mikey (RIP 4-18-09)

American Shorthair/Breed Unknown
Picture of mikey (RIP 4-18-09), a male American Shorthair/Breed Unknown

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Home:Northampton, MA  
Sex: Male   Weight: 12 lbs.

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buster, mickey, mick the dick, mickey doodles

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:
-pound cat-extra toe(s)

April 4th 1991

Black and White

sleeping on MY pillow and batting at my husband's mustache when it's time to wake up

any strange cats in our yard

Favorite Toy:
none. he's not playful anymore.

Favorite Nap Spot:
a hay box

Favorite Food:
whatever suits him that particular day

no, but he does have 15 toes on his front feet, so he thuds when he walks


Arrival Story:
i got him at the MSPCA after my father saw him there and they would not let him adopt mikey for me. mikey looked like my first cat, Fearless, that cost $3 when i was a little kid. fearless lived for 17 yrs. i went the MSPCA to see this cat but i was more interested in kittens at the time so as i passed his cage i didn't stop - but HE reached his big paw out and snagged my shirt. he apparently was not taking no for an answer. i looked at the kittens, but i came back to mike and adopted him.

mikey is FIV+. he used to be a bit of a brute. mikey also has hyperaesthesia, which was diagnosed at a cost of $500 at Tufts and is treatable with a $5 bottle of phenobarbital. when he has fits he spins wildly and has fights with an invisible cat. it's pretty intense and bizarre but thank god the meds pretty much stop it. he was one of the worst cases they'd ever seen and used to scare the hell out of us. let's see....he also broke one of his hind legs a couple years ago in not one, but 4 places, at a cost of $3000 to repair. i think he'd been messing with a neighborhood bear. mike is the kind of cat who'd take on a pit bull. he's soooooooooo lucky to have us! at age 16 or so mikey developed chronic renal failure so he went on a special diet which he mostly liked. then the next summer he developed hyperthyroidism, which i discovered when he started eating like a horse day and night and drinking water like made. so he went on meds for that. in the winter of 2008 he began to get what i thought was a bit senile, walking into walls, peeing wherever he wanted. then suddenly in mid-march 2009 i discovered he was blind in one eye - his retina had detached from extremely high blood pressure! we treated him with blood pressure meds and his weakness disappeared and suddenly he was no longer 'out of it' anymore. i don't know how long he'd had high blood pressure. we had about a 2 week grace period where he did great, then he wouldn't eat anything except tuna and got skinnier and skinnier. wanted water but would hardly drink. i recognized it as the final stages of CRF, and god knows what damage the high BP had done to him. on saturday, april 18, i realized it was mikey's final day on earth even though he still jumped on the bed to join me and get me up to feed him. he was restless and crying, no longer eating. so i took him out into his domain, the back yard, to enjoy for one last time. my vet kindly came over and mikey got to die in my arms, so well loved. i like to think he joined my husband, his best buddy, in the great beyond and they are happily reunited. mike batting bob's mustache again, biting the back of his thigh. mikey is buried by bob's favorite chair in the backyard and i've kept some of his impressively long white whiskers as mementos. losing him was bad enough, but also like losing my husband all over again since he was bob's cat. so let's hope they are together again.

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