Age: 12 Years Sex: Male Weight: 9 lbs.
|Home:Champaign / Urbana, IL |
Leave a treat for Forest
Kitty, Forest Kitty
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May 5th 2004
Strings, snuggling on the bed, catnip, me!, cheese, butter, milk
being picked up (getting better about it), being spooked, other kitty getting too rough, getting medicated
Favorite Nap Spot:
LAPS!, wool coat, the bed on or between feet/legs of people, my closet, armchair seat
Science Diet A/D (his main food), Iam Indoor Weight and Hairball Care, cheese, milk, beef
used to effortlessly run across multiple crate tops with openings much larger than his feet, can always find a place to snuggle with people, hears the food bin from anywhere in the house, always can find a lap to sit in
I work at the Champaign County Humane Society, and he came in as a 4 week old kitten. As he grew an eye problem was noticed, which could possibly have been eye herpes, but likely is just trauma related. Because he always has a "wonky" eye, the poor kitty was at the shelter for over a year, til he was about 15 months old, when I brought him and a buddy for him home.
Forest suffers from a condition called Symblepharon, which has multiple possible causes. This doesn't slow him down though, he's a super sweet and speedy little guy! He still doesn't like to be picked up, since he associated that with his time at the shelter - being caught and picked up meant it was time to go back in the cage - and since people didn't often want to play with him (besides the staff), his first 15 months of life were him constantly being picked up and put into cages. He's getting better and slowly realizing that he really is going to keep having the run of the house, but its only been about 4 months now, and we're still battling the lifetime before that of institutionalism. We have lots of confidence in him though, he's super sweet and snuggly, and we know he'll learn to realize that this new place is his permanant life, and enjoy it all the more after what he knew before.
Update as of 2/7/06:
Forest has just recently been diagnosed with feline chronic lymphocytic plasmacytic stomatitis/gingivitis. Basically, he has really bad gingivitis that isn't caused by tarter or plaque (the vet noted his teeth are remarkably clean) - its often an inappropriate immune reaction by the cat (possibly caused by certain viruses). The condition is treatable, but not curable - he will have to be on meds long term and will likely have to have most of his teeth removed. He is also currently on a soft food only diet, since the hard food hurts his mouth too much to eat. He has apparently already lost 2 of his bottom incisors. However, since starting on wet food and meds he has seemed 10 times happier and more snuggly than before. As long as he's happy, we'll do whatever we need to for him!
Sept 06 Update: Forest was shaved! He has oversized (and overactive) salivary glands and drools alot - mostly on himself. To help keep him clean we need to bathe him regularly - but even then it doesn't come out of his mediumish hair, so he got a hair cut (much to his dislike -we had to sedate him to do it). On the plus - its helping! Medically, his WBC has come down from the 27k it hit to 20k (8k-12k is normal)....we still don't know what caused it - he's negative for all the tests, but he's still doing well - and playful!
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The Groups I'm In:
Justice For Saxony!, >^..^< Paws to smell the catnip >^..^, Illinois Kitties, Knittin' Kittens, Mother Nature's Intent, Special kitties, Special Needs Cats
The Last Forum I Posted In:
Questions about Neutering
Symblepharon, Chronic Lymphocytic Plasmacytic Stomatisis, losing teeth (see previous problem), high WBC, enlarged salivary glands...
his brother zebra finches
Favorite Hiding Spot::
Under chairs or other spaces that might seem kinda cage like
Outside, people moving too fast, loud noises, squirt bottles, meds, anything abnormal
I've Been On Catster Since:
|December 14th 2005
||More than 11 years!
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