In August, 1996, I went to my local
Animal Shelter to adopt a Persian Cat. I prefer Persian Cats due to
their gentle nature, their sweet dispositions and their
unsurpassable beauty. At this time there weren't any Persian Cats
available for adoption. Several stray cats, recently rescued, were
contained within the Holding Room, a 7-Day Waiting Period. If the
Owners did not retrieve their cats within 7-Days,
the cats in the Holding Room would be available for adoption. I
peeked inside the Holding Room and.....I saw HER!
A very tiny, badly neglected, emancipated, loaded with fleas, white
female Persian Cat about 9 months old. Her pure white fur was
severely yellowed from lack of proper nutrition and care. SHE WAS
THE ONE I WANTED TO ADOPT! I could hardly contain my excitement!!!
After the 7-Day Waiting Period I returned to the Shelter. She was
STILL THERE! I adopted her on the spot! Her first day home I named
her Katrina which in Swedish means Catherine, my name. Katrina had
her first good yummy healthy meal! Katrina had a nice warm bubble
bath and blown dry with my personal hair dryer. Katrina's Fur was
gently combed, all fur mats removed. The remaining fleas on
Katrina's tiny body were removed with a Flea Comb. I sent the fleas
to their demise by drowning them in my kitchen measuring cup.
I immediately noticed Katrina had a serious issue with the inside of
her left ear as she continuously scratched and tilted her head.
Katrina was taken to my *Wonderful* Veterinarian Clinic for a
thorough examination of her ear. My Veterinarian stated it was
possible Cancer may be deeply imbedded within her ear. I immediately
scheduled Surgery. After Katrina's Surgery, my Veterinarian Surgeon
informed me Katrina's ear did NOT contain Cancer, but a Benign Polyp
had been attached to her eardrum. Although the Surgery rendered
Katrina deaf in her ear, the SURGERY WAS A SUCCESS! A month passed.
I noticed when Katrina ran around and played she became very short
of breath and pant. I scheduled Surgery with my Veterinarian to
enlarge Katrina's teeny nostrils so she could easily breathe. THE
SURGERY WAS A SUCCESS! Several years passed. Over time I noticed
Katrina's right eye began to darken. She was taken to an Animal Eye
Specialist who informed me Katrina had Iris Melanoma [Cancer] in her
right eye. To save Katrina's Life, her Cancerous eye MUST be
removed. I was sick at heart! I DID make the correct decision to
have Katrina's right eye removed. Her Cancerous Eye Globe was sent
to a Pathologist in Canada who confirmed ALL the Cancer had remained
within her Eye Globe and HAD NOT migrated into her little body. A
TRUE BLESSING! Katrina adjusted extremely well with only one eye.
Katrina was a Cancer Survivor! I am an Ovarian Cancer Survivor of 12
I have a former friend who looked down her nose at me for adopting
Katrina from a Pet Shelter. She called me Brave. She only adopts HER
Persian Cats from Persian Cat Breeders. Personally, I don't feel I
was Brave at all. I saved the LIFE of a poor, bedraggled, little
yellow puff of fur in Desperate Need of Loving Care.
Katrina was a healthy, happy, beautiful, loving Persian Cat and the
Joy and Love of my Life. I called her Katrina Ballerina as she was
so small, dainty and a true Persian Prima Ballerina Princess. I even
made up a little song I frequently sang to her which I have posted
at the end of this story.
A Special Note: Early one morning Katrina walked into my bedroom and
said....Hello. No, not a Meow. Katrina said Hello in our English
language! Believe it or not, this is True! Katrina never said Hello
again, but ONE Katrina Hello was a Miracle.
I am Completely Devastated, in Deep Grief, over the Tragic Loss of
my Beloved Katrina. She was the only one in the entire world I
loved. I have lost my loving family. I had the privilege of owing
Katrina for only 10 Short Years. Katrina Passed Away from Liver
Cancer. I Miss Her Desperately.
Katrina Ballerina all Dressed in White,
Katrina Ballerina Eyes Shining Bright!
Katrina Ballerina on her Little Tip Toes,
Katrina Ballerina and her Little Pink Nose!
PRIMA KATRINA BALLERINA
My Precious Pure White Persian Cat
Adopted: August 22, 1996
Passed: October 2, 2006
Nov. 3, 2006
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