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      Sunday, October 21, 2007

01:50 AM - 10/21/2007

The topic: Lisa’s gone


And then there were thirty-three.

Earlier this week (or last week, it’s Sunday, isn’t it), Lisa had a hard time eating.  She cried out in pain when trying to swallow.  So, Thursday afternoon, I was able to get her in to the doctor.  The regular doc was not there, but the doctor who was there looked at her mouth, declared a stomatitis flare-up, prescribed Clindamycin with Torbugesic.  I gave her one dose Thursday night and again Friday morning, but I didn’t like the way she looked.  Her eyes were dilated (same as when I took her in) and her breathing was labored (one of the things I mentioned when I called asking if I could bring her in).

She kept purring the entire time and she wouldn’t sleep.  At least, she wasn’t closing her eyes.  Earlier today, I gave her fluids, because many times a cat is dehydrated and fluids help.  Her mouth was very dry, the pred I’d given her earlier fell out of her mouth a couple of hours later, as dry as when I gave it to her.

Not this time.  She had a little rally around six, I gave her Clindamycin and it was downhill from there. 

I’d put Lisa in the bathroom earlier today so that I could keep an eye on her.  I had her set up with a special bed with a heating pad underneath, lots of blankets, food, water, and a litter box.  She’d get into the bed, I’d cover her with the blanket, she’d rest her head, but she never closed her eyes.  It was the strangest thing.  Before we went to bed, I let her out and she went to the bedroom.  I put her up on the bed and she ended up on my pillow.  I slept on the sofa for a while, then went to bed.  She was next to Brian.  Well, he had some sort of coughing fit and she jumped down.  I looked for her and she had come back to the office, just laying on the floor by the catcam chair, breathing hard.  I took her back to the bedroom and I told him that she was dying.

I didn’t think she was going to be getting any better, she was getting worse and worse as the hours went by.  I was afraid she was in pain, the breathing had never gotten better and it was spooky that she didn’t close her eyes.  After the ordeal with Wally, we’re thinking we don’t want to put her through what he went through.   I told him “let’s take her down”.  I could tell he wanted to wait to see if the fluids helped and the antibiotic were kicking in, wait until Sunday.  I saw a kitty in obvious distress. 

We took her down.

The first surprise was she was blind. That would explain why she wouldn’t close her eyes.  The second, she had fluid in her lungs.  Her heart was giving out. There was nothing we could do about it.  Yeah, sure, medication might have extended her life another six months, but at what cost?  She might have gotten her sight back, but there was no guarantee.

And it kept coming back to Wally.  We tried so hard with him, to what end?  He died.  His heart stopped.  He was unhappy and uncomfortable in that tank and I would not put Lisa through that.  Neither of us would.

So, we said our goodbyes.

I hate this.  Three cats in six weeks.  I effing hate this.

I am so sorry.  I will miss seeing her in the catcam chair.

Posted by Kammy @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 2:46:10 AM

Wow!  I’m so sorry. 

Lisa was my office cat that I would look for when I was having a stressful day at work and needed to look at a sleeping or bathing cat.  I loved it when I would click on the catcam and she was hiding under the blanket.  It looked like there was a bowling ball underneath it!  Then I could go to the archive and find her peeking out.

I will miss her.


Posted by kathryn @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 4:19:29 AM

LV,  I am so very very sorry…Sending you & Brian hugs…Rest peacefully sweet Lisa….

Love, Viv

Posted by Viv @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 4:57:46 AM

I will also miss seeing pretty Lisa in the chair.
I am so sorry. So very sorry.

Posted by Bobbie @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 5:35:05 AM

I’m so sorry about Lisa.  You made the right choice though.

I’ve been following Lisa since college….  It’ll be lonely now that she’s gone.

Posted by Anne Packrat @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 5:40:30 AM

I’m so sorry to read this, Lisa will be missed by so many.

Posted by PJ @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 5:57:03 AM

I am so sorry.  You have had a rough time this past few weeks.  I am sorry this happened, but I also support you in showing Lisa the love that you did in allowing her to go.  We are never exactly sure what to do in these circumstances, but I believe an animal knows and Lisa told you it was her time.  Safe journey across the Bridge, dear Lisa.

Posted by Sue D. @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 6:12:58 AM

OMG, I can’t believe Lisa is gone too. I am so sorry that you lost her too. She was a special girl and I know you will miss her so.  I hope Wally and all the other Cathouse Angels were waiting for her.
(((HUGS))) to you and Brian.

Posted by Lia @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 6:13:26 AM

That is such a shock to me. I just was watching her in the chair the other day. I will miss her so much. Godspeed Lisaviolet.

Posted by Norah @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 7:01:51 AM

I am very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Daisy @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 7:17:15 AM

We’re so very very sorry.  I know she’s in good company at the Rainbow Bridge, and that someone was probably waiting for her with ‘nanners, but she will be terribly missed by all of us who “knew” her.  Our hearts go out to you in this horrible time.

Ceilidh, Calyssa Picker-Toes Foster-Cat and Vladimir Ex-Feral Shadow-Cat

Posted by CeilidhCat @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 7:43:05 AM

Oh, Dianne, this breaks my heart.  When I first got online, one of the first places I found was your catcam, and Miss Lisa was usually the one sleeping there.  She always reminded me of my Cosmo (though much more petite).  I’ve watched her for so long, I feel like I know her, and I will miss her so much.


Posted by Ceegee @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 8:04:04 AM

Oh God - I just don’t even know what to say, except that I’m so very sorry you’ve had to say goodbye to three of your sweet cats in such a short period of time.

Posted by Lisa @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 8:07:13 AM

Dianne, I can perfectly echo the first two sentences in Ceegee’s comment.  I imagined gently cuddling Lisa and kissing her on top of her head right between her little pointy ears.  She was such an adorable little girl.  She will be sorely missed by all who frequent the catcam chair webcam.  Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your losses.

Posted by Trudy @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 9:21:45 AM

I’m so sorry.
I can’t believe we’re never going to see her in her chair again.

I am so sorry for what you and Brian are going through.
It’s too much.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Naf @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 9:26:09 AM

Oh, I am so sorry. So much loss. But so very glad that Lisa had you and Brian, and loving help across the bridge.

Posted by gottagopractice @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 12:41:19 PM

*tears* {{Hugs}}to you and Brian.I just can’t find the words other than I’m sorry. She will be missed.

Posted by Melanee @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 12:52:59 PM

Oh! I am so sorry, so very sorry for your loss. 
This is such devestating news.  My heart is breaking for you and Brian. 
This morning I logged on from Australia to see how you were going after dear Wally left, and now I am sitting here with eyes streaming. 
Lisa is a special little girl.  She was my catcam companion too…. I like so many other people who have dropped by your site .... simply loved her…
Everything that you do and have done for your feline family must be applauded… you are such a compassionate, caring and loving couple.. you have made a difference to the cats in your care, to the people in your community and to the people here at this site who visit you. 
We have all needed you.
I wish I could reach out and take the pain and sorrow of your losses away from you… as I know I cannot, then I wish to tell you that you are the people who change the world for the better, you and your good works do make a diffence, and I hold you in the highest of esteem.
Everything you have ever done for your cats, is in my eyes right.  You weigh up all of the considerations, and with a strong and selfless regard for the emotional and mental health of your dear felines, you make the correct, if often very sad choice…. even if ending their pain will mean that you are the one who must bear that enormous burden.
You are heroes, and I am proud to ‘know’ you.
Lisa is at the Bridge with all of her friends, renewed and happily playing… and there is a catcam chair there too….. we can all see her when we close our eyes and remember her, the image will spring from our minds eye and our hearts dearest wish.
Take care and know that you are special people.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Kerry LSM & Kitties Mum @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 4:16:58 PM

I started watching after losing my 18-year-old Tweak earlier this year to her final - and only - illness.  Your site has been “my kitty” since then.  I’ve loved watching dear Lisa stretching, turning, curling, settling, twitching and all the rest.  You have my most heartfelt sympathy for your loss.  I’m certain you did the right thing by letting her go.  Pet people who can do that are heroes, and the pets who have people who help them in that way are lucky indeed.  I’m thinking of you, hoping you can find comfort in all the loving and appreciative words from all of us close strangers.

Posted by Shades @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 7:52:14 PM

Oh my I am in shock ,I am so so sorry for your loses. I wish I could give you both a hug. She will be missed. Bcat

Posted by Bcat @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 10:39:51 PM

Oh, my heart aches for you!!  I cannot express how sorry I am that your sweet Lisa is gone.  I hope you will receive comfort from knowing that you did the right thing by her.  I too will miss seeing her in the chair.  God bless you.

Posted by Magicsmom @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 11:26:39 PM

I am soooo sorry about little Lisa! She will be so missed! How sad!
Hugs, Glenda

Posted by Glenda @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 11:41:15 PM

Dear ones,

The fact that she was purring might seem odd but doesn’t surprise me, based on experience. My beloved friend, Kitzer, was murdered by a man who didn’t know any better when he ‘defended’ his squirrels against my Kitzer. Kitzer never killed a squirrel and odd cat that he was, he befriended many squirrels, mice and birds.I can’t tell you the times we shared on the front porch, watching him with squirrels! In any case, his wound was fatal. The man had thrust him in the chest with a stick and well…. When I joined Kitzer to say goodbye he purred upon seeing me. God bless you and Lisa. She will be so missed. We are all bettered in having known this sweet soul. Keep up your sweet work and know that many are here for you and Lisa.

Posted by Jan @ Monday, October 22, 2007 - 12:56:19 AM

So sad to go to my favourite site and see the empty chair.
God bless you, and Lisa xx

Posted by alice @ Monday, October 22, 2007 - 2:59:16 AM

Dianne I am so sorry for your loss and pain.  Huggles from us!

Posted by DonnaB @ Monday, October 22, 2007 - 5:47:54 AM

I’m so sorry.
Lisa has brought me joy and serenity.
She will be missed.

Posted by Patrizia @ Monday, October 22, 2007 - 6:03:41 AM

Oh, I feel so bad for her, and you too! I’ll really miss her, what a pretty cat she was! I checked on her from work several times a day. I have my own cats at home, and when I’d watch Lisa sleeping or adjusting a paw or ear, I would think my guys were probably sleeping too—as they all do for most of the day.
I’ll miss you Lisa!

Posted by Deborah Allard @ Monday, October 22, 2007 - 6:18:04 AM

Lisa gave us a lot of fun hours peeking in on her little kitty life

Posted by Marc and Deborah @ Monday, October 22, 2007 - 6:52:08 AM

I was so shocked to read about Lisa and Wally.  My heart goes out to you because I know how hard it is to lose one right after another—old friends that have been with us for so long.  They leave such a hole in lives.  I am so sorry.

Posted by laura @ Monday, October 22, 2007 - 7:13:02 AM

Oh, Lisa!  I’m so saddened and so very sorry for your and Brian’s two losses!  We will light a candle for Lisa and Wally tonight.  You are in our thoughts and prayers as you cope through this difficult time.

Posted by Peggy @ Monday, October 22, 2007 - 7:25:17 AM

I actually cried at my desk today at work when I saw the news. I am so sorry for your loss. I have been watching Lisa on the Cam for years & I will really miss her :(


Posted by Dianne @ Monday, October 22, 2007 - 7:31:28 AM

I am so sad about this.  Lisa Violet has been my catcam friend for many years now, I loved to see her all snug in the chair.  Although different colors, Lisa Violet and my Ruth Anne were very similar in appearance, and that made her even more special to me.  I hope this is the end of the problems at your house.  Prayers and hugs to you and Brian in this very emotional and trying time.

Posted by May Ellen @ Monday, October 22, 2007 - 11:05:35 AM

I am sorry sorry to hear of your loss. I too, have been watching Lisa for years and will miss her very much. My thoughts are with you and Brian at this sad time.

Ninja & Brenda

Posted by Brenda @ Monday, October 22, 2007 - 4:42:15 PM

I am so sorry - we just lost our oldest cat, Max, and I can’t imagine losing another two in the next two months. We are all thinking of you here in NC.

Posted by Melissa @ Monday, October 22, 2007 - 7:28:34 PM

...ah poor girl….
she was the frist cat I ever watched on the web…checken in…
during the week…seeing what way she plopped down for her nap…

Posted by SajiNoKami @ Monday, October 22, 2007 - 7:54:44 PM

I cried, too. :’(  I’ll miss her so much! I can’t possibly express my sympathy! <3

Posted by Mary @ Monday, October 22, 2007 - 11:04:19 PM

Hi, again, I come to the webcam as I want to say that this sad loss has hit hard.  I cannot begin to tell you how much I wish I could help lift your sadness at her great loss.

Just wanted to let you know I continue to think of you and pray for you all!


Posted by Kerry LSM & Kitties Mum @ Monday, October 22, 2007 - 11:30:38 PM

Dianne, would you possibly consider posting a small, permanent picture of Lisa, sitting curled up happily in her chair, in one corner of your catcam page? It would be a great comfort to many of us who will miss seeing her so much - she would “still be there” for us to smile at, every time we visit the page! Please say you’ll consider this idea!!!  XO!!!

Posted by Mary @ Monday, October 22, 2007 - 11:41:16 PM

I am so sorry about Lisa.  I too cried.  I will miss seeing her on the catcam chair. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Posted by Moya @ Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 12:31:40 AM

Hi Dianne (at last I can address you by name, having called you Lisa several times - did I mention I am blonde?)

I adore the idea that Mary came up with, a small reminder of your darling little girl… so that we can also remember her daily and smile again at the mere sight of her…

I know I am weird, but I would always give your Lisa a little tickle on delight on my PC screen whenever I saw her in your chair….

I was lucky enough to see her often and fall in love….. your little girl will always be remembered fondly by me…

Thanks for sharing her and you other felines with us all here… it helped me with my loss of my darling 19+ year old Sammy cat to CRF back in 2005.  And you helped by example and inspired me to get involved in animal rescue her in Australia…..

You have made a difference to so many…. in the USA and on other distant shores..

Take care,


Posted by Kerry LSM & Kitties Mum @ Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 1:18:50 AM

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Yes, Mary, I will be adding a picture of Lisa, to go along with those of Pepper and Lucky.

Posted by lisaviolet @ Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 6:49:38 AM

I will certainly miss pretty little Lisa. Tye chair has never been more empty.
She was such a dear little furry beauty.
I’m so sorry that she’s gone.

Posted by Beverly @ Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 7:44:16 AM

I am so sorry about Lisa. I know you will miss her.  Iwill miss seeing her in the cat chair.  (((HUGS)))

Posted by Evelyn @ Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 7:47:01 AM

I am so sorry I know how you feel.
My cats were put asleep with months each other they were love but
I know they not in pain anymore.
Send you hugs and love.
Take care,

Posted by Markee @ Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 5:15:25 PM

So sorry for your lost and I will miss Lisa on the pillow.
Cats are special.

I did not mean just write about my own but met to focus on your lovely
kitty Lisa and I am sorry about the other cats.

Posted by Markee @ Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 7:43:51 PM

We are very saddened by your loss and offer you our deepest sympathy.

Mike, Kat and Calypso

Posted by Mike @ Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - 9:49:45 PM

Thank you, dear Lisa Violet, for the many times you made me smile, watching you enjoy life’s simple pleasures - a patch of sunshine, a blanket to sleep on and sometimes comically crawl under, a comfy chair.  Thank you for giving us humans a chance to forget our troubles for a few minutes out of the day and simply delight in a beautiful cat being a cat.

I’m sure Lisa knew she was very loved by her mommy and daddy, but did she know how many people loved her who never met her at all?  Rest in peace, sweet Princess.  We will miss you.

Posted by Kikky @ Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - 11:08:37 PM


Godspeed little Lisa, dear Wally and dear rafter Red.

You, and all your stories all meant something very special to your catcam far flung admirers,


Posted by Kerry LSM & Kitties Mum @ Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 1:17:03 AM

i am so sorry that u have lost all three of them. we do love them. lisa’s baby pic on the entrace is so cute! they will be waiting for u.

Posted by denise @ Friday, October 26, 2007 - 12:41:57 PM

I’m really sorry to hear about Lisa.

I didn’t have internet for awhile & once I got it back, one of the first sites I went to was the CatCam. I of course expected to see LisaViolet, as she’s always on that big chair, but she wasn’t there.
It was really hard to read those words on the screen.

I lived 2 whole years without my 3 cats & would check out this site everyday to fill the void of not having my babies with me. LisaViolet, and the others, really helped me get thorough those hard years.

Thank you so much for bringing her into our lives. She will be missed, incredibly.

Posted by Lisa @ Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 10:42:29 PM

I usually check up on Lisa every day, and am so shocked and sad to read she is gone. She is over the Rainbow Bridge and up there playing with our CoCo and Mimi. I am the same as other posters in that I loved seeing Lisa under the blanket, and then every so often she would give Misty a turn, and on rare occasions, Marco.

I also agree that Lisa needs a permanent picture on the front page. I would like to capture it for our home screensaver kitty slideshow.

Thank you so much for sharing LisaViolate with us for all these years!

Posted by Carol @ Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 8:03:31 AM

OOPS! Typo! I meant “LisaViolet.”

I would like to add that our beloved Mimi purred, too, and we took it to mean she loved us so much and that she knew there would be no more pain. She sent us a rainbow the very next day to show us she had made it, and I felt her little face on my cheek that night. I hope wonderful signs from Lisa like these help you make it through.

Losing your cats *is* so effing hard. Mimi crossed Nov. 15 of last year, and we still miss her like crazy.

Thank you again for letting us love LV, too.

Posted by Carol @ Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 8:16:24 AM

I love your photo choice of dear little Lisa Violet…

We have a full view of her delightful face… and she looks like she is having a laugh, although it may well e a yawn too!

Thanks for placing our little girl friend where we can always go ad see her..

Take care,


Posted by Kerry LSM & Kitties Mum @ Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 5:09:35 AM

I’m sorry to hear of your loss.  A friend of mine here at work always gives me a status update of the cats and when I get a free moment, I will take a quick peek.  It’s horrible that you have lost 3 in such a small amount of time.  I lost my baby Gretchen almost 3 years ago, and the entire way to the vet and while at the vet, all she did is purr.  I think that was her way of telling me she was ready and it was okay.  I think Lisa Violet was telling you the same thing.  God Bless you and Brian for what you do and I’m sure Lisa Violet crossed that bridge and is now happily playing with all of her friends.

Posted by Joanne @ Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 8:37:42 AM

i am so sorry about lisa!

Posted by trisha joy @ Monday, November 05, 2007 - 7:42:13 AM

Ohhh….Lisa will be so very missed…I’m really going to miss seeing her curled up in that chair the little sweetheart.  Poor little baby, I know she is resting comfortably now….We love you Lisa!!!

Posted by Theresa @ Thursday, November 08, 2007 - 6:05:16 PM

Hi, Dianne! I just wanted to let you know that I still miss Lisa! We all do! I’m getting into the habit of watching for Lorelei every evening, though - what a beautiful cat! Considering her recently-acquired “stardom”, I was surprised to find that she doesn’t have a page yet - please consider making one for her when you have time! I’d love to learn all about her! Thanks! And, thanks for including the picture of Lisa at the bottom of the page - I love it! Every time I visit to watch for Lorelei, Marco, or one of the others, I make a point of scrolling down to say “hello” to Lisa! (P.S. - sorry to hear about Lonee! :’(  Also, I’m sorry about the problems you’re having with your mother; my own mother was great, God bless her (going on 17 years now :’( ), but I have some other v*e*r*y crazy relatives, so you have my understanding and sympathy! wink )

Posted by Mary @ Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 6:17:31 PM

Me again! I just wanted to clarify something: by “crazy’ I wasn’t referring to dementia; my relatives were just born whackola - there’s nothing wrong with them, medically speaking! I sure hope I didn’t offend you!!! :(  Like an idiot, I looked at your latest entries AFTER I’d posted the above! If I was offensive, I’m terribly, terribly sorry - please forgive an honest mistake! Friends? smile

Posted by Mary @ Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 6:27:37 PM

P.P.S. - “And it makes my heart sing, knowing that she might well be able to go back home” - I’m profoundly moved that that sentiment is still there, in spite of everything!! You’re a fantastic person and a fantastic daughter!! I’ll be praying for both of you!!! smile

P.P.P.S. - Oh, yes - I know JUST the type of people who’ll “want to help”!!! mad

Posted by Mary @ Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 6:35:38 PM

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