Author’s Note: Miss Claire for taking time to answer questions about her extra love needed furbaby Lenny. All pictures used with permission.
I am curious how the other members of the family react to him (assuming you have other cats).
I have 5 cats in total. They all seem to let Lenny away with everything! With food Lenny will run round and take food out of their mouths!!! It’s like they know he is special.
How did he come to live with you?
When he was a kitten the breeder wasn’t sure if he would survive as he was so small. When he was 13weeks old he was 710g. When we went to see him he looked very poorly. He had gooey eyes and was very smelly. We were hesitant to take him but after many discussions with my husband we felt he needed our help as eating communally wasn’t helping. At the time the breeder had 18 cats in a small mobile home. He couldn’t possibly be getting the attention he needed.
Did you have to syringe feed him? Did the vet say if this a disorder he developed as a kitten?
He had no problem eating he just face plants everything you give him. It ends up his nose and all round his face which he can’t wash himself. He had conjunctivitis. We treated that and it cleared. I then received an email from the breeder that she had sine test results for Lenny. He had 3 bacterial infections one being pseudomonas. The conditions where he was born was not very sanitary especially the amount of cats in one place. So hearing he wasn’t well wasn’t a surprise. When I took him to the vet she was shocked. She said I should take him back to breeder. I couldn’t. I’d had him 2 weeks and had fallen in love with him. Instead I emailed the breeder and explained what the vet said. She said she would take him back and I could have Jimmy instead. I said no I would have Jimmy and keep Lenny. I would look after Lenny through whatever happens. If he grew into a normal cat then I would make a payment for Jimmy otherwise we were quits. She agreed. So we got Jimmy who is Lenny’s half brother.
Is there anything else you would like to share about him?
I have to clean Lenny on a regular basis as he often poops his pants. I have trimmed his fur to avoid having to get clumps out his fur! When he is really bad he gets a bath which he really hates!
The vet thinks he was either born like it or that it was a difficult birth. He said in natural selection he probably wouldn’t have survived….
He is a funny little boy. He doesn’t know how to ‘cat’. He can’t jump or climb. He has the tiniest Miow which we it hear when he wants his wet food. He spends most of the time sleeping or just watching the others hare round the house. He likes to play with string and bugs and flies!
We have a catio so if I let him he stays out there all night bug watching. If I bring him in I put him on the bed and he sleeps on the pillow with his head propped. If I scratch his ear he puts his paws on too of my hand and puts his head on top!
The vet doesn’t know what will happen with Lenny. Without expensive scans it’s hard to say. Who knows. All I know is I will care for him for however long it takes. Whether that will be 6 months or 6 years.
We both had doubts whether the breeder would keep Lenny or have him put to sleep. For us we had to keep him.
Does anyone else have a disability?
This last one is Cookie she is a rescue. She was found living in a greenhouse living on insects and bird food. She has an air pistol pellet in her knee. When she came she was a nervous wreck. Now she is very confident and likes a fuss
Does anyone try to groom lenny?
We do but he hates it. I can only think it’s because he is so skinny it’s not very comfortable. But because he can’t wash if I brush him within a few minutes he’s back looking a scruff! He tolerates a certain amount then screams to be let go. I usually get enough time to clean up his bits and his face. Bath time involves the husband as I can’t hold him as he wriggles too much.Jimmy his brother sometimes pins him down and washes him…. I wish he would do an all over! Lenny doesn’t let him for very long. I think he likes being a stinky teenager!
After a bath he is super fluffy. And smells like a baby! Then he goes and rolls in the dust outside!!!
Sounds like a petulant child
Very much so. He almost knows when I need to clean him up and he leads me a right merry dance. He rubs behind the sofa and hides under the chair where no one can reach him lol. The smell of food usually gets him out!!!
Anything else you want to add about him or his siblings?
They all get on great. When Jimmy or Penny (both 11 months) play fight with lenny they seem to be very gentle with him. Yet Lenny will climb on top of Jimmy and try chewing at him. They are funny to watch as Jimmy could slap him down in a second but he doesn’t. Even cookie plays chase with him but doesn’t get her claws out. It’s like they know he’s not like them. Animals are just awesome.
Author’s Note: Thanks so much to my co-worker and friend Michael for letting me ask questions about his senior dog. Pictures used with permission.
How old is Adara?
She is 14 Born on 9/21/2003
Where did her name come from?
We had other dogs with greek god names, so we were going with that theme. Mom’s dog was Adonis, so we looked up another ‘A’ name and found Adara. It means, the one whom is beautiful.
How did she come to live with you?
I always had a dog growing up with my parents, so I wanted one of my own when we finally had a proper place to have one. I was looking in the newspaper for one and finally one day David and his mom found an ad. They drove quite a distance to get her from a breeder. They brought her home and surprised me!
What is her favorite thing to do?
She loves to cuddle with you. I could lay around all day and she would have no issues being with you. She used to like to play with toys, but at her age now she just loves to cuddle.
How does she get along with the others?
For the most part she does. When we lived in an apt complex, she was “attacked” by a black lab, so she was scared for a long time of other dogs. Now, she will bark at them but after a bit, she is like ‘whatever’. She does get along with all our other dogs at home. She has no problem growling at our husky when he wants to invade her food. He listens.
Do you have any tips for others who have a senior dog?
You have to watch them a little bit close. Adara likes to wander, and not on purpose she just sniffs outside and next thing you know she is way in the backyard or sneaks out front. She is a little slower so you have to have a little more patience with her. I would recommend getting some puppy pads, as she cant hold it as long as she used to. So we lay pads out, especially when we are gone and she is for the most part good about using them.
Is there anything else you would like to add about her or having a multi dog house?
My dog is little, maybe 8 lbs so with other larger dogs around you have to watch them all, make sure they don’t trample her. When they are all coming in from outside, sometimes the shepherd will jump right over Adara to get past her. Sometimes it scares her and you just think ‘poor Adara’. Her sight is going too, so she cant tell when a sliding back door is open or closed sometimes until you go though it yourself.
The food you give a senior dog, may be different also. We give her moist and meaty as it is soft as Adara only has 3 teeth. However, she can still eat hard food and loves it. She doesn’t seem to have an issue either. Right down the hatch!
Author’s Note: Many thanks to Miss A for letting me ask questions about Coco. Pictures used with permission.
She is around 10 her name is Coco she came from a friend of a friend
Cocker spaniel poodle mix
She was perfectly healthy
My mom, grandma, and I have a combined 5 dogs. The mother, 2 from one litter, and 2 from another. All of them seem to have cataracts except for the only boy.
They all seemed to develop over time, my cocos is the only one that requires eye drops at the moment.
We didn’t have to do any special adjustments, she haas all been at the same place for many years, so for the most part she knows where everything is. She will bump into things from time to time.
I honestly don’t have any tips or tricks, she is just like her old self. We didn’t have to do anything special to cope.
I don’t really have advice other then don’t treat them like something is wrong with them. Blindness isn’t that big of a deal, and she has had absolutely no personality changes. I will eventually have her eyes taken out because her eyes will never get better.
Author’s Note: Many thanks to Miss Catherine for letting me ask her questions about her famous freckled feline. Pictures used with permission.
How old is Cheezle?
He will turn 16 Wednesday June 21.
How did he come to live with you?