Monday, January 15, 2007

Obi's Tale

I'm Obi. That stands for Orange Boy. Am I not just the most gorgeous hunk of burnin' love you ever saw?

My tale is very long, but will give you some background on my siblings Sally, Reno, and Smokey as well.

We were born to a feral mama with Feline Herpes I, or Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus. Our eyes wouldn't open which is normal in kittens who contract herpes during birth.

A crazy cat lady who thinks she is a foster mom kept us in her garage in cages for the first 9 months of our lives because she didn't know what to do about our eyes. Then we all got really bad diarrhea except for Reno and she had to get rid of the 3 of us because her husband made her. So we went to another foster home where the lady didn't medicate us regularly. Then our Maw got us to her home and starting giving us NASTY Metronidazole (flagyl) and prescription food and Metamucil everyday for 3 months until our diarrhea finally stopped. Our good tummy flora was totally out of whack because we had had diarrhea for 6 months. When we came to our Maw and Paw's, we didn't know how to run or jump or climb since we lived in a cage during our formative months.

Once we got all better we had our vaccinations and even had our teeth cleaned because Herpes can kinda ulcerate the gums and our teeth were a mess although we were only a year and a half old. Then Maw put us up for adoption through the group she volunteered with and put us on Petfinder. The crazy cat lady had already had us neutered and spayed.

Everybody wanted to adopt me because I'm beautiful, but they didn't want to give me my L-lysine supplements for my Herpes, and my Metamucil which I take daily so I don't have squishee poops. So I didn't get adopted because nobody wanted a "special needs" cat.

Then my pee pee blocked. I was in the v-e-t hospital for a whole week with a catheter coming out and fluids going into me. Then I went to the North Texas Veterinary Referral Center and they did a perineal urethrostomy. So I'm a eunich in a very real sense of the word. I still get bladder infections and Maw has to watch me very carefully because when I start getting an infection, I hit every litter box in the house and leave a tiny spot. Then I have to start taking Prednisolone and antibiotics to reduce my bladder inflammation.

Every time I get sick, Maw always says that I would be so dead if I had been adopted because most people wouldn't go through what she and Paw have been through with me, or spent the tons of money on my surgery and such. So I consider myself very lucky to be here even if I REALLY hate Dorf and he picks on me all the time. And then I pee myself.

Here is a picture of me after my surgery when Maw temporarily took off my e-collar so I could bathe everything except my pee pee. Can you believe they even shaved my gorgeous tail???? How embarrasing!!!

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Oh, and Maw says that Crazy Cat Lady will end up being on the evening news one day when she's old and grey, after the health department comes out and finds 150 cats in her house with 50 dead ones and a foot of feces and urine piled up in the house and the neighbors complain of the smell.


mister jeter harris, hizself said...

wow ... dat'z sum tale ... (an sum tail!)
obi iz luckee to hav dis furever home now.
on anudder note: thanx fer da dyson info. mi mom haz lottsa cooponz fer b,b, & b. maybe she'll go today!

Icon Baxter Bentley said...

Oh wow, that is indeed some tail! It sounds like you finally got lucky with your Maw; don't let her get away!
I hope the crazy cat lady doesn't end up on Animal Cops on Animal Planet or the Discovery Channel!

Around Your Wrist said...

i'm so glad you have this as your furrever home, obi! you got a good maw and a good paw to take such good care of you.


The Lee County Clowder said...


Your Maw and Paw might want to check with your v-e-t to see if Cosequin could help your bladder.

I spent a couple years taking Luna to the v-e-t, trying all manner of treatments for bladder infections. Finally they found out the real problem was the bladder wall getting irritated, which lead to her continually trying to empty her bladder, which irritated the bladder even more. Cosequin is not that expensive, and you can get it over the web. (It also is supposed to help joints, especially on older critters)

For whatever it might be worth.

Good luck


PS: I trust you've since figured out how to run, jump, climb, and the related details involved in cat play?

Daisy said...

Oh, Obi, you sure did have a sad kittenhood. I am glad that you found a great home now. One of the cats that was at the shelter where my Mommie helps also had that surgery, and he looked just like your picture! He also got adopted to a good home.

I like to read all about you and yer brothers and sisters!

Just Ducky said...

What a story! Not being able to play and have fun. I am so happy that you found your Maw and Paw and your furever home.

Plus, you need to join the Gorgeous Gingers. http://gingergang.blogspot.com/

The M's said...

Wow, you guys and gals and eunuch's are very lucky to have a Mummy like you do. Also fanks for the vac info, we will try to find a coupon by the time we's get our taxes.

Shaggy and Scout said...

Oh you poor sweet kitty. What an awful time you have had. We are thankful you are in such a good home now and being loved. Your Maw & Paw are very special people!

Tara said...

What a story! You are so lucky to have found your Mom! Thanks for visiting my blog, I enjoyed yours! Tara

Anonymous said...

you're really gorgeous! how sad that you and your siblings had such a bad start. you've got the purrfect family now though!

Unknown said...

Me too,but you are fine now!Oh you poor sweet kitty! A hug from Spain for you!

Lux said...

You have really been through it, Man. I'm so glad everything is better now.

Yr friend,

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

That is a terrible start to life yoo and yer brofurrs an sisfurrs had. Yoo are all furry lucky dat yoo ended up in such a good furrefurr home wiv yer beans.

Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Wow, that's quite the story! So sorry you and your siblings had such a hard early life. :( Wonderful that your maw and paw adopted you and you have a great forever home.