Photo Comments Age: 24 Years Sex: Male
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Ben, Benji, Ben-jemima
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Being loved on.
The other cats (although I love Pokey), and being given medication.
Anything I can pop up into the air.
Favorite Nap Spot:
Anywhere warm, soft, and sunny.
Canned food, preferably mushy, preferably beef.
Yes. I have the power to strike Utter Fear in the other four-legged creatures that inhabit my domain.
He appeared at the house of a couple who frequented the vet I worked for. At one point, he had developed a URI that went into his eyes. The drops they had been giving him ceased to work, but they waited weeks to bring him back in. By this time, his eyes looked like ground beef. The vet told them that they would have to use a particular salve in his eyes twice a day for the rest of his life. At $35 per tube, it was something these SUV owners didn't want to deal with, so they told the vet to put him to sleep. I stepped in and said HELL NAW, that I would take him home and treat his eyes, as he was a sweet cat and deserved a chance at life. After about a year of treating him, his eyes had stopped improving, and I gradually cut back on the salve. He's got scar tissue on both eyes, but only a little bit on the left one. He's also Feleuk + (not as contagious as once thought, so keep the nasty comments to yourself), but has so far lived a good life with us. I don't know how old he is, but I've had him since 1997, and he was at least 3 and possibly as old as 6 when I brought him home.
Update, September 9, 2008: Benjamin has been ill for months now, and is nearing the end of his life. We've held off taking him to the vet to be sent over the Bridge, because Ben is a fighter (not literally!) and we don't want his last memories to be of yowling in protest at the vet's office. >^..^< Ben will let us know when it's time- please pray that he goes peacefully like his brother Spanky before him.
Update, September 11- We sent Benjamin over the Rainbow Bridge last night, and of course he "perked up" at the last minute, which made it twice as hard. But the poor boy just wasn't feeling good at all, he was wobbly and getting weaker, he had a "snotty" nose and eye, and he wasn't always making it to the litter box. He did get some ham baby food before we took him, and lots of kisses and headbutts. We miss you so much Ben, you were always such a good boy. :*-(
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|March 26th 2007
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