Nurse Walter

Nurse Walter

by Barbara
(Shildon UK)



I just had my first ever dose of flu, I’m sure I’ve never felt that bad before, and seriously don’t want to again. I’ve been most kindly taken care of not only by my dear sister Ruth AKA Kattaddorra, but also by one of our cats, Walter. That’s not to say the Jozef wasn’t kind, but he didn’t want any part in caring for the sick.

Walter has hardly taken any time for himself this last week, a quick dash outside for the call of nature and a quick meal before he’s been back upstairs, still chewing the last of his meat as he came round the door. I haven’t been allowed to go to the bathroom unattended, and he’s even overseen my baths, sitting on the chair and calling advice in his important little voice. He’s been in bed in my arms to keep me warm and he’s rolled around and played silly games like stuffing his head in the tissue box to cheer me up, he’s worried when I’ve coughed till I couldn’t breathe and he’s shared the butter off my toast.

He’s cuddled right up and put his face on mine, then turned it quick and smashed me in the nose (I could feel every sore bit inside breaking open, but he was so happy what could I say?) he’s injected me with his needle sharp claws and he’s laid on my chest so I couldn’t breathe anyway. What a wonderful little nurse he’s been. Only one night was he so shattered that he had to have a couple of hours on top of the wardrobe to chill out. I’m up and dressed today and he must know I’m feeling a lot better, so he’s having a Walter day, he’s been out and now he’s relaxing on the bed. Thank you Walter, you are a splendid nurse, you put me so much in mind of our dear Felix who cared for our mam in the same devoted way for the last 10 days of her life.

Cats are so basically kind and caring aren’t they? They don’t know that they will not catch what we’re suffering with; they just love us and want to help. How can anyone deliberately inflict pain on them and make them feel ill themselves?

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Jan 02, 2010 "Nurse Walter"
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

I opened my New Year "Fitness Programme" on Saturday(2-1-2010) with an accidental fall while jogging early morning at the "Mahalaxmi race-Course" in Mumbai. I was lucky to escape hospitalisation as my left shoulder arm socket almost dislocated due to the severity of the fall.Recovering at home with my cat "Matata" and "Matahari" giving me company, the pain being intense. Hopefully, should recover in a few days and my male cat "Matata" seems very worried, coming onto my bed, playing with me or sleeping in a corner. My observation is that "Male Cats' are more attached to their human owners than "female cats".Thanks to "Matats' at least the intense pain seems less irritating.
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Jan 02, 2010 Cat comfort
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Good to see you are recovering well, Barbara. But don't get up too early - and I'm sure Walter will agree in that. Yes, he sensed you needed him and so he did all he could to comfort you, but I suspect he also enjoyed getting the chance to lie in bed all day. 😉

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Jan 02, 2010 Not Nurse Walter....
by: Everycat

...but Doctor Walter!

Why? Because surgical procedures such as Nasal Smashing and Claw Surgery are classed as invasive procedures and only Docs can carry those out unsupervised

Well done Walter, keep up the good work lad. Make sure Babz stays put in bed until she's totally recovered from that nasty flu.

Jane xx

Jan 01, 2010 Nurse Walter
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

"Nurse Walter" is true for every pet owner and i am commenting after having bred both dogs, and now cats. My cats Matahari , matata and parakeet "Mittoo" make me forget all my worries at home with their mischievious antics and non-judgemental love.Most "non-cat owners" would never understand the joy of owning a cat, a pet that is both independent and loving at the same time.

Jan 01, 2010 Good boy
by: Laura

What a good boy your Walter is. Glad you are starting to get better Barbara.

Jan 01, 2010 Walter
by: Ruth

I really couldn't have managed house and nursing duties without Walter's help lol
He's a little star !

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Jan 01, 2010 To Walter
by: Dorothy

Oh Walter, what a good man you are. So sweet, so caring, such a love. Two of us in our household had that flu, and nasty it was. My friend Bigfoot would sometimes lay across my neck with his warm body to keep me from coughing. I think there should be a doctors prescription for that! Long fuzzy warm body, wrapped around your neck, at least three times a day, until you feel better.

So glad you made Barbara better. Say hi to Jozeph.


Jan 01, 2010 Sorry to hear
by: Michael

I know how you have felt. I am sorry to hear that you have been unwell. But am pleased that you are on the mend. Cats do provide comfort.

Glad you are back. We (cats and the gang) need you!

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