Thursday, February 1, 2007
Smokey and Siblings
So here is Smokey, the last of the Forty Paws, and the sibling of Reno, Obi, and Sally. There were actually 7 kittens born to the feral mom cat with Herpes 1, but 3 kittens died in the crazy cat lady's garage.
Looking at their pictures side by side, you can see why the V-E-T said their cat momma "got around" and had "some explaining to do".
All 4 siblings have right eye scarring and are susceptible to a Feline Herpes 1 outbreak. They all have L-lysine mixed in with their stinky goodness on a daily basis.
Smokey's right eye scarred so that he looks a bit cross-eyed. His brown protein doesn't glop up and get crusty, it just constantly leaks. It drips in the food bowls, it drips on the floor while he's eating or drinking. It splatters the wall when he shakes his head after a drink. When there get to be too many brown spots on the floor and walls, I know it's time to do a thorough floor/wall scrubbing. I usually add bleach to help prevent the spread of FHV 1. Although vaccinated, most of the other cats here have ended up catching a mild form of FHV 1 and have cat colds occasionally.
Bow is the most susceptible since he is on steroids for his IBS. His colds ended up eroding his nasal passages and he had an endoscopy done of his nose and has been on heavy duty antibiotics several times to clear up his sinuses.
When Smokey came here with the horrid diarrhea from the crazy cat lady's garage, his fur was so coarse and wiry, we had never felt fur like it. After months of getting him over his diarrhea and getting good food into him and lots of brushing and petting, his fur became softer. Now, 3 years later, it is very silky. It's funny when we brush him because he loses almost none of his guard hairs which are the black ones, but the brush fills up with the silver awn hairs so it looks like we are brushing a white cat instead of a black cat!
Smokey loves to rub his weepy eye against anyone and everything. He is constantly rubbing his eye against the other cats, circling round them, and rubs it against our arms, our legs, the furniture, etc.
He is a huge cat, twice the size of Reno or Sally. He doesn't like to be picked up, but will lay on a lap occasionally. He likes to pick on Jenny and make her scream, and he rolls all of his siblings daily.