A beautiful story of two beloved cats written by a Cat Faeries customer

We so love people who love cats. And we love people who can tell a good tale probably as much as you do. We hope your heart is warmed, faith in humanity is restored, and that you give your cats a big hug and lots of kisses. Here’s Judy’s story about Casper and Marshmellow:

My Wonderful Cat Faerie,

On Wednesday, our Marshmellow passed away suddenly. We think it was a heart attack. The morning began as it always did. I petted him on the couch and cleaned the sleep from his eyes (Casper used to lick them clean but when he passed away, it became my job). Then I went into the kitchen to wash his bowls and make his breakfast while he went to the sliding glass doors that lead to our deck so he could watch the birds. That was his favorite thing to do. No sooner than I suds-up the bowls did I hear a terrible cry from Marshmellow. It sounded like the sound he made when a black stray cat would wander onto our deck.

Marshmellow was very protective of us and used to “fight” that cat through the glass doors. But it was daytime, the stray only lurked around at night. And the birds were outside singing. If they stray was there, I’m sure the birds would have flown away. I rushed to Marshmellow. He was laying on his side in obvious distress. His breathing was shallow. I ran to get my husband and the carrier so we could bring him to emergency. But as we were stroking him, before we could get him in the carrier, he took his last breath. Our only solace is that it happened quickly, in one of his favorite places, doing one of his favorite things…and, just like Casper, he wasn’t alone when he left us.

Thankfully, our daughter, Carrie, was sleeping out at her friend’s house. Marshmellow’s last moments are playing in a constant loop in my head. I am glad Carrie was spared these images. When she came home, Marshmellow was wrapped in his favorite blanket and looked like he was sleeping peacefully. Just as Casper was “mine,” Marshmellow was “hers..”

Carrie was the one who first found Marshmellow at North Shore Animal League. They put all the hard to place in the Purina Cat Haven, a colorful building that you see first before going into the main building with all the kittens. It is such a wonderful and happy place for these cats to live until they find their forever homes. The main room is filled with carpeted shelves, bay windows with seating, cat condos, scratching posts and toys. From that room, there is a kitty door that leads to a clinical looking room where the cats’ food is prepared, the cats get daily grooming, inspections, etc. That’s where Marshmellow and Casper were most of the time according to the staff. Even though the other room was far more interesting, they didn’t want to be with the other cats, only each other. Marshmellow and Casper almost blended in with the stark white walls of that room. I think that was the way they liked it. They were there for two years. Even though there were many wonderful kitties for us to choose from in the main room, Carrie was drawn to the clinical looking room. That’s where Marshmellow and Carrie first laid eyes on each other. It was love at first sight. Carrie petted Marshmellow while Casper watched a few steps away. When it seemed that Carrie was “OK,” Casper let her get a couple of pets in with him, too. Carrie came running back to the main room where Sam, my hubby, and I were.

Excitedly she said, “There are these two beautiful white cats. One is fat and friendly…” and at that moment Marshmellow came through the kitty door and stopped at her side, “and the other one is smaller and shy.” And that was when Casper stepped through the kitty door and kind of hung back there and watched his brother. Casper let me pet him. Both let out earth-shaking purrs. From that moment, they were our family.

Carrie is an only child. We had just moved to Long Island from Manhatten. She didn’t have too many friends out here yet and was terribly lonely. That’s why we went to North Shore Animal League that day. We intended to get two kitties so they’d keep each other company while Carrie was at school and Sam and I were at work. Marshmellow was Carrie’s confidant. She told him secrets. She cried to him. She laughed with him. She used him as a pillow (he LOVED it). Marshmellow helped her through a dark time in her life in a way that nobody else could. I’ll love him most for that.

The North Shore Animal League figured they were about 9 years old. Same age as Carrie. If that’s true, Casper was 14 when he passed in August. Marshmellow made it to 15. Indoor cats are supposed to live to 20, I hear. I feel like we were robbed. But we had seven great years together and that is a gift. I wouldn’t trade a single moment of it. They were happy here and if anyone deserved happiness in their lives, it was Marshmellow and Casper. Marshmellow was never the same after Casper passed. It was about 3-4 months until he stopped looking for him. Then he seemed resigned to being alone with us. He became a bit needier for affection and the loss of Casper created a bond between Marshmellow and me. He was happy…but never the same. It was a heart attack that took his last breath but I believe he really died of a broken heart.

Anyway, for years you have been a special part of our family. You helped us through a very trying time. Feliway brought harmony back to our home and your toys brought joy to The Fellas (that’s what we always called Casper and Marshmellow together). You know Casper’s favorite was the corn and he was holding it as we relieved him from his cancer. Marshmellow’s favorite was the fortune cookie (I always called it the wonton). We cast Marshmellow’s footprints in plaster, just as we did with Casper. While, Casper was cremated, we buried Marshmellow in our yard, wrapped in a favorite blanket, with his “wonton.” We put the bird feeder above his resting place so he can always watch the birds. It was his favorite.

Thank you for everything. We’ll get new, furry members of the family again…but not now. When we do, you’ll be sure to hear from us. Until then, I’ll remain a fan and recommend you to everybody!

Hugs,
Judy

Our cats’ secrets to longevity

When I tell people how long our cats tend to live the response is usually “Seriously? How do you do it?”

I wish it was a magic faerie wand I could swoop over every cat, everywhere. When I think about it it’s a lot of things that I do. Part of it is good food, regular health care and keeping them inside. And of course, lots of love.

Some of the other things I do are…

We run Comfort Zone with Feliway diffusers in nearly every room. We don’t have a peeing problem we just think of it as something that makes our cats happy and helps them feel relaxed – much like when I bring in fresh cut roses and put them in vases or mason jars. The rose scent is so appealing and calming to people, just as the Comfort Zone with Feliway pheromone is appealing and calming to cats. When we are calm and happy we are healthier and live longer.

I also put Kidney Kitty flower essence formula in the water bowl every time I change the water, which can sometimes be twice a day. No matter how young a cat is, it’s never too early to start supporting their kidneys. I don’t know the statistics, but since cats are living longer its often renal failure that is their demise. Customers tell us that Kidney Kitty offers support and boosts comfort and longevity.

We also keep as calm of a house as possible. Every morning we play the CD “A Ball of Yarn” as it sets the tone of the day with its soft lullabye like melodies. As for television I’m not entertained by violence – give me season one of Downton Abbey 24/7! Fashion Police is as raucous as it gets at our house!

Hissing or fighting cats are upsetting to the cats of course, but also to us. So we want to minimize conflicts. Multi Cat Household Harmony flower essence formula on a daily basis can turn The Hatfields and McCoys into Romeo and Juliet.

Slowing down and watching your cat’s antics will de-stress you, and your cat(s) will love the attention. Feeling loved and enjoyed makes everyone feel good and youthful!

Moving anytime soon? Tips for traveling with cats!

  • As you start to pack boxes spray Feliway on them which will make them less scary to your cats. We think one squirt per box, once a day is all you need.
  • On the big day give each cat some of our Homeopet “Digestive Upsets” and keep giving it to them until you reach your destination.
  • Before putting the cats in their carriers spray the padding with Feliway. One or two squirts are enough. Let the pad sit in the air for 10 or 15 minutes before you place it and the cat in the carrier.
  • Our water proof pads (see Furniture Protection) are great because they are washable. Cats often “hold it” while traveling by car, but other cats panic a bit and pee or poop.
  • If you are able to spray one or two squirts of Feliway on the car seats where the carriers are.
  • If you can thread the seat belt though the handle of the carrier so that in the event of a fast stop the carriers won’t go flying.
  • Are hard plastic carriers better than soft ones? Debatable. We have the hard plastic ones as we feel they protect the cat better and if the cat pees or poops it’s easier to clean.
  • If you are traveling by car and there is more than one of you, someone must stay in the car when you make food or gas stops. We have heard of cars – with cats inside – being stolen at rest stops!
  • Keep the Do Not Disturb sign on the door of the hotel AT ALL TIMES. If one of you needs to hunt for food someone needs to stay in the room. Housekeeping could ignore the sign and enter and a cat could escape.
  • Lodging is tough but not impossible. Take a bottle of Anti Icky Poo with you for any accidents. You don’t want to leave a mess like that behind because hotel management might tighten up their allowing of animals.
  • As for where to stay we asked our Facebook friends for suggestions of animal-friendly hotels or resources and this is what they said (you should always call the local number of a hotel location first to make sure with any chain, each location has a different actual owner/operator):
    • Amanda likes www.petswelcome.com
    • Alyssa has stayed at Red Roof Inn, but cautions they might be in an iffy part of a town.
    • Becky who has traveled with both cats and dogs uses www.bringfido.com
    • Shawn once stayed at a Holiday Inn Express with 7 kitties!
    • Debi agreed about the Holiday Inn, and added Comfort Inn, but call first to make sure.
    • Sleigh says the La Quinta chain is very animal friendly (we’d heard that too)
    • Kristy suggests Candlewood Suites
    • Susan tells us that Days Inn did allow animals at one time – call and ask
  • Spray Feliway around the hotel room or install a diffuser. This will help keep the cats calm. Our flower essence formula Calm and Serene will help too.
  • When you reach your new home “prep” the house with Feliway before you let the cats out to explore (or hide) Before you let them out of their carriers at the new house zip through it and spray Feliway “here and there” especially in the room you think most of them will want to hide in. Install diffusers around the house as well.
  • Your best bet is to give the cats one room with a closet and things to hide under (like a bed). Some cats are more curious than others. When we bought our house Betty spent 4 days exploring and marking with her cheeks, then she collapsed and slept for 2 days! The others hid in a closet and slowly came out to explore.
  • To make sure the house is as unthreatening as possible Check the doors on the outside for any cat urine marks from neighborhood cats which may have come by and marked. Look at cat-butt-height for water marks and clean with Anti Icky Poo.
  • Congratulations on the move! I hope it’s a beautiful house with wonderful neighbors. Start looking for a good vet clinic now. Yelp is a good place to start, and call the local pet shops. You might also start looking for a great cat sitter.