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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

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POTP for Our Sweet Katie


I thought I outta update my readers on why you haven’t seen many photos or participation from our sweet little Katie. She has been battling some kind’a bacterial infection that has taken over 10 of her 16 claw sheaths. We have been trying to treat this for months now. Her Vet sent in skin scraping for culture testing and she does indeed have a bacterial infection. But— the “why” is eluding our Vet. And Doc K is the best!

4 weeks ago                                                        Now

You can see in the photo from 4+weeks ago, that our cat litter was encrusted on her claw sheath and when Mom L pulled that clump away, it was oozing puss. And it bled a bit too. In the “now” photo (apologies for the blur) you can see that the skin around the claw and sheath are pink and healthy. But, the claw is discolored. Katie has had 3 long acting antibacterial injections over the last couple of months. And she has been on some nasty liquid antibiotic (Orbax) for the last two weeks.

You can see that precious Katie doesn’t much like this yucky stuff. And you can see that she is very depressed and sad. You see, Katie has never become comfortable with being picked up. And she has never sat in a lap. She allows Dad P to pet her every night and she sometimes sleeps between his or Mom L’s legs at night and when Mom L takes an afternoon nap. Katie, if you recall, was rescued by Mom L and Dad P from a horrible hoarding place when she was only 5-6 months old. She had already had kittens; Mom L could see she had been nursing within the last weeks. Mom L also found dead kittens, barely days old, in the closet; likely Katie’s.

All that said, Katie has to be confined in Dad P’s office so he and Mom L can administer her meds and Mom L cleans all of her claws with an antiseptic pad every day. This infection spread to most of her claw sheaths. She is improving but what happens now that the antibiotics are finished?

By confining her to one place, we can test different litter with her to learn if it is the wheat clumping litter we have used for years that has caused this to happen to her. We are now on our third litter trial; silica non-clumping and her claws are looking better. But she still has the meds in her system so we won’t know for sure until the next week or so. Next we will try to learn if this might be a food allergy. So disturbing.

We sure will appreciate all the POTP (Power of the Paw) you send her. She is very depressed, misses her play buddy Eowyn and we know she thinks she is being punished. We all have leaky eyes for our darling little Katie. Our guest bed is in Dad P’s office and he has been sleeping with her the whole time she is confined. That is over two and a half weeks now. Katie does play with Dad P’s footsies under the covers at night, and she comes up to his chest for snuggles and pets and she sleeps with him all night. But when the sun arrives and daylight begins to show itself, Katie retreat to her hiding spots in Dad P’s closet. And she remains in there all day. When anyone enters the room during the day, and Katie is out on the tower or bed or Dad P’s chair, Katie slinks back to her hidey spots. Breaking all our hearts.


Do you know what the future will bring?


I never ever thought my future would hold more than me, Mom and Dad. And then, because I bonded so closely with Mom L, Dad P really missed having a cat that was close to him. This is me when I was dropped at the night drop box at our county animal shelter in 2010.

My Intake Photo: Kill Shelter

ENTER—TKS aka The Kid Sage aka Sage. I had a really tough time accepting Sage. But Mom L and Dad P’s patience got me through that adjustment. Sage came along about twenty months after I made myself comfy in my new forever castle.

Contemplating Zen

Sage and I have become good furriends. I know she always wanted to snuggle, but my previous traumas before coming to my forever castle made me a very hesitant to trust kitty. Na’mean??

And then, as Mom L and Dad P became involved in community cat rescue in 2017, they happened upon a desperate five month old kitten who was traumatized in a hoarder’s home.

ENTER—Katie aka KK aka Kit Katie. Katie came to my castle in the summer of 2018, she was adopted twice and returned both times because she was “too shy”.

Mom L and Dad P said forget that crap!! This kitteh is ours!! And Katie has become such a treasure in my forever castle!

Our concern has been that sweet Katie is only three years old, and she is starting to sleep more than she used to play. I am now—ahem!—a sixteen year old lady cat and TKS is a nine year old gal. Neither of us has the energy to keep Katie playing  and I have to admit, I am also now deaf so’s I can’t even hear her calling to me to play.

ENTER—you decide if this entry may be in my future. I am yet not convinced, but there are possibilities. This was taken in my our master bedroom during afternoon siesta time. Notice any introoders?


When belly rubs are safe


Sometimes we kittehs just don’t like to have out bellies touched and other times, we just totally luvluvluv it! Katie used to let Mom L and Dad P give her lots and lots of belly rubs when she was first with us. You remember we rescued her from a terrible hoarding situation when she was only about five months old. By the time she was about nine months old she was really getting the hang of making her tummy available for belly rubs.

Sadly, Katie stopped letting Mom L give her those belly rubs a couple of years ago. No reason, she just stopped once she left the confines of Mom L’s office where she lived for a couple of months to get further socialized after we adopted her. Sweet girl, no one wanted her ‘cuz she was so shy. She was adopted twice and returned both times. That’s when Mom L and Dad P said “she isn’t going anywhere else again. She is ours.”

So you can imagine how excited Mom L was yesterday when Katie let her give her lots of belly rubs for like five minutes!!

Katie let her rub her up and down her whole underside and she even posed for some photos and never rolled over and ran away like she has been doing.

Can you tell that Katie hasn’t grown much bigger than she was in 2018? She is still a little kitty compared to me at ten pounds and TKS at twelve pounds. KK is a petite seven pounds.

Hope you enjoyed seeing Katie let Mom L give her belly rubs.


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