A prayer and a healing thought for Bessie


It is a busy time here. Not because of Christmas but because of sick cats. You are already familiar with the stories of the young dumpster cats Felix and Tiffy (the emaciated tabby girl). They have both recovered well - Tiffy just need to double her weight! But back at the dumpster there's still a couple of their feral friends recovering from flu. But at least I've managed to feed them tasty food with added antibitotics and it seems they're making progress (they've started eating again).  I've popped a padded polystyrene box in their field (fingers crossed no one removes it) which the recovering young cats have taken to - they all huddle together.

And then there's Bessie. I found Bessie last Saturday morning. I'd been looking for her for days (knew she needed help) and just as I was about to leave she appeared futher down the road restlessly walking around crying.  She was so weak I just picked her up and popped her in a transport box (she is feral!). She was taken straight to the vet who washed away layers from her almost closed eyes and completely stuffed nose. She wasn't lacking appetite because of a flu (which she also has) but she simpy could not eat (even though she badly wanted to) because her tounge was filled with painful ulcers. She was extremely emaciated and was basically dying from starvation because she couldn't eat. Later the same day we had a 24hour torrential down-pour and today (when I picked her of from intensive care) the vet deemed that she wouldn't have lasted the entire Saturday if she hadn't been found. 

Only yesterday did she begin to eat a little on her own - otherwise she has been force fed to ensure her survival. Today she ate entirely on her own, so we thougth to bring her home where she could recover and heal in complete quiet. She is by no means in the safe zone. Breathing is strenous for her and eating is very painful. I have told her that if she will try her best to survive (meaning that she will continue to eat on her own) then I will provide a loving home for life. She continually makes muted cries. I know she is letting me know she is doing all she can. She has eaten a little. A while ago I watched her eat a tiny bit more - and I saw how painful it is for her. But she wants to show me that she is really trying. 

If this beautiful girl is in more pain than than she can bear I don't mind her leaving her pained body. But I feel deeply within that she wants to live. She is so beautiful and she so deserves to know what a pain-free life can be like. 

Will you please pray for Bessie's recovery and send her healing thoughts.
Thank you - and I will keep you posted.


Elvira said…
Ich will für diese süße Katze beten und hoffe daß es ihr schnell besser geht. I pray for her.
Liebe Grüße
Elvira aus Deutschland
*maren* said…
All the best wishes for your little girl; hope she will be okay soon!
Deb said…
You know she will be at the top of my list to pray for. She looks so young yet and has been through too much. I hope she makes it Joan. When my cats are ill I also get the vet to give them a B12 shot for stress and it always helps. I know your kind heart and hand will be the most helpful of all. I will be hoping for a good post on Bessie.

Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4
The Cat Guy said…
You have a compassionate and generous heart. I'll certainly be praying for Bessie and for you. Thanks for caring for the kitties.
Catherine said…
Banjo and I are sending lots of love and warm thoughts that sweet kitty gets feeling better!
xo Catherine
Unknown said…
Oh poor Bessie - sending lots of healing thoughts and prayers for her recovery - keep eating and that will to survive little one x
highheeledlife said…
You are truly an Angel! Bessie sending you warm hugs and thoughts... that you heal and are able to enjoy your new home and the love that is given to you for decades to come!!! Blessings, xo HHL
Poor Bessie :(
Me and mom sending lot of purrs and prayers for her recovery !
505whimsygirl said…
Bless you! I'm glad you found Bessie and she accepted your help. She's definitely trying to survive. Prayers coming your way from New Mexico.

You have found your angel here on earth.
We will purr for your complete recovery.

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.”
-Arundhati Roy

Daisy said…
Poor Bessie! I am keeping her in my thoughts and purrs.
poor little darling Bessie, yes I will pray for her and hope she will recover.What a worry this is for you Joan, you of the thousand cats and the immense caring heart !
Sending much love to you from all of us here.XOXO Bea
Marg said…
Oh Bessie, this made me cry a little bit. How very sad. BUT Joan is very stubborn and it sure sounds like you are a fighter so we are saying all kinds of prayers that you will continue to try to eat. Now you know what it is like to be loved, so please start eating a lot. Our thoughts are sure with you.
Dearest Joan,

What a lot of feline suffering is coming your way. One cannot understand how human beings can remain indifferent about this...
We all pray that Bessie will muster the courage to keep eating, regardless the pain at first. She needs to regain her strength so she can outgrow her health problems. You seem to have a caring vet too. Bless all of you on your side of the world.
Lots of love,

Barty, Spooky, Bandido, Spunky, Sacha, Tiggy-Tiger and Spicy + Mariette
Sandra said…
Sending warm purrs and positive thoughts to Bessie. She's already proven she is a fighter, I really hope she can make an extra effort. Poor little baby... I am so glad she has you by her side. You are an angel.
Cornelia said…
I have been asked yesterday by my holistic doctor if I cry when told a sad story and I replied NO sad stories make me sad that is all. Today after reading your post about Bessie I find myself to be moved to tears by the beauty, the hope and the strength coming from Bessie and you. My tears are coming forth because of joy and joy comes from knowing about Bessie being connected with you and the important values you represent. I will from now on pray for Bessie with the same respect and compassion I now pray for my liver to recover from disease and get a balanced state. I know that many small attempts and try and try again from You will heal Bessie and I hope that I can make the correct kind of attempts to heal myself now.
With lots of love and hope from Cornelia
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Reena said…
Oh Bessie ... hang in there...we are all pulling for you! It will get better!
Sending purrs and prayers.

December 23rd: Happy Christmas dear friends ~ and a joyful and healthy new year to you all. xx
Anna E said…
Am sending prayers for her, and hope her christmas presence this year will be a speedy recovery and a lovely healing life for the rest of her days. I know you will know what is best for her, and I wishh both of you (and all the other cats in your "tribe" a blessed and uplifting christmas. With lots of love and crossed fingers! <3 Anna E.
Julia Williams said…
I certainly will keep her in my prayers and send her healing energy and purrs. Poor baby, it just about breaks my heart. Do you know what caused the ulcers on her tongue?
Blue Lavender said…
My dear friend Joan,
This Christmas I will pray for you, to have strength and keep doing your lovely work.
We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. And you my friend, you give a lot and for that God will always bless you.
I sent you an other email with my address, please, let me know if you got it. I also sent you an electronic card, I hope you got it too.
Merry Christmas Joan, I wish you all the best.
Your friend,
Becca said…
Oh sweet Bessie, hang in there...you are loved.
Merry Christmas.

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