Likes: Gino LOVES to carry things in his mouth, especially dead leaves. He also loves to curl up in the bathroom sink while mom's getting ready for work, etc.
Pet-Peeves: Lucy - she's always pushing him around; the beast
Favorite Toy: Cat nip - He's a stoner
Favorite Nap Spot: Anywhere his big body will fit & he also loved to sleep on Cracker's bed
Favorite Food: Pounce - meaty treats; eggs, potato chips; popcorn; fritos (perhaps this is why he's overweight)
Skills: Refer to what he likes most - He's really got the leaf killing sport down to a science. He has the ability to carry ANYTHING in his mouth (he must have learned it from Cracker); he can sit on command & comes when called well when Lucky's name is called!
Arrival Story: My mom volunteers at a local animal shelter. She would often home foster mother cats & their kittens. She was fostering a cat with 5 kittens & I fell in love with the two fluffy tiger babies. A few months earlier, I had adopted a kitten from the shelter, but the poor little girl was too sickly, and passed away one week after I took her home. I really wanted to open my home to a needy pet, so I decided that I would adopt the two tiger babies. I figured two was better than one because they could keep each other company. Gino & Lucky are both special needs cats. Ever since they were babies they've had chronic sinusitus. They have some sort of allergy that they are constantly sneezing. Gino actually outgrew it for two years, but it came back. I've tried pills & liquids, but it's a battle to get them to take them. My vet finally had a pharmacist make a transdermal lotion that I can just rub in their ears & it works awesome.
Bio: Gino wants to be a little lover boy, but his sister won't let him. Whenever he tries for attention, she always pushes him away. You'd think the big guy would push her away - nope - she rules the roost. I seriously think Gino is part retriever. He loves to carry things in his mouth (probably got it from Cracker). It is a daily occurance to walk into the house and find some garment of clothing in the kitchen. He will carry underwear, socks, and shirts from either the basement or the upstairs down to the kitchen. One day I walked in & my sneaker was lying on the floor. He had actually dragged it from an upstairs bedroom to the kitchen. I wasn't sure who was behind the appearing clothing until one night I heard this gawd awful yowling chirping noise & saw him carrying a sock down the hallway. Gino loves attention, but in his own subtle way. He wants you to feel sorry for him so he gets a lot of loving. A year after he was declawed he would still limp around & give me this mournful look like poor me. Of course, when I wasn't looking he walked just fine. You just gotta love him.
After all, what's not to love, right? :-)
It is with great sadness to have to say that my Gino passed away last night. The vet said he wasn't doing good at 6:30 when he went to check on him. He went back at 10:30 and he was gone. It breaks my heart, but I know he is at peace now...at the bridge with his brother Cracker.
I want to thank you all for the prayers, rosettes & power of purr. Your thoughtfulness & caring means so much to me.
Gino was resting comfortably this morning with his feeding tube. There had been no change in him.
I went to visit him tonight & he hasn't really changed. Although I thought I noticed a little more spark in his eyes but that could just be wishful thinking. He still has some fight left in him - everytime I tried to wipe his nose, he'd pull away from me...And he was crawling around the table when he didn't want to listen to me. I know he's nowhere out of the woods yet. The vet said that it would be a few days before they knew if the feeding tube was working or not. Pray that it is...
Thank you all so much for your kinds thoughts, prayers & gifts. It is special people like you that help during such a hard time.