SEBASTIAN’S DIARY (Part 4)

by Ruth
(England)

Please see Part 1Part 2Part 3 first (a list of links is being prepared – the links above open in new widows or tabs).


Monday (a fortnight later)


My life is so different now to how it was with my old mom and to when I first came to live here. I sleep a lot as the only other thing I have to do mostly is to look out of the window.

When Julie is home she cuddles me and plays with me. I try to act happy for her but it’s very hard. I can walk now without constant pain but it still feels very awkward and my muscles ache. I long for a good stretch but my claws have not come back and I’m beginning to think they never will.


Photomontage by Ruth

Sometimes when I remember the throbbing pain in my feet and think about how it hurt digging in the litter, I just can’t face it, so I’ve found another place to go.

I mostly stay in Julie’s room so as to be safe from Jake and Rusty and mom doesn’t like it but I think Julie has made her feel guilty that I am so sad nowadays.

I can get into a corner of her room behind a chair and the carpet is soft for my feet. No one sees me so I don’t have to worry any more about being yelled at.


Thursday


I’m in serious trouble! Mom came into Julie’s room earlier today. She sniffed the air and said

‘What on earth is that smell?’

Well Julie had been having a secret smoke of a cigarette and although the smell is horrible and gets into my lungs, I’d hate her to be in trouble with mom.

But mom sniffed all around the room and pulled the chair out and found my new toilet. I ran for cover under the bed as she yelled,

‘That’s it, I’ve had enough, that cat goes!’

Julie and Jake ran into the room and mom shouted,

‘Get that cat from under that bed, out he goes, defenseless or not’

and Julie screamed at mom,

‘No, leave him alone, it’s all your fault. I’ve read on the internet at school that having a cat declawed is not only cruel and painful for the cat, it causes him to be frightened to use his litter box as he remembers the pain and …’

But mom wouldn’t let her finish, she yelled,

’Don’t be so stupid Julie, the vet wouldn’t do it if it was cruel’

and Jake laughed and shouted,

‘Dogs are better than cats’

and Rusty ran in and barked and I shook under that bed as they all shouted at each other.

Julie shouted

‘LISTEN, vets DO know it is cruel but they still do it to make lots of money and LISTEN declawed cats bite because they feel defenseless, PLEASE listen mom, it’s NOT Seb’s fault’

and the shouting went on for ages.

I stayed under the bed for the rest of that day…


Saturday


Mom has been kind to me today. Yesterday Julie brought home a lot of papers all about declawing cats and said,

‘Mom,please just sit down and read this I’ve printed off at school’

Mom sat for a long time reading and crying and saying that the vet hadn’t told her all this and she wished she’d known about scratching posts and how cats need to exercise and de-stress and mark their territory with their paw scents.

She phoned the vets to ask what could be done now but was told that my toe ends and claws had gone and I could never have them back. She asked why no one told her all this and the lady on the phone said well surely she had realised the claws were in bones and those bones had to be removed too. But mom said no, she hadn’t known that.

Later on I heard Julie crying and when she picked me up to cuddle me I purred to make her feel better. She has cried all day and is still crying now……


Monday


My carrier is down again and mom is putting her coat on and looking at me. I am very frightened, where am I going now?

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Jul 21, 2010 To Sylvia Ann
by: Barbara

Thank you for your kind words, I think Michael’s POC draws the nicest people to it, all the regulars on here including the man himself seem to me to be genuine caring people, I really think there is more good than bad in the world but for some reason the good go unsung mostly.
Ruth and I should have been twins we’re so much alike in so many ways, we used to tell people we were twins, then add that Ruth was elder – by 7 years! We do live in a nice part of our country, we don’t have to go far to reach either beautiful countryside or the sea. Your area sounds most interesting to me. I too hope Sebastian has a bit of a happy ending…wouldn’t you think that Ruthie would let me have a sneak preview!

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Jul 20, 2010 Hello, Ruth —
by: S ylvia Ann

Good grief, your story is riveting.

You’re fortunate to have such a sister…you sound almost like twins. The world has more than it needs of people who – if you collapsed in a heap – wouldn’t bend down to prop you into a sitting position. Thank goodness for folks such as you and Barbara. Don’t know if such traits are inborn or learned – maybe drummed into you by your mom, Ethel? Can’t find Part 2 of the Diary, so forget what you said about your dad, but think you mentioned he disliked cats.

I can see why your sister was impressed by her husband’s kindness. To any reflective woman,a guy’s affection for animals is an infallible Chick Magnet. At a deeper level, it argues an admirable decency. I’m sorry Barbara lost her husband…that’s bad enough when married couples are in their ninth and tenth decades.

I looked up your area of the world on the Internet, and saw some emerald green countryside and ancient castles. You look steeped in history. So are we, those most of ours is a centuries-old Native American history. Our first white settler built a cabin, a couple of miles from where I live, in 1847.

Thank you again for your friendly e-mail. I’m glad that darned woman has tear ducts, and await some semblance of happiness for our little Sebby-Wee.


Jul 20, 2010 THANK YOU
by: Ruth

A HUGE thank you to everyone for your great comments, each and every one mean such a lot to me.

Part 5 is on its way.

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Jul 20, 2010 fascinating
by: Kathryn

I get so upset reading these diaries I sometimes forget to comment.Sorry Ruth,I think a lot might do the same thing.It’s sort of fascinating in an awful way and I too need to know what happens to Sebastian.
I only hope that the people reading it who didn’t already know how cruel it is having cats declawed know now.
Part 5 soon PLEASE.


Jul 19, 2010 Catching up
by: Edward

Just been catching up on PoC and reading Sebastians Diary.Man its too realistic for words and surely anybody reading it wont ever think declawing cats is humane ever again.
Ed


Jul 19, 2010 Riveting
by: Rose

I know I’m going to sit and cry every time I read the next bit but I’m riveted to Sebastian’s story.
I have to know what happens to him in the end.
I just have to.


Jul 19, 2010 Poor Sebastian!!!
by: Maggie Sharp

Poor Sebastian, he’s doing all he can to make his life better and less painful, but yet again selfish and greedy people are only causing him more grief.

I’m so glad that Sebastian isn’t real, but the fact that so many cats are suffering just like this disturbs me. The fact that this story is the biography of so many other cats makes me sick!!!

I wonder where Sebastian is going?? I can’t wait to read part 5!! Thanks for writing this Ruth, it’s really great, and will hopefully educate people about the TRUTH behind this misleading torture.


Jul 19, 2010 I didn’t know
by: Anonymous

This has opened my eyes.
I didn’t know!


Jul 19, 2010 can hardly breahte for shock!
by: pammy

Ruthy, you have taken my breath away.
The tears and gasping for breath at the shock of what I have just read about Sebastian.
Words are not enough to express my horror.
There is such a sadness and compassion that I feel for Sebastian and for all de-clawed cats…
Vets who de-claw should hold their heads in shame.
To make money is not a good enough excuse as they make lots of money anyway. They should be named snd shamed, all of them!
De-clawing must be be banned globally so that no cat ever has to experience this torture again.
Thank you so much for opening the eyes of all of us to the painful truth of de-clawing.
God bless you Ruthy.


Jul 19, 2010 can hardly breahte for shock!
by: pammy

Ruthy, you have taken my breath away.
The tears and gasping for breath at the shock of what I have just read about Sebastian.
Words are not enough to express my horror.
There is such a sadness and compassion that I feel for Sebastian and for all de-clawed cats…
Vets who de-claw should hold their heads in shame.
To make money is not a good enough excuse as they make lots of money anyway. They should be named snd shamed, all of them!
De-clawing must be be banned globally so that no cat ever has to experience this torture again.
Thank you so much for opening the eyes of all of us to the painful truth of de-clawing.
God bless you Ruthy.


Jul 19, 2010 To Michael
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

You’re doing better than me at wanting to slap Jake. I think I’d slap mama. Or jam her fingers in the car door so she can see how a cat feels.

And if Sebastian isn’t going to a cat spa where he can be massaged and pampered I swear I’m gonna cry.


Jul 18, 2010 So sad……..
by: Tracey (England)

The thought of poor Seb shaking under the bed……..

I feel so sad reading about him but people need to know that this happens all the time to cats and that vets will do it for the money; after all why would they educate when they are raking it in?

Good on you, Ruth for making everyone aware.


Jul 18, 2010 Powerful writing
by: Michele S.

Ruth, you’re doing a truly fantastic job of telling poor Sebastian’s story. It’s so well written I feel like I’m there in that home as an onlooker. (If I was I’d have slapped Jake by now).

I don’t know what the future holds for Sebastian. It’s too frightening to contemplate, but I do hope that the Mom will have more compassion and sympathy for Sebastian now that she understands how cruel and needless, declawing is.


Jul 18, 2010 Rivetting!
by: Babz

OMG! I hadn’t read this one in advance, poor poor cat what is going to happen to him now? This is fact told as fiction!

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Jul 18, 2010 Beautifully told
by: Michaell

A difficult story beautifully told. It held me.

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