Katie, my One-Eyed Cat – A Tribute

I live in India, in the southern port city of Chennai (Madras), capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. My small family (myself, wife and son) are inveterate animal lovers. Several cats live with us in our apartment, and we feed and care for dozens more in the city and elsewhere, including the Parasparam Shelter. My wife and I run an organization, The Cattitude Trust, which is active in animal welfare.

Some months ago, one of our volunteers rescued a little kitten from a poorly-run shelter and brought her to us for care. She was emaciated and had an upper respiratory infection. We started treatment and nursing immediately. Her right eye though was very badly infected and despite our best efforts, eventually she lost that eye. We sought the help of an expert vet in USA, Dr. Kate, who advised us on treatment, and eventually we were able to save the kitten’s life. As she now had a permanent handicap, we didn’t try to re-home her, and so she became part of our family. And we named her Kate, after the American doctor who’d helped save her life.

As she grew up, Katie grew right into our hearts. Her handicap never bothered her. She was playful, talkative, loving and adorable. She would sleep with us, play with us and often would go into little paroxysms of loving.. she’d make a grab for my hand and make me hold her and caress her, and if I stopped she’d give a little meow-yelp and grab my hand again. She never protested if I picked her up and carried her around, unlike most of our other cats who are, after all cats, and hate being fussed over unless they’re in the mood for it. In fact she was just a happy child who’d taken the shape of a cat. Constantly playful, she constantly brought home to us the fact that Life, after all, is just a Play.

When we brought in two other rescued kittens.. Cornflake first, and after she found a home, Chloe next.. Katie was their playmate, their buddy and their mom all rolled into one.

In fact Katie was so special that hers was the picture on our Trust’s 2008 New Year greeting card! Katie’s presence in our home was Light, was Love itself.

Then the time came for Katie to become a young lady, and she started going on heat. Even here, she showed unusual behavior: She seemed to be in love with one particular male cat of ours, Ditto, the “black panther”, the surviving brother of our other “angel cat”, Fella, and she’d go sweetly nuts whenever Ditto came home. (Of course Ditto, being neutered, would just give her a disdainful look and walk away). Even in heat, Katie was adorable, and the way she’d roll around on the floor and meow under her breath in protest that she wasn’t getting a boyfriend, was funny and sweet.

Ditto
Ditto

It was time to spay her, particularly viewing her handicap, because if she left home looking for a mate it could be a real danger for her.

The night before the surgery I sat up with her till 2 am., and we chatted and chatted, and she nuzzled my neck and licked my hands and told me how much she loved me.

The next morning at 6.30 she was operated on by one of the best vets in our city, who’s done hundreds of such surgeries. The surgery was successful, and my wife then brought Katie home. When we last looked, she was coming nicely out of anesthesia and seemed fine.

I came home from work for lunch at about 2 pm and thought I’d look in on her.. she was lying against the door of the room where we’d isolated her, so I had to go in through the other door. One look at her and I knew she was gone, her one eye closed forever.

That was one the biggest shocks I’ve ever had.

We don’t have a clue why she died. Did her illness as a kitten leave behind some systemic problem which never showed up in her medical follow-ups? Did she thrash around and have a cardiac arrest? We’ll never know, and that makes it so much worse. We’ve had dozens of cats spayed, but never had this happen to any of them. Why our beloved, our beautiful child, our precious Katie?

We’d saved her from almost certain death as a baby, only to lose her in this most unacceptable of ways. Almost 5 years after we lost our angel kitten, Fella, also in tragic circumstances.

She was a martyr to Love! All she wanted was a mate, and because she lived in a hostile world, she had to be “done” for her own protection.. but alas, she paid for that with her life.

Our Katie has left a huge hole in our lives. With each passing day, the pain just gets deeper and deeper, the memories lash at our souls, the longing increases.

Some people may feel, understandably, that this is too much emotion over a mere animal, a cat at that.. but I know many more who will clearly understand the depth of our pain.

So I’ve set up this blog in her memory.. and also as a place where others who’ve lost a beloved pet and have felt the sorrow of it, can share their experience.

With special thanks to WordPress.

Katie
Katie

“I carry your heart, I carry it within my heart”..(e. e. cummings)

Katie n Cornflake
Katie with Cornflake

Katie n Chloe
Katie with Chloe

Katie n Me
Katie with me

New Year 2008

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9 Responses to “Katie, my One-Eyed Cat – A Tribute”

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  2. Mark D. Johnson Says:

    Ah, so much love shared between you all and Katie in such a short amount of time. And then what heartache to lose a family member. Thank you for the story …… so much affection in a little ball of gray. Sending our love, thoughts and prayers, Mark and Eileen

  3. Haafez Says:

    She does indeed look special – take care and keep up the good work.

  4. Anu Says:

    Beautiful story dach.. Poor lil Katie. I can just imagine your feeling of utter loss – There is a saying I read recently that unless one has loved an animal, one’s soul remains unawakened.. I am sure Katie’s soul will always hover in and around your home, and rest happy with the thought that she is now at peace.

  5. Murari Says:

    Dear Devika, Hathef and Farhaad,
    Sorry about your terrible loss. But Katie will be grateful that you didn’t turn a Nelson’s eye.

  6. Sadiq Says:

    “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”
    ~ Mahatma Gandhi

    This is indeed a sad time for all of you…. especially yourself HATHEF. You embraced Katies spirit like a parentwould …. no questions asked…. this was yor calling and her fate to be handed to you. She may never ever forget the hand that gave her comfort and peace. Its not your human element that she related to and was in love with, rather your warm and gentle spirit that healed her and gave her health and dignity back. You gave her her Mews and Purrs back….. you held her chweet furry paws in your hands and all you said was “Don’t worrk Katie I am here for you”.

    WOW!

    Sadly enough, you were with her till the end. That was your journey with her… her journey with you that was your tribute to her life. As journey’s must end …. life goes on but her sweet li’l adorable spirit remains in your hearts and in the hearts of her furry mates who have been left behind.

    Wishing you much Peace and Comfort at this difficult time. In this transition of Katie “was” to “isn’t”…… hope is rekindled and love has grown, the spirit is bigger and the mission stronger.

    Little Missy
    My Katie Purr
    Rest in Peace

    ~Sadiq

    I got the “RAINBOW BRIDGE” for you. Its just so beautiful and hopefully will allow you to let go and be safe with the thought that Katie is very happy where she is
    :
    http://www.catchat.org/rainbow.html

    Rainbow Bridge
    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends, so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigour; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together.

    Author – Anon
    ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

    Check this out:
    http://www.sadly-missed.com/resources/pet_bereavement.php

    http://www.pet-loss.net/preloss.html

    http://www.pet-loss.net/heaven.html

  7. Habibeh Says:

    Bro’ I do understand the depth of your grief over Katie. From this beautifully expressed tribute, one understands how special she was and how you couldn’t help but love her so much.

    I don’t know if you remember the incident of my cat, not sure in which city it was. The cat I loved with all my heart. He was my baby, but because of us falling ill (maybe it was mostly me) Beebs and Baba had decided to drop him off in the market. This turned out to be a bad idea, because I became heartsick would hardly eat or drink for the next three days. So Baba decided to bring him back. This resulted in us paying a visit to the market and the butcher’s shop near where he’d been dropped off. The butcher said that a cat would come there now and then and that he’d keep him for us, which he did and the next day to my absolute delight the nightmare was over as he opened the gunny sack in which he had kept him and let my baby loose into the car. The excitement I had been feeling all day at the prospect of seeing him again was so rewarded by the sweet sight of him again!

  8. Eddie Says:

    Dear Hathef,Devika and Farhaad

    I do not know how to express my emotion and I did not read about katie if I do certainly i wont able to sleep, but still jus the picture made me to grieve. My prayer for Katie and family in grief.

  9. Chris machi Says:

    p.s i hope i say thi right “casay hoe, and fir milingy ? ihope yo got my message abuout my tuxedo cat, bootz . he was the love of my life.

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