As some of you already know, our beloved Oscar passed away suddenly on Friday.
Our noisiest boy has had some issues with his lungs since his darling brother Henry gave him an early present as a kitten – cat flu!
He got through that scare – the vet said he wouldn’t survive – through the power of sardines and late nights for Mum and Dad.
From that moment onwards, the cat who supposedly had problems with his lungs made the most of every bit of them.
Half cat, half bagpipes. Our little boy was the chattiest cat in town.
In his early years he liked to wake us up by “singing” at the window… generally at around 5am.
When we moved house, the addition of a cat (dog!) flap earned us some respite at he would instead wonder in to cuddle up next to his brothers.
He was an excellent mouser. And ‘bird-er’. No creature was safe in the garden when Oscar puss was about.
He was our little soldier, who guarded the house and let no-one else approach without warning: greeting all with a large and loud meow or a fearsome pounce (sometimes both!), depending on whether they were friend or foe.
Oscar loved to patrol. It’s a busy world out there with fences to climb, mice to play with and territory to defend.
He did it all until the very end.
When we first rescued Oscar his given name was Engine Joe.
It didn’t suit him, but came about as he was found sleeping on an engine as a kitten.
We adopted him after he attracted our attention by constantly batting the tail of the cat in a neighbouring cage at the cattery; a somewhat battered looking, half-eared white (with a bit of black) cat who was soon to be named Archie.
Oscar was 12 weeks old approximately . His cage mate, Henry, was even younger – so small he barely filled our hands.
The three of them soon became best friends. Two terrible tiggers and an older, more sensible lion to look over them.
His brothers are so sad now. They miss their chatty play-mate.
Oscar’s talking was legendary. Clearly part Siamese, there were moments we thought he’d never shut up.
He drove Dad crazy. He had conversations with Mum that made War and Peace look short. And when chicken became involved that was a whole new world of MEOW!
Oscar loved his kisses. He loved to be the centre of attention.
He was our friend. Our protector. Our baby.
Many of you who know from the early years that Oscar has trouble every now and then with his breathing as a result of cat flu as a kitten.
well the past 2 to 3 years all has been 100% good until recently when he has had three emergency visits to the vets. The last visit was yesterday and Craig took him as I felt I was getting no where and was so worried my poor boy was damaging his lungs the longer it went on. To my surprise Craig called me after and advised that Oscar had a steroid injection and that moving forward he will be on drugs to help prevent his issue going forward.
Today the 11 year old moggie is breathing normally and constantly wanting attention as I work. Please note Oscar’s attention is constant meowing with bottom placed in my face LOL.
All good in moggie and Big Ben household for now phewwwww
It appears our WordPress is restricted to how much we do unless we upgrade and so hence the few words/ pictures at the present time.
we are all well. We have had a few health scares with Ben, Archie and Oscar, but at the present time they are good and healthy with the help of right drugs.
I have just completed my 10th marathon in Amsterdam at the weekend so Archie and Ben are constantly battling my attention as I left them for 2 days lol
We hope you are all well and preparing for Halloween.
This morning suddenly we had to say goodbye to our 12 year old cousin Toby 😦
Michelle’s mum was distraught on the phone as expected. What happened was he had breakfast then went outside and was poorly, next his back legs went thankfully he was being watched and was rushed to vets straight away. Cause was as he had a heart murmur a blood clot was going around his heart and slowly shutting his body down. There was no option and the whole family is distraught as we cannot believe our lion has gone and so quick.
We are grateful he is now with his ginger uncle Sammy (from One Spoiled blog)
and they are rolling around playing and getting to know each other.
Michelle, obviously in tears after, called the moggies as they are all outside and it was Oscar who ran to her and let her have a big hug. Oscar is very close by lately and very affectionate, which is not like him.
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