Saturday, March 09, 2013

For now


This is my first animated .gif attempt. I thought Livy's twitchy tail would be fitting, since it's a common attitude for her. She is actually dying of heart failure, and some evenings when she is feeling really unwell, she doesn't move her tail at all, just lies there with her eyes glazed over. So, when Livy is feeling well enough to stare out the window and swish her tail around, it's a welcome sight.

I don't mean to invest this .gif with sad thoughts! I was content when I took the video, and am very grateful for the month I have had with her since her diagnosis, especially since she never responded to treatment. Though she is slowing down day by day, she is quite dedicated to keeping up with her daily mouse patrol and bird-watching duties. She will tell me when it is time to go.

P.S: Sorry if the .gif is so big that it takes too much time to load. I decided to risk a huge .gif in order to capture the full tail swish, and also because I intended it for my computer dashboard, not optimal web use.

3 comments:

Lea said...

I love the tail swishing video!
We had a cat to die of heart failure. She had good days when she would still play. Then one day I came home and could not find her. After searching the house we found her dead in the corner behind the TV. She had found a hidden corner for the end. Enjoy these last few days your kitty has, and hope the end comes peacefully.
You have my sympathy
Lea
Lea's Menagerie

envirohistoryNZ said...

I found this little video poignant in its simplicity. Watching a pet deteriorate, and making the ultimate decision to let him or her go, is really heart-breaking. When our border collie died of cancer, it was made even harder by the fact that our 2 year old son had made a strong bond with her and had the job of giving her her biscuits in the morning. He was confused when suddenly one day she didn't appear to get her biscuit:
http://envirohistorynz.com/2010/10/09/an-ode-to-harriet/
http://envirohistorynz.com/2010/10/11/the-biscuit-or-ode-to-harriet-ii/

Sybil said...

Love that swinging tail. Is your dear kitty still hangin' on ... ?