Likes: Water, food (especially human food), people, toys, being held, Clemy, boxes, & laying in the sun.
Pet-Peeves: Being brushed, bath time
Favorite Toy: Clemy, dog toys, hair bands,string, and people.
Favorite Nap Spot: In any open window, any box, his basket, on a chair in the back porch, on the table (bad bad boy....)
Favorite Food: Cat treats, cheese, turkey, and chicken.
Arrival Story: Charlie was a bit of surprise & it was total fate that he came to us. It had been almost a year since we took in Clemy, and we had thought about getting another cat, an adult one, but we didn't fully pursue it because Clemy loved being the only cat. Well, on the day before the 4th of July I was volunteering at the local no kill, and was staying about an hour & a half later then I usually do and chances have it 10 minutes before my ride came, a couple pulled up and asked if we could help them. They had found a small black & white kitten hiding under their car, none of their neighbor's owned cats & the ones that did had never seen the kitten. The couple had a dog who hated cats & they both had allergies towards cats so they could not take him in, they tried several shelters & animal controls but most were closed because of the holiday weekend & would not be open for several days. The shelter I volunteered at does not take in strays so we checked him for a microchip & looked at online postings but found nothing. His rescuers were very sweet (I actually knew them from years ago & hadn't seen them in a long while) and wanted to help the baby, but if nobody took him their only option would be to let him go outside back at their place. I was so afraid something was going to happen to the little guy so I told them not to leave & I would see if I could take him. About 2 minutes later my family pulled up & I quickly convinced them to let us take him in.The plan was for us to "foster" the baby until after the weekend or until we could get him into a no-kill shelter while the people who found him were going to make flyers & keep us in the know. Well long story short: The 4month old baby boy, stole our hearts. Many postings & flyers were made but nobody came forward so he joined the family. He is our first boy, first long haired cat and first kitten we have raised as a family. He is a crazy boy, but we love him to death.
Bio: Charlie is a unique, quirky, handsome, and adorable boy. He is a "perfect" tuxedo, and also has both "mittens" & "boots". He is also a big boy and even though his weight usually stays around 15 to 17lbs he is very long & tall and is the same height as our dogs. As a kitten he was a very sweet boy but quite a handful. He was always getting in trouble & had no trouble putting us in our place (sometimes he would just jump onto our legs when he was upset about something or just annoyed with us being there), he also adored Clemy from the very start & was always bothering her. After he turned 2 he settled down a lot & became a much more mellow and loving boy,though he still picked on his beloved Clemy & everytime he was around her he would turn into a kitten again and would chirp and jump on her and try to initiate play. Sadly in July of 2012 we lost our sweet Clemy to cancer, Charlie very much so missed her but he found comfort (and playmates) in our work cat Tommy who stays at my parent's work & comes home on weekends/hplidays & his new bff Dora a foster failure kitten who officially became a part of our family after Clemy's passing. Even though he is young he has already had some bad health experiences. In September of 2012 he suddenly became extremely ill due to an unknown infection, he got one of the highest fevers the vet has ever seen & was a very sick cat. We were terrified we might lose him but after an intense round of meds & TLC he pulled through. Though bad luck followed him & in early 2013 he managed to break his hip & cause himself a great deal of pain. We learned this injury was common in large, young male cats & was most likely caused by bad genetics. On 1/28/13 he had surgery on his hip where they took out part of the bone & did some reconstruction so he could go on to regain full mobility with no pain. So far he is recovering well but there is a good chance that he will end up breaking his other hip sometime in the future.
So it now has been about 2 months since my surgery and I must say I feel fantastic! I have been acting like the whole thing never happened.I have really been moving around better, I still limp fairly heavily but it is slowly improving, and have started getting back to my normal self. It has made the peeps truly realize that for the past 2 months I was acting more like a 12 year old cat than a 2 year old one. For the past two weeks I have been jumping on things (not too high up tough) and started getting back to playing with Dora like we used to. We have just been having loads of fun! And the best is that I am finally able to run again! Not super fast and not for very long but it is still a great achievement! I love being back to normal.
Though the peeps still say I need to take it a bit easy because of my 38% of injuring the other hip. They will feel much better when it has been a year since all of this because the chances of it happening after the next 6 to 12 months are very slim.
Hey all! Well since the last time I updated you all quite a bit has gone on. I had my visit with the vet and he was thrilled to see how great I was doing! He said my recovery is going even better than he expected and he told the peeps I no longer had to be put in the crate at night or when they are gone (woot! no more cage rest!!!). He did say that I will probably always have a limp, but more likely than not it will only be a small one. Since that visit I have only made more progress! I still have a pretty heavy limp but a few days ago I started putting more weight on my leg and continue to try and test out things and see how much I can push myself. The peeps always make sure I don't over do it but I have been feeling so great that I play more with Dora & Tommy and have been super snuggly. Though the peeps are really waiting for the day when I do my "big run" again. Before I got hurt I used to do this thing almost everyday where I got really happy & excited and I would do a big run across the living room making my chirping noises and then jump on a piece of furniture. The peeps really miss it.
Other than my recovery going great a big happening here is lots and lots of snow!! On Thursday morning we started getting lots of snow falling super fast and by the end of the day we got about 11 inches!!! It was nuts. The roads were terrible and people were getting stranded everywhere; there ended up being lots of cars just left all over the place. When they showed pictures of these scenes on the news it looked like clips from The Walking Dead, completely deserted. Over the weekend some of the snow melted a little bit but tonight we are suposed to get up to possibly 14inches of more snow!!! The peeps can not believed it. Dora, Tommy and I are totally digging it. We love looking out the windows watching the bords go nuts in the snow.
Well for all my pals who are also getting some of this crazy winter weather, stay safe!
So sorry I haven't updated in forever, been busy busy! Last time I wrote I was on my 5th day of recovery and I am now on my 14th. I am still doing fantastic! Since the last time I wrote I have been able to get a lot more time out of my cage. If my peeps are home I am out all the time, only getting put up when they leave for work/school or it's bedtime, and a big one: I get to go back up the stairs! They let me for the first time last weekend, I have been able to come upstairs but only when I was carried so I was really thrilled when they moved the barrier and I got the chance. It was a bit of struggle at first but now I can get up and down them like no issue!
I am also completely off meds. My antibiotics stopped a little while ago and I recently quit my pain meds, though I have had to fall back on them a few times on really painful days. I am feeling awesome but it still hurts a lot and I continue to limp quite a bit. But it is clear I am really good spirits and I am totally thrilled to have things start to get back to normal. Tomorrow I have to go back to the vet's office for my first visit since my surgery. The vetman wants to see how I am walking and how my healing is going and hopefully I will get the all clear and will be able to have more freedom (and won't have to stay in my crate as much). The peeps are also going to ask him how well I should recover from this in the end and if I will always have a small limp. Going into the surgery they weren't sure if I would, but fairly confident I wouldn't.
And another thing I must share with you is a wonderful thing a great friend did for me! My amazing pal Zach sent me a really sweet get well present! It came in the mail on Thursday and it is a super cool catnip toy and it came with a really lovely card filled with lovely support. To say the least the toy is a BIG hit at our house! Right after my girl opened the package she put the toy back in the envelope and placed it ontop of her dresser because she had to go out for a minute & was in a rush. Well a certain cat had a different agenda. Miss Dora smelled the catnip and being the little trouble maker she is jumped ontop of the dresser, knocked over the envelope, took the toy our of it and carried it downstairs. She looooooved it! And by the time my girl got home she was surprised to see me and Dora rolling around on it. The adorable toy now joins me in my cage and I whenever things get boring I turn to it for some fun. Thank you so much Zach! You are the best bud.
Also thank you,again, to all my pals for your continued support!