Favorite Toy: Anything and Everything, whatever the new toy is, mostly lamb skin mousies, jingle balls, ribbons and strings and lazer pointers
Favorite Nap Spot: nap? River doesn't nap, River Runs!
Favorite Food: Treats and Sheeba wetfood and People food Tuna
Skills: is being a fuzzy love bug a skill?
Arrival Story: After we moved to CA from New England, we were very lonely in the new apartment with no pets. We had both lost our kitties the winter before to old age and the house felt so empty with no kittens in it. Before we even had furniture in the house, we went to a local rescue no kill shelter to find ourselves some feline friends. I went in with the plan on getting at least two kitties, daddy wanted only one. While sitting in the main room a big handsome black and white cat jumped into mommy's lap (River) and informed her he would like to go home with her. He was so fantastic, however, Mommy really wanted a female companion, so she kept looking. After walking around the shelter for a few minutes a beautiful female Siamese selected me for her new mommy, however, she hated her new daddy. Daddy was having even more problems. Every kitty he walked near ran away and wouldn't even let him pet them. After about an hour, feeling very dejected, Daddy collapsed into a chair in the big cat room to rest. As he was sitting there, River wandered over, looked up at him with his big baby eyes, jumped up into his lap, and promptly fell asleep. At that moment, we both knew he would be coming home with us and the Siamese! Starting that day, River and his new pretty sister Simone joined our family.
Bio: River was abandoned in Sacramento near the River and found his way into a feral colony. After a while there he was attacked by a bigger tom and as a result now tests positive for FIV. Although we don't know most of his background, we know he is the sweetest cat we have ever owned. He is full of energy, a love bug, a mommy's boy, a squeaker, and a Prince. We wouldn't have him any other way!
Cat of the Week - Week of June 13th, 2011
Cat of the Day - July 27, 2010
Diary of the Day - October 29, 2009
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Chosen as Dreamboat #65 by Samoa on January 29, 2012
I have FIV, and mommy is always finding that people don't know enough about it and say truly hurtful things about her baby boy because of it. Mommy wants to post some information about FIV here and some helpful sites to help end the discrimination against babies like me!
1. You cannot get FIV from your kitty, neither can your doggy, or any one else. Only cats can catch FIV.
2. FIV can only be passed through blood or saliva transfer. Most commonly through sexual contact or through a deep bite wound. (If you get your cats fixed, both these problems are pretty much solved.)
3. Cats with FIV can live a long healthy life and may never display any signs of the disease, finally passing on one day of a completely unrelated medical condition.
4. You cannot, repeat CANNOT, contract FIV from merely breathing the same air as me. It is NOT an airborne disease, please stop telling me I can't go places.
5. I have lived with sister through some very traumatic times. When her teeth were all torn up and bleeding, I protected her, groomed her, and guarded her. When she is healthy we play, we wrestle. Guess what? Sister... is still FIV negative.
Here are some helpful links to people with lots of FIV knowledge. Please don't pass on a kitty because he or she has FIV, and don't put us down just because we get it.
KITTIES! Did you see the green triangle up there? Is this true? Can it be so? Are they not shutting us down?
I haven't said anything about Catster closing over here because me and mommy were in mourning. We didn't know what to do. We didn't want to lose our safe place, our home. We couldn't accept it, we couldn't talk about it, we couldn't deal with it, but now... maybe we don't have to! Look kitties! Look at the green warning up there! They aren't shutting us down! Can it be true? Oh please be true! Don't take away my River safe place! I need as many safe places as I can find!
I hope you all had a great holiday season, man it was a long one wasn't it? Parents were so busy I didn't have much of a chance to log in again but now it's over and I can breathe again.
Well, I ended the holidays on a very low note. My crystals came back. I spent the evening of the 30th running in and out of my box without being able to do anything, a few hours later I started crying and crying, mommy came and watched me and she started to get very nervous. She called her vet but they were closed for the evening and only going to be open for a very few hours on New Year's Eve before closing all day New Year's Day. They gave her an emergency hotline to call but no one called back from that and instead gave her another number to call. By this point mommy was very nervous and trying to decide what to do with me, daddy was pacing the house because he defers all River health decisions to mommy (mommies know best!) She called the third number and it was an emergency vet clinic my vet contracts with. Mommy decided I'm more important than the bill so into the carrier I went.
It was a bit of a drive into Sacramento, she kept letting me pop my head up to watch the traffic around us go by, it was so dark, I tried to climb into mommy (No really, I wanted to be INSIDE her for the safety!) We finally got there and luckily things went very smoothly.
The place was very clean and neat, there were only a few other patients at the time so we got right in. The vet who saw me was a nice guy, he explained everything to mommy and treated me super nice. He said that luckily I wasn't blocked. Phew! But that I was 100% empty and straining. They gave me some pain killers and medication along with some new medicated nom noms and sent me home. Mommy kept raving about how fast and cheap it was (I thought I was priceless?) and she was very grateful to them for not emptying her wallet and sucking up her whole evening so she could get home and snuggle my brains out! (Oh mommy... come on... the guys are going to read this!)
Anyways, it's been a week and I'm doing pretty well. Yesterday I threw all of mommy's magnets on the fridge onto the floor, yowled for cat treats (I'm HUNGRY!!! and SICK of veterinary food!!!) and then I jumped onto her desk, found her pile of paperwork and bills, and made myself a nest to sleep in. This one seemed to annoy her the most which is weird because I was RIGHT THERE next to her, she should feel flattered I want to be with her right? I guess she decided that means I'm doing pretty well because the lethargic crying baby is gone, now time for the zooming yowling baby to emerge! Hehehe! MEEEEERRROOOWWWW! (I'm trying to learn how to Mrat like sister but it's an art-form and I haven't mastered it yet!)
Anyways, how was your holiday season kitties? I hope it went a little smoother than mine, no emergency vet trips for anyone else right?
I just wanted to let all my Catster friends know that if your parents (or you!) have a Facebook page you can enter my holiday photo contest for my etsy company for a chance to win some free catnip toys. You've all heard of my catnip toys right? They are pretty awesome pawsome!
All you have to do is post a picture of yourself enjoying the winter holiday season in any way (any holiday!) to my Facebook page and then you're entered! Winners will be chosen on Christmas Eve. We've all ready got some great entries, there will be a first place, second place, and third place awarded. If we get enough entries we'll give out some honorable mentions as well!
Oh, and if you don't have a facebook account but still want to enter, we can find some way to work that out I thinks! Just message me here, I'm willing to work with you! I want as many kitties entered into the contest as possible because I love seeing all those great photos together and I love giving out catnip toys! hehehe! I'm a pretty laid back guy when it comes to rules! You can enter the contest more than once, everyone in your family can enter, angel siblings can enter, pictures can be photo-shopped or real (they have to be OF YOU though! hehehe!) See? Real laid back! Hope to see some of you in the contest!
And oh yes, to everyone who purred for my friend Vash, I'm happy to report, he's doing much better! A calming collar on him and his brother is working wonders and his UI is cleared up from the medication. Thank you so much kitties, it meant a lot to me how many of you would purr for a kitty you've never met before without asking any questions. You're all the bestest!