Tamby A Cat In A Million

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TAMBY - a cat in a million

Date: 24th October 2016

My Darling cat Tamby died a year ago today and I still miss him.  

He was, in the words of the Vet 'a moggie', found in a country lane when he was about 8 weeks old.  I took him into my home, he integrated with the dogs - a boxer and a standard poodle - and gradually wound around my heart.

When I was about 18, I had a cat in London and he disappeared.  The anguish of not knowing what had happened, was he starving on a street, had he been knocked down, injured and was in pain.  I never saw him again and vowed that I'd never have another cat and then Tamby came into my life.  He may have been a Moggie Marmalade Tabby but what intelligence and what a companion.  His arrival almost coincied with the break down of my last marriage and his companionship was wonderful.  He wasn't insured because the Vet said he was 'only a moggie' and would probably enjoy better health than any pedigree pet.  And for most of his life, apart from the odd scrap and the accompanying abcess, he was very healthy.  Then at 15 he developed Hyper-Thyroidism and was constantly sick.  It broke my heart to see him lose so much weight - a cat who had always adored his food.  Medication was tried but it wasn't working.  I was faced with deciding between an operation on one side of the Thyroid which the Vet warned might not be successful and then he'd have to undergo the same procedure a second time or the expensive radiation treatment which had a relatively high success rate.  I opted for the latter and am pleased to say that it worked and we gained another 18 months together.

A year ago today, he collapsed for a second time onto the kitchen floor.  The Vet said they could do more investigations under anaesthetic.  He was 16½ and I didn't think he would be able to take another general anaesthetic so with huge sorrow I had him put to sleep.  (We are kinder to our animals than we are to human beings - both my Father and Mother wanted to 'go' ages before they actually did pass away.  And look at Lord Rix, who voted against 'euthanasia' in Parliament in 2015 but when it came to his own painful death, he changed his mind!)

I grieved for many months and then wondered whether I should re-home a cat or a dog.  I didn't want a kitten or a puppy because I am no longer a spring chicken and you have to think about their future. I hadn't really made up my mind and then, by chance, I caught the last 10 minutes of a Paul O'Grady programme and went online to look at rehoming a Battersea Cat or Dog.  And that's when I saw René- he was actually reserved for another family but they introduced him to their dog  and the two didn't hit it off so René came back on the list for rehoming.

I don't think any other cat would ever have filled Tamby's place and I'm sure I'd have been looking for his characteristics so it is probably better that I have a little dog and I hope he will forgive me for sometimes calling him Tamby.

I love this photo taken a good few years ago but showing complete abandon and 'security'.

TAMBY - a cat in a million

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