Xavier Cougar ♥ RIP

American Shorthair
Picture of Xavier Cougar ♥ RIP , a male American Shorthair

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Home:Philadelphia Area, PA  
Sex: Male   Weight: 9 lbs.

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Special Gift Box:
The family of Skittles (2002 - 2012), Mango, Caramello and Goji

Xavy, Javier, Sweet Pea, Mr. X

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:
-disabled -cat rescue

Gotcha Date:
July 19th 2012

July 9th 2004

Tabby and White

food, petting, laps, ear scritches

Leo, other cats nosing in on his food or his purrsonal space, people touching his paws, combing his mats, subcutaneous fluids

Favorite Toy:
catnip toys, undercover mouse

Favorite Nap Spot:
on the driveway in the sun, on my lap when I'm sitting on the porch at night. Once he moved into the house, he staked out the couch, a dining room chair, and a laundry room cupboard. Also: snugged next to Mama!

Favorite Food:
Taste of the Wild and Orijen dry food, Performatrin Ultra or Verus canned foods.


Arrival Story:
Xavier showed up in July 2012 while we were spending the week at the shore but our son was home. He was skinny and had a forlorn expression, but responded in a friendly way to our talking to him, giving him food, and touching him - obviously he'd had a home at one time and viewed people as potential allies. We started feeding him, he stuck around, and after a week or so I posted a notice on Craigslist and contacted various vets and the police to see if he'd been reported missing by anyone. No one claimed him, and he seemed content to hang out in our vicinity, so I vetted him. He's about 7-8 years old and FIV+, needs a dental eventually, but seems healthy.

For summer 2012 he sheltered in a plastic tote box lined with a styrofoam cooler and a purr pad, but I wanted to get him inside for the winter. I started carrying him inside regularly, but he wanted out after a couple of minutes. We also enjoyed many late-night bonding sessions on the front porch and the back walkway. I counted on cold weather to provide him with incentive, and it did; Xavier began moving inside in November 2012. The transition was rough at first as we unexpectedly were fostering a kitten at the same time, who terrorized him, and a new human with yet another dog and cat moved in, so the household was in flux for several weeks and he did not like all the changes. But the kitten found a permanent home by January 2013, and by late February he has integrated himself into the household. He seems to have some level of hearing impairment or neurological issue that makes it difficult for him to perceive moving objects at a distance, leaving him highly frightened when they move closer to him and he suddenly becomes aware of them. The vet says this could be related to his FIV+ status but could also be partial deafness. Originally we thought it was his vision causing the problem, because of how he moved his head around trying to locate the object making the sound, but his eyesight is apparently fine. UPDATE 3/14: Xavy has been taking Prozac and wearing a NurtureCalm collar for a few months, and they have done wonders for his confidence and security. He still startles easily but no longer flees for the hills whenever something moves, and he has gained confidence around the other cats. He still likes to retreat to the laundry cabinet for naps and the occasional meal, but he's joining us - and usually several other cats - on the bed for much of the night, most nights. He's also willing to join the family for mealtime occasionally. Xavier crossed the Rainbow Bridge on April 15, 2016. He had been diagnosed with an assortment of serious problems over the past ~2 years (diaphragmatic hernia, liver damage, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, chronic renal failure, possible IBD), and was medicated for the hyperthyroid and CRF as well as taking his Prozac, so we knew every day was a gift for him. He had enjoyed his morning snack, went out for a short stroll, and within half an hour a neighbor knocked saying her husband had seen his body on the lawn. We believe his heart gave out at long last, and are glad he was enjoying the start of a lovely day, and was found promptly. We're also very glad he found his way to us almost 4 years ago.

I've Been On Catster Since:
October 9th 2012 More than 4 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Catster Id:

Meet my family
Leo ♥Lady ♥Thomas - brave
angel ♥
Angel Remy
Angel Annabel
Dougal MacDuff
of StarClan
scourge o' the
Skeeter - fly
free ♥
Taffy, angel
girl ♥
Declan &
Amy Rose, tiny
angel ♥
Sam ♥MoonlightGigi - a happy

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