The Westering Hills

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

WCB #37!

In my continuing theme to give props to cats other than Trixie and Colin, I present here a couple of my favorite photos of Enrique. Enrique was BW's cat, from moment of his birth in 1993 to the moment of passing on to the next life. Enrique was one of the coolest cats I had the pleasure to know and I am grateful that I was allowed to hang with him for four years. He was a huge fluffy tabby who preferred to play lazily with toys while laying on his back. His vocabulary of meows for all different occassions and situations is unrivaled to this day. He was a total badass outside and had the entire street overtaken by the end of six months living here. He is the original "First Cat" and helped us bring up Trixie by teaching her how to give other cats The Smackdown, sit upright for treats (as demonstrated below), and crawl into the bathroom sink. We lost Enrique last April to anticipated yet still-devastating saddle thrombus. Long live Enrique!


14 Comments:

  • At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Dave said…

    Hey.

    "Saddle Thrombus"...

    Does that mean you threw a saddle on him and rode him around?!?

    Yeah. I thought so.

    Dave

     
  • At 11:47 PM, Anonymous sher said…

    He was a beauty. One of my cats passed away last month and I miss her every day.

     
  • At 1:25 AM, Blogger cat_aunty said…

    Sorry, what is saddle thrombus?

     
  • At 5:23 AM, Blogger Laurie said…

    What a georgeous cat! He sounds like he was quite a character. Thanks for sharing his memory. (I'm curious about saddle thrombus too, btw)

     
  • At 6:59 AM, Blogger Kristi said…

    What a sweet tribute to Enrique. He was a beautiful kitty.

     
  • At 8:28 AM, Blogger Kross-Eyed Kitty said…

    What a nice cat...reminds me a bit of The Dutchess.

     
  • At 8:35 AM, Anonymous Kat said…

    Oh my! I love the first pose!

     
  • At 9:30 AM, Blogger it's only fuel said…

    From what I can gather from the net, saddle thrombus is a blood clot in the aorta (heart). I read this from The Pet Center

    It sounds like Enrique knew he was loved, so his life was good:) Long live Enrique!

     
  • At 10:41 AM, Blogger Shannon said…

    Hi everyone, thanks for all them nice words! Saddle thrombus is indeed a blood clot--it's one that specifically goes into a back leg. Many people think their cats have been either hit by a car or suddenly paralyzed when this happens, as it renders the cat unable to use its back legs all of a sudden. There is no cure. Since Enrique had a blood clot go to a front leg first (a rarer thrombus from which they can recover use of their limb), we were told to anticipate saddle thrombus as well. And it did happen. If you have cats, it's good to know about the possibility of blood clots and what signs to watch for.

    Oh, and Dave, if this is who I think it is, howdy! Did you sell the house yet?

     
  • At 10:52 AM, Blogger pbrchicken said…

    As I always say - and no knock on the Trixie and Colin - he was the finest cat I should ever own!

    ¡Viva 'Riques!

    BW

     
  • At 6:34 AM, Blogger annelynn said…

    That second picture is probably my favorite picture of Enrique... what a fantastic shot.

     
  • At 7:24 AM, Anonymous Dave said…

    Shannon, yup, same Dave.

    The house is selling. Under contract now, and it's looking like a green light. The inspection and appraisal are happening today. Fingers firmly crossed.

    And please excuse the crass question that Enrique was ever saddled. Actually, in the last picture it would appear that Barrett is the one being saddled.

    Dave

     
  • At 11:00 AM, Blogger Binulatti said…

    Testify! Enrique ruled the world (or at least your cat-accessible radius of said world). He was a cool, cool kitty & is no doubt in a happy place with lowflying birds and slow mice ;-)

     
  • At 9:08 PM, Anonymous TOM said…

    Hello-Just a note to say do NOT give up on your cat (or dog) if he gets very sick. Our 17 year old Domestic long haired cat "BUFFY" (we have had him for the 17 years) had a sudden stroke or "saddle thrombus" and could not walk or even lift his head and was in a bad way. He was a very active, indoor friendly cat all his life however the vet wanted to have him euthanized as there is no cure and he had a great long life.He did not appear to be paralyzed although he could not move his back legs. My wife and I wanted to give him a chance as he did not appear to be in any pain and as we are both retired we could give him 24 hour care at home. Well a month has now passed and BUFFY is alert,purring, eating, drinking and walking, albeit a bit shaky. As he still does not make it to the litter box all the time we have him in a baby diaper, but he is also getting better in that department. During the month we massaged his body and legs and helped him as much as possible.There is a chance that he might have another stroke, but at least we have him back for now. We are giving him a baby aspirin to thin his blood, vitamins and feeding him a much better cat food than before. Thanks for letting me share this story. TOM

     

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