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Louis , Schmouis, Schmou, Petit Schmou, Grand Schmou, Buddy, le Roi du Sommeil
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June 30th 1999
Patrolling territory (on leash ). Food. Conversation. Attention. People should always pay attention. Catnip orgies. Naps. High perches from which to survey domain. Remembering about sex.
Closed doors. Not being allowed to expand territory. Humans not paying attention fast enough. Not getting any.
Favorite Nap Spot:
people bed, top shelf of bamboo bookcase by large window, on dining room table
Dried salmon snacks. Var. canned food (Merricks, Wellness, Innova Evo, Natures Variety Rabbit) Bonita flakes. Turkey.
Dramatic opera and oratory. Figuring out mechanical devices : such as how to work foot lever to raise garbage can lid. Getting attention by playing chicken with computer keyboard (reaching...reaching..) Plays football. Walks on leash.
Adopted from breed rescue along with an older friend Frankie, who left this world in 2002.
After my 2 cats both died in 1999, I decided to get another pair of cats. One of them, Bruno, had been either Siamese or had a good amount of Siamese in him, and he'd reminded me of how I loved them. So I wanted another Siamese. My mom offered to buy me a Siamese kitten from a breeder, but I wanted the older type of Siamese and there was so much different info from people breeding pointed cats calling them various types of old Siamese, and I wasn't sure who actually had the real thing and was breeding for the right reasons. Then while I was still confused about that, and also feeling it would be nice to again give a home to some cat(s) who had ended up homeless, I found out about Siamese Rescue. Breed rescue groups for dogs had been around a while but this was a pretty new thing for cats. I thought here would be a chance to maybe find some cats that were maybe part Siamese, anyway, and needed a home. and it also could be helping cats in shelters, since if the breed rescue takes in cats that makes room for others . I ended up adopting two cats who had bonded in a foster home and the group were hoping to place together: Frankie and Louis.
Louis in his early life lived at an irresponsible "backyard breeder" who was mixing Siamese and domestic shorthairs with Siamese coloring. Louis was probably the result of one of those mixes, and he was then kept as a stud. Louis probably liked the part about meeting lady cats but he didn't like being bored and hungry in a small cage in the backyard. so he devised escape plans to get out and find some more food. And of course meet some more girls. and a few times he escaped and spent a while running round the neighborhood chasing girls and hunting and scavenging. During one of these adventures, he met a nice human neighbor who was giving him food. Later she found out that Louis's current owner was looking for him, and somehow found out that there were cats in bad conditions there. so she grabbed Louis the next tme he came by and reported to someone that they should check on the other cats. So basically Louis got himself and his family and friends rescued from the hungry cage place, and they went to a Siamese rescue group.
Louis who was then only about 2 years old, went to a foster home, got some TLC and some vet care, which involved among other things a little operation that he was in denial about for years. While in the foster home he made friends with an older gentleman cat named Frankie who had had some very painful experiences and had been in the foster home for several months recovering.
Louis and Frankie both came to a new home together.
Louis realised he didn't want to escape from this home, but he would have to find lots of ways to make excitement, like running 3AM hallway races and inventing his own game -- kicking mini rubber balls down the hall then bounding past it to block it, then kicking it back the other way, etc. Louis is not quite so maniacally active as he was when younger but he is just as vocal and he strides along as if he is King of the Jungle. he is one of the most confident cats I have ever met! He believes himself to be Louis XIV and he occasionally wonders why this ghetto apartment is not the Palace of Versailles.
He is also scary smart. He was recently caught in the act of having figured out how to work the foot lever to open the garbage can lid...there he was with a back paw holding the step down while he leaned into the can to look for Snacks.
Although neutered, Louis thought for years that he was still a stud. He had a torrid affair with an old blanket, and wanted to apply for a job as a teaser tom so that he could have more chances to meet cat women who might be interested in his amorous moods. (Tag-Along's a nice cat girl and when she was quite young she was a shameless flirt, but ever since she got spayed she always seems to have a headache. )
In 2006 when he was 9, Louis started feeling tired all the time and thirsty and hungry and had to pee a LOT. He was diagnosed with diabetes. Years of eating high carb dry "prescription" food to prevent urinary crystals had caused him to gain a lot of weight and his pancreas eventually could not handle the constant onslaught of carbs that no cat is meant to eat. He switched to very low-carb, grain free canned food, and with home blood glucose testing we were able to keep his blood glucose down at a healthy level, which allowed his pancreas to heal. After several months he was able to greatly lower his insulin dose, and went into remission for a year.
(And after switching to high protein/ low carb wet food he never had more crystals in his urine, either!)
After a year off insulin, he had a pancreatitis attack that threw him out of remission and into diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) - - a very dangerous condition which is usually fatal. In fact they really thought Louis might not make it. But in a couple days they were calling him " a Fighter!" He spent almost a week in a specialty vet hospital and it took him a while for his body to recover from being so very ill, but he went back to being his ornery self again. Louis will probably always need exogenous insulin shots but he doesn't mind . and we are lucky to have him still with us.
In 2010 he got a new little 'brother', Sammy. I had hesitated a long time about getting another cat since Louis used to be so dominant & territorial. but I did the introduction slowly, and Louis was much better than I had feared. I think he was happy to have a feline buddy around. In fact the next year he got another one, this time a KITTEN . Chatri. Louis was nice to Chatri almost from the start and wouldn't let Sammy pick on him. ( Even though Louis was old, he was still the top cat. Sammy had briefly got the idea of trying to dominance mount Louis which was pretty funny considering Louis was about twice his size. The first few times, Louis just walked off as if he didnt even deign to notice. Finally he got annoyed enough that he just casually flipped Sammy over in a kung fu move - THUD. Sammy looked shocked and never tried anything like that again.
Louis's health kept being very complicated . with diabetes, chronic pancreatitis, IBD, and now also hyperthyroid. He was hospitalized a few times. but had an incredible will to live and always fought back and bounced back to feeling pretty good again and enjoying life.
Until he got cancer. That was something we could not save him from. Louis finally made one last trip in 2012 to his friend Dr Nealon to be euthanized, so he would not suffer any more. I think he still did not want to go. but he didn't understand that this time he couldn't fight it off and bounce back. the tumors were spreading and affecting his vital organs, he was very weak and hurting. So I had to let him go.
He was a truly wonderful, extraordinary, amazing cat. I feel so lucky to have known him for 13 years. Oh LOUIS my dear old friend, I love you and miss you so, so much.
le Roi du Sommeil
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