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Tigey, My Miracle Cat

Updated on October 25, 2014

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My Cat Tigey

My miracle cat Tigey lasted for 7 weeks before he had another stroke. This time it was much worse and he died before morning. I was unbelievably blessed to have had him for a little longer. I miss him so much. Love you, Tigey. Always. Forever.

It all started when I sat shiva for my boy Tigey for two days before I realized that he wasn't going to die. On April 5, Tigey got really sick. It was suppertime when Tiges suddenly started yowling. Since I was used to him talking, I didn't pay much attention, I didn't look, I just said Tigey, come here.

Next thing I know, Tigey is dragging himself toward me. His two back legs were completely limp and not working. This was truly a horrible situation. I slept on the floor with him for five nights, to keep him safe and comfortable.

It's now May 6, and Tigey is recovering, but I had a terrible scare tonight when I walked by him and thought he was dead. It was dark and I didn't have my glasses on; still it scared the hell out of me and I had a little panic attack.

Ok then.

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Tigey

Tigey
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Tigey's Timeline

Week 1

Tigey has a seizure or the dog hurts him. I don't think it was the dog, Jackson and Tigey were good buddies.

He is paralyzed, but rolls gently on his back - yoga.

He eats and drinks.

On 4th day pees in litter box.

Lurching, trying to get control of his legs, stays where he is.

Sleeping mostly.

He stares a bit like he's not sure where he is, or who we are. I am used to him being very smart, noisy, and alert, bossy too.

Flat Stanley & Tigey

Tiges with Flat Stan
Tiges with Flat Stan | Source

Tiges Is Different

Week 2

Walking slowly.

Pooped by litter box.

Spaced out & not sure he really knows us.

Eating and drinking more.

Still confused.

Sleeping quite a bit.

Flat Stanley visits from Ohio. Tigey hangs with him a bit.

Flat Stanley Visits California

Tigey with his new buddy, Flat Stanley.
Tigey with his new buddy, Flat Stanley. | Source

That's My Boy

Week 3

Walking better, gaining more control of his legs.

Moving around a bit.

Climbing again.

Walked to bedroom for first time.

Carried him to back yard and he loved it, but still not moving much.

Hanging out with the family, 1 dog, 1 cat, 3 people.

Flat Stanley is a friend visiting from Ohio. You can read more about this in Flat Stanley Visits California.

This photo was taken two weeks after Tigey's stroke.

Tigelocity

Week 4

Traveling to front yard again, where it's more dangerous.

Climbing, much more coordinated.

Moving around house & yard again.

Jumping a bit.

My Sweet Tigey

Week 5

Tiges has a bit of a limp, but I have noticed that he forces his legs into the proper position. He jumps up and down, not as high as before, but still pretty good.

He is drinking water again! Very good because it means he is feeling better. When he is sick, he will only drink milk.

He is slightly more affectionate and purring a little, but stays kind of isolated. He is afraid of getting hurt.

He stayed out all night 3 times this week.

Tigey
Tigey | Source

Hard Truth

It's been my experience that when cats get very sick, they usually die. So I took care of him, and watched him, and fed him. Half & half when he's really sick.

The vet would have freaked him out, that and the ride in the car. I couldn't put him through it. I decided to let nature take its course.

Tigey was about 10 years old when he died. I miss him more than I can say and I will always love him.

Trouble

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Trouble

Tigey's brother loves to chase the red light or anything remotely mouselike.

This boy is named Trouble. He has been a great hunter since he was a tiny kitten.

© 2012 Linda Hahn

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      Snakesmum 

      4 years ago

      Losing a pet is always hard, no matter how. At least he was loved.

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      karMALZEKE 

      4 years ago

      This breaks my heart you were luck to have had him

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      anitabreeze 

      5 years ago

      Catlover here too!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      So sorry about your losing Tigey. Losing a pet is always so hard. I am glad you have this page of memories. It was fun to see Flat Stanley visiting.

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      Winter52 LM 

      5 years ago

      I know how hard it is to lose a pet. My heart goes out to you. He will always be in your heart even years after the fact.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      It is always sad to lose a much beloved pet. I am sure you spend many wonderful years together. When our dog first had a seizure she was fine after a couple of hours, but several months later she had another one and was never the same. She went from behaving like a little puppy (playful and full of energy) to being a very old, sick dog, all in a matter of 10 minutes. Putting her to sleep was one of the toughest decisions we had to make, but we also knew it was the right one. You are lucky to have had Tigey in your life and he was lucky to have had you!

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I'm sorry for your loss. Tigey sounds like he was one of a kind.

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      gottaloveit2 

      6 years ago

      Your cat was lucky to have you and you were lucky to have him.

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      grannysage 

      6 years ago

      It is hard to watch a loved pet be sick. I had one cat who died by my bed. We tried to force feed him but eventually we knew enough was enough and let him go. Not too long ago one of my cat's lost his meow. I think it was laryngitis, not too serious but I felt so sorry for him. I am glad Tigey is feeling better.

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      getmoreinfo 

      6 years ago

      I think cats keep us all young because they have 9 lives, its true.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I sure hope Tigey continues to improve. I would have been a basket case and would have taken him to the vet although there would have been no one to sit by him for 5 days there. Bless you for giving him your love and support and bless all cats with their 9 lives!

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      AlleyCatLane 

      6 years ago

      I would have freaked out too, but I think I personally would have gotten him to a vet. Are you sure it was a stroke? I am glad he recovered, whatever it was. He is a beautiful cat.

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      aksem 

      6 years ago

      I'm admirer of cats. I don't like to give away the cat to vet too. The cat is member of family!

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      termit_bronx 

      6 years ago

      I love kitties. Your is adorable :)

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