Newt passed on September 22, 2013. We miss him and his cute fuzzy face. Newt's story isn’t new. There are many wonderful cats just like him here in Crescent City and other cities being left everyday to fend for themselves on the streets.
He was such a lover and I can’t imagine how someone could leave him behind. Unfortunately we only had the pleasure of his company for a couple of years. We had no idea how old he was but the vet estimated 15 years. He was thin, dehydrated and had a huge abcess encompassing his neck and shoulder. He was a trooper and healed nicely, gained some weight and was looking and loving large!
Newt loved to greet people at our fundraisers. It amazes me that cats that are mistreated still give people a chance. He was awesome with children and let them drag him around without any problems. Newt loved the attention. He went outside in the morning and would spend his days soaking up the sun, gardening with me, and would end up on the front porch glider to nap where we put a wool blanket for him to snuggle in. From the front porch glider he was able to welcome anyone coming to the house. Every afternoon he was back in the “cat room” of the house for the night.
I'll never forget the end of a fundraiser day when we went to put tarps over everything. Almost covered up Newt, he was snuggled in with the stuffed animals and we almost didn’t see him. He was sound asleep after his busy day. Wish I could have gotten a photo of it-he was so cute.
The beginning of September we notice he was having difficulty walking so once more he went to the vet. A shot of something special and the next day he was walking normally. So the vet ordered some for his very arthritic hind legs. His breath was bad and you couldn’t even see his rear teeth because of the tartar so he was scheduled for blood work and a dental the next week. When it came time to come in, he was nowhere to be found. He always came when called, took to his new name immediately. We search, called, and searched some more. He was found 5 days later on a neighbors back porch, yowling. The meds for his legs had long worn off and he couldn't get home. This was Saturday and Sunday night he passed away. He died of kidney failure. He may have had it previously which would explain the nasty breath and the blood work would have shown it. It was a sad 5 days and we still miss him.
Newt is missed! I wish we had more time with him. I am so sorry we couldn’t have said goodbye, held him for one more time and told him how much he was loved. We were so lucky to have him in our life; he was such a wonderful boy. We did our very best to make up for his past and for the 9 months he spent alone during the cold fall and rainy winter months. He knew he was loved when he was here at F.A.T. Cat Haven with us! He is buried next to Kissy-Cat with a plaque on his grave. He will never want for anything again! We will see you again, Newt!