Extra Love Needed: Meet Clyde

 clydemain

How old are you?

I am about 12 or 13 yrs old. hard to tell cause I have no teeth! mol!

Where did you get your name from?

My name is the name i had when mom met me. i lived on a porch littered with trash and broken glass at a duplex. the people there called me clyde. i had a furiend named bonnie who was run over by a car, and that is when mom decided to take me away from there-she was worried that would happen to me. she fed me and brought me water and put revolution on me every month because i had fleas and ear mites and no one fed me or gave me water besides her. it was very terrible.

clydeout

What health conditions do you have?

i have high blood pressure, gum disease from most of my teeth rotting out, the few broken teeth i have left are abscessed.
i have advanced cardiomyopathy, which will eventually lead to congestive heart failure. all 4 ventricles of my heart are very enlarged and dont pump properly. the damage is irreversible. i am also FIV+

Are you inside or outside?

clydeenclosure

i live outside in an enclosure. i have an igloo house, 2 cat trees, a castle shaped house and a heated cat house. i also have a heated mat on top of my castle i like to rest on and a heated blankie in my castle to sleep on in the cold at night! mom just ordered me an outdoor heater too, so that will be pretty neat when it arrives.

Do you interact with any other cats or are you separated?

clydewalk

i am kept separated from other cats. my FIV is contagious, and i have a very weakened immune system from it. if i was around other cats who were ill, i could catch it easily and actually be more susceptible to dying from the illness because of my health conditions.

What medications do you need?

i take medicine for my heart and blood pressure. i also take immunity boosters since i have FIV.

clydebefore

Do you have a special diet since you’re nearly toothless?

i eat mostly wet food and i eat very small kibble dry food sometimes when i feel like it. mom was going to get the abscessed broken couple of teeth i have left removed since they are rotten and terrible, but then we found out about my heart issues and i cant be given anesthetic or sedatives or anything or it will kill me, so we cant do anything about my teeth at all

i got lucky that someone was willing to take care of me. the vet said if i had been left where i was, she didnt think i would have made it another few months. i had to stay at the vet office for 2 weeks when mom took me there cause i was so sick and they were monitoring me and i was on lots of medicine and stuff.

What advice would give to someone trying to adopt a cat with pre-exisiting medical conditions?

clydebed

for them to make sure to have the time, money and patience to deal with the issues. some issues arent as big as the ones i have, so it was really a very big deal that my mom kept me after she found out from our vet everything wrong with me the day she rescued me and took me there. a lot of people wouldnt have wanted to keep me (or another animal with so many issues) because the expenses have been tremendous.

Where can people donate for your ongoing care?

http://clydethehomelesskitty.chipin.com/clydes-ongoing-care

Is there anything else you would like to add?

clydetoy

i got lucky that someone was willing to take care of me. the vet said if i had been left where i was, she didnt think i would have made it another few months. i had to stay at the vet office for 2 weeks when mom took me there cause i was so sick and they were monitoring me and i was on lots of medicine and stuff.

clydebefore2

Dedication:

This interview is dedicated to the loving memory of Clyde. Fly free sweet Clyde. Know that you will always be loved.

 

Author’s Note: I would like to thank Clyde and his mom for letting me interview them and sharing his story as well as pictures. Pictures were used with permission. Please visit his page on facebook here


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5 Replies to “Extra Love Needed: Meet Clyde”

  1. Oh, Poor Clyde! Well hes a happy Clyde now, like me is a happy Nellie, but our before lives can be awfuls.
    Its a good thing we lives in the moment.
    Kisses
    Nellie

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