Extra Love Needed: Meet Curry


How old is Curry?

Curry will be three years old in May. His vet picked May 18, 2010 as his birthday. His “gotcha day” is July 27, 2010.

How did he come into your life?

I first saw Curry when my vet posted his picture on my Facebook page & said here is my new kitten. As I understand it, a Good Samaritan found him with a badly damaged front left leg & brought him to my vet. My vet had to amputate his leg & then she started thinking of a home. I think actually she posted the picture on my Facebook page before he even had his surgery. My vet knew there was a hole in my heart after we had to put our 20 year old Betsy to sleep in May. Curry helped to heal it.

Where did the name Curry come from?

Curry’s real name is Courage Joseph. My husband came up with the name. He said this little kitten will need courage in his life. We call him Curry Joe for short. He knows & responds to both names. I tried Sam & Micky, but they just weren’t right. Some people said Tripod, but I did NOT want to call attention to what made him different from other cats. Courage just fit.

Does he have any fursiblings he shares the house with?

Curry shares out home with two brothers–Mr. Gray who is about nineteen & Sharpie who will be six in May. He and Sharpie chase & run & play. He & Mr. Gray groom each other. He also has a sister who is unfortunately in our garage right now. She was a stray & when we couldn’t find her owner we were going to bring her in. But she tested positive for FeLV. So she needs to get retested & based on what that shows, we will go from there. Keep your fingers crossed she tests negative! And he also has 2 kitty friends who come by almost day almost to eat some canned food–Max & Peanut.

Is he able to climb like other cats or does he stay close to the ground?

We are amazed every day at what Curry can do. He runs And jumps and plays and has no fear. He climbs or jumps to the top of the cat tree and also to the top of other places he really shouldn’t be. He loves tall places.

Did he need any therapy after his surgery?

He didn’t need any therapy after his surgery. He was so young I”m sure he can’t remember being any other way. He had a bit of cage rest at the vet before we brought him home. He was so active when he got here that he had to go back twice and get his stitches repaired. He finally had staples. He didn’t wear the cone here. I had some cream for the incision, but he kept licking it off & chewing on the stitches. We tried to put the end of a tube sock on him, but it made him crazy. We tried baby undershirts, but they were way too big.

Did he need any additional care?

He doesn’t need any additional care now, but there are a few things I have noticed. Sometimes he hesitates to jump down after being so high. My only fear is that he will break his one front leg. So if I see he is wanting to get down I tell him to wait and I lift him down. Also, he sleeps differently than most cats. I put a pillow on the end of the bed & he props himself up on that. I have a cat tree and the perches have rounded sides and he loves that.
His amputation is right up at the shoulder. There is a tiny bone that juts out there that is still very tender after 2 years. I think it gets pushed the wrong way sometimes. I have mastered picking him up.
He also has a hard time walking on anything soft like a couch or a bed. Usually if he jumps on one he lays down right where he jumps. He likes to lay on the back of the sofa if our other cat does. He falls off if he falls asleep. Sometimes even when he is awake. I keep it as close to the wall as I can, so if he falls he falls onto the couch seat & not the floor behind it.

How’s he doing now?

I try to let him do what ever he wants. Even if I am cringing behind him. By that I mean things a cat with four legs would do.
People come in out home that haven’t been here before & I can see on their face when they first realize that the kitty zooming around only has 3 legs. And zoom he does. The faster he runs the less you notice he only as 3 legs. When he walks he lopes along.

Why did you start Curry’s KIN Bulletin Board?

I started Curry’s KIN Bulletin Board after being encouraged to do so by Mary, Fatboy Babushka’s mom. I had told her I thought that starting a page with all the raffles, contests, auctions, and events would help people. I thought that if they couldn’t remember who was putting something on, it would be nice to have a page to go to. With her kind encouragement I decided to try to start a page. We started on June 3, 2012. I added Curry’s name to it to make the name a little catchy. And he usually sits right by me when I’m on my laptop anyway.

What’s the best way people can reach you to add auctions/raffles to the board?

People can message Curry’s page:

Is there anything you would like to say to people concerned about adopting a pet that might need extra care?

I tell people that Curry, is special, not special needs. And all cats are special. I would tell them to go ahead & take the chance. You will make all the diference in the world to that pet. I know some pets with special needs will need more time devoted to their needs than Curry does. Just make sure you have the time to make the commitment. Don’t be afraid. The kitty doesn’t know any different probably. They just need love.

One thing I say is having Curry is a perfect example of how bad things turn into good things. I was grieving for Betsy and Curry was an outside cat in (as I understand it) a not very good part of town. If he hadn’t hurt his leg, and if my vet hadn’t had a soft heart and taken him in and fixed him up, he would likely not be alive by now. Instead he has a safe, loving inside home, and we have a cat that helped heal the hole in my heart. He has brought so much fun and laughter and love into our home. I’m so glad I didn’t say that it hurt too much to lose one and I couldn’t go through that again. And it may be that way for some people. But it wasn’t for us!

Author’s Note: I would like to thank Curry’s wonderful mom Miss Trudy  for letting me to a post about Sir Curry.. did I mention she’s wonderful??  She runs the Curry’s KIN bulletin board.. so if there’s a raffle, auction or giveaway you want to share, please let her know. Pictures for the article were used with permission. 

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Extra Love Needed: Meet Lazarus


Author’s Warning: The photos may disturb some readers as it looks like this sweet little guy had a bad accident, but he was born with a cleft palate. 

How old is Lazarus?

Approximately 7 months old

Where did his name come from?

Just like Lazarus in the bible, Lazarus the kitten is a wonderful miracle.

Was he born with the primary cleft palate or is that something that developed due to an injury?

Lazarus was born with a primary cleft palate in which his nasal passages are located in the inside of his mouth and he is missing the padding of the nose and upper lip.

How did he end up under your care?

I am a university professor and have also participated in some animal rescue work in my area. One of my college students found Lazarus roaming her neighborhood and gave me a call believing that I could help.

Did you worry about bringing him home?

My immediate thought was to get this little kitten to a vet. He had bone exposed on the top of his mouth, was infested in fleas, and was malnourished. After rushing him to the vet, it was also discovered that he had worms. My worry for him in my home was protecting him from additional harm from my many other pets. I also wanted to protect them from any health issues that he would have that could be passed on to other animals.

Do his siblings treat him any different?

Each sibling responded to Lazarus differently. Maggie, a yorkie, was happy to have someone approximately her size around. Elle wanted to protect him from the others. Vandy and Murphy were excited about the new addition. The cats wanted to check out his mouth. Char gave him little attention past that point. Moses, the cool guy in the house, was social with him but wasn’t ready to be pounced. He held his head tall around Lazarus. And Abraham, being the baby cat in the family, hissed at Lazarus to show his objection in being replaced as the baby. Over time, their relationships have all grown to be playful and loving with one another.

Does he take any medications or require extra monitoring or cleaning because he has no nose or upper lip?

Right now, Lazarus is off of medication. When I first got him, he required repeated prescriptions of antibiotics because he had so much infection in his mouth. I continue to have to monitor his nasal passages and assist with keeping those passages clear. I also monitor to ensure that there is no evidence of further infection. Lazarus sleeps with a humidifier to keep the passages moist, which reduces bloody noses.

Will he ever need surgery or will he grow into an otherwise normal kitten?

Lazarus has already undergone one surgical procedure to clean the infected areas and to extract “bad” teeth. At this point, we are not electing to do additional surgery because he has presented a medical need. If that day comes, we will proceed in doing what is needed to support Lazarus’ good bill of health.

What did you know about primary cleft palate before taking him in and what have you learned since?

Since I work in the disability field, I am aware of many different disability categories. It does differ when we are talking about a cat because we aren’t planning speech therapy, extensive dental care, or reconstructive surgery for cosmetic purposes. He is quite functional and happy the way he is. As in humans though, cleft palates are unique to the individual they belong to. Lazarus’ care is unique to Lazarus.

Is he able to eat dry food or does the food need to be wet or partially softened?

Lazarus eats dry food, which his doctors believe is less likely to be aspirated into his lungs. He is quite funny to watch when eating. He works really hard to keep the food in this mouth, but it does look like some sort of silly game his playing with the kibbles. He manages quite well in the eating department. He is my little hoglet.

Is he strictly indoors? Has he ever been outside since living with you?

Lazarus is an inside cat although he does go outside to play in the yard with supervision.

What would you like people to know about animals afflicted with this problem?

All animals even those with unique attributes such as a cleft palate just want to be loved and accepted. Since getting Lazarus, I have gone out into the community to share his story with others. People find him to be so cute and lovable. I hope that those positive thoughts will generalize over to people with disabilities as well. After all, everyone has something special and unique to contribute to this world…even Lazarus.

How often does he need to see the vet?

Lazarus saw the vet around every 2 weeks during his first 5 months of life. Since his surgical procedure to clear the infection, he has only been in once to his booster shots.

Is there anything you would like to add?

I encourage people to follow Lazarus at https://www.facebook.com/CareForLazarus. Frequent posts including pictures and videos are included. Also, Lazarus was highlighted in a Hooplaha video, which can be found at http://hooplaha.com/lazarus-rescued-kitty-miracle-story-2/.

Do you have a chip in or a place where people can donate funds to help with his continued care?

A Care for Lazarus fundraising site has been set up at http://fnd.us/c/1McM0. These funds will be used for cleft palate related care for Lazarus and any remaining funds will be utilized on animals with disabilities who need a medical procedure. One procedure on a cat with one eye has already been performed to close the empty socket.

Author’s Note: I would like to thank Lazarus & his mom for letting me interview them and sharing his story as well as pictures. Pictures were used with permission. You can find him on facebook at Care for Lazarus.

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Extra Love Needed: Meet Paolo


How old is Paolo now?

Paolo celebrated his 2nd birthday in September.

Where did his name come from?

Paolo was named by the wonderful volunteers at MEOW (Mercer Island Eastside Orphans and Waifs) Cat Rescue, the organization that found him.

Is having a concave ribcage something that happens often with cats?

No, a concave rib cage is not common with cats, but is a condition that Paolo’s mom had.

How did the surgery correct the problem? (what did the vets do?)

In order to help our brave Paolo, the vets at Seattle Vet Services (SVS) gave him a life saving surgery. They made an incision into Paolo’s rib cage, and fit him with a fiberglass chest piece.

How long was he in the body cast?

Paolo wore different casts while his body healed for five months!

Did he have to be separated from other kittens while he was healing?

Yes, Paolo was fostered by himself while he healed with Marnie, one of MEOW’s lovely volunteers

How did he get along with other cats?

Now that Paolo’s a-okay, he absolutely loves being with other cats! He has three adopted cat brothers and sister: Paisley, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Lilly Fa-Ying. They like to hang out on the cat tree condo!

Was he timid of people because he was born a feral?

Even though Paolo was found in the wild, he learned to love and trusts people.

How long did it take him to heal?

He spent five months healing from his surgery, wearing a cast the whole time.

Did he have to do any physical therapy?

He did not need physical therapy, however, he still walks with a slightly stiff gait from wearing the cast for so long.

What’s is life like now?

Life for Paolo is very exciting! He has been on KOMO 4 News twice, and even in studio for KING 5’s New Day Northwest, where he was a perfect gentleman. Paolo also makes appearances at various book signings in stores. At home, he loves to snuggle with his mom and dad, cuddling and giving ear kisses. Paolo loves to be brushed and hang out with the other cats in the family. We all love our Paolo, and are grateful to have him in our lives.

Is there anything else you would like to add about his healing journey?

In order to share his journey with the world, I wrote ‘Paolo’s Adventures.’ This book also helps children overcome the fear of doctors. So more cats like Paolo can be helped, a portion of the proceeds benefit MEOW. This book is available on Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1937454002/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=

May I also list the link for MEOW and the facebook page for Paolo?

Author’s Note: I would like to thank Miss Carolyn for sharing Paolo’s  story as well as pictures. Pictures were used with permission. 

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Extra Love Needed: Meet Twitch


How old are you Twitch?

My birthday is estimated to be May 16th, 2012 so that would make me 8 months old now. Since I was found as a stray, there’s no way to know my birthday for sure but meowmy thinks I was 3-4 weeks old when I was rescued.

Where did your name come from?

I have the wobbly head a lot of the time, especially when it’s time to eat or play. Also when I focus on something or try to sneak up on my brofurs and sisfurs. My head will wobble or “twitch” and that’s where I got my name. Meowmy and Dad came up with a few names but Twitch fit me and it’s been my name ever since. I have a few nick names too…Twitchel, Twitcher, Twitchie, meow meow boy MOL Meowmy is always calling me something silly but I still loves her!

How did you come into your meowmy’s life?

One day in June 2012, meowmy received a frantic Facebook message from one of her friends. She had found a tiny kitten in the middle of the road and couldn’t get him to eat and didn’t know how to take care of him. Meowmy responded and said she would come get me. She met her friend and picked me up. She didn’t think I was going to make it; I was very dehydrated and starved. I laid in her lap all the way home, unable to move or lift my head. She rushed me inside and gave me pure maple syrup mixed with water in a syringe. She knew this would bring my sugar up and help hydrate me. Over many weeks, meowmy continued to nurse me back to health with good food and lots of love. Dad didn’t want her to keep any more kitties so she tried finding me a good home (didn’t try very hard) but she had fallen in love with me. (She can’t resist me mol) She decided she couldn’t let me go and I’ve been here ever since.

When did your meowmy notice you were different from other kitties?

Within 2-3 days of me being here with her she knew I was different. Once I had enough energy to stand on my own, she noticed my head tremors and shaky body. I had trouble walking, fell a lot, and my back feet would go out from under me. She knew I had a neurological problem but wasn’t sure which one.
Were you officially diagnosed with CH or did your meowmy know from previous experience?
Meowmy has experience as a vet tech, vet surgery tech, and zookeeper. She has worked with just about any animal you can think of and has seen a lot of disease and illness in animals. She was able to recognize I had a neurological disorder or had been injured causing the neurological symptoms. She took many videos of me and sent them to her vet tech friends at a local 24 hour emergency vet clinic. One of the technicians responded that I appear to have CH, or cerebellar hypoplasia. Meowmy did lots of research and it seemed to fit my symptoms. The diagnosis was then confirmed at the vet when I went in for my first exam. They were able to diagnose by my head tremors and talking to meowmy about how I act at home.

Did your meowmy make any changes to the house to help you? (like adding rugs on tile floors)

When I was a teeny tiny kitten, about 4 weeks old, she did have to keep me in the bathroom with lots of rugs and towels. I was slipping and sliding around on the linoleum so she added blankies and towels and it helped me get around. I am able to walk on the slick floors now, except when I try to go really fast. mol I still slide sometimes and lose my balance. But for the most part, I get around really well. She also puts our kitty toys on the bed every morning so we can flip flop around on the bed and not get hurt. We get so excited about our catnip toys so it’s safer for us to play on the soft bed than the floor. Meowmy gets up and makes the bed, then it’s play time!!!

Do you and your fursibling Swagger play?

All the time! Brofur Swagger also has cerebellar hypoplasia and we’re both mild so we play really well together. We play on meowmy’s bed, snuggle up for naps on the bed or in our kitty beds, and even zoom from one end of the house to the other. mol We have so much fun 🙂 Meowmy leaves us alone for a bit and comes back and we’ve made a huge mess! Our beds are tossed about the room and there are kitty toys everywhere. We love catnip mice and jingle balls and go wild chasing and batting at them!

What advice do you or your meowmy have for anyone adopting a CH kitty or thinking their kitty may have CH?

Hmmm, they should make sure they know the severity of the kitty’s CH and understand any changes they may have to make to their house before adopting. For instance, some kitties with CH need specialized litterboxes or use pee pads and towels to potty. They may need some accomodations but CH kitties are well worth it. We would both recommend adopting special needs pets. They have so much love to give and are so grateful to their rescuer. If you think your kitty has CH, talk to your vet about the condition. It helps to print info about CH and take with you to your vet. There are still many vets, shelters and rescues who are not familiar with CH so it’s important to educate them.There is a group on Facebook for owners of cats with CH. They also work very hard to find homes for CH kitties in need. If you’re interested in adopting a CH kitty or have one of your own, you can visit and join the group at https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/CHcat/ There is even a page with lots of information and suggestions for CH owners or those looking to adopt. Great group and lots of helpful information.

What is CH and does it affect certain types of cats or is it preventable?

CH stands for cerebellar hypoplasia and it’s a disorder where the cerebellum in the brain is not fully formed. Generally kittens acquire the disorder while they are developing in their mother’s uterus. Their mom could be infected with a bacterial or viral infection, feline panleukopenia, caused by feline parvovirus, or it can also be caused by poisoning, injury or malnutrition. CH can also affect an unborn litter if the momma cat is vaccinated against panleukopenia while pregnant. CH doesn’t target any breed or type of cat; it can affect any kitten. Symptoms of CH include jerky movements, uncoordinated walking and sometimes head tremors. The good thing about CH is that it does not get worse as the cat ages and most cats even seem to get better as they learn to compensate for their lack of coordination and balance. CH cats have a normal lifespan and are not in any pain. They can do anything a “normal” cat can do…just in a different way and sometimes with some adjustments in the home. They are smart and can learn to use a litterbox, pee pads, towels or even bathroom rugs for their potty. Mild CH cats can usually eat and drink on their own while more moderate and severe CH kitties may need some assistance. Swagger and I are able to eat, drink, and use the litterbox on our own. Sometimes we make a little mess if we fall in our litterbox. It’s harder to potty when your head bobbles and you aren’t very coordinated so sometimes we fall or step in our poo and pee. Meowmy just cleans our little paws with soap and water and it’s no big deal.

Is there any other information you would like to add?

I live with my meowmy, Dad, 3 great danes, 2 toy poodles, a rescued chihuahua, and 2 other rescued kitties. My kitty brofurs are Timmy and Swagger. Timmy is a chunk mol and he’s an indoor/outdoor kitty. He is 4 1/2 years old and was found in an old lady’s ceiling with his other littermates. He was about 3 weeks old when he was found and meowmy’s auntie bottle fed the litter and then meowmy adopted Timmy. Swagger is my CH brofur and he was rescued in Jacksonville, FL and transported to us in October 2012. A very mean person threw Swagger out the window of their car and someone picked him up and brought him to a vet hospital. That’s where Miss Leslie agreed to take him in and nurse him back to health. He was very dehydrated and weak but with her loving care, he made it! We are very close in age and get along so well. I’m 8 months and Swagger is 9 months old. We’re inseparable and I’m so happy to have a wobbly brofur to play with. Swagger and I both have mild CH. I have head tremors and balance and coordination problems. Swagger has some balance and coordination problems but also spins in circles sometimes, especially when he’s excited. We love our fur siblings and are so happy to be rescued and living the good life!





Author’s Note: I would like to thank Twitch and his mom for letting me interview them and sharing his story as well as pictures. Pictures were used with permission. 

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Extra Love Needed: Meet Oscar


How old are you?

The Vet says I was about 7 years old when I was found. That would make me about 9 now!

Where did your name come from?

My mom loves films and loved both the Odd Couple and Splash. They are very cute NYC based stories. My name was already Oscar coming from the shelter. So my last name is Madison based on the Mermaid in Splash and also is coincidentally the name of the funniest character in the Odd Couple, Oscar Madison. It just worked perfectly!

Were you born without the use of your back legs?

I can’t remember a lot from the past but the Vet said I probably could walk but was injured somehow. I may not be able to “walk” now but I can RUN!

How did you come into your family’s life?

I don’t remember how I came to be under the Williamsburg Bridge. But that is what all the papers filed and people say. I was left under the bridge on the Lower East Side at Delancey Street dragging myself. People picked me up and took me to animal services. I was put on Dog Death Row.

But I never lost hope. The kind people at NY Pet-i-Care saw me on the Urgent Facebook page and pulled me out.

My first day off of Death Row at NY Pet-i-Care’s house!”

My new family saw me at the Vet’s office, the one who rescued me with NY Pet-i-Care, and my parents said they fell in love me at first sight!

And the link to the pic where he says: “First meeting!”

I am now happy with my new forever family. Since then my poppa brought us Tiki who was also once in a shelter. We are now a family!

Tiki and I did the Harlem Shake!

Was it hard adjusting to the Walking Wheels wheelchair?

It was weird at first because I could zoom along just fine on my own but the sidewalks are pretty hard and a guy needs some good wheels to take on NYC streets!

How long did it take to get the hang of it?

I liked it okay for a few weeks, but then one day I just took off on it and it was like the easiest thing. I like chasing after other dogs and showing off for them now its like I’ve been in the wheelchair all the time. I’m a pro!

One of the first times I really had fun in the wheelchair now its easy!

What exactly is the Drag Bag?

It’s a strong bag that attaches like a collar around my neck and has a wide strip that goes down my chest to the attached bag that protects my legs from getting scratched when I’m zooming around! I get a lot more speed with it on too so we call it my Drag Racing Bag!

My mom made this funny film of me you can see me racin around the dog run after a nice doggy!

Do you need any type of therapy?

I don’t have any therapy I go to but it helps that I have a ramp to go up and down to my bed so I get to work all my muscles.

My ramp video

I love to run around the dog run in my bag and my wheelchair and that is the best therapy. “One day my mom hopes to get me Nose Cell Transplant Therapy.
To read about it click here.”

One of the Drs who invented it in the UK moved to the University of Iowa and if they can get funding they can offer this to dogs in the US. My momma says she would take me there to get it one day and maybe I’ll be able to walk like Tiki again. Even if that never happens I am happy and healthy and have fun!

What message would like to give to other handicapped pets?

That nothing should stand in your way of a good life! Get up and run and walk and jump in any way you can. Love your family and SMILE at everybody you meet on the street so they think to themselves, what a sweet pet! I would love to help a pet like that too! No one should ever feel sorry for you!

“I Feel Sorry For Handicapped Dogs”

Is there anything else you would like to add?

To everybody, please adopt shelter pets! Puppies, Seniors, Special Needs they are all capable of being the best friend you have always been looking for! They are waiting for you right now and can give you so much love!! You can save a life, and change the world for them and make yourself very very happy too! Its a WIN WIN and a LOVE LOVE!

Author’s Note: I would like to thank Oscar and his mom for letting me interview them and sharing his story as well as pictures. Pictures were used with permission. You can visit him on facebook here or check out his other youtube adventures here

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Today is the last day to register for the raffle.. winners will be announced at party.. there are some great prizes and all the donations for the raffle will benefit the World’s Greatest CatHouse in Englewood, Florida where they are taking care of 200 special needs cats.

I would love to get close to the $1500.00 needed for daily expenses at the World’s Greatest Cat House and make this raffle and party both a success.


Extra Love Needed: Meet Blacky


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The contest is being held by a company called Warehouse, which from the looks of their website it’s like a Walmart (to us Americans) but without the food. So they have bits and pieces of everything.


How old is Blacky?

Blacky is seven years old

Where did you name come from?

I named him based solely on his colour (black).

How did your mum find out you needed extra care?

I have had blacky since a kitten watched him be born out of a litter of two and couldn’t stand to give him up.

How often does he use his wheels?

He only uses his wheels for outdoors the rest of the time he drag himself around however he does lift my back hips up now. He walks around really face and likes sliding on wooden floors.

How long did it take to get used to the wheels?

It took a few months to get use to the wheels until, but once he was outside he liked them a lot better than dragging himself around.

Does Blacky do any therapy/rehab?

Wanted to get him into water therapy have the life jacket but sadly he got singled out with places and they were not keen because he is not a dog , apart from that we just rotate the legs and massage.

Anything else you would like to share?

Sure, here’s the biography from his page:

I am a one eyed cat due to an ulcer that ruptured in my eye. Several years later I was hit by a car and left with spinal nerve damage and paralysis in my rear legs and bladder. However I can now feel my legs if you tickle them and sometimes I move or stand on them and make people very proud. Just last year I had perianal urethrostomy surgery cause my bladder kept blocking. The surgery was a success yeah I dont have my male bits now but im still a boy . I live my life spoilt rotten and like to tell my story so I can show other cats that no matter how much u have lossed in life their is still plenty to live for . I also have a wheelchair the only cat in new zealand with one that we know of I have been on 3 news and lots of times in the paper and my mummy has also been on talk back . One day I hope to thank everyone that helped fund my wheels . As I am very grateful love you all so much love, Blacky.

Author’s Note: I would like to thank Blacky and his mum  for letting me interview them and sharing his story as well as pictures. Pictures were used with permission. Visit him on facebook here or join the group to get more updates here

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Extra Love Needed: Meet Mishu


Mishu 2

How old are you?

A kitty never devulges such information, teehee. Actually I will be 9 years young this July.

Where did you name come from?

I don’t know, this was the name I was given at the ASPCA. Meowmy adopted me with this name and she kept it. I actually answer to it!!

Mishu 4

How did your mom find out about your hyperthyroid?

The ASPCA had told momma that I had hyperthyroidism when she called to ask if I was still available. We think they were trying to scare her off from adopting me since she had never been a cat momma before, but momma doesn’t scare easily, she still came to meet me anyway.

What medications/treatment do you need for it?

This is a tough one. Hyperthyroidism is usually a condition that older kitties get and I was diagnosed when I was one and a half years old. The only medication that is effective is called Methimazole. (Also know as Felimazole). But this medication has horrible side effects when used for too long. It can cause your liver to fail. Which is where I am at right now. I have been on this medication for almost seven and a half years now. You can also have surgery to remove your thyroid completely but than you need to take tyroid hormone replacement pills for the rest of your life, and I HATE pills. So my last option that is available is called Radio Iodine Treatment. Which I go in for in 23 days. This is where they inject you with radio active iodine. Since the Thyroid is the only body organ that picks up Iodine, the radio active iodine attacks the bad parts of my thyroid and any tumors that may have grown from the disease and kills them off so all that is left is the good working part of my thyroid gland. And a cool side effect, momma says I will glow in the dark for a couple of weeks. I think she is pulling my paw though!! MOL

Mishu on Couch

What happens when you become the Mishinator?

Hey, who told on me. I never become the Mishinator. O.K., guess the secret is out. And whoever let it out will soon meet the Mishinator, MOL. Well, you see, I spent a long time in a tiny cube at the ASPCA with only 30 minutes a day of freedom and human interaction, so I can get, well, a little mean. I mean I don’t get like the Hulk and turn all green and lumpy like he does, but, well lets just say keep you fingers and toes inside the ride vehicle at all times when I get cranky. I will hiss, claw and bite at whatever comes across my path. For the first few months, when I came to live with mommy, all I did was hiss at her and bite her. But she said it was alright. She knew I wasn’t really mean, I was just scared. I had been adopted out twice before and returned and than fostered once and returned so I had a hard time trusting humans. I am sure glad my meowmy never gave up on me. We have been together almost three years now and I love it here. And I love her too!!

Does your mom have any advice on checking for symptoms of hyperthyroid or care?

Yes, the first and most tell tale sign of hypertyroidism is your kitties eating habit. If your kitty starts eating a lot of food, almost like it just can’t fill it’s belly, that is the first sign something is wrong. A ravenous appetite is the best clue a kitty momma or daddy can get from their kitty that something is not right. Momma suggests taking your kitty in for a T4 test if this happens with your kitty. That is the test that measures how well your thyroid is working. The normal range is .8 – 4.8 (mine is 19 as of last month and that is on medication) and if your kitty is out of range than meds should be started asap. This will give your momma or daddy time to decide whether they want to continue with the meds, get the surgery or the radio iodine treatment. Momma suggests if you can afford it to do the radio iodine treatment. The medications can cause liver failure and hyperthyroidism itself can cause heart, liver and kidney damage. The only true cure for it is the Radio Iodine treatment. Momma only wishes she knew when she adopted me how bad the meds and the condition were, she says she would have had my treatment done than so I didn’t have my liver failing on me right now. The good news is is that the condition hasn’t harmed any of my other organs and with this pill Denamarin I am on (for my liver) my liver will be completely restored in just a few months after my treatment.

Mishu 5

Anything else you would like to add?

Everyone please be kind to each other. This is a tough world we are living in. It is much easier to go through this life being kind to those around us as opposed to being mean and hateful. And always remember, if kitty wants your side of the bed than you better let him or her have it, because I do give lessons on how to become a Mishinator in three easy steps!! 🙂 MOL.

Author’s Note: I would like to thank Miss Mishu  and her momma for letting me interview them and sharing his story as well as pictures. Pictures were used with permission. 

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