Likes: BEING BRUSHED!!! Lying down on his back with his belly up. Singing & Dancing with him. Stretching and Scratching his scratchy post. Squirrel & Bird-Watching. Playing with Taylee
Pet-Peeves: Fleas. Loud noises. Getting his nails clipped. When Taylee follows him into the litterbox
Favorite Toy: His "Ratties/Mousies" with the shakey beans inside them (if they have leather tails, he bites them off and swallows them, so I have to give him the braided 'rope' mousies). Mini-pink car that slides with wheels. Laser-light. Feather wand
Favorite Nap Spot: On the couch. On a cushion under the bed. Next to my legs in bed.
Favorite Food: Pretzels are his fave. Wellness Dry & Can food. Kitty Grass. Lettuce bits. Licking yogurt off the lid. Tiny apple and banana bits. Bench & Fields Holistic Feline Treats.
Skills: Playing soccer with his toys. Making me smile. Sending blinky eye "kissies". Making friends with other species. He's extremely smart and totally understands when I speak to him
Arrival Story: I had just moved into a new apartment and was spending the evening unpacking. I heard what sounded like a baby crying very late that night. I went out to the back parking lot by the trash bin enclosure and there he was, about 6 weeks old crying so loud and persistent that I actually thought it was a human baby! He was so teency, adorable, dirty, cold, lost, and hungry. My guess is that he was born to a stray or feral mother and at some point got separated from her so he was crying to locate her. I took him in and gave him 3 baths! Finally the grey dirt, street tar, and soot washed off to reveal a beautiful orange and white tabby! I just had to keep him. He is my very first cat (I grew up with dogs) so now I'm hooked, as all cat-people know the feeling.
Bio: Sammy is my little Snow Leopard because he is 3/4 soft, plush snow-white fur. The other 1/4 of his fur is a combo of luxuriant, light and dark orange - I call him my little Irish red-head!
His beautiful eyes change from green to gold depending on the lighting! He is also a very big boy but he's not over-weight; His body is very long, tall, and muscular!
Funny Fact: I kept his 'baby teeth' (fangs) that fell out when the adult teeth were coming in! They are in a plastic baggie in Sammy's photo album!
He is very smart and obedient. I taught him early on to not jump on counters or tables (although he does like to drink from the bathroom sink faucet, which is not off-limits. He is kind of nosy and whenever I am opening mail and paying bills, he likes to plop right down and sit atop my papers. He also instinctively knows when my laundry is freshly washed and likes to sit right on top of the dark clothes where his shed fur would be most visible - ahhhh!
****UPDATE FEBRUARY 2009****
Sammy was diagnosed with aheart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) on February 16, 2009. It is a heart disease where the left ventricle's function is compromised and the heart muscle is enlarged. He began showing symptoms on Valentine's Day ~ 2 days before his diagnosis. He was hospitalized until February 21st and in an oxygen chamber for 4 days. He had heart failure twice, Cardiogenic Pulmonary Edema (Fluid in the lungs, which has since reduced) and Pericardial Effusion (fluid around the heart.) This is the hardest thing I've ever gone through. Thankfully though, Sammy is pulling through successfully, slowly but surely! He is now on prescription meds for life but he is showing signs of progress and improvement daily. I am hoping that he can still live out many more years with as much health and comfort as he possibly can have to the fullest. I am blessed to have him in my life... Sammy is my FURRY BEST FRIEND AND MY BABY!
Whisker-greetings to all... we are moving...and it's been very hectic. Meowmy is worried that I will be stressed out and with my heart condition that's not good. But hopefully I will be strong and adjust quickly.
Thank you to all my sweet furriends who have sent lovely messages and gifts. I haven't been on here furr a while but when we are done I would like to catch up on Catster.
Love and miss you all...still keeping Hooch and furramily, Muppet and furramily, Monte Carlo and furramily, Rusty and furramily, Dusty Miller and furramily, O'Malley and furramily, Teal'C and furramily, Sally, Sally Maria & furramily, and Tony and furramily and many others in our purrayers and thanks....
Meows to all and HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY! Paw-pinches to any not wearing green today, MOL!!!!! Green is my fave color because it's the color of the kitty-grass I love to munch on :)
Today I played A LOT with my sisfurr Taylee! I insisted on it! I tried to chase her and even jumped up on the bed in wild pursuit! I guess all my meds and potassium supps. are making me turn furr the better and giving my heart the strength it needs to get more active! Meowmy sat next to me for a looong time when I went to rest after playtime in the closet. I slept in the laundry basket on top of a brown fleece blanket.... soooooo comfy and this is my favorite spot since a week ago! And meowmy had her hand in the basket on top of my back and we rested together and enjoyed the time together.
I have not transitioned yet to the Renal/Kidney support diet, because I tried 2 that I didn't like to taste, and meowmy said they were very poor quality, and smelled bad anyhow. She wonders how a prescription diet suggested by Vets would have nasty meat by-products and corn and pork in it? We have learned that those are bad furr kitties. But we continue the search furr a good food that will be lower in protein and salt so my kidneys don't work so hard. It's because of the heart med. Furosemide (Lasix) that i take to remove fluid build-up in my body. Unfurtunately, this medicine does significant damage to my kidney's so that's why we are looking for a special food that will help my kitt-neys out.
I am still purrrrrrrrrrrrrrring furr all my sweet buddies that are sick, especially Hooch! I am still and always will be grateful furr all the purrayers and lovely gestures and gifts tat have been sent to me during my fight with Cardiomyopathy.
LOVE AND HUGS TO ALL...
Meowllo to all! Sorry we've been overwhelmed and meowmy hasn't logged me in to Catster furr a few days. I went to the vet on Friday. A follow-up X-ray showed that I still have fluid so I am staying on high-dosage Lasix now (my creatinine (SP?) is a few points higher that it should be) so the vet suggested I switch my food to a special prescription Renal support diet. I am still on Lotensin, Plavix, Potassium Gluconate and Furosemide (Lasix), but my Aspirin Suspension has been discontinued. I threw up very badly on Saturday and none of my meds stayed down but Sunday and MOnday meds have been succesful because meowmy finally figured out how to give them to me without struggling. She wraps me in a towel so i can't squirm away or scratch and as soon as the pills get popped in my mouth, she squirts a little chicken broth with a dropper in my mouth to ensure that I swallow them... so far so good >^..^< Today, I am breathing faster than we'd like and I don't have an appetite, which is a little unusual furr me, so meowmy is keeping watch on me. My sisfur Taylee has tried to pounce on me... I like it and think it's fun, but I'm too weak to play back. All in all, I'm still here and that's what matters most! I love all my furriends and apurreciate the continued purrrrrrrrs...they make my day!
Love, Sammy >^..^