Taz and Mia were abandoned outside when their family moved. Mia was old, although we have no idea how old. Taz wasn't young, either. Mia wasn't well when she joined out cat family, and her health continued to decline, no matter what we did. The only thing that seemed to help at all was acupuncture, and a house call vet came weekly for a little while to do her treatments. Fortunately, the vet loves cats and didn't mind sitting on the floor treating Mia with one hand while waving off curious friends with the other! Finally, Mia had to be hospitalized one last time. She made her journey to Rainbow Bridge all alone in a cage at the vet clinic. We were devastated when we found out, because we wouldn't have wanted her to be alone. And we were worried about how Taz would do without his friend. But just a few days later, a woman spotted him on Adoptapet.com and wanted to meet him. A week later, we took him home to a family of four cats and a human who adores him and loves having his companionship while she's working in what she says is now his garden.
Missy Zane is president of the Howard County Cat Club and has lived with cats and loved them for as long as she can remember.