I Am Hanging In There

My Disciples,

I have had a number of emails inquiring about My health status, so I just wanted to let you all know that I am hanging in there. As you’ve seen in recent blog posts, I do spend most of My time resting in boxes that the Guardians have strategically placed around the house. I am able to get from box to box under My own power though, and I even still make occasional trips up to Kitty Valhalla to spend the day with Sir Thomas. I also make regular trips to My food and water bowls, and to use the litter box. Life is certainly a lot more challenging than it used to be, but I am not in any pain and I still enjoy the love and attention of the Guardians and The Brothers.

Otis outside, 081613

I’m hanging in there and still finding much joy throughout My day.

The Guardians have made a lot of changes around here for Me, including a fancy new set of stairs that they built and placed next to the bed. Actually, they built a ramp first, but the slope proved pretty challenging for Me. With the stairs, I can take one at a time, and stop to rest if I need to. Actually, I sometimes sleep on them because I like the feel of the carpet.

Otis on bed stairs, 081213-2

The Guardians made Me a set of stairs to help Me get on and off the bed. I like to sleep on them sometimes.

The Guardians have also placed a litter box, a food bowl and a water bowl in the bedroom, so if I need any of those things in the night, I don’t have far to go.

So as difficult as things are right now, I really am hanging in there, and the Guardians are too. Regardless of My condition, I feel safe and loved, and I still purr often. And I thank you all for your kind words, purrs and continued concern. And I know the Guardians do too.

So Sayeth Otis

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51 responses to “I Am Hanging In There

  1. Linda Koch

    Dear Leader Otis,

    That is so wonderful to hear!! You are such a strong kitty, and you are so lucky to have your Guardians who truly love you all so much. They are wonderful role models for all of us. Much love and purrs to you and your entire family.

    Linda, David, Lola, Griffon & Luna

  2. Leader Otis, you just keep on keepin’ on…live in the moment and enjoy each one to the fullest. We are so glad you have such good Guardians; may their Karma bank be overflowing!

  3. Chris, Buggy, Bunk, Monster and Sausage

    Our purrs continually go up for you and your Guardians, Leader Otis. Thank you for the update.

  4. RC Cat: “Warmest purrs. So glad your Guardians are observant and well trained. Of course there must be bed access – the resting stops along the elevated path are so thoughtful. We must note that to Our staff for the future. We do not wish to over tire you with Our visit. If you allow, We shall carefully reach and leave one soft cheek pat in friendship.”

  5. emilykarn

    Dear Leader Otis, I am glad that you are doing well and praise your Guardians for their thoughtfulness. My purrs to you. My person and I are sad. My friend Bandit crossed the Rainbow Bridge unexpectedly early Friday morning. She was 12 and hadn’t shown any sings of illness. Please send her your purs. Selleck and His Person, Emily.

    • Selleck, I am so very sorry to hear that Bandit has departed. We will purr for our dearly departed sister, and we are also all sending our warmest, strongest purrs and supportive thoughts to you and Emily during this difficult time.

  6. Thanks for the update Otis!! It is encouraging to know you aren’t in any pain and just get tired more easily. We have been thinking of you and will be keeping all of you in our purrs. Continue to sleep anywhere you want because the reality is this is your world and us humans are just living in it. I think most kitties already know this right? We love you! Becca, Steve, Romeo & Juliet. P.S. Romeo wants to report that his trip to the bad place paid off. He survived his shot and has not puked for 11 days! He is very grateful to be feeling better.

    • Becca and family, I’m so happy to hear that Romeo is feeling better after his Bad Place visit! That is wonderful news. 🙂 Thanks for the purrs too. I greatly appreciate them. 🙂

  7. Nijinsky Cat

    I am glad there is no pain Leader. You are much loved.

  8. We built a set of stairs when the GA kitty got arthritis and had a hard time getting up on the bed. When she passed the stairs went into the basement. When the next GA kitty got cancer and had a hard time getting on the bed they were brought back up.

    I tell you this to let you know that I recognize the sleeping on the stair. It happened quite regularly when the stairs were up in the bedroom.. Not only by those who needed the stairs, but others as well. I am glad Leader Otis is getting to enjoy that pleasure.

  9. Thanks for the update Otis! Miss P. loves to sleep on stairs too. We try to discourage it though, because we are afraid we might trip over her someday.

    • Fortunately, these stairs are for kitties only, so I can lay there secure in the knowledge that the Guardians won’t trip over Me. Actually, the bigger guardian doesn’t need any help falling down the stairs. He’s quite good at it on his own. 🙂

  10. Dear Leader Otis, It is so good to hear you are doing so well in being pain free and still moving around. When it becomes apparent that the furry owners in this house need assistance to reach the bed I will definitely be making carpeted stairs. DoubleT is 13 this year but thankfully does not have any problems jumping right in the middle of me when I’m in bed. He also demands my pillow be surrendered when he is ready to sleep. Cotton is only 7 and Tween is 4 or 5. So glad and thankful they are all healthy. May your days left be many and continue without pain of any sort!!!! A big Thank You to your guardians for taking such care of you!!

  11. You have such a strong spirit leader Otis. Purrs to you from my furry children.

  12. I’m so sad to hear things aren’t going well for you Leader Otis. But it makes me even more glad the Guardians came to your rescue.

  13. Batya Harlow

    Thanks for the health status update, Leader Otis. Always concerned about you, but don’t like to ask. As you say, life is more challenging now, but thank goodness you are up to the challenge, as are your Guardians. You are a well-loved Cat! Many purrs and blessings for you all, from Batya, Trout, and Kismet.

  14. We’re glad you are in good spirits Otis 🙂 Those pet steps are fantastic!!!

  15. I’m glad you’re doing well, Otis! And I am glad your guardians are taking such good care of you! You’ve trained them well!

  16. Peter Wilson (Savannah's Dad)

    Thank you and Ceiling Cat for the update Leader Otis. While I just knew you were being well taken care of, it’s nevertheless nice to hear it from your own lips. All of our prayers and purrs are with you, your followers, and your Guardians.

  17. Ms. Phoebe

    I am glad to hear it my dear Leader, mew mean a lot to so many of us. I don’t know if mew saw it, but I posted a comment on mewz post telling us about mewz diagnosis, a few days after the fact. I wanted to give mew some info about something that may or may not help mew, that has helped many kitties and doggies with various conditions. I just wanted to bring it to mewz attention in case mew missed it.
    Stay strong, stay true, and stay mew- the most thoughtful, compassionate, handsome Leader of all. Purrrrrrrrrrrrr!

    • Thanks Ms. Phoebe. Yes, I saw the earlier comment about the device that has brought L’il Bub some relief from pain. My problem is not pain though, so unfortunately I don’t think the device would help. 😦 I greatly appreciate the information though.

  18. Leader Otis, we’re glad to hear you’re still doing well, considering. The Guardians are talking good care of you.

  19. Leader otis doze stairz are da Kat’z meow fer shure!!! Da Guardianz have thought of eberyfing fer ya n da Brotherz n sir Thomas are bunderfull to staywif ya n keep ya company & informed of anyfing new ya shuud nose!!! Me n Mum iz purrayin fer ya ebery nite,
    Yerz frum da Prrfect pad Nylablue n Sherriellen

    • Thanks Nylablue. We’re all still purring for you too, and Sir Thomas sends a soft cheek pat to you! 🙂

      • Yow Leader Otis we haz a mutuall purrayin society goin on here!!! Ya are lookin guud n yer Hu’Manz are bunderfulll da way dey take guud care of ya. Ya deserve to be pampurred furever!!!
        Purrleeze tell Sir Thomas “Phankz’ frum me n me sendz him a ~~head rub~~ ’cause he iz a grrreat Knight!!! Lub frum nylablue xo

  20. We stand with you Leader O, please let our mom know if she can send reiki to you during this challenging time.
    Harry, Dexter, Willow and Tipp

  21. You and your guardians are truly AMAZING xxxx

  22. You wonderful boy Otis and your wonderful family love and huge hugs and the best thoughts sent from Fozziemum and gang xxx

  23. Thanks for the update Otis!
    Both you and your Guardians are truly amazing ❤

  24. It is always wonderful to see you, Revered Leader Otis! You, the brothers, and the Guardians are the best, and we are keeping our paws crossed at all times for you.

  25. Thank you for your update, I love the stairs!! All of you are in my thoughts all the time, big hug!

  26. Love you so much Otis…hang in there!

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