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VALE DEAREST "MONTY"
(Milbury Katha Beaumont)
" Monty " ( Milbury Katha Beaumont )
On January 2nd, 2012 - our beloved "Monty"
gently and quietly put to sleep. He was
well into his
18th year, and as with the major percentage of very
cats, he began to suffer renal failure, a most common
affliction for one so old.
Before he could begin to suffer the shutting
of vital organs, and thus a lot of pain, I made
to end it all while he was happy and not suffering
more than weakness and perhaps occasional nausea.
On the evening before he left to find his former
friends, I offered him some just melted icecream. He delightedly
lapped up over a half cup of it. I was
very happy to see him enjoy this as much as he did ... and it somehow made my decision a little easier, as right up to
the end, he was happy. I believe also that he died happy ... with a beautiful peacful look on his face
travelled to the Vets on that morning.
He enjoyed an incredibly healthy life - having no
problems whatsoever during his almost 18 years with us. He was elegant and regal, of perfect behaviour and manners,
and was a most loving and obedient companion.
We miss him very very much.
VALE TO OUR WONDERFUL FRIEND "MONTY"
In March 2011, we lost our precious little
cat "Oscar" to a rapidly growing cancer.
It was in an inoperable place, so before it began to encroach in any way on his throat we helped him cross the Rainbow
Bridge. He was THE sweetest little soul, was so gentle, but at the same time - he could put all dogs and
other cats in their place. He did this with dignity, perseverance and gentleness.
Along with all our other beautiful pets that have left us,
he is missed greatly, but is at peace - having been laid to rest in our own memorial garden.
Oscar was such a sweet gentle soul.
And oh how much we miss him.
VALE SWEET WEE OSCAR
Timmy was a beautiful little cat - a Blue
of two brothers - they arrived as 12 week
Timmy had the reputation - inquisitive, growling
protective of any food he thought was his,
and a lovable bundle of fur who enjoyed nothing
better than to cuddle on my lap giving me
occasional little 'love bites' to remind me he was
still there. He is no longer there.
Timmy was put to sleep on March 26th 2007
prior to suffering any further advances in his
rare and metastesised cancer.
He is so lovingly remembered and sadly missed.
Ming was a Seal Point Siamese - and her registered
name was JOKAI MING SOO. She was mated with a Lilac Point male when she was 15 months old.
She produced, after much protest and lack of interest, a litter of kittens from which only two survived. One of
those two was Tiffany. They were inseparable. Quiet of nature, friendly in disposition, and
fairly rowdy at times, they both lived to 17 years of age when they died. Ming was the first to leave and
12 months later, almost to the day, Tiffy followed.
I have many memories of Ming, but I think the best was her total
dislike and disdain when I sang. ( Hey I wasn't THAT bad !! ) I was part of an Amateur/Professional
musical theatre group , in the chorus, for quite a few years of Ming's life, and having to learn my music, I of course
practiced as much as I could which brought about some extraordinary reactions from Ming. First she would yowl
- long and loud and rise in 'voice' (others thought she was joining in), and then when it was all too much, she would bite
me on the leg (not hard but she hung on), until I stopped my singing. This became a bit of a party trick, but
it sure interfered with my practice. !!
Tiffy or Tiffany's registered name was
RANSETSU TIFFANY JANE. She was one of two of the only litter Ming had. Ming had not been a 'good' mother
to begin with, and had to have hormone injections to make her feed her two offspring. The injections worked
like a charm and Tiffy grew to be a lovely Seal Point Siamese - her sister was more the Lilac colour of the sire.
Although Ransetsu was my own breeding owner's registered prefix, I decided after the trouble Ming had, that she'd be neutered,
and was rather sorry I had sold the dear little sister.
Tiffy was not as boisterous and vocal as Ming. She was
very much the subservient of the two, having to deal with Ming's occasional loss of temper with her. Mind you,
I think Tiffy deserved some of the hand outs she got. They both were the sweetest cats to me though and lived
long and happy lives and accepted all other cats and dogs that came after them.
Many people are unfortunately afraid
of the Siamese Cat.
I don't know where this comes from, but
seen first hand the fear they can produce.
I believe it
perhaps comes from old wives tales about
the viciousness of
a Siamese Cat. Nothing
could be further from the truth
in my experience. They
were the gentlest of cats,
loving and loyal - and very good watch cats as well.
Both of them would growl like a dog when
they heard something outside. This
more than once
made my blood run cold, as they often
did this at night !!
Ming (aka Mung Bean), and Tiffy (aka Tuppence)
were entered in the Royal Melbourne Show
of 1979, but that was the only time they were shown.
It was a long long hot day, and
although the cat pavillion was cool, many of the cats
displayed a lot of fear and anxiety. Ming
and Tiffy each won
a Third Ribbon, so that was enough.
I miss them to this day.
Gussie was an absolute character of a
cat - one had to 'know how to handle him' otherwise a bite or three would be inflicted. Boy could he bite - and
hang on too. But he was - to me, the sweetest cat I have had. Probably because of his 'ornary'
temperament, and his funny ways, he was kind of special. We lost him 4 years ago to cancer. But his memory
is ever with us, and I sometimes think he is too ?? I have a story about Gussie on another page.
I could write many stories about our
dear old Gus.
Not sure if I have ever seen a cat
bowing to a bottle of beer before.
Have you ?
To the left, shows Gus sitting in a most
peculiar pose - we never could
work out how he got his front legs
behind his back legs.
Another favourite position on the right.
Contortionist Cat !
Plum (Plum Blossom) was a beautiful Cameo
originally owned by my sister Maree,
but we inherited her
too when Maree went to live overseas.
Plum was with
us for many years.
Plum Blossom taking
a bath. She
clipped at the time
this photo was taken.
.... she could be Plum ugly too -
Below left is a photo of just how 'oogly'
she could be .... but she was
really always a sweetheart.
In the photo
directly below she
has been shaved for the
summer which made her
as she was a cat that would sweat.
right - she'd SWEAT. Under the
on her belly. Being a light
she attracted fleas and
we bathed her fortnightly -
she loved her bath too.
Much easier to
control the fleas when
she was shaved.,
and it was cooler for her
in the Australian summer heat.
I promised a "Plum of the Foul Look" photo.
And here it is. Wonder what
she was thinking ?