Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Farewell Cissy

 Karen Jo:  This is the last picture I took of Cissy and I'm glad she was out of her cave.  I was going to write a really upbeat post about Cissy.  She was moving around the house more and Monday morning I woke up to find her sleeping on my feet.  I had noticed that her abdominal muscles were working in an unusual manner on Sunday, but I thought she was working a hairball through or something.  Monday afternoon it became apparent that she was having difficulty breathing, so I called the vet and had her taken in on an emergency basis.  Her chest cavity was full of fluid.  She had only 1/4 breathing capacity.  The vet said she had the equipment and training to drain Cissy's chest, but she had only done it once before and fatal stuff could go wrong.  I told her to go ahead since Cissy was so bad already.  The vet came out again a few minutes later to tell me that Cissy had gone into cardiac arrest and I told her to just let Cissy go.  The vet had just set Cissy up for another x-ray so she could be sure of the best place to put the needle when Cissy decided that it was Rainbow Bridge time.  Brody was probably calling her.
 I missed Herman's remembrance day, which was Veteran's Day, so I thought I would just add it on here.  I was sad and lonely after my Mother's death and I found a notice of a cat who was sad and lonely and desperately needed a forever home.  He was FIV+ and FeLV+ so no one would adopt him.  I went to see him and it was love at first sight for both of us.  Herman got lonely for feline company and I heard about Emma and brought her home.  I have written many times about how they didn't get along, but most of the time they sort of got along.  There always seemed to be a truce at the buffet.  They greeted Cissy at the Bridge.
 Austin was also there to greet her and ask how his buddy Rocio was getting along.
Of course Brody ran to greet her.  I am sure they were both thrilled to be reunited.

On another note, Tabitha went to the vet for her first rabies shot and checkup.  She is 100% healthy and needs another FeLV test when she turns one, as she may be fighting it off now, as the vet noticed some activity in her lymph system. Go, Tabitha!

63 comments:

Fuzzy Tales said...

Oh, Karen Jo, I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. I don't know where you get your strength and inner resiliency, with so much loss, but I admire it tremendously and am, in truth, a bit envious of your ability to deal with so many passings. Bless you for adopting them and loving them. Lots of hugs and Universal Light to you all.

Peace.

Kim

Brian said...

We are so very sorry to hear about dear Cissy. All our love and hugs to you, We shall always remember that dear sweet Herman.

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

I am so sorry that Cissy is gone. Purrs to you. I never knew Herman, but Sparkle was very fond of him.

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

We are so sorry to hear that Cissy is gone, and we're sending you purrs of comfort.

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

I am so very sorry to hear about Cissy. It is never easy. We all still miss dear Herman. Big hugs and purrs.

The Island Cats said...

We're sorry to hear about Cissy. Gentle purrs and headbutts to you. We will never forget sweet Herman. Thank you for all you do for these sweet kitties.

The Devil Dog said...

We are sorry for your loss, Karen Jo. Lucky and I will send you pug hugs and pug snorts.

Roxy, Lucky & Mom

William said...

Bless your heart, having another loss. We are very sad that Cissy left, and we are concerned for you, too. Know that you are in our thoughts.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Headbumpies and purrs to you. We are so sad that you have lost Cissy. She was so lucky to have you though

Marilynn said...

Ohhhhhhh =(
We're so sorry about Cissy. Purrrrrrssss and prayers for all of you. Grace & boys don't know how hard this is to bear, yet, but I do, and my heart goes out to all of you.

{{{{hugs}}}}

Marilynn

Marg said...

Karen Jo, we are so so sorry to hear about Cissy. You certainly are in our thoughts and prayers. It is just so hard to lose our fur friends. You do such a good job taking care of all those cats.

Jeanne Pursell said...

We are so very sorry to hear about your loss of Cissy. May you find comfort in your memories.
xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

Simba said...

We are so sorry that Cissy died. You have been through a lot recently, with Brody and now Cissy. Big purry hugs for you.

Hannah and Lucy said...

We're sorry to hear that your sweet Cissy has gone to Rainbow Bridge and know she will leave a big hole in your heart. We are sending purrs and prayers to you and your other furries.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Lovable Lily said...

Our love and prayers are with you.

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

Random Felines said...

We are so very sorry. THANK YOU for taking these kitties other think less of and giving them a home and loving them....we know how very hard it is.... purrs

Georgia and Julie said...

We are sad to hear Cissy has gone to the Bridge.
Thanks to you, she did have a good life.
We know you miss her though, and we send you comforting purrs.
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure and JJ

Maggie May said...

Bless you, Karen Jo, for all you do for these sweet kitties. Cissy sure was lucky to have a great life with you.
(((hugs))) & <3

Everycat said...

Fly free sweet little Cissy, you couldn't have lived with a more caring person than Karen-Jo. Have fun at The Bridge and keep an eye on those left behind.

Karen Jo and all the kitties, we send you so much love and many purrs, we are so sorry that Cissy left. Your heart is as big as the universe. To give these kitties a wonderful home filled with care and love is no mean feat. Take good care of yourself too

Love from
Mungo
& Jane xx

Just Me Pooh said...

Oh, sweet Karen Jo we are so sorry to hear that your precious Cissy had to run to The Bridge. We are keeping you in our thoughts and leaving you lots of warm, gentle hugs, purrs, prayers and nose kisses. Mumsy, Pooh and family

Team Tabby said...

We are all very sorry to hear that Cissy passed over Rainbow Bridge. So sorry for your loss.

Moe
Mindy
Cookie
Mike

Cory said...

Sending you soft purrs of comfort. We are so sorry that Cissy had to leave for the Rainbow Bridge.

Cory and family

GLOGIRLY said...

We're so very sorry about your Cissy, Karen Jo. We enjoyed reading about your special bond with Herman. Sending you comfort and purrs as your heart heals.
~Glogirly

meowmeowmans said...

We are so sorry to hear of Cissy's passing. Thank you, Karen Jo, for your strength and love for these sweet kitties. Please know you are in our hearts, purrs and prayers during this very sad time.

Herman was such an amazing cat, and we loved reading about your relationship with him. We will love and remember him always.

Hugs to you all.

Old Kitty said...

Gentle purrs for angel Cissy. We are very sorry.

We send hugs to Tabitha and wish her all the best. Take care
x

Savannah's Paw Tracks said...

Karen Jo you are my hero for giving your love and care to cats who are positive FIV and FeLV. My Cuzin Leo's Dad Dave also gave a home to several cats over many years who were positive. He had to stop because it became so heart breaking. You and Dad Dave are wonderful cat guardians. I am so very sorry for Cissy's need to make her journey to the Bridge.

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

We are so sorry for your loss, but so glad that Cissy is all healthy now and waiting at the bridge!

Bless you for taking in these kitties. You are giving them a loving life that not many have the heart or will to do.

Colehaus Cats said...

We are so sorry Cissy was needed at the Bridge so soon. Sending comforting purrs and soft nosekisses....

CatInTheFridge said...

Sending purrs for you at your time of need. - Alana and Crepes.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

God's speed to you Cissy; we are truly sorry and send our sincerest sympathies to your mom ♥♥♥ ~~~~~

The Monkeys said...

We are so sorry about Cissy and are sending lots of purrs and good thoughts for you, Karen Jo!

The Florida Furkids said...

We're so sorry to hear that Cissy has gone to the Bridge. We're sending you soft, healing purrs and prayers.

The Florida Furkids

Helen said...

SO so sorry Mary Jo (((HUGS)))

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are so very sorry to hear about Cissy. We know you will miss her, so thankful she was able to spend her life with someone who loved her and gave her a wonderful home.

caspersmom said...

Karen Jo, I am so sorry to hear about Cissy. Purrs, Hugs and Prayers going out to you for your loss.

I can remember how you were contemplating on getting A cat. Then you got Herman. What a sweet kitty. I love how you have helped so many kitties since then. God Bless You Karen Jo.

Love,
Cleopatra and Monica

Madi and Mom said...

Mom and I are very sorry to read Cissy has passed.. Run free pretty girl
Hugs madi and mom

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

So very sorry for your loss. Hugs and purrs from all of us

Forty Paws said...

We are so sorry about Cissy. Many hugs and purrs and purrayers to you at this difficult time.

Luf, Us and Maw

TK and Pip said...

KarenJo
I am so very sorry to hear of Cissy's passing. How lucky she was to have found a home with your amazing love.
You are in my prayers, always, not that a person like you needs help being in the sight of The Lord.

Kwee Cats and Art said...

Hi, we heard about your Cissy from Ann at Zoolatry. We just wanted to come by and give you hugs and a few kitty kisses. We purr you peace and warm hearts.

Flynn said...

I am so sorry to hear about Cissy. You are a true angel to give a home and so much love to the FeLV kitties. Purrs and hugs to you.

Kitties Blue said...

Please accept our condolences at the loss of your Cissy. Mom says that it is exactly how the first kitty she and Dad had went to the RB. It was a long time ago, and we didn't know him. We know Cissy (along with all your other fur babies) will remain in your heart always. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I am so sorry for the loss of Cissy. I admire you for providing forever homes and lots of love to kitties who are so sickly.

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

Karen, you are amazing with these kitties. So sorry for your loss of Cissy. Sending a big hug and purrs from all of us. Xoxo

Angel Keisha said...

I am very sorry.

momsbusy said...

We are saddened to hear of Cissy's crossing the bridge. Sending comforting purrs and prayers to you and the kitties.

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

dearest Karen Jo....were are dreadfully sorry to read about your sweet girl Cissy leaving for the bridge...I hope that the many memories she brought into your heart will comfort you at this time and the many dark days ahead...
we care so much at the cozy cottage for all of our dear old friends in the CB...
Hugs and soft purrrrs Karla

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Oh Karen Jo, you are so much in our thoughts and purrs. I am so sorry to hear about sweet Cissy, but you gave her love and a home and I know that would have been the most wonderful thing in her life.

haopee said...

We heard about Cissy from Ann. We're sorry you guys had to say farewell.
We're sending you paws of love to help your heart heal.

John Bellen said...

Please accept my condolences. Cissy was obviously loved. I hope the remembrance of your times with her will carry you through the grief. Godspeed, Cissy.

Jans Funny Farm said...

So sorry for the loss of Cissy, Karen Jo. I know you love your cats so much. A warm hug, purrs and tail wags of comfort.

Kaz's Cats said...

We're so sorry for your loss Karen. Thamk you for giving Cissy a wonderful living home,

(((hugs)))

Tasha, Buddy, Slash & Bronzy

Ellen in Oregon said...

We are so sadden to learn of Cissy's unexpected passing. We felt so positive about Cissy because her health seemed to have improved lately. I had 3 of my cats died last year all of unforeseen medical emergencies. I understand what it is like to lose another member of your kitty family & to have to make a decision to let Cissy go. You did the best you could for her in a difficult situation. Cissy was so fortunate when she found her forever home with you & the other Felv+ kittys. I'm sure Brody was the first to greet Cissy when she crossed the bridge. You are in our thoughts & prayers Karen Jo.
We are glad to hear that Tabitha is doing well. She is such a sweet kitty.

Clooney said...

We are so, so sorry to hear this sad news about Cissy. Sending you our gentlest purrs and much love...you have written a beautiful and sweet tribute to your special Herman. We know that all your special Angel kitties are together at the Rainbow Bridge.

Be Well Sweet Cissy

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Our belated Purrs Of Comfort to you. We got way behind with tryin ta learn our old new old laptop...

Simba said...

We just saw Cissy on the Rainbow Friends page. We had not known she had gone to the Bridge. We are so sorry for your loss.

Beau Beau & Angie said...

Oh my goodness it sure is a time for lots of friends meeting at the rainbow bridge. Hugs to you for Cissy. She knew it was time to go.
Thank you for coming by to say goodbye to Beau Beau. We wonder what they are all up to and what mission they are on over that bridge... :-)

Katie Isabella said...

Karen Jo, I did not know about dear Cissy and I am so very sorry. Please accept my condolences. I miss you my friend. Will you let us l\know if you are alright? Please. xxoo

Savannah's Paw Tracks said...

just stopping by to check in on you Karen Jo. Hope you are well and the kitties too

Colehaus Cats said...

We hope you all are well and wanted to thank you so much for your kind words last week over our loss of Maxx. They are very much appreciated and are working magic toward healing our hearts. Thank you!

daily dose of dogs (aka cats with your coffee) said...

Karen Jo. I no longer have your email address. Rhonda, Orion, Sammy and Emily reminded me that you take FeLV+ kitties. Karen Jo - will you please take a look at my post - http://dogsandcats.typepad.com/blog/2015/03/forever-homes-for-my-foster-cats.html
Thank you, Chrystal (Winnie's Wish & daily dose of dogs (aka cats with your coffee)

meowmeowmans said...

Hi Karen Jo. Just checking in with you and the kitties. We miss you, and hope you're all doing okay.

Hugs,

Moosey, Gracie and Zoe, Mom Tracey and Dad Kevin (meowmeowmans)

Dash Kitten said...

Firstly, GO TABITHA - this is so positive to hear. Good news warms every heart.

and now Cissy, our grief is with you. This is a tough time and we know you loved cissy very much. Your vet was good and kind and did her best but when a cat says I'm going - they go don't they - right.

Rest in Peace Cissy you had the bet home, so did Herman. :-)