October 10, 2008

Rest In Peace, Ninja

Ninja had to be helped to the Bridge 10/23.
Please send purrs and purrayers to Mom Brenda who misses her companion of 12 years.

Newest updates are at the bottom of the post!

Mommy Brenda emailed KC this morning (10/10) to tell her that Ninja is very sick. As Ninja doesn't have a blog of her own, KC created a post here where people could leave comments and we could post updates.

Here's the first email: I am very worried about her as her breathing has become somewhat noisy in the past few days. She seems alright otherwise, but I am worried that this may be the start of the cancer growing in her lungs. Please pray for her and me too as my heart is just breaking!! Thank you all so much!

And the second email: I have been in touch with her VET and she wants me to monitor it till after the weekend (its a long weekend here). Someone else suggested that possibly she has a hairball that is high up in the stomach. She has never had a real problem with hairballs, but you never know. As Ninja has to be anesthetised to be examined, the Vet is not too anxious to do this. I am terrified that when the time comes for her to be examined that they will tell me that her lungs are full of cancer and that it is time for her to go. I am so scared of that scenario. She is feeling fine otherwise, but if anything changes, I will take her in right away, even if I have to take her to the Emergency Vet. I won't let her suffer. She is my love and my heart. Thank you so much for caring. ~Brenda & Ninja

Update Email 10/15: Things have not changed too much with Ninja except that she started to refuse food and started licking her lips. I thought she was nauseated for some reason and got a medication from the Vet that is supposed to help her stomach. She had her first dose and ate 1/3 of a can of Fancy Feast which is more than she ate all day yesterday. We are still unsure of the outcome of this as the Vet does not really want to sedate her to examine her. I am still monitoring her. She does not seem to be in any pain and is not depressed. Please keep purring for her. Thank you for your support. ~Brenda & Ninja

Ninja Update 10/17: I am not convinced that it is actually her tummy that is upset. I think now that she has some nasal congestion and has been having a hard time smelling her food. I got her some fish flavored Fancy Feast and she ate 2 cans yesterday!! I was so pleased. She seems a bit brighter and her chest wheezing has settled down. I still think she has an upper respiratory issue going on, but she is not short of breath as she was a few days ago. She actually ran after the laser pointer at top speed last night for a few minutes. She slept well and gave me a love bite just before I left for work this morning. I think all the purring and positive thoughts have helped us so much in this difficult time. I can’t say she is out of the woods (because of the unknown cancer condition), but she is certainly enjoying life again. She isn’t perfect, but she is quite a bit better. Please keep her in your thoughts for continued improvement. Thank you to each and everyone one of you!! ~Brenda & Ninja

Ninja Update 10/22 - I have appointment with the VET tomorrow at 4:00 CST. We plan to do an xray to see why she is vomiting after eating and having a noisy purr. She was not interested in eating this morning (Wednesday) and I gave her a PepcidAC to calm her tummy. She slept well with me all night and I held her close. I am hoping for the best - that she has something that can be treated, but I am preparing for the worst - cancer. If the problem is cancer, I feel I must let her go. It pains me so much, I can't describe it. She is my companion, my confidante and my heart, always there, always non-judgemental. She has slept in my bed every night that I have slept at home for over 12 years, even now, when she is not feeling too well. Please pray hard for my little girl. If its cancer, I can't let her whither away before she goes to the bridge just because I want her here with me. I will have to make the hardest decision I have ever had to make tomorrow, so please pray for me to have the strength to do what is the best for Ninja despite my desire not to let her go. I am working today, but I will spend the day at home with Ninja tomorrow. Bless you all for your continued support and understanding. With much appreciation, ~Brenda & Ninja

UPDATE 10/23 - The cancer in Ninja's lungs was affecting her throat and ability to breathe. Brenda had to help Ninja to the Bridge because they could not keep her comfortable. We sends many, many purrs to Brenda and to Ninja to light her way to the Bridge.


Parker said...

Dear Brenda and Ninja -
We have put our purrers on overtime and overdrive. Our hearts break for you, how hard it must be to not know what is the matter.
You are in our prayers...

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Oh Brenda and preshus Ninja, we haf nothing but time to purr and purray fur yoo. We is hoping it's a hairball, or a little stuffyness from allerjees...

KC said...

O, sweet Ninja, i's hoping it only be allerjees too, or even a hairball. We's gotted ours motors going fur you and yours Mommie.
and the entire Sherwood Bunch

Alasandra said...

We couldn't see the graphic.

We are purring for Ninja and Mommy is praying for her. She said it is heartbreaking when your fur babies are sick and you don't know what the matter is and waiting is awful. Maybe it is just sinus. We have problems with that sometimes and it makes our breathing funny.
Purrs, Socks, Scylla & Charybdis

The Island Cats said...

We are purraying for Ninja and hoping that it is not anything serious!

Wally, Ernie & Zoey

The Lee County Clowder said...

Sending our best healing purrrrrrrsss out to Ninja & her Momma.

Hang in there, Ninja kittie.

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Ninja, we are purring and purraying for you to get better, and are purring and purraying for your Mommy Brenda to have the strength to get thru this terribly rough time. You are in our thoughts, and we send you healing (((((hugs))))).
Purrs and headbutts,
Sabrina, Sam and Simon

The Cat Realm said...

We are sending lots of purrs!!! And we hope she will just yak up a huge hairball and then be totally fine, please!

Alexi said...

We are sending lots of purrs and prayers your way. We hope its a hairball or stuffyness from alergies.

{{{{{hugs}}}}}} to you, Ninja, and Mom Brenda.

Traci & Clive said...

Cousins Maggie and Chance the pups are purring for ninja and are wishing her the best. And for mom Brenda we know you wanted to be here this weekend but ninja needs you more right now, till then ninja is in out prayers

Asta said...

I am pwaying fow Ninja, and sending my healing smoochie kisses to bof of you

Kaz's Cats said...

We're sorry that Ninja is feeling sick Brenda. We'll purr and purray that it's not so serious and that she'll recover quickly over the weekend.

Sending {{hugs}} to both of you,

Gypsy & Tasha & Kaz (Mum)

NinjaCat said...

Thank you for all your kind thoughts and prayers for Ninja. She had a good and restful night and is holding her own this morning. I am a bit concerned that her appetite is a bit down, but I will encourage her to eat by giving her some special treats today.

I will keep you posted as time goes on.

Thank you all so much!

Brenda & Ninja

The Cats Stephens said...

Brenda and Ninja,

We were all so sorry to hear about Ninja and we are purring super hard for her. My mom has been worried about you two lately. Please know you are never far from our thoughts.

The Cats Stephens

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Ninja and Brenda, We put the graphic on jff yesterday and we are purring hard for Ninja's health. We hope the wheezing will not be anything as serious as you fear.

Anita said...

I pray for you Nina, and I send you all my curative powers.


Whicky Wuudler said...

I am on my way to the shed roof to get some good, strong rumbly purrs going for dear little Ninja.

I hope it's just an icky furrrrball!

Cat-a-holic, Laila and Minchie said...

Dear Brenda and Ninja,

First of all, we are the new generation of kitties of the Chi Town Trio that was Cerise, Binky Baby and Lilly over at coolcybercats.

Mom Peggy is very sad that beautiful Ninja is having issues. Please be assured that we are all purraying for her real hard and keeping her in our thoughts.

Hugs and purrs to both of you.

Laila, Minchie and Mom Peggy

Lorianna said...

Oh Mommy Brenda and sweet Ninja I will pray and my kitties will purr that you will get better! I have two house panthers like Ninja and they are so special. My eyes just filled up knowing how much and understanding so much, how you feel about your kitty.
Than you for wishing my Billie well.
I will keep Ninja in my thoughts this week. She's a beautiful Kittygirl.
gentle Hugs,

NinjaCat said...

I don't have much new to report. I am a bit concerned with Ninja's appetite as she didn't eat very much yesterday. It was very gray and rainy here, so maybe she was a bit under the weather. Her breathing does not seem worse, but I will be in touch with the VET later on today.

She threw up a small hairball on Sunday. Don't know if this means much, but hopefully it does.

Thank you for all your support.

Brenda & Ninja

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Come on, Ninja, we're all purring for you and the woofies are breaking things, they're wagging their tails so hard. We want you to get well!

Jan's sending hugs for your mom.

The Island Cats said...

We're purraying for Ninja!

Lip licking usually is a sign of being nauseous. We hope the medication helps and Ninja gets her appetite back!

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Dearest Brenda and Miss Ninja! I know you can beat this icky feeling and recover. You know that I almost died last October from not eating and felling so bad. The doctors gave me some prednisone and and auntiebiotiks and after about four days I began to feel better and within a week I was able to eat my foods again somewhat. It was a horrible scairty time for us at the cozy cottage and I know that you are going through the same feelings right now too. Mommy slept on the floor with me and kept me warm by the fireplace. She knows that at almost 16 years old every day is so precious. I have some kidney failure and also a small tumor that is growing on my tummy...but I am a lucky cat given all that. I can still jump high and drive mommy crazy. Maybe if you get a special treat like baby food...beg for it Ninja! We will all be here to purrr for your recovery.
Sending you lots of love, Miss Peach
PS: thank you for writing me directly, that was special. I just wish I could make it all better for you and mommy BrendaXOXOXO

Mickey said...

Hi Ninja. I just want you to know that we are purring our hardest for you to be well!!!! I hope your medicine works for you!!!
Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

mummymeow said...

Dear Brendan and Ninja,

I will be praying for you. Keep your hopes up. Take care and give ninja a rub for me.

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

dear Brenda, we are purring and praying for sweet Ninja. Ninja, please eat something dear. Maybe your mommy can get you some baby food. When my tummy is upset that helps.


Cory said...

All us kitties here send healthy healing wishes to Ninja.

Kaz's Cats said...

Dear Brenda and Ninja, Thanks for the updates, and we'll keep purring for you both. Like a few cats have suggested, maybe baby food can help Ninja eat if she doesn't feel like it.

Sending kitty hugs,

Gypsy & Tasha

Mickey said...

Hi Brenda & Ninja
I am so happy that Ninja is feeling better!!! I will purr that you keep getting better. It is so sad when a kitty is sick. Big purrs for you and your Mom.
Purrs Mickey

The Lee County Clowder said...

We're super glad Ninja is feeling better. Sending some more healing purrrrrsss.


NinjaCat said...

UPDATE: Thanks again for all your support. Ninja is doing about the same. She has started vomiting after she eats fairly regularly, so I am feeding her small portions. I have an appointment with the VET on Thursday, please pray that things go better than we expect.

Brenda & Ninja

WhimPurr's Whim and the Whiskers said...

Hugs for Brenda and purrayers for little Ninja!

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We is still purring and purraying furry hard fur Ninja...sure hope da vet can fix dis fast.

Lorianna said...

Oh sweet Ninja I am still purraying for you sweetie! Your Mommy loves you very much! The Vet just has to figure this out!
Gentle Hugs for you and Mommy Brenda

catsynth said...

We are sending thoughts and purrs for Ninja. We're hoping that it isn't as bad as you fear, and that Ninja gets better.

meowers from missouri said...

we is purrin' non-stop for you girls!! we know how you fear that decision, an' hopes an' purrrays that it is not as dire as you fear, an' that ninja will get better an' live many years yet in yer lovin' arms.

wif encouraging purrs an' headbonks--
ed, nitro, an' xingxing

Lorianna said...

I am still praying for you sweet Ninja and Mommy Brenda. I pray it is something treatable and she is feeling better really soon. Perhaps she has reflux problems and needs a good ant-acid. That's doable right?
I will keep on hoping for you honey.
hugs and love,
Lorianna and her 4 kitties

Junior said...

We are purring and purring for you Ninja! Hang in there, eat what you can, drink what you can and get plenty of rest.

Junior, Orion and Meowm

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Oh Brenda I am so sad that this final journey might be so near for you and Ninja. It breaks my heart so much. It will be the kindest thing you will ever do for her...to let he go before she fades away before your eyes.
You are in my prayers dear friend...Love Miss Peach

The Lee County Clowder said...

Still purrrrrring & purrraying for Ninja. Hoping it is something minor and treetabul.

Charlemagne and Tamar said...

We're purring very, very hard for you, Ninja! We hope it is something minor and that you can fight on to stay with your Mommy. It's very obvious how much she loves you.

Keeping paws crossed and sending prayers,
Charlemagne and Tamar

THE ZOO said...

We are so sorry for your loss.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We are so sad about this news. We know it was a hard decision to make. We hope Brenda will find comfort.

catsynth said...

We are so sad to hear this news. We are very sorry for your loss.

Furkidsmom said...

We're so sorry to hear about Ninja.
Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Zoe and Indy said...

We're so sorry and sad to read this news about Ninja. You're in our thoughts.

The Island Cats said...

We are so sad to hear about Ninja! We hope the joy she brought you over the years helps you through this difficult time. Purrs...

Wally, Ernie & Zoey

Karen Jo said...

I am so very sorry that Ninja had to be helped to the Bridge. When things get that bad, it's the only thing to do. My heart goes out to you.

Whicky Wuudler said...

I am sending rumbly purrs to Ninja's Mum. I am so very sorry that Ninja had to be helped to the Bridge. She was a lovely puss and a good friend to her Mum.

*rumbly purrs*

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

I am so sad with you mommy Brenda...love Miss Peach (by the grace of God, still living with cancer)

How can I bear to lose you, my precious gentle one,
To know that you will not be here when my day is done?
So much of my heart, my love, have I given up to you,
How then can I stand the pain now that your life is through?
My sorrow overwhelms me, the tears so freely flow,
How can I carry on my life, with a heart that's laden so?
Then the answer comes to me from the stillness in my soul.
Remembering the love we shared will help to make me whole.
I'll hold you in a special place, so deep within my heart
And in these loving memories we'll never be apart.
You will not be so far away, your presence I will feel.
I'll wrap myself in your memory and so very slowly I will heal.
The years we shared, the little joys, the laugher and the tears
My love for you will never die, but strengthen with the years
So fare you well, my precious love, I gently let you go
And pray to all the Gods there be that you will always know
I loved you so, my little one, that love will never cease
I gave you warmth, I gave you love, and now I give you peace.

~~ Constance Jenkins~~

Cat-a-holic, Laila and Minchie said...


This is Peggy (ChiTownTrio from CoolCyberCats). I am so heartbroken for you in your huge loss of your dear, sweet Ninja. You did the right thing for her. Just think of all the wonderful memories you have as they help to comfort you in this time of grief.

We will be lighting a candle for dear Ninja tonight and will post over at CCC to let everyone know.

You are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

Peggy, Laila and Minchie

P.S. Ninja has been reunited with Cerise, Binky Baby and Lilly now. They will watch over her.

Kaz's Cats said...

We're so sorry that Ninja was too sick to be healed. We know that she appreciated your courage Mom Brenda in letting her go where she won't suffer any more,

Our hearts go out to you,

Big hugs

Gypsy & Tasha & Kaz (Mum)

Poppy Q said...

Brenda, we are so sorry to hear that your sick girl had to go to the bridge. You are in our thoughts at this sad time.

Thinking of you and your angel.

Poppy and Julie(mum) Q

Junior said...

We are so sorry to hear of your loss of Ninja. You gave her the most loving thing a human can give a cat....that of no longer being in pain. She is now running healthy and happy over the bridge and we know you will see her again. We are so sorry for you pain at this time and we will keep you in our purrs.

Junior, Orion and Meowm

Mickey said...

Oh Brenda,I am so very sorry to hear about Ninja. I know that you have a huge void in your life right now and I wish I could say something to make you feel better.
It will be a long time healing from this,but try to remember all the good times.
Purrs Mickey,Georgia ,Tillie & Mom

The Lee County Clowder said...

Sending mournfull purrrrrrss & gentel hearbuttss.

We were soo hoping it was something simple. We are so sorry.

Milo said...

Dear Brenda,

Mom and I are so very sad and sory to hear about Ninja. Thee is never a right time ti lose a lovely cat - and you must be feeling heartbroken. We send you our love and ((((((hugs)))))).
Mom said she can begin to understand how you fel 'cos she has lost precious kitties in the past - and the emotional pain is so bad it physically hurts. She said try to remember that you gave Ninja the most wonderful forever home, surrounded by love and care - and he was as lucky a cat having you, as you were a lucky human having him.Hold on to the fact that one day you will meet again .... and both of you can look forward to that.
Extra especial love from Milo xx

Charlemagne and Tamar said...

We are so very, very sorry to hear that Ninja had to be helped to the bridge. It's a very hard decision to do the right thing when it means losing the one that you love so dearly.

Our purrayers are with you during this sad time.

Charlemagne and Tamar
(and Momma Colleen)

Anonymous said...

*sits with you and cries*

GingerTheCat's Momma

Eric and Flynn said...

I am so very sorry to hear your sad news that Ninja had to be helped to the Bridge. I have only just learned about this as I was on holiday at the time. Please know that you are in my thoughts, and that I pray that the pain of losing your precious one will ease.
(((hugs))) Jackie
and gentle headbutts from
Eric and Flynn

Margaret Cloud said...

Brenda, I am so sorry about sweet Ninja, I know how you feel, I just lost my dog two weeks ago. You will be happy to know she is now playing at the Bridge, a whole and healthy cat, she has many friends there.