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Leave a treat for Claudia - In loving memory
Claudia, Little Girl, Baby Girl, Kitty Girl, official name: Permarex Claudia Jean
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January 6th 2002
to jump on our shoulders, to be held and petted, and to hide where her humans can't find her, to play with her new adopted baby brother Aslan.
When her cat dish is empty, when one of her humans goes into a room and closes the door, when one of the other cats gets the prime lap spot in my lap..
String - any kind of string, Aslan, Rockslite
Favorite Nap Spot:
mom's lap or under a blanket, the soft basket on Dad's desk.
Evo dry cat food
she hides in plain sight, and disappears under blankets, pillows, or anthing else that provides a warm safe place to nap.
I had promised my son we could get a cat after he turned five. He kept bugging us, so I searched around to see what kind of cats were small, good-tempered housecats. Singapuras and Devon Rex were two breeds that we liked. The Singapuras were a bit tooo wild for us, but we immediately fell in love with the Devons. We found a breeder in San Jose that we liked, and then it was a matter of waiting. The momcat had had five kittens, but all were "spoken" for. We were the first alternate. We thought we were going to get "kitten number 3" but then the breeder decided that the "little girl" (who had been our first choice) would do better with us. You see, Claudia was only 43 grams when she was born (less than the weight of three big marbles), but she had lots of will to live. It took four months for her to get to two pounds so we could adopt her.
I swear this cat has allergies which make her sneeze. Her dad says that she fits right in with the rest of the family. She is just about the sweetest-tempered cat I have ever met, but she IS the alpha cat in our household, even if she is the smallest. ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~
in April, 2009, Claudia threw her first "saddle thrombus" - a blood clot from the heart that get stuck in the saddle area just before the aorta splits down to the back legs, usually causing severe pain and paralysis of the rear legs. Saddle thrombus is a symptom of congestive heart failure, and 95% of the cats that have one of these do not survive. Those that do usually end up with at least a limp, and do not survive the second thrombus. Cats with congestive heart failure do not generally live more than a few months after the first instance - a year at most.~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~
But not Claudia. She survived the first thrombus (although our credit cards will never be the same), and then a second thrombus two months later. She is now on Lasix (diuretic) and Lovanox (heart medicine), and we've gotten good at giving cat injections. She still runs around, fights with her brothers, and demands she be treated like the diva and alpha cat she is. She has no limp, although she can no longer jump as high as she used to. ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~
She is our miracle cat, for sure.
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Unfortunately, time caught up with Claudia. She was on her 11th life, I think, having undergone three additional saddle thrombii, none of which paralyzed her, until one morning her heart gave out. She will be remembered as a feisty, cuddly kitty. Aslan spent weeks looking for her, Rocky less so. She was always our good heart kitty. We have not replaced her - we just can't.
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