Posts in the ‘My Pets’ Category

October 21st, 2011

The Healing Power of Love

Cat healed due to power of love

Sunshine, the Miracle Kitty

We adopted a cat going on two years now. Her name is Sunshine and she’s what the vet called a “torty”, short for tortoiseshell coloring, kind of a blend of yellow, brown and other variegated colors. We think she’s a really pretty cat. Don’t you agree?

She is a rescue cat that we got from a couple whose yard she wandered into one day. They never wanted a cat at all, but she refused to leave, so they eventually gave in and started feeding her and letting her sleep indoors during the cold weather. But after a few months, they hadn’t changed their mind about wanting a pet, so they put her on Craigslist.

Having just lost a cat we’d been part-time fostering (his “real” owners moved away), I wanted another kitty, but I didn’t want to pay much & liked the idea of rescuing a kitty. I found Sunshine, we visited and fell in love. Unfortunately, with our 3 dogs and her shy personality, it was not a smooth transition. But after a few weeks, she settled in.

The people who gave her to us had had her examined by a vet, who told them she was probably a couple of years old and healthy. But from the time I first saw her, I noticed she drooled. I’m not very knowledgeable about cats, though, and our dogs often drool, so I didn’t think that much about it.

But after Sunshine had been with us for about 7 months, we took her into our vet for a check up. We were shocked to find out she had an advanced case of oral cancer and needed surgery to at least control the pain and try to treat it. But when they did the surgery, they decided it had spread and would just recur and kill her. When I asked about prognosis, they said, “1 month” at most.

We were shocked and saddened. It had taken us months to build complete trust and to get her to actually love us. We couldn’t believe we were going to lose her. Oh, and they also said she was an old, not young, cat.

Well, we got that prognosis of one month and we decided we would just love her the best we could for whatever time she had left.

That was over a year ago and she seems healthier today than she did the day we adopted her!

It’s really quite unbelievable. Though it does look to me like there could be some decay in her mouth, she eats 3 to 4 times a day (both hard & soft food), runs around and jumps on furniture like a young cat, exhibits no signs of pain, and seldom drools.

And lately, for the first time ever, she has started to play! It’s almost like she is getting younger and becoming a kitten again.

I can attribute it to nothing but love and tender care. She loves us and we love her. And I think, through some miracle, that love has healed her!