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April 20th 1993
Every morning Nello comes out of her outside room, walks across the backyard for her drink of running water from the pond.
Because she is blind in her right eye and mostly deaf, she hates it when things seem to come directly at her.
Nello doesn't really play anymore.
Favorite Nap Spot:
Nello loves sleeping in her cat bed in the extra room off the patio.
After years of forging for her own food and eating who knows what, she now loves dining on Wellness canned cat food and Life's Abundance dry food.
Her special skills are being so brave and couragous. She's a very timid, shy, and partly feral cat who was on her own for many years.
indoors and outdoors
Nello is really a miracle story. Nello came into my life about 7 or 8 years ago when she just showed up on my back patio one day. She appeared to be homeless, so I began to feed her. She would disappear during the day, but always knew what time breakfast and dinner were served. This went on for the 5 years that I lived in that Long Beach house. Nello was unique in that she was blind in one eye and seemed to have been abused; she was so fearful of getting too close. After a year or two, when I'd go out to feed her, I would call her by name (the name "Nello" came from a movie of a young orphan boy who grew up to be a famous painter) and she would slowly make her way to my hand in kind of a sideways walk. She'd let me scratch her by her tail. If she ever saw my hand coming directly toward her, she would hiss and raise her paw to defend herself. Poor thing - I wonder how much vision she has in her "good" eye. Then it came time for me to sell my home. I was moving into a 3-story apartment and knew I would not be able to take Nello with me, being feral and all. I was completely torn and wasn't sure of the best thing to do for Nello. The woman who was buying my house agreed to feed Nello for me for as long as she lived there. I was so greatful and told her I would bring over canned and dry food for Nello every month. Her only requirement was that I catch Nello, take her to my vet to make sure she was not diseased. I did. Nello was given her shots, and a thorough exam. My vet gave her a sedative so she could clean her teeth (she found a broken tooth and removed it), gave her a flea treatment, and inserted a microchip (I wanted to be the one to care for her forever.)My vet also began surgery to spay her, but once she made the incision, found out that she had already been spayed! (For some reason, it was not evident that this procedure had already been performed!) So, someone did own her at one point. I wish so much that Nello could tell me her whole story. So, these were her living arrangements for the next year. Nello continued to live on the back patio around the pool. Then, once again, history would repeat itself. The woman caring for Nello decided to move and the new family moving in did not want the responsibility of caring for this mostly feral cat - blind or not. And it was soon after this that Nello just disappeared - for three years!
After 2 years of apartment living, I finally moved into a home, not far from my first one with Nello. I had been living there about a year when I got a call from someone who fed feral cats at Cal State Long Beach. She caught Nello and realized she had a micro I.D. chip. I was contacted that same evening and Nello was brought to me 15 minutes after the phone call. I took her to my vet again. She had her shots, a bath, and a blood test showed that she had hyper-thyroidism. So, now I hide her pill in her food twice a day. She's been with me now for the last two years. I can't tell that she remembers me, but she has her own warm, cozy private room. I think she knows she is safe. She is able to go outside during the day as she pleases. She loves to bask in the sun. When it starts to cool, she will return to her room. I feed her her evening meal and then close her door for the night. She is such a sweetheart! My pretty girl. I talk to her every morning and evening and sometimes she'll "talk" back as if she's trying to show her appreciation. Her sight is worsening and her hearing is nearly gone, but she still gets around. She doesn't groom herself much, but she drinks her water and eats well. I hope she knows how much she is loved. She is so much a part of our family.
**I'm so very saddened and sorry to say that Nello has moved on to be in pet heaven - she has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. She was such a sweetheart and it was my priviledge to care for her and have her as part of my family for a good 6+ years. She was so brave and courageous in spite of the hard life she must have lived prior to finding a home with us. I know she is in good company above with restored vision and hearing. She will hold a special place in our hearts forever. We love you, Nello.
Mello Nello and SweetHeart
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