of the clients has 2 dogs she uses as therapy dogs to help people who have similar issues. Pipen is so lucky to have a loving cat mom like you. He will back to his old self very soon.
 
Jun. 1, 2011 7:23 am
cheepchick, you gave me goosebumps and brought a tear to my eye just now! I have you to thank for the links! I also have you to thank for pushing me to get ALL of the story written down. I feel so much better now for having done that. Writing therapy for Mama Cat and rehab for Pip. I am ever thankful I made your acquaintance!!
 
Jun. 1, 2011 7:26 am
RLOGANO1, thank you for posting that positive message. I was surprised Pip could move so well when I first brought him home. It just made me sad when he started realizing he wasn't quite his old self.
 
Jun. 1, 2011 7:35 am
Cheepchick is one of the bestest - She is Awesome !!!!!
 
Pat in Texas 
Jun. 1, 2011 8:43 am
We rescued a cat several years ago who was wild, living at an abandoned building - with a dangling rear leg!!! Took tuna and put in a trap; he was so hungry he went right in. Our wonderful vet said the "knob" was broken off the top of the large leg bone. She did surgery to remove the knob and said he would be fine because his leg muscles would eventually become strong enough to support the leg. She was right!!! Clancy is a wonderful guy, tame now, and seems very happy; we love him so much. He walks fine and can jump down, but does have to be lifted up if it is a somewhat high place. Of course we keep him indoors. Cats are so adaptable - give him time and he will most likely adjust to his new life. He already has the most important thing for his happiness - your love and caring.
 
Mangel 
Jun. 1, 2011 10:33 am
My sweet Cat, you are so very strong, and I cannot help but admire your bravery and courage in trying (to say the least)times. I've read all the blogs and, like Nicole, I'll come bearing chimes in July. Hey! How about a REALLY loud sing-a-long around a fire, say, 30-50 feet from #3's property;p Hang in there sister, support is on the way!
 
Jun. 1, 2011 11:46 am
I'm in tears but glad that Pip is still with you and will make you happy for years to come.
 
JARRIE 
Jun. 1, 2011 12:45 pm
I didn't read the comments, but I am a cat lover, from a family of dog lovers. Outdoor dogs, and we lived on a farm to boot. We had quite a few dogs lose a leg -- every last one of them learned to get around just fine eventually. Pippin is young, and I think he'll sort out his new balance issues with time. Thank you for posting Pippin's story.
 
petey 
Jun. 1, 2011 2:32 pm
what a rollercoaster of an emotional blog! I laughed, cried, laughed and cried again. I am glad you didn't put him down, and the application to our returning heroes is a good one. I am betting Pip will adjust in time. Its not easy. Thanks Cathill, for posting this.
 
Jun. 1, 2011 2:54 pm
Pat in Texas, ah thanks for sharing your story. Today I got to thinking about how to help Pip build up his balance. Came up with an idea and Pip thought it was a good idea and gave it a go. Thanks for dropping by!
 
Jun. 1, 2011 3:05 pm
Mangel, I can't wait for you ladies to come we will have a great time! Then you all double check and see if I exaggerated any :)(: Thanks for dropping in!
 
Jun. 1, 2011 3:08 pm
beth912, I'm sorry I caused you to cry. Pip was just rolling around having me scratch his tummy. All these positive thoughts will get him well! Me too! Thanks for posting!
 
Jun. 1, 2011 3:10 pm
JARRIE, thank you for sharing yours! I was never around a 3 legged pet. You're right Pip is young and can adjust!
 
Jun. 1, 2011 3:15 pm
petey, you have done the same for me! I think about some of the stuff you have written in your blogs when I'm out in the garden and sometimes end up laughing out loud! Thank you for stopping by!
 
Jun. 1, 2011 3:16 pm
Cynthia, if you stop back by, I don't think your comment posted on the other blog. Sorry, I would have liked to have read your comment.
 
Janet 
Jun. 1, 2011 4:46 pm
I was thinking about Pip today and hoping that he is doing well. I am really disturbed about what happened to him and cannot understand mankind. I have a rescued cat and this is the first pet my husband and I have had being married for over 25 years. My husband never wanted pets, but my daughter some how wormed his story and him into our lives. I cannot imagine now not having him. I hugged my kitty a little more than he would have liked last night after reading about Pippin. Our cat "Monkey" had quite a hardship the first 8 months of his life and although I don't know his whole story, he is my "little man" and love, provide and protect him. I can't even imagine how sick you must have been waiting for him to come home; and then come home in his condition. I am thinking of you.
 
Jun. 1, 2011 5:16 pm
Coot, cheepchick is definitely a diamond in a goldmine! Who is the handsome furbaby in your photo?
 
Jun. 1, 2011 5:28 pm
That was my baby Spence
 
Jun. 1, 2011 5:28 pm
Spencer
 
Jun. 1, 2011 5:30 pm
My Hunter
 
Jun. 1, 2011 5:35 pm
Ah, handsome fellow! My Spencer was an abandoned little orange tiger kitty. He was a sweety, I don't remember his hunting abilities it was so long ago.
 
Jun. 1, 2011 5:36 pm
your story made me miss him and think of my precious baby - I tried to tell you of my bad neighbors and a sweet baby kitty but think I used to many letters
 
Jun. 1, 2011 5:38 pm
Janet, my last post to you went into cyberspace. So I'll shorten this one :(. Thank you for thinking of us. Pip is going pretty well today he seems a little brighter :)(:
 
Jun. 1, 2011 5:40 pm
My neighbors did the BAD thing to a neighbors beautiful sweet orange tabby kitten. I was in the middle because the first time - Well I reported it. I did not see it when it disapeared. sorry can't spell tonight
 
Jun. 1, 2011 5:40 pm
Coot! Duh, my recall stinks anymore. Your first post told me about Spencer. I'm sorry I didn't catch that! They are doing site maintenance here.
 
Jun. 1, 2011 5:42 pm
disapapered the 2nd time
 
Jun. 1, 2011 5:43 pm
forever
 
Jun. 1, 2011 5:43 pm
Coot, I don't think I could live in the city anymore and have a pet. Too many ugly people. Bad enough out here with lots of land!
 
Jun. 1, 2011 5:55 pm
I have 2 indoor cats and 2 cockatiels - Cats Sammy from humane society and Spunky a cat left for death by my sisters house in the middle of winter and she is a dog lover (she has 4) and Andy and opey are my birds - I lost Barney a few years ago - go to you tube (1word) and type in Coot226 and you will see Andy sing
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:03 pm
Spunky was abused kitten and cost alot to get him healthy - he swallowed something that looked like a peanut but was rubbery and had to have his stomach cut open and also wear one of those cones for weeks.
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:04 pm
Oh dear! I might as well warn you my computer skills stink! Just ask some of my AR friends LOL I may never get to hear the singing. Off I go1
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:06 pm
Poor Spunky! Good thing he had you to take care of him!
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:09 pm
My Mom lives in rural area and her neighbors cow comes over on her property and eats her flowers and corn she puts out for the birds, deer and eats other stuff in her yard.
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:13 pm
Spunky is my Baby now - he sucks and bites on my nose at night - It hurts and he knows I am his Mommy but he gets yelled at - because it hurts !!!
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:16 pm
Did you read the blogspot blogs? Our (good) neighbor's cows and horses sometimes visit. I've got deer, raccons, possums and other creatures the conservation dept say aren't here, here.
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:16 pm
LOL - I do not yell I just push him away nice - and I tell him be NICE
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:18 pm
Yes I did read that - WOWSER - Not good !!!
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:20 pm
Funny how it's the faves that can get away with stuff!
 
kris 
Jun. 1, 2011 8:18 pm
Pippin is beautiful, it doesn't matter if he has 3 legs or 4. Growing up I had a cat, Misty, that got hit by a car not once but twice and injured the same leg. The vet tried casting it the first time but Misty kept taking it off because he couldn't move as fast with it. After the 2nd interaction w/a car the leg was completely lost. After a few months of getting used to his new balance he moved faster on three legs than he ever did on four. He was constantly surprising us with the things he could do and the trouble he still got into. Pippin's pictures remind me of him. You can see the playfulness and personality in your pictures. If I can find the box in storage that has the wind chimes in it then I'm sending them all your direction. Stay strong.
 
Jun. 1, 2011 9:18 pm
Oh, Cat... What an ordeal you have gone through! I just cannot imagine! But, Lord Pippin certainly hasn't lost his expression of secret knowledge. It is still early days for him, and he must walk before he runs, and then jumps, leaps and pounces. Hang in there, my dear friend!
 
Lace 
Jun. 2, 2011 3:38 am
I'm so sad to hear about you and your dear Pippin. I'm sure it's a mind altering experience to become an amputee and my prayers go out to you both. Your furry friend has been through a lot in his lifetime and this is another phase that he must endure with your love and support. He's so very lucky to have you in his life, Cat. Blessings to you, Pippin & company.
 
Jun. 2, 2011 5:19 am
This is my third attempt at this. It took me that long to read this. I had to keep stopping and going away from it. Too choked up to continue. I'm back and just wanted to say this was beautifully written and that you are both fortunate to have found each other. My best thoughts and prayers go out to you. Take good care of each other.-Patricia.
 
Jun. 2, 2011 6:13 am
kris, ah that is a sweet story, thank you for sharing it. As I type, Pip is sitting inside the window of my office. He has his "I want out" look on. Sometimes he is so sure he fine. I just told him he was beautiful but the great outdoors still has to wait.
 
Jun. 2, 2011 6:21 am
Ok, finally got up the spine to read your blog. I seriously dont know how you could write it Cat! Between tears, anger, love and frustration it HAD to be very difficult to say the least! I confess to not looking at the kinked photos - I just couldn't. Too hard. But you did so much more than sit behind a comp screen - you scooped up your baby and tend to his wounds, watched him go through surgery and recovery. How did you manage all of that Cat? I cant even discuss the person responsible for this! I am glad Pip has you! Give him a pat and a scratch from me and a hug for yourself, too, for being so strong and loving.
 
Jun. 2, 2011 6:40 am
Good EatNZ, been thinking of you :) Did you read them all? Ordeal is pretty fitting. Pip is P O'd this morning. I won't let him out and it is nice and cool here. Bane thought he'd stick his nose in the discussion. Pip may be missing his right leg but his left works perfectly for applying a slap to the puppy. He is getting the hang of the balancing!
 
Jun. 2, 2011 6:43 am
Lace, you are so right! Thank you for dropping in and sending positive thoughts our way. I really think we are both lucky. I can't imagine life with out him or any of the other furbabies :)(:
 
Jun. 2, 2011 6:49 am
Rosebud, ah I really tried to make this blog the easier one to read. Pretty tough subject though no matter how I tried. Thank you for being able to post your kind thoughts to us. They are appreciated!
 
Jun. 2, 2011 6:56 am
WFDM?, why do you think it took me so long? I wanted the whole truth and nothing but the truth written down and I wanted everyone that had given positive words or those of comfort to know how Pip was doing. Aren't you glad you didn't get the ugly tears phone call like my sister? LOL! It was a wailer. You know the 3 problems we will have now are Pip's weight, his overwhelming desire for the outdoors and how is he going to wash that side of his face now? Thanks for stopping by friend! :)(:
 
Jun. 2, 2011 7:18 am
Great blog Cat hill, very sorry for this horrible thing
 
Jun. 2, 2011 12:38 pm
Beautifully written. Thank you for sharing. I wish you both well.
 
AngKN 
Jun. 2, 2011 1:14 pm
I am so happy Pippin is well. I think you did the rihgt thing - my husband's cat passed away recently after 18 (yes 18) long yeats of life. Throughout his life, Ashford had his tail amputated, had to get declawed, had a plate placed in his hip, and broke several of his teeth, but you know what? He still darted out of the house and caught mice and birds to leave on the front doorstep up until about a month before we had to put him down (when he got sick). Pippin is still recovering, but I would bet his spirit will soon be as high as ever. Animals have an amazing ability to compensate and djust. I also believe he knows that you gave him the better option. Good luck to you and your family!
 
Jun. 2, 2011 1:43 pm
laughingmagpie, thank you. What would we do without our furred companions? Thanks for stopping in!
 
Jun. 2, 2011 1:47 pm
Linda(LMT), thank you for saying that and thanks for taking the time to read Pip's story :)(:
 
Jun. 2, 2011 1:50 pm
AngKN, Wow 18 years and all that. Ashford sounds like quite a cat. This morning I relented and took Pip outside. I let him climb the trellis. He seemed happier maybe a little concerned about getting down but he was ready to go :) Thanks for sharing your story.
 
Jun. 2, 2011 6:13 pm
Pippin knows what you have done for him and will make an all out effort to rehab himself because of you. The newness of having three legs will become old hat and new cat skills will develope surprisingly fast. All animals are resiliant but cats seem to be resourceful as well... Good job getting him medical help, Cat. There are so many people that wouldn't have tried.
 
Jun. 2, 2011 8:41 pm
Can't wait to Mangel in July! I love her idea about singing songs around the campfire. How about Cats in the Cradle? Everyone knows that one. Or maybe crank up a little Cat Scratch Fever on the boom box?
 
Jun. 2, 2011 9:12 pm
I'm so glad you took Pippin and then when he was hurt that you were financially able to save him. Bless both your hearts. Have you read the book about the cat named Homer, who is blind? Truly inspiring what that cat can do!
 
Jun. 3, 2011 4:16 am
Hi, Mike! Pip is lucky that I did have money squirreled away but our vet is so cool. He would have taken payments. While putting this blog together I thought about your blog "Friends in the Air". I didn't have a chance to mention here what a wonderful blog that was but I did go back and add your "not quite Haiku but who cares I liked it anyway" to "Gardens in the Snow". Thanks for dropping by "my friend in the air"!
 
Jun. 3, 2011 4:21 am
MB, LOL! Cat scratch fever. Hmm do I still have that album? The kid is into heavy metal, really heavy. Hmm that could annoy us though. Don't want that :) We have plenty of wood for a campfire though!
 
Jun. 3, 2011 4:27 am
juneschubert, is that Homer's Oydessy? Janet (a few posts back) suggested I read that. I haven't been to the city shopping but I'll have to look for it. I believe Janet said Target had that book. I swear all the positive thoughts that have come Pip's way since I posted his blog have perked him up. Thanks for posting & sending yours!
 
Lace 
Jun. 3, 2011 6:59 am
Yes, Cat, It's Homer's Odydessy. I recently sent it to my cat-crazy friend for her birthday and she really enjoyed it. I love Mike's poem, "Friends in AiR" and it certainly defines AR's community, doesn't it? He's quite talented! Enjoy your weekend with your furry friends!
 
Jun. 3, 2011 12:41 pm
If everyone treated their human children as good as we treat our furry ones, maybe there would be less mean people doing mean things to furry creatures and other people as well. I love all 3 of my rescue furry babies and hope nothing bad ever happens to any of them (they're all rescue's, they've been through enough, but they have a good home now). Bless Momma Cat and her furry babies too!
 
Jun. 3, 2011 2:50 pm
What a beautiful story. My cat was missing for three days in 2008 and we found him stuck in a chipmunk hole underneath our front porch. Good luck to Pippin! It's amazing what animals can do.
 
Jun. 3, 2011 3:27 pm
I'm so sorry to hear about Pippin being hurt by some jerk. I hope you find out who's responsible, & soon. We've got 8 kitties ourselves, and know exactly how you feel about your 'kids'.
 
Jun. 3, 2011 3:34 pm
Lace, I have to get that book then! Promise it won't make me cry :) Who am I kidding? I probably will anyway. My favorite grandma was blind. She was quite the gal! And yes, isn't what Mike wrote so true?
 
Jun. 3, 2011 3:39 pm
stang981X, truly! I've often thought if only... how much better life would be! I guess it just takes compassion and caring. Because if you care for something smaller and weaker than yourself you have to have both IMO :)(: Thanks for dropping by!
 
Jun. 3, 2011 3:44 pm
tigerindy, WOW! Stuck in a chipmunk hole. I'm glad you found your furred kid! Thanks for saying the story is beautiful. Writing all this done really has helped both of us! Thank you for stopping by and sharing!
 
Jun. 3, 2011 3:48 pm
ict_jazz, ah that is what blog #2 was for. #1 was Pip's post surgery photos, #2 was who allegedly did it and #3 is this blog you posted to. That's the way I think of them since I wrote them in that order. Thank you for taking the time to read the story and posting. I can't imagine life without the furred kids can you?
 
Janet 
Jun. 3, 2011 6:03 pm
When I started reading "Homer's Oddessy" I couldn't put it down. I cried, but you will find that his life was worth saving, (just as you have saved Pippin). Pippin's story was so eloquently told by you, now his next chapter should also be shared. I am sure that he will adjust and your writing about him will help you deal with all of the changes as well. Positive thoughts sent to both of you!!!!
 
Jun. 3, 2011 6:32 pm
Ah, Janet you are such a sweetie! I figured if it was a good cat story there would be tears. Life does bring tears if you live it. Wanna hear something funny? My first blog I cringingly gave my sister the address to. I was putting something out there we both had been thru and didn't really want to hear her critique of it. She lost the address. Deep sigh! Given her cyberskills are a notch below mine I figured she'd not ever look at any of my blogging. Wrong, when that woman puts her mind to something.... Yesterday she called and said Pip's blog was the best I'd ever written and she loved it. To my sister for keeping me absolutely honest even when I don't want to be and to my "friends in the air" for caring!
 
Jun. 3, 2011 7:01 pm
Nope- can't imagine it. They're very much a part of the family. Your Pip must be a brave little guy to deal with everything as well as he's seemed to.
 
Jun. 3, 2011 7:33 pm
ict_jazz, my sister and I have decided if there are no pets allowed in heaven, we aren't going! I swear Pip has really changed in the last 3 days. He really seems happier. I have taken him out again. I think he gets it-life has changed so listen to "Mom". I still hate it when he falls on his face from overbalancing or forgeting something is missing. He will survive! :)(:
 
Janet 
Jun. 3, 2011 7:37 pm
That was good of your sister to have had persistence and to have read your blog. I agree with her that it was written as well as any book. I only wish that Pippin's story was fiction. The author of Homer's Oddessy wrote his story so beautifully as well that it compelled me to want to keep reading about this very special kitty....Your "friends in the air" are your readers and are interested in the updates of Pippin. I already could see what a beautiful cat his is from his picture, but now you have described more about his history, his traits, his likes and dislikes, I can imagine his personality because you conveyed it so well. He was meant to be with you.
 
Jun. 3, 2011 7:50 pm
Whoa! Have you two been talking? That's almost what she said,"I read all the time and that is written as well as any book I've read. I just thought you should know." She skipped the part she played with the vino. LOL! But she remembers like I do how much she paid her vet ($90)to get Pip sent here. Tonight I told Pip he is an expensive kitty and then I wondered what he still must have to teach me. I have got to get to the city and get that book!
 
Janet 
Jun. 4, 2011 5:09 am
Your sister sounds like an angel as well for initially saving Pippin. She knew you would be perfect for one another. Some life lessons are difficult, but God only gives you what you can handle. I think this must apply to pets as well. Maybe your calling will be to write a book about him and have it published. Pippin would be able to pay back all his expenses and then some, and you would be able to touch a bigger audience. I know that you are not looking for compensation but a good book is a good book.
 
Jun. 4, 2011 5:41 am
Ok you are starting to scare me now LOL! Are you reading my mind? LOL! Just yesterday I was wondering what Pippin's purpose was with this and how that could help others. Someone mentioned an amputee pet being used as a therapy animal. I loved that idea but Pip I don't think would go for it. As is the norm for me, I stick a budding idea on the back burner and go garden. I swear some of my best ideas come while weeding. It also helps to take my mind off the tedious nature of weeding :) Out to the garden I go this morning, maybe the heat will bake an idea out!
 
Jun. 4, 2011 7:49 am
It took me a while to even read this blog. I don't know how some people do what they do. How anyone can be so heartless is beyond my comprehension. I am glad Pippin is doing well. It will take time, but sounds like he is on his way to adapting already. I hope you have a windy summer and the chimes ring out in their sweet form of protest. Don't feel you need to diminish the importance of this horrid act in light of the mess the rest of the world is in. If we can't be nice to God's small creatures, how in the world can we ever hope for Peace on our earth?
 
Janet 
Jun. 4, 2011 7:55 am
I am guessing that Pippin wouldn't want to be on display. For him to be therapy would probably mean he would need to stay in place. I don't feel that this is his personality. He is a fighter to be independent and to be free to explore. His life sounded like a constant adventure. Since the outdoors will have to be with some limitations his playground will be more indoors. Perhaps you will create the perfect indoor playground; which will mean a safer but fun environment for any cat. I think cats need the constant stimulation (when they are not sleeping) of having adventures. You may not only become a writer but a creator of some wonderful product for cats. The possibilities are endless. When you are planning make sure to include a space for plants (catnip plant) in particular that they can get into, they will be in kitty heaven on earth with that. While you are in the garden today think with your creative side and how you can create the perfect indoors for Pippin. Winter will seem awfully long for both of you, but especially for Pippin if he isn't allowed out. Just remember when you become famous please have time to blog the rest of us. lol
 
Jun. 4, 2011 2:29 pm
I am so glad Pip is OK, I also have a three legged kitty named Max. Animals do very well in these situations, much more so than humans. Animals never feel sorry for themselves and never think "they can't do something because they only have three legs". I hope that the people who did this are brought to justice, in my city it is illegal to harm an a domestic animal and can be punished with up to three years in prison, of course I beleieve it should be much more. My best to Pip and give him a hug and kiss for me.
 
Jun. 4, 2011 4:50 pm
chris k, AMEN! I really tried hard for those that responded to my threads and those I thought might read this blog to keep it so the positive would have a way of coming thru. I think it has-sueb has some wonderful ideas for recycling stuff to use as wind chimes, bhawk (my friend so she emailed instead of posting) gave me prayerflags as an idea, got to watch what you put in them because what you put out will come back :), Janet with her encouragement to write or create something to help others and then ALL the rest that had a positive thought to send. With all the negative stuff in the world we need to be creative to deal with it so we can care for more than just our square inch of the world. Thank you, chris k for posting!
 
Jun. 4, 2011 4:53 pm
Janet, weeding was theraputic as usual! And again you read my mind :)(: ! Now to get a voice activated thingy to record those random thoughts that might turn out to be really good ones!
 
Jun. 4, 2011 4:59 pm
Wendy Stamatovich, you are so right! I've been wondering how Pip would deal with the right side of his face. You know how cat's wash or scratch, today I saw Pip lean his head down to his feet to scratch the side of his face. He has fallen over several times trying this. If only humans were as humane as animals can be and had their outlook sometimes. :)(: Thank you for stopping in and posting!
 
Jun. 4, 2011 6:07 pm
One of our kitties, 'Binky' lost one of her back feet. She hobbles around pretty well though. Binks was a near-feral cat that has adapted quite well to being pampered & cared for, and has become the most loving of the bunch.
 
Jun. 4, 2011 6:56 pm
ict_jazz, I tried really hard to care for a feral cat this winter. I don't know what happened to him but I still have the scars on my leg from moving to fast after putting food down for him. Maybe if I had just had some more time with him. Look at the next post :)
 
Jun. 4, 2011 7:00 pm
Magnolia Blossom, tried your idea. Bane's baby harness would fit perfectly. However, Pippin's verbal reaction to it is unprintable. Otherwise he looked at me fell over and refused to move. So walking him like other people do their cats to keep them safe, so not happening. On to the next plan!
 
Ddperk 
Jun. 4, 2011 7:46 pm
I know this may be "out there", but humans in Pippin's situation get physical therapy after surgery. It is not only a balance issue, but I think his good front leg needs to get a lot stronger before he can depend on it himself. Right now, he may not be in pain, but he no longer depends on his own ability to walk. He needs confidence. There must be some info out there on rehab for our friends who have lost limbs, and ideas about how to get them on their feet again. Maybe a toy he can push with his foot. I was never drawn to cats until a year ago a feral cat started hanging around, next I started feeding him, now he kind of lives in my back yard. I cannot pet him or hold him, but I want to try to catch him so I can get him to a vet. The one thing I have seen him go crazy for is catnip. I bought some catnip sachets from Vermont Country Store, and he played with it until he chewed through the linen and got all of the catnip out. Then I bought loose catnip, and sprinkle it on something soft, he rolls around like he is in heaven. The point is, he gets a ton of exercise and happiness by grasping those sachets, rolling, etc. plus having fun. Maybe Pippin is missing a little fun. Have you tried catnip? It is like a miracle. I am tempted to use it to make tea for myself 8-) I truly wish you the best of luck, and I will be monitoring the posts. Your Pippin is Beautiful, and BlackJack says "Hello" ^~^ Darlene/Louisiana >o
 
Jun. 4, 2011 7:56 pm
cookielady, that is not out there at all IMO but the only thing I saw was the video Kes's human put together showing how she figured out how to help her cat. On Pip's blog (there is a link here in this one) I show him enjoying catnip. One of my many herbs I grow and that can be easily grown from seed in a pot. When I looked up info for cats, I found catnip was recommended for humans to drink as a tea to help calm them. Right now the kid is trying to push the computer off the desk. He has been doing that a lot lately. Clearing table tops. Pip says thanks for the compliment and Hey back at ya!
 
Janet 
Jun. 5, 2011 5:50 am
Carry a little journal with pen in your pocket so whenever an idea hits you write it down. I am sure that your mind is working overload at the moment trying to do the best for Pippin. You and Pip should enjoy some cat nip yourselves today, lol, you have both been through so much. Thinking of both of you!
 
Jun. 5, 2011 6:32 am
I began reading this and immediately understood; the caring, of course, but the understanding, the silent language between animal and human, the sensitivity to one another's needs; it's all here. I look at my own furry friends and have decided that when I curl up in my big recliner for an afternoon nap, I won't scold Emmie for crawling into my lap, or Morgan for snuggling under the afghan as she stretches out along my leg, and I won't shoo Roscoe when he jumps up on top of the recliner and his huge fluffy tail swings down to wipe my brow. Nope. None of those things matter anymore. Having them nearby and knowing that I need them as much as they need me, is quite enough. Love and hugs to you, Pippen and all your furry friends, from me and mine!! SGma.
 
Jun. 5, 2011 6:35 am
Sorry to comment so late on a great blog... but just had to! I became a cat lover over 10 years ago when my two boys ployed me with a stray on a snowy night! She gave birth and of course we had to keep her first born Mack! He reminds me so much of Pip... He has gone to Kitty heaven now, but thanks for the blog it gave my husband and myself a good chance to remember a very special love of our life " Mack , Mom and Dad love you still !" And Best wishes to you and Pippin! Thanks again!
 
Jun. 5, 2011 9:31 am
this made me cry. i have 13 cats, and each is special to me. im happy that you and the pipster survived the ordeal. all of us, especially PeePee the Norwegian Forest Cat with Her Mysterious Healing Powers, send you the best and much love.
 
Dana 
Jun. 5, 2011 12:53 pm
I've read the whole blog, including the links you gave for Pip, and the neighbors. I always tell my kids there are two sides to every story, and we've heard yours so I can't say if I think the 3's shot the cat or not.....but the fact is he was shot, and you took care of him as best you could. You got him the help he needed, and he will be fine without his leg. He will get use to it, and adapt to the way he is now. He is healthy, and happy and will complete his life on earth being who he is...and you will love him and he will love you.
 
Jun. 5, 2011 2:15 pm
Janet, I'm usually too filthy to write on something when out in the garden. Hence the ever popular question, are they sweet or are they hot. Peppers that is :) In for a check on the blog and than to wash the Banester. This ought to be fun outside:)
 
Jun. 5, 2011 2:25 pm
SGMA, I was wondering how you were and wondering if I should have told you the blog was up. Not like you wouldn't have guessed anyway :) It's been a harsh couple of weeks here but Pip and I are getting thru it. He is still not happy about the outdoors being shut off from him. 2 weeks he got away from me out in the back yard and the neighbors started shooting. Lucky for me I missed stepping on all the locust thorns and only got a mild case of poison ivy rounding up my errant furchild. He seemed to think his adventure needed a long nap downstairs in the quiet and dark. Me, Benedryll and a beer. I hope you are well!
 
Jun. 5, 2011 2:29 pm
Terry Trip thanks for stopping by and it's never too late :) Some animals you just never forget, do you? I have a Christmas ornament a friend gave me to remind me of one of my cats that passed several years ago. I always think of him at Christmas. Pip and I thank you for your best wishes!
 
Jun. 5, 2011 2:35 pm
ellie may, a friend of mine has 2 Norwegian Forest cats and they look like a cat, Church, I lost years ago. He was something and I always wish we hadn't lost him. I'm sorry I made you cry but thank you for thinking of us! Pippin is busy filing protests about not going out by clearing each and every table he can reach. I promised to pot him some catnip to lay in so I'd better get with it! Thanks for stopping by1
 
Jun. 5, 2011 2:53 pm
Dana, I've got a better one for you "Every story has three sides to it-yours, mine and the facts." Foster Meharny Russell. I really liked that one because it makes so much sense. Our perceptions are just that and then there are the facts whether we like them or not. You are absolutely right there is no proof about the shooting but the cat was shot. Unfortunatly, I made myself write only the facts about the #3's. It would have been a lot easier to make stuff up but as it usually happens to me, the truth works best. LOL I'm afraid my memory won't keep track of telling lies or half truths or anything else but the truth. In the end you're right again, I do love that cat and he does care for me. Just wait till I have to tell him he has to go on a diet cause he needs to watch the weight load now! Thanks for posting and reading all the blogs.
 
Janet 
Jun. 5, 2011 4:41 pm
Did Pippin get his catnip? Nothing funnier than seeing a cat loving "the catnip plant". Last year I brought one home and my poor little "Monkey" was drooling and eyes were like saucers. He was loving that plant like there was no tomorrow....you have peppers growing already? My tomato plants here are only about 5 inches high.
 
Jun. 5, 2011 10:59 pm
I had a very sweet, shy kitty for several years when my kids were young. We adopted her and her sister from a local rescue. She went though all 9 of her lives - some, before we got her. During the years we had her, she was shot 8 times with a pellet gun (1 episode). I found her scared to death and so hurt in the laundry room of the apartment. Before that spray painted from head to toe by guys that painted one of the empty apartments. The painters said she was 'too wild for them to get her out of the closet, so they had no choice by to go ahead and paint with her in it'. I'll refrain from the details on how she met her demise, but suffice it to say, we got another incredible excuse from another party as to why she was killed. I hope Pippin recovers some of his old spark. All you can do is give him all of your love and a lot of indoor toys! Is making an enclosed outdoor area for him an option? I have six indoor-only cats but since we 'own' our home, we have built a small enclosure for them in our yard that they can access via our bedroom window. It is only 6 ft. x 7 ft., but it is surrounded by chicken wire over a wooden frame and has a door that we can access it though in the yard, shelves for the cats to lounge on and edible plants like catnip, cat mint and a couple of others that are non-toxic for pets. Most of it is covered by tinted plexiglass for shelter. They can watch birds and hunt bugs in the safety of their little outdoor area. BTW, for whatever it is worth, I'd have made the same choice in having his leg amputated. It may take a little time, but I believe he'll adjust well. Animals don't have to deal with the same kind of social sigma as humans. Best wishes from me and my six rescue kitties, Ukiah George, Hampton, Lilly Toes, Maytag, Hobbs and Little Ditto and their Collie brother Wynne.
 
Jun. 6, 2011 10:15 am
Janet. the catnip came in and Pip became goofy. I have a table set up still in the sunroom from the graduation party. I meant to lay out my seeds, go them and make notes. Either to replace them, not to replace them (didn't work here) or notes for future purchases. Pip laid down in them all and gleefully pushed each packet off the table. So I built him a tree today in the sunroom. I took pictures of him climbing it. My son says I have serious issues LOL!
 
Jun. 6, 2011 10:26 am
extraears, that's AWFUL! Poor cat! I can't remember this quote right but it is something like this- How a society treats or allows the treatment of their animals to be, tells how that society will treat each other. Thank you for reading the blog and sharing your own story. I am seeing some of Pip's old spark. This morning I looked at the old dog pen which has never been used and wondered if I couldn't make it safe enough and fill it well enough with foliage to give the kid a sense of freedom. I don't think my heart can take him roaming free anymore. Thank you for your best wishes and Pip and I send the same to you!
 
Jun. 6, 2011 10:29 am
Janet, the garden-that is what I spent this weekend doing. Finally, putting in the peppers and tomatoes. It's been too wet, too cold and now we have the dry and HEAT! You never know how the weather will be here!
 
Janet 
Jun. 6, 2011 11:47 am
I thought you would be 5 - 6 weeks ahead of me here in the North. I planted 2 weeks ago, it is finally around 80 most days but we are still experiencing quite a bit of rain. Your garden (from what you have written before), must be giagantic? I would imagine after it is all grown you freeze or can? My garden is only little with a few herbs and tomatoes. I envy you AR people that have a "green thumb".
 
Jun. 6, 2011 3:23 pm
LOL! LOL! LOL! Again, my son says I have a serious issue-with gardening. Hey but the tree I made Pip worked very well today. I told my sister about it and she thought it a good idea & the book, I think Pip liked the tree. Wait til the ladies take pictures of the place when they come for the roundup. Aren't you in Canada or at least pretty darn close? I started tomatoes and peppers and some other stuff in Feb. It's been a challenge getting stuff out. Now, the oven has been turned on and the door left open. I had PERFECT heads of romaine lettuce to be picked. HID( husband in doghouse) was mowing and watching me while I jumped up and down while futile words escaped my mouth when I saw the nubs the deer left. Oh and it isn't just one garden there are several. Umm ok there are more than several. Umm I'm also a Master Gardener (just means I paid for a class and do volunteer work for the community) And yes, if some of you others are reading this too I did promise to do an herb blog and yes, to one of you I did promise to do a garden tour. And no I still don't have a staff so yes those blogs are still waiting. Ok so I might throw something together for blogspot so they and you, Janet, can see what I do with some of my time :) Besides play with the fur kids in my life!
 
Janet 
Jun. 6, 2011 4:32 pm
Hi Cat Hill - I do live in Canada, and I am a 14 hour drive to Birmingham, Alabama. How much further to your neck of the woods? I am pretty good about knowing your states and your weather climate and terrain. I watch CNN or FOX more than our own news networks; I also follow your politics as well. We have a winter place in Florida so I feel the need to be up on all the current things just in case. I prefer your Southern State climate any day over ours. At the moment it is extremely humid, tomorrow will be rainy again. The warm humid air comes up from the gulf and they are lakes sorrounding us that is why we get the humidity and we live in a snow belt area. Our rule here is not to plant anything until May 24, typically your Memorial Day weekend. However, we have had frost as late as mid June before. Tell your son at least you are making a difference in your life by growing things fresh for your own uses, several gardens, you leave me speechless....You made Pip a tree? Is there a picture? You are really such a wonderful lady (do you know that)? Your dedication to making Pip's life as normal as it once is extremely heroic to say the least. I am sure that he loves you will all he can for what you are doing for him....As for the lettuce, I guess the Deer need to eat as well. Doesn't surprise me that they would find your wonderful garden to feast at.lol. Keep on doing what you're doing, and say "hello" to you sister for me; I think she has been one of your biggest fans at the moment. God bless sisters. Unfortunately I don't have any so appreciate each other all you can.
 
Janet 
Jun. 6, 2011 4:35 pm
my goodness, just looking over this and some words didn't make it here and there. Hope you can make sense of it. TTFN ta ta for now.
 
Connie 
Jun. 6, 2011 6:04 pm
You did the right thing! I am not only the mom of a very happy three legged cat, I also happen to be a veterinarian! He will adjust and you'll be surprised how well he will get around. He is still going to have a wonderful quality of life and he is very lucky to have you, and your vet who made the surgery affordable. I guarantee you that if your vet didn't think Pippin would have a good life with only 3 legs, he would have told you this and put him down instead of amputating. Don't grieve for the lost leg- be happy you have an otherwise healthy happy kitty! Losing a leg to me is much better than kidney failure or cancer. Hang in there and give Pippin a chin rub for me!!
 
Jun. 6, 2011 7:41 pm
Janet, I thought I remembered right. Oh for once the memory worked :) Here drop me a line at catscookn@yahoo.in Same as the address for the Missouri roundup. You and several others are sharing the same thought about a Pippin book. The tree, I took pictures! I need to upload them!
 
Jun. 6, 2011 7:48 pm
Connie, thank you for posting. I wish I could have talked to you the day I found Pip and Doc was 3 wide. I swear the man reminds me of Dr. Herriot but it did worry me to think of having to curtail the wild child so much. I pretty much knew when I cleaned the wound it was serious. That was a bad week but little by little I see the old mischievious imp. Thanks for stopping in and sharing, Connie.
 
redly 
Jun. 6, 2011 8:08 pm
This is a sad and yet joy story. Cat Hill said a'what would we do without our furred companions?" I had to laugh. My furred companion just took off with his brother for a concert he has been hoping to see for a month plus. The other furred companion is supposed to be my kitty (Yeah right.) She decided from day one that she was his girl. When I'm out of town she sleeps on my pillow next to him. When we got her the animal shelter lied to us about her health which shocked me because it made it more difficult to bring her back to health. One hopes that they were trying to get her adopted & not euthanized. Ahh well my plump happy other furry one.......... Wait??? Which one was I talking about?
 
Jun. 6, 2011 8:23 pm
well, it wasn't a cat but a dog in my story. Someone broke into my dad's house and let the dog out of the fence to do it. Poor Duncan was hit by a car, but some wonderful samaratin took him to the vet quickly. The vet said he'd probably lose the leg, but Dad held out hope. When it became apparent that no amount of time would heal his leg, Dad sent me to take Duncan to the vet. See, my soft hearted daddy was afraid the dog would hate him for it. When I picked Duncan back up from the vet, he just hopped around on 3 legs like it was no big deal. Dad said it's because animals can't feel sorry for themselves. It just is what it is. Duncan quickly got a new nickname. My father with his quirky sense of humor took to calling him "Lurch". He answers to that faster than Duncan these days! Dad has since passed and Lurch has a great life with his 3 little brothers. He's such a gentle giant. The poor guy's been through a lot, but still loves everyone! We could learn a lot from our pets!
 
redly 
Jun. 6, 2011 8:56 pm
Guess it's time to go find another furry one. Someone found her on the street very skinny and sick. Zazvorniky is 8 or 9 now. I wanted to name her after my Mom but Betty didn't work for me. So as she was an X-mas gift which I refused to accept for a few months because I wanted to know things were stable financially. We went to the animal shelter. I named her Zazvorniky a Czheckoslovakian X-mas cookie. Zozzy. My Mom was Czheck. Zozzy has been close to dead 2x and we RAN to care for her and do the bills when soo broke, she doesn't even like me so much.(Oh face it I'm a bit jealous. She only loves our guy. She does have good taste in men.) Doesn't matter, she is Zozzy. Needs care and love, just like Pippin & you and I...
 
Janet 
Jun. 7, 2011 3:36 am
Good Morning Cat Hill: I was right severe thunderstorms since 3:00 a.m. and still going now at 6:30. I am off to work but I will send you a note this evening. Have a great day, Pippin and the rest of the crew as well!!!!
 
chefjat 
Jun. 7, 2011 1:12 pm
Be brave for your beloved kitty. I feel your angst and admire your dedication....
 
Janet 
Jun. 7, 2011 1:25 pm
Hi Cat my last name is Foster so you will recognize that in my e-mail address when it comes.
 
Jun. 7, 2011 1:51 pm
redly, thanks for stopping in and posting. Funny that's how the DS feels about all the animals except for the horses. They like him best while I get the rest!
 
Jun. 7, 2011 1:58 pm
buzymom, Lurch sounds like a great dog who got a great home! Maybe that's it they can't feel sorry for themselves. I know Pip has improved since he got his tree. He really got excited when he found a little lizard in the sunroom. Then the DS found the lizard (it's a skink I think) and brought into the house. Bedlam broke out when the creature jumped out of that child's hand to the floor with Pippin and Bane in hot pursuit. Boy that was exciting! No creatures were harmed during this adventure! Well, maybe the DS's hearing a little. Thanks for sharing your story!
 
Jun. 7, 2011 2:01 pm
chefjat, thanks for stopping in. My DS noticed the handcrafted mesquite tree I made for Pip this morning. He thinks I'm nutts but all the cats seem to like it pretty well.
 
Jun. 7, 2011 2:02 pm
Janet, TTYL!
 
Janet 
Jun. 7, 2011 3:46 pm
You need to upload a picture of that tree for everyone to see!
 
Lorraine 
Jun. 7, 2011 4:27 pm
Yes so many of us do have special 'kats'. Linus is mine. Since my hubby died 2 1/2 months ago I need to move with one of my children. Trouble is, there are no pets allowed, plus daughter is allergic. Linus the cat is one of those special friends, not just any cat... just as your Pippin. Years ago when I was awaiting back surgery, Linus would lie right up against the painful spot, giving warmth and comfort. How will I muster the strength to give Linus away when I've lost a lot already??? Well God has been my help before, He will be again. Thanks tons for your story. Loved it.
 
Jun. 8, 2011 1:19 pm
Lorraine, I'm so sorry for your loss. It's a shame to lose Linus too. I truly hope all works out the best for you!
 
Jun. 8, 2011 1:21 pm
Janet, I'm thinking letting Pip do another blog and posting grown back in fur and his tree :)
 
Janet 
Jun. 8, 2011 1:27 pm
That's a great idea, I look forward to your next "Pip" blog, as I am sure there are many others looking forward to seeing those pics. as well.
 
 
 
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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet

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About Me
I live in the middle of the U.S. in a farming communtiy. Gardening, reading and cooking are the things you'll mostly find me doing. I also enjoy horseback riding & my many pets. A husband & teen, I have 1 of each.
My favorite things to cook
Bread & BBQ are 2 of my favorite things to cook. I do enjoy a food challenge. Last year it was curing my own brisket for Corned beef & pastrami & porkloin for Canadian bacon. This year sausages & scratch cakes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Bread and brittle. I learned to bake bread with my Mom. It was her favorite thing to make. My Aunt made the best peanut brittle ever. She'd stopped making it in the later years but when I told her how much I enjoyed her brittle, she opened the vault ,gave me the recipe & handed over the brittle torch to me.
My cooking triumphs
Anything that turns out the way I wanted it to or exceeds my expectations! Like my homemade bratwurst.
My cooking tragedies
Let's not go there! I prefer not to think about my kitchen disasters besides my child can gleefully recount all of them.
 
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