Jake and Bathsheba

A blog by two cats who used to live in the same house in Northern Virginia. Unfortunately, they are both no longer with us.

Monday, July 23, 2007

"Simply a Matter of Economics"

Sometimes the key to stop feeling sorry for yourself is to keep busy. I was stuck inside all day today since there was no more Dad home during the day to let us in and out as we choose.

Mom's Newsweek magazine came in the mail, and I did some reading. There was an interesting "My Turn" article by a guy who spent a lot of money on vet bills for his cat. It reminded me of a story Mom had told me about a cat her family used to have.
Mom was home for the summer from college, and Grandpa (her dad) had rescued a young Siamese kitty from a couple of abusive kids. (I'll tell that story another day.) Anyway, Mom's family had the kitty only a couple of days when one evening he bolted out of the front door right into the path of an oncoming car. He was hit and seriously injured. Grandpa, Mom, and Mom's sister rushed the kitty to the vet. There, Dr. Wright said that it was "simply a matter of economics." Did Grandpa want to spend the money to heal the kitty? Grandpa took one look at the kitty and his two daughters and said, "Yes, of course." The family officially adopted him then and ceased looking for his owner. The sisters named him Marcellus, and Grandpa called him Marcy for short. He had a pin in his hind leg, and his digestive tract always gave him trouble, but he lived another 17 years. Grandpa loved that kitty like no other; he was hooked on that meezer.
When it comes to us beloved kitties, we are not "simply a matter of economics." We are so much more in the lives of our families.

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At Monday, July 23, 2007 10:47:00 PM, Blogger Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

Don't I know it!! It seems we meezers give lots of trouble but we're worth it. All kitties are worth it and its never simply economic, its always very emotional. That's why Meowmy is spending tons of green papers on the horse right now. She's a member of our family.

(We're so sorry you're stuck inside!)

At Monday, July 23, 2007 10:55:00 PM, Blogger THE ZOO said...

Owr beans wud scrimp and do eferyfing they culd for us. they tell us that daily. Theys wuld go wiffout if need be for us they say its cause they truly luf us and wes all family.

At Monday, July 23, 2007 11:37:00 PM, Blogger Derby said...

Mum gotted that magazine too. She read me the story and that man is furry kind to extend his kitties life.

At Tuesday, July 24, 2007 12:23:00 AM, Blogger Lux said...

Oh yes, that is so true - what would our beans be without us???

At Tuesday, July 24, 2007 12:28:00 AM, Anonymous Cheysuli said...

i think we are always worth it. Although my human, having worked on the other side of the veterinary equation knows of times when people just don't have the money and their heartbreak. I think we are all very lucky that the times when we just can't do something is usually in only the most unlikely event.

At Tuesday, July 24, 2007 8:53:00 AM, Blogger Caesar and Princess said...

This is a nice story and makes my mommie really happy. There are people and then there are people with hearts that melt for animabibbles.
Wonderful picture Bathsheba <3
*~PUrrs, Princess

At Tuesday, July 24, 2007 10:29:00 AM, Blogger The Cat Realm said...

That is so true!!!
Unfortunately a lot of beans have a way of thinking of all animals as lesser beings. As if we didn't have feelings and souls like any being on this planet!
If one doesn't respect ALL life, than one has a major lesson to learn in this life!
Good thing Grandpa HAD the money to spend! If something like this would happen over here - we wouldn't have the money for neither cat nor bean because this health care sytem of the USofA is worse than any third world country.... But we digress, we usually try not to get political, we leave that to the beans!
Thinking of you guys, how you are holding up, sending lots of purrrrsss....

At Tuesday, July 24, 2007 12:15:00 PM, Blogger Daisy said...

What a wonderful story about Marcellus! And what a nice Grandpa, too.

Bathsheba, you look very serious reading that magazine. Once you are done with that one, maybe you can read something fun like Catmopolitan magazine.

At Tuesday, July 24, 2007 12:45:00 PM, Blogger Skeezix the Cat said...

Wow, Bathsheba, yer vary good at reeding! The closest I git is reeding the cartoonies in the Noo Yorker.

I liked the storey abowt yer Grampa. He sownds like Mr TF.

At Tuesday, July 24, 2007 7:03:00 PM, Blogger Parker said...

Your Grandpa was a very wise man. My Mommy and Daddy say that they would go without before we would. We are members of the family and Mommy says that we are pure love covered with fur. We have actually had people ask if they were taking us with them when they move. Some humans really don't get it.

At Tuesday, July 24, 2007 9:00:00 PM, Blogger Henry Helton said...

Oh Bathsheba. That story made my heart purr. Thank you.

At Wednesday, July 25, 2007 12:56:00 PM, Blogger The Crew said...

With the daily barrage of bad news from the media, it's nice to read a heartwarming story!


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