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MINNIE THE CAT...by b. Malin

Updated on February 2, 2011
A Baby Minnie...
A Baby Minnie...

ODE TO MINNIE...

Minnie the Cat was my Sister's l3 year old cat. Minnie the Cat was "This" and she was "That"... I shall explain, for this piece is dedicated to her, and to my Sister, and the Life they shared.

When Minnie was little, she was "This" adorable kitten of white, black and brown (in spots) fur ball that my sister rescued from somewhere, and brought home. They were quite the pair. For Minnie, the world could see at an early age, was a bit nuts...One never knew what could or would set her off. She could be nice kitty one minute and crazy deranged kitty the next. Some of us in the family could justifiably Fear her...But not my sister.

I have to tell you at this point, that my sister, in my opinion, is one of the Best Cooks... She can make anything! And so there in her kitchen would be Minnie sitting on the counter top or walking along the tops of the cabinets taking in all the wonderful smells.

Minnie and I had a strange relationship when I would go to visit my sister and I slept over. Minnie and I would go to the bathroom together...Too much information? Well let me explain. My sister's condo has one bathroom and in that bathroom was Minnie's littler box. Anyway, she would follow me in and I'd sit on the Commode, and she in her box. I know it sounds strange, but I didn't mind...nor did she. I'll miss that.

As Minnie grew into "Cat Adulthood" she showed "That" side...She could be Scary...and everyone knew that she ruled...And if she didn't like you, she could Attack! She never played favorites...Though I am proud to say, she never attacked Lover Man or Me. No, she'd just walk around our heads when we were trying to sleep...No one ever told her she couldn't...We weren't that Brave. Sometimes she'd nestle in and sleep at our feet, and we'd think, she likes us...

My Sister, God love her, had "That" kind of a relationship with Minnie...Minnie could sleep anywhere in my Sister's bed...around my Sister's head was usually Minnie's favorite spot. They would breathe love in each others face. Were they perfect together...No. On certain occasions while playing with Ms. Minnie, my Sister could get scratched or bitten...Minnie could get carried away.

Last October my Sister vacationed for 15 days and 14 nights seeing the sights of Italy. How grand that was for her...But, before she left, it was what to do with Minnie. My Sister's daughter said she would take Ms. Minnie. But my Sister would have to bring her there. What a scene, Minnie, running and screaming and my Sister begging and chasing after her, with her carrying case in one hand, and a treat in the other. It took an hour, and many scratches up and down both arms to get Ms. Minnie...It's like that cat knew that they would be separated for a long time and she wanted none of that, No thank you.

About a month ago, during one of our many phone conversations, my Sister said, "I think there's something wrong with Minnie, she's loosing weight, hardly eating and not pooping...and she actually let me put her into her carrying case for a visit to the Veterinarian". "What did the Veterinarian say" I asked. " Well she replied, Minnie has a blockage in her colon, which they cleaned out...but it's not good. The Vet. feels, there's no sense in putting her through a lot, and upsetting her...he says, what little strength she has left will last her for awhile...he gave her something for the pain, and now we are home". When we hung up I cried for both of them.

My Sister knew Minnie had no appetite, but still she tried to feed and give her nourishment, but to no avail, the cat still kept loosing weight. A few nights later, my sister decided to line her mattress with plastic and covered it back up with the sheets and blanket...and then she lay down and waited...She didn't have to wait long, for she felt Minnie jump with her last bit of strength onto the bed, and crawl up to lay beside her. My sister gently placed Minnie in her arms and Minnie went to sleep for the very last time...


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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Moonlake,

      Yes she did...and now a few years later she has a New Kitten, and the beat goes on. Thanks for the Vote!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Poor little cat. Your sister took good care of her and made her happy in her last days. Voted uP!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Scribenet, your words are exactly what my sister said to me the other day during our phone conversation. She's still not ready to have another kitten to raise. Thanks for reading and understanding.

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      Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is so sad, I cried...yeh, I have been there too, pets do capture our hearts and losing them hurts. However, once you have had a pet, it is difficult to live without one for they do provide so much companionship and unconditional love...even if they are quirky! They also stay forever in our hearts!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      It is sad...and I thank you Daydreamer for stopping by to read, and leaving such nice comments.

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      daydreamer13 6 years ago

      Aaahhh...so touching. Sad but excellent piece. Well done!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Oh Peg, that's so sweet of you to make those comments. I'm so glad you stopped by to read...I'm going to check you out as well.

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Tears welled up as I read this nicely written piece; how precious are our animals and their endearing (and odd) behaviors. My sympathy goes out to you and your sister on the loss of Minnie. So sorry.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thanks so much Toknowinfo for all your Beautiful words and thoughts...I love your line "Pets like others we love, live within us forever".

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Hi B,

      It is amazing how these sweet little creatures tug at our heartstrings and create an everlasting bond. It is painful to lose them, but the joy they bring while we have them somehow makes it all worthwhile. Pets, like others we love, live within us forever. This was a beautiful tribute to your sibling-sister and sibling-cat.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thank you Mslizzee, It was my tribute to my Sister and her Ms. Minnie...Never to be forgotten.

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      Our sweet pets. When they leave us it is almost unbearable.Nice hub, nice writing.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thanks Agalia, to be honest, I'm not a cat person either...but my sister was and this was all for her and Minnie. I'll be by to read your work too.

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      agaglia 6 years ago

      A great hub. I am not a cat person because I am allergic, but I can relate to what you wrote.

      I will read more!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Aliciac, Yes they really did have a beautiful life together, when Minnie wasn't acting "Like Crazy Cat"...But yet my sister always defended Minnie's actions. So glad you stopped by and read this Hub.

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This was a lovely and a sad story at the same time. It’s so hard to lose a beloved pet – I know from experience. However, it’s great that Minnie and your sister had such a good life together.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Shygirl your Bailee Charee, sounds just like my sisters cat Minnie...I will pass your sweet message on to her, for she's coming to visit in a few weeks. Thanks for reading and enjoying my Tribute to them.

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      shygirl2 6 years ago

      Beautiful tribute to your sisters cat. It sounds like she might have been a ferrel cat? I had one named Bailee Charee' who was just as tempermental. She died on my bed beside me as well, as I had no money for the vets at the time. She had pneumonia. I sitll miss my fiesty cat. She was a beautiful kitty with white on her chest and with mackerel tabby markings. Mine use to climb the door casings of the apartment I lived in, when she was mad at me for scolding her. You would have thought she was just climbing a tree. lol! Sad about your sisters kitty though. I know the loss she must have felt, having gone through mine as well.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Colin, I'm intrigued...who can that be? Thanks so much for your comments on this piece that I did for my sister and Minnie, the cat..it was a labor of LOVE.

      I think I just got my Surprise Guest, welcome Fossillandy, so nice to have you on my page and a new follower to boot...I am thrilled. I've been by to visit your page and am now following your work as well.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Well, that made me cry. A cat may not be a person, but it definitely has a soul. It was sweet how you thought of Minnie as "this" and "that". Your sister is very fortunate to have a sister like you. Epi sent me here today and I understand why. We both share a love for our own two cats and meeting nice, talented people on the hubpages like you!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....well you have a lot of love in your heart and this life affirming story just goes to prove that ... no need to tell you how I feel about my cats - they are my best friends and mean the world to me - but then again when it comes to essential hub hopping - your hubs and writing are the best friends that a guy (this guy) could ask for !!!!! I will send over a surprise guest - someone whom I don't think you've ever met before!!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thank you Rich, I wanted to do something special for my sister...and this was it.

      Hi Cheryl, It was a sad time for my sister, but she is left with many happy memories as well

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      Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 6 years ago

      Vey sweet story, & so sad when our pets become ill & pass on. Thank u*, for sharing such a fine piece.

      w/ love & peace always,

      Mother Lightning

      of[thepeacegarden.blogspot.com]

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      richtwf 6 years ago

      A beautiful story but sad at the end, and one which showed your sister's unconditional love for Minnie. She was a lucky cat indeed.

      Thanks for sharing this inspiring story of love.

      God bless.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      I'm not sure what happened to my replies, but here I go again...Breakfastpops, it was a sad ending, but not for my Sister and Minnie, for they had shared l3 years together.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thank you Sameerk.

      TheBluestar, Yes, I think Minnie & my Sister were definitely made for one another.

      Fiddleman, Yes they were a great story...Thanks.

      I'm sure Minnie will. Thanks.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Very sad...rest in peace Minnie...

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      Robert Elias Ballard 6 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Great story.

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      ahhh so sad, but we all know it's true when they say a cat chooses you, you do not choose a cat. Big hug.

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      sameerk 6 years ago from India

      nice one