Nicknames: Odamus, Fats Four Legs, Moose Magillicutty: "fastest paw this side of the Mississippi", Mooseman, The Spangler, Grump, Odamus Grump, Grumpagus, The Salamander, Salamander Man
Birthday: October 10th 2003
Pet-Peeves: not being allowed to go outside. Not getting the food he wants.
Favorite Toy: Small animals - to my dismay. (Mice, rats, birds, lizards and squirrels many of which have been saved from his clutches - others have not been so lucky.) UPDATE: Now that he's indoors only there is no more carnage! He loves the TLC Cat-N-Mouse Cat Toy.
Favorite Nap Spot: On the bed, on the couch, in his chair, on the refrigerator or on the top floor of the Toyger Towers (4 level carpet cat tower)
Favorite Food: Fresh chicken or fish.
Skills: Highly intelligent. Monkey like. The rescue organization that found him said, "this one definitely does not belong here. He is very special. We've never seen anything like this.
indoors and outdoors
Arrival Story: Marsalis was a gift. I typically do not support the purebred pet industry and feel we should be rescuing animals at the shelter instead.
Bio: Marsalis was missing for two months and was considered KIA until 3 days ago when his AVID microchip was scanned 20 miles from here. He is back with me now, and I consider this a miracle and blessing from God.
UPDATE: More trouble on the Marsalis front. He became paralyzed suddenly and was hospitalized for 2 days with a saddle thrombus brought on by cardiomyopathy. He was released from the hospital with some improvement, but still partially paralyzed. He later gained back full movement. He is now on 3 different medications for his heart condition including Plavix for humans which is VERY expensive. Luckily he takes a quarter pill at a time - so it's doable. It is said that the life expectancy with his condition is 90 days (without Plavix - using older drugs) - but it was also said that there was less than 30% chance that he would be able to walk normally again - and we beat those odds! I am enjoying everyday with him as if it was his last and have accepted that he may go at any time - yet I'm still very hopeful. You would never know he was sick. He has full movement back and acts like a normal healthy young adult.
UPDATE: Marsalis lasted a good year thanks to Plavix, but passed away yesterday 3/21/12 due to sudden renal failure. A good possibility that it was his blood pressure medication Benazapril that caused this. If you have a cat on this med, make sure to get regular blood tests to check for kidney problems. I didn't because I could not afford it. Marsalis lived a great life for 9 years. He was a good friend to me. He will be missed. Here's a video I made in memory of him: