Althea, PAWS

Domestic Shorthair/Turkish Van
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Home:Stewartstown, PA  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 14 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 7 lbs.

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Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

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Quick Bio:
-mixed breed-cat rescue

May 17th 2002


Her Barbie faux-mink bed!

Being picked up and her new "brother," Little Boy Blue aka the Blue Dude

Favorite Toy:
Peacock feather

Favorite Nap Spot:
Her Barbie bed or on top of the bookcase, where no one can reach her!

Favorite Food:
Bacon; mayonnaise; grated Italian cheese


Arrival Story:
I found Althea as a 5-week-old kitten on a remote mountain road; she'd obviously been "dumped" there & left to die. One eyeball was ruptured; the other eye was stuck shut with infection. The infection cleared with medication. I was so afraid the vet would want to remove her injured eye, but - bless him! - he said to give it a chance to heal. It has healed, although she is blind in it. (It's her left eye.) Being blind in one eye has not slowed her down at all! Her name was "whispered" into my heart; I had no context for it. I was mourning the one-year anniversary of the passing of my Merlin, and learned that "Althea" is from a Greek word meaning "healer," and is also another name for the shrub known as "rose of Sharon." Since Sharon is my name, it was very clear that Althea had been sent to me, my "healing rose" forever.

Although she doens't like to be held, Althea does like to ride on my shoulder, and causes quite a stir in the vet's waiting room when she rides in!

Lives Remaining:
7 of 9

Forums Motto:
The Special, Precious, Petite PrinCESS

The Groups I'm In:
**Catstertown**, Friends of the Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Orangie Girls, PAWS Angels WAGS for Kindness, Pawsome Pages, We're One-derful!

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Tufts University Pet Food Study



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February 14th 2006 More than 10 years!

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The Princess Diaries


March 18th 2011 5:37 pm
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Being a prinCESS can be so demanding and yet so satisfying. Yesterday, MomMEE dressed me in my new St. Patrick's Day dress, and we made a social call on the retirement home. Well, let me tell you. . .all heads turned in my direction, and MomMEE had to take me around to all the people so that they could admire me and tell me what a pretty lady I am. See, I ride on MomMEE's shoulder, and that in itself causes quite a stir, but when I'm dressed in one of my holiday gowns. . .well, the people just can't get enough.

It's a good thing to make people smile, and MomMEE feels blessed that she and I can do this good thing.


Continuing Good Health

September 7th 2010 12:08 pm
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Well, MomMEE had me consult with my personal physician last week, and he said I'm very healthy! YAY! He wanted blood work (ugh) done, so I was serviced by my private nurse, Miss Stephanie; by my personal physician's instructions, she is the only one allowed to service me - the only one worthy! ;) The blood work came back all normal, so my chronic anemia is being managed very well, although it means I have to take my tonic every day, and on three days, there's a yucky pill mixed in with it. Sigh. Oh well - it's worth it because my personal physician remarked on how very pink I am!

After my medical consult, MomMEE took me to the retirement community, where I'm a huge hit. Naturally. :) The ladies really admire me, especially one nice lady called Lori; I sat with her for quite a while, and she kept stroking me and smiling and saying what a good girl I am. MomMEE was so proud! And I made Lori smile, and that's always a good thing, to make someone smile. I need to return to the hospital next week for my triennial combo shot, so MomMEE says I can make another social call that day, since the hospital is close to the retirement community. We royals do have our social obligations, you know.



March 23rd 2010 9:40 am
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Wow, MomMEE could hardly believe it when she got the word! This is so exciting - something we never expected. My gift box is getting so full of lovely presents; it's taking MomMEE quite a while to extend our gratitude to everyone. I'm celebrating by sleeping in; it can be so demanding to be in the public eye - but so nice to meet so many friendly cats!

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