Kitty 911 on the Psychic Hotline…

or, Cat-Slapped From Almost Beyond The Grave…

When the cat had been missing over 48 hours, I resigned myself the idea that she had gone in search of the Elephant Graveyard. The last month with her was a gift I didn’t expect to have, so grief and I were already on speaking terms.

At 11 p.m. last night, the absolute certainty that the furry wench was still alive and trapped in the dark smacked me in the chest hard enough to knock the wind out of me. At the time, I rationalized it as separation anxiety and grief. In retrospect, I believe it was a Kitty 911 on the Psychic Hotline. I had been cat-slapped from almost beyond the grave.

About two hours later, the neighbor called — FurBeast was trapped in his basement window well. Mike and I scurried over. Sure enough, the furry wench cowered in the pit, about four feet below ground level. When she heard our voices, she summoned forth a tremendous, soulful howl. Only one. We bundled her up and took her home.

It was clear that she would not survive this ordeal, but I gave her sub-Q fluids anyway. I napped the rest of the night in “the cat’s chair” with the furry wench on my lap and Mike on the couch nearby. This morning she was still with us, but only barely. She offered a faint purr and stirred a little at Mike’s touch. When we left her with the vet, it was clear that it was time to let her go.

R.I.P. FurBeast 1989-2006
Is There Food In There? (c) 2002 Allison Stein


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One thought on “Kitty 911 on the Psychic Hotline…

  1. mckitterick

    April 5, 2006 at 10:42pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about the traumatic experience of losing her and then really losing her. It’s so hard to lose our fur-children.


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  2. dragonet2

    April 6, 2006 at 12:06am

    I’m so sorry

    I mean it. I was in tears when I read the above.

    She’ll be waiting on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge for you tho.


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      April 8, 2006 at 2:09pm

      Re: I’m so sorry

      Thanks. She leaves behind a legacy of fur that we will never be able to truly eliminate from our lives. And I think her spirit is still lurking here, too.

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  3. orin2

    April 6, 2006 at 9:33am

    You showed her love and caring to the end. I am sad for your loss.

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  4. nkcmike

    April 6, 2006 at 12:25pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this. Best wishes to you and Mike.

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  5. ehs347

    April 6, 2006 at 7:03pm

    Oh honey, I hate to hear that she has passed. I know how difficult this. I still hear my departed kitty running around the house, so I know in spirit he never left. I’m sure that the furry wench is still with you as well.

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      April 8, 2006 at 2:10pm

      Thanks, cuz. Yeah, I think her spirit is still in the house. And, well, we’ll never really be able to de-fur the house. That’s why we called her the FurBeast. 😉

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  6. littleegypt

    April 6, 2006 at 7:37pm

    I’m so sorry. I know how much furry people mean. Hugs from Ross and I.

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  7. Anonymous

    April 6, 2006 at 8:39pm

    So sorry my kitty niece couldn’t live forever…Hope you are doing OK. Steph

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      April 8, 2006 at 2:12pm

      Thanks, Steph. It’s too quiet around here. But we’re doing okay.

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