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"Christmas Day - 2007: Guarding the presents from mice!"

Home:Reading, MA  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Male   Weight: 16 lbs.

Christmas Day - 2007: I love my mouse toy Christmas present!

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"Christmas Day - 2007: I love my mouse toy Christmas present!"

Christmas Day - 2007: Max likes to take nap under the Christmas tree every year.

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"Christmas Day - 2007: Max likes to take nap under the Christmas tree every year."

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The family of Walker (Angel Boy), Alexandria (Sweetest Angel),  Molly,  Pookah   , Edwina (Angel Eddy) DG#1 and more!

Max, Maxie, Maxwellian, Maxie Waxie, Baby

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

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Quick Bio:
-mixed breed-pound cat

Gotcha Date:
May 15th 1997

March 23rd 1997

Black and White

Having his head, cheeks and the bridge of his nose rubbed. Watching birds and squirrels from window. Foodin'! Hopping the kitchen counter to watch Mom make supper. Waking Dad up early in the morning for gushy food!

Being petted on his belly. The vacuum cleaner.

Favorite Toy:
Laser light beam, toy mice, swatch of cloth on end of short fishing pole.

Favorite Nap Spot:
Anywhere soft and warm. He'll pick a spot and use it for weeks, and then suddenly switch to another.

Favorite Food:
Friskies Mixed Grill, Corn on the Cob, Grilled Chicken, Cat Treats

Sleeping! Chirps at birds. Expert Mouser! Opening door to the basement Family Room.


Arrival Story:
We have always had cats. Our third cat, Sam, had lived to a ripe old age of 18, and had left this world while sleeping on my wife Kathy's lap one evening in early 1997. As spring approached, the entire family started talking about getting another cat. Since our previous cats came from shelters, we went to the Northeast Animal Shelter in Lynn, MA and that's were we adopted Max, who then was only about 3 months old.

Max passed from this world on 12/29/12. Although he was always a happy cat, a sudden flair up of what the vet explained as an aggressive form of feline lukemia, happened a couple of days after Christmas. Ohhh Max.. We will miss you dearly!

Forums Motto:
Maxwell - To the Max!

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Choosing 2 kittens

The Hunt!:
Max loves to sit on our deck in the warm weather looking out through the railing slots in search of his favorite prey ---- MOLES!

When Max is in a playful mood, and he hears me coming, he hides behind a doorway. When I walk by, he bats at my ankles.

Max's Pal:
Max's best family pal, is our son, Dave! Dave will pick him up and drape Max around his neck. Max won't let anyone else do this. Max also likes to sleep only on Dave's bed, even since Dave moved to New Orleans.

Alarm Clock:
Every morning, Max will quietly come into our bedroom about 5:30, sit there for a couple of minutes and then make a single quiet "meow?" If not answered in a about 30 seconds, a second and slightly louder "meow?" If still not answered.... a couple of louder "meow... meow!" & that usually gets me up for the day.

Max's Passing:
Not so Fun Stuff... But: Our awesome and great cat Max, passed on to the cat afterlife on 12/29/12. I held him in my arms as the vet introduced the lethal serum. Poor Max! He lived a great an fun life, but Feline Lukemia snuck up and did him in. Ohh Max.... We miss you dearly!

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Goodbye Max... We will miss you dearly!!

January 25th 2013 4:31 pm
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On Christmas day, our cat Max was his usual happy, curious and loving self.

Then all of a sudden on that following Thursay, he started to become totally listless and almost immobile. We initially thought he was having one of his bouts of constipation (he's had this for more than half his life, but it was always controllable), but even after giving him the medicine that always works, there was no improvement.

On Friday, he stopped purring, drinking water and eating.

Then on Saturday morning, he was so bad that he couldn't stand up let alone walk. All he did was stare into the distance, and even acted kind of scared.

That afternoon, I took him to the Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in Woburn, MA, as our usual vet had closed at Noon. I initially thought that it would be some kind of simple virus or bacterial infection, but I was completely wrong!

After some tests, a really nice vet gave me the bad news. Apparantly, even though Max had always had his shots, a sudden and extremely fast moving virus has overcome him. Initial blood tests indicated a very aggresive form of feline lukemia.

Of course this was a complete and total shock to me. The prognosis wasn't very good, especially since Mas was almost 16. After further conversations with the vet and my wife Kathy, it was decided to let Max go. All of a sudden, I became incredibly emotional, crying like a baby with Max on my lap.

The procedure lasted only two minutes and I am sure Max didn't feel a thing (although I sure did).

The people at the Hospital were extremely sympathetic and supportive. We later had Max cremated, since our back yard was too frozen to bury him. After the Spring thaw, Max will join our other two cats - Tina and Sammy.

It has taken me a while to add this diary entry. Of course, we will always have cats, and now it will be two kittens in memory of Max!


Doing Great!

November 7th 2009 6:31 pm
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Hi all! I am so sorry that it's been so long from my last post. I am feeling really, really good right now! The best thing that has happened is that both Mom and Dad chanded my diet back in early September and I not only love the new food, but I feel better, and have not gained any weight! ROWL!


Much better today!

September 9th 2009 7:50 am
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This is the first day I have really, really, really felt better! I've spent most of the morning checking out places in my home I haven't visited in several weeks. Everything checks! No mice or other critters!

My pal Dave, who is my owners' youngest son, will be going back to college this Saturday! :-( I'm gonna miss him lots. Dave is a Junior at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Dave's older brother, Steve, is living in Paris, France with his girl friend Jenn. They both graduated from MIT. Steve works for a company as a R&D software designer.

Oh, well.... nap time!


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