Yellow roses and a three-legged cat

 

yellow roses

yellow roses

yellow roses

yellow roses

yellow roses

yellow roses

Capturing the beauty of yellow roses as they fade helped me tap into peace and calm, which I really needed these past few weeks.

I was distressed about one of our cats; Archie wasn’t doing well and I feared the worst.

We adopted Archie from the Humane Society ten years ago. He’s such a lovely animal, terribly handsome with a most peaceful deposition. It’s an understatement to say we’re attached to him.

He’s our therapy cat. Anyone could benefit from being around him (except those allergic, perhaps). You look into his gorgeous green eyes, stroke his soft beautifully patterned fur, hear his roaring purr and you feel better.

Imagine our grief when we learned of a growing and painful bone tumour in one of his hind legs.

Amputation was recommended. It was expensive but it would put an end to Archie’s pain, which was growing increasingly hard to manage, even with heavy painkillers. It would definitely prolong his life. But a life with three legs? Was it the right thing to do?

Something the vet said put us at ease: a cat doesn’t look backwards to when it had four legs, it moves forward and adapts.

It’s been almost three weeks since his surgery. His recovery is a wonderful thing to assist and witness. Being kind and tender has been the trend around here. I’m touched to see those qualities shine in my husband and kids.

He slept a great deal the first week but now he’s more alert. We can tell by his ears – super perky! He gets out of his heated bed to eat and use the litter. His stitches are out and he doesn’t have to wear the dreaded cone of shame anymore, thank goodness. He even manages going down the stairs on his own. And he grooms himself! It’s a good sign because it suggests he’s not depressed.

Further on in his recovery, when his wound has healed and his fur has grown back in, I’ll post a video or two.

Archie’s going to get along just fine with three legs instead of four and that makes us positively giddy with happiness.

hind leg amputation cat

hind leg amputation cat

hind leg amputation cat

hind leg amputation cat

hind leg amputation cat

hind leg amputation cat

yellow roses

yellow roses

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 responses to “Yellow roses and a three-legged cat

  1. Well, I like your flower photos but your photos of Archie are stunning. I especially like the one of him in his cozy little basket looking at his shadow. I wonder what he was thinking? You can feel so much love and hope in those photos.

  2. Jenn Hagen

    All best wishes to Archie who likes like a sweetie. We have a friend who adopted a three-legged cat from the OHS; I always marvel at this cat’s agility – sometimes seemingly more stealthy than his brother who has all four limbs! Archie has 8 more lives to live out!

    • cs798@ncf.cacs798@ncf.ca

      actually, he only has six; this is the third time we’ve saved him from death!
      archie, is far from agile yet but we’re hopeful, especially when we hear about other cats like the one you mentioned. thanks jenn!

  3. What a beautiful post. I loved reading about your journey with Archie, the kindness that came through and Archie’s recovery process. I couldn’t agree more with your vet’s sage words, animals have truly mastered the art of the moment. Your photos of dear Archie are so tender… they fill me with joy. Hugs to the whole family, x.

  4. Marianne

    Beautiful post as always. Your baby boy is adorable and I know from experience the pets who are loved will do Just fine! You know our one eyed, blind, diabetic puggie is happy!! Xxoo

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