Saturday, December 24, 2011

Caturday Saturday, Christmas Eve Edition...

Well, all this preparation for Christmas...and it's almost here! Teri still has a dozen cards to send out (guess they will be New Years Cards, hahameow) but for the first time since our Daddy died, she really wanted to get back into the spirit of friendship and keeping in touch.

She is going to spend Christmas Day with friends who have a kitty from us! Her name is Candi (with an i, hahameow) and boy, is she a Diva! She is Queen of the house and likes it that way! Here's a pix of her as Ms Claws!

Photo by Kathy Manley of Work2Snap Photography

Teri is making her special homemade Eggnog with Licor 43 and she has to make it today so it will be ready to drink tomorrow.

Then she is supposed to take us out walking today (that's what she said yesterday but it never happened!). She was kind of sad yesterday because of some news she got about one of our kitty extended family, and didn't feel like doing anything but focus on helping this kitty.

As our faithful followers know, Teri is 'there' for all the kitties that were born at our house, forever and ever. We are getting a kitty, Clem (who is Coco's brother) back next month due to behavior issues...

Well, another kitty, named Cinnabar, who lives in Wisconsin with a disabled couple, has multiple health issues and his family can no longer take care of him because of their own worsening health and financial problems.

Cinnabar is 8 years old, has a worsening undiagnosed heart murmur, IBD and urinates outside the litterbox. When they adopted him, Helen was ambulatory and was the main caretaker of their cats and home. Since then, she has had a stroke. She suffered from seizures all her life and had brain surgery to eliminate them, which it did, but she had a stroke while recovering, had to have hip and leg surgery, and is now in a wheelchair most of the time.

For quite a while now, he has been urinating outside the litter box, sometimes due to a UTI and crystals, so he is on a prescription food. But some of that behavior was more than likely due to the fact that they only have one box and it doesn't get scooped enough.

When they adopted him, they also had 2 other cats, a Devon Rex and a La Perm, but as their families health worsening, they made the tough decision to seek new homes for the other 2 cats through a purebred rescue who are based near where they live, hoping it would also help Cinni be happier getting more attention and help his litter box problems.

But Teri got a phone call on Thursday that they are going to have to give Cinnabar up, too. Because of the weather, he is unable to fly back to us right now and Teri considered seeing if she could ask for help from the Rescue Railroad to get him back home to us.

His family took him in to their vets, to have some tests done to see about his urinary problems, coughing and vomiting and we came to the decision that if he had serious health problems that it would be kinder and gentler to euthanize him rather than go to a home that wouldn't care for him properly...

But the vet said she wouldn't put him to sleep because his issues were treatable (no UTI but heart murmur worsening) and the vet felt he could be rehomed and she worked with a local purebred rescue organization and felt they did a good job with fostering and evaluating the cats they brought in. After Teri talked to the vet, she paid a big chunk of the bill for his exam and tests to help his owners out.

Still, Teri wasn't really comfortable with someone else making a decision that she didn't know. So she contacted Kirsten of

and after talking to her (she has a Cornish Rex of her own, too)...they came to the decision that they were actually in a better position to take Cinnabar and help him, because they were close by and he wouldn't have to wait til Spring to fly back to us...

Part of Teri feels like she is not 'there' for Cinnabar as he is not coming directly from the home he is in now, to us. Teri has traveled to pick up cats, had them brought back to us and even paid for one cat to fly back to us when his owner refused to send her back but would just take her to a shelter if he had to pay.

But as this organization is located so close to where he is, and Kristin said one of their best foster homes is available, and has much experience with CRex, Teri also feels that in working with them, while there is a 'degree of separation', she is not abandoning him. She will also make a donation to them, to help with Cinnabar's care. She says she hopes she is not just trying to make herself feel better by saying that...

She asked Kirsten to keep her updated on his progress and if he gets adopted, where he goes, so she can keep in touch with his new family...she has to have faith and trust that will happen. That is her worry...that she will lose track of Cinni and regret not pursuing getting him back home with us at his time of need...

So, as you can understand, we are not as Jolly here as we could be right before Christmas, but we hope things will be brighter for Cinnabar in the new year and that he can warm the hearts of a new family that can take care of his special needs.

So in your Christmas prayers, say one for Cinnabar and maybe one for Teri...we know the power of purrs!


  1. Oh my, so many concerns about your extended kitty family. We are sending lots of purrs and hugs. We hope you will take one day at a time and be able to enjoy Christmas.

  2. OH Cinnibar!! Poor sweetheart! What a story and dilemma for mum! But me and Charlie would like to embrace the vet who didn't give up on Cinni and are so so glad that Kristen was there to look out for Cinnibar too. Ideally he'd be with mum now but given the time of the year and the circumstances, Cinni is in as good and safe loving and experienced hands as mum could hope for. We just hope and pray that mum never loses contact with Cinnibar though.

    Awww hugs to you all! Please take care x

  3. The Kitty Kingdom is migthy lucky, in fact, Blessed, that people like Terri exist. She makes the world better by being in it, & she counteracts all the cruelty in this world & on this animal planet with caring & kindness.

    Merry Xmas!



  4. We will definitely send our purrs and purrayers to the kittehz and your Mom. She is definitely NOT abandoning Cinni. She HAS taken steps to ensure his future. Her concious should be at ease. At any rate, he couldn't travel right now. We applaud your Mommy fur bein such a great advocate fur her kittehz. Merry Christmas from us at Prancer Pie. **whisker kissess**

  5. My sisters and I will all be purring and praying that all will be okay.

    One of the best gifts I ever received is your friendship! Merry Christmas everyone!

  6. What a sweetheart. We hope that Cinnibar will find the perfect place soon.

  7. Lots of purrs to the kitty and Many hugs for this season
    Merry Christmas to you and your family
    Have a purrfect one ! Ho Ho Ho !

    PS : I will be away for 3 weeks, see you when I get back : )

  8. Oh Ter, it's awful feeling the way you do I know. You ARE always there for your kitties and really, even though your physical presence isn't right there you certainly have given numerous phone calls, dollars spent & flag waving for their assistance! You could think of it this way too; This gives others the chance to show their true colors and help out with all their hearts too. That is a gift to them from you!

    Love & Best Fishes to alla kitties!

    That Woman

  9. You go way beyond what other do in your case and you are not abandoning Cinnibar. Sending mega purrs that this will work out for the best.

    Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

  10. Miss Teri, we will purr our best loving purrs for Cinnibar. Mommy was sure at the end of last summer that Sweet Pea was going to have to be rehomed, and it about broke her heart. It's so hard worrying about your kitty babies. It worked out for us, and we purray it will work out for Cinnibar, too.

    Meowy Katmas from the Horde at the Katnip Lounge! We are glad to hear your Mom is feeling better this year. xx

  11. We are sending purrs for everything to work out well for Cinnabar. You mustn't feel guilty, you have done everything possible to ensure the best for him.
    Merry Christmas to you and all your extended family of kitties.

  12. We purring for you, Cinni and Cinnibar. We know you one of the most caring, loving, and best Cat Protector there what decisions need to be made and how it all works out, will be the way its supposed to. Hugs, dear wonderful human... we leave kitty kisses here for you.

  13. So happy there are people like your human. She is a good person through and through. And you kitties have won the lottery in life....
    Wishing you all some comfort and joy.

  14. It is so great to know that Teri goes the extra mile for the kitties that came from her home - I think she is actually doing the best for Cinnabar, since it is really probably less stressful for him to stay close to where he is now, especially in the wintertime.

    Have a good holiday - btw, my human used to make homemade eggnog with 151 rum! With all the bad press around uncooked eggs, though, she has not made it for a few years.

  15. Teri! Yous Rock! Cinnabar will be much better under your care!
    Mes waiting for Santa. He comes to every house in our village on Christmas Eve. Mes going take pictures and post them later. Kozmo is so excited about Santa he is bouncing off the walls!

  16. Love Candi's picture and that eggnog sounds fab! We will purr for Cinnabar and Teri for sure! In the meantime though kitties, Clooney Claus is lurking outside your patio with all the goodies, can you let me in?


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