Friday, October 9, 2009
The dates were set, the fritters were ready, and the coffee was hot. The only thing missing were the cats. Once again, the monthly meeting of the Memory Loss Club of Edmonds was an empty house after everyone forgot when it was and where it was held.
The club, whose meeting was scheduled to take place as usual on the second Thursday night of the month in the Edmonds United Methodist Church basement, has been canceled and disbanded due to insufficient member turnout.
Started as a community outreach service in 2001 to help cats with memory problems ranging from Alzheimer‘s to Multiple Personality Disorder, the club has had very few returning members over the past years and has finally decided to give up.
Tiggy suffers from a mental disorder in which he believes he shares his soul with a stuffed kitty cat who likes cookies
One former member, Tiggy, a 3-year-old, neutered, Domestic Short Hair who suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder was found wandering outside the building talking softly to a sealed tin can of tuna with a small stuffed animal who he claimed to be his “other self.’
Multiple Personality Disorder is characterized by having two distinct identities that take over the personality accompanied by an inability to recall personal information in a manner too extensive to be explained to ordinary forgetfulness.
The club was well-known in previous years for its extensive efforts to help find jobs for cats suffering from all manner of conditions and diseases, enriching their lives and creating a more fulfilled sense of wellness.
Ding Dong once sought help at the Memory Loss Club
“That Tiggy is one sick bastard,” said Krunkle, a 9-year-old, neutered, Domestic Long Hair and former counselor. “I feel bad for that one, I don’t know where he’s gonna end up without our support group, maybe he will go back to working at Taco Bell, they always mess up your order anyhow.”
“Cats with multiple personalities are wonderful multi-taskers,” said Cubby, a 12-year-old, spayed, Scottish Fold, who has been an outreach coordinator with the club for the past five years. “And those with Alzheimer’s are great at menial tasks because they forget how boring a job is as soon as they start it.”
“My dad Ding Dong used to go to those meetings, but he forgot his pants once and showed up naked as a jaybird,” said Rex, a 5-year-old, neutered Siamese from Lynnwood. “The club leader told my dad ‘I can see your nuts,’ and he took it the wrong way and came home upset that they thought he was crazy.”
Taylor said he was glad he “…was glad at least it wasn’t Alzheimer’s.”
“When they told me at the doctor office that I had Alzheimer’s, at first I was upset, but then I was glad at least it wasn’t Alzheimer’s,” said Taylor, a 15-year-old, Domestic Short Hair cat and former member of the club. “I feel great now.”
Of further note, the Codependency Club President has changed their meetings to fill the Memory Loss Club’s now open time slot after first asking everyone in the club what they thought and if it was okay.
The Obsessive-Compulsive Club will be meeting on the main floor starting next month after complaints were received from the maintenance department for repeatedly breaking the down button on the elevator control panel.
Copyright Sharyn Thoma
Tiggy Photo: Thanks to Kareen, at Noll's Nip
Ding Dong Photo: Thanks to Brad
Taylor Photo: Thanks to Jered
Posted by The Kitty City Gazette at 9:41 PM