Favorite Nap Spot: The homemade cat bed in the dining room or on top of anyones bed.
Favorite Food: He eats mostly canned food
Arrival Story: Some guy from my sister's high school asked around the school if anybody wanted free kittens. He also said if nobody wanted them he was going to dump them outside in the alley. Nobody wanted them. It was freezing at the time and they were barely 4 weeks old so my sister said she would take them home with her. They came home that night around 11 p.m. on March 24, 2008. They were completely unexpected and we didn't even ask our mom if we could bring them home. We kept them in a room were she was not able to hear them and then we finally told her a week later lol. She told us we could only keep them for 2 weeks and then we would have to take them to a shelter because she didn't want any more cats in the house. But when the time came she said it was ok to keep them. But after I realized they had worms, it was clear that we couldn't afford to take all of them to the vet. It was a very hard decision to make but we took Zuko to an animal shelter because we were not able to properly care for all of them at the time. We called a week later to see what happened to him and the little brown tabby Zuko was adopted!!!
Bio: When Felix and Hudson arrived home they had fleas and worms!!!! I got rid of the fleas by taking them a bath every 2 days with Dawn dishwashing soap. And I took them to the vet to get rid of the worms. He tore his ear when the vet put a deworming pill in his mouth. Now there's this space in his ear but it's ok, he still looks cute! We gave Hudson and Felix KMR milk until they were 8 weeks. And they used shredded paper instead of litter until they were 8 weeks also to make sure they didn't ingest any clay. We kept them in there own separate room for a whole month. We took them out everyday and put them in a kids play pen to protect them from Jack. It took about 6 weeks for Jack to fully accept the kittens. His mom is an orange tabby Domestic Shorthair and his dad is unknown. Hudson likes to knead and suck on blankets! And he is extremely sweet! He developed feline cystitis around March 09. We took him to the vet and they gave him medicine and he immediatly got better. To prevent a relapse we put him and the rest of the cats back on canned food only, we were feeding dry food for a few months to save up on money. We also reduced stress around the home and he has stayed healthy ever since.
Ever since the kittens arrived I keep forgetting to brush the adult cats teeth! The 'kittens to cats introductions' is what sets me off course. I'm definitely going to do it today though. Which reminds me, I need to buy a toothbrush for the kittens and start getting them used to daily brushings.
So we needed to find cheaper food for the cats because I don't have a job right now. After reading some of the helpful suggestions here on catster I decided to feed them Fancy Feast 'Classic'. The cats gobbled it right up!
It has surprisingly decent ingredients and it's 50 cents for a 3oz can. I'm feeding the Tender Liver and Chicken Feast and Turkey Giblets Feast. It has no wheat gluten, no corn, no rice, no soy, and no fish. The only downside is the by-products.
Hudson developed feline cystitis around March 2009. Feline cystitis is inflammation of the urinary bladder. He was urinating more frequently, peeing out blood, and produced little to no pee so I took him to the vet. The first vet I went to didn't run any tests on him, and gave him antibiotics and medicine for a bladder infection. He basically guessed and misdiagnosed Hudson and didn't help at all. I then took him to a different vet and she did an ultrasound on him, a urinalysis and urine culture. She concluded that he had feline cystitis and gave me medicine for him and told me to reduce stress in the home as much as possible and to stop feeding him dry food and keep him on canned food only. He produced normal urine within 3 days!!! And he's still doing fine thankfully, and hasn't had a relapse so far!