Nicky 4/12/08-10/30/11


Domestic Shorthair
Picture of Nicky 4/12/08-10/30/11, a male Domestic Shorthair

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Home:San Diego, CA, CA  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Male

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Special Gift Box:
The family of Lady, Baby, Sammie and Cesar
 

Nicknames:
Nikolas, Nicky-poo

Kitty Complexion:
 Activeness 
sleepyvery active
 
 Intelligence 
sillygenius
 
 Curiosity 
not curiousvery curious
 
 Friendliness 
timidaffectionate
 
 Vocal 
not vocalvery vocal
 

Sun Sign:
Birthday:
April 12th 2008

Coloration:
Black and White

Likes:
I definitely love pettings...feels sooo good!

Pet-Peeves:
I really don't have any- I am good natured

Favorite Toy:
strings!! Anything on a string...oh and daddy's feet

Favorite Nap Spot:
wherever his human daddy is

Favorite Food:
I prefer soft food and never really liked crunchy food.

Skills:
He is a smart boy- Nicky knows a lot of words- especially MILK. He knows when it is milk in the bag from the store! As an adult we do not give him cow's milk but he still remembers that from being a kitten. He knows the words HUNGRY.PEE, POTTY as well!

Dwells:
indoors

Arrival Story:
Nicky was the third baby to arrive courtesy of mommy Missy and we were pleased with how she looked. It was as if we were looking at her mommy in the mirror. The exact same facial markings only on the opposite side from her moms. The smallest boy, in a litter of four he is our special little boy who seems to have inherited the loving nature her mommy has.

Bio:
October 2011- Going to see the vet for the first time Monday as an adult kitty- my kidney's are doing weird things and daddy is taking me to see the doctor. See my latest diary entry below. March 2011- In a month I will be three years old! See my latest journal entry below :)

Forums Motto:
It's good to be loved!

The Last Forum I Posted In:
PET INSURANCE DOESN'T INSURE CARE

Breed Addendum:
For some reason under the breed and type this site doesn't list TUXEDO COAT- that is what Nicky and his mom are commonly called.

I've Been On Catster Since:
July 29th 2008 More than 6 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Catster Id:
824010


Meet my family
SammySnoopy
4/12/2008-
1/16/2011
Melissa
(Missy)
K. Lee (Kenny
Lee)
PearlToni Tigger
(Sept 07-Oct
08)
Toby TiggerJulian
Miss Abby
Kitty
Wilson (Willy)

Meet my Feline Friends
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A Boy's Life


MANY PURRS AND THANKS

November 6th 2011 10:20 am
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Of course this is Nicky's daddy and I want to thank everyone for the kind and supportive emails and the other stuff you all have done after reading about Nicky.

Just want to let you know that I am getting past the worst part of the loss. It will take a good long while to let it all pass but I do not intend to forget about Nicky.

In the meantime, our border has a new friend. You can read the story on Wilson's new profile in our family area. It was an early bday present for him since a human loss and the loss of Nicky- both on the same day hit him hard.

Please don't think that we git him 8 year old Wilson to be a replica or replacement Nicky...while Wilson is extremely intelligent like Nicky was he is a completely different kitty with his own personality.

We still have feral Julian and Nicky's grandmother- Miss Kitty to tend to and get to the vet so we personally are not ready to get a new cat at the moment. For now- since we all are in the same house we can borrow Wilson for pettings, giving and getting love and all the purrfectly wonderful things cats bring into the lives of us humans- especially in times of sorrow and grief.

Again - THANK YOU EVERYONE

 

Nicky sent over rainbow bridge this morning

October 30th 2011 2:05 pm
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This is Nicky's daddy. We had to take Nicky to the vet this morning. I could tell he was on his way out because his paw pads were cold and his eyes were not all that responsive. When we arrived we learned that his temperature was 93 degrees- that’s at least 8 degrees below normal for a feline.

He had tumors that spread apparently quite quickly over the past two weeks. I have to wonder if treatment was not denied because of inability to pay (pet insurance is not insurance at all…it is a vet bill rebate program…you pay the whole bill first and then put in a claim. If you cannot afford to do that then why pay the premiums for insurance?) and if this so-called low income pet owner organization called AHA HELPING PETS , who state on their site that people who, like the cat owner, qualify under FINANCIAL HARDSHIP will get a response in 24 hours, would have done what they claim and contacted the vet immediately after receiving the paperwork- not almost two weeks later perhaps my baby boy may have had a chance.

I feel angry and totally devastated and heartbroken right now (I had to be the one in the room as he was put to sleep because my partner was a mess).

Yet at the same time. As you know I raised him from birth and the people at the Vet office were heartbroken as well. It is not the vets fault. They cannot do the pay later thing because they are small businesses and they would probably get a stockpile of unpaid bills like what happens with human medicine. They have no guarantee of payment because there is no REAL pet insurance.

So we will continue to update on Nicky’s Facebook page and attempt to lobby those in power, in our state capitol, to change or write a law that says companies that say they offer pet insurance with premiums need to make it REAL insurance and not this rebate bullshit. I am also going to talk to an attorney friend about AHA and their blatant negligence in not responding to a case that was clearly an emergency situation that demanding swift response.

So now my baby is dead.

As much as it tore me apart it was the humane thing to do- otherwise he would have laid in fear and suffering until he passed naturally which could have been today or even longer.

So he is going over the rainbow bridge now…

UPDATE NOV 5, 2010: Nicky's Daddy her again. The Vet just guessed that it was tumors but as I read more it seems Nicky had a combination of wt and dry FIP. His last day showed a lot of multi system involvement including trouble standing and walking. I know I did the right thing by ending his suffering but it still is tearing me apart.

This is the Facebook page where we will keep updating on any progress made to get at least one politician to respond to our request that Pet Insurance be like human insurance so every animal in pain or in need of emergency care can get timely treatment no matter the income status of it's owner.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicky-Baer-Care-Nick ys-Law/112960875481784

We are committed to getting this changed in Nicky's name here in california and you should lobby for the same in your state or community. Most all pet insurance is PAY FIRST and really is not insurance. It is a vet bill rebate program. Some folks like us cannot afford a $500 plus vet bill estimate up front. To make animals suffer because their insurance is not like human insurance and because their owner may not be able to pay up front is cruel and abusive to sick pets and this needs to change.

We would not deny health care to a sick child in a poor home so why is it ok to do that to an animal in a poor home? Insurance needs to be just that- insurance...especially when you pay a premium monthly like human insurance and you have to meet a deductible like human health insurance. Many of the Pet Insurance companies offer human insurance- Progressive is one company that does that. the question is why is the Pet insurance not like human insurance? That is what we are trying to find out and change in Nicky's name.

Please visit Nicky's uncle's page here on Catster (JULIAN)- he has been sad and has noticed that Nicky is gone. Thanks for reading, the gifts and the sweet mail messages. Nicky's daddy is purring and I am sure Nicky is smiling and purring as well.

 

FIRST ADULT ILLNESS

October 15th 2011 8:59 am
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This is Nicky's daddy. We are really worried about our boy. In the past week we noticed that he was not wanting to eat as normal and that he was dropping weight really fast. The other day Nicky wet on the tile floor two times- something he never does and I also noticed that his water dish was becoming empty a lot faster in the past week. Yesterday I noticed a big, hard lump on his lower right side. Given my knowledge of Feline anatomy I am almost certain that is his kidney. It seems really swelled and the left one is starting to swell as well. So Monday morning we are going to the Vet. His first visit as an adult kitty. I am sure it will worry and scare him since he is used to being a house cat that goes out in the yard supervised. But we have to get that looked at and treated. We are hoping for the best. So keep Nicky in your good thoughts and prayers and we will do an update here on Monday after we see the doctor and find out exactly what is wrong.

 
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