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Heidel-deidle, Fuzz Muffin, Fuddmuffin, Yoda

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

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Quick Bio:
-part feral-cat rescue

August 29th 2003

Dilute Calico

Sitting in laps while people are eating and swooshing her long tail around so it inevitably covers their food in cat hair.

Toby, little foster kitten Dominic (he looks like a little Toby and he's always poking at her!) not getting the red peppers out of food.

Favorite Toy:
Other cats, she doesn't have one toy she prefers above all others!

Favorite Nap Spot:
Cubby hole on the computer desk behind the printer, under a dresser, on the kitchen table.

Favorite Food:
Red peppers! I kept having mild allergic reactions after eating them, so I picked some out one day and Heidi found them; ever since she's been nuts about them! None of the other cats want anything to do with her peppers!

She's kept her baby fur past her first birthday, and is as fuzzy as can be for a shorthair, and if you put a finger on top of her head her ears fold down and she looks like Yoda!


Arrival Story:
She was born outside to Hannah, I think she was the kitten crowning when Hannah chased off Toby and ended up finishing labor in the vacant lot. ^-^;; When it came time to get them fixed (thanks, Spay and Stay!), the vet saw all manner of tapeworms come from Heidi and she had a bit of blood in her urine, so of course if she was sick we had to keep her inside! Her brother Nat ended up staying with us, too, and though Hannah still thinks it's better to live outside they see each other at the door all the time and she's always welcome to come in for a visit, usually only if there is a terrible blizzard!

She's a good kitty, she gets along pretty well with other ctas now and seems to always be happy... One weird thing though, until she was about 6 months old, she never made a peep, we thought she was mute. (Nat still seems to be) Then one night she was looking up at the light and there was a big bug flying around, and she let out a tiny squeak.. she's been squeaking over food and bugs ever since!

Forums Motto:
Please give me your peppers?

The Groups I'm In:
6 or more kitties, ♥ Democats ♥, Calico & Tortie Darlings, Calico Owners & Lovers~, Dilute Calicos, Fabulous Ferals, feral cats united, FOSTER FAMILIES FOREVER, Illinois Kitties, Love 'em? Fix 'em., Patchwork Calicos!, PICTURE PURRRFECT **, World's Most Loved Kitties, ♥ Kewlest Catster Kitties ♥

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Catsters In Need of Serious Purring

I've Been On Catster Since:
October 17th 2004 More than 12 years!

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Heidi's Fuzzings

On Bladder Stones

March 4th 2009 6:46 am
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Okay, so my fluffy great-great-uncle Scooby had a run-in with calcium oxalate bladder stones last fall. It's a weird problem where your body can't process it's calcium correctly which leads to these tiny flower looking stones forming and if you don't pass them in time they get bigger and bigger until they are too big and you need surgery to remove them.

It's meant to be fairly rare. But guess what I'm doing today? Going in for surgery for my bladder stones which appear to also be calcium oxalate!

The vet asked if we were related since there could be a genetic metabolic defect but she was not impressed by the great-great-uncle/great-grand niece genetic relationship. So what are the odds? Sure, with 14 cats in the family we're bound to get more of these little run-ins with the vet than a family with just a few cats; but 2 out of the 14 and within half a year of each other? So we tried to think of what else Scooby and I have in common besides distant relation and I think I've discovered a major cause for these darn stones...

Exhibit A- Scooby is the only fluffy cat in the house, therefore he was rightly dubbed "Fluff Muffin" as an embarrassing nickname.

Exhibit B- When Nat and I were born there was no Hillary or Dominic around to compete with our fuzziness. We fuzzed supreme. Nat was promptly dubbed "Fuzz Nugget" for his uniquely coarse fuzzy fur and I became known as the "Fuzz Muffin" for my soft thin fuzzy fur.

Do you see where this is going?

The number 1 cause of calcium bladder stones is-


So all you other fuzz muffins, love muffins, stud muffins, and just cats named "Muffin" had better get your humans to come up with new nicknames. Being a muffin is really great, but not if you have to have bloody urine and major surgery and get kept in the bathroom while you recover! Something about the surgery costing $500, too, but mostly it's not fun!

Wish me luck with my surgery and the resulting solitary confinement; and stay safe- don't be a Muffin!

Love and fuzziness,

*Disclaimer- Heidi is not qualified to give medical advice. Broader scientific studies must be done to prove any link between 'Muffinism' and bladder stones and currently diet and genetics are still thought to play a more important role. Have your human speak with your vet if you are concerned about your own risks for bladder stones. If you have been diagnosed with these pesky calcium oxalate stones changing your name from "Muffin" is not a substitute for surgical treatment and ongoing veterinary care!

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