The second Cat Thursday of each month is Authors and their Cats Thursday. Each time I will feature an author and their cat(s).
This month I have an extra special author and cat to feature. I'd like to thank Anna at Herding Cats and Burning Soup for telling us about Miss Mousie and her author owner, Melissa McClone. Melissa graciously agreed to take time out of her busy writing schedule to share Miss Mousie's story. Please give them a warm welcome!
Miss Mousie and I want to thank Michelle for having us on Cat Thursday. I'm so happy for the opportunity to tell readers at The True Book Addict about my sweet girl.
Miss Mousie is my 14 year-old foster from the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society (WCGHS) in Washington. Fostering a senior cat was my Valentine's present from my husband. Is that not the best V-day gift for a crazy cat lady/Harlequin Romance writer?
Right away, Miss Mousie claimed her spot on the cat tree, one on the back of the Great Room chair and another on our bed. Nothing bothered her, including our Norwegian Elkhound, three kids or other cats. I was told Miss Mousie was mellow and didn't do much, but she loves to play and chase things, too!
Her favorite person in our house is my husband aka daddy. She watches him work and waits for him to come home when he's away. Miss Mousie ignores me unless I have food or her brush in hand. And when I'm on deadline…Miss Mousie won't leave me alone!
In August, after I returned from the RWA National Conference in Anaheim, I took Miss Mousie to the vet. She'd lost some weight, wasn't eating or acting like herself. She'd always had polyps in her ears (an incurable condition) but the vet told us they had worsened. Miss Mousie also had a severe, painful ear infection.
Her vet said Miss Mousie needed TECA (total ear canal ablation) surgery. If she couldn't have the surgery, the vet said humane euthanization would be his recommendation due to the pain associated with ear issues.
The estimate for the surgery was $5000. Expensive, yes, especially for a senior foster cat, but I couldn't let Miss Mousie go without at least trying to raise the money. I asked the WCGHS if I could fundraise for her. They gave me permission and opened a PayPal account especially for Miss Mousie.
I'd never done anything like this. A group of writer friends brainstormed ideas with me. One suggested asking authors to write about their cats. I thought it was perfect and http://helpmissmousie.blogspot.com was born.
Miss Mousie's blog went live at the end of August. Twenty-four authors from different genres provided posts about their cats. More authors helped us by contacting other writers and asking them to share Miss Mousie's story with their readers. We also received a lower surgery estimate from another clinic. By the end of September we had raised enough money to cover Miss Mousie's TECA! We're just waiting for Miss Mousie to get over a cold so we can schedule her surgery.
So many cat loving authors and readers have helped Miss Mousie. I've been so touched by the outpouring of support, everything from sharing posts and retweets to donating money and writing posts for her blog.
Miss Mousie definitely touched a few hearts out in the Internet the way she touched ours!
What an inspiring story! Thanks again for sharing, Melissa. Please keep us posted on Miss Mousie's surgery.