Pumpkin


Domestic Shorthair
Picture of Pumpkin, a male Domestic Shorthair

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Home:Capitol Hill, DC  
Age: 11 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 14 lbs.

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Nicknames:
Purr Boy, Sweetface, FORMERLY KNOWN AS Poopy Butt

Kitty Complexion:
 Activeness 
sleepyvery active
 
 Intelligence 
sillygenius
 
 Curiosity 
not curiousvery curious
 
 Friendliness 
timidaffectionate
 
 Vocal 
not vocalvery vocal
 

Sun Sign:
Quick Bio:
-cat rescue

Gotcha Date:
August 1st 2003

Birthday:
March 1st 2003

Coloration:
Red Tabby

Likes:
Food, glorious food!

Pet-Peeves:
Being pestered by his brother, Loki

Favorite Toy:
Orange mousies

Favorite Nap Spot:
My bed

Favorite Food:
He'll eat anything.

Skills:
Infinite capacity for love despite having been badly treated before he was rescued.

Dwells:
indoors

Arrival Story:
My first cat, Loki, was lonely because I was away a lot at a job which not only required long hours but also a long commute. I thought he needed company. I went into the Petco on Connecticut Avenue NW in DC where Ward 1 Alley Cats used to show cats needing homes. It was love at first sight for both of us. One week later, he came home on my birthday.

Bio:
Pumpkin was picked up as a stray by Montgomery County Animal Control (MD). He was scheduled to be euthanized before Ward 1 Alley Cats obtained custody of him. No one knows how he came to be lost or abandoned but he clearly suffered during his time on the streets. He still has anxiety about food but seems to be finally recovered from his residual digestive problems. He is loving, gentle and a great companion. 07/27/2006 I recently had to replace my ancient stacked washer/dryer with a combo/all in one machine for space reasons. The new machine is only as tall as a regular washer. My big tabby boy, 19 lb Pumpkin, made his first visit to the previously inaccessible space behind the new machine - and didn't know how to get back out. He is a good leaper despite his size but between the washer/dryer and the hot water heater, he really didn't have any room. He might have made it out by himself in time but I decided to help. I thought, "What would Annemarie Lucas [of Animal Precinct] do?" I got a bath towel and lowered it to Pumpkin. Took a few secs for him to figure out that he could climb up and out with me anchoring the towel. He climbed out and all was well. Update October 11, 2007 Despite being twice his size, Loki dominates Pumpkin. But Pumpkin is not taking it lying down (as it were) the way he used to. He often hisses or swats Loki before giving up and leaving the room. I am actually happy at this development. Pumpkin is a sweet boy but I don't want him to be a doormat in his own house. He will never be the top cat but he can now hold his own. No picture can capture the sweetness of his expression - must be seen to be believed. Update September 28, 2008At his annual checkup in August, his vet said it was high time Pumpkin had his teeth cleaned. This was scary, since he is such a big cat, and expensive. But worth it to save his teeth and keep him healthy. Update December 23, 2008 A desire to avoid a lawsuit will keep me from disclosing the brand of dry food I used to feed Pumpkin (and only Pumpkin). I switched him to the same food the other two get, Eukanuba and other high end foods. The difference is incredible. His "poopy butt" is now perfectly clean. And he is much more affectionate. Between having his teeth cleaned and switching his dry food, he is a much happier cat. Updated 05/13/09 I added a new photo of Pumpkin sleeping on my bed. I think you can tell that he has lost some weight which for him is good news. Updated 10/21/09 I am very pleased to report that my big boy is officially not so big. On his last vet visit, his weight was down from 19 lbs to 15 lbs 9 oz. His vet is VERY pleased. And so is his mom! The vet said she could tell from his body shape that he had lost the weight slowly and safely. His ideal weight is 15 lbs. But his vet said that even at his current weight, he is and is likely to remain much healthier. Update July 9, 2010 Pumpkin had his yearly well cat visit today and he is in very good shape. Literally! At 14 pounds, 3 ounces, his vet says his weight is now perfect. Update September 8, 2010 Pumpkin had his second teeth cleaning last month. Unfortunately, he had developed a FORL in a pre-molar so that tooth had to come out. He bounced back quickly from the surgery and is fine. Update July 18, 2011 Pumpkin made his annual trek to his vet two weeks ago. He weighs 14.25 pounds which is puurfect. Unfortunately, the vet said his teeth needed to be cleaned again. Oy. But his teeth looked worse than they were - no extractions this year. Definite bone loss, though. His vet says that red-orange boys are prone to tooth problems. July 23, 2012 Pumpkin had his yearly checkup (and annual rabies shot) tonight. He's in good shape overall but he needs another cleaning. The vet said he drew the short straw when it comes to his teeth. August 1, 2012 Happy Home Day, Pumpkin! NINE years ago you came home with me. Loved you then, love you now. October 8, 2012 Pumpkin had his teeth cleaned again. No extractions this time. Yay!

Lives Remaining:
8 of 9

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I've Been On Catster Since:
December 23rd 2004 More than 9 years!

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Catster Id:
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