Bijou (In Loving Memory)

American Shorthair
Picture of Bijou (In Loving Memory), a female American Shorthair

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Home:Calgary, AB, Canada  
Sex: Female   Weight: 10 lbs.

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Bij, Chubbs, Stinker, Bijou Girl

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:
-extra toe(s) -disabled -cat rescue

Black and White

Rolling in catnip, carrying around her catnip toy, face/nose rubs, looking out the balcony window

Having her nails clipped (growl growl), being picked up

Favorite Toy:
A catnip "pillow" - she carries it around. Often I find it on my bed in the morning.

Favorite Nap Spot:
My bed, living room carpet near a sun beam

Favorite Food:
SD Hairball formula mixed with SD Dental formula; any cat treat available

She is an expert drooler. It comes out in puddles. She's very talented. I'm so proud.


Arrival Story:
I adopted Bijou (original name "Crystal") from an animal rescue in High River last January (2004). She had suffered what they believe was exposure to distempter while inutero and as a result has trouble with balance. She was so frightened by all the noise in the shelter, she preferred to stay in her kennel - hardly a life! I felt guilty leaving her there under such condition, when I felt she had potential for so much more. Within hours of bringing her home I saw huge changes ... her confidence grew, she started jumping short distances, and she was running everywhere. In Sept 2006 Bijou suddenly became very ill. We discovered she had kidney failure - a condition that had probably been progressing for a very long time. The vet determined that either she had been dealt a very very bad hand in life, or her age had been grossly miscalculated when she was rescued (due to her small size). I was devastated to lose her after so little time (2 1/2 years!), but I am eternally grateful for all the love she gave me and how much she enriched my life. I know that despite our short time together, she experience much happiness and love in her last few years thanks to my desire to rescue her from her life in a kennel. I'll never forget my little Bijou. She was my little jewel!

When my elderly cat Samantha died in August 2003 at 16 1/2 years of age, I was devastated. I decided it would just be me and Lafite ... but after 4-5 months, Lafite was showing signs of loneliness and depression and started losing weight. The vet agreed that getting another cat, if I was emotionally ready, might be a good idea. When I first saw Bijou, I was torn because she was a black and white shorthair, just like Samantha. I had sworn myself away from cats with those markings, for emotional reasons. But I couldn't bear the though of poor little Bijou living out her life in a kennel. No one wanted her. Anytime anyone heard she had brain damage they turned to another cat at the shelter. I felt I was her only hope, and that she needed me even more than I needed her. So I decided to give it a shot. It was a tough adjustment at first, but now she brings me joy and laughter. She really is a funny cat! You should see her little bum jostle when she walks ... she just can't quite keep her balance!

The Groups I'm In:
Saving Animals Around The World (SAAW)

I've Been On Catster Since:
August 18th 2004 More than 12 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Samantha (In
Loving Memory)

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