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Memories of Stripey
Here is a poem I wrote about Stripey that was published in MEOWS AND PURRS, my cat poetry collection.

RIGHT CAT AT THE WRONG TIME

He was given to us
after we lost our boy
to mend our hearts
and bring some joy.

It didn't turn out the way
we expected.
I got sick, couldn't breathe.
The doctors thought
I was infected.

I spent a week in the hospital.
The final diagnosis was that I had asthma,
couldn't keep a cat.

I'd had cats all my life
without a problem.
They told me it happens.
They were sorry.

I found a temporary home
for my new kitten, Stripey
until I was better
and could care for him.

Because of that
we didn't bond or get close
It was hard for the cat,
but it wasn't my choice.

It took some time
before Stripey could come into my room
or sleep on my bed.
He got attached to my husband instead.

I didn't mind
but still felt bad.
It wasn't his fault or mine
that he was the right cat at the wrong time.

Stripey is currently 13 years old.
He's seen another come and go.
He now lives with two others
a sister and a brother.
I'm so glad they're together.
I love them all so.

*Our neighbor was trying to find a home for a stray tabby cat after we lost Floppy. We'd been felineless for a year and wasn't sure if we were ready for another cat. However, we adopted him on our anniversary, and the rest of his story is in this poem. When we took Oliver from my mother, it wasn't an easy adjustment, but they settled in together. About a year after Oliver died, we adopted our current cats, Harry and Hermione, who were then three-month old kittens. It also took time for Stripey to accept the new additions, but then they all hung out together. Last year, Stripey was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism because he had lost some weight. We were treating him for it, but when he went for more bloodwork that showed severe anemia and later had an ultrasound that indicated an enlarged spleen that was most likely cancer, we tried to do what we could to keep him comfortable. He began to lose more weight rapidly and showed that he wasn't having a decent quality of life, so we made the decision to say goodbye. We miss him very much. He was a sweet boy.



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