Hi! My name is Kathy and in 2010 I went to art school. It was fun and great and everything, but where I live there’s really not much in the way of Graphic Design jobs. During that time I took out a student loan that ended up being over $10k! Yikes, right?
You don’t have to donate, but even reblogging would help.
It’s been… four days since Rika passed away. I’ve been taking a lot of time for myself… Leaving my tumblr queue empty, not reblogging any funny posts, and just staying relatively silent because it just feels like I would be disrespecting her if I just went on with my blog like I usually do. Especially after so many people had been really hopeful for her recovery.
Anyway, this is a long post about me trying to cope with losing by baby… And what’s kinda been going on and stuff. There are pictures of a new cat. I’m putting everything under the read more from here.
There is some horrible news…
After spending a good three hours with her today, Rika suddenly took a turn for the worse. Right after I left, she stopped breathing for ten minutes. She was resuscitated and rushed to an emergency vet. Just after 3 PM today, Rika went into cardiac arrest. The vets…
I’m so sorry for this situation and that you lost your baby. I lost my cat almost a year ago exactly, though not nearly in the same circumstances. I’m sorry for all the pain, and my thoughts are with you and Rika.
Thank you for your kind words. It’s been rough and it’s going to continue to be rough, but seeing the support of so many people is very comforting.
Thank you so much for your support and kind words. I’ve greatly appreciated all of the positive well-wishes and supportive words everyone has been giving me. It was a terrible tragedy and it’s going to take me a long time to fully recover, but I am happy to know that people such as yourself are so kind and thoughtful. Thank you.
Thank you for your concern. I’m glad that Rika touched the hearts of so many. Thank you for your empathy and for your support. It means so much to me.
Thank you so much. I’ve definitely been grieving, and the pain comes and goes (it never goes completely, but it lessens on occasion). I have a little bit of medication to keep me from going into full panic attacks but it doesn’t stop the heartache and the pain. I always told Rika that she was supposed to live a full life and that I’d be ready when it was her time to go when she was old and ready. It hurts to have that cut short. She was a special, special cat.
Thank you again for all of the support you’ve given along this rough and terrible journey. I can never express how much I truly appreciate it.
Thank you so much. The amount of responses and condolences has been amazing. I’m so glad Ri managed to touch so many people’s hearts. I’m going to miss her so much, but I am happy that I had her for the time that I did and that she was happy and healthy and that she got me through so many of the rough patches in my life. Thank you for being a supporter and for keeping me in your thoughts.
Thank you. It’s been rough, but I’m really trying to work through it. The pain comes in tidal waves. I’m trying to surround myself in other sweet cats to help cope with the pain. A petsmart employee to let me into their adoption center after hours so I could play with the kittens, even.
There is some horrible news…
After spending a good three hours with her today, Rika suddenly took a turn for the worse. Right after I left, she stopped breathing for ten minutes. She was resuscitated and rushed to an emergency vet. Just after 3 PM today, Rika went into cardiac arrest. The vets did everything they could, but she did not come back. She passed away.
I’m in complete shock. I rushed back to the emergency vet so I could see her one more time and say my goodbyes. My heart is completely broken…. There has been no other cat like her and there never will be again. She was truly special in every meaning of the word. I loved her and still love her with every fiber of my being, and I know that she had only love for me in her heart as well. I’m not sure how I’m going to keep going without her, but I’ll try… Everything hurts and I’m at a loss for everything. I want my baby back…
I’ll still be accepting donations because we still have the vet bills to pay off… I might have a family member take over my account because I am in so much pain. I’m not sure how I’m going to continue functioning. That was my baby… That was my sweet baby girl, my little Ri-Babe, my Lovelies and my Sweetheart. A huge portion of my heart is gone without her. I don’t know how long it will take to recover.
As for the fate of the dogs, we will be putting Inu down. He is going on 13 and is quite old already, only having a year or two left anyway. As much as we love him, we feel it is the best and safest thing to do. Pavi, our greyhound mix, is looking for another home. He needs a place with no cats and probably no other dogs. He looooves people but needs to be shown caution with kids. He’s very gentle with kids but also has a history of abuse and is known to sometimes snap if someone scares him while he’s sleeping. He’s never bit, it’s an unconscious reaction of fear. He also shows a great distaste for bikes and skateboards. If anyone is interested in helping Pavi find a loving forever home, please contact me through the gofundme site or on my tumblr. I’ll give my email address out to any interested parties.
Cookie is happy as an only cat. As soon as Inu is put down and Pavi leaves, she’ll be safe from any harm. My mom is keeping her.
I am numb and cold inside. My heart and chest aches horribly for my sweet baby girl… Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive and helpful in this journey and I’m just so horribly upset that it ended in tragedy. I can’t stop crying. I don’t know if I’ll ever stop hurting.
Hi! My name is Kieran Thompson! I’m an indie cartoonist who draws mostly urban fantasy comics like TWIYEH and Sin Pararse. I’m also transgender, and in need of reconstructive surgery on my chest. Having the surgery would greatly improve my quality of life and has been shown to be medically neces…
Oh apparently I did publish it and didn’t realize.
I can’t really offer prizes or anything, apart from promising to get back to making content for everyone as soon as I’m well enough to do so. But I’ll be super grateful if anyone can help me out.
As always if you’d like to help out in a more sustained way I do have that Patreon thing.
Reblogging myself. :|
Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who’s shared this and especially thank you to the people who have donated. Even just a small amount will help with some groceries or cover part of a bill.
Gonna keep reblogging this every so often. Sorry ghouls.
I honestly didn’t expect anybody to give anything, but some people have! Thanks so much!
Please keep sharing if you can.
Hey, here’s another important fundraiser. This guy’s been one of my favorite webcomic artists for a super long time and I just found out he’s saving up for top surgery via one of his comic updates. Spread this around. Being a transman as well, I know how vitally important surgeries like this are.
Rika stood up this morning! She had a group of vet techs rooting for her and she was able to get herself up on her feet for a short period of time. She’s off of her IV fluids for now and we’re hoping she’ll start eating and drinking on her own soon. The only recent concern was that her temperature dropped really low last night for some unknown reason, but it was quickly fixed with heating pads. I offered her some treats today but she was on too many pain meds to really care. She did purr a little while I was petting her, though. I left her food and treats with the vet techs so they’ll try feeding her when she’s feeling more awake. The doctor said she was pretty comfortable this morning when she decided to lay on her back, which is something she has always liked doing. So things are looking very hopeful!
Thanks again to everyone who has donated and shared Ri’s story so far. There’s a lot of hope for her.
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I’ve seen these things done and I’ve watched some gain success and watched others dwindle into failure. So, I feel like I have nothing to lose by posting this.
My cat had a terrible accident on Tuesday,…
This made my heart sink. I can’t imagine.
If anyone could donate even just a few dollars, that would be magical.
I don’t reblog these things often, I promise to get back to posting art soon. This cat can recover fully from her injuries full and live a full life, but her owner needs help paying down the vet bills that have accrued. Since I just came back from a convention I was able to donate a small amount this time, but I would also like to spread the word.
As unfortunate as this is, if the dog hated the cat, why wasn’t the dog trained better or given to somebody else without pets? Seems like that’d be the smartest thing to do and wouldn’t have had the cat in pain or amputated. Since it’s already done, though, dogs like that usually get put down, so at the very least, I’m hoping the dog is wearing a muzzle for its life or until it’s trained better.
Please go to this persons blog and read their updated info about this situation. This was a horrible accident, pure and simple.
I’m genuinely curious, I’m not trying to be offensive or rude in any way, but what are the options for mobility for a cat missing both front legs? Cats are springy and mobile creatures, they aren’t as ground-bound as dogs. Can they be set up with a wheel prosthetic like double-amputee dogs can?
Just.. If the cat is going to end up immobile on top of the deafness and mild neural abnormalities, is there much of a point? Would there be suffering involved that cats are infamous at hiding? Suddenly the animal goes from being able to leap quite high to either being bound to the floor or just a spot on a bed.
I understand wanting to save a beloved friend. I have my own special needs companion animal and I know I would go above and beyond to help her or my other two pets but how many functions can an animal lose, and what options are available for rehab?
**this is moreso my own musings. I wish nothing but the best of luck to Rika’s owner and I hold no hard feelings against them for what happen. Mistakes and accidents happen.
Those are very reasonable questions! And I asked many of the same ones, myself. I talked extensively with the vet about her quality of life and whether he felt it was appropriate to go through with the surgery, all circumstances considered. There are a surprising number of things that can be done that’ll keep the cat happy and her quality of life great. We’re taking each hurdle as it comes and I am devoted to her 100% and will do each and every little thing to make her happy.
Her deafness was never much of a problem with her, so I don’t think it’s going to compound her sudden loss of legs in any way. I’ve found it more of a blessing because her inability to hear allows her to not have to be scared of loud noises (especially because she’s in a kennel near some barking dogs at the vet). But I felt the same way as you do about how her lifestyle is going to change dramatically…
In all honesty, everything depends on Rika and how she learns to adapt. Cats and dogs are actually great at adapting to things like limb loss or otherwise huge and sudden disadvantages, so I’ve been told. The vet has shared with me that there are wheels and harnesses she can wear to help prop her up and give her more mobility and freedom every so often, but they aren’t things that she would be able to wear 24/7. Aside from that, the main concerns are her being able to eat, drink, and eliminate in ways that are clean and healthy.
I’ve been watching videos of cats who have lost their front legs lately. It is shocking and amazing how versatile they still are! Some even jump up onto cat condos or hop up stairs without any problems! And Rika is already showing a surprising amount of strength. She’s already trying to get up and figure out ways she can stand and balance in her new situation. The vet and the vet techs are actually very hopeful that she’ll be able to get around without assistance. But, of course, I could not have known all of this going into the surgery. My love for Ri meant that—while understanding that she might not be able to get around very well—I would be there to intervene and make SURE she would be happy. Besides, that cat only loves two things: food and me. She doesn’t care about much else.
I am going to admit something, though. If it was any other cat, I would have put her out of her pain. I wouldn’t have wanted her to live a “lesser” life (though I don’t think her life will be any lesser at this point) or feel her injuries anymore. I was selfish. I was super, super selfish. And I said that to the vet, too. I recognized that I wanted her to live for me, because I cannot live without her at this point in my life. In recognizing this, though, I also understood that I would sacrifice my time, the little bit of money I have in my bank account, and whatever else I had to make her life worth living. I’ve always done what’s best for the animal, but this time I did what’s best for me. … It may turn out that it’ll be what’s best for both of us.
I’m looking into making my apartment accommodating for her, with safe ramps up to the bed and window and soft, cushy beds on the floor for her to take some easy naps. I’ll be altering the litter box for easy use and learning with her what works and what doesn’t. Her and I are going to take it each moment at a time, celebrating each victory and finding new ways to go about things. I truly believe that she will be just as happy as she was with her legs. Cats live in the moment and don’t dwell on the past.
Thank you for being concerned and for the good wishes :) You brought up some very important questions that I think other people would be curious about. It’s going to be a learning process, but I’m going to continue to give updates on my blog about how she’s doing and what’s she’s learning.
Alright, so GoFundMe doesn’t like Ri’s post-surgery picture which I guess I took a risk posting. All they did was take the picture off and say it was kinda gross. It wasn’t gross to me, but I guess that’s because I think my cat is beautiful no matter what. I do see where they’re coming from though, since I suppose some people may feel bad if they see it and that’s okay. I don’t want to gross anyone out.
I do want to share her step-by-step recovery, though. Including the less pretty things. I want everyone helping me to be in the know and to see as much as they wish to see.
Anyway, I mentioned on the gofundme and in other posts that her surgery went very well. And I wanted to share of a picture of her post-surgery. Some people may find it graphic (bolding as a warning) so I’ll post it under the read-more cut.
She’s sedated and on heavy pain meds, which is why she looks really sleepy. Occasionally she’d kick her back legs around a bit. You can see the surgery incisions and the staples holding her skin together, but there’s no blood or gore. Just a miserable-looking cat that kinda looks like a kiwi bird now. If you don’t want to see her surgical stuff, please don’t look. I don’t want anyone to get upset or triggered at the sight of an injured animal :( I know that sometimes it really affects me and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone else.
She was a little upset when I walked into the back room at the vet, but she calmed down the moment she smelled my hand, so she’s actually kinda happier than normal in this picture.
You’re welcome for the information. I realized pretty quick that clarification is always best, and that people prefer to be informed. Which I completely understand. And I also understand some people react negatively when they see unhappy things and may occasionally lash out, and that’s okay. Well… it’s not nice, but I’m the kind of person who tries to see where people are coming from, ya know?
My mom and I have agreed that after the dogs pass, or after I take the cats, we’re always going to keep it a one-species household. I’ll always have cats, and at this point I think I’d rather play it safe and not own dogs throughout the rest of my lifetime… As much as I truly love them. And my mom would be happy having only dogs or only cats, too. It’s been in discussions we’ve had many times, that we really do need to have only one or the other. Dogs and cats CAN coexist, but that just isn’t our case, even though we have tried training and have done as many of the right things as we could. And so I know why people might get upset at the fact that there’s even that risk, as small as it has been. But like I’ve said, when it comes down to it, there’s really no “choice.” Re-homing is near impossible for both sets of animals and I’m just wholeheartedly against euthanasia if an animal can be maintained and kept at a distance from the things that trigger its aggression. (Also, Inu really is a sweetheart. He’s such a loving dog to those he trusts.) Shit happens, though. Unfortunately.
But thank you very much. It’s wonderful to have support. And the support has be simply overwhelming! I keep tearing up with every reblog and every kind word. Updates will definitely be coming on the gofundme as well as on my blog! And I will be happy to continue answering any questions people have.