Nicco (in loving memory)

Turkish Angora
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Home:Gainesville, a  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Male   Weight: 15 lbs.

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Nic, Niccy-boy, Kitty-boy, Nikki-Bikki-Boy

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:
-purebred-pound cat



Being brushed

Favorite Toy:
His brother!

Favorite Nap Spot:
My chair

Favorite Food:
9 Lives

Nicco is especially good at standing on his hind legs and pounding on the back door, or banging the door handle to be let in.

indoors and outdoors

Arrival Story:
Speical note: Nicco crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 9/11/07. He didn't come in when I called him in the morning, and in the afternoon, I found him in his favorite sleeping place outside... alseep forever. He will be greatly missed. My adult daughter wanted a kitten for her birthday, so we went to the pound to find one. She had her heart set on a grey kitten, but she wanted a female. The only grey kitten was this little boy. She played with him for a while, but really wanted a girl, so she continued to look around. However, she kept going back to this little ball of fluff, and soon she knew that she had to take him home! Imagine our surprise when, after our first vet visit, we found out he was a purebred Turkish Angora. We wondered who would have taken such a beautiful cat to the pound, but we were glad they did. He's the sweetest cat you could ever imagine.

My daughter had Nicco for a while, but then she adopted a black Lab, Remy, who thought Nicco was a chew toy. Poor Nicco started getting stressed out, so we took him. We already had an orange tabby named Gizmo, and we thought that they would be good pals. Turned out Giz wasn't too fond of Nic at first. They finally made their peace, but Giz would still occasionally hiss at Nic. Now the tables are turned. Nic is older, but Giz is slowing down. Nic is the agressor these days. But their fights never last long. Usually they end with one lap around the house, and they both go to their respective resting places.

Forums Motto:
He will always be loved.

The Groups I'm In:
Turkish Angoras

I've Been On Catster Since:
November 28th 2004 More than 12 years!

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I finally understand

Understanding, but too late....

March 31st 2009 6:41 pm
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i now understand why we lost Nicco so soon - Here's the story:

Since he's been gone, I've been thinking about getting another Turkish Angora - my blood pressure has been high, and my daughter, Nicco's original owner reminded me that there are plenty of scientific studies that show that stroking a cat lowers blood pressure. So, I thought, why not, another TA. I love the breed. Nicco was such a cuddler. Actually his fav place to sleep at night was on my head! But for some reason it never bothered me - it was like having extra softness and warmth.

So I started looking at the rescue sites, and of course, you know how one web site links to another, and suddently I'm at a webpage that talks about health issues for TAs. And lo and behold, they talk about a heart condition common to the breed - it's called hypertropic cardiomyopathy. The more I read about it, the more I understood that it must be what took Nicco's life so early. (Check out: It's not unique to TAs, apparently also effects Maine Coons as well.

Bottom line - if I had known about it, and moreover my VET knew about it - Nicco might still be here. It's treatable w/ meds.

So - here is my message to everyone - when you decide to adopt a pet, please learn all about the breed that you can! You can help your vet a lot. Not every cat is the same, nor is every dog.

I also have 2 rescued retired greyhounds - and I read about greyts for several years before I adopted the first, and had her for 4 years before I adopted the second. For example, retired racers are very susceptible to arthritis (like any athlete), and for some reason, greyts are highly susceptable to osteosarcoma (bone cancer). So, knowing this, and finding a vet who also understood this was important. This year Moon will be 10 and Indian 7. My Gizmo (an orange tabby) will be 16. But my vet understands greyhounds and tabbies. Sadly she never had the opportunity to meet my sweet Nicco. But I can assure anyone who has taken the time to read this - I will consult w/ Dr. Jackie Casanova (Gainesville, FL) before adopting another pet!

So, even though I know understand what happened to Nicco, it doesn't make it easier, because it could have been prevented. However, I'm still willing to take a chance on another a Turkish Angora - yeah, still looking for a grey one, but I think I'd like a female this time.

And for everyone else out there - just know, that even though Nicco was only with me a short time - he was soooooooooo loved, and gave as much back!

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