Meet Brother the Tailless Wonder
Who is Brother?
What makes Brother so special?
Once unblocked normally a change in diet and increased water intake will often solve the problem,but not for Brother. It became blocked again so, he was started on a prescription food designed to prevent the formation of the crystals. That did not work well enough so eventually he had to have what is called PU surgery (which basically amounts to a penis removal) when he was four years old which widened the opening to his urethra. The surgery was a success but, his body still produces the crystals and every once in awhile we still have a scare.Other than needing to have his bladder expressed twice a day he lives like any other cat. He handles this like a trooper & comes to the utility sink when he is called. He is on a Rx food, too.
What was he like as a kitten?
I started realizing he had bladder issues one day while he was laying on me and peed on me in his sleep. When I started checking him out regularly I realized his bladder would fill up but he had no urge to pee so he would either dribble while he was awake or fully pee in his sleep. At that time he was still a foster I planned on taking back to the shelter so, for the most part, he & his sibs were kept in a separate area of the house or I would have noticed the bladder issue sooner. Adding another cat to the mix was definitely not part of the plan and I had made a point of not naming them.
Where does he like to sleep?
How did you get involved with Brother?
Where did the name Brother come from?
Anything else special about Brother?
Does Brother need any type of therapy to correct his walk?
What shelter/rescue does he belong to?
In case the link for Pet Guard’s Amazon list doesn’t work, or for those that don’t like to do shopping on Amazon, here is an itemized list:
- Bergan Turbo Scratcher Replacement Pads
- Petsport Giant Tuff Ball
- KONG Extreme Dog Toy, large, Black
- Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy
- Da Bird Cat Toy – Easy Store – 2 Part Pole
- 3 Pack of Da Bird Guinea Feather Refills
- K&H Thermo-Kitty Fashion Splash Heated Cat Mat
- Diatomacesous Earth Food Grade 50 lbs
- New 72″ The Siamese Cat Nap TM Cat Tree
- Kakadu Pet Coarse Stainless Steel Dog or Cat Comb
- Safari Cat Sheeding Comb, Wood Handle
- Tropiclean Pet Tangle Remover Spray, 16 ounce
- Fat Cat Scratchy mat Doorknob Hanger for Cats with Catnip
- Slumber Pet Thermal Cat Mat
- Ethical Atomic Bouncing Ball Cat Toy, 2- Piece
- Da Bird Super Pack
- PETCO Mega Rectangular Litter Box
- Yeowww! 100% Organic Catnip Toy, Yellow Banana 3 pack
- 52″ Beige Cat Tree Condo Scratcher
- Wahl 9281-210 Pet-pro Kit 13 Piece Pet Grooming Kit
- Le Salon Essentials Cat Mat Breaker
- Oster CryogenX Professional Animal Clipper Blade size # 40
- Ultimate Touch Instant Mat & Tangle Removal
- Petlinks Scratchers Welcome Catnip Enchanced Scratch mat
- Cosmic Alpine Scracther
- SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post
- Small Ceramic Bowls
Where can donations be sent to if someone would like to donate to Pet Guard?
Pet Guards Shelter c/o Diane
950 Hardy Rd.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223
Items for Brother can be sent to:
1095 Pitkin Ave.
Does Brother have any siblings?
Sukie turned 20 in March. She’s a petite girl that I have had since she was 12 when she came into the clinic to have a badly mangled leg removed. I offered her a home when I realized she would continue to live outside due to “litterbox issues”. (She was declawed to boot!) She has not pottied outside the box in all those years! She’s a cantankerous old princess who really does not care for the other cats but she adores my boyfriend. Her biggest health issue is the arthritis that has been caused by the way her body twists when she walks because of the combination of the front leg that is missing + being declawed. (Cats are designed to walk on their toes. Declawing removes the tips of the toes they were meant to walk on & they walk unnaturally.) I had another kitty that had cerebellar hypoplasia (she lived to be 13) that she would curl up with sometimes but now, between Wolfie picking at her & her arthritis making her uncomfortable she’s decided she’d just as soon spend most of her time in the bedroom in a heated bed.
Tiger was adopted while I was at the humane society. He’s 16 now. He was a screeching 5 week old kitten that had been abandoned in a park. We were so full that year that we had cats housed in dog cages stacked in the barn. He was my first foster failure. He was always a paternal guy & greeted every new creature that entered the house. He showed the cats the ropes & taught puppies good manners by bopping them on the head when they got too rough. His kidneys are starting to fail & he has arthritis now but he still has feisty moments. He’s Daddy’s boy.
Ozzy is almost 14. He had chronic upper respiratory infections as a kitten & was such a sweet boy that each time he would get sick someone would take him home to foster him. Once he got settled in here permanently the URI’s stopped. Maybe stress related? He’s very timid with most people but he’s friends with all the cats & adored the dogs. He’s a very gentle soul who’s been struggling with hyperthyroidism. So far he’s ahead Foster failure.
Harry is 10. He belonged to a truly crazy cat lady that was always bringing cats in to be treated for diarrhea. She would go to the pound, get big furry cats & breed them & she always smelled faintly of cat pee. Anyways, she insisted on giving her cats cow’s milk even though she had been told repeatedly not to. When she brought Harry in he had had diarrhea so badly and for so long that his rectum was full of maggots. He was about 3 months old. I took him and refused to give him back. Harry was not supposed to stay. The intention was to find him another home so we called him “the hairy guy”. He is painfully timid with anyone outside of the immediately family. No one else ever sees him. He’s a big guy that looks like a Norwegian Forest Cat. He had some issues with bladder crystals when he was younger but nothing recently.
Skeeter is 8 and was another foster failure. He came into the shelter with a 3 sisters at about 9 weeks old & he had terrible diarrhea. He did not completely get over it till he was about 4 months old so he spent a lot more time than I would have liked caged when he was little so as not to expose all the others to whatever was causing it. Years later he started showing mild neurological symptoms & at that point he tested positive for toxoplasmosis. My guess is that he had it the entire time but didn’t have any symptoms. The proper antibiotic straightened him right up. He is hard to read. He gets very cuddly once in awhile but for the most part prefers to do his own thing. He & Wolfie are Best Friends & bully buddies. He picks on Harry and Wolfie picks at Sue if given the chance.
Wolfie, who’s 6, came along after I knew that I could not add any more pets. I let one of the dogs outside and then heard screeching and a commotion. When I got out there she had a kitten that did not even have his eyes open & was cleaning him up. He has not shut up since. He’s a big handsome, athletic boy now that has asthma and has had some social issues but is finally starting to settle down. He takes an antihistamine twice daily and a steroid and/or bronchodilator as needed. Occasionally he has to be caged so he will stay still to have the vaporizer run for him. He’s very much a mama’s boy. He is quite the social butterfly and very tolerant of my grandson.
Last but not least, what advice would you give to someone who wants to get involved with animal care?
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