Likes: To eat. And he loves for me to be in the den with him.
Pet-Peeves: He doesn't like his eyes cleaned.
Favorite Toy: My toes.
Favorite Nap Spot: On the couch in the den.
Favorite Food: Pouch or canned food.
Skills: Now that he's indoors, he basically loves to lick my feet and gnaw on my toes. Sometimes it tickles. Other times, not so much.
Arrival Story: Baxter is an outdoor kitty that I started to feed. Well, actually, my neighbors across the street had gone away on vacation for over a month and had arranged someone to feed their grey cat. Well, she had a kitty door so that she could go in and out of her house, but she stopped going home. I got concerned for her and began feeding her. This went on for about 3 weeks but at the end, this black and white cat scared her off and began eating the food I left. Seems he had been going inside her house, which is why she stopped going home in the first place! Her family came back, so she's doing good again. But the black and white cat now found someone new to feed him - ME! He was pretty thin and small, so I figured he was about 8 months old at the time. He began to really trust me and very quickly was biting my toes and rubbing up against me!
Bio: Now Baxter is fat and sassy and believes he owns my back yard and my house. He saunters in whenever he can and is quite nonchalant about the whole thing. He sleeps in my back yard on my poor wicker chair (I say poor because Nikki and now Parker have eaten the chair.) I plan to get him to the vet to check his health, treat his worms, get vaccinations, and get him neutered, as I'd love to keep him indoors. I don't know his weight yet; 10 lbs. is just a guess. I've already got him on Frontline. The problem is that he's a young, street-wise cat and my three cats are elderly and have always been indoors. I think he'd do OK with Nikki but am not sure about Parker. The issue is where to put him?
It's not easy to let the dogs out in the backyard. I have to go to the front yard, rattle the gate, which makes Baxter leave his chair, hop the fence and come into the front yard. He always expects me to feed him then, which is probably why he seems to be a bit on the full side. Then I pet him, go back in the house, and take the dogs out. This occurs several times a day; it's especially a pain in the neck at night! :-D
How funny. I'm in my office and I can hear him outside meowing. Callie looked up coz she heard him too. He knows I've added him on Catster!
Baxter got badly traumatized by a dog that was running around off leash. (Don't get me started on irresponsible people who let their dogs run around off leash.) So now Baxter is inside. He is in my den until he can be intergrated with the other cats. I took him to the vet to make sure he's healthy, which he is. When the dogs are safely asleep, then Baxter gets to roam around in the living room and dining room too. He's a very good house cat; he must have been an indoor (or at least indoor/outdoor) cat. He wants to go outside sometimes, as he gets a bit bored right now (since I can't always be with him), but it's best that he doesn't. He's allergic to fleas and he was full of worms. Maybe I'll let him sit on the front step with me sometimes, but that's about it.
Yep, it was off to the vet today for me. I guess I didn't do too badly, coz Mom sure cooed and aahed over me, telling me what a good boy I am. In fact, Dr. M turned me over on my back, with all four paws up in the air and blew all over my tummy. I let him do it, but didn't let on that it felt kinda good. (Besides, Mom played with my paws and told me that I was SUCH a good boy, so I was cool with all of it.) Guess he was looking for fleas. There ain't no bugs on me! There may be bugs on some of you mugs, but there ain't no bugs on me!
Ooh, Mom just said I borrowed heavily - OK, stole - from a commercial and that a puppy sang that song. Ack! Not a puppy - say it ain't so!
Anyway, I'm a big bruiser - 15.7 lbs. of pure, tuxedoed masculinity. My fur is showing signs of growing back, and all seems right with the world. I got de-wormed again. Mom has to keep a sharp eye out for signs of worms - if she sees any signs at all of worms after this Thursday, she needs to take me back to the vet for a third de-worming. But she'd have to wait 14 days from today before another vet visit.
Mom got behind on emails, and just read today that I was a Catster diary pick on the 10th! Gosh darn her! Just coz she's got 2 foster dogs, there's no excuse for this carelessness. Hopefully, it'll never happen again!
Mom just brought me home from my overnight stay at the vet. First, I'll tell you what Nikki wrote in her diary today:
I'm all healthy! Isn't that great news? No kidney problems at all. That means the recalled food I ate wasn't tainted. Whew! Oh, and Baxter's OK too.
The vet advised sticking to dry food for now, as the problem has been mainly with wet food. You can add low-fat cottage cheese to your dog's kibble to make it more palatable (but don't add it to your cats' food!) However, he believes, as does my mom, that more and more foods are going to be recalled as they work backwards to try to figure out what other companies, besides Menu Foods, received this wheat.
Oh, and checking labels to ensure that there's no wheat gluten in the ingredients probably couldn't hurt either, Mom figures.
Mom got an extra copy of her receipt and the part of our files that says, "ate tainted food" on it. She's sending it to Menu Foods - they better pay her back and quick!
Gee, Nikki, I like how you add as an aside that, oh yeah, and Baxter's OK too! Well, the great news is that I'm a healthy cat - no bad feline diseases - so my mom is so happy! She found out that I'm losing fur coz I'm allergic to fleas! I still had fleas even though Mom has had me on Frontline for months and months - just too many fleas outside, I guess. I got a flea bath and my claws were trimmed (they were like razors!) Mom will put Frontline on me on Wednesday (you have to wait 2 days after a bath before applying.)
From the tarter on my teeth, I'm between 3 - 4 years old. (Gee, Mom has to change my age on Catster, doesn't she?) And the reason I looked preggers is coz outdoor and feral cats store fat around their bellies, as they're never sure where their next meal is coming from.
Oh, and I got de-wormed and vaccinated too! I gotta go back for my second de-worming in 14 days. So now I'm back in the den, and soon Mom hopes to introduce me to Callie, Max and Joey Bear. In fact, Callie is trying to get at me under the door right now. She always knows when I'm around.
So even though Mom is broke, she says she's happy we're all healthy! MOL!