Benson - DB #178

Siamese/Domestic Shorthair
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Home:Madison, WI  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 14 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 12 lbs.

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Benny, Baby Benny, Benny Boy

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

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Quick Bio:
-mixed breed-extra toe(s) -cat rescue

April 18th 2003

Blue-Lynx Point

Sleeping on my lap.

Being chased by Pounce, neighbor cats coming near our house, being brushed.

Favorite Toy:
Wand toys, crunchy toys, catnip toys with string attached.

Favorite Nap Spot:
Heated bed in winter, sunny window in summer, snuggled against me at night.

Favorite Food:
Wellness Signature Selects - Chicken & Turkey

Being a love bug!


Arrival Story:
He was in a litter of foster kitties. He was about 10 days old when he arrived. He was "too cute" to let go!

Benson has hyperesthesia syndrome and was a very trying youngster. He used to have crystals in his urine, but that was resolved with a wet diet. He is on a low dose of fluoxetine to help control his urinary mishaps and his rippling skin. He is a polydactyl with 23 toes. He has a happy drool. He's as sweet as they come!***On 10/21/13 along with a dental, he had a toe removed. I had been treating it for years as it would get infected, and now the infection went systemic. The bone was floating loose and not attached to anything. He is recovering well. For the time being, he no longer needs fluoxetine.

Lives Remaining:
7 of 9

Forums Motto:
I have 23 toes!

I've Been On Catster Since:
January 1st 2012 More than 5 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Catster Id:

Meet my family
PounceDexter - Angel
DB #58B
Sigmund -
Angel DB #58A
Daisy Angel

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Blue-Eyed Benny Boy

What Next?

August 5th 2015 10:55 am
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Not sure what happened, but we wrote a diary last week and it's disappeared? We wanted to thank our furiends for the gifties and well wishes while I was was recovering from my toe amputations. My feet have healed well and they feel better. I've had a week without mom putting me on my back and treating them - so glad that's over! Still waiting for the final results from pathology, as they had to be dissected again as they weren't finding anything.

On Sunday I was straining in the litter box and was quite agitated. I get like this from time to time, so mom decided to wait it out. Late in the day I was sleeping and looked comfy so mom hoped it was over. When the sun came up, mom heard me howling loudly down in my room. She rushed to check on me and I was miserable. The room was covered in litter and she could tell I had a bad night. She swooped me up and stuffed me in the carrier and off to the vet. We weren't sure if I was trying to pee or poop, because I was passing small amounts of both. I had to stay all day until I had enough urine to test. They found a large amount of crystals - ouch. I was given pain meds and sent home with a special urinary food. I continued to strain until the next day. I eat mostly canned food and mom wasn't expecting this. I had blood in my urine in the last year and have had numerous urine checks, as I like to spray. I had crystals as a youngster and she didn't think older kitties would get them.

I'm on the road to recovery again and may have to eat this type of food for the rest of my life. The good thing is I like it, the bad thing is it's giving me diarrhea. We'll give it some time and see how I do. I'm really tired now and hope I feel better soon.

When mom picked me up the technician said maybe I've been spraying all these years because I didn't feel well. If that's the case mom feels really bad.

Take care my furiends and we wish you all well!



Surgery Tomorrow

July 9th 2015 10:52 am
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Well, as you know, I'm a polydactyl and I've been dealing with infected toes for over a decade. My mom has been treating them and the topical antibiotics are no longer working. My two front dewclaws are red, sore, and sometimes oozing. Tomorrow my vet will be removing those two front toes and sending them in for testing. I'll also be getting my teeth cleaned and polished. Plus an x-ray of my spine because I have an aching back. This may have something to do with my chronic constipation.

I'm playing out in the yard today, but tomorrow I will not be so lucky. My mom is very nervous for me and doesn't want me to have pain, and this is now the only option. My vet offered to do this procedure many years ago, but we were still able to clear the infection then.

Please purr for me to have a successful procedure.



I'm 12 Years old Today!

April 18th 2015 8:38 am
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Hello furiends! I'm celebrating big time today! I've been out playing in the yard and enjoying the sunshine.

It's been a tough week for some of my furblings. Dottie has been straining in the litter box and is on pain meds and special food. Yesterday Dixon bit Pouncey's toe and she was rushed to the vet. They shaved her foot and put her on antibiotics and pain meds. Dixon is going to take some meds to help him "chill out" so hopefully no more worries.

My health has been good. Although my toes are still getting infected even though I had the tiny one removed. I mostly stay in my own room because I still like to "mark" my house. Kingsley and Paisley like to visit me and we play and take naps together. Mom can't believe how much I like running around and acting like a kitten.

We wish you all a furtastic Summer!

Your pal,

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