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One goes, the other comes...

I know I never posted this, but in July my oldest and dearest cat, Eule, was hit and killed right out on the main road passing by our house. It happened about 5 or 10 minutes before I got home, because everything was still... fresh.

As you can imagine, that hit me pretty hard. She'd been a very special character and I loved her very much. Not, that I don't love the other ones, too, but occasionally you have one that you're just closer to.

And it seems that life insists on my having four, instead of three, cats. ^^

So when I drove from our office to the next town to look at a trailer that we might buy for our trips to cons and book fairs, I lost my way. It's not really far, but I needed to go to a small village that was beyond the town and I'd decided to go around to avoid traffic. And kind of got a bit sidetracked out there in the countryside.

I was driving and driving and you know how it is: too much coffee, too much tea... nature calls at some point in time. I finally found a spot to pull over and parked. There was the Amper canal (from the river that flows through the town where we work), lots of bushes and grass, just perfect to disappear behind for a moment. It was pouring rain like the flood was coming again, but I didn't have a choice. So I hopped out and ran behind the bushes and did my thing.

Suddenly there was this "meep". A very high and very lost and very *plaintive* "meep". It switched to "meep, eep, eep, meep" as I climbed up the banks of the canal again.

So I went searching. I didn't see anything, just heard the crying. I finally crouched down and dug into the underbrush and there, shivering and crying was a tiny black cat. Her eyes and nose were all gummed up, she was wet all through and just fit into my hand.

Yes, you can guess what happened next... ^___^

I took her to the trailer place, walked in and asked the ladies at the reception desk whether they would be so kind as to help me out with a carton, while I talked with their sales rep. By the time I picked up the little stray from the front desk again, she was all snug in a big carton, filled with soft paper towels. ^^ On the drive back to the office, I stopped off at a pet store and picked up everything that might be useful for a little cat like that.

In the office, we fed her some of the milk and kitten food, which she already tried to eat. Then, on my way back home, I made a detour to the vet clinic.

To be honest, the vet didn't believe that she had a chance. She had cat flu, was totally infested with fly eggs, underweight and chilled all the way through.

Emmily small

Then again, he didn't count on our determination to prove him wrong. ^^ Thank the Gods that this had been a Friday, and we had all weekend to pamper her. And Cilli still had vacation, so she could take over on Monday, when I had to get back to work.

So here she was, having her first dinner:

Emmily eating

Several more trips to the vet, lots of good food and now... we can has cat:

She's become our Emmily-Joy:

Emmily now


The one eye is going to remain damaged. It's like a film over the pupil, but the eye itself is functional. I guess she has some impaired vision, but she does react to movement and light and shadow. So all in all, one happy and growing kitty...



( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 23rd, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
Awww. It's nice when the street sends one to you instead of the other way around.
Oct. 24th, 2012 09:14 am (UTC)
Yes, it is. :)
Oct. 23rd, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
She looks so much better, even in such a short amount of time. I'm sure your love is going to make her very healthy and happy.

I'm sorry that you lost a precious member of your family. *huggles*
Oct. 24th, 2012 09:16 am (UTC)
She's improved tremendously! And she's become ninja-kitty! Attacking my feet when I come down into the kitchen in the morning. She's fitting in nicely.

I was very unhappy about Eule. Took me a long time to get over her. She had quite a character, but I guess that's what endeared her to me... and she was my oldest... *sigh*

Thank you. *HUG*
Oct. 23rd, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
The difference between the first picture and the last is like two kitties. Goes to show what love and good care can do. Congratulations on your new family member.

*hugs* I'm sorry about Eule. Losing a pet is hard, but when it is a surprise that makes it worse.
Oct. 24th, 2012 09:18 am (UTC)
Yes, it really is. She's very active now, comes to attack my feet in the morning, and is learning to snuggle.

I keep thinking whether I could have prevented if, if only I'd been on my way home a few minutes earlier... *sigh*

I never forget them. It just gets a bit easier with time.

Thank you. *HUG*
Oct. 25th, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
She sounds wonderful.

*hugs you tight* It wasn't your fault nor was there anything you could have done.
Oct. 24th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about your kitty, dear. But ooh, the new one is adorable! Cloud will be over shortly to squee and play with her. :)

Cloud: "YAY!"
Oct. 24th, 2012 09:20 am (UTC)
It was hard. It took me quite some time to recover from that. They never completely leave my heart, just the pain gets a bit less...

The little one is soooo cute! Oh, Cloud will *love* her! She does nothing but play all day! ^^
Oct. 25th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
Cloud: *hugs Emmily-Joy* "Nice kitty."
Oct. 24th, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry you lost Eule.

You're a good person and Emmily-Joy is a lucky kitty.

Oct. 24th, 2012 09:23 am (UTC)
It was hard. She was very close to my heart. Not that I don't love them all, but she was special.

I know that they all will leave me at some point, but when it happens so suddenly, it hurts all the more.


Well, it had to be fate that I'd get lost *exactly* there. And had to take care of nature just at that spot.

It was meant to be.

If my feet survive, then she'll grow up to be a lovely cat, I think. :)
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Oct. 24th, 2012 09:25 am (UTC)
Naaaahhh... just can't resist... ^^

And my daughter's already following in my footsteps. ;) They found a kitty at school and took her into the boarding school. 'Unfortunately' (for the girls), the kitty had a owner and was very happy to get him back...
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