And the Next Catster Superhero Is … Possum the Cat!


Congratulations to the big furball named Possum, owned by SweetMewsic, who won our recent superhero cat contest with nearly 300 votes. Here’s a photo of Possum, aka the Purrfect Hunk of Pussycat. Unfortunately, Possum is no longer with us, so his victory comes as a bittersweet tribute.

Possum’s human, Shawna, filled us in on her superhero’s backstory. He was picked up as a stray kitten with his biological brother in late 2004 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and taken to Gasow Veterinary Hospital in nearby Birmingham. When Possum’s brother was adopted, Possum adopted a "sister," another former stray kitty with a damaged eye.

“When I saw Possum in the display cage at the vet, he acted very sweet and a bit goofy. I knew then that he had lots of ‘Possumbilities,” Shawna says. “Because he did not want to part from his adopted sister, Patch the Pirate, I brought both of them home in February 2005. No one could have guessed when he was a kitten that he would grow up to have very long fur and a very big body.

“Possum loved to be picked up and held like a baby, which became more challenging when he eventually weighed over 20 pounds. He remained very affectionate, especially after each of his lion cuts.”

Sadly, in early October this year, Possum lost interest in food and became more withdrawn. He had developed fatty liver disease and probably pancreatitis, and crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Oct. 8. He was and will always be a kitty superhero to me and to the other nine members of our feline family. Thanks so much for everything. I am very happy my Possum won this contest.”

Aww. In loving memory of Possum, we’re glad to pay this tribute to him. He lives on as a Catster Superhero.

And of course, all of the cats entered in the contest are superheroes to their owners. Thanks for voting!

About Annie Phenix: Positive-reinforcement dog trainer and author Annie Phenix never met a mountain she did not love. This explains why she lives in Durango, Colorado, where she’s surrounded by mountains, and why she is always smiling. She delights in the snowy season here, as do her five dogs, two horses, and six adorably cute donkeys.

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