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Home:Coos Bay, OR  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 7 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 9 lbs.

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Basti, Beastie Boy

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:
-disabled -cat rescue

March 18th 2008


to be petted

if you stop petting him without offering food

indoors and outdoors

Arrival Story:
I was fostering Sebastian after a low cost spay and neuter event. He was a stray in a friend's neighborhood. My friend Tamara is a tireless one woman TNR force, and she did some trapping there. His eyes were very infected, so I offered to foster him until he was better. So many of the strays have herpes. I started him on eye ointment and Lysine. On the 3rd day, I noticed blood tracks in the 8'x2' hospital cage. I took him to the vet and all his paws had open sores and were bleeding. The vet 1st thought that he had burny his paws, and we put ointment on them, but they would not heal. I took him back a few days later as he was still bleeding. The young vet's boss checked him out and said, Sebastian had an autoimmune disease, so-called pillow foot ( Plasma Cell Pododermatitis ). He was put on prednisone, and doxicycline, and after 10 days, his feet looked much better and were nicely healed, though still with puffy paw pads. On 8/3/09, Sebastian was introduced to my 5 cats in our outdoor enclosure ( 2,000 sqft ), and he is doing well. Still staying inside overnight. He made fast friends with our Itsy, who is happy to have a brotherly support, to hold up with the 3 girls in there.

Sebastian in a sweetheart. I would have felt so bad to send a chronically sick cat back out on the mean streets. 8/15/09: our Basti is doing better, his feet are still puffy, but no bleeding sores anymore! he still needs to take high dose prednisone, and we hope to get him into remission. Another curve ball has been thrown at him. He will have surgery for his in-rolling lower eyelids next week. With his fur constantly scratching his eyes, he might be blind over time, if this isn't fixed. I am so glad I found him, what with all his health issues, and considerable pain, he still has the sweetest disposition and wants to be petted all the time

Lives Remaining:
8 of 9

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I've Been On Catster Since:
August 3rd 2009 More than 6 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Meet my family
Mio, my
QuincyMipo - in
loving memory
Mipette 1991
to 2006
farewell my
sweet Bear
Princess -
not forgotten
Stumpy, love
to the last
PoobahFoxieMinoucheCheckie - you
are missed
Emilio - gone
to the rainbow
Mietzi (
Meetsie )
ManekiSanta -
sweetie at the
TobyBushy- gone to
the rainbow
Captain JackMr. Biggles,
gone too soon
Little Mask

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Pillow footing around

I need to explain

October 18th 2009 8:29 am
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what a weird title for a diary, you might think.
But I have a rare auto-immune disease called pillow foot. When mom fostered me for a few days after my neuter surgery, she found to her horror that all my paws had bleeding open sores.
She rushed me to the vet. The intern thought that my feet had been burned, but then Dr. Mandy came in and said, I have seen this before! It's called pillow foot, because the paw pads swell up like little pillows and then crack and form open bleeding sores. It is an auto-immune disease. For the rest of my life, I need to be on depo Medrol cortisone shots every 8 weeks. Mom also needs to check my feet often. So, that meant I could not get back to the mean streets, because I need to be on clean floors, and under health care.
I also had inrolling lower eyelids. and 2 weeks ago I already had a 2nd surgery to fix that. 2 months after the first surgery the eyelids started rolling back again. I then start to squint and can barely see, and it hurts.
Mom said, it breaks her heart to imagine that in my young life of maybe a little over a year I had know nothing but pain. Still, I am a sweet boy.
The office girls are trying to get me used to the other office cats. The Captain is not a problem, he is my Yoda, my Jedi Master, and I adore him. Well, everybody loves the Captain anyway...
But Norbert is kind of wary of me, and Lulu can be the queen b***ch.
So, sometimes I am defending myself, and then I'm not mom's Bestie Boy, but Beastie Boy.
But I am getting better!!! I promise I'll be good.
Just never ever send me back on the street, please

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