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Cajun..A Tribute To A Great Cat!
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado   
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Last edited: Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2002

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I've had several cats, but "Cajun" was probably my favorite!!!!!

The pic isn't actually "Cajun", but this cat comes awfully close, in terms of resemblance; she looked a lot like this kitty! :)

Karla, my twin sister, wrote an article about my cat "Cajun" ("Cajun--The Funniest Cat I Ever Met"). Now it is my turn:I had lost my mother on march 17, 1990, and I was having an extremely hard time dealing with her death. It did NOT help having Karla away in Texas, and--it did NOT help having a demanding grandmother who required a lot of care. She was in her later 80's at the time, and she had a lot of physical problems due to old age and could not get around that well without the aid of a cane or a walker on longer trips. I was working at the time, and after I'd get home from work I would have to "grandma-sit." She was rather opinionated (and quite racist), and she was in pain--and was, as a result, rather GROUCHY!!!!I was also suicidal, but not as suicidal as some. I would have the thoughts, but I did not carry out those deep, dark, depressing thoughts, for fear of hurting those who loved me (plus I think God had a Hand in it; otherwise I would NOT be here, writing this down!!). Grandma and her grouchiness did NOT make it easier for me. Daddy could see that I was unhappy.Well, eventually, grandma died, but that did not ease my grief any. In fact, it made it worse. I felt bad for treating her so badly, and my depression deepened. The only solace I'd get was when I'd go to work. (I loved my job.)Daddy grew concerned, so he suggested in getting a cat. I had a cat prior to grandma's death, but he got sick and died (kidney infection; he was named "Ouizer"). Well, we went to the pound, and I made up my mind that the next cat I'd get was a Maine Coon; "Ouizer" was a Maine Coon, and he was a delight. I wanted another Maine Coon, except I wanted a female. I also had a name picked out: "CAJUN."I looked at different cats, but none caught my eye--that was, until I saw this little playful "tortie" Maine Coon kitten who kept batting at my fingers with her paws. She had huge green eyes, four white paws, a white chest, and an exuberent personality that absolutely delighted me. She was ADORABLE.I knew then that this was the one for me..the one who would eventually become MY "CAJUN."It took about a week, but "Cajun" eventually got used to me and her new surroundings. She also got used to her new name. ("Cajun" was NOT her original name.) She soon took to me. She eventually started purring and meowing at me. She had a cute little squeaky voice, and she had a playful personality."Cajun" grew to become a beautiful cat. She grew more beautiful as she got older--and still retained her kittenish ways. She'd follow me around like a dog (I called her my "puppy cat"), and she did NOT want me out of her sight!! She and I played together, slept together, ate together (she had an affinity for crawfish), and could be counted on to brighten my mood whenever depression threatened. She was my "therapist," my buddy, my forever companion.Then came the sad day. I was moving to Texas to be with Karla, and alas--I couldn't take "Cajun" to be with me. I had to leave her behind. That nearly broke my heart. I hated to do this, but before I went, I made sure that "Cajun"went to a loving home. It broke my heart when "Cajun" and I parted ways. I knew that this was really the best possible thing I could do for her.Now a day dose NOT go by when i don't think about "Cajun." She was the purrfect companion, a true friend in all sense of the word. She was THE perfect cat. I'm SO glad she was a part of my life!!!!"CAJUN': I'll NEVER forget you!!!! I'LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!!!!!! :( 


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Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 4/4/2008
What a wonderful tribute you have created, Karen! I love Maine Coons, and there is no better therapy than a loving pet. Always loyal. Always there. Never fills the air with chatter!!

What I love most, however, is the passion and clarity and honesty with which you write.

We f e e l with you, we g r i e v e with you, we alternately
l a u g h and h u r t. . .what a writer!! What a gutsy, tough-and-tender, sweet and wry, human tornado !!

Love always. . .and then. . .

P e a
xxxoxoxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooxoX
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 10/10/2007
awww aninals are the best. I have 2 cats and one dog. One of my cats died in a car accident last year--I still miss her. Cats are so comical and add light to a bad day. I am sure your cat misses you also---sure Cajun has a good home with lots of love. Nice article, keeps the reader interested.
Reviewed by Jennifer Butler 2/18/2007
Gee, I really can't imagine wanting to hurt my own life ~ NEVER. Interesting post. Although our cat was born in our house, and our family has always kept pets, I have learned that we cannot make them happy, and they are often in danger because of our inability to communicate with them. I have decided that it is best to keep a bird feeder with water and a bird house rather than to have pets. Then we are assured that we do not interfere or enter fear in their lives.
Reviewed by Bobbie Reed 5/25/2002
This is a beautiful piece of work and I know how you feel about your cat. We have a Manx that is silver blue and she is part of our family. No way I could leave her behind if we had to move unless it would be an emergency type move. There is not enough money to buy our cat. She gets up on the vanity in our master bath and get her a drink of water and she also washes her paws by sticking them under the faucet and then she licks the water off.
Reviewed by Florence Fry 4/3/2002
I love my cat too, and think I would find a way to take her with me somehow if I had to up sticks and go. So sorry you were unable to do that. Cats are the best :)

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