Extra Love Needed: Meet Dutchess

Author’s Note: The pictures featured in this article may be a bit graphic for some people to see as this article is about a cat that is still recovering from burn wounds due to a house fire. I tried my best not to include the worst pictures, but they do tell her story and I did not want to omit the long journey Dutchess has made to get to this point. Many many thanks to all those who have been involved in her continued recovery.


How old is Dutchess?

Dutchess turned 1 year old on April 1st and was 6 months old at the time of the fire.

Do they know how the fire started?

The house fire started in an electrical outlet and spread quickly through the walls.

Was Dutchess the only one to survive?

Her original family was away from home except for one person, who was sleeping at the time of the fire. He was able to escape through a window in the bedroom with the aid of firefighters but was unable to attempt to rescue Dutchess or her brother Zeke, the family’s Pit-bull, because of the flames.

Dutchess showing signs of healing in October of 2012

What kind of surgery did she undergo?

She had her right rear foot operated on to remove some toes since there wasn’t enough room in her skin thus causing her to walk on basically a closed fist/knuckles. She then had to have a tuft of impacted fur removed from the pad of the same foot since it kept causing an ulcer of sorts. The skin healed around the burnt fur as she healed. She also had her right eye lid operated on to hopefully revert her eyelids to a more normal position so that she can close her eye better. She will have the other one done in the fall if all goes well with the right eye. We elected not to do the other feet unless absolutely necessary since she has a hard time healing with all of the scar tissue that she has.

How is her family doing?

Her original family still mourns the loss of Zeke and all of their belongings. Unfortunately, they were not properly insured and had nothing except local donations to get them started again. We still keep in touch with the family and are friends on Facebook, but they are still in a rental home that does not allow pets. Although, the family has a few neighborhood stray kitties that manage to find meals waiting on the front porch.

Where can people donate to help cover some of Dutchess’ ongoing care?

We are not in need of any financial donations now, and we have an Amazon Wish List for anyone that wants to help Dutchess live a more pampered life. http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/C6M6O6WQ7GMT/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_o We only ask for financial donations for other kitties in need like Justin and other kitties that require emergency care due to burns or trauma. We also share stories of fire rescues and praise the firefighters and EMT’s that save them.

I read that her whiskers are growing curly and need to be trimmed, does anyone know why they are growing curly?

Dutchess’ whiskers have been growing in curly up until very recently, and we believe that it was a result of the scar tissue being very tight. Her skin is naturally stretching as she has grown over the 7 months with us, which is allowing the whiskers by her mouth to straighten out a bit. The whiskers around her eyes are still trimmed as to not interfere with her eyelids. We will see how they grow in after she is all done with her left eye surgery.

Dutchess playing with her ball in December of 2012

Is she on any special medications to alleviate any pain/discomfort?

She uses Artificial Tears 3-5 times a day and may always need eye lubrication. It is too early after her first eye surgery to know if the artificial tears will always be needed. We do administer beupenorphine, an opioid liquid, after surgeries or procedures to eliminate any discomfort, and she really seems to enjoy watching cartoons while on her pain medication.

Is she on a special diet right now?

Dutchess, like all of our other pets, is on a Grain-Free diet and loves her Weruva – Cats-In-The-Kitchen and Weruva – Best Feline Friend food pouches. She became very fond of the pouches when we first started visiting her weekly at the U of I on Sundays after the fire, and she still perks up the minute she sees a pouch in hand. We have to keep her on a calorie-restricted diet to maintain her current weight because her paws will have arthritis later in life and do not want her to carry too much weight, but we also like to spoil her rotten. Thankfully, she appears to have stopped gaining weight and is holding steady at 10.5 pounds.

Is there anything else you would like to add about her or her recovery or about those that have helped her recover?

Where do I begin? We are very thankful to everyone involved in recovery starting with the amazing students and faculty at the University of Illinois. There were students that were purchasing medical supplies and toys out of their own pockets to help offset her expenses, and Dutchess gained some great friends at the pharmacy and through the Small Animal Clinic. Her “Aunt” Lori can be seen in many pictures with her during her stay at the U of I, and spent every lunch hour walking the halls with Dutchess, playing with her and just talking to her, which provided the interaction that wasn’t medical and painful. Aunt Lori now watches Dutchess for us when we go out of town and her granddaughter has fallen in love with Dutchess too.

Dutchess in January of 2013

We have made wonderful friends like Lori along this journey with Dutchess. We are extremely thankful to everyone that helped us financially and that sent Dutchess gifts because we could never have been able to provide Dutchess with the care she needed without each donation. We already had 4 rescue kitties and 2 Shelties before Dutchess came into our lives and promised that we would not take in any additional family members, but Dutchess caused us to have a change of heart. We love all of Dutchess’ friends on Facebook that are like a part of our extended family from all over the world and appreciate the support that we received when others thought that she should have just been “put out of her misery”. We had some tough days and sleepless nights once she came home with us, and her physical therapy was not always fun. Her Facebook family helped keep us going, and that is what family is for.

Dutchess a photo from August of 2013

Thank you for taking the time to share Dutchess’ story. It has been a long year with many emotional and medical decisions, and we would not change a thing unless we could stop the fire from starting in the first place. Dutchess has changed both Toni and me while teaching many others compassion during her journey.

Thank you,

Christy, Toni & Dutchess Day

Dutchess before the fire
Dutchess before the fire

Author’s Note: Many many thanks to Miss Christy, Toni & Dutchess Day, please follow Dutchess’ progress on her Facebook page. Check out the Amazon Wish List. Pictures were used with permission, please also check out the article about her in the Pet Columns section of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Extra Love Needed: Meet Georgie Hairlesson

Georgie Hairlesson sunning

How old are you Georgie?

I am 2 years old, I was born on August 7, 2011 at Destynys Sphynx in Maryland.

Where did your name come from?

When my human mom (Sharon) got me, she was looking at some of my ancestor’s names, my grandparents, great-grandparents, etc, and she wanted to pick something cute.  Mom wanted to give me a unique name, and I wanted a name that was cute but not stupid.  We both sat down and thought about it.  I have ancestor’s with cute names like O B Skinobi, Judy Jetskin, Baldylocks,  Velvetwrinkles, Wrinkle Wrinkle  Little Star, Skin Amon and Spice, Gidget Goes Naked, and my favorite is my very own Grandmother, who’s name is ‘This Lil Piggy Stayed Home’.  Grandma goes by the nickname “Piggy”.  My dad is ‘Destynys Gideon Guy’, and my Mom is ‘Citizenkat Phoebe of Destynys’.  Mom came from a home called Citizenkat.

Georgie and his gremlin look from 2012
My Gremlin photo from last year. I love making faces.

So, here we were (me & Sharon) trying to think of a name for me.  We looked on a forum board called Sphynx Lair, where Sphynx owners go to talk about us, how to take care of us, etc.  Someone on Sphynx Lair posted about good names for Sphynx, and George Hairlesson was one of the names.  Mom loved it because she likes someone named George Harrison, who was a “Beatle”, and she likes Beatles.  I thought she was talking about a bug, I didn’t want to be named after a bug, but then I found out that this Beatle named George Harrison was actually a person, so I was ok with the name.  My full name is ‘Destynys Little George Hairlesson”.  The breeder’s name, where a Sphynx is born, is always the first word of a cat’s name.  I came from Destyny Sphynx in Maryland, so the word Destynys is the first word in my name.

Do you go by any nicknames?

Yes, I do have a nickname, it is “Little Georgie”, that is Mom’s favorite name for me.  I also just go by the name “Georgie, or “George”, that is my grownup name.

Georgie Strecthing
Me stretching, I love to stretch.

How did you come to your forever home?

Whew, that is a great story.  When me & my siblings were about 8 weeks old we caught a terrible virus, an upper respiratory virus of some kind.

My first human mom, Carole, took care of us 24/7, she ran us to the vets office, gave us different medicines, and was putting hot/cold packs on our eyes to help with the swelling.  I don’t remember a lot about that time of my life, I don’t want to remember it, we were all so sick.  I stayed sick until January, about 3 months before I was well enough to go to a forever home.  My human Mom Sharon had been looking for a Sphynx for a few months.  She checked out different sphynx websites, breeders websites, to find out about us.    She happened to see Carole’s website, and she fell in love with my dad, Gideon Guy, who was featured on the front page.  She clicked and looked at all the pages on Carole’s website, and she just knew that Carole was someone that she wanted to get a kitten from.  So, she called Carole and found out that I was available.  On the phone the first time, Carole told Mom up front that I was a “Special Needs” kitty.  See, I had some eye damage from my illness.  Mom didn’t care, she told Carole that she could handle a “Special Needs” kitty because she has had cats for 30 years, and some of those cats have had ‘issues’.  So, Mom (Sharon) drove from Ohio to Maryland one January wintery day, and that’s how I came to be with my Mommy Sharon.

What type of sphynx are you? (I heard there were different kinds)

Georgie back phot
A back shot of me, showing my long back and markings.

I don’t know anything about that.  I’m only 2, and I don’t read much because of my bad eye, reading has never been my ‘forte’.

Do you require the house to be a certain temperature?

No, not really, but if it’s too cold you better have room for me under the covers.  LOL  I do sleep under the covers, and sometimes I wear a t-shirt.  Mom doesn’t buy me expensive Sphynx clothing, she just buys baby clothes from the store and that’s what I wear.  My clothing size is 6 months or 6-9 months in human baby clothes.

What special care do you require since you are hairless?

We do require a bath once a week.  I HATE this part of being a Sphynx.  I HATE BATH TIME, UGH!   We do require a bath once a week.  We do not require shampoo, since we are hairless.  I take my bath in Johnson & Johnson Baby Wash.  Mom fills the kitchen sink, and I have to stand there while she washes me with a wash cloth, washes my face, and all over.  Then, she cleans out my ears with a q-tip, and she has to clean my toes to get the gunk(little box poo) out from between my toes.  Since I have no hair between my toes, the gunk gets caught in the folds of skin that are around my toes.  I do have to say, it is gross, I do get little box gunk buildup, I wish I had cat hair between my toes so there wouldn’t be any room for the gunk.

Georgie and his ear
A closeup of my ear, showing my longer hair. Mom says that it feels like toddler hair, the first hair that a baby gets.

Would people who have cat allergies be okay around you because you are hairless?

They might be ok around me because Mom bathes me once a week.  See, It’s not our hair that people are allergic to but the dander on our skin.  See, since I get a bath once a week, and I do clean myself every day, I think people with allergies might be better off with a Sphynx.

What are a few things you would like people to know about sphynx cats that they may not know?

We are just like everybody else, only naked!  We do have various stages of naked.  Some Sphynx are totally hairless, other sphynx have a thing coat of what Mom calls ‘Peach Fuzz’.  I do have some peach fuzz, and I have more on my feet, and on my ears than the rest of my body.  Also, different times of the year I lose my fuzz and then I’m totally naked again, but then the fuzz comes back.  When I had my eye removed, Mom noticed that I lost all my peach fuzz in the hospital.  My surgery was only a one day surgery, I came home that night, but from the stress of going to the hospital, I lost all my peach fuzz.  It’s starting to grow back right now.

Georgie foot
A closeup of my front foot, showing my hairy foot.

Do you live with any fursiblings? If so, do you all get along?

I have 2 fursiblings.  I have J.R., a 12 year old black cat that Mommy adopted off the streets in Columbus, Ohio when he was a baby.  J.R. lived next to a dumpster, and fended for himself out of the dumpster.  J.R. was a feral cat that Mom adopted and tamed down.   Also, there is Zoey, a 4 year old Miniature Pincher.  Zoey belongs to Randy, my Dad.   We all get along great.  J.R. is old and grumpy, and I am friends with Zoey and we sleep together sometimes.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering getting a sphynx cat for the first time?

Read up about us, and look on the internet to get us from a reputable breeder.  There are a lot of good breeders who are trying to breed healthy sphynx, and they always try to find good homes for their kittens.

Anything else you would like to share about yourself?

Yes, I have my own Facebook page, here’s the link:    https://www.facebook.com/GeorgieTheSphynx?ref=hl

I am trying to get 200 likes, I have 170 right now.  I have friends all over the world, most of my friends outside the USA are other Sphynx’s or their owners.

I love talking to my friends on Facebook.

ALSO,  I recently had my left eye removed.  I had an ulcer on my cornea, and some other eye issues.  Mom had been treating it with ointment & steroid drops, but it didn’t get any better.  It hurt, and was very annoying.  It always felt like I had something in my eye, and my inner eyelid was usually ½ way over my eye.  It actually made it harder for me to see. It hurt to have my eye removed, but my vet gave me plenty of pain medication.  That first night was rough, I just stayed with Mom and slept in her bed. The 2nd day I felt much better, and it’s been a upward climb since then.  You wouldn’t believe how I run, and jump on my cat tree.  I caught my first fly just a few days ago, I tracked that sucker down with my good eye, and caught me some flying meat. Yum Yum.  I got my stitches out on Saturday, Aug 17th, and we will post photos on my Facebook page.

Georgie good side
A side shot of my good side, my right side, and showing the long hair on my ears.

Author’s Note: Thank you to Georgie and his mom for letting me pester them with questions, you can visit Georgie on Facebook and check out many more pictures of his handsomeness. . Photos for this article were used with permission. This article is a part of the extra love needed theme. Please click the below image for more extra love needed articles.

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Thankful Thursday: Pet Sitter Review

Thank you!

First, I wanted to send lots of love, purrs and cat cuddles to all the readers, between being sick earlier this month and falling behind on posts and getting ready and going to BarkWorld and all the birthday wishes, I am truly floored by how wonderful you all are. The online pet community has been so wonderful to me, I can’t begin to repay you. I will be working with Miss Sharon Mohr-Mcdermott on getting pet book reviews going in addition to the pet product reviews. So if you have suggestions for books to read, please comment below.


Pet Sitter Review

AmPm Professional Pet Service Logo

Second, I wanted to mention that going to BarkWorld would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the awesome pet sitters I found. This is the second time I’ve used them and I am very pleased with the service and wanted to share.

They are called AmPm Professional Pet Service, they are located in a small town called Trinity, Florida which is in the Tampa Bay Area. Thankfully it’s not too far away from me. Not only do they provide pet sitting services, but they also do dog obedience training.

In my case, they not only fed and watered my cats but they pilled my girl kitty Miss Bitty and cleaned litter boxes.

Please check out their price list for pet sitting services.

My husband and I used them when we went to BlogPaws back in May for nearly 2 weeks and were very happy.

They also offer overnight services, a pet taxi service, aquatic care, 24 hour care and will also care for small pets such as guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, rabbits and parakeets.

So if you live north of Tampa / St. Petersburg, please give them a try.

Author’s Note: I was not paid to endorse AmPm Professional Pet Service. This is merely the opinion of myself and the experiences that I have had with their service.

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Extra Love Needed: Mike the liver shunt cat

Meet Mike the Liver Shunt Cat

How old are you?

I am just about 2 years old.  We are not sure of my age as I was found in the garden 4 days after Christmas.  I had a bad wound on my back and the vet thought I was about 5 months old.  I could have been older though because liver shunts can stunt your growth

Where did your name come from?

When I was found my mum thought I looked like a cat she had as a child that was called Minnie.  When my grandparents got Minnie they had asked for a boy cat and named him Mickey after Mickey mouse and when he gave birth to 4 kittens they renamed him Minnie.  My mum said we should call him Mickey but my dad said that Mike sounded cooler.  I get called Michael when I am in trouble.
Mike the liver shunt cat looking adorable

How did your human find out you had liver shunt?

I was quiet and unlike a kitten from the word go.  The vet thought I had an infection and gave me antibiotics and I came round a little bit.  I would be very aggressive after eating and would drool to the point of dehydration.  The vet had to put me on a drip at one point.  The vet said he thought I had cat aids and that I should be put to sleep but mum had looked up the symptoms and they didn’t fit.  I have beautiful copper eyes so she googled copper eyes and drooling in cats and found Newt’s liver shunt site.  Newt and the other fur baby mums on the site helped mum out she went to the vets armed with her findings.  The vet then tested me and rang us to say that I did have a liver shunt and that if they brought me back to the clinic that evening he would euthanize me.  Mum and dad decided that they would try to medically manage my condition with diet. The vet now is really proud of me and my parents and is glad that we decided to give it a go

What is liver shunt?

Also known as liver or hepatic shunt, a portosystemic shunt (PSS) is caused by an abnormal connection between the portal vein (a blood vessel which carries blood from the gastrointestinal tract to the liver)  and the systemic circulation.  Blood vessels usually go from the intestines to the liver where toxins are removed from the blood, but in the case of a portosystemic shunt, the liver is bypassed. Due to the lack of normal detoxification of blood performed by the liver, toxins build up within the body.

Portosystemic shunts may be congenital (present at birth) or acquired (occurring as a result of secondary liver conditions), almost all shunts in cats are congenital and cats demonstrate clinical signs within 12 months of age. Persians, Himalayans and Siamese are over-represented and it is seen more commonly in males. Shunts may be intrahepatic or extrahepatic. Intrahepatic shunts are located within the liver, extrahepatic shunts are located on the outside of the liver.

Symptoms of portosystemic shunts in cats:

Central nervous system disorders are commonly seen in cats with a portosystemic shunt. Common clinical signs include:

  • Poor/stunted growth.
  • Drooling.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Seizures.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Tremors.
  • Intermittent blindness.
  • Mental and neurological abnormalities such as sudden aggression, mental dullness, pressing head against objects
  • Straining to urinate due to ammonium biurate bladder stone formation.
  • Blood in urine due to ammonium biurate bladder stones.
  • Copper coloured irises.

How is it managed?

Mine is managed by a low protein diet ( home cooked I don’t like prescription diet).  I have lactulose and sylunox (antibiotics) on my food twice a day.  If I have an hepatic episode – this is where I drool become withdrawn and can even have fits, I get given lactulose directly and am hydrated with diuralyte which is an over the counter hydration medicine given to babies who have had gastric conditions.
Mike the Liver Shunt Cat and his orange eyes

Is there a cure for it?

There is surgery, it is very expensive and risky as we do not react well to anaesthetics.

Are you on a special diet? If so, what is that diet?

I have plain chicken twice a day and tuna, salmon or white fish for lunch.  I like cheese for a treat

How are you doing now?

I am very well and healthy at the moment.  I am on holiday.  Because I cannot go out on my own my family taught me how to walk with a leash so they take me on holiday with them.  I really enjoy the new experiences as I am very inquisitive

What are your favorite things to do?

Mike the livershunt cat playing with his toy
Mike the livershunt cat playing with his toy
I like snuggles I love my cat nip toys.  I love to play out in the garden and love to eat things that are not food

Do you have any fursiblings?


What advice would your human give to other humans who have cats that may have liver shunt?

Don’t give up, your vet may not have experience of the condition as it is very rare in cats.  If your vet won’t help you then find another one.  Buy your lactulose over the counter as it is cheaper and ask your vet for a 6 month prescription for your meds and buy them online as they work out cheaper.  Join this grouphttp://catlivershunt.com/ they are great and they saved Mike’s life.
Mike the Liver Shunt Cat

Anything else you and your human would like to add?

It can be quite upsetting when Mike is ill and it is not cheap to look after him but it is worth every tear and every penny

Author’s Note: Many many thanks to Mike & his mom for letting me interview him and answering the questions, you can visit him on his Facebook page, Mike the Liver Shunt Cat . Photos for this article were used with permission. This article is a part of the extra love needed theme. Please click the below image for more extra love needed articles.

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Pet Product Reviews: Friskies Crispies Cat Treats

Friskies Crispies Cat Treats



My deaf white cat, Neptune, absolutely loves Friskies Crispies. Cheese is his favorite flavor, although these tasty little morsels come in a variety of yummy flavors.



 I have found Crispies at Target for $1.37 a bag, while PetSmart carries them for 1.52 a bag. Target carries two flavors, neither of which is cheese flavored. Both PetSmart and PetCo carry more of a selection, both of which include Cheese.


 I found a few stores online selling them for $1 a bag, but by the time I pay shipping, Target is still my best buy. I found the best deal to be from Wal-Mart offering bags at $1, so if you live near or shop at Wal-Mart, this is the cheapest place to get a bag of Crispies. I don’t have this option.


Crispies comes in 4 flavors: Cheese, chicken, milk and salmon. Neptune, my deaf cat will eat the salmon, but only if he’s out of Cheese. Neptune is addicted to cheese flavored Crispies. He doesn’t care for the chicken at all, and we’ve never even seen or tried the milk flavor, though I bet he’ll like it. I’ll have to look for a bag of milk flavored Crispies!!!


 The two best features of Crispies are their price and the fact that Friskies workers’ fill the bag up the the point where they barely seal closed. I like getting a lot of cat snacks for an affordable price, especially when its from a proven company, like Friskies.


 A portion of the bag is clear, so you can see the product. Of course the best way to know if your cat will like them is for your cat to go shopping with you, and let it sniff the different flavors. I take both my dog and my deaf cat pet shopping with me, and they pick out their toys and treats, by themselves, as if they were kids. It’s much easier and cheaper than me picking things out for them, and having them never get played with or eaten.


Neptune gives Crispies RAVE reviews as well as 4 paws up.






Author’s Note: First and foremost I want to thank the wonderful Miss Sharon for the article and secondly thank the readers. My sincerest apologizes for not having anything posted the past week, a vicious cold struck me down and I was out on the couch for 3 days. I am slowly and steadily getting over this and returning to being a functioning member of the blogging community again. Thank you all so much for reading, commenting and liking. Please check out Miss Sharon’s other reviews, You can read more of her reviews here, also her cat Neptune is the subject of a book that was just written, you can purchase the book here or you can follow Neptune & Mr. Moo & the rest of the furry family on facebook here.

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Birthday Promise

This is bit off the topic of animals .. kinda.  My birthday is on the 28th and to celebrate it, I will be making a $1 donation up to $100 to Pet Guards Angels for every “happy birthday” wish I get from today, August 27th to August 29th.

What will the funds go towards? See below

cat tree

The cat residents at Pet Guards Angels would very much love to have this and I would love to raise the funds for them.. so won’t you help me?

Interested in helping more?

Pet Guards Angels has their very own Amazon wishlist.. there are all kinds of things they are need of – http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2ZTW70J5WKZCI/ref=cm_sw_su_w

If you don’t have an amazon account here is a list of things they would love to have:

Coupons for Fancy Feast, Sheba. Purina Naturals or Science Diet.

Used cat beds

Used towels & wash cloths.

Small blankets (baby receiving sized)

Small notepads


Please visit their facebook page, share and let’s help get them donations.. if all you can afford is a birthday wish, the kitties will be grateful.


Extra Love Needed: Meet Hitch

Good Evening Mr. Hitch sir,
Thank you for letting me pester you with some interview questions.AWWW SHUCKZ! I CANT EVEN BLEEV DAT U WANTS 2 INTERVIEW LIL OL ME!! *blushing*  I habs tew admits I’m bery nerbous but BERY excited!!  A lot of peeple finkies us black cats are bads lucks and twy tew stays away, but it’s jus nawt twu.  Okay okay *breathes deeeeep* I’m weady tew be interviewed….

How old are you?

We beliebes I’m awound 4 years old.  Hold on lemme go check…
*runs to his Momma*
*Whispers in her ear*
*Runs Back* 
Momma saids I turned 4 August 1st!! I was tew young to wemember when I was borned… But I finkies hers is right.

Where did your name come from?

MOL, cause I might habbed been a hitchhicker…. MOL!!!!!!

Can you tell us how you came to be with your furever family?

Oh YES!! I wood lubs tew!!! 
I JUST SHOWED UP!!!! MOL, and I neber left!!! I twyed tew come rite in da howse but Momma sed NOOOOO!  Ok, ok, one day I showed up and saw my Daddums and I walked ober and started talking tew hims and rubbin on hims while he was dewing yard stuffs… and he went insides and told Momma bout me…. hers came outside and sat on the step and I got right on her lap….  They got a good look at my face and it was all bloody and snotty and crusty (sowy nawt twying tew be nasty but it’s da twoof) and I herd dem say it looked likes I gots throwed frum a car or sumfing and landed on ma face…  At first dey thawt part ob my face habbed been bwoken.  They cleaned me up and make me a comfy place in da garage to sleep and gabbed me food and waters.  They alweady had Spam, Jack & Bella and didn’t finkies dat they cood habbed anuver kitty, but figured they’d twy tew helps me owt…  Welps a week or so wents by and I’m still hanging owt and one day I showed up wif my face all swollen and puncture woonds on my chin and below my eye.  So Momma and Daddums got antibacterial stuff they habbed used before on Jack and warm wet washcloths and held it on ma face.  Then Daddums barely put pressure on the swollen area and it blew up it was soooooooo gwoss.  It literally shot 1/2 across da garage.  It was a bad infection.  But I sat rite dere and let em squeeze owt da yuckies…  So dey decided dat I wood move intew the enclosed porch, where I’d be safer, while I healed.  Momma was able tew gets some kitty antibiotics and started to gib dem tew me.  Shew I’m glad too cause it was killing me.  Well another week goes by and I’m doing muchies better so they make a veggie appointment for me, tew make sure I don’t habbed anyfing contagious, and I didn’t!! Nawt eben earmites. So then I was allowed tew moob inside.  That was when the veggie wealized… yes trama habbed happened tew ma face… but nothing was bwoken… I HABBED A CLEF LIP an 3 nostrils MOL!!!!!!!

Did you have to have any surgeries?

Da veggie checked me all owt and sed hers didn’t finkies I needed tew hab surgery.  As long as it wasn’t affecting my bweathing tew muchies and my eating and dwinking, it would be best left alone. *whispers* da onlee surgery I had was tew get nuetered but dats nawt manly tew say so thats best left between us….

Are you able to eat and drink okay now?

Yepps I dwink my water a little funny and stuffs and sumtimes it dwips outta my nose but dats ok, I jus sneeze it owt!! Foodies I hab NO pwoblem wif!!
I heard you have bad allergies, do you have to have any medication for them?Yeah I habbed environmental allergies and my nose get dwippy and my eyes get dwippy and that’s when Momma calls me her “Mucky Monster” and I sneeze like 20 times in a row ….  My ears get all yucky and Momma has tew clean them, it tickles A LOT but I twy to be vewy still, but it’s hard!!  I started taking Zyrtec and it’s helped me soooooooo much!!  There hab been a few times (before I started taking Zyrtec) that I habbed sinus infections and my face got all puffy and stuff but I gots antibodies (antibiotics) and they mades me all better.

Does anyone else in the fur family have allergies?

Yep Spam & Jack do. Spams only deal with hims ears but Jack habbs all sorts of heart issues and stuff so he takes Zyrtec too cause hims can’t be getting all sneezy and habbing a hard tyme bweething.  Dat causes too muchies stwess on hims heart.

What would your momma like to say to those people scared of adopting cats that need extra love & attention?

Lemme go gets her
*runs off* 
*Momma and Hitch return* 
Hi thanks for including me in the interview I would love to say a few words.PATIENCE is the key.  Since kitties can’t technically tell us whats wrong, be willing to investigate all their symptoms.  I’m definately not saying treat them without your vets approval though.  Vets are people too and might not always have the answers right away so sometimes have suggestions helps immencely.  The reason I found out about the Zyrtec for Hitch and Jack was through their friend Junipurr.  My vet looked into it and was astonished and excited to learn that this was a great way to treat pets with allergies (not food allergies) but allergies that deal with the bronchular tubes, etc.  I never thought I’d be pilling cats or having to give injections but it’s part of all of our lives and I want them around and healthy so I do what is necessary.  I don’t believe in giving animals up because of a sickness.  I wouldn’t want someone to give me up or give up on me because I have physical issues, LOL.

Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?

*Hitch clears his throat*
Yes mam.  I like tew plays da fetch.  I love wheat bread cwust.  Katikorn is ma bestest sisfur.  I finkies I am a panfur.  I am missing my pinkie toe claw.  I hab 3 nostrils.  I over heat bery easily.  I lus tew be picked up and danced wif.  And if I plays tew rough and ma nose gets hit I hab really bad sneezing fits.

May I use pictures of you for the article?

I will state they were used with permission.
Yes mam pwease feel fwee tew use any picture yew want of us <3 (HUGGIES)
*Runs off to play with Katikorn*


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Happy Tails: Meet Elliot


How old are you?

The vet checked my teeth last night and said I’m probably about 6 years old. Thing is…I feel like I’m only about 2 years old.

Where did your name come from?

I’m not sure. I think maybe the kind lady who found me. Mama said there was no way she was going to ever change it. Silly mama…she said her favorite character on her favorite television was named Elliot Spencer. So, I get to be Elliot forever now. But that’s okay. It’s a pretty cool name.

How did you come to be with your furever home?

I was living in the Raleigh, NC area all by myself. That’s where a kind lady found me with this big wound on my neck (around my ear). I had the worst … things that were in my ears. They made me so itchy and I just scratched, scratched, and then scratched at my ear even more. All I knew was the scratching made it feel better. I didn’t know that all my scratching was scratching my fur right off. The nice lady tried to make me better but she couldn’t do all that needed done.


That’s when the Cat Clinic of Cary stepped in. They tried laser but that didn’t work. I ended up have two skin grafts to close that big wound. My mama knew a group of ladies who knew the lady that had tried to help me. They put a picture of me on Facebook hoping someone would say they’d like to give me a furever home.


My mama fell really hard when she saw me and after a lot of thinking, she said I had to come home to live with her. I can’t blame her. I mean…even at my worst I’m still handsome. When I was healthy enough to travel, the most wonderful and amazing group – Imagine Home – got me from Raleigh, NC to Pittsburgh, PA


Was it hard to trust humans who were trying to help you after being mistreated?

A little bit. Like even now I feel really bad that I think I tried to bite the lady who was trying to help me. But changing the bandages hurt and I was scared. It took some time but when the itching finally stopped I realized it was the humans who made it go away. Sometimes even now I might get scared but that goes away. I know the humans that are around me only want to help. My mama wouldn’t have them around if it was any different.


Do you have any fursiblings that you live with?

I sure do. Up until July 14th, I had 4 brothers. Now…I have five brothers. Mama went to the mall to shop and came home with a Poncho. A four legged black and white Poncho. Cinders and Chino are my oldest brothers and they are real brothers. I think I heard that they’re going to be 9. Mr. Big and Noah are my next oldest brothers but only in seniority around the house. We’re the same age but cool thing – Mr. Big and Noah are real brothers, too. And then there’s the youngster, Poncho. He’s only two.


Do you require any medications or are you fully healed ?

Thanks to everyone involved…I am fully healed.  Mama does try to take peeks at where the skin was grafted to make sure it’s still okay. The nice vet man gave her drops for my ears just as a precaution (is that what it’s called?) so that I don’t get the mites again. My new baby brother came from the Humane Society and he had bad ear mites too so we’re not taking any chances.


What advice would you want to give to others who are looking after pets that may have been abused previously?

Be patient. It takes time. The people need to know that it’s not going to be easy and it might even be really difficult. An abused pet was betrayed by the person who they loved the most. We’ll give our hearts out to love again, but you need to be patient with us and keep giving us all the love you can. Don’t give up on us.

Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself or your situation?

I’m grateful to the kind lady who found me and tried to take care of me. I’m grateful to the Cat Clinic of Cary for not giving up on me and for working with me every time I scratched my stitches open. Even if they did make me wear the ‘cone of shame’ it was for my own good. And I’ll never be able to thank all the great people at Imagine Home for arranging my ride to Pittsburgh and to the sweet lady who kept me overnight before my journey. It took me a little while to settle in but I love my mama, my brothers, and even my new brother. I’m going to have surgery on July 23rd to remove a lump from my tummy. I’m scared about that but mama will make sure everything is okay.

I do have a page that you can link – https://www.facebook.com/elliotthegentlecat   And I would love so much if you could link the page for the wonderful people who took such good care in getting me to my furever home –https://www.facebook.com/imaginehomeorg  And it might be nice to link to the Cat Clinic of Cary since they took care of me for MONTHS. http://www.catclinicofcary.com/   Someone is helping mama get the pictures. The 1st lady who has most of them hasn’t answered mama’s message asking if she could have them to use. And the pictures that mama has….when she got rid of her big computer, she put all her pictures on CD but…silly mama didn’t mark the cases. She said she promises to get pictures to you! 🙂


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I am so sorry I neglected to have the pictures in the article prior to it being published. My sincerest apologizes. Once I add the pictures, I will share on Facebook and Twitter as if it was a new post and add an apology for publishing prior to having the pictures in it. I will also include the link for the page as you generously provided it in a previous comment. Thank you again so much for letting me interview you about Elliot.

Linda Rattenni

Thank you :) They just show such a big part of his life. I really enjoyed reading his interview.


I will add them tonight or tomorrow. I apologize for the oversight.

Linda Rattenni

What happened to the pictures I sent? You mention that they were “used with permission” (and of course that’s true) but you didn’t use any of them. They tell a lot of his story. I’m very much appreciative for the interview but wish his pictures were used like all the other blog entries.

Rebecca *Becca*

♥ Precious Elliot, is at is forever home. =^♥♥^=
He lives with 5 other furkids, the newest member being Poncho. ♥


AWW ELLIOT SEEMS LIKE SUCH a sweetheart, hope he finds his forever home soon. ill tweet this :)


Age is just a number Elliot its how you feel that is important!xx Speedy

Wallace and Samuel

Elliot you sound too sweet for words!! Forget how old your teeth tell you you are – you are as young as you wanna be!! xxx

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Guest Post: Rumpy on Animal Welfare

Author’s Note: I asked Rumpy to do a guest post about animal welfare and here is the short & sweet answer.

What is the animal welfare movement?

It depends on who you ask.There is a camp of people who will want nothing less than an end to ALL animal ownership. In another camp is the animal welfarists. They believe that it is better to partner with agriculture and puppy mills to make conditions better for animals as society slowly moves toward a day when animals will not be considered property. And then finally there is the no-kill movement. These folks are adamant that no dogs or cats should be killed. They take no stance on other animals, and are not otherwise politically active.

While these three groups are all supposedly advocates for the well-being of animals, they are often at odds with each other.For instance, Nathan Winograd of No Kill Nation has written editorials trashing both PETA (abolitionist) and HSUS (welfarist). PETA often finds itself on the opposite side of an issue than HSUS. For instance, PETA does not support TNR as a humane method of dealing with feral cats. To be fair, they don’t oppose it either. Their stance is TNR does not make life easier for the cats; it merely reduces numbers of cats. And herein lies the problem we face in making positive changes for animals in the US. If we can’t agree among ourselves what is good for animals, we certainly can’t effectively change the hearts and minds of those who see animals only as a commodity to buy, sell, or trade.


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