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March 26th 1999
Tabby and White
Love and affection
Other cats "in his face"
His bouncy balls
Favorite Nap Spot:
Anywhere in the sun
Ability to forgive humans
On March 26, 2001, as I was pulling into my driveway after a particularly stressful day at work, I noticed a red blur run from near my house over to my neighbor's house. I went over and started talking to the cat (which was now underneath the house) and persuaded it to come out. I snatched the cat up and was horrified to discover that it was a very malnourished Persian who was covered from head to toe in large matts. The matts were so bad that the cat actually had what looked like a "fifth leg" hanging beneath his front two legs.
I rushed the cat inside to a spare room to look it over. I discovered that it was a neutered male cat who was front declawed. (Grrr!!) Since it was late in the evening when I found him, a vet visit had to wait until the next day. My mother came over and we cut out the matts that we could and we gave him just a little food and water because we didn't want to make him sick. The cat was so weak that he couldn't even stand up.
I dropped the poor boy off at the vet the next morning and told them to first test him for disease and then go from there. (Luckily, all his tests came back negative!) After that, he got the works--he was completely shaved, bathed, and vaccinated, etc. The bloodwork and exam revealed that his only problems were kidney issues, a few fleas, anemia and extreme emaciation--he was a very large cat, but only weighed four pounds that first day. We were allowed to take him home, but were told that it was unlikely that he would make it if we couldn't get him to start eating properly. If he made it through the next 48-72 hours, then he might have a chance.
We were determined not to lose this boy so we went to the grocery and bought him a bunch of different foods and fresh meat (in addition to some special liquid vitamins), which he began nibbling on more and more each day until he grew stronger and stronger. In less than a month, he even doubled his weight!
We were never able to find out who he belonged to or where he came from. Its possible that he was left behind by someone who moved, or else escaped from someone's house, or was "dumped" in our neighborhood by someone who no longer wanted him. I guess we'll never know for sure. We do believe he was suffered physical abuse at either the hands of his former owners or someone else in the neighborhood. It took a long time for him to learn to trust human touch and he still flinched from time to time when approached.
My mother ended up naming him Jacob as in "the coat of many colors" because of all the colors of his coat when we first got him. (Dirt, matts, fleas!) His coat gradually grew out now and we were able to see just how beautiful Jacob really ws. Jacob's personality also evolved too. No longer that weak, timid cat, he turned into a feisty (but sweet!), playful boy who loved to chase rubber bouncy-balls all over the kitchen. Oh, how he loved to eat --he weighed over 10 lbs at his peak.
Sadly, Jacob became very ill in February of 2002 and began rapidly losing weight. After a week long battle to keep him alive, we finally had to make the hard decision to help Jacob to the Rainbow Bridge on February 26, 2002, exactly 11 months to the day that we rescued him. Jacob suffered from chronic renal failure, but he had a heart of pure gold. The loss of Jacob has been devastating to my mother and I and not an day goes by that we don't think of our sweet, special boy. He was truly a gift from God and we will always treasure the short time that we had together. I take heart that Jacob's last year of life was filled with as much love, joy and happiness as he gave to us in return. May you rest in peace, sweet boy, happy and healthy forever. Your Mom and Nana love you!
Sweetest Baby of All
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Brilliant Orange Cats Unite, Febreze® Pet Odor Eliminator™, Persian, Smushy Face Cat Club
I've Been On Catster Since:
|August 13th 2004
||More than 11 years!
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