piranha: red origami crane (Default)
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yesterday, we took cal to the vet for what looked like a herniated abdomen. this morning during surgery, the vet found metastasized pancreatic cancer. we decided not to let her wake from the anesthesia.

she was one of shadow's litter of four, which shadow brought to us a few days after we took her in. she was with us for 10 and a half years, and she was such a good cat, no trouble at all, ever. i feel a bit guilty because she never got a "real" name -- usually my cats name themselves in some way, but cal didn't do so right away, and we called her "cal" for "calico" in the meantime... and that stuck, and i stopped listening for a name. for a while i pretended it stood for "calliope", but really, that didn't fit. so, cal it was. sorry, cal. i should have tried harder. you deserved a better name.
cal the day shadow brought us her kittens the first time

she was the least rambunctious of the litter, but she was playful as a kitten, and remained cautiously playful as she grew up. unfortunately she became quite afraid of bacchus, and he could smell her fear, and went after her every chance he could. we kept him in a big cage for a while, and zapped him with water pistols so he'd stop terrorizing her. that worked, but she remained wary of him for a long time, always kept an eye out. in the last couple of years he's slowed down, and she figured out how to read his moods, and i have a picture of them lying on the bed together with less than a foot between them. that brought a unanimous sigh of relief. and then bang! started stalking her. poor cal, she just wanted to doze in peace, but the obnoxious males in her family kept pestering her.

she never met a box she didn't like.

she was very cuddly in a mostly unobtrusive way; she liked to sleep with shadow and/or timid, and she'd curl up behind the paramour's knees on the bed and snooze whenever possible. i called her my little pit viper, because she had a major thing for suckling and kneading in arm pits, going into a total drool trance. i wasn't very fond of that, but if i were into bargaining, i'd gladly let her suck my pit every day if she could have only stayed with us longer.
sweetie face closeup

sleep in peace, little cal cat. we'll miss you.
cal walking away in the snow, looking back over her shoulder

on 2013-02-06 04:59 (UTC)
benedict: (tintin shock!)
Posted by [personal profile] benedict
Oh, she was beautiful! I'm so sorry.

on 2013-02-06 05:16 (UTC)
sara: a tabby cat (another kitty)
Posted by [personal profile] sara
Oh, dear, I'm sorry, that sucks.

on 2013-02-06 05:42 (UTC)
azurelunatic: Girl in pink lying on couch with hen on her foot.  (Nine)
Posted by [personal profile] azurelunatic
Oh, lovely cal.

My favorite hen was a Calico too, also Cal for short.

on 2013-02-06 08:04 (UTC)
firecat: cartoon bear lying on back looking at sky (reflective pompoko)
Posted by [personal profile] firecat
I'm so sorry. I love the photos.

on 2013-02-06 08:21 (UTC)
red_trillium: cartoon cat that says "I love cats but can't eat a whole one" (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] red_trillium
I'm so sorry for your loss. It is hard when our furred family pass away, even more so when we have to make the really tough decision to help them avoid a life of pain. My thoughts are with you.

on 2013-02-06 09:02 (UTC)
deane: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] deane
Fuck. Now I'm crying again.

on 2013-02-06 09:57 (UTC)
graydon: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] graydon
I'm so sorry for your loss.

on 2013-02-06 12:15 (UTC)
erik: A headshot of me! (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] erik
I'm sorry.

on 2013-02-06 13:15 (UTC)
redbird: closeup of me drinking tea (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] redbird
I'm sorry.

"Cal" is a fine name for someone, cat or human. "Calico" might not have been, but plenty of animals seem to live happy lives with more stereotyped names (like the many golden retrievers named "Jason").

on 2013-02-06 13:54 (UTC)
hobbitbabe: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] hobbitbabe
I'm so sorry.

on 2013-02-06 14:40 (UTC)
forthwritten: (escher's cat)
Posted by [personal profile] forthwritten
I'm so sorry to hear about Cal. She was beautiful and loved.

on 2013-02-06 16:33 (UTC)
Posted by (Anonymous)
So sorry for your loss, but what beautiful pictures you have of her. I hope they will be a comfort.

on 2013-02-06 16:36 (UTC)
nitoda: sparkly running deer, one of which has exploded into stars (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] nitoda
So sorry for your loss. What beautiful pictures though - she was obviously much loved.

on 2013-02-06 18:20 (UTC)
intenselaura: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] intenselaura
I'm so sorry.

on 2013-02-06 22:12 (UTC)
pameladean: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] pameladean
Oh, she was gorgeous. I'm so sorry you lost her so young. Not that it's great at any age, but sorry she didn't get to her equivalent of threescore and ten.


on 2013-02-08 11:11 (UTC)
wordweaverlynn: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] wordweaverlynn
Oh, I am so sorry.

on 2013-02-12 17:00 (UTC)
maize: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] maize
I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing the photos. She looks wonderful.


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