Photo Comments Age: 14 Years Sex: Male Weight: 11 lbs.
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Klaatu barata nickto, Little Man, Itty Bitty, Mr. K, TuTu
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The Big White - Oberon - his mentor and extreme snuggle buddy
being alone and an empty food dish
Oberon and superballs - he loves to jump along with the ball - looks like he's a kangaroo and all the pens on my desk are fair game
Favorite Nap Spot:
next to Oberon - wherever he's sleeping - he's Obie's shadow
Eggs and bacon (in small doses, of course), Natural Balance venison, - doesn't like most treats - He prefers to live on love instead
He makes out with Oberon all the time - he's a good kisser!
Here's our story: He was originally rescued by a great little cat rescue group in a tiny little town in Oregon. This poor cat had been found in a cherry processing plant. When the rescue group got him, he was in very bad shape - emaciated, dehydrated and barely alive. The rescue group took good care of him for months and when he was better, posted him on Petfinder. I just happened across him by chance. They'd named him Bok Choy and I had to take a peek at a cat with that name. He was listed as an odd mix of breeds - Angora and something else, I think. Not knowing what an Angora was I looked - especially with a name like that! I literally gasped when I saw his picture (it's the bottom picture of him at his rescue home - the one with a shelf full of figurines in the background). He had a devilish look on his face and the most unusual fur & coloring I'd ever seen. It looked curly to me and in shades of chocolate and latte (I must have not had my coffee yet that morning). He looked sooooo yummy! "Where is this gorgeous cat?" I said out loud in the gallery. He was in Oregon. I was in New York City. I dashed off an email to the rescue group asking them what the chances were of this city gal adopting an Oregon cat. That started my runaway train. I was quite happy with my Oberon here in the art gallery as our spoiled mascot. But I wasn't convinced Obie was happy being by himself. He spent his nights alone here and I didn't want him to be lonely. Although after spending 11 years of his life with 99 other cats - a little time to himself didn't seem to phase him too much. Still....... there was that cool cat 3000 miles away. But Obie's pal would have to be a perfect match. I loved Obie too much just to acquire a "pretty" cat. After many email dialogues with the rescue group, it seemed like he might just have the personality match with Obie. (and they weren't just trying to "sell" me a cat). I was thrilled. And in the course of finding out more about this Bok Choy cat - the rescue group came to discover that he was, in all likelihood, a LaPerm cat. He had ALL the quirky characteristics - very curly whiskers - almost like Salvador Dali!- curly eyebrows, curly fur EVERYWHERE - and the big piece of info was that he was found within a couple of miles from where the breed actually originated. I've never been a huge supporter of purebreds over mixed breeds - I'm more of a supporter of adopting animals from rescues and shelters than breeders. There's too many homeless ones out there! But it was cool to be able to research the breed and his quirky characteristics - health, behavior, etc. Anyway - I can sure go on and on about my cats, can't I? Long story long - I was approved by the rescue group to adopt this lovely creature but I figured we should go on a date before making the final commitment. So I flew out to Oregon to spend a few days with Bok Choy. It was love at first sight - he was such a mellow, friendly cat who loved to be on your lap and go to town with kneading, purring - a gem of a cat! Nothing seemed to phase him and he had a very laid back personality. I had a good feeling about Oberon and this one. I had made previous plane reservations to bring him back with me in the cabin in the event it was a match. (preparing for that event was a major undertaking - but that's another story). The rescue group rolled out the red carpet for me. I'm forever indebted to them for saving this cat's life. So off we both went back to the big city - Bok Choy riding quietly in his carrier on the seat next to me. Oberon protested for a few days after the initial introduction and then became just as smitten with him as my husband and I. We renamed him Klaatu (from the alien character in the old black and white SciFi movie - The Day the Earth Stood Still). He was truly an alien cat in more ways than one and had that funny alien look with his slanty, slightly crossed eyes. Now Oberon and Klaatu spend their days curled up together napping, licking & kissing each other (they really have makeout sessions, I swear!), with their paws wrapped tightly around one another. It's really heartwarming to see. All is well with Mr. O and Mr. K. Life is good.
Shortly after he got here - Klaatu started losing his fur - all of it. So after some vet visits and breed research - we learned it was a genetic trait. The LaPerm kittens are almost always born bald and can grow and lose their fur several times before they're fully mature. I adopted a long-haired cat - but now I have a short haired cat and had a bald cat about a month ago. It's growing in nicely, now, and is even curlier than before. His whiskers are getting curlier, too. Life is never dull with Klaatu. A year later, he was diagnosed with Asthma, which has also led to fur loss at times. But he's being successfully treated using an inhaler adapted for kitties (Aerokat) and is breathing quite well these days. Let's keep it that way little man.
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|June 30th 2005
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