Lots of great news! Sassy's cast is finally OFF! I could tell that she had had it with that thing after nearly three months, and Margaret Holiday, the awesome chiropractor, was worried about the damage done to the rest of her body by the cast, and the awkward positioning of her leg for so long! Well, Ms. S was thrilled to have it off...and totally came out of her funk, moving around the house like a normal cat again. Still, oy. The leg is like a little stick. Basha knows tons, and will be here tomorrow to work with the leg and show me what to do...Sassy sat with me last night, but was unhappy that she had to go into her cage to sleep. I explained that as long as she got my bed wet, that would have to be the deal. That if she went in the litterbox, she could go back to sleeping on the bed. Lo and behold, she did go in the litterbox! bless her soul. Getting in and of the box is awkward for her; maybe less so now that her cast is off. She is able to bend her knee, yay...still, ..needs great therapy asap! Her paw on the bad leg was ice cold this morning (warm now: I have her in the bathroom steaming and with the heater on). Has not been eating...oy again. But, emotionally she's sooooo much better! such an ordeal for an older cat! For any cat...this photo is two shots, with the break just below her knee. Done yesterday.
Now on to the new arrival! A sweet woman who has borrowed traps from me called to say that she had found a cat, very weak, by the road in her El Sobrante neighborhood. Long story short, the cat is here...and doing fine I hope! she was so thin! had not seen a cat that thin who was not on the verge of dying. But she (it was hard to determine her sex, as the genital area was swollen from the runs) ate eagerly, so I was reassured. Patches of fur were missing, from ringworm perhaps, or just starvation. She had an ear notch, meaning that someone had trapped, neutered, and returned her...and presumably had been feeding her. Something had gone very wrong, though. Have not had time to see who might be caring for a colony around where she was found. What a sweetie, however! Covered in poo, and let me bathe her, and use the dryer...very sweet, and now moving around the house (no longer dripping poo) She's quiet today, but yesterday marched out to the kitchen and demanded food! She ate chicken with the others, and I was able to get a lot of great supplements into her on them! Weighed all of four pounds! She has put on a bit of weight already, and I can stroke her without feeling like I'll cut my hand. bless her heart! Another with a strong will to live.
Now for Rosa!! Rosa has been with us, or at least in our lives, for several years now. She began wandering a couple of years ago, and we'd see her less and less frequently. she always ate like a horse when she showed up, and was super affectionate, sleeping by our heads and rolling around joyfully...a dear girl, with soft-as-a-bunny fur. Well, she showed up a few days ago after an absence of (we had to look up the blog archive "A visit from Rosa") almost a YEAR! Were we ever glad to see her!!!!!!!!!!!! she knew how to find us, we knew she wasn't lost, but wondered of course if all was well. Well, it was! Welcome home Rosa! She stayed several days, on the bed, happy, and now she's gone. yes, they're mysterious!
Where to start?? Marta's class was, to cop the title from one of her books, Beyond Words... she has found ways in which to make it impossible not to see and acknowledge that you've gotten information from the animal you interview! Used to be, lots of folks would be shy, or hesitant, to write down what came into their heads..I'm not getting anything"....These days she's learned not to allow a blank page...students must write something down...and lo and behold, it's accurate information like as not :-)
My dear friend Connie, when asked to ask the animal she was interviewing to take her on a tour of the house, produced a floor plan, which was exactly that of the cat's house...that's a new one!
Marta is a scientist, and is very matter-of fact about directing her classes. We are not asked to go into a state of any sort... just to be reasonably calm & focused, and to not filter or second-guess what comes in from the animal.
My friend Elaine asked Sassy to talk with her, and Sassy gave her the lowdown...starting with "who are all these PEOPLE??? ".
It was an amazing class of15 women, and we'll stay in touch. Marta has another class scheduled for Jan 18!!
Be there or be square!! It's truly amazing!! And she donated $325.00 to Bee Holistic even! Check her out at www.MartaWilliams.com. Love to all, Cynthia
The founder of Bee Holistic, Cynthia Burke, has been caring for cats most of her life, volunteering with such groups as the wonderful Animal Balance, and Fix Our Ferals. In 2011 Bee Holistic Cat Rescue and Care became a registered non-profit.