Domestic Long Hair/Breed Unknown
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Home:Norfolk, VA  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 10 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 16 lbs.

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Jakey, Jake Brake, Jakester, Jakey-Jake, jakejakejakejake

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

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Quick Bio:
-mixed breed-pound cat

March 27th 2006

Silver Tabby

His sister, Emma; being held and loved on. Did we mention that he loves his food?

Loud noises; getting his breakfast or dinner late

Favorite Toy:
The squeaky mouse on a string

Favorite Nap Spot:
His little kitty sofa. He's almost too big for it, but he is all about that thing...

Favorite Food:
He gets Science Diet Light, but he LOVES his grilled Fancy Feast with gravy. He loves his food -- isn't it readily apparent??

Keeping Mom and Dad on their toes...


Arrival Story:
After losing both Lillie and Milla this year, we decided that it was time to have a little happiness in our home again. We were originally only going to adopt Emma, but when we saw that Jake and Emma were siblings, we just couldn't fathom splitting them up. They are inseparable. Big sisters Marty and Malaika haven't yet met either him or Emma, as The Babies are being kept sequestered for the time being. Marty knows that something is up, though, and once Malaika comes home from the hospital, she's sure to share her opinion with us as well.UPDATE: The Babies are now on the loose in the house, sharing space with The Twins. Surpisingly, Malaika enjoys chasing the little ones and playing with them (on her terms, of course). Marty really couldn't care less about their existence, but will swat at them if they cross her boundaries.

Jake is noticably smaller than his sister, and the third kitten in their litter apparently was even smaller (and subsequently didn't make it). We're trying to get him to catch up in terms of size and strength. UPDATE: Jake has surpassed his sister in size and strength: where she is long and lithe, Jake is solid and muscular. He is also super-sweet, wanting nothing else than to be held and loved on. He also has a permanent smile on his face!

Lives Remaining:
9 of 9

Forums Motto:
zoom zoom zoom!

The Groups I'm In:
CATSTERHOLICS!!!, Doc Hunter's House of Medicine, FIP Support

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Jake goes to the vet today


I've Been On Catster Since:
May 29th 2006 More than 10 years!

I Was In The:
Catster's 2006 Holiday Picture Party!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Ahoy! A Pirate's Life Fer Me!!

WOW -- Cat of the Day!!

January 19th 2009 4:33 am
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What an honor it was to wake up this morning and learn that I had been selected as Cat of the Day! What I did to deserve being bestowed with such a title, I'll never know.

This past year has been interesting, to say the least! The end of October marked one year that I have been in remission from FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis), and next month will be the one-year Bridge date for my sister, Emma. Even though I was crushed to have lost her, because of her post mortem, we know that I do indeed have FIP. I'm still taking the Feline Omega Interferon, but now only on a weekly basis. Additionally, I am still on the prednisilone (which has, in turn, forced me into diabetes, for which I am also being treated). But life is good -- I am back up to 14 lbs. (a little down from my original 16, but I did need to lose a little weight) and my fur is finally growing back from the ultrasound and frequent jugular blood draws last year. My white ruff is growing in and they look like mutton chops, so Mom calls me "Mr. Fezziwig," from "A Christmas Carol."

I'm hoping that this next year sees continued health, not only for me, but for all of my family -- immediate and Catster as well! It would be nice if I could say that 2009 might see an dvancement in the understanding of FIP, but that is a long way off, I'm afraid. Vets still don't quite understand how or why the corona virus mutates into the FIP strain. But I'm proof that some can and do respond to aggressive interferon treatment.


(PS -- Mom posted a new song on my Catster page, but you must click the arrow to make it play. She picked it out specifically for me -- it's by one of her favorite musicians, VAST.)


Good news!

February 24th 2008 6:50 am
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Mom finally got the courage up to take me to our vet for my repeat labwork. Since I've not had it done since my initial news of remission back in November, she was terrified that it would show that the FIP was coming out of hiding (even though clinically I show no signs of being ill). Much to our collective relief, my bloodwork is beautiful -- my PCV (packed cell volume or red blood cell/hematacrit count) is 40 -- up from 33 last November. In fact, all of my levels are even better now than they were when I originally went into remission. Naturally, we're afraid of jinxing ourselves by being too jubilant, but we're allowing ourselves brief periods of reveling in the fact that, for now, the FIP is nowhere to be found in my body.

This is so great, because it gives me the strength to help pull Emma into remission, too. She really needs our purrs the most.


Bloodwork results

November 29th 2007 2:32 pm
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I'm in remission!!!

Most of what had been elevated is now in a normal range -- and my PCV (red blood cell count) that was at 25 one month ago today is up to 33.5 (within the normal range for a cat)! Mom cannot believe this good news -- she would have settled for status quo, but here it is...remission!

Every day, though, is still a gift, because no one can tell how long this might last. Could be a week, could be years. We'll see.

But, oh, what a Christmas present I now make when I snooze under that twee!

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