Likes: Being carried around like a baby and being tickled under her chin
Pet-Peeves: Having her antibiotics popped in her mouth
Favorite Toy: Long feathered ball on rope and toy mice
Favorite Nap Spot: At top of her cat tree
Favorite Food: Chicken
Skills: Maisie taps you with her paw sometimes when she wants something and will lead you to her bowl when she wants feeding
Arrival Story: Last year in 2011 I decided I wanted a pet to be part of the family. At first I couldn't decide between a puppy or a kitten (We already had 2 rabbits in a hutch outside but not the same really!). I decided as I had to work a cat would be better. I looked on the internet and searched different breeds for about 6 months before deciding a British Shorthair was the cat for me. BSH cats were said to be ideal for workers as they are independent and don't mind being on their own for periods of time. I also wanted a house cat and BSH typically are happy to be indoor kitties - I also adored their chubby little cheeks! I looked and looked for a kitten on the internet and discovered they were soooo expensive but I loved everything I had read about them and knew this was the breed for me, infact I became a bit obsessed! My hubby was against having a cat (we both suffer from asthma so I can understand that).
One particular night I had spent hours looking on line at kittens for sale and came across an ad for a blue kitten in my area at a really low price -I couldn't believe it and it seemed a bit like fate that I had found this ad. My husband relunctantly took me to see this kitten and I promised if our asthma/allergies were awful or if any other problems came up I would find a new home for her.
The lady seller had 3 sister kitties for sale who she was selling for her Dad who lived on a farm in Newcastle, miles from anywhere. As soon as I saw Maisie I knew she was exactly what I had been after. She sat on my knee purring (much to the astonishment of her seller as she said she never settled on anyone's lap). Her 2 sisters were much bigger than Maisie and much more lively and playful. Maisie had runny eyes (3rd eyelid showing also, but I never knew what that was back then)and stains on her back legs (Which to an experienced cat owner would have been a warning sign but this being my first kitten I had no idea of the problems that lied ahead!)- alarm bells should have been ringing by this time that she wasn't really in the best of health but I adored Maisie immediately. I put a deposit down for her and went straight out to buy everything I thought I would need for my new kitten, returning the next day to pick her up. I thought it was lovely that on the way to collect her the next day a double rainbow appeared in the sky above.
I collected this little nervous bundle and took her home - she cried all the way.
As soon as my hubby saw Maisie he loved her too (and she him)and he has been amazing with her (considering he never wanted a cat he spoils her rotten and loves her so much). Also our asthma and itchy eyes etc were only really bad for a couple of weeks then slowly began to disappear. We're both fine now and have no allergic symptoms whatsoever - which is great!
Maisie is a lovely girl but has had problems since we brought her home. She has had chronic diarrhea from day one and I have since noticed she scratches and grooms a lot! Along with her watery eyes and ears that need cleaning quite a lot we suspected she had allergies and had a food allergy blood test done at the Vets. The results came back a couple of weeks later and sure enough Maisie has allergies - she is allergic to Beef, salmon, tuna, white fish, maize, grain and rice. Maisie was on Predisilone steroids to resolve the severe diarrhea for a couple of weeks but we weaned her off these as soon as we found out which foods to avoid. So Despite our kitty's problems we love this little girl so much and are determined to resolve her health issues permanently. She is doing great at the moment and is a picture of health so hopefully she will continue to thrive on her new diet.
And thanks to Maisie I now know I am definitely a cat person and I don't honestly think I will ever be without a cat in my life!
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