About My Blog.

Welcome! This is "Catatonic Digressions."
Most, if not all readers don't understand my blog's title. It's an old inside joke from a forum long gone. I was going to change it, but since it's been "confusing" for so long, I decided to leave it. Don't worry about what it means, the content of the blog is what is important.

Unfortunately, my blog isn't what I set out for it to be. A disturbed and manic online stalker and cyberbully has made it impossible for me to post about family, my son, life in my part of New York...so I stopped (for the most part), and I mostly reblog and repost what I feel is important, necessary or close to my heart. As for the stalking sociopath, she can go to hell for harassing me and my family since mid-2008. You can't scare me offline with a few lame threats and dozens of pages of defamation, abuse, depravity and libel. I'm bitchy like that. ;)
(Anyone who knows me knows I'm not actually a bitch, but let's allow this psychopath to think I'm a bitch to her blackened heart's content—it seems to make her feel she has some sort of control over me…and it does not.)

If you read a story and you feel moved in any way, comment. Comments are more than welcome.

Unlike those online who lie and hide behind fake photos and insanely fabricated stories, I'm a real person. I'm real and I don't pretend to be someone I'm not. After years of putting up with online abuse by manipulative, pathological liars, attention whores or narcissists, I've had it. Don't bother me with pathetic drama. I have no time for these types of people and their need to absorb others' time and attention.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Our Hearts Break Over the Death of Wasabi-chan | Catster

Our Hearts Break Over the Death of Wasabi-chan

The kitten gained fame wearing a crocheted mushroom while recovering from a crow attack.
  |  Aug 27th 2013  |   13 Contributions

When you woke up this morning did you notice that your heart felt a little heavy? Mine sure did. I didn't know why until I saw the news on Catsparella: Wasabi-chan, quite possibly the world's most adorable kitten, has died.
She died this morning in Hokkaido, Japan after being rushed to the vet in critical condition. Though the three-month-old kitten had suffered from epilepsy following a June attack from a crow, she seemed to be recovering well with the aid of a series of adorable crochet swaddling intended to keep the kitten still while she was fed with a tube. It was her mushroom outfit in particular that propelled Wasabi-chan to Internet fame via Reddit.
From there we followed Wasabi-chan on her journey of healing via Instagram. She had aGolden Retriever dog friend and, according to Twitter, Wasabi-chan died in the company of a different Golden Retriever at the vet's office, so at least she didn't feel lonely.
It's tough news following the death of Homer the Blind Wonder Cat, though there's some consolation in the knowledge that Wasabi-chan received the best care possible during her short time on Earth. I hope Wasabi-chan and Homer are curled up together at the foot of the Rainbow Bridge, nestled in a sun puddle that never migrates, even when the sun sets.
Are you coping with the loss of a beloved cat friend right now? These articles might help:
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Farewell to Homer the Blind Wonder Cat | Catster

Farewell to Homer the Blind Wonder Cat

Gwen Cooper’s memoir, “Homer’s Odyssey,” inspired the world. Last week Homer was released from his suffering after a long illness.
  |  Aug 26th 2013  |   22 Contributions

This little eyeless, four-week-old black kitten Cooper adopted taught her about courage, resiliency, and the depth of love between a cat and a person. When Homer’s Odyssey became a New York Times best seller, it was obvious that the story touched hearts all over the world.
Homer strikes an elegant pose. Photo from Homer's Facebook page
Homer and Cooper used their fame to encourage the adoption of special-needs cats and support animal rescue organizations. Cooper donated 10 percent of the royalties fromHomer’s Odyssey to organizations that serve abused, abandoned and disabled animals, and Homer often shared the stories of cats in need on his Facebook page.
Now this amazing cat, who opened many eyes to the unique love that our special feline friends can give, has gone on to the next world.
Homer supervises Cooper as she updates his Facebook page. Photo from Homer's Facebook page
Last week, Cooper made the most courageous and loving choice any cat caretaker can make: She released Homer from his suffering.
Late last fall, Homer fell ill. His liver enzyme levels were off the charts and there was something terribly wrong with his intestines, too. According to a post in Cooper’s blog, the vets were amazed that Homer was alive, let alone spunky enough to fight off three vet techs.
Through the winter and spring, Homer appeared to bounce back several times, regaining his appetite and zest for life. But recently it had become clear to Cooper that Homer’s bad days were outnumbering the good ones.
“I wanted to let you know that we put Homer to sleep this past Wednesday night. He was so tired, and it was time,” Cooper wrote Sunday on Homer’s Facebook page. “We were lucky enough to find a very gentle vet to come to us at home, and Homer passed peacefully, in his own bed, in my arms.”
I hope you will join me in offering my sincerest condolences and compassion to Cooper, her partner Laurence, and Homer’s furry siblings. In lieu of flowers or gifts, Cooper asks that you make a donation to your favorite animal rescue or charity.

Gwen Cooper talks about meeting Homer and how he stole her heart.
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About JaneA Kelley: Punk-rock cat mom, science nerd, animal shelter volunteer, and all-around geek with a passion for bad puns, intelligent conversation, and role-play adventure games. She gratefully and gracefully accepts her status as chief cat slave for her family of feline bloggers, who have been writing their cat advice column, Paws and Effect, since 2003. JaneA dreams of making a great living out of her love for cats.
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