Remembering Krista

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December 3, 2018:
Vet visit. Probably ears. All I have is invoices and notes in her food journal for this time. Krista’s thread wouldn’t start for another month. But the events that lead to it seem to be starting already. From her food journal, it sounds like we ran out of Rad Cat here and we were trying EZ Complete with boneless duck. I’m not certain either ever really agreed with her. But the EZ had chicken ingredients. And this is probably the start of the inflammation that would land her in the hospital next month. 😿

But for now...

Look how chill she was in the vet’s exam room.
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You took my seat. Brat! 😹

And remember the nip pig? 🐷
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Also notice the small container of fish flakes next to her carrier. She was still doing fish flake hunts after her meals. And fish flakes at the vet office. And the car rides. And after the vet visit. Hence the ear troubles. 🤦🏼‍♂️😿
 
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December 3, 2018:
Vet visit. Probably ears. All I have is invoices and notes in her food journal for this time. Krista’s thread wouldn’t start for another month. But the events that lead to it seem to be starting already. From her food journal, it sounds like we ran out of Rad Cat here and we were trying EZ Complete with boneless duck. I’m not certain either ever really agreed with her. But the EZ had chicken ingredients. And this is probably the start of the inflammation that would land her in the hospital next month. 😿

But for now...

Look how chill she was in the vet’s exam room.
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You took my seat. Brat! 😹

And remember the nip pig? 🐷
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Also notice the small container of fish flakes next to her carrier. She was still doing fish flake hunts after her meals. And fish flakes at the vet office. And the car rides. And after the vet visit. Hence the ear troubles. 🤦🏼‍♂️😿
I can’t believe how calm she is! Well, perhaps I can. My first kitty, Sara, was like this. A tortie, of course. :)
 
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I can’t believe how calm she is! Well, perhaps I can. My first kitty, Sara, was like this. A tortie, of course. :)
Oh she would lose her patience with the vet's office over the next year and a half.

She would become a mad pooper. I don't know how they were (mis)handling her in the back room. But I would hear her swear like a sailor, and they'd bring me a poop cat. I would say, "she did her business to show you she meant business." Also, I'm told that pooping can be part of the fight or flight response in the wild. We went through a number of carriers last year. A hard carrier would have made more sense from a washability perspective. But we both liked that expandable soft carrier that was extremely difficult to clean. It just seemed like a new carrier was just another part of her bills. 🤦‍♂️

But when we went to the specialist for her ear surgery this June, her follow ups, and the last few visits, she wasn't pooping the carrier anymore. I think the way they streamlined things for Covid where there wasn't a waiting room full of other people and animals was probably more to her liking than whether I was there in the exam room or not.

But for now (Dec 2018), her vet visits were rather mild--usually a poke and a prick and she was on her way with results in a couple of days. And she was being pumped with fish flakes for the ride over, the wait in the lobby, the wait in the exam room, the ride back, and once more at home. 🐷 😹😻
 

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December 3, 2018:
Vet visit. Probably ears. All I have is invoices and notes in her food journal for this time. Krista’s thread wouldn’t start for another month. But the events that lead to it seem to be starting already. From her food journal, it sounds like we ran out of Rad Cat here and we were trying EZ Complete with boneless duck. I’m not certain either ever really agreed with her. But the EZ had chicken ingredients. And this is probably the start of the inflammation that would land her in the hospital next month. 😿

But for now...

Look how chill she was in the vet’s exam room.
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You took my seat. Brat! 😹

And remember the nip pig? 🐷
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Also notice the small container of fish flakes next to her carrier. She was still doing fish flake hunts after her meals. And fish flakes at the vet office. And the car rides. And after the vet visit. Hence the ear troubles. 🤦🏼‍♂️😿
A calm, colorful, sweet little beauty! Did she bat her pig off the chair, or play with it on the floor and then jump up on the chair? The royal blue cushion really compliments her colors.
I wish they'd do the distancing at our vet. They don't. It's a tiny room in a very old building and when I went with Tar on her final morning, every other space was taken by dogs and their people. Needless to say, I was not a happy camper. Tar was pretty chill, though, which is the most important thing.
 
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A calm, colorful, sweet little beauty! Did she bat her pig off the chair, or play with it on the floor and then jump up on the chair? The royal blue cushion really compliments her colors.
I wish they'd do the distancing at our vet. They don't. It's a tiny room in a very old building and when I went with Tar on her final morning, every other space was taken by dogs and their people. Needless to say, I was not a happy camper. Tar was pretty chill, though, which is the most important thing.
I don't know if she played with the pig at all in the vet office. I think I probably let her out on the floor with the pig and she eventually jumped up and took my seat after she had finished touring the office. Yesterday's pictures with her pig were taken after the vet visit. She really enjoyed that piggie.
 

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I don't know if she played with the pig at all in the vet office. I think I probably let her out on the floor with the pig and she eventually jumped up and took my seat after she had finished touring the office. Yesterday's pictures with her pig were taken after the vet visit. She really enjoyed that piggie.
She toured the office! If we had a cats-only vet, we might do things like that, too. Unfortunately the two cats-only vets in the general area are pretty far, and pretty expensive.
 
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She toured the office! If we had a cats-only vet, we might do things like that, too. Unfortunately the two cats-only vets in the general area are pretty far, and pretty expensive.
Not so much the office but the exam room. This was at our old vet's office that had lots of dogs. This was back when hers and my favorite vet was still working out of this office. There were four exam rooms. Typically what would happen is we'd arrive in the lobby. I'd set her down, unzip one side down so she would have a little extra room in her carrier. Then I'd grab myself a cup of coffee and check in with the front desk. She had her cat rock playing on the ipod in the carrier pocket. I would tell the vet staff that she's likely the only animal they see who comes with her own soundtrack. 😹 With coffee in hand, I'd sit next to her in the lobby and give her a fish flake and some scritches through either the top or side opening. Once we graduated to an exam room, that's when I'd let her out. She seemed more relaxed for the vet after she did a lap or two around the exam room and convinced herself that whatever smells she was smelling, she was the only (non-human) animal in the room.
 

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Not so much the office but the exam room. This was at our old vet's office that had lots of dogs. This was back when hers and my favorite vet was still working out of this office. There were four exam rooms. Typically what would happen is we'd arrive in the lobby. I'd set her down, unzip one side down so she would have a little extra room in her carrier. Then I'd grab myself a cup of coffee and check in with the front desk. She had her cat rock playing on the ipod in the carrier pocket. I would tell the vet staff that she's likely the only animal they see who comes with her own soundtrack. 😹 With coffee in hand, I'd sit next to her in the lobby and give her a fish flake and some scritches through either the top or side opening. Once we graduated to an exam room, that's when I'd let her out. She seemed more relaxed for the vet after she did a lap or two around the exam room and convinced herself that whatever smells she was smelling, she was the only (non-human) animal in the room.
What a gorgeous story!
 
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December 4, 2018:
I thought this was cute at the time. But now, with perspective, I wonder if this wasn’t pain. I wonder if she pulled up from grooming a blanket because her tongue struck the broken tooth that would be found next month and came up with brain freezing pain—leaving her tongue where it was, not wanting to touch that spot again. 😿

Either that or she was just a “Three Tooth” goof. At this point in her dental misadventures to toothlessness, she was down one canine (hence her “Three Tooth” nickname), as well as her molars and submolars (the bagel eating teeth. 🙊😹)

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December 4, 2018:
I thought this was cute at the time. But now, with perspective, I wonder if this wasn’t pain. I wonder if she pulled up from grooming a blanket because her tongue struck the broken tooth that would be found next month and came up with brain freezing pain—leaving her tongue where it was, not wanting to touch that spot again. 😿

Either that or she was just a “Three Tooth” goof. At this point in her dental misadventures to toothlessness, she was down one canine (hence her “Three Tooth” nickname), as well as her molars and submolars (the bagel eating teeth. 🙊😹)

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Yeah, in all honesty, her eyes do not have the look of a "goof" but more the former description :frown:
 
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Yeah, in all honesty, her eyes do not have the look of a "goof" but more the former description :frown:
Going through these last couple of years one day at a time has me seeing them with new eyes. There's a lot of sad moments like that above that I just didn't know any better at the time. But there's also a lot of joy because time is already washing away memories of the struggles.
 

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I was always a little jealous of the life of a cat. Warm laps and cozy sleeping spots. I would curl up under that bookcase if I could. 😻
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Oh, wouldn't we all? And we don't want to see the sad and the unwell and stuff like that. Of course not. The bottom line is, though, to me at least, that when our loved ones know they are loved, they have that strength and that knowledge to get them through those times/things. It doesn't take them away. But it makes them more bearable, IMHO. It makes all the difference.
 
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Oh, wouldn't we all? And we don't want to see the sad and the unwell and stuff like that. Of course not. The bottom line is, though, to me at least, that when our loved ones know they are loved, they have that strength and that knowledge to get them through those times/things. It doesn't take them away. But it makes them more bearable, IMHO. It makes all the difference.
It's just so surreal and sad how much clearer things look with time and distance from the events. I could have done so many things differently. But now, it doesn't do her or me any good to dwell on the what-ifs. It's helpful to recognize them with the gift of perspective so that I will hopefully be wiser with NC. But it's also cathartic and healing to remember that between and even within all those episodes there was so much love and joy. I actually look forward to getting to the pictures from her hospital stay. Because those are her at her toughest and most loving. 💪😻

There's also a carpet bomb series coming where you can see the closest thing to guilt on a cat's face. But only for a moment. Then she's back to, "What? Are you going to plate a replacement meal for me?"
 

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It's just so surreal and sad how much clearer things look with time and distance from the events. I could have done so many things differently. But now, it doesn't do her or me any good to dwell on the what-ifs. It's helpful to recognize them with the gift of perspective so that I will hopefully be wiser with NC. But it's also cathartic and healing to remember that between and even within all those episodes there was so much love and joy. I actually look forward to getting to the pictures from her hospital stay. Because those are her at her toughest and most loving. 💪😻

There's also a carpet bomb series coming where you can see the closest thing to guilt on a cat's face. But only for a moment. Then she's back to, "What? Are you going to plate a replacement meal for me?"
Exactly. She has given you so many gifts! and one of them is that your current knowledge, gained from hindsight, will help you when you share life with NC.
*GUILT??? WHAT GUILT, DAD? HURRY UP WITH THAT REPLACEMENT FOOD!!!* :hearthrob: :kneading: :hearthrob: :insertevillaugh:
 

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Daft, I'm visiting this site for the first time in a while and am saddened to learn of your darling Krista's passing. You cared for her with such patience, persistence, and devotion...no cat could have wished for a better caregiver and companion.
 
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December 5, 2019:
This is probably her gut bothering her. I think the lymphoma was presenting by now. 😿 I looked back through her thread and it sounds like we already had food issues and poop nonsense going on. Even without a pandemic, Rawz was having supply issues. 🤦🏼‍♂️

There are a couple of videos. It’s easier to post them to Instagram than here. Don’t forget to swipe left (or poke that right side arrow) for more.

 
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