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Ode to Our Cat Tigger

Updated on June 7, 2021
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I have owned cats for over 60 years. Between them and their vets, I have learned a great deal about how they tick.

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Tigger creeping up the stairs and hoping no one is looking."What, I was just gonna lay down, I swear!""Hey, he took my spot!  Someone move him, please!""You wanted something?""I'm just chilling out!""Hey, I'm King of this castle and don't you forget it!""Uh, is it safe to come out?""I'm sleeping, can't you see that?"
Tigger creeping up the stairs and hoping no one is looking.
Tigger creeping up the stairs and hoping no one is looking. | Source
"What, I was just gonna lay down, I swear!"
"What, I was just gonna lay down, I swear!" | Source
"Hey, he took my spot!  Someone move him, please!"
"Hey, he took my spot! Someone move him, please!" | Source
"You wanted something?"
"You wanted something?" | Source
"I'm just chilling out!"
"I'm just chilling out!" | Source
"Hey, I'm King of this castle and don't you forget it!"
"Hey, I'm King of this castle and don't you forget it!" | Source
"Uh, is it safe to come out?"
"Uh, is it safe to come out?" | Source
"I'm sleeping, can't you see that?"
"I'm sleeping, can't you see that?" | Source

Ode to Tigger

He was such a cute thing standing forlorn in the rain.

His thin wet body looked sad and full of pain.

He was hungry, you could tell by the lack of fat.

His mother abandoned him leaving him like that.

We wrapped him in a towel, to ward off the cold.

We dried him and warmed him, a mothering role.

He was bashful and frightened, hiding under the bed.

We think he was feeling we would hurt him instead.

Quickly he grew, to an enormous size.

A beautiful face with yellowish eyes.

He ate more than most and began showing love.

We felt he was family, an Angel from above.

Soon he was acting like he was the King.

Often regally posing for our picture taking.

But his Kingly days, it seems, were a passing thing.

For his days became more sleep and less waking.

We took him in for the doctor to see.

Were we going to loose a member of the family?

A test was taken, what would it show?

The call finally came, the news was a blow.

Tigger had cancer, his brain was a mess.

His life was difficult, even at rest.

We wanted so badly to believe it would regress,

But sadly, we knew euthanization would be best.

The tears haven’t come yet, we’re still in shock.

We would like to think we’re as strong as a rock.

But when the time comes, well, our strength will sway,

Because Tigger will sadly have gone away.

We found him on a cold rainy day.
We found him on a cold rainy day. | Source

Tigger's Story

Tigger was the kitten of a stray that lived near our apartment building about eleven years ago. We found him one rainy day, soaking wet, underneath the slats of a falling down porch. We knew the kittens had been there at one time and we had gone to check on them to be sure they weren't getting wet under the porch. We had a tarp to put up if they were getting wet. The mother was gone, however, and only Tigger remained of all the kittens. He looked frightened and shivered almost continuously. Normally we would have waited to see if the mother would return, but he was so wet and cold it was pretty obvious that the mother wasn't coming back. We wrapped him up in a blanket and took him inside the house with us.

Tigger was a shy cat. He hid a lot and ducked when we tried to pet or comfort him. We did our best by giving him cat formula and keeping him warm against us; when he let us, that is. We had other cats. One of them seemed to take a dislike to Tigger. We had quite a time with it until we realized the male cat thought Tigger was a rival because he wasn't fixed. We took care of that issue, already in the works anyway, and we waited. We kept him separate so he could get rest and healed. When we let him out, we were tickled when the other male just sniffed him and moved on.

Cute little kittens can grow to be big and strong!

He Grew Fast

Once Tigger got bigger than the other cats, he lost his fear. Then he curled up on one of our necks' at night and ruled the roost, or at least his persons bed, during the day. One day we caught him racing with the other cats; but he ate way more than any of them. He grew to be about 19 pounds, but was loving and cuddly even to the other cats who seemed to like him a great deal now that the shy cats wasn't hissing all the time.

When Tigger began spending most of his time sleeping and the other cats were fighting with him and chasing him all over the house, we took a closer look. there seemed to be a growth inside one of his ears that he kept scratching and making bleed. We hoped it was nothing major even as we made the appointment with the vet.At the vet's office, the vet took a biopsy of the growth and told us he didn't really see anything, but that he would run further tests and let us know if he found anything. He was pretty confident that it was nothing more than a fatty growth that would need to be removed and Tigger would be fine once he healed.

Remember, your vet is your best source of information regarding your vet.

The Vet's Call

When the vet called us , it was bad news, cancer. We had to fight to keep back the tears because my eight-year-old Granddaughter was sitting nearby and we didn't want her to hear the news that way. As is we had a great deal of trouble trying to keep her calm as we told her because she had lost her Great Grandmother in June to cancer and was still trying to come to grips with that loss. Now she had another one to face and she wasn't happy.

We weren't happy either, not wanting to put Tigger down, but we also knew the facts about cancer and we were certain that Tigger's chances of survival were very poor. We made the decision to put him down, and then the waiting began. We didn't want that day to come, but we also didn't want Tigger to suffer anymore than necessary. We, like my Granddaughter, we cried for him. But, we were also happy he would suffer no more.

When a cat is suffering from an illness, sometimes it is necessary to put them down. If you face this dilemma, please remember that it is the quality of the pet's life, not the quantity.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2011 Cheryl Simonds


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