Favorite Toy: Freckles loves the fishing pole toy, When she was more robust she'd go crazy chasing and pouncing and biting it. When she got older and frailer she'd chase it as I dragged it across teh floor at 2 miles an hour.
Arrival Story: Freckles original owner was an old lady with a bunch of cats who became ill and had to go into a nursing home. Freckles had been neglected for a long time and was really sick and her family brought her to my vets to be euthanised. Luckily my vet took her in and started nursing her back to health. I'd seen her there but wasn't sure if I was ready to adopt another senior cat since I hadn't long adopted Minxy. A week later there was a small electrical fire at the vets no one/no cats hurt but they needed to get all the cats fostered out until the electrician could check everything and make sure there was no fire risk. I took Freckles for "a few days" but she was so sweet I couldn't send her back to living in a cage. When Freckles was rescued she had bartonella, untreated URI/sinus infections and trouble breathing, ear mites/ears blocked with gunk & wax and was very skinny. She's back to a healthy weight and in good health now except that she snuffles a bit and gets recurring sinus infections. Update October 2009: The sinus infections kept coming back and Freckles was almost constantly on antibiotics. We consulted with an internist and based on exams and history he thought Freckles (who has no teeth) could have an infected canine root that kept feeding infection into her sinuses. The xrays showed she had almost a complete set of roots and a large canine root left on the top right. I've posted one of the xrays so you can see all the roots. The surgeon took the canine root out and luckily all the other roots were OK and were just gradually getting absorbed back into Freckles' jawbone. Removing the canine root resolved the issue and she was able to come off the constant antibiotics. Update August 2010: Freckles had been gradually losing weight for a few months but the vet couldn't find anything wrong and I thought it was just old age. After a couple of rechecks and further tests the vets found she had a 4cm x 3cm mass on her liver. It was a benign but fast growing tumor that has a high risk of turning malignant or causing a hemorrhage. My vet consulted with a surgeon and oncologist and espite her age we decided Freckles best chance was with to have surgery. Freckles went in for surgery on August 11th and the surgeon removed the lobe of her liver with the tumor and a nearby lymph node for biopsy. The biopsy confirmed it was a hepatoma and the lymph node was also normal. The surgeon was really happy with how Freckles did and is confident she'd managed to remove the whole tumor. Freckles went to the local 24 hour vet for observation to make sure she recovered well and there wasn't any bleeding and she did so well they let her come home after only 1 day instead of the expected 2. Freckles recovered incredibly quickly and the most difficult thing was enforcing the 10 day jumping ban. It's just a month since her surgery and Freckles is doing great, has gained back the weight she'd lost and is looking all fluffy and healthy again. I was really worried about the surgery but Freckles has done so well it was clearly the right thing to do. Update October 2010: At a routine check up we discovered Freckles kidney values were really elevated which was weird as she'd had several checks since her surgery and her kidneys had always looked good.
Bio: Freckles is very chatty and meows back when you talk to her. She loves to be stroked and purrs and sticks her chin out to be rubbed. She didn't like toys at first but now she plays with toy mice and loves the fishing pole toy best of all. Freckles is a very loving cat and smooches and headbutts you when you pet her. Freckles is not a particularly brave or aggressive cat but my other cats are so wimpy that she automatically became the new queen of the cats when Minxy passed away. She doesn't rule with an iron fist like Minxy did but the other cats get out of her way and let her eat 1st