Marfigs' Munchies

Adventures in vegan eats and feats

WIAW + a farewell to kittens


It’s that time of week again, so here be another WIA[Yesterday]. Yesterday was an absolutely terrible day, so there was a lot of comfort eating – no day is the same!


Breakfast/05h30: banana and coffee. I woke up earlier than I needed to because a lady was coming to see one of our cats. She wanted to adopt her on the spot, but circumstances prevailed and the idea was to get Blitz (Pumba) to her later on (which didn’t happen anyway). Either way, I can’t face anyone on an empty stomach.

WP_0008222nd breakfast/08h00: 1 slice toast, 1 tsp tahini, 1/4 small avocado, 2 slices watermelon, 1/2 cup butter beans. 100% comfort food after the kittens wouldn’t eat their food. I usually don’t ever eat watermelon, since it’s not great for blood sugar, but I got it from my parents and it was actually delicious beyond measure. WP_000823Teatime/10h00: 1 slice lemon curd cake – it’s a secret cake, but I’ll share it on the blog soon!

Lunch/14h00: 1 ramekin steamed pumpkin and green beans + 1 gherkin. Pretty boring but wasn’t too hungry and had a friend over for coffee, which kept me going.WP_000825Dinner/18h00: Half a cheese-free veggie pizza. After stopping at the vet we decided to eat something to miss the worst of the traffic. Even if non-dairy cheeze were to be available in South Africa I don’t  think I could ever go back to cheezy pizza. WP_000827Pre-bed/21h00: 1/2 cup soy milk + 1 TBSP flax powder, 2 carrots. Some frozen papaya and NuNaturals Cocoa Mint Syrup. After months of postal strikes I finally got my awesome free samples that were posted in JULY. Stupid postal service! Awesome NuNaturals! Anyway, after this horrible day finally getting to taste the cocoa mint syrup was just a soothing balm. So flippin tasty! I can’t wait to experiment with my awesome products when I get a life again.WP_000828WP_000831

Ag, and then our heartbreak of the day. We lost 5 foster kittens yesterday to fading kitten syndrome, so in total 7 of our nine are now gone. These cats were just amazing beyond measure and were so special to us, but despite force feeding and hydrating two for almost a week, and watching our tabbies go backwards in the space of a day, it’s just a bit much, and hence the comfort eating.

We had planned to adopt one, and we even got her a collar tag, a little house and everything, but I guess this is the way of things. We have one very lonely fluffy ginger left, who was crying the whole night long for his siblings, and that was the most heartbreaking of all!kittens2.jpg kittens1.jpg

Anyway, I’ll be back soon enough with more recipes, but for the moment we’re going to take some time for ourselves just to recover our balance and carry on with our lives. We’ve been so busy medicating six times a day that we haven’t done anything for ourselves like go to the gym (my stretchy pants are a life saver) or go hang out with friends (Man-thing’s warhammer collection is getting dusty), so I guess now is the time to spend with each other and work on our sanity and health.

Author: Marfigs

Ahoy, I’m Margaux! History teacher and freelance editor; wench to my Man-thing; volunteer at a cat shelter; and handmaiden to our kitsy cats, Gatsby, Freyja and Atlas. This blog is dedicated to vegan food, occasionally overthrown by pictures of foster kittens and other fluffy creatures. I love sharing ideas and recipes, so don't be shy: stop by and say hi!

6 thoughts on “WIAW + a farewell to kittens

  1. How sad and heartbreaking your experience was. It seems nature just wants to remind us of how precious life is and to cherish every moment. Last November, just before Thanksgiving, I had to put my 14-year-old cat Fuzzy to sleep. He was suffering and I was suffering watching him struggle. It took a little time to recover. Time is definitely a healer. And a few months later, I simply had to have another kitty companion. I went to the animal shelter on the perfect day–a 4-month old kitten was available for adoption and came home with us. But after a couple of months it was easy to see he needed a companion. We adopted 2 kittens that were six-weeks old–brothers–and it’s now a very happy family. You’ll heal–thank goodness for delicious food and your inventiveness in the kitchen!


    • Thanks for your comment, Zel! I can’t imagine having to say goodbye to a companion of so many years – I’m so glad to hear you were able to move on and add more kitties to your family. The idea of them being lonely is always a concern – cats aren’t “self sufficient” but need just as much love and care as any other creature. 🙂 (It must be a riot with so many cats though! Wish we could keep all our fosters).


  2. I’m so, so truly sorry, that is so terribly sad. I have 3 cats and all are rescues. Forgive me, what is fading cat syndrome? I’ve never heard of that before?


    • I’m so glad to hear you adopt rescue cats! ❤

      Ag, it's a terrible thing – it's caused by a number of factors, mostly being removed from their mothers too soon/lacking strong immune systems, but they literally "fade" – stop eating, moving, become listless with pale gums and get extremely dehydrated very fast. The bounciest kittens can sit in one spot for hours and not move.

      Two of our foster kittens were like that for a week and the other three went down within hours – I hydrated them all an hour before I went to the vet via syringe and by the time they got there they were dehydrated again. It's just terrible because so few recover and it hits about 27% of "shelter cats". They don't suffer in terms of physical pain but rather feel extremely miserable and depressed, and it's just an endless cycle where their will to live seems to fade.


  3. Oh, I’m so terribly sorry to hear about the kittens. How awful. I hope you and Manthing can take some time together to heal from your heartbreak. Sending my love.


    • Thank you Kayse! We’re going to spend time together by going for walks, spending time with family going to the movies – we haven’t been able to leave the house for long stretches of time with all the medicating and what not, so I figure having space from the house will help us and give us something else to think about – too much time for contemplation is never a good thing in these situations. ❤

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