Nicknames: cat01, little angel kitty, little dude - now he is a teenager he is known as terror kitty
Coloration: Orange & White Tabby
Likes: Being alive
Pet-Peeves: When the big kitties want to sleep (that would be practically all the time) and not play with him
Favorite Toy: Foil ball
Favorite Nap Spot: Dining room chair
Favorite Food: Iams kitten
Skills: Having the instinct to sit in front of our house to be rescued
Arrival Story: It was late July '04 and I went out to get the morning paper when I spotted Tucker sitting in the middle of the street with his eyes glued shut from infection. He was skinny (still is but fattening up nicely), neglected and close to death. The small photo was taken the day he was rescued after returning from the vet. He had multiple health problems but all of them are resolving with medication. The only permanent damage may be that the third eyelid was so infected that it has adhered to the eyeball thus hindering his range of vision on the left side.
8/25 Update: Tucker now weighs in excess of 3 pounds! On his rescue day he was a mere 15 ounces so he's growing well. Dr. Hashimoto recommended surgery to correct his eye problem and says this can be done at the same time he is neutered. Next report after late September vet appointment.
9/24 Tucker is now 5 lbs 4 ozs so he is growing well. He has an ongoing problem of sneezing large amounts of clear fluid and Dr. H thinks it is related to his eye problem. We have scheduled surgery for neutering and to correct the eye problem on 10/25. Hopefully, all will go well. The good news is that the eye problem has no effect whatsoever on his lively and confident personality.
11/13 His surgery went well though it appears he will always have a "teary" eye. His dominating personality is really coming through now and poor Smokey (the target of Tucker's terror) acts like he'd like to pack his bags and move out - we hope this is a teenager phase for Tucker.
11/20 We noticed Tucker was not his normal lively self over the past 48 hours but were puzzled since his appetite and body functions were normal. We decided to take him to the vet where he registered a 106F temp! Through carefuly review of all events it was determined that Smokey had finally lost patience with Tucker and bitten him thus causing a severe infection. (clues were the caterwauling and shrieking that occurred on Tuesday morning followed by Tucker exhibiting signs of lethargy and soreness by Wednesday afternoon) He is now on antibiotics and rapidly improving.
Bio: Tucker has decided he will be best friends with the dogs. He also decided Angus is too big to mess with (Angus won't tolerate his behavior and swats him hard if he oversteps) so he has turned his sights on Smokey. Though Smokey is the Evil Kitty in the house he has turned out to be a real wuss when it comes to standing up to Tucker...who knew????