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Misty Lou Morgan
Birth: Jul. 1, 1997
Selmer
McNairy County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 2009
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA

Misty was the runt of the litter. She was born on (or around) July 1, 1997, in Selmer, TN. She came to live with us about 6 weeks later. The first time I saw her she was hiding under the passenger seat of a car and I had to pull her out so I could take her inside. She was so small, she could sit in the palm of your hand with plenty of room left over and she was terrified of everything. She had the sweetest little "sideways hop" that you can imagine. Everytime she was startled she would hop sideways really fast with all of her fur standing straight up. Because Misty didn't know how to lap up milk, my mom, Bettye, kept her alive the first night she was with us, by rubbing milk on her lips every few minutes so she would lick it off. After the first night Misty spent with us, she became the "Queen of the Manor" and ran the whole house. Instead of two people and a pet cat, it was a cat and two well trained pet people, who catered to her every want. Misty was the boss and she knew it. Misty was also very good with the other animals that came into her life, she enjoyed watching the fish in the aquarium (she never bothered them, but she would sit in front of the aquarium and watch them swim around or she would stand with her hands on the back of the aquarium looking down at them), drinking water from the turtle bowl (and rubbing noses with the turtle), and watching the gerbils (when I took them out to play with them, I could put them on her and she would just lie there and watch them, but never attempted to hurt them). Her favorite hobbies were eating, napping, getting high on catnip, playing with her 3f's (frog, feather & fuzzyball), sitting in the window watching the world go by, sleeping in the sink, trying to steal Aunt Sharon's food from her plate, hiding in any box she could find, and being the most lovable little girl she could possibly be. My mom often said that Misty didn't know she was a cat, she thought she was just a really short person with a lot of hair.

Years passed and my mom began to have more and more difficulty getting around, but Misty adapted quickly to the changes and knew to give her grandma a little more time to do things and to stay clear of the cane, walker and wheelchair. My mom often wondered what Misty would do if she felt that someone was trying to hurt her grandma and I found out on the night before my mom died. My mom had a heart attack at home and when I tried to check on her, Misty attacked me, leaving several gashes in my arms and legs. I'm not sure that Misty ever got over seeing her grandma collapse.

I took Misty in for a Senior Wellness check and dental cleaning at her vet's office in October 2008 and they told me she was surprisingly healthy for her age, but that she had a slight ear infection and that they had pulled two teeth. Three weeks later, I noticed that she was pawing at her mouth when she ate, and I took her back to the vet. That was when I found out she had a tumor on her right jaw. A biopsy was performed and it came back as being a malignant oral fibrosarcoma. Four days later, we had her lower right jaw amputated in an attempt to stop the cancer. In January 2009, less than two months after her surgery, she started pawing at her mouth again, this time the vet found a small lump, but told me to keep an eye on it and bring Misty back in if it seemed to be growing. I took her back less than two weeks later and was told that it was a new tumor. We were referred to the Angel Care Cancer Clinic, where Misty received two rounds of chemo, before it became obvious that we were fighting a losing battle. On March 11, 2009, Dr Kathy at the Cancer Clinic told me, "Misty is a real fighter, you will have to make the decision to end it for her, because she will keep fighting it as long as she is able." She also told me that it was a toss up which would take Misty first, the cancer or an infection that was not responding to the antibiotics. That night, while watching how much trouble Misty was having eating, I decided that she would go to be with her grandma on Saturday (March 14). The last two days of her life, I gave her anything she wanted to eat and I spoiled her even more than she had been spoiled before (and that is pretty spoiled). This morning, we went to the vet and I held her in my arms as they gave her a shot and she died looking into my eyes. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but at least she is safe and with her grandma now and the cancer can't hurt her anymore. 
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
 
Created by: Sharon Morgan
Record added: Mar 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34794321
Misty Lou Morgan
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- Moochie
 Added: Mar. 15, 2017
Happy Angel Day Baby Girl. I love you and miss you!
- Aunt Sharon
 Added: Mar. 14, 2017
Happy Meow-lo-ween!I love you!
- Aunt Sharon
 Added: Oct. 31, 2016
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