Where did Teddy’s name come from?
The gentleman feeding the colony first called him Teddy. He resembles a sweetteddy bear so the name stuck. It seems to suit him.
Did it take him long to adjust from being in a colony to being with a foster family?
Teddy wasn’t really part of the colony, but he was sometimes on the fringes. The colony caretaker said he was only seen intermittently at the feeding station and was easily chased off by other cats.
From the moment Teddy was trapped it was obvious he was not feral. I believe he was looking for human help when he went into that trap. I totally support TNR efforts and the whole feral colony concept. Those wonderful caretakers also help us identify those cats, like Teddy, who clearly need to be with humans.
Teddy’s transition to foster care was very easy. He was affectionate and accepting of care from the time he arrived. One of the first videos I posted shows how grateful he was to be safe again.
With all the list of ailments he had, did it take longer for him to become healthy due to being FIV+? Is he on any medication or a special diet right now?
We have no idea how long Teddy’s been FIV+ but he shows no signs of disease at this time. The vets were aggressive with antibiotics for his acute infections and those all resolved as expected.
I was almost more worried about what appeared to be a recent, first time herpes virus outbreak around Teddy‘s eyes and ears. He receives lysine powder supplements in his wet food each day to support his immune system and it has helped suppress the herpes.
We did recently diagnose a chronic heart condition which will likely worsen over time. Teddy is stable and doesn’t require any medications or special diet. I buy national brand wet and dry food. He’ll have regular vet checkups to monitor his condition.
How many other cats are in the house and what do they think of him?
Well, I won’t give you an actual number, I almost qualify as a crazy cat lady, LOL. Let’s just say there are several and they each have a story of their own. It really is a free roaming little colony within the safe boundaries of the house and screened areas. We do have an occasional hissy fit but overall we live a peaceful existence.
Teddy was sequestered in his own room the first two weeks here. Following that, over the course of a month, he gradually integrated with the household. He did stand his ground a couple of times in the beginning but now everyone’s relaxed and tolerant. Teddy is very comfortable now and has found his place, he‘s been with me almost 12 weeks now.
What advice would you give to those hesitant to foster/adopt an elder cat?
The seniors always tug at my heart. So many have tragic stories and they so deserve a safe place to live out their lives. With good care and comfort they may have many quality years ahead.
Yes, senior cats will have a limited lifespan. It can be difficult to watch as a beloved pet declines in old age but it’s also a joy to provide them with the loving care they need through their final months and days.
I have loved quite a few beloved cats through their very last moments. For me, it is an honor and a privilege to be present for them. I am always deeply moved by the experience.
Is there anything else you would like to add about Teddy or his care?
I’m very much enjoying the new friends we’ve been making on Teddy’s Facebook page. He’s become quite popular and we’re both pleased and thankful for all his fans.
Author’s Note: Many thanks to Teddy’s mom for letting me bug her with questions and letting me borrow pictures for the article. Please follow him on his page – Transforming Teddy.
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