Monday, August 17, 2009

Given the choice, I'd choose veterinary care.

It's mighty quiet around here these days now that Itty Bit is gone.

She had a punishingly loud and extraordinarily insistent meow, probably because she was hearing impaired (aka, deaf) and could not hear herself. But everyone else could and for the past nine years, it was not unusual to have callers exclaim, "Aw, Itty!" and then crack up laughing at the other end of the phone line.

Itty was always yowling for something -- food, kisses, food, head scratching, food and food, mostly. Of course I noticed she was getting more frantic about food, yet losing weight. I noticed other changes. I've been adopted by many cats over the years and know when a cat is dying. I knew this was the case for Itty.

The veterinarian came to my home. She examined Itty, explained options, and listened carefully to me. She let nearly thirty minutes elapse between administering sedation and the injection that stopped Itty's heart. She sat with me the entire time and then went quietly about the business of taking stuff out to her van before coming back for Itty's body. The vet arrived at 6:30 and left at 8:30 PM.

If I become terminally ill, please call my veterinarian.

Photo of Itty Bit by Michael Mancuso


  1. Oh Meredith - I am so late to this. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. There really are no words - but there are many prayers.

    You have an amazing vet.


  2. Oh, never too late for prayers and well wishes! Yes, an amazing vet. She drew a little heart on the invoice and was very tender with me and Itty.

  3. I have a "Itty" myself also withe, gorgeous and sadly deaf, I am very sorry for your loss, I can't imagine how it feels like. God bless her little soul.

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  4. Monica: Does your kitty also have one blue eye and one golden-green one? My understanding is it's common for deaf cats to have that configuration. Thanks for the blessings and back atcha!

  5. She looks like my Sugar - who is white and deaf and a has very loud and annoying meow. So sorry for your loss.

    PS I have eleven cats.

  6. Her eyes are golden green but I think you are right about this anomaly on deaf cats, a friend of mine has a kitty with two different color eyes, also deaf.

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  7. Except for the eye colors, she looks a lot like Splinter. My condolences for your loss.

    My wife still misses Splinter, but it looks as if he has another playmate. Don't know how he will react to another white cat, though. He had a preference for dogs, and he barked as often as he meowed.

  8. What a beautiful story about Itty! My heart goes out to you along with all the others who know exactly what you went through.
    I know you two shall meet again!
    Thank you for sharing this with me.


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