Photo Comments Age: 11 Years Sex: Female
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August 1st 2005
Right now, everything is very new and she likes just about all of it.
Vaccinations, any attempt to hold her still so you can get a good look at her already!
Shoelaces, Cat Track, a ball of yarn tied to a stick, Pat, very large dogs...
Favorite Nap Spot:
On a heating pad under a sweater at the end of the bed.
Pounce. Or anything else, except rye bread.
Getting everyone to love her.
Sept 2005 a neighbor of mine told me that the parent of one of her piano students wanted to know if there was anyone who would like a "skinny kitten." "Skinny" and "kitten" being two words you never want to hear together, I told her to tell the parent to bring the kitten to me immediately. In the meantime I went out and bought KMR and a bottle, assuming the worst.
A week went by and finally I got a call; could this parent bring over this kitten? "Yes," I said, "Immediately."
I wasn't prepared for what I saw. A long-haired, opinionated calico, not more than four weeks old. She weighed only nine ounces. No matter how hard you tried, you couldn't find muscle tissue anywhere on this cat. When asked why she waited so long to bring the kitten, the woman said, "The kids were getting attached."
I brought Sumiko to the vet that afternoon, and she said that as far as she could tell, there was nothing wrong with the kitten that some TLC couldn't cure. We gave her KMR (which she didn't want--she had been being fed evaporated milk and had terrible diarrhea from it) and soft kitten food.
The next day I checked her and she seemed to be eating and doing fine, so I wnt out to the pottery to work. I cane back after only an hour, and found her seizuring from hypoglycemia. We raced her to the emergency clinic, where she stayed in the ICU over the weekend. A profoundly talented vet tech managed to get a bird catheter into her tiny arm, and she was given fluids and sugar until she could keep her blood sugar up on her own. She's been fine ever since.
The last thing you would expect from a microscopic, long-haired, calico kitten is a full-blown Siamese voice, but she has it. She can swear like a sailor. After she came here, she was immediately befriended by Pat the Cat, who has taken care of her and played with her since her arrival and continues to do so now, although at higher speed. No toe is safe from Sumiko's attention and predations. Neither are dog tails, ostrich feathers or just about anything else that moves.
To my complete amazement, every other cat in the house at least tolerates her and two of my otherwise most aloof actually seek her out to play. She will probably always be tiny, but the fact that she survived to grow up amazes and pleases me no end.
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I've Been On Catster Since:
|November 8th 2005
||More than 11 years!
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