|Sally Boy Kitty and The Beast (aka Hall) and the mama without her face on.|
If you don't know the whole story of this little guy and how he came into my life RIGHT WHEN I NEEDED HIM, please take a moment to read this - Straight from Sally Boy's Big Mouth.
We were in denial for a long time when the vet told us how much weight he was losing a couple years ago and that his kidneys were in trouble. But then he got on some meds and gained some weight and seemed to be using his 19th life. But a few months ago, this eye thing stated happening. You can see it above in the picture with Hall riding him bareback.....he's got a winky eye. It's related somehow to the kidney thing and we are just doing our best to make sure he is ok and enjoying his life.
We can't be selfish anymore with him. We have to accept that he's been with us for a long time and given us such joy and for that we are so grateful. Now, we don't have any plans yet to do anything with him, but we are listening and watching so closely to what he is telling us. He's eating a ton and acting so much like himself with his quirks and zest for life that we keep seeing he's ok for a bit longer.
But when that goes away, and we know it will, we will need to do something (please see disclaimer at the end of this post). On my visits to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary to volunteer, I attended a seminar on Cats and loss and when to say goodbye without holding on or making it worse for your beloved fur babies. It really changed the way I thought about all the stuff we could do to make them "feel better", when really, that's pretty selfish and more for the humans than for the fur babies a lot of the time, and it's often better to let them go with love.
We aren't there yet, but I wanted you all to know, because Sally Boy is kind of a big deal around these parts. And he should be. He helped me stay sober. He helped me be a better and more responsible person right when I needed him to. And now, he's being kind and learning about human babies and hopefully around long enough for them to learn about him. In the meantime, he gets lots of delicious wet food and treats and as much love and appreciation as we can give him for everything he's done for us.
DISCLAIMER - Please don't write me telling me what we should or shouldn't be doing with him as we feel confident we are doing the right thing by Sally Boy. Respect, yo.