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In memoriam: Persephone's last descent - Input Junkie
May 8th, 2012
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In memoriam: Persephone's last descent
Persephone, a very good cat, died yesterday.

She was finding it impossible to get up and down stairs-- the vet thought it was arthritis and possibly a urinary tract infection, and prescribed antibiotics, a pain-killer, and baby food banana (because a cat keeping it's head in corners might mean a potassium deficiency). Perse was getting better for a few days-- less crying, better walking, and even though she was still under a work table in the basement, she wasn't facing the corner-- but yesterday I found her in a coma, and there wasn't much to be done but the final injection.

Anyway, Perse was your basic housecat-- a short-haired tortie who was a stealth red tabby. In other words, she was mostly dark brown, but the dark brown was a little splotchy, so that if you looked, you could see that the non-splotched areas had a coherent stripe pattern. Only half her tail (lengthwise) was dark brown, so you could really see the stripes on the other half.

Sometimes, she'd sit on a shelf with her tail hanging down and the stripes showing, and she'd look like a lemur.

She was quite jealous when she was younger, with such vivid facial expressions on the subject that I thought she could be rented out to play Shakespeare.

She wasn't an anecdote-generating cat for the most part, but she did come up with one thing which has made me cynical about tests of animal intelligence. We were boarding a cat that she didn't like, and if I petted the boarder and then her, she'd give my hand a great big sniff and then turn away. This is interesting because a big sniff isn't (so far as I know) a default part of cat vocabulary. It got more interesting when I tried petting the boarder where she couldn't see, and then petted her. No big sniff. No turning away. She had invented a gesture which was clear communication to humans.

She vocalized when she purred-- it was like singing.

Perse is survived by me, inquisitiveravn, and Gillian (the other half of the tortie conspiracy).

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From:filkerdave
Date:May 8th, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry for your loss.
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From:xiphias
Date:May 8th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry. That's always hard.
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From:whswhs
Date:May 8th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
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It's very hard to lose them. We went through that a year ago with our distressed tortoiseshell Rakshi, and I well remember what that immediate shock is like. You have my sympathies.
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From:supergee
Date:May 8th, 2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
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*sympathy*
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From:andrewducker
Date:May 8th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
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My sympathy. I'm sure she'll be missed.
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From:madfilkentist
Date:May 8th, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
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So sorry to hear that. It's always very hard losing a cat.
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From:schulman
Date:May 8th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry for your loss.
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From:caper_est
Date:May 8th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry. All my sympathies.
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From:sartorias
Date:May 8th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I am so sorry. She sounds like a great cat.
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From:vvalkyri
Date:May 8th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
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love the sniff story. condolences.
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From:bschilli
Date:May 8th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to hear that
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From:starmalachite
Date:May 8th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry for your loss. This part is never easy.

such vivid facial expressions on the subject that I thought she could be rented out to play Shakespeare.

Torties seem to frequently be like that. My Pyanfar certainly was.
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From:osewalrus
Date:May 8th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
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I am very sorry the Cat Who Sang will sing sing no more. *hug*
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From:sturgeonslawyer
Date:May 8th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
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Having lost kittehs myself recently, I empathize as well as sympathize with your loss.
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From:tomscud
Date:May 8th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
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I'm very sorry that you lost your cat. We lost ours, Galahad, while we were traveling. My wife had to give the okay to put him to sleep over a Skype session because we hadn't gotten a local cell phone to work yet.
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From:fidelioscabinet
Date:May 8th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry. They're so small and yet they manage to take up so much space.
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From:regalpewter
Date:May 8th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
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I am so sorry to hear this.
I remember her from when we fostered her at our place during one of the moves. I also remember her having a couple of run-ins with our original tomcat, Mr Peake. The first was her running at him in full 'Let's play' mode and him standing her up and flipping her arse over teacups, as if to say "settle down young'un.
The second one was the time that she decided to try and eat from his dish in front of her. He sat back on his haunches and looked at us and yowled as if to say "do something about this, humans" incredulously. After we said 'No, it's your problem' he slowly raised one front paw and pushed her head down into the food. He did it so carefully you could hear the "boink". She never tried to do it again.
She made it easier when we brought home our Tortie, Heidi. So she'll missed but remembered by us as well.I believe she was the last of that generation of cats amongst us. All our thoughts and prayers for you guys at this time.

YIS,
WRI
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From:ashnistrike
Date:May 9th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry for your loss.
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From:cellio
Date:May 9th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
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I am sorry for your loss.
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From:lilairen
Date:May 9th, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)
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I am sorry.
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From:arundelo
Date:May 9th, 2012 03:34 am (UTC)
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Less than two months ago I was visiting my Mom when her dog Roscoe's time came. No fun. Hope you are doing OK.
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From:nancylebov
Date:May 9th, 2012 03:50 am (UTC)
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Honestly, it could be a lot worse. Perse had lost interest in me for the past few years, and had become inquisitiveravn's cat. I'm running some background sadness that comes and goes, but I've grieved a lot more for other losses.

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From:arundelo
Date:May 9th, 2012 04:01 am (UTC)
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Thank the gods for small mercies. I grieved pretty hard for Roscoe, but mostly while I was there. And actually, he was a little poltroon and would only get chummy with me if I had been visiting for more than a few days. (My Mom lives a couple states away.) He was still a sweetheart, though.
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From:arundelo
Date:May 9th, 2012 04:28 am (UTC)
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On the subject of mythological names: When I was a kid a couple of our cats were named Diana and Apollo.
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From:siriosa
Date:May 9th, 2012 06:17 am (UTC)

the only sweetness is the memories

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i'm gonna go hug my brainy tortie right now. (she figured out how to pop the screen out of the window, thereby seizing her freedom. that's why the windows that lead to the roof are always closed now.)
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From:dcseain
Date:May 9th, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
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Peace!
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From:carbonel
Date:May 10th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
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I'm so sorry.
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From:kip_w
Date:May 10th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
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I am sorry.
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