Friday, May 05, 2006

Sia
















This is Sia. She is about 10 months old now. She showed up at our house and never left. I took her to the vet to have her checked out, declawed and spayed. I also asked the Vet to do a Feline Leukemia test on her because she had been a stray and I wanted to make sure she was healthy. She tested positive. We decided to keep her until it starts affecting her, then we'll have to have her put to sleep. The vet said most likely she will only live to be 2 but there's about a 15% chance she could live to be 4. In all the years he's been a vet (30+, I'd say) he's only seen 2 live past 4...one lived to be 8 and the other lived to be 11. Right now, she's enjoying the high-life with my three small girls (4-yr-old twins and a 2-yr-old.). She is very tolerant of them and seems to enjoy their attention (at least sometimes). ~Staci

66 Comments:

Blogger Gheeri's Servant said...

Sorry, guys-I don't know about you, but boy, did I CRY when I got this. It's always sad knowing you only have a certain amoount of time with a pet, even thought, deep down, we all know that more than likely, we are to outlive our pets and then some. I can't imagine a day without Bagheera, and I know most of you feel the same (donna, Jan, all of you know who you are.....) The best reason for me to post these pics is that everyone needs to see this precious baby before we can't. THIS is the reason we need to help strays. They need to be neutered, vaccinated, and most can be released where they were found, whereas some can be adopted (and yes, some are too sick to release). I wish I could win the lotto just to help more.

Anyhow, Staci, if you see this, my prayers are with you and Sia. I hope you have many joyful years with her.

(sorry, Fuzz Pack, but you know the stray/feral plight gets me going-sorry for ranting...) See you guys on Monday!

5:52 PM  
Anonymous donna said...

Hi Sia, what a sweet girl. Stacy, that is so wonderful of you to keep her anyway. I know I would have too. I would give her the best love I could for whatever years she has. Bless you and Sia too.

Yup, GS, you're right about us! Have a great weekend.

5:54 PM  
Anonymous rosie(who else!) said...

...this fuzz is taking it all in her little stride....................


No Sweat FUZZ.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Sia is such a pretty girl! I love her, she looks like she's been a part of the family for so long! Your family is doing a good job of loving this little lady. I agree, I would take her in too. I believe that animals, as with humans, should be treated with kindness and respect. After all, aren't we all God's creations?! Bless you and your family. She will reward you with lots of love and purrs!

6:17 PM  
Blogger Karen C. said...

Oh, what a sweet little baby - I love all her colors. I'm so glad she found your family and is able to have such a good life, however long it ends up being. Love and purrrs to you all!

6:19 PM  
Blogger Emma's Kat said...

Wow, what a lovely little girl! It's too sad she has leukemia, but she will at least have a great and comfortable life w/you Staci. I love her markings...a calico tabby. Don't know if there is such a thing, but that's what she looks like.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous casper's mom said...

What a sweetheart. Sia is so pretty and I bet she is so happy with all the love she is getting. Hopefully a prayerfully she will last a lot longer than 2. Stacy it's so great of you to keep her and give her lots of love. God Bless you.

9:03 PM  
Anonymous annonymous said...

GS Why don't you name Steele, O'Mally. Just a thought.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Oh Gosh, this kitten gets more amazing everytime I look at her. I wish she were mine is all I can think to say. Staci, you truly are a wonderful person!!!

Kat, she has an M on her head so she is a Tabby. She is a very pretty cat!!!! I love Calicos that are orange and gray with stripes.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous alohahelper said...

Aww, look at that sweet little face! Bless you Stacy, for taking her in. Many years ago, my sister's boyfriend gave her a kitten from a litter that his friend's cat had. Molly was the sweetest thing, smokey gray all over and very smart. She figured out how to open cupboards and sliding doors so we always had to do a head count to see if any cats were locked up by mistake. When she was 7, she got very sick and the vet discovered she had feline leukemia. Since our cats were all indoor cats, the vet thought that her mother might have passed the virus to her. We had to take our other 3 cats in for testing but they were all okay even though they had been sharing the same food and water bowls all those years and Blackie and Molly would groom each other. Hopefully, Sia won't show signs of her illness for a good many years, like Molly did.

12:03 AM  
Blogger ML (Mary Lynn) said...

Sia is such a sweetie. Just look at that little face.
Again, my friends who work at the vets have all taken in FL cats. It could be a different type of leukemia, could be that these are just carriers, I'm not sure. But most of those cats have lived long lives. They do require a bit more medical care. Anyway, she is beautiful and it is wonderful you taking her in -- how could you resist? I know she will have a wonderful life with you and that is what is important.

12:33 AM  
Blogger Linda-Kiara said...

OMG - Sia is absolutely beautiful! When I read the write-up the corners of my mouth just went south. How could anything so sweet have so little time to live.
Stacy you are such a GREAT person to care for her! Bless you and bless Sia.

10:30 AM  
Anonymous caroline said...

She's beautiful..
FeLV positive cats can live long lives..
She'll need special care and maybe a special diet..
give her lots of love!

12:48 PM  
Anonymous donna said...

Hi Sia-girl. I just had to come see you again. I think she's beautiful. I do hope she out-lives the vet's estimate.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous rosie(eho else?) said...

..Is this little rebel giving us all 'the finger' in the top picture?!...........................DUZZA...........................

5:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a big orange pussum who was
Fel v positive that lived to be 11 years old.Eddy had a good life as an indoor cat,and left us in his sleep on day...He was one of the greatest cats ever...hug tour kitty for me...Thanks

8:24 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

No Rosie, just you! HAHA! LOL! Just kidding, no one would be that crazy!!!

9:12 AM  
Blogger ML (Mary Lynn) said...

You all know, Rosie may be right...Sia may be giving the finger...to the whole Feline L. thing. The little rebel may be making a huge statement here. She looks spunky enough, too.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Meowmepurr's Mumma in Washington State said...

I think Rosie got it in one! Now, if I could just figure out why she's watching me...

Stacy, I hope you and Sia have many years together; but that's not one of the choices we are given. Just love each other and enjoy whatever time there is. You will both be in my thoughts and prayers.

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Staci Knope said...

Thanks, everybody, for caring about my kitty. After seeing how attached my little ones were to the cat, there really wasn't a decision to be made regarding us putting Sia down when we found out or keeping her. Hopefully, she'll have a very long and happy life, but our vet is doubtful. The Vet's office told me that most people have them put down when they find out they are FLV+.

I thought she was special enough (and cute enough, also) to share with everyone. Thanks again, all, for the wonderful comments, and your thoughts and prayers. They mean alot to us.

8:39 PM  
Anonymous uma said...

I hope your cat will have a good and long life. It's hard to know your cat is very sick :-(

I just wanted to say something about declawing.
I realise you already declawed her, and there's no turning back. But for you, if you would ever get another cat and for everyone else here, I think you should know that declawing is a very painful surgery, and is even illegal in most of the european countries. It’s not the “claw” or “toenail” that is removed, but rather the entire first digit of the cat’s toe.

read more here:
http://www.catsinternational.org/articles/scratching_and_declawing/declawing.html

and here:
http://www.43things.com/entries/view/560498

7:48 AM  
Blogger Gheeri's Servant said...

uma, Thank you for posting up some very important info. I myself am against declawing, but many feel it is OK to do this. I've seen horrendous pictures of declawed cats, and have seen firsthand what the surgery can do to a cat's temperment.

In my personal experience, my Fiances' grandmother has gotten 2 different cats-both kittens, from a local shelter-and both times she got them declawed, for the sake of her precious, tacky furniture. The first one was fine for about 2 years, and started nipping harder and harder (there are many reasons a cat starts biting-but one reason is the overcompensation of the loss of their claws), and started biting her while she slept. Unfortunatly, against my advice, the crocthety old woman gave the cat back to the shelter, now clawless, with social problems, and homeless. She tried again. She got another kitten, had it declawed, and brought it home. After about 8 months, the kitten started biting hard. Not at night, like the other, but hard. This one wound up in the shelter as well. Also, when I was a young girl, I had a pet cat that one day I came home to find declawed, against my wishes. My Madison had been an outgoing, happy cat. After that, whenever she heard a strange voice, she went running upstairs under my bed, and wouldn't come down until hours after she no longer heard the voice. And she hadn't been declawed until she was full grown, so it wasn't just a hormonal change. Declawing changes a cat. SOMETIMES you get lucky. Sometimes a cats' personality is so strong that it doesn't change. But from my PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, about 75% of cats change for the worse. And then they wind up in shelters, because the same people that don't have time to train their cats to NOT scratch furniture, or clip thier nails, also don't have time to work with their new behavioral problems. It's an epidemic, in my opinion. Unfortunatly, because there is such a high demand for it, the vets continue to do it. Oh, and the last thing is, some people say, "I don't want them to scratch my kids". OK. #1, If you teach your kids how to properly play with a cat and supervise them, they won't get scratched. #2, Clip their nails, or religiously have them clipped every 2 weeks at your vet/groomer. PetsMart does it cheap. I know, I used to work there. #3, Most grown cats won't outright scratch someone. With a new addition, get an older cat. If you insist on getting a kitten, make sure you know that the kitten was with its' mom and siblings until at least 12 weeks. When you get them too early (most get them at 8 weeks, which is the law in at least Florida) they don't have the time to learn when it's OK to use claws/teeth during play from their family. This is why responsible breeders don't let their kittens go until 12-16 weeks.

Anyhow, enough lecturing. Just want to rant. Thanks again for the links!

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