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Story 1 for Pet-Wise Pet Parent Stories - Cat
Posted: February 6, 2011
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Peanut and Max
Peanut and Max
By:pepperelf
From:Woodridge, Illinois
Pet's Name: Peanut
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Social, Nutrition, Environmental, Physical, Emotional
Meant To Be Together
About eight months ago I adopted two four year old brothers. As kittens they had been rescued from an abusive home by the police, and I was told they had been placed for adoption together because "These two have to be together".
To my horror, a month after I adopted them, Peanut (the orange tabby) was diagnosed with fatty liver, a potentially fatal condition.On top of that, I was told the cat hospital bills would be over $2,500. I really didn't have that kind of extra money, but I knew I had to go ahead with the treatments. Peanut was young, and if he could recover he would have at least 15 happy years ahead of him, and also his brother would be lost without him.
For the next several months I nursed him back to health, pureeing food and feeding him through a feeding tube every four hours. His brother Max visited him every time I went in, inspecting the feeding tube and grooming him. Peanut would always brightened on seeing his brother.
Thankfully, Peanut is now back to his full health. I chose Natural Balance as the food for them as it has no byproducts and I wanted them both to have healthy nutrition. He and his brother make me laugh everyday, chasing each other around the house and playing with their toys, and they are almost always together whatever they are doing. They both love the canned and dry Natural Balance and are very sweet and affectionate. And they are still together.
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Social, Nutrition, Environmental, Physical, Emotional
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Story 2 for Pet-Wise Pet Parent Stories - Cat
Posted: March 23, 2011
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2 of my boyz, Tazz and Simba
2 of my boyz, Tazz and Simba
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By:Posumzmommy
From:CA
Pet's Name: Wally, Tazz, Simba & Bagheera
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Social, Nutrition, Environmental, Physical, Emotional
How I am Pet-Wise
As a parent to 3 cats and a dog, I have to be Pet-Wise to ensure everyone is healthy and happy. That includes not only making sure they get the right nutrition, but also creating individual play times, keeping them clean and well-groomed and showing them lots of love and affection. After my 11 year old cat died of a clot in his heart, I wanted to make sure my next son would have at least one brother to play with while I'm at work. Well, I ended up bringing home 3. There's never a dull moment. They play and play and just ignore their big brother-dog.
I don't think any of them could wish for a better life. And neither could their mom.
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Social, Nutrition, Environmental, Physical, Emotional
Story 3 for Pet-Wise Pet Parent Stories - Cat
Posted: March 23, 2011
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By:KIKI1964
From:Chicago, IL
Pet's Name: Angel
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Social, Physical, Emotional
My Angel
My cat Angel was my Christmas Surprise in 2009. Boy was I surpised! She is a sweet loveable cat & I give her all of the attention I can. She has liked laying right on my neck since she was 8 weeks old & continues to do so. I know when she wants to play when she comes up to me & meows. She loves her cat toys & her new scratching post.
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Social, Physical, Emotional
Story 4 for Pet-Wise Pet Parent Stories - Cat
Posted: March 19, 2011
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By:kmermel
From:Hanover Park, IL
Pet's Name: Karen Mermel
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Social, Nutrition, Environmental, Physical, Emotional
Amazing Jack
Jack was found outside, a four-paw declaw, with only one eye. He only has about 30% in that eye. Environmentally, I try to keep everything the same for him so he can get around well. He's a gentle, loving, amazing cat.
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Social, Nutrition, Environmental, Physical, Emotional
Story 5 for Pet-Wise Pet Parent Stories - Cat
Posted: March 13, 2011
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when camp was younger
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By:Saraezb13
From:Greenville, NC
Pet's Name: camp
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Social, Nutrition, Environmental, Physical, Emotional
My Best Friend
I found Camp, No Camp found us on a day when we were camping in our trailer. I 21 now, but i was only 13 then. At the time Camp was only 6months old. The trailer door was open and he came right in and jumped on my bed, I woke up to him snuggled right up next to me. I loved him right away and we knew he was a stray, so I told my parents I wanted to keep him. It was our last day at the camp and they told me we would go get lunch and if he was still around we would take him home. After lunch I looked around for him, but could not find him. We were packed up in our car I was in the back crying when all of sudden he jumped out from a bush. I opened the door and he came right into the car and sat on my lap the whole ride back home. Camp would sleep with me every night. And it may sound crazy but I believe God gave Camp to me because he was my guardian angel. He was and still is the most special friend in my life. I have so many good memories of him. He would sit in a baby stroller and get pushed around outside, he let us dress him up, and never would he even growl. One day i called him for dinner, and he didn't show i knew something was wrong because he never missed dinner. For days i searched for him. I woke up at 3 in the morning and went through the woods to try to find him, crying, i prayed to God and asked him to help me. All of a sudden i heard a cat cry and i found out he got stuck in a shed outside. I knew God had helped me find him. Camp also broke his leg at one point and through the whole process i prayed as well. Camp made it through.
When camp was about 10 years old we found out he had cancer my whole family took so much time and money to help him get through. The cancer was on the bottom of his stomach and we would wrap it every time it needed to be cleaned, we even took baby undershirt and cut them so they would fit him, so he could not lick his stomach and make it worse. He was still the sweetest , friendliest cat you would ever find while he went through this. We thought camp could get through anything that came his way. And after having many cats before him living to be almost or over 20 years old i never thought i would lose my best friend at the young age of 10. I knew it was time though and on a beautiful day in August my parents and I took him in the car and drove him to the vet. On the ride he sat on my lap and looked outside I can still remember Camp looking outside of the window with big eyes. I tried to stay calm, but tears were flowing down my face because i knew i would lose my guardian angel that day. The vet gave him a shot to make him fall asleep and as he was in my lap i felt him go limp, and then he was put to sleep, i truly felt like my heart was broken. Camp was my best friend and i believe with all my heart that sometimes we are lucky enough to have our guardian angels in our life and sometimes they aren't people, they are our pets.
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Social, Nutrition, Environmental, Physical, Emotional
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Story 6 for Pet-Wise Pet Parent Stories - Cat
Posted: March 13, 2011
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The light is too bright, I'm so tired
The light is too bright, I'm so tired
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I can never get enough Yummies :)
By:cnd90
From:Bangor, ME
Pet's Name: Jerry
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Social, Nutrition, Emotional
Jer Ber goes to Biloxi
In March of 2010 I had to go to a military school in Biloxi Mississippi for 8 weeks. I could not bare to leave my precious Jerry, a 7 year od Persian home so I decided to take him along. I rented an apartment and we were on our way. He did so good on this 3 day journey. He perched himself on the middle console and watched everything with curiosity. He did not like being put in his kennel for even 5 minutes! We made it into Biloxi a little after midnight and our key and check in package was awaiting in the lock box. I got a few things and Jerry and I settled in for a well needed snooze. He felt like a king in his new castle but after the start of the 4th week he started acting sick. I took him to the vet and they gave him fluids and sent him home. The next day he was vomiting uncontrollably. I rushed him back to the vet. Thank heaven for an understanding military instructor! They did an xray and saw something in his small intestine. I felt my knees buckle and my stomach drop. He is my baby, I would give anything for him. I have never loved anything the way I love him. It is undescribable. He is my world... He had lost 2 pounds in the last several days and would not eat. The vet advised they need to do exploratory surgery. I gave the go ahead but was terrified because he was so weak. I got the call that he made it through but they had to remove a tumor that completely blocked his small intestine. Then she gave me the news, Jerry has cancer. I couldn't breathe, I don't know what I am going to do. He is my baby I cried. She said they sent the mass out to find out what kind. I went right over after school to visit. I brought him his blankie, one of my tee shirts that smelled of me and his garfield teddy bear. He saw me but was not happy. He turned and faced the back of the kennel. So I sat there and talked to him. I told him how much I love him and how much I need him. I spoke with the vet and she said the next 24 hours were crucial. She had to cut out a small portion of his small intestine and reattach. I went home and prayed and cried myslf to sleep. I woke up the next morning, went to school and on my first break called the vet. Jerry made it through the night and was moving around his kennel. I rushed over on my lunch break to visit. He seemed happy to see me but I don't think he wanted me to see him this way. I reassured him and told him I would be back after class. As soon as class was over I went back to see him. He looked weak but the shine was in his eyes. I petted him and talked to him for over an hour. I was to graduate in 3 days and I didn't know what was going to do. The vet said she had hm out of his cage and he walked around a bit just as curious as ever I see. He seemed to be doing better. He had a bowel movement and we were so happy. He still wouldn't eat for them. She decided he should go home, even with 14 staples and right after a major surgery. I brought him home and got him to eat a few pieces of food. I made him his bed and we settled in for the night. I woke up extra early so I could spend time with him before school and I couldn't believe it, he was in my bed, right next to me! He is not one to sleep in the bed bt how he was able to jump so high.... I don't know. He is amazing. The vet called me that afternoon and told me the tumor was adenocarcinoma. I did some research, it was bad. He could have 6-15 months left. I asked if he was strong enough for the ride back to Maine and she thought he wa as long as he was with me. I graduated my class and we packed up and started the long journey back home to Maine. He did amazing. As soon as we were home, I called a specialist and got him right in. SHe tought a round of chemo would be of benefit. I did it, he did so well. Though he lost his whiskers, he responded well. It has been 10 months and he is scheduled for his next appointment in a couple weeks. I am scared but I make it known to him everyday how much he means to me. I talk to him, love him and spoil him rotten. I literally purchased 16 different books on cancer, holistic care, foods etc... I feed him a high protein low carb foods. He is finicky so I change them out. He has an unlimited supply of yummies he yells at me for. My baby is so amazing and the love we have for each other is without words. I can't imagine my life without him, I tear up whenever Ithik of it. I will make the most of the time we have together and never let a day go by that he doesn't know how special he trully is. He is my Jerry Berry, my love.... Forever and always.
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Social, Nutrition, Emotional
Story 7 for Pet-Wise Pet Parent Stories - Cat
Posted: March 11, 2011
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By:mandi1562
From:Oceanside, CA
Pet's Name: Roxy
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Nutrition, Physical, Emotional
roxy the cat
Roxy is now 14 years old. I got her from a rescue as a kitten. Her mother was a stray cat that the rescue found right before her kittens were born. Roxy has always had an in larged heart and liver because of her mother’s diet well she was carrying her. Roxy was raised by my golden retriever because the other cat was old and didn’t want to play with Roxy. So roxy now grooms herself like a dog, she plays like a dog, and she cuddles like a dog. She helped me when we lost one of our cats, she also helped me when the golden she grow up past away as well. She was there when I went to college, she welcomed me home , she was there through all my high school boyfriends and she welcomed my husband into her life. She helped me when my husband deployed this past year and cuddled with me every night. She made me laugh everyday. And she has been an amazing cat who has saved me in many different ways.
I have been there for her by rescuing her, I feed her some wet food twice a day, she loves her dry food, and she loves playing with lasers. She maybe an older cat but sometimes the kitten still comes out. She now plays with our one year old puppy like they have lived together forever.
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Nutrition, Physical, Emotional
Story 8 for Pet-Wise Pet Parent Stories - Cat
Posted: March 11, 2011
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By:Anonymous
From:Cleveland, Oh
Pet's Name: Mama
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Social, Nutrition, Environmental, Physical, Emotional
Mama and Her Kittens
Mama was living as a stray all her life. My daughter started feeding her and she was very friendly. I started to notice that she was pregnant so we kept he in our shed. We fed her and gave her boxes and blankets to sleep in. My daughter went out side at around 7:30 to check on her and she already had 2 kittens. Me and my kids stayed up until about ten o' clock at night. She had 6 kittens all together, 3 boys and 3 girls. We didnt know much about taking care of kittens, so we started looking for someone to foster them, We found a very nice lady who volunteered to foster them. She adopted the mom, and found the kittens new homes.
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Story 9 for Pet-Wise Pet Parent Stories - Cat
Posted: March 10, 2011
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Orly doing his favorite thing... Sleeping!
Orly doing his favorite thing... Sleeping!
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By:CDNS0123
From:Pittsburgh, PA
Pet's Name: Orly
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Social, Nutrition, Environmental, Physical, Emotional
I love my rescue cat
In 2003, I wanted to rescue another cat. I was in middle school and my mother allowed me with my Christmas money to check out a local woman that did private "rescue". We went up the weekend after the holiday and after searching for over two hours thorugh dozens of available cats, none of them met what I wanted. A very young (under six months old), grey male tabby. I heard a soft cry behind me just as we were about to leave, and as I lifted the blanket covering a large dog cage, there Orly, the runt of the litter, was. Staring at me with big grey eyes, he had me at "meow" when he decided to play monkey bars across the crate top, and landed in his water bowl. Sitting there with his wet fur, confused, and a little surprised, he was meant to be mine. I had to discuss with the woman runing this "rescue", for over an hour why she should let me take him home. He and his two sisters were all that was left out of a mixed litter of six kittens. They were dumped in 15 degree weather at a local ball field, in nothing more than a cardboard box. He and two girls were the only ones to survive. Taking him home a few weeks later, it was harder than I though. He had seperation anxiety, my older cat Herkimer HATED him for two solid weeks, and without warning he became violently ill. I nearly lost him twice. Someone was looking out for this kitty angel, because I actually took a week off middle school at the time, because I didn't want to miss my chance to say good bye. Through all our ups and downs, we bonded and became inseperable. The day we took Herkimer, his rumble buddy, to cross the rainbow bridge, he wouldn't let us out the door. Orly knew what was going to happen. When I came home the two of us sat on the couch and literally cried together. Orly folows me room to room. He gets the cat crazies when I'm getting ready for work and although he has caused me to run into a wall or two, I love him to pieces. He sleeps with me every night, kneading my legs and anything else he can. Afraid of my adopted ferrets, he's still a bit unsure of these small furry slinkies that want to jump on him, but he loves batting them once in a blue moon through the cage. Despite stomach troubles causing me to spend a fortune on cat food he can digest and shedding like a mad man, Orly is my best friend. Although I know he won't play with it for more than a split second, I spoil him as much as possible, buying him toys and anything else I just can't resist. I confide in him all the time, and somehow he knows when I'm on my way home. He'll sit by the door apparently, and wait , ready to greet me at the door, the second I walk in. I found out a few years ago that the woman doing rescue turned into a true hoarder. She had hundreds of cats, and for many rescue came too late. I'm now 22, and I thank my lucky stars daily that I found Orly when I did, and wouldn't take no for an answer when this woman said she wanted to keep him. I'd be lost with out my Orly, and even allergies that leave me itchy and stuffed up couldn't seperate this bond.
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Social, Nutrition, Environmental, Physical, Emotional
Story 10 for Pet-Wise Pet Parent Stories - Cat
Posted: March 8, 2011
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By:cgorland
From:topeka kansas
Pet's Name: fuzzbee, ms, spitz, molly
Pet-Wise Parent Approach: Social, Nutrition, Environmental, Physical, Emotional
Agape Trio
Fuzbee and Ms Spitz were adopted by my mother about a year and a half ago and were very anti-social and super mean kitties. They were also very unhealthy and very weak. My mother also picked up the ferret, Molly, about 6 months later and she to was very unfriendly and in weak state. Now this trio are best of friends, very healthy and so loving and social. We live on their terms and treat them as human family! Now Molly in particular has brought so much joy and well I personally call her my in-house therapist! Why would anyone keep a ferret caged up? We turned our ferret cage into a bird cage.
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Story 11 for Pet-Wise Pet Parent Stories - Cat
Posted: March 8, 2011
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Basking in the Sun
Basking in the Sun
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By:AllyKat
From:Atlanta, GA
Pet's Name: Too many to list!
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Crazy Cat Lady
I had 2 cats, Hunter and Tigger for about 9 years before any more entered my home. Since September 29, 2009 I have added another 12 and that's how I became known as the Crazy Cat Lady. After finding a tiny kitten late one night outside my apartment, I began searching for the remainder of a litter a neighbor had informed me of. The first I named Popcorn b/c shortly after finding him he got into my bag of popcorn and started munching. The next was Peanut who looked like a chubby Peanut and who is so beautiful even though she only has one eye; next Jellybean who ran into a drain pipe which I dragged into my apartment; and Sweetpea who was very ill with coccidia and spent 5 days in ICU. Each time I brought a new lil’ one into my home I slept on the floor with him/her in a separate room and until a clean bill of health was given they remained separate. I would gradually begin to introduce scents to my older cats by swapping out blankets that the kittens slept on. They slowly adjusted to each, with Jellybean oddly separating from her litter and becoming Hunter’s dedicated "girlfriend". It took me 1 1/2 months to catch all 4. November 2009 I got a call about a 4 week old orphan kitten, now named Bradley in memory of a friend who died in a car accident 3 days prior. The little rascal kept getting so excited with bottle feeding he chewed up about 6 nipples. Next was Buttercup who I found sleeping next to an AC unit outside a townhome and Daisy who tested leukemia positive and as a result she was not allowed interaction with the other cats. I placed a thin piece of smooth wood under the door so that they couldn't play with one another’s paws underneath and everything she has is separate. In May 2010 I added a male, female cat and 5 kittens left in a hotel room and placed them in my larger guest bathroom along with an alpaca fur pillowcase. Soon after, the male cat was discovered to be a female, adding 5 more kittens. I checked on them constantly in addition to treating a couple for eye infections. Once they became healthy and weaned I found great homes for all but 3 (which I still have – Smokey, Midnight and Blackie Chan), with the agreement that of no declawing and they had to agree to get them fixed. I also provided each new parent with advice on how to keep the cats from clawing furniture and carpet and to make sure they keep the litter clean to avoid inappropriate elimination. My recent addition was Noodles, who is a “Mini-me” version of Popcorn and is about 5 months old.
In fall 2010 I committed to working with difficult health cases from a rescue housed at Dearborn Animal Hospital in Decatur, GA, where I’ve volunteered for more than a year now. Debbi has most of her teeth removed because of Stomatitis and I was told she’d been sick for a year, was antisocial and suffered painful mouth ulcers, which on occasion would make her stop eating. I decided to take her to see Dr. Moorehead at Main Street Vets in Stone Mountain for Nutrition Response Testing, a treatment which provides supplements and high quality food recommendations instead of drugs. He discovered a sugar allergy, chlorine sensitivity, and a kidney issue, a possible cause of her chronic upper respiratory infections. I’ve had Debbi for 3 months and she’s a different cat. Her mouth issues are almost completely gone; she’s social now and often is seen basking in the window sunlight in the foot wide window sills. As a result of this vet visit, I now only use spring water, which also got rid of a facial twitch on the right side of Popcorn’s face and that my regular vet couldn’t find the cause of.
My last addition was, Wendi, a FELV + friend for Daisy. She is also a very difficult case from the rescue, having developed acute onset of diarrhea as a kitten that had continued for 3 years. Dr. Moorehead found that her healing systems aren’t completely functioning, chlorine is an issue, toxins in her liver and kidneys, a viral and bacterial issue in addition switching of her body’s electrical impulses. She’s on 6 supplements and a hard cat food containing no fish products, as they can create digestive and allergy problems. I also boil a whole chicken every 2 days, cooked only in spring water. I’m still trying to combat her diarrhea and little by little she’s showing improvements including an increased activity level. I refuse to give up on giving her a normal, happy and healthy life! To protect my other cats I wash my hands after I pet her and Daisy and the board is still under my door so no exchange is made with the paws of my healthy cats. Wendi and Daisy share a 7 feet tall cat tree in the window of my bedroom and love the sunlight in the window sills as well as having several scratching areas and lots of toys.
I’m committed to making a better life for all felines, part of which is educating others on their behavior before they toss their furniture scratcher or inappropriate eliminator into a shelter, though it’s not a fault of the cats it’s the fault of an uninformed and irresponsible owner. I’m also doing trap and release in my complex. I make sure to get those I take in clean bills of health, spayed/neutered, never declaw them and gradually introduce them to the others, though that’s fairly easy nowadays since I often foster rescues. I provide the best environment possible with tons of toys, 2 huge cat trees, a variety of scratching areas, 3 air purification systems as well as a special HVAC filter, multiple food and water dishes, 7 Rubbermaid litter boxes with scoopable, unscented litter cleaned once or twice daily, and lots of cat beds and hiding places for snooze time. If any get stuffy noses I create a Vicks Vaporizer and shower fueled steam room as well as giving them occasional massages when I have the time, especially with Wendi as it helps her relax and she stretches her back legs and purrs away. I love them all and wouldn’t trade them for the world. Each has a unique personality…. Peanut goes on walks with me every day, wakes me up licking my face and sits on my shoulder when I’m on my computer; Popcorn bounces around like popcorn popping when playing with his favorite 2 liter bottle top, Jellybean shadows her boyfriend Hunter; Sweetpea has assumed parental care over Noodles; Buttercup is my shadow; Bradley waits in the sink until I turn on the faucet (he refuses to drink from a bowl) and at night goes outside to catch moths in the outer enclosed hallway….. and the list of personality quirks continues for miles. I’m very in tune to the behavior of each and know immediately when something isn’t quite right simply by daily routines and personalities. I keep informed with online research on feline behavior, illnesses and alternative treatment options. I keep an open mind, watchful eye and indestructible dedication to each and every one. And for everyone who calls me the “Crazy Cat Lady” please keep doing so because I have grown to accept and love it. As my favorite coffee mug states “Love me love my cat(s)”!
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