Sad news.

For me, at least.

First, some back story. We have a cat currently, who is adorable and The Best Cat Ever (except when he takes my socks that I’m knitting out of the bag and wraps the yarn around the legs of the coffee table). We got him a year ago, and he was overweight and needed a family badly. Now, he’s not so overweight and has a family, but is a little bald on the back from chewing his hair off; apparently it’s a combination of flea allergy and anxiety due to not having any feline companions in the house. A week and a half ago, we applied to adopt a kitten named Blackberry, who was sweet and immediately won us over. We were supposed to pick him up on Saturday, but he needed to be neutered, so they had taken him away to do that, and we were told to come back on Wednesday evening.

This morning, I got a call that he had a heart attack when they were bringing him out of the anesthesia, and had died. So no Captain Blackberry Fluffypants for us. Apparently he had some other health issue that surfaced when they put him under for the surgery. It’s probably best this happened before we got really attached.

We’re going in on Saturday to look at Lenny, who is apparently of similar size and temperament. He’s a couple of months older than Blackberry was (Blackberry was about 8 months old, and Lenny is around 10 months old). I’m hoping he’s as wonderful as Blackberry and that Johnny Cat (our current cat) thinks so, too. Think very nice thoughts for us. If it works out, we’ll rename him Lemmy, after Lemmy of Motorhead. My mom doesn’t get it, but my husband thinks it’s hilarious.


This is why he is going to be Lemmy:


Lenny the Cat (as a tiny kitten)     Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead

It was meant to be.

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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6 Responses to Sad news.

  1. Eeyore says:

    Thanks. I know I’m going to be a wreck at work Monday. I just hope I’m worrying needlessly.

    You’ve got to post pics of Lemmy and JohnnyCat together once they meet. Hopefully Lemmy can teach JohnnyCat how to play. 🙂

  2. I wouldn’t worry about Rocky; Blackberry had some other health issue that had been there always and probably would have become a problem later on, regardless of the anesthesia.

    I’ll think good thoughts for Rocky, though.

  3. Eeyore says:

    Poor Blackberry. I hope Lemmy and Johnny Cat get along.

    I probably shouldn’t have read the bit about the anesthesia. Rocky, our 16yo, is going in for surgery Monday to have a mass removed from his neck.

  4. Noooo. I am so sorry! This one looks like fun, though. I love the name.

  5. awww, poor blackberry. at least she didn’t suffer 😦

    hopefully Lemmy is full of health and fun! and will be a good playmate for your nervous kitty!

  6. Mouse says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Blackberry! I will think good thoughts for Mr. Lenny/Lemmy Cat – though I don’t know why on earth you’d want to name something SO cute after scary ol’ Lemmy of Motorhead. I had a black kitten and he was the best kittie ever- he unfortunately had a form of feline leukemia and died very young. I still miss him.

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