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Students and Teachers and Cats

Nearly every educator will give you some variation on the line, “I love teaching, I learn as much from the students as they do from me!” And as corny as it sounds, it’s true. That’s why I went in to education — I love learning. I don’t mean in a human interest way, which includes learning […]

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Feline Kidney Disease

Feline kidney disease is common in elderly cats, yet I’d never heard of it until I had elderly cats (elderly is often defined as 10  to 12 years and older). In January 2014, my beloved Alegria died of kidney disease at age 18. And now my sweet Sarafina has just been diagnosed. She’s ten.

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Saying Goodbye to Alegria

[Editor’s note: This post discusses pet death.] I had to put my 18-year-old cat to sleep last week. She’d been diagnosed with kidney disease (always fatal) a year and a half ago, so her death was no shock. And luckily, her decline was sudden; she didn’t suffer. But dealing with the aftermath has been much […]