Beauregard (1987-2004)

Picture of Beauregard (1987-2004), a male Bengal

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Home:The Beast (Pig Latin), CA, a  
Sex: Male   Weight: 15 lbs.

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Beauregard T. Rambunctious (his prev. feeders called him Rambo)

Quick Bio:
-part feral-cat rescue

Pens, keyboards, other tools for composition. But only if he was sure no one was watching. If he caught you peeking, you'd get a huge "Whoa, what was I thinking? I need opposable thumbs for this!" display.

Epogen, antibiotics, and subcutaneous fluids, until I mastered the art of the feline injection. See below* for tips on Feline CRF care.

Favorite Toy:
The pen that you are currently using. No, not the one you're offering. The one in your hand. Yes, that one. Thanks.

Favorite Nap Spot:
Toward the end the warmest spot was our router/hub array, which fit his earlier criteria of "at eye level, in the vicinity of his humans"

Favorite Food:
Chopped fresh bloody calves' liver is what saved him from critical liver disease. He didn't like it at all, but I hand fed it to him and it saved his life. If your liver fails, eat someone else's.

He'd adopt strays and neighbor kittens, bring them home and teach them proper kitty etiquette. Berkeley is full of his proteges. Sometimes they come to visit. And they watch their manners.

indoors and outdoors

Arrival Story:
During finals of my senior year at Cal my fiance freaked out and I found myself homeless and boyfriend-less. I found a studio which came with an unadvertised bonus rat infestation, so went to a feral kitty hotspot a few towns over and waited to be adopted. He was 6 yrs old, 20lb. of tomcat, ready to have a home. He rode home on my shoulder (every subsequent car ride was a prelude to armaggedon.), found his box, established a snuggle spot near my pillow, and I realized I had not only fixed the rat problem, I had solved – or terrifically complicated with a new echelon of considerations – the boyfriend problem as well. He immediately took over as master of the cat colony in the overrun back yard, and slowly but surely got rid of all my other pets (turns out amphibians and reptiles can die of heart attacks, if a big cat stares at them hard enough [after the first such loss I gave the rest up for adoption]). Beauregard was with me for 11 years: through grad school, my first marriage and divorce, and lovingly adopted my new husband and was a key member in our formative years of becoming a family. He is missed, by us, by his vets, and by the neighbors who sometimes stop by to ask after him and offer their condolences. When we're rich and famous and can buy a house here, his ashes will be planted with our first new tree.

The last nine months of Beauregard's life were filled with lessons in intensive cat care. The CRF Support Group was invaluable through all of this, and we were very lucky to discover the San Francisco Veterinary Specialists, esp. the San Rafael office and most especially Dr. Jamie Anderson. If you need a hero, you'll find one there. * IMPORTANT TIPS FOR INJECTING and/or ADMINISTERING FLUIDS TO YOUR CAT: • Terumo 20 gage 1” needles are short enough for easy and safe insertion, and wide enough for a brisk flow • WARM THE WATER TO BODY TEMPERATURE in a pan of hot water (Don't nuke it; that'll give you hotspots.) Do a scald test and fill the catheter with fresh warm water before putting the needle on. Your cat may now find the sessions soothing. It's not an intuitive thing, at least it wasn't for me, but cold water = all around badness, both emotionally and physiologically. Your cat probably doesn't need his body temp lowered. • FREEZE THE NEEDLES for absolutely painless insertion. It really helps. You may have noticed how painful a stick is with these babies - see how little it hurts, and how much less damage is done, when the needle is frozen. Keep the box in the freezer, pull one out when you're ready with the warmed water bag, et voila. • Pinch a few inches of skin between the shoulder blades and hold one finger below the other two to create a "tent." Hold the needle perpendicular to your cat's back, facing the head, and slide it into the tent where your bottom finger was, pointing down just a tad. Be very careful not to pierce your kitty - it's easy to come out the other side, but you want the tip under the skin, over the muscle, and the water filling the pocket you just created in that tent. More hints can be found here.

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