Pet-Peeves: being put in the cat carrier or being chewed on by Marina
Favorite Toy: feather on a string
Favorite Nap Spot: in the closet
Favorite Food: turkey, chicken, popcorn, cream filling from a twinkee, spicy chinese food, steak
Skills: Velvet walks on a leash, knows tons of words and phrases like come, out, look at that face, let's sweet talk, etc.
Arrival Story: My best friend, Stacy, and I found Velvet as a stray at Arby's so my best friend took her home. Her daddy wouldn't let her keep Velvet so her older brother took her for a while. Eventually I moved in with my best friend and then Velvet moved in. After about six months, my best friend and I moved out and took Velvet and Dinglehopper (her other cat) with us. Velvet went into heat several times but Stacy didn't have the money to get her fixed. I finally couldn't deal with it any more so I told Stacy I'd take Velvet to be fixed and she could pay me back. When I picked Velvet up from the vet, I believe she was so grateful that from then on she believed I was her owner. She had adopted me.
Bio: Velvet was my first pet ever and I have to say, she was a great cat for starting out. She is so smart and sweet and loving. I've never had any real problems with her. As she's gotten older, she has developed a touch of IBS and she is now in the early stages of renal failure. Fortunately, all we had to do was adjust her diet and she is doing great. The doctor expects her to live for several more years. Getting Marina last Christmas has brought some of that youthful spark back to Velvet. She gets annoyed with Marina, especially when she's being attacked but they sleep together and groom each other so I know it was the right thing to get her.
I stopped my mommy's dreams twice this week to give her a big hug and tell her I'm still with her and still thinking about her. I love her always. I miss all of you but I'm watching over you and I'm doing great!
I've been at the bridge for one year. Yesterday was my Bridge-aversary. Mommy was visiting with friends but I went to see her to let her know I'm still ok. I walked along the bed near her arm a few times. I know I'm more ok than she. Marina and Tosca are doing a great job of helping her adjust. Hopefully I'll never NEED to visit her again but maybe I'll be able to visit again just to say I'm still here.
I had a good long life of 15 years. I'm sorry for my family that I had to go to the bridge but knowing I saved a life has helped ease that pain.
My last week on Earth I was very ill. I wouldn't eat, drink or clean myself. I would hardly move. Mommy was very upset and shared this information with her friends.
Rosemary, one of mommy's good friend's, was at her dad's house shortly after my death. His cat was sick. When Rosemary heard that the kitty wasn't cleaning herself she told her dad to take the cat to the vet. She had learned that was a very bad sign because of my death.
They took the kitty to the vet. It turned out the kitty had Bobcat Fever. This is a disease with a 95% mortality rate. They began treatment right away but did not give the family much hope. The vet said the kitty would be in the hospital for two weeks at least. After a few days of treatment, the kitty was well enough to be sent home with a guarded prognosis. Now, a week later, it appears the kitty is going to make it. The vet told the family if they had waited one more day, the cat would surely have died.
We found out this is a very common disease in our area of the country and especially in our part of town. The ONLY prevention for this disease is Frontline. Both of my sisters are now on Frontline since they go outside to play. Please, please, if you go outside at all, use Frontline to prevent this from happening to you.
This link will give you more information about Bobcat Fever and what symptoms to look for.