Wednesday, February 3, 2016

When One of Our Own Needs Help

Tamar Arslanian Petie cat blogger

One of the blessings of being a nationally recognized cat blogger, are the fellow cat bloggers I have formed friendships with over time.  We meet online and then in person at related pet conferences and become closer friends, stay in touch, and visit one another and the friendship continues to flourish. Our love for cats of course bonds us. One such friend is Tamar Arslanian, whom some of you may follow her blog, I Have Cat.

Tamar is not only a cat blogger and friend, but a generous person. She has helped many good people in need of a little help when their cats were gravely ill or if a dumped or neglected cat needed a home.  She does not hesitate to help and fully immerses her time, talent and heart without hesitation.

Well this time, I learned my friend needs help. She never asked for it. But I noticed Tamar was unusually quiet across communications and when I inquired, I discovered that her beloved cat Petie has a mass pressing onto his chest cavity and lungs.  After countless exams, scans, etc.  the decision to remove it is extremely delicate and dangerous.  Nonetheless her vet bills have avalanched to $3,800. We've all been there.

Petie Tamar Arslanian sick kitty
Petie recently from vet visit
Having left her corporate job, but still living in New York City, following her passion for cats and doing freelance projects does not equate to excess income.

If you recall, Tamar helped me last year with the Christmas auction to raise funding for Roger, the Miami Le Chat Noir.  This was around the Christmas season and so you can imagine she worked long hours.  All to benefit a special needs black cat. She gained nothing personally, only the satisfaction to help us raise money and pay the vet bill with ease of mind so we can focus our energies on caring/nurturing for a very sick cat back to health.

My fellow cat guardians and lovers, if you can spare a few dollars to help a devoted cat blogger to all things cat, here is the link.  It includes copies of the vet bill.

This would be a wonderful Valentine gesture of love to a fellow cat lover and guardian.

Thank you to our generous readers. It will be returned tenfold one day. Karma!

Petie enjoying sun puddle


  1. Thanks for letting us know and caring. Tamar is a lovely cat lady!

  2. Tamar is so special (as you are)....I am embarrassed that I couldnt' give more than what I gave, but if even 20 people gave what I did, it all adds up and all would be a help catchatwithcarenandcody

    1. Caren never be embarrassed about the amount, it's more than zero and you're absolutely right--if 20 people donated same amount or any amount, it does add up. Bless you!!

  3. We send mega purrs to Petie and Tamar.

  4. Yes, thanks for letting us know. I'm flat broke for much the same vet bill reason. I did share and will gladly do it some more too..

    1. Brian, Your kindness and consistent generosity has uplifted many lives--both cat and human.
      We feel so honored to know you and call you friend. Thank you!!

  5. St Francis' blessings to you Petie, may he watch over you and keep you in his care; we truly hope you make a complete and full recovery and have many more happy healthy years ahead ♥♥♥

  6. I was so saddened when I heard the news - you are right, Tamar has been very quiet about it, so I did not know until recently. I wish I could contribute more, but did what I could - prayers for sweet Petie and thank you for doing this awareness post.

    Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey kitties