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Remembering Coco Six Years Later

 

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In spite of March 19, 2010 being one of the worse days of my life, I want to honor Coco who was diagnosed with GI lymphoma at age 4. We did everything we could and she defied the odds and was in remission until she was almost 6. She was a rescue that we got when she was 8 weeks old with her sister Chanel who we thankfully still have.

Please remember you can get a full breed  cat or dog at a rescue shelter. Coco was a Himalayan Persian. She was so sweet and smart. She played fetch - even by herself. She would throw her toys downstairs herself and go get them. She also had a butterfly that she carried everywhere and always slept next to. Losing a pet is always hard. I just wish she could have stayed with us longer.

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 When she passed away I wanted to know how long the PAIN would last.  I've learned that, for me, it never really goes away.  I've learned how to deal with it though.  As far as getting another pet...I felt wrong doing that, but I think it's a personal decision when and if a person chooses to get a new pet.  I waited five weeks (as long as I could) and got Sasha from our local shelter.  She had been left there the day before.  The doctor said she was five weeks old when we brought her to the doctor - coincidence?

For me, one of the hardest things about traveling is missing my family and pets and one of the best things is coming home to them. This is Sasha who we rescued when she was 5 weeks old from a shelter. I say she is Siamese (but is probably a mix) and think she is beautiful! A few people have said that her face is funny as it's asymmetrical. She is glued to my side and can be fast asleep but follows me and sits on the counter while I brush my teeth at night.

Cat-1212647_960_720I did feel a little better after I got Sasha.  Here are she and I about a week after she joined our rather large family:

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Here is Chanel taking time to smell the flowers: 

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I know that it talking about the loss of a pet is not the most uplifting topic.  I do appreciate you stopping by and reading about my Coco.  I've learned that losing a pet can be like losing a small child.  Don't be afraid to reach out for help of any kind if it happens to you.  Take care my friends!

~Michelle

 


USDA Approved Treatment For FIV and FeLV Positive Cats That Works!

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Please share with anyone who works with cats or could use this information. After initially hearing that just a few treatments are ~ $1500, I called about half the vets in FL including the University of Florida and no one knew anything...so I guess this is a VERY new treatment. I finally called the company and a vet answered right away. Treatments are about $70 each. An FIV or FeLV cat needs 3 initially within 2 weeks and then only 1-2 treatments a year. 75-80% success rate. No side effects and most importantly, if it doesn't help them, it won't hurt them!
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"Pulling" Peggy From the Pound

017While on a rescue mission last week to our local Animal Control Services, aka "The Pound", a euthanizing facility, I met Peggy.  Peggy is a very young cat that was found in the middle of a road.  She had broken her back leg at some point and it had healed incorrectly.  It basically sticks straight out.  However, Peggy is one of the sweetest cats I have ever met.  She is a total lap cat who purrs constantly and always comes to you when she is called.  Her disability doesn't stop her from getting around, has no trouble getting along with other cats, and using a litter box.

I didn't know how much longer Peggy had in her teeny cage at "The Pound" so I "pulled" her (as they call it) and brought her back to our non-euthanizing SPCA facility.  She is doing well and seems quite happy.

I have been using every advertising venue that I know of to get Peggy a very good home.  We have already gotten some calls about her.  I'm really hoping she gets placed in a nice home soon.  Peggy is not just a special needs cat, but very special as well.  I would love to have a wing at our facility for special needs and "unadoptable" pets someday.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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A Wish Granted By Our Precious Coco On Her Angel Day?

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Coco passed away two years ago on March 19th.  On that day one of my top three wishes was granted.  I had been hoping and praying that a wonderful cat named Kendall with FIV at our shelter would get adopted quickly.  Here is a photo of her and her story:

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Kendall is a beautiful cat who unfortunately contracted FIV but is 
very healthy. She is super friendly and playful.  
HUMANS can NOT get ill from FIV infected cats.
Kendall has had a tough time.  She had 3 kittens born 
with FIV.  Because the kittens were born with the virus, 
they had very high levels in their systems and passed 
away from cancer by age one.  Kendall's vet has said 
that because she contracted the virus later in life, she 
has a much better chance of staying healthy.  She is 
very lonely and sad.  Kendall would like nothing more 
than to have her first home and family.  FIV cats can 
lead normal lives. Please see this article:

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 I was so worried about Kendall after all 3 of her babies passes away in 2 months!  The family had their own little islation room with a great outdoor view.  The last kitten passed away last week.  I posted EVERYWHERE, called all the vets, and told everyone I knew about Kendall.  Then on Monday, a day we normally keep our shelter closed for cleaning, a family knocked on the door wanting a cat.  They have no other pets and chose Kendall! 

What a wonderful thing to happen on Coco's angel date!!!

Thanks for reading and in memory of Kendall's beautiful babies I am going to post their photos.  Take care everyone.  Hope to be back to blogging sooner rather than later.  However, I had to tell this story.

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Foster Kitties Little Peanut and Oliver Updates

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Lil manThe above photos are of Little Peanut who is now around 2 months old.  We feel very fortunate that one of the SPCA's wonderful vets has adopted him!  They fell in love with him and that is such a great thing especially since Little Peanut's urinary tract is not wide enough.  The vet operated on him a couple weeks ago.  He will need another operation as he gets bigger.  I have been very worried about him, but know that he is in the best of hands and is happy with his nice new family in his new home.  His prognosis is good.  I will try to post some better photos of him in the future.
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003The above photos are of foster kitty Oliver.  He was already spoken for when he came to our home, but only weighed 12 ounces.  He needed to be bottle fed and get a little older before he could go to his new home.  Fortunately Oliver did really well like the dozens of "bottle babies" I've had in the past :).  The photo of Oliver and I was taken at 4:30 AM as I was headed to the airport for a quick trip to Vermont.

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The above photo is of one of my best friends Tina and I while I was in Vermont.  I love visiting Vermont.  It is so beautiful and serene.  I also have several good friends and family there.

Meanwhile, the weather in Florida is beautiful.  Fall is my favorite season here.  The humidity is gone and the temperature is perfect (to me) on most days - highs in the low 80's and lows at night in the 60's.

I've missed blogging.  I will try to be better.  Thanks so much for stopping by and take care my friends!

Michelle