Meet the Cats

20160223_125648Gyula

This is my beauty boy Gyula. He is the oldest of the 3 cats at about 10 years old. I really don’t know how old he is because I adopted him from the shelter but the vet seems to think about 10. He is calm and snuggly but independent and aggressive at the same time. Not too aggressive, maybe assertive is more like it. He definitely lets me know when he doesn’t like something. He is a big cat and has a ton of fur that loves to shed. His blue eyes and light grey tabby coat make him a very beautiful cat. He does have his ailments as well. Along with feline herpes, he also has chronic constipation and the beginning stages of kidney disease. He such a good boy and is my cuddle buddy.

 

 

IMG069Ferencz (Feri)

Feri is 6 and took a very long time to warm up to me however now he is super affectionate. He doesn’t like to sit on my lap, be held or cuddle but he has to be near me. He is the one who follows me from room to room just to remain close. Feri is fiercely independent and needs his space. He loves to sit in the backyard and just watch the day go by. Feri is super nosy and has to look in every bag I bring in the house. He also has a weird quirk where he has to smell everything from my food to my make up. The little bugger never eats any of it, he just wants to smell it.  Feri also has feline herpes as well as a back injury which makes him miss his jumps about 50% of the time. Feri is my curious boy and my protector. When I am sick he is the guy the watches me while I am sleeping.

 

20160223_140732Zoli (Zo Zo)

This is Zoli, my little trouble maker. He loves to play with crinkle balls and bring me gifts of fallen leaves as his “prey”. He is a bully to Gyula but not a huge one. More often than not, he just wants to play but his play is too rough for Gyula and so it’s become a bully situation where Gyula will hide. I’m working on that! He is the youngest and will be 5 in September. He is also a carrier of feline herpes and actually gave it to both Gyula and Feri when he joined us. Zoli loves to eat and is actually overweight at 14 lbs. I do try to limit his food but he eats longer than the other two and LOVES dry food. All he does with wet food is eat the gravy! He’s my little goon and loves to sit in my lap while I work.

8 comments

  1. What a beautiful family! I know our humane society where I live is offering cats for adoption for free right now, fully vet checked and fixed. They have too many. This makes me so sad, I have been telling all my responsible friends to consider adoption. Cats are great life companions. It looks like you have 3 great companions! Thanks for sharing.

  2. It is a pleasure to meet the cats. What beautiful kitties you have! Zo Zo is so unique.

    I live with a bunch of kitties. One of my oldest, an orange tabby named Oscar recently had several teeth removed. He’s healing well.

    My youngest is Trixie. My granddaughter found her in a pile of leaves in April. Trixie was probably about 6 weeks old at the time.

    Now, she’s napping on my desk as I write. She has an upper respiratory infection that is making the rounds with my tribe. Fortunately, it passes within a few days.

    1. Aw, I love orange tabbies! Before I had these three guys I had a kitty that had to have her teeth removed. They were making her so sick. She was all better after that and still caught birds althouhg thankfully they were never hurt because she din’t have teeth!

      I miss the young days of kitten hood. Enjoy Trixie’s youth, it is too much fun! I can understand how the infection is spread around since my guys have feline herpes. It’s heartbreaking to see them feeling so down. Hopefully she will feel better soon. Cheers!

  3. It’s very nice to meet your lovey cats too…I used to have two chocolate point Tonkinese boys and a pretty little Siamese frost point girl…and then five unexpected kittens when one of the Tonks ‘got it on’ with the Siamese (Cue the funky wah wah backing music) I still really miss them
    Been thinking about getting a couple of Sphynx kittens to fill the void but maybe I should go down the shelter route?

    1. I’ve always wanted a Scottish Fold and a Bengal cat but for some reason I feel like I do an injustice if I don’t adopt! Lol That’s just me though. I’m the type of person that can’t be without a pet so if your feeling the void then I think that’s a calling! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Dear Cat,

    Thank you for sharing your experiences and subsequent wealth of information that has accompanied them over the years with other cat-adorers & animal-lovers such as myself who are passionate about their pets’ wellbeing & healthcare. Quite an impressive array of acquired information, I must say!

    Would you happen to know much (or anything) about an autoimmune condition in cats similar to psoriatic arthritis in humans? My adult (early senior) spayed female cat’s symptoms are: overweight; overgrooming; itchiness, dandruff, alopecia; slow, gradual atrophy in hind quarters; guarded, calculated movement (think “tin man,” so possibly arthritis); and now, also the onset of constipation. I’ve had her checked out (including blood work) by 3 vets over the past 3-4 years resulting in no definitive diagnosis, no answers. (I got to thinking about psoriatic arthritis after seeing so many commercials about it with respect to it’s effect on humans – & of course the medications to treat it.)

    Thank you for any insight and help you may be able to provide!

    1. First and foremost, let me apologize for not getting back to you sooner but I wanted to do a little research on psoriatic arthritis before I answered. Unfortunately, I came up empty handed with an autoimmune disease in cats that mimicks psoriatic arthritis. However, it does certainly sound like she has arthritis but the skin problems that go along with it are odd. Can I ask a few questions? Is she on any medication? Or supplements? Are you positive she doesn’t have fleas, ringworm or scabies? If she’s not on any meds or supplements and she’s negative for parasites, it could simply be stress from the arthritis and being in pain. Gyula lost a lot of fur when he was sick. He wasn’t overgrooming or anything but all cats are different. Zoli gets horrible alopecia when he gets just one flea bite! Or perhaps, she’s allergic to the food you are giving her which would definitely cause the skin problems.

      I understand the stress you are going through with the vets. I have just been through it myself with Gyula and his kidney disease. The one thing that I can attest to is to go with your gut. If you know that these vets are wrong then keep searching for what helps your fur baby! You may have to find it on your own and if it needs a prescription, go to the vet and ask them to OK it. I did this with Gyula’s food for his IBD.

      On another note, I am very holistic and prefer to treat myself and my fur babies with as little medicine as possible. I found some herbal remedies that are working wonders for Gyula’s IBD and kidney disease as well as for Feri who was recently diagnosed with struvite crystals. (I have so much information to share on my site!) I am not affiliated with the company as of yet but am anxious to do so. If you would like to take a look at the products, the site is called PetWellbeiing.com. I checked and they have a ton of tonics for arthritis and skin care. I can’t tell you how well Gyula is doing. I have him off of all medication except for Miralax which I give him for the constipation. You can try that as well as she is probably in pain squatting to poop and has been reluctant to go.

      Please keep me posted and let me know if you have any further questions. Cheers!

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