Sunday Pause (Paws): Prayers for Cino

I have been a bit preoccupied this week, so please forgive me for not being very social in the blogging community lately.

I would like to start this post with some questions & thoughts about the relationship we have with our pets.

Your “baby.” Is the definition of this just two people (or animals) conceiving a child? What about when you adopt a child (or an animal)? Aren’t you now the parents of a baby (or animal), even though you didn’t give birth to them? What about your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, or wife, do you sometimes refer to them as your “baby?”
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Here is the definition of “baby” taken from yourdictionary.com.

baby
noun
ba·bies

1.
a. A very young child; an infant
b. An unborn child; a fetus
c. The youngest member of a family or group
d. A very young animal

2. An adult or young person who behaves in an infantile way.

Informal

a. A lover or sweetheart.
b. Sweetheart; dear. Used as a term of endearment.

Slang

An object of personal concern or interest: Keeping the boat in good repair is your baby.
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You’ll find the same definition in other dictionaries as well. The word “baby” is used in different ways. Yes, literally, a baby is a young human or animal. Both need feeding, teaching, comforting, playtime, and shelter. But we use the word figuratively too. Why? Because to some their baby is their adopted child who is three years old, or their wife of twenty years, or their car, or their boat, and to some it is their pet.

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I call Cino my baby because I feed her, I teach her things like to not run out the door, I comfort her when she is scared by a thunderstorm, I play “hide and jump out” with her, and I provide shelter for her everyday. We cuddle together every night and have routines like kisses and hugs when I leave and before bedtime.

Well my baby, has had blood in her last three urine samples (they say it is not an infection), so we now have an appointment for her to go in this week for an ultrasound. I am sick with worry because I love her more than any words could explain. I go to bed thinking about this upcoming appointment and it’s the first thing I think of when I wake up.

Cino absolutely hates going to the vet, but at least she doesn’t know she is going until the day of. I have such a tough time with upcoming appointments because I feel so much empathy for her. The definition of empathy taken from the Merriam Webster dictionary is:

the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner; also :  the capacity for this

She expresses a lot of dislike in going to the vet. She puts up a fight going in her carrier, meows very loudly in it, and then curls up in a little ball and hides to the back of the carrier. Pretty much the same things happen once we get to the vet too. So, these appointments are very difficult on both of us.

I started off this post with feeling defensive. Maybe it is because sometimes you feel like no one understands the love you have for your pet. Or because some people think that a pet is “just an animal” so they can even begin to comprehend that to you they are family, they are your “baby.” Or because the working world doesn’t even include pet bereavement in their benefits, as if you can just say “Que Sera, Sera” and move on the same day a beloved pet has passed on. (Just been thinking about these types of things)

A lot of people may not understand how I feel about my cat, but if the way I feel is anything like how they feel about their child, then I can say as someone with no children, that I DO understand how they feel. Hopefully, those people will show me the same understanding as a pet parent one-day.

This Sunday, I would like to reach out to my blogging community and ask if you will please take a break and say a prayer for Cino. I apologize for the not so uplifting or fun Sunday Pause (Paws) this week, but I believe in the power of prayer. It is prayer and it is God that is helping me to hold it together right now. When I found out she needed to come in for further tests, I cried for two days straight and couldn’t even look at her. God helped me to pull myself together. But I am concerned that as it gets closer to the appointment I’ll become more anxious.

So, I would really appreciate prayer for:

  • that I will be able to get her in her carrier
  • not having to wait long at our appointment (the wait is normally really long)
  • that I will hold it together
  • the test goes well
  • & that Cino is fine

Thank you fellow bloggers, I really appreciate it! Happy Sunday!

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26 thoughts on “Sunday Pause (Paws): Prayers for Cino

  1. IreneDesign2011

    My fur kids are my babies too, the other moved away from home many years ago.
    I send you and Cino healing thoughts, please help her and yourself by thinking in sending her love, every time you look at her and send the love by your hands, while you touch her. This helps much more, than you think. I wish, that the vet will find out the reason for the blood and then get this treated fast.

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  2. Sherry

    Father, I come to You in Jesus’ name. You are our Creator and I thank You for the gifts of our furbabies as a blessed grace to help us through this earthly journey. I lift up to You Cino and her mommy and pray that You will bring both a peace and calm on the day of this vet visit. Please keep the wait short in every way-from waiting to see the vet, to the length of time waiting for the results of the test. Let Your presence be made manifest for them. I also pray that whatever it is that is afflicting Cino that You would correct it or heal it. Give the vet the wisdom and knowledge to do what is proper in the treatment. Let all be done for Your glory, thank You and amen!~ \o/

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  3. Kathy

    Praying for you and Cino, and shared this on the Shepherding All God’s Creatures prayer group for prayer, as well….Please let me know how this goes, and I will update the prayer group as well. Lifting you and Cino up, asking for wisdom for the vet, ease in getting Cino into the carrier, that all will be okay with her, and for guidance and peace for you during this difficult time, may you feel Jesus close to you. AMEN

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  4. Jill

    You are not alone in how you feel! Our 7 cats are beyond words precious to us. It’s that helpless feeling when there is something wrong with our babies that makes it so unbearable.
    Try really hard to lean on Jesus during this. You need to be strong for Cino! God Bless!

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  5. AmyRose🌹

    Oh Honey!! I am SO sorry about all this! You must get Rescue Remedy for Cino which you can get at your local grocery store. Give her some drops in her mouth every 5 minutes before the appt. Be careful because the dropper is glass. These will help calm her down but it will not take her anxiety away. You and your baby are in my prayers as of now. LeeAnn, truly I understand your panic and I understand how much Cino hates going to the Vet. Please try to remain calm for Cino for she will pick up on your emotions. Please let me know what is going on. She looks so healthy! Her nose is so pink and OH is she gorgeous! Anything I can do let me know! BIG (((HUGS))) ❤

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    1. Animals Are Feeling Beings Too Post author

      Thank you so much Amy! I’m trying to get all of my crying out now, so I can be calm for her. She has no symptoms of anything that I can see, they just found blood in her urine samples. She is my same old sweet Cino. I have such a hard time with this stuff. Sometimes I wonder why I am a pet parent because I am so weak, but then I realize I would miss out on so much love!

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      1. AmyRose🌹

        Sonogram is no big deal. If she is not acting sick I would not if I were you get upset. She doesn’t look sick to me, LeeAnn. And I’m stumped if she isn’t presenting with symptoms. Why did they do a urine sample? That is not the normal for a routine checkup.

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        1. Animals Are Feeling Beings Too Post author

          It isn’t a common thing, but he has had me do it ever since I have had her at her yearly physicals because it can catch diabetes, kidney problems, etc. It’s a preventative measure so things can be caught if they arise instead of waiting until it is too late. That is my understanding. There was blood in her urine last summer when I brought it in for her physical, so I brought another sample and it also had blood. He said we should do another sample in six months, which is the one I just brought in, and there was blood again.
          They said they’ll shave her tummy for the ultrasound. She has such beautiful tummy fur, I hope it will grow back fast.

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          1. AmyRose🌹

            Can you ask to be with her for the procedure? I think if you can stay calm it would really help your baby. Will your Vet allow this? And it will take time for her tummy fur to grow back. Oh goodness I will be praying like I said. When is the appt? 💕💖💕

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