*Punkin-Head Jones,LoveU4Ever

Maine Coon/Domestic Medium Hair
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Home:Cincinnati, OH  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Male   Weight: 15 lbs.

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Punkin, Widebody, Meathead, Curmudgeon

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Rainbow Bridge
Quick Bio:
-mixed breed-pound cat

Orange & White Tabby

A soft spot on the bed or couch. And he kinda likes me!

Being put into the carrier to go to the vet. The doorbell ringing.

Favorite Toy:
Boxes - any kind or sizes of box! Also a little green rubbery centipede

Favorite Nap Spot:
The dog's bed! or a box of any kind

Favorite Food:
Chicken! Some of my breakfast cereal - Cherios

Just lookin' good. How about Yowling loudly after everyone goes to bed?


Arrival Story:
We adopted him from the local animal shelter as a tiny kitten, where I picked him out because of his gorgeous orange & white markings and long hair. Expecially liked that face "dipped in a saucer of cream" look. He's been treasured and adored ever since. --> --> --> More great pics in Punkin's albums at http://community.webshots.com/user/evelynblack

We always considered him a little linebacker - pretty, but not very bright! (Now he's a big 15 lb. linebacker!) And he got real set in his ways really quickly - and hates change! Earned the description of Curmudgeon while he was still relatively a youngster! -> -> -> The first time he saw a litter of kittens that I was fostering, it scared him so badly that he literally burned rubber on the hardwood floor trying to get away!!! (He did figure out that they were relatively harmless and hasn't repeated that particularly entertaining, er embarrassing moment!) --> --> --> Punkin's grumpy personality turned out to have been caused by many years of chronic pain. He's got an immune disorder (Lymphocytic Plasmacytic Gingivitis Stomatitis or LPGS) that affects his mouth and has caused intense pain to his mouth & gums to the point that he couldn't eat/lost weight/would have died. After much investigation, homeopathic treatments, syringe-feeding, etc. we followed the vet's advice and had all his teeth pulled out - that stops the pain in many cases; but didn't work for Punkin. Fortunately, we found that a chemo-type drug called Leukeran that worked well for him to control the symptoms and the pain. He was stabalized for quite awhile, but then started going downhill and we couldn't stop the deterioration and decline. There came a point where there wasn't anything that gave him any pleasure or comfort and we had to make the decision to let him go.

Forums Motto:
Love you forever . . .

The Groups I'm In:
♥Artistic Creations♥, "Just One Litter" Is Still Too Many, Brilliant Orange Cats Unite, White paws

Punkin never forgot the time he caught a mouse in our basement and brought it upstairs to show us - he was so proud of himself! And somehow, when he was sickly and toothless he got out and found himself a chipmunk.

I've Been On Catster Since:
August 7th 2004 More than 12 years!

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

2006 Valentine's Day Party!
♥Mom♥ 2005 Mother's Day Stroll!

2005 Valentine's Day Party!

2004-2005 Holiday
Picture Party

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Catster Id:

Meet my family
McGee, Lost
Black Magic

Lil' Foxy
Bijou (French
for Jewel)

Meet my Feline Friends
See all my Feline Friends
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A Curmudgeon's View of the World

Punkin has left the building . . .

October 30th 2009 12:10 pm
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After several years of dealing with health issues, and several times when it was severe enough that I had to syringe-feed Punkin to keep him alive, he wasn't able to fight it anymore. He got weaker and weaker, and there wasn't anything we could do to make him feel any better; it was time to let him go.

He was a very special little friend, a very intregal part of my family for all his life - I'll miss him very much.


Stomatitis - immune system disorder

February 27th 2007 12:04 pm
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Over the last few years, we've been dealing with a not-so-uncommon problem; a very painful immune system disorder affecting Punkin's mouth and gums and teeth. Called LPGS (Lymphocytic Plasmacytic Gengivitus Syndrome) or Stomatitis.

It started with him refusing to eat because his mouth hurt. He lost weight and had very red, inflamed blisters and ulcers in his mouth. We tried all kinds of veterinary care; he didn't respond as expected almost 1oo% of the time. I did all kinds of research on the internet, found a yahoo group for owner of Stomatitis kitties, another very helpful yahoo group for feline assisted feeding (had to keep him alive by syringe feeding and finger-feeding him).

Removal of the cats' teeth was a recommended protocol; after nothing else worked, we eventually went to that length - but that didn't resolve his mouth pain as expected either.

We kept trying various homeopathic and unconventional treatments; found what worked for him and getting him back to a happy and healthy condition.


I helped Hurricane Katrina Animals

September 23rd 2005 1:28 pm
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I let my mom be gone for a really looong time; I had to stay at home with all the other kitties, the dog and our dad. She was off helping rescue animals abandoned and left behind in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I helped because I was a good kitty while she was gone. ButI sure was happy to see her when she came home!!!

Here's my mom's story:

We spent several days of working/helping with the rescued animals at the Tylertown, Mississippi rescue site/encampment that Best Friends Animal Society has set up there. (About 100 miles north of New Orleans.) It was the most wonderful, miserable, fantastic, awful, incredible week spent with some of the most wonderful, generous, compassionate people -- I'm sure I won't ever be able to forget it.

A friend and I took a u-haul trailer full of donated supplies (a really big thank you to everyone who supported us with donations assistance and/or money - it certainly went to a very good cause.)
Every day, the rescuers (my heroes!) went off into the toxic sludge of New Orleans and each night, they brought in 20, 40, 60 dogs/cats/misc. small pets. Everyone would wake up and gather at the "Ellis Island" area to offload the animals. We would coax them out of their crates, loving and welcoming them even though we were always aware that they may be contaminated from the toxic areas they were rescued from. Some were so scared and traumatized that it just made you cry. Some were emaciated, burned, injured - but a lot of them weren't. They were walked and watered and put back into their crate to await the next day when they could be examined by vets, pictures taken for ID, and grouped into their new temporary pens.

And every day, in horribly hot and humid conditions, amid swarms of bugs, volunteers kept pouring in from all over the country. We fed, watered, walked, poop-scooped, and cared for all the dogs & cats and critters. We cleaned & sanitized mountains of crates so they could be used again for the next day\'s rescue efforts. We tried to keep from getting heat-stroke by drinking water/Gatorade/juice practically non-stop all day, and hosing each other down with the water hose. (The dogs had to be hosed down a couple times a day - it was just too @#&#@ hot!!!!!) We sorted and organized donated food and supplies. Some of the volunteers prepared sandwiches and sometimes a hot dinner (bless them). The vets and vet-techs worked to vaccinate and micro-chip the animals, and to tend their wounds and illnesses. It was both exhausting and exhilarating.

We cried tears of happiness whenever an animal was reunited with their people. Everyone cheered and teared and took pictures and wished them well - it was the best part of each day!

Then, each night, we'd fall into our sleeping bags and hope to get a few hours of sleep before starting it over again the next day. (It was extremely hard to sleep because of all the barking dogs and nighttime camp activity.) Regardless, my heart is still there with the wonderful volunteers and Best Friends employees who are continuing to take care of those poor, wonderful, and very-lucky-to-be-rescued animals.

PS - I took tons of pictures while I was there - and have them posted at http://community.webshots.com/user/evelynblack Scroll down to the albums titled "Hurricane Katrina".

(More info available at www.BestFriends.org)

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