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All the gratitude!

Photo by Tammy Strobel


Thank you for the sweet and loving comments about Elaina’s health status on the blog, social media, and via e-mail. My inbox is exploding with love, and I’m incredibly grateful for each comment and email that comes my way. Please know we’ll spoil Elaina rotten while she’s still around.

And speaking of Elaina, she’s on our bed sleeping under her favorite blanket. Somehow Elaina manages to burrow herself into our blankets. I don’t know how she does it. Pure talent, I guess!

Our girl was on pain meds all weekend, and it brightened her disposition. Elaina snuggled with me, slept a lot, and she even went outside on Sunday afternoon and watched the deer and birds. When Logan came home from Tractor Supply—with all the cat food and toys—she chased a tom cat! Logan ran after her shouting, “Elaina no!!!!” And I was trailing behind in my socks! Thankfully, she trotted back inside without too much cajoling.

By dusk, she wasn’t active and seemed tired. She ate a little food (her current favorites are Fancy Feast Tender Liver & Chicken Feast and Hill’s Urgent Care A/D with Chicken). She’s still not drinking a lot of water, though.

I talked to our vet on Monday morning, and for now, we’ll take things day by day. Elaina will be on pain medication for another week; then we’ll reassess her progress next week. Of course, if something happens this week, I’ll reach out to the vet immediately. We hope that Elaina will continue to eat, drink, and get back to her cat-like self. I want to make the end of her life good!

I’m incredibly grateful for my vet. She’s kind, smart, and compassionate. I feel fortunate that she continues to take such good care of our girls.

I’ll leave you with a quote from The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee:

“A generation ago, veterinarians were much less sensitive than most are today … To seal out their own emotions, no doubt often both strong and mixed, and to wall themselves off from their clients’s grief—as so many practitioners of human medicine do—would be perhaps a less draining course, at least in the short term. The decency and the concern that we see in our veterinarians are worth remembering to be thankful for. Bringing the mind to rest on gratitude to someone else is not easy in a time of such entire focus on one’s own emotional state.” 

With gratitude,

4 comments… add one
  • Jenn S. January 31, 2018, 9:55 am

    Hi Tammy,
    I wrote to you once a few years ago and your shares about Elaina have inspired me to reach out again. Having lost one cat to stomach cancer, and one to lymphoma, I HAVE BEEN THERE. I think our orange tabby bonded better with our baby children than our dog did! It has been a rough few weeks for me – usual first world problems that just wear a person down. Your posts remind me to stop and appreciate what’s important – our health and the good health of our pets. You are not alone in this journey to the end. Thinking about you and Elaina every day. Take care.

    • Tammy Strobel January 31, 2018, 11:46 am

      Thank you Jenn! I’m so sorry for your loss. xoxo.

  • Penelope Morrison February 20, 2018, 7:45 am

    I have followed your journey off and on when I could access it. It’s tone and perceptions resonate. The awareness of how much our cats influence and add to our overall life experience .. Thank you for keeping us posted on Elaina’s
    Progress. I like how you share the simple things in life.

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