it’s a freakin’ cat miracle

July 21, 2011 |  Category:   family life

No, Tobi the cat isn’t cured of cancer, but he has pretty much rebounded to his old self. For now. After a few days of not eating and laying around with a totally spaced out, checked out look in his eyes, he’s almost acting spry. Like he’s acting all nosy, sticking his head in the refrigerator every time it’s opened, just like he’s always done. Like he’s standing on his hind legs to peek up at the table and survey the spread when we’re all sitting down to dinner. He’s even batting at random dust bunnies or snippets of string that he spots from the corner of his eye as he walks by. He’s still skinny. He still doesn’t eat like he used to. But he is eating.

Um, yeah, so I don’t really know what’s going on, but we’re real happy that he appears to feel better right now, especially since I just about declared him on death’s door 2 weekends ago. He even got a little testy with me when I tried to scratch his head the other day as if he was all, “I’m back, bitches!”. Dude, I shed real tears for you. Don’t scratch me. Cats are so weird.

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  • Tim July 21, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Weird? Absolutely and to me, that is what makes them great pets and part of the family. Having cats in your life is like living with your strange uncle full time.

    I am glad that he is feeling better I’ll be the girls are happy about that too.

  • erin July 21, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Wonderful news! Hopefully he gets to spread his weird sass around for a lot longer.

  • Louise July 21, 2011 at 8:10 am

    So lovely to hear! Sounds like he’s got a bit more ‘go’ in him yet. x

  • Roos July 21, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Cancer and miracles… we could for sure use some of those over here…
    Enjoy each other’s company to the fullest!! No matter if it concerns ‘only’ cats or human beings.

  • Emma July 21, 2011 at 9:02 am

    So glad to hear this! πŸ˜€

  • Susan July 21, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Puts a smile on my face, that’s great!

  • ethaney July 21, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Hahahahahahaha. This made me laugh.

    I’m glad to hear Tobi is better and yes, cats are so strange.

  • sarah July 21, 2011 at 10:48 am

    9 lives!

    cats are such wonderful pets. I miss having a kitty around and your posts are making me want to head to the rescue and adopt a little furr-ball myself!

  • Stephanie July 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

    “Dude, I shed real tears for you.” haha you are so funny. Glad to hear Tobi is doing well. πŸ™‚

  • Annette July 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Cats are very strange. My kitten just went through a terrible few weeks with an unexplainable knee problem and she was limping all over the place and not eating or drinking anything… and then suddenly, out of nowhere she bounced right back! After multiple trips to the vet and not receiving many answers, I was so shocked, but ridiculously happy.

    I’m so glad to hear Tobi is doing better!

  • Pamela July 21, 2011 at 11:34 am

    What wonderful news!

    I’m new to your blog and just love it to pieces! New favorite! Your daughters are beautiful!

  • diamondkelt July 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Aww πŸ™‚ Maybe he’s just making the most of the time he’s given πŸ™‚

  • Joanna July 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    That’s great to hear that little Tobi is feeling better! I’m sure your vet has mentioned it but you can also get him appetite stimulants to help him eat a bit more. This helped when my cat decided he was too stressed out (by the kittens I was fostering) to eat. You can also try mashing wet food into a large plastic syringe (without the needle obviously!) and hand feeding him like a baby with a bottle if you feel he is not eating enough. It worked wonders for me and my kitty. All the best!

  • StΓ©phanie July 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Good for Tobi, for you and your family. Don’t be sorry to have shared your fears with us. Cats are members of family! And it’s normal to be worried or deadly sad when they get old and sick. I am, when my old siamese cat – ZoΓ© – is. Good luck for Tobi!

  • Dacia July 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Aw that’s great :’)

  • Helle (Helen) July 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Happy to hear he has this phase. Enjoy him and the time you have, as long as he is doing this well, I’m sure he’d rather be here than not. Is probably not specifically a “cat thing” but a normal part of having cancer, whether it’s humans or animals.

  • Paige Davidson July 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    You’ve been on my mind this week and I’m glad to hear Tobi is feeling better. My oldie but goodie, Dame Tanner of Scivally (aka Tammy) is looking bonier by the day and barely eats, but she’s still fighting to get on the table to lay in the middle of whatever I’m working on, rubs her face on customers feet, keeps her white paws compulsively white, and seems generally chipper. She’s sixteenish and her boney hips and shoulders are making me sad. It is a shame we all can’t just happily live forever.

  • rosa July 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Cats are not weird, humans are. πŸ˜‰

  • RebeccaNYC July 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    so good to hear this!

  • Atsuko July 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    So glad Tobi is feeling much better:)

  • Sarah July 22, 2011 at 1:45 am

    So happy to hear that Tobi is getting better Jenna!! He is so precious! I miss my baby Bella. : (

  • gail July 22, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I had a 16-yr-old cat whom I adored who got bladder cancer. I prolonged her life for nearly a year (or at least I’d like to think) by feeding her Beech Nut baby food strained chicken, and spirulina flakes made into a wet mash with water. For many months, that’s all she ate. It wasn’t all that expensive–the flakes came in large jars that I pre-ordered at our co-op, and a jar of strained chicken lasted a couple of days or longer. I savored the lengthy remission….good luck with Tobi!

  • Meghann July 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Yay, for a kitty come back!! Wishing good health to you all!

  • Alison July 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Cats are super weird and have a great sense of humor. They never fail to surprise me. My 12 year old cat stopped being playful a few years back and i had it down to old age, a few months ago, she started attacking my feet and bouncing around. So funny!

  • Mrs D July 27, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Ahhhh go Tobi! Precious fluff ball! Gives me hope for my old cat.