Age: 11 Years Sex: Female Weight: 12 lbs.
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Annie, Annelita, Annika
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June 15th 2004
Cuddles, chasing her tail & playing in the (dry) bathtub!
?? She is amazingly compliant and agreeable - just a real sweetie! (However she gets car-sick whenever she has to take a ride in the car)
She likes chasing a red laser light, and playing with toy mousies.
Favorite Nap Spot:
On top of the pillow on my husband's side of the bed!
She loves dry food - like it's a special treat. Also likes cheddar cheese and milk left in my breakfast cereal bowl. And the dog's food!
She has the most endearing "chirp" of a meow. She "herds" me into the kitchen when she's hungry. And likes to cuddle up next to the dog!
Annie was a very sick foster kitten when she came to our house 9/04, who never got healthy enough to be adopted out. After several vet visits, and lots of medications, she still hada very weak immune system and caught every germ possible - frequent colds, parasites, etc - she would catch them first and worst. Plus there has been a chronic weepy eye issue that makes her face look unattractive and needs to be washed or wiped off several times a day. Anyone who had been interested in adopting her was put off by that. . . . .
--> --> --> Annie is a beautiful, delicate cat. I'd call her a Tortico - a calico/tortoiseshell combination, probably some tabby too. She's got longish hair, a squarish face, a kink at the end of her tail and the sweetest, most affectionate disposition. Despite her health issues, we became very fond of this little gal.
We found out (3/05) that Annie's blood-test tested positive for the virus that causes FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) and figured it was pretty unlikely that she'd ever get adopted. So she's not a foster kitty anymore - we decided to add her to our household. She's such a sweet kitty, that I'm not at all unhappy to keep her (plus she really favors my husband!) - except that adding her makes a total of FIVE cats!! (And that seems like quite a lot.) She fit in very well, and I'm sure she's happy to stay!
--> --> --> I just hope that we can continue to keep her relatively healthy - unfortunately, traditional veterinary medicine considers that FIP is fatal - with no effective treatment. We're working with a homeopathic vet to boost her immune system, and support her, constitutionally. Since we suspect the FIP exposure took place a few months ago, (we think it was from another foster kitten, who was adopted out months ago, and was recently put down because of FIP); at that time all of the cats in our household were exposed, so there doesn't seem to be any point in isolating her now.
UPDATE 12/05: Annie is quite happy and healthy, except for the weepy eye issue; which doesn't slow her down at all. The FIP thing hasn't gone anywhere, nor has any of the other potential problems we anticipated with her. UPDATE 8/09: Still happy and healthy!! After the death of Chelsea, at 5 years old, Annie is now the matriarch of the group.
--> --> --> More great pics in Anastasia's album at http://community.webshots.com/user/evelynblack
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I'm a "Tortico" (Tortie + Calico!)
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♥Artistic Creations♥, "Just One Litter" Is Still Too Many, Calico Owners & Lovers~, Multi-Colored Cats Club, Multiple Cat households!!!, Ohio Cats, White paws
The Last Forum I Posted In:
tortoiseshell or calico?
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|March 20th 2005
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March 2nd 2006 6:45 am
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Annie was only outside for a short time, maybe an hour or so (the kitties like to go outside in the backyard around dusk; they usually want back in pretty quickly.) --> --> --> When she came back in, sweet little Annie's face was a mess! The right side was practrically hairless, and her nose was all bloody and the edge of her eye was torn. There were a few puncture wounds, and her left ear was scratched up. It was like something had been just gnawing on her head; the whiskers and eye brow hairs on the right side of her face were all chopped off too. We don't know what it was; a dog? a raccoon? a fox? Thank goodness she got away and didn't get hurt any worse!!!!!!
She didn't want to be picked up or petted for a couple of days; just wanted to sleep curled up real tight. I gave her some homeopathic remedies for pain and bruising, and to keep from getting absessed, which seemed to help. I carried her to the litter box a couple of times, and made sure she was comfortable.
It's been about a week and a half, and she's back to being playful and affectionate. She started eating again after a couple of days, and now her wounds are healing. Wonder how long it will take for her hair and whiskers to grow back?????
September 23rd 2005 1:32 pm
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I let my mom be gone for a really looong time; I had to stay at home with all the other kitties, the dog and our dad. She was off helping rescue animals abandoned and left behind in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I helped because I was a good kitty while she was gone. ButI sure was happy to see her when she came home!!!
Here's my mom's story:
We spent several days of working/helping with the rescued animals at the Tylertown, Mississippi rescue site/encampment that Best Friends Animal Society has set up there. (About 100 miles north of New Orleans.) It was the most wonderful, miserable, fantastic, awful, incredible week spent with some of the most wonderful, generous, compassionate people -- I'm sure I won't ever be able to forget it.
A friend and I took a u-haul trailer full of donated supplies (a really big thank you to everyone who supported us with donations assistance and/or money - it certainly went to a very good cause.)
Every day, the rescuers (my heroes!) went off into the toxic sludge of New Orleans and each night, they brought in 20, 40, 60 dogs/cats/misc. small pets. Everyone would wake up and gather at the "Ellis Island" area to offload the animals. We would coax them out of their crates, loving and welcoming them even though we were always aware that they may be contaminated from the toxic areas they were rescued from. Some were so scared and traumatized that it just made you cry. Some were emaciated, burned, injured - but a lot of them weren't. They were walked and watered and put back into their crate to await the next day when they could be examined by vets, pictures taken for ID, and grouped into their new temporary pens.
And every day, in horribly hot and humid conditions, amid swarms of bugs, volunteers kept pouring in from all over the country. We fed, watered, walked, poop-scooped, and cared for all the dogs & cats and critters. We cleaned & sanitized mountains of crates so they could be used again for the next day's rescue efforts. We tried to keep from getting heat-stroke by drinking water/Gatorade/juice practically non-stop all day, and hosing each other down with the water hose. (The dogs had to be hosed down a couple times a day - it was just too @#@ hot!!!!!) We sorted and organized donated food and supplies. Some of the volunteers prepared sandwiches and sometimes a hot dinner (bless them). The vets and vet-techs worked to vaccinate and micro-chip the animals, and to tend their wounds and illnesses. It was both exhausting and exhilarating.
We cried tears of happiness whenever an animal was reunited with their people. Everyone cheered and teared and took pictures and wished them well - it was the best part of each day!
Then, each night, we'd fall into our sleeping bags and hope to get a few hours of sleep before starting it over again the next day. (It was extremely hard to sleep because of all the barking dogs and nighttime camp activity.) Regardless, my heart is still there with the wonderful volunteers and Best Friends employees who are continuing to take care of those poor, wonderful, and very-lucky-to-be-rescued animals.
PS - I took tons of pictures while I was there - and have them posted at http://community.webshots.com/user/evelynblack Scroll down to the albums titled "Hurricane Katrina".
(More info available at www.BestFriends.org)
May 11th 2005 7:35 am
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Update: I still have a weepy right eye, but my coat is luxurious, my whiskers have grown back in, and I'm happy and healthy otherwise. I've got a good appetite and good bathroom habits, and I'm affectionate and playful. -> -> -> We're continuing to pursue her health issues with homeopathic care - I think that's why her overall health and immune system have improved so much.
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