Domestic Shorthair
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Age: 13 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 10 lbs.

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Lil' Nat, Nat-cat, Hobo, Natrick, Nathanial, Angel Wings, Model-Kitty

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:
-part feral-cat rescue

August 29th 2003

Orange & White Tabby

Being petted and not held, sunbathing, Toby, hiding in solitude most of the day and then coming out and starting fights for no reason

Being carried around, being caught in a trap, and fleas!

Favorite Toy:
Other cats although he sometimes takes that too seriously these days, bugs of any kind, and the vibrating mysterious paper bag

Favorite Nap Spot:
On top of his light blue sofa or in a patch of sun; he always finds good lighting

Favorite Food:
He's not a finicky eater

Trap avoidance! He has little angel wings painted on his back, his mouth was covered in dirt for weeks as a kitten and it just went away, and he seems to have gotten even longer after his 1st birthday, upon which he was already disproportionately long!


Arrival Story:
Hannah got pregnant before we were able to fix her after her first surprise litter of kittens. She came to me when she first went into labor and I was petting her and helping her through her first contractions. Unfortunately Nat's uncle Toby who was still only a kitten came by to see what was going on, and really offended Hannah. She ended up so mad she chased him off while the first kitten was crowning, and ran into the field where she had a nest planned out for the kittens. I didn't get to see them until they were walking, and that's when I met Nat and Heidi. Since Nat was the same color as Hannah, and her sister, and her mother, and her grandmother and her great aunt, we assumed he was a little girl, too, and he was known as Natalie! When we decided Nat and Heidi were old enough we set traps for all three and caught Hannah and Heidi... Nat saw and avoided the traps altogether. I chased after him all day, but we didn't get him on time and his mother and sister went to get fixed without him. Finally they night, after unsuccessfully trying to lure him back with food and hand grab him, he looked inside and saw Jürgen and I knew what I had to do to catch him. I held Jürgy outside and Nat came blindly running up to head butt him. I snatched the poor little lonely kitten and he got fixed the next day and was able to recover with his mother and sister. Nat gives his thanks to Spay and Stay for helping his family and other feral cats throughout Lake County live better lives!

His indoor life has been pretty uneventful, we've had one mild outbreak of giardia and a small case of fleas but otherwise no big medical crisis for him. He spent his first year growing and growing, getting longer everyday, but he still seems like a baby at heart. He did make close friend with a lone foster kitten we had once that was very tame to begin with so we kept her upstairs with our other cats, and when her new mommy came to pick her up she suddenly got scared and he helped her avoid me for about an hour showing her good hiding places! He knows she's very happy now and has a big sister (a dog!) who loves her as much as he did now though, and he seems to have recovered! ^-^ Update- May 2010, now 6 years old shy little Nat let himself get very sick with bladder issues before letting us know and isn't responding well to the treatment process. Not good!

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Back Upstairs!

June 5th 2010 8:47 pm
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The doctor was very impressed with my progress last week so instead of more testing I just got my shot and was sent home. Since I'm pretty much back to normal my people decided it was time to release me back into the wild upstairs and I'm soooo happy to be free! I knew I missed my friends and all but I hadn't thought about how much I missed fresh air, sunlight, and having lots of free space! I spent my first day back running around from window to window and up and down the stairs. It's so great to be able to eat with Toby, hang around with Scooby, and cuddle up with uncle Stormy and not have him throw a hissy fit because he's stuck in a weird little room and doesn't recognize me.

I do have to make a slight retraction from my last diary entry... It's true that I don't care much for vanilla or strawberry yogurts... but once I tasted guava yogurt I realized it wasn't all that bad. Unfortunately it's the favorite flavor of Dominic, Moggie, and our human so there's not much to go around, but I would't mind a little of that flavor now and then. It's so... interesting! Try some; you might like it!


Big improvements!

May 31st 2010 1:25 am
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This new antibiotic sure seems to be helping. I'm eating more on my own and with just a human audience instead of always relying on Stormy. I'm using the litterbox consistently now and although I'm not quite back to normal I am doing a whole lot better with that. My eyes look brighter, I seem happier, and I'm showing more and more signs of increased energy. I'm climbing the shelves in the closet, chasing a little bug flying around the wall, and rolling around constantly wanting belly rubs. Since I'm still not quite back to normal the humans are opting to keep me holed up in this bathroom until Wednesday when I get my second shot of antibiotics, so they can have a few more days of close litter box observations and to make sure I make my appointment!

...But if I get a fairly clean bill of health then I should be able to go back with all my friends! None of whom will remember me at first of course but I remember all of them and Stormy is starting to re-bond with me through our feeding sessions so hopefully he's got my back. *sigh* It will be so nice to eat at the community feeding trough. See, we have a bunch of individual bowls and one BIG bowl for us social eaters. Most of the cats will eat at either one, but I'm always waiting for the big bowl to be filled so I can eat with a friend. That must be why I have trouble eating without company. Fine meals should be shared!

Oh, and yogurt isn't tasty. Dominic is nuts. I don't like vanilla or strawberry and they are welcome to try others but I'll believe it's good when I taste it. I'm okay though, I'm a good sport when they force feed it and then Diggy gets to lick the bowl. Plus the probiotic capsules can be sprinkled on any food and you don't taste it, so when I go upstairs they can just pour it on all the food and everyone can get some helpful bacteria!


Fuzzy good news!

May 26th 2010 2:01 pm
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My trip to Dr. Swanson went beautifully. No giant St. Bernards to be seen, just a little rat terrier. I've only lost 2 ounces and there is no worry about liver problems- very important! I'm also not dehydrated and demonstrated my continued strength and vigor by bouncing around the exam room when they first let me out of that crazy carrying box. Unfortunately (or fortunately if you follow the philosophy of better out than in- which we do since we worried about me being too blocked all week) I didn't have any urine for testing... But from my previous urinalysis, my temperature, and my response to treatment so far it was pretty clear that I still have a raging UTI and that is still my primary problem. The diarrhea and the lack of appetite can both be a reaction to the antibiotic I was on, the infection affecting my kidneys, or just being so lonely and stressed out with the whole ordeal. Whatever it is, the plan for now is to be on a stronger and less tummy-irritating weekly injectible antibiotic until I achieve a clean bill of health. If I improve my over all condition the next few days I might even get to go back with the general population upstairs! Wait for me, Toby!

Also great news is that Dr. Swanson thinks it's highly unlikely I've got calcium oxalate stones with an infection this bad and struvite crystals would have likely shown up in my urinalysis, so stone surgery is not in my near future! Heidi says this just goes to further prove her theory that muffinism is the cause of stones, but I think even us nuggets and other nicknames should still be concerned.

And one fun tidbit- along with a new less irritating antibiotic they don't have to force down my throat every day I need probiotics to help sort out my digestion. Pills and.. yogurt! Dominic and Heidi will be so jealous!

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