Buddy (In loving memory)

Domestic Shorthair/Breed Unknown
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Home:Champaign / Urbana, IL  
Sex: Male   Weight: 10 lbs.

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Bud-man, Bud, Mister-man

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

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Quick Bio:
-mixed breed-pound cat-disabled
-deaf -blind -cat rescue

February 14th 1990

Blue Tabby

Snuggles, canned food

Other cats, animals invading "his" surgery room, not getting his food as soon as someone walks in in the morning, getting messed with too much

Favorite Toy:
A long, leopard spotted fabric "tail" on a stick. Also fond of a red spiral spring on a base with a white poof on top.

Favorite Nap Spot:
In the cabinet under the autoclave, in the cage next to his litterbox, in his basket, in his cat bed...

Favorite Food:
Canned food (loaf/patte style) - fishy is even better

Super loud meow, knowing as soon as someone was in the building, charming EVERYONE he ever met! Surviving as a stray for a while dispite all his health problems


Arrival Story:
Buddy was brought to the shelter right before a big blizzard. His owner had died some time before, and he had ended up out on the street in the neighborhood. Several neighbors fed him, and loved him, but none could take him in. One very concerned neighbor finally brought him to us right before the storm, worried he'd die if he was left out in it (we got at least 2' of snow, drifting to 4'+ in places, so he probabky WOULD have died). He was deaf, had cataracts and was mostly blind, matted, had few teeth and bad arthritis. We were debating on euthanizing him as the kindest thing to do, but he was just the sweetest boy, he layed in our arms and purrrrrrrred....so we decided to set him up in the surgery room where we could give him love and watch over him for the time he had left - thus he became the shelters surgery room cat!

Buddy ruled the surgery room. He had at least 5-6 nap spots that were his, got food as soon as he asked, and supervised activities and surgeries from his basket. He was a super sweet boy, and enjoyed being loved on. He had a hard time walking around, and couldn't jump at all, so everything for him was in half of the room so that he didn't have to climb. We looked into rescue options for him, but after running bloodwork we discovered that he was very likely in renal failure, and between CRF, arthritis, unknown age (anywhere from 12-22!), arthritis, deafness, cataracts/blindness, few teeth, etc. his adoptability was low. So we just kept him for the time he had left. He spent 2 very spoiled months living back in surgery where we were, on meds for his conditions, and getting every treat, toy, blanket, canned food, etc that he could want, and getting lots of love and attention. He became a huge part of our world in just 2 months. Sadly, all his health problems caught up with him, and he started going downhill - a trip to the emergency vet and bloodwork revealed very little, but possibly a liver mass. He started feeling uncomfortable and unhappy, despite our efforts, and we decided the kindest thing to do was let him go. It was a heartbreaking day for us, but we are able to know he had 2 very happy, comfortable and spoiled months, and we were very happy to know him. We hope he is happily reunited with his owner over the rainbow bridge.

Forums Motto:
This is MY surgery room!

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April 11th 2007 More than 7 years!

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