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Today I found myself driving 35 miles each way to pick up five baby spider plants. Plants that were not even in pots, had just been cut off their mommy. I cannot answer the question, why?


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Apr. 16th, 2005 12:41 am (UTC)
To save their lives.

Bless your heart!
Apr. 16th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
I suspect that is in fact the answer, even if it is absurd. The woman said if nobody wanted them she would toss them. I guess that got to me, even though they probably would have gone into the yard waste and become compost.
Apr. 16th, 2005 02:01 am (UTC)
That is exactly what I picked up on, when you said they had been separated from their mother.


You're so neat.
Apr. 16th, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
Maybe you can help me with this next one.

My sister has a cat who is over twenty years old and is deaf. SHe requires intravenous fluids every other day, which my sister takes care of. My sister pokes a needle under her skin and lets the fluid drain into the cat for about ten minutes, as I recall.

Finally, the cat howls at night when she can't sleep with my sister, whose partner is allergic to cats and doesn't want the cat in bed with her...with them.

I have been struggling with whether or not to offer to adopt this cat to save it from the needle. The final needle. Yet the fluid thing holds me back. I leave town so often that caring for the cat in these absences would be tricky, to say the least. I can't ask anyone I know to do this. And I am not sure I'd want to be boarding the cat every time (but it's an option). doing this procedure myself would also complicate my life.

Clearly it would make my life more complicated. But I feel the kitty deserves to live out her life. She does not appear to be in any pain, seems in very good condition, in spite of these conditions, and seems to like her life. I am afraid that my sister will give in to the pressure of her mate and have her put to sleep.

Sometimes I wish I didn't know some things.
Apr. 16th, 2005 11:29 am (UTC)
The poor cat would be so disoriented and unhappy to be suddenly moved to a new home when she is near the end of her life.

Judith, I don't think she will live long, in any case. And she is probably very uncomfortable.

If you did take her and then had to travel, she would be lonely and bewildered.

If she should be put down, it will not be too much before her death, anyway, but until then she will be in familiar surroundings, being taken care of.

Apr. 16th, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, I did think about the disruption. It would be a lot for her to take.

I hope that my sis keeps putting up with her. I realize having her put to sleep isn't the worst thing, but normally I tend to feel that's an option when the cat is in pain, and she's not.

I haven't even hinted that I am thinking about this, to my sister.

Thanks for your thoughts. I do think you are seeing it clearly.
Apr. 16th, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC)
I doubt your sister will let her partner influence her to put her beloved 20 year old cat to rest. Things will play out in the cat's favor. The cat will survive sleeping in another room at night.

A 20 year old cat is really something...wow. How special a companion to live with for so long.
Apr. 16th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
In spite of her partner's influence, which is considerable, my sis has held on this long, has taken the trouble to do the fluids. I think she is too much a softy to do otherwise just yet. I just wish I could come in with a solution that makes everyone happy and lets everyone sleep. It's nice to be able to do that sometimes.

I did take on another of my sister's cats years ago, and had her for a long time. A seriously troubled cat, with brain damage that caused no end of problems for us. Yet we persevered with her and loved her, my daughters and I. when I think of her now I smile, especially thinking of her confused face. There are times I am huge in the rescue department, making me think I would have made a good veterinarian.
Apr. 16th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
Not so foolish....sounds like something I would do.
To everything there is a purpose...
Apr. 16th, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
What's particularly nuts is that these little guys were not potted and I don't have time to pot them because I am heading north for my brother's funeral. So I put them in a bowl of water. I trust that will hold them until I get back Monday. Spideys are tough.
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