Photo Comments Sex: Male Weight: 17 lbs.
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October 4th 2002
April 8th 1997
Gray and White
Food, strings, shoes, the cat tree, Patricia, milk, pets, and head scratches
Vacuuming too close, tummy rubs, half-empty food bowl, and allergy shots
Anything that looks like a string, including Patricia's tail and my shoes.
Favorite Nap Spot:
Wherever Patricia slept. He also slept with me every night.
He meowed nonstop for the tuna in Mom's salad but was not a picky eater.
He knew how to push a bedroom door open from the inside.
The fact that I got the chance to see him at all was a miracle. So is the fact that I adopted him more than five months later. It was truly a match made in heaven and a purrfect example of the cat choosing the human, not vice versa.
In the winter of 2001-2002, Wilbur was a stray and probably a dad. He went to, of all homes, the one a no-kill shelter manager lived at. He went there every day for food and water, as if he knew that homeowner had other cats.
On April 7, the shelter manager trapped and admitted Wilbur. The next day, during his intake vet check, Wilbur tested positive for FLV. The diagnosis was noted on his cage door, so nobody wanted to hold or pet him and he never made it to the adoption floor.
April 25-27, 2002: My sister needed to volunteer somewhere five hours for school credit during National Volunteer Week. Naturally, when she picked Citizens for Humane Action, Mom asked me if I wanted to go and I said yes. While I was in the cat intake room I saw a gray and white tabby in a tiny cage with a bad door. Nobody else wanted to pet a cat with feline leukemia, so I took him out for a cuddle. He purred while licking my right ear. Insztantly I just knew. It was like the romance movies where a man and a woman fall in love at first sight and at the end they get married. I saw no symptoms all three days, so I wondered if maybe the FLV test was wrong. There can be false positives.
My hunch was correct. After calling CHA to say Wilbur needs a retest, I was informed he went to a foster home full of FLV+ cats and had his prerequisite neuter surgery. I begged again. When he was tested again it came up negative. That forced a third test three months later. The result of that test was also negative, so more than five months after the first meeting, I took him home because his foster vet ordered the other volunteer to get him out of her house.
Wilbur was a special needs cat. He had more than 30 allergies and was put on weekly allergy shots for life. Wilbur had every risk factor of chronic renal failure: allergies, steroid shots, dental disease, age, and obesity. So it was no surprise that his kidneys shut down in 2011 (but how rapidly he deteriorated did). I will treasure the nine years I had him forever because he was truly a very special cat.
The white is for sugar
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