Domestic Shorthair
Picture of Sunshine, a male Domestic Shorthair

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Home:Williamsport, a  
Sex: Male   Weight: 15 lbs.

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Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

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Quick Bio:
-disabled -cat rescue

Brown Tabby

Napping in rotating spots, eating, begging for food, climbing up on my bed

fireworks and firecrackers (any really loud noise will make him crawl under the bed and shake), not getting fed enough (in his opinion)

Favorite Toy:
anything that really isnt a toy, ie: my cellphone charger cord, the straps on my ankle brace as i'm putting it on, the strings on the apron i wear to work, etc

Favorite Nap Spot:
He likes his cat bed, his scratch pad, and any piece of clothing that will attract hair.

Favorite Food:
pretty much anything i put in his bowl, although he does enjoy licking ritz crackers. he also enjoys licking things that are not food. he is licking a piece of paper right now.

Sunshine has cerebellar hypoplasia so just getting around and accomlpishing everyday tasks can be a special skill for him!


Arrival Story:
When I moved back to PA i looked on Petfinder and decided to start volunteering at LAPS (Lycoming Animal Protection Society) to fill the void caused by no longer volunteering at the Humane Society of Sarasota County. LAPS is a no-kill shelter housing many senior and special needs cats. I noticed Sunshine in the main compound for adult cats right away. Because he has cerebellar hypoplasia, he walks with a marching gait and his tail curls over his back. He does not have perfect control over his legs and also has "intention tremors" meaning his head shakes when he concentrates on something. Well he was a favorite of everyone because he'd follow you around and loved attention. I asked some questions and found out his disability really didn't extend beyond the immediately obvious; his less co ordinated walk. He could not jump but could climb stairs. So I decided to adopt him.

Sunshine adjusted really well to his new home. I took him to the local SPCA to get microchipped, but kept putting off his vet visit since he was healthy and current on his shots. Finally about a month after adopting him, his bad breath was killing me and I had to make an appointment to see about getting his teeth cleaned. At that visit I learned he did need one more vaccine, that he had an ear infection, and a heart murmur that we hadn't known about. The vet wanted to do a radiograph and some bloodwork, and postpone the anesthesia for the dental until we had the results. Luckily he was already neutered! Several days after the second appointment we went back to the vet's office to discuss the results of the tests. On the xray film, we saw that Sunshine had only one functioning kidney! Luckily we had also already ran a kidney function test, and his kidney function was completely normal. This will be rechecked every 6 months for the rest of his life. The worse news was that he has an enlarged heart. We still have to go to a second vet to have an ultrasound performed. At that point it is likely Sunshine will remain on heart medication for the rest of his life, but I will do everything in my power to ensure it is as long and happy a life as possible, because he is wonderful! Sept 30, 2007 Sunshine crossed the rainbow bridge sometime in the night of Wednesday, September 26. I found him in the early afternoon of Thursday - I woke up late in the morning and assumed he was sleeping. We did make a trip to have an ultrasound performed 6-8 weeks prior and the doctor who performed it felt Sunshine could have several healthy years on the correct medication, which he prescribed and Sunshine had been taking. He got his teeth scaled without any sedation because the doctor felt any sedation could be fatal. Unfortunately several years turned out to be just weeks. I am currently devastated and second guessing myself for not taking him in for some coughing. Time heals I suppose I just hope he is in a better place.

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I've Been On Catster Since:
July 1st 2007 More than 9 years!

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