Monday, June 30, 2014

The Chipmunks are 7: Nelson and Alvie

It’s that time of the year again and June 1st was my cat Nelson’s 7th Birthday. Both he and his sibling Alvie can be seen in the photos – Alvie lives at Calhoun Pet store and upon a recent visit she is doing wonderfully!
As you know, this year has been a challenge and a struggle for Nelson. He developed a horrible allergy to any food except raw rabbit, without the raw food the poor little cat has some very bad symptoms. He also developed some neurological issue which caused him to obsessively chase and bite his tail. He had a very bad time of it and behaved like he always had a horrible itch which would make his skin roll and twitch constantly. He was struggling to simply get through each day without an itch or twitch and was very upset, annoyed, and unhappy.

He also became very aggressive towards my 17-year-old kitty Sagan, he would attack her for no reason and terrorize her when she used the litter pan. These encounters were very serious and a couple of times he injured her.
Luck has been on our side! When I experienced these problems the first person I reached out to was you as his foster Mom. With each issue you contacted other Feline Rescue foster parents and they came out in numbers to give me suggestions to help to resolve Nelson’s issues. I am happy to report that now he is on a raw diet and is taking Prozac. He is now able to live a happy healthy life in his own skin.

He still wants to attack Sagan, but now, when I’m not home, either he or Sagan spends time in my bedroom. Nelson does fine when he is supervised around Sagan, but not when left alone. Since Sagan is 17, she does not mind spending time by herself in my bedroom, I’ve provided her with food, water, toys, and a litter pan. Seems like no amount of raw food or Prozac will deter Nelson from this behavior, but at least I have a reasonable and workable solution.
I was very concerned about him and afraid I would not find a solution to his health problems, I was so disheartened by just the thought that he may not be able to have a healthy happy future. I am so grateful to you and all the Feline Rescue people who provided me with alternatives and suggestions.

I love Nelson so much, he has captured my heart and become a huge part of my life and family. You and others in feline Rescue have proved time and time again that you will go to the ends of the earth to see that all kitties don’t just go to a forever home, but thrive in those homes.

A heartfelt thank you to you and Feline rescue, here’s to Nelson’s 8th birthday!

You are the BEST!!


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