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JUSTIN
Hi foster mom says I am on the left. I am the best looking don't you think? It will be at least after July 1st before I will be able to go home. Oh left as I look at you and right as you look at me. My trip home will have to be less than six hours. and my new home must include another kitten or young cat for me to play with.
PERSONAL INFO
Name:   Justin
ID#: VA6994
Location:  Florida
Sex: male
Current Age: 10 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Seal
DateIn: 05/17/10
Adopted: 06/27/10
Congrats: Joee
Foster: Jane

Foster Notes

This cat is either scared or, or has had bad experiences with dogs.Not with Dogs

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Notes from Home
I am so sad to report that Figaro passed away a year and a half ago from kidney failure. He was a sweet boy whom I loved very much. His brother Baci passed away early May from stomach cancer. I loved him too very much. I am happy they are both in heaven together as they have always been each other's best friend.
(Last update: Jun 30th, 2018 8am)

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PERSONAL INFO
Name: Figaroo or Boci

(FKA Dillon)

ID#: VA6992
Location:  Florida
Sex: male
Current Age: 6 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Seal
Date In: 05/17/10
Adopted: 06/27/10
Deceased: 01/01/17
Congrats: Joee
Foster: Jane

Foster Notes

This cat is either scared or, or has had bad experiences with dogs.Not with Dogs
FIGAROO OR BOCI
Just arrived. More information soon.I am on the right, or is it the left, oh even foster mom has trouble telling us apart. It will probably be after the first of July before I can go home. My home will have to be within a six hour drive. and i must have a young cat or kitten to be a playmate.

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Notes from Home
I am so sad to report that Figaro passed away a year and a half ago from kidney failure. He was a sweet boy whom I loved very much. His brother Baci passed away early May from stomach cancer. I loved him too very much. I am happy they are both in heaven together as they have always been each other's best friend.



(Last update: Jun 30th, 2018 8am)

PRINCESS
Princess is a senior girl who was taken to a shelter from a hoarder situation. She had blood work that showed she was in pretty good shape for her age, though she is hyperthyroid. She is now on meds for that, which is easy to give in her food, and not too expensive. Once her thyroid was where it should be, she was re-tested and though now the thyroid levels are where they should be, it was discovered that she is in renal failure. According to my vet, high thyroid levels will sometimes mask renal problems, but once thyroid is leveled out, that's when the real picture shows up.

This is a case of what a true rescue is all about. She is pretty, loving and so much likes attention. No cat her age deserves to be in a shelter or to die in one. She likes to sleep in her heated bed, and doesn't care for other cats, but as long as they keep their distance, she's fine around them. She just growls at them if they get too close.

If you'd like to give this sweet girl some happiness in her last years, ask about her and I'll update you on her progress.

Thanks!
PERSONAL INFO
Name:   Princess
ID#: VA12527
Location:  Virginia
Sex: female
Current Age: 18 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Lilac
DateIn: 02/13/18
Adopted: 05/26/18
Congrats: Carla
Foster: Jeanne



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Notes from Home
One month: The Dowager Princess (aka Dow, Dao, Your Highness, et cetera) has settled in. The Angels of Assisi papers give her birthdate as 9/16/02. I've brought her to the vet twice, the 2nd time to follow-up on her ear issue. She was re-medicated and I have another follow up on Tues, Jul 3rd to make certain it's totally cleared up this time! Her weight has been consistent. I've switched her from FF Chicken to the Roasted Turkey which has much less phosphorus. Triumph Turkey and Beef flavors will be added to the rotation soon and they are both cheaper and lower in phosphorus, particularly the Turkey.

She's started to be difficult about taking her thyroid meds and I'm looking into the topical form, but that won't be an option until her ears are completely clear. The vet also noted that her thyroid number was so low, that skipping a dose every other day wouldn't hurt. Also looking in to adding a phosphorus binder (most likely baked and crushed eggshells) to help since that number was so high. She's going to have blood work done again in early September.

She's been out of isolation for a few weeks now and both cats are hissing at each other. I'm trying to let them work it out between themselves as long as there's no growling and paw swipes. As expected, Tenebrae attempts to eat Dow's food, so I still separate them at meal time. The Dow has retaliated by occupying Ten's carrier and playing with her catnip cigar. I can't help but laugh when Ten comes to 'complain' that she's playing with her stuff. Both cats are now on a totally canned diet with rare bits of chicken added when I'm motivated enough to actually turn the oven on!

The Dow has been slightly less of a snuggler with the temps being so high. I also believe she's more secure and doesn't feel the need to be so clingy. She had me nicely trained to put the chair cushion on the floor, sit in the chair, then she would flop onto the cushion and claw at my ankles until I picked up the cushion and put it and her on my lap. At night she will physically pull my arm over so she can use it as a pillow. Quite certain of what she wants! I expect to be even more popular once Fall starts to chill things. :)

Pictures are a challenge. First, she immediately comes over for petting if I point the camera at her. Second, her iris atrophy is near total, so she's much more comfortable in dim light. I'm going to get PhotoShop running this week, so will attempt to get some shots uploaded real-soon-now.

(Last update: Jun 29th, 2018 8pm)

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PERSONAL INFO
Name:   Perla
ID#: VA5624
Location:  South Carolina
Sex: female
Current Age: 14 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Lynx
Date In: 04/14/08
Adopted: 06/28/08
Congrats: Cheryl
Foster: Kay


This cat is not suitable for children under the age of 5 (ie 5 and over is OK). This is typically a cat that is shy and a child might scare it, or one that has a potential to bite or play too hardNot with kids under 5
PERLA
Hi, potential adopters, Please don't just pass me by - I am a good girl. I'm not crazy about other kitties but get along as long as they don't bother me. I'm not in your face but I like to be nearby and observe. Sometimes you can hold me, but I am not really a lap kitty. Brushing is ok sometimes, too. If you want a quiet companion - I'm your girl.. Perla

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Notes from Home
Perla is the sweetest girl. She snuggles with me every night when I go to sleep. She lets me know when she needs love by head butting me or throwing herself against me. She's so cute. She shows me love every day. She is definitely my girl. Perla still hides when other people come in the house. She plays with toys sometimes. She is still a shy one. Her favorite place is my bed and that is a-okay with me.
November 25, 2012 was a red letter day. Perla jumped up to sit in my lap. It only took 4 1/2 years! She wants to be near me when I am at home. Unconditional love is a wonderful thing.
June 28, 2018 - Perla is 12 years old and has been at her fur-ever home for 10 years! She is doing well, except for a small problem with irritable bowel disease. She has check-ups every six months and sometimes she has to go in for a tune-up, getting fluids and an injection to settle her tummy. Perla has made such a wonderful impact on my life. She is not as shy as she used to be around others. She is very much a lap kitty. She cuddles up next to me at night.

(Last update: Jun 29th, 2018 4pm)

LUNA
A little teeny thing way too thin at under 5 pounds, I'm very friendly and outgoing and looking forward to sharing all my information as soon as I pose for my portfolio!
PERSONAL INFO
Name: Luna

(FKA Lucy Loo)

ID#: VA10130
Location:  Virginia Center
Sex: female
Current Age: 9 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Snowshoe
DateIn: 07/06/14
Adopted: 08/02/14
Congrats: Virginia
Foster: Siri



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Notes from Home
Hello world! It’s been a long time since I was adopted (almost 3 years!) and I’m loving every minute of it! I love to play in my cat tree and scratch my posts. I’ve been spoiled by the good life of lots of good healthy food and exercise. Thank you to everyone at the Siamese Rescue Center for making my dream of a forever home a reality!
(Last update: Jun 28th, 2018 6pm)

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PERSONAL INFO
Name: Kiko

(FKA Hoss)

ID#: VA10064
Location:  Virginia Center
Sex: male
Current Age: 7 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Chocolate
Date In: 06/07/14
Adopted: 06/28/14
Congrats: Ruth
Foster: Siri


This cat is not suitable for children under the age of 5 (ie 5 and over is OK). This is typically a cat that is shy and a child might scare it, or one that has a potential to bite or play too hardNot with kids under 5
This cat will not tolerate being with a male cat. Usually this is a male cat.Not with Male Cats
KIKO
Biiiiizzzzzzeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! That's me! I'm curious, outgoing, mischievous and fun loving. Love everything and everyone, but not sitting still for too long. If you are a mover and shaker, let's do that funky chicken dance together!

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Notes from Home
Kit is still doing great. Except he still can't jump up on the kitchen counter (36" high). I tried enticing him with food, but can't do it, so I put a basket there for him to get on and then jump the rest of the way. I think that he has gained a little weight, but would like to see a little more on him. His favorite hangout is still the screened in porch or a cushion on a dining chair. My other cat, Willow, and Kit get a little closer, nose to nose, but Willow still is not ready to make complete friends with him yet. I am anxious to see them finally play and sleep together. the photos that I will upload might be repeats.

Kiko is still fabulous, a little overweight and he and Kitty sleep together and play together and both sleep in my bed with me at night. Both still a joy.

(Last update: Jun 28th, 2018 11am)

LUNA
Outgoing and lovely, I can lap sit and play as is typical of snowshoes! You aren't going to need more than me in your life!
PERSONAL INFO
Name: Luna

(FKA Dinsdale)

ID#: VA12111
Location:  Virginia Center
Sex: female
Current Age: 5 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Snowshoe
DateIn: 06/24/17
Adopted: 07/09/17
Congrats: Juan Carlos
Foster: Siri


This cat is not suitable for children under the age of 5 (ie 5 and over is OK). This is typically a cat that is shy and a child might scare it, or one that has a potential to bite or play too hardNot with kids under 5
This cat will not tolerate any other cats in the home. A dog may still be a possibility though.Must be Only Cat

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Notes from Home
07/12/17 Luna (formerly Dinsdale) has been home for 3 days now. We renamed her because she got her name when the rescuer thought she was boy. She eats well and litter boxes well. Her favorite thing is time with her people. She will curl upon the couch next us while we work or watch TV. She also loves playing with her feather stick toy. We feel like we have won the cat lottery with this lovely girl! She is very much attached to her people, but has gradually started playing independently as well.

06.27.2018 Since Luna's adopt-a-versary is coming up next month, we wanted to provide an update. All Luna's fur grew back just a few months after she came home. She is exactly the cat we hoped she would be. She is both cuddly and playful. She sleeps on our bed with us at night. She snuggles with us before we go to work in the morning and greets us at the door when we return home. She enjoys playing and running around the apartment.

(Last update: Jun 27th, 2018 11am)

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PERSONAL INFO
Name:   Sylvie fka Sylvia
ID#: VA6310
Location:  South Carolina
Sex: female
Current Age: 12 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Blue
Date In: 05/12/09
Adopted: 06/27/09
Congrats: Alicia
Foster: Kay


This cat is not suitable for children under the age of 5 (ie 5 and over is OK). This is typically a cat that is shy and a child might scare it, or one that has a potential to bite or play too hardNot with kids under 5
This cat is either scared or, or has had bad experiences with dogs.Not with Dogs
This cat will not tolerate being with a female cat. This is usually a female cat.Not with Female Cats
SYLVIE FKA SYLVIA
I am finally out of iso so get "room privileges". My broken leg has healed wonderfully and I now walk with a barely noticeable limp. I can jump up on stuff just like a normal kitty. Foster mom thinks the limp will probably disappear completely in time. I am very loveable and a great lap kitty. I am a teeny bit shy at first with strangers but warm up quickly. I am a pettie girl at just under 7 lbs.
Give me (foster mom) an email to check me out. Sylvie

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Notes from Home
Sylvie gained an adopted cat sister this May! Her name is Sage and she's 9 months old. As young as she is, Sage doesn't have good cat manners yet and is predictably a lot more energetic than Sylvie, but Sylvie is slowly coming around. Other than that, Sylvie is doing very well. She gets twice-a-year physicals, and at her last one in April all of her bloodwork was good. Her intermittent over-grooming issues have been solved and she now only eats one type of canned food (Nature’s Variety Instinct Rabbit). She continues to bring me joy and is my favorite being on earth.

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I wanted to write to you to wish you a happy holiday season, and to let you know how Sylvie is doing.
Sylvie is a delightful cat to be around, for me and my guests. Even my boyfriend who isn’t too fond of pets has found games that both and she enjoy. The latest is a game where she will defend the throwing of balls of socks into the entrances of her cat tree. She doesn’t even seem to mind if you accidentally bean her with one. I can’t imagine any of the cats I had growing up playing this game – they’d all run and hide if you started throwing socks at them. She will run up to her goalie position if you begin throwing socks before she’s ready. Her favorite toy of all is a cat fishing pole with leather tassels on the end. She likes chewing on those, and really enjoys running around at top speed chasing them.

We’ve gotten over the yowling to come into the bedroom. Her favorite places to sleep are on top of the ironing board, on top of her cat tree, and in the bed next to me on the other pillow (where she always creates a nice nest of crème colored fur). She rejects all efforts to provide her with more comfortable cat beds, and when sleeping on the floor she prefers small boxes and paper bags.

She must always know where I am, and if I’m out of sight she will run to find me. She follows me around the house dutifully like a little puppy, and will respond if you meow at her and she’s in the right mood.
I’d really like to leash train her, as I think she might enjoy a tethered walk outside in my parents’ yard (they have a large piece of property that is not near a busy road). She’s very curious and perhaps a supervised visit outside might satisfy some of her boredom.

Enclosed are pictures of her helping me study (she loves to sit on whatever I’m reading, or getting right in front of the computer monitor and chasing the mouse on the screen. Pay attention to me!) and one of her enjoying the sun.

I hope your new year is off to a good start, and thank you again for providing me with such a delightful companion.

Sincerely,
Alicia

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I cannot believe Sylvie’s only been with me for three years! It seems like we’ve been friends forever. She continues to be a delight in my life, and with friends, family, and even service people who come into my home. She has no problem whatsoever going right up to them, sitting on any receipts I have to sign, and begging them to pet her. I’ve never seen a cat act so friendly toward strangers! She will happily come out around larger groups of people in my home, and sit upon either the friendliest or most cat-averse lap, much to the delight or horror of the guest depending on which category they fall into.

She continues to prefer to be around me wherever I am in my home, and seems to recognize when I’m leaving for work so she can give me a “hug” before I go (she finds a high place, stands up on her hind legs, and places her front paws on my shoulder) or run away and watch me from behind a cracked door. She prefers high places, definitely a tree dweller. I’ve taken her out on a leash on my parents’ property, and she seemed to enjoy following me around outside in the grass and being carried around by my brother. She napped for the rest of the day after our walk though.

I’ve had her DNA tested, and she did not test positive for any diseases tested for.

My only quibble with her is that I do not wish to be woken up at 5-6am on weekends for petting. But I realize that this behavior is not likely something that will change, so she wins.

Sincerely,
Alicia
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(Last update: Jun 27th, 2018 6am)

MR. BEAN
Super sweet boy who is a bit rough around the edges right now. Still in iso so not sure about other cats or dogs at this time. Mellow personality.
PERSONAL INFO
Name: Mr. Bean

(FKA Wizard)

ID#: VA12605
Location:  South Carolina
Sex: male
Current Age: 6 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Blue
DateIn: 05/08/18
Adopted: 05/26/18
Congrats: Brittney
Foster: Kay



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Notes from Home
Bean is doing so well! He loves to snuggle (he sits on mommy's lap when she works from home) and sleeps in bed with us. However, he loves his toys, his cat tree, and looking out the big sliding glass door at the people and birds. He has a ton of energy and is still food motivated, but that's ok, aren't we all? His favorite toy right now is a little blue spring that he can bat around for hours. He also likes his crinkle tunnel.
(Last update: Jun 26th, 2018 8am)

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PERSONAL INFO
Name: Sassy

(FKA Ms. Sassy)

ID#: VA10690
Location:  Virginia Center
Sex: female
Current Age: 10 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Seal
Date In: 04/04/15
Adopted: 04/18/15
Congrats: Jane M.
Foster: Siri


This cat will not tolerate being with a female cat. This is usually a female cat.Not with Female Cats
SASSY
Well that took long enough to get my portfolio completed! I'm settling in very well, a quiet gal, looking for a deep relationship with someones!

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Tomorrow (5/16/15) will be Sassy’s four-week anniversary as a member of our family and she is settling in nicely, albeit with some valleys to go with the hills.

On 5/12/15, Sass had her wellness visit with her new vet and she is in great shape. She was a perfect patient during the visit, received her rabies shot, and will return in a year for her annual check-up.

In 25 years of having Siamese cats in our lives, Sassy is the only cat to come to us as an adult (she turned five on May 1) and we were not sure how this would affect her initial adjustment. We’ve found that the only discernable difference is in accepting (or not) a periodic claw trim. The cats who started life with us as kittens, quickly grew accustomed to a skillful (if I do say so, myself) claw clip but so far, I’ve had to bide my time (hopefully to when she’s dozing), then clip a single claw (not always possible), then wait until the next opportunity.

In other areas, Sass has come along very well, eating (she’s switched herself to dry-only Wilderness duck), drinking appropriate amounts of water, using her two litter boxes and her hundred-and-two scratching posts. She sleeps in our bed almost every night, for at least part of the night, as she wishes. Strangely, she is not partial to any of a variety of cat beds (fleece, Millie, ‘other’), preferring to doze either on our bed or on a carpeted floor. We’re fairly certain that eventually, when she is no longer at all nervous about anything in her surroundings, she’ll enjoy sleeping on our living room sofa and may even decide to give one or another of the beds a second try. She has also stayed away from the tall, multi-cradle cat tree but here, again, we’re fairly confident that one day, when her environment is no long scary in any way, we will find her ensconced there. Our other cats loved the tree so much that they tried to climb up while we were removing the wrapping! Sassy has done a bit of lap-sitting but was too nervous to pursue it. From Day One, she’s enjoyed lots and lots of looking out of windows and in the last few days, has shown a continuing interest in a variety of toys, mainly catnip mice and other toy hapless creatures, which she disembowels, dominates, and carries from room to room in her mouth. Until yesterday, no toy interested her in the slightest. Progress!

She is becoming more and more relaxed with me, frequently coming to me when I offer my hand to sniff or even call her name; head-butting and winding herself around my legs. She welcomes attention from me, purring as I hold her head and even stretches out for the occasional tummy rub. She is far less social with David (who always had a fine relationship with our other cats) and more often than not, runs for cover when he comes near. We doubt that Sassy was ever ‘abused,’ but we suspect that she had a frightening encounter with a male at some time in her past. This, too, will pass – eventually. Meanwhile, David continues to talk to her, pat her when permitted, and generally act as though he knows all’s well between them.

Pictures to follow (when I learn how to upload them).
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A day over six weeks with us and Sassy’s making wonderful progress in settling in – baby steps but lots of them.

Our bedroom, which started out being home base, is now just one base of several for her and she’s more and more at ease as she trots into various rooms, finds a window to look out of, a food bowl to snack from with water as a chaser, a scratching board to work with, or -- as of just three days ago -- a tall cat tree with three commodious cradles at different levels. In the past few weeks, we saw her noticing it (and perhaps recognizing it for what it is) but not yet nearly brave enough to do more than sharpen her claws on the sisal/carpet portions of its ‘trunk,’ at floor level. We never pressured her to go further and a few nights ago, there she was, in the lowest cradle, sniffing it hesitantly, then standing on it, and finally, gingerly settling down and staying there for an hour or more, changing positions on and off but obviously comfortable. It’s now a regular part of her day and we’re waiting for her to discover the higher cradles which all our previous (now ‘late’) cats loved.

Sass is increasingly social with me and, especially if I show her her brush, will come trotting over for brushing, head-holding, and tummy-rubbing (and of course, lots of talk from me). The brush isn’t a hard-and-fast requirement and more and more often, when she sees me coming near, she’ll stretch herself into a hugely long kitty, expose her tum and meow or purr for “The Usual,” which I’m always happy to supply. I’m still working on getting those claws trimmed but even this is somewhat easier, although still a ‘one-claw-and-done’ event. By the time I get them all done, it’ll be time to start over again but I can see that she finds the process to be annoying but not terrifying.

And she is coming to see that David is really not very scary at all. She’ll let him walk past her without scampering away, and has taken to coming to him, head- or body-bumping him, then retreating to sit just a few inches off. Very brave; more successful baby steps.

Still not confident about uploading pix so must resort to 'text, only.' As a sidebar to the general subject of pictures, Sass’ one problem in all photos is that because her eyes are somewhat hooded, she comes off looking quite dour and unfriendly. Not at all the case. If only we could tell her to say, ‘Cheese.’

Happy June, everyone!
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Sassy's ten-week anniversary with us,this past Saturday, June 27, '15, and she's making steady progress in adjustment. Baby steps but lots and lots of them. She now uses the cat tree regularly (and it took her several weeks to overcome her fear of it). Recently, she's been lumbering up on my lap and settling down there for an hour or more, each evening and also enjoying lounging on the sofa, between David and me. Panics if we pick her up -- so we don't -- but comes over when offered a hand to sniff (to remind her who we are). She loves looking out any open window (secure screens in place on all) and is wild about being brushed! Amazingly, as she lolled on the couch, one evening, last week, I calmly picked up a rear foot and, talking to her the while, clipped all the claws!

She is less 'sassy' than any cat we have ever known and I'm still tempted to change her name to Cookie but she's had two names (that we know of), already ('Ms. Sassy' at the shelter and Siamese Rescue, then, 'Sassy,' with us) and 'Sassy' is now on all her documentation (Siamese Rescue's; her vet's office; Reunite, the microchip data base). The fact that she isn't sassy shouldn't bother me any more than the fact that Vandy, our long-ago, late domestic longhair, wasn't a Vandal.

She has had a recurrence of the chin acne that afflicted her when she came to Siamese Rescue but we contacted our vet as soon as we noticed it and he has prescribed for it.

We are delighted with this pussy cat who has had a rough time of it, watching her gain confidence in her environment and trust in her humans.

Thanks to the huge Siamese Rescue team who brought her to us, in Brookline, Mass. Later in the summer, she'll spend a week with us on Cape Cod.

Finally, some pix to attach, with hopes that I've got the upload process right

More news when there is some.
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At six months with us, five year old Sassy’s adjustment continues. Her progress was initially hindered by the necessity of medicating her for the reoccurrence of the feline acne which plagued her when she first came to Siamese Rescue from a public shelter. She was clear at the time we adopted her. As we knew it might, within a month, the problem reappeared and for several months, our vet at Angell Animal Medical Center (the medical arm of MSPCA), treated her, first with Duoxo Spot On, later with Tresaderm. He also had us eliminate as much plastic as possible from her life (changing her water and food bowls to china), and changed her diet to Royal Canin Rabbit and Peas, both moist and dry (she loves both versions). The acne improved but was still present and at our vet’s suggestion, we made an appointment for a consultation with the feline dermatologist at Angell.

Ultimately, the strain of being given meds twice a day, every day was affecting Sass’ adjustment so adversely that we asked whether it would be medically safe to give her prednisone, in the very short term, to allow us to halt the daily medications which were having such a bad effect on her adjustment to life with us -- just until her dermatology appointment, scheduled for six weeks later. (We know how dangerous prednisone is, in the long term.) Our vet prescribed a two-week course of oral prednisone, the last dose of which was given one month before Sass’ dermatology appointment.

At this writing, one month after the last oral prednisone dose, Sass has been clear for quite a while, so clear, in fact, that we re-scheduled her appointment with the dermatologist to December, as she is presently asymptomatic. We know it might return and are prepared to deal with whatever comes.

We have read that stress can be a factor in feline acne. In the weeks since we ceased medicating Sass – with a stressful chase twice a day -- her adjustment has improved to the point where we can almost say that she has begun to blossom, starting to become the cat she was meant to be.

As to her social/emotional adjustment: First and foremost, she has never struck a blow in anger. Initially, when she first came to us, she almost phobic of being picked up – and to this day, I almost never do so, however, on the rare occasions when I do lift her up, she has now come to the point where she will object with her almost inaudible non-Siamese voice but for a few seconds, will refrain from struggling, looking around at the view from the human. After those few seconds have passed, she will not bite or scratch (except accidentally, as she pushes off from my arms) but she will struggle strenuously to get down. As with all other ‘problems,’ we never press her. We see improvement here and it’s now quite obvious that although she continues to dislike being picked up and/or carried, she is no longer terrified. Our attempts at claw-trimming are so stressful for her that we now have the trimming done at a tech appointment at Angell, approximately once a month. Sass behaves perfectly at these sessions. All of our previous cats came to us as kittens and so were totally accustomed to manicures with me.

At the other end of the sociability spectrum, she sometimes sleeps in our bed with us and some evenings, as the two of us sit on the living room sofa, she quite often appears, jumps up and carefully settles down on my lap. At times, she will stretch herself out to her full length, asking for a tummy rub, and she hugely enjoys gentle under-chin and jaw line massages. She gives signs that she wants to socialize and generally feels good about her life with us. Head butts are now routine and we’ll simply follow her lead as we go along.

Sass greatly enjoys looking out of any of the many windows and on occasion seats herself next to a closed Venetian blind. We take the hint and open it for her. She has generally paid little or no attention to any toys, although this has improved somewhat and she has one favorite BFF white mouse which she sometimes carries around with her.

Sadly, after ‘discovering’ the wonderful cat tree in our living room, close to a window, and spending several days enjoying it in June, she hasn’t used the tree in easily four months, a pity, as it provided so much pleasure to our previous cats. As with all other things, we do not press her. It may happen, yet.

We’ve seen slow but definite improvement on all fronts and will continue to let Sass progress at her own pace. She’s our girl and has had a rough time of it. We wish we knew what her pre-shelter life was like but that won’t happen. Somewhere along the way, someone destroyed most of her self-confidence and courage. We want to help her get them back.

Thanks to everyone at SCRC for giving us this wonderful lady with the incredibly soft shiny brown fur.
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February 20, 2016:
We celebrated Sass’ ten-month adoption anniversary two days ago, on February 18 and it’s been a memorable ten months, filled with a million baby steps toward becoming the happy, healthy, confident and sociable cat she was meant to be. Sass was a bundle of miscellaneous fears when she came to us and throughout, we’ve proceeded on a ‘Go-Slow’ basis which is paying off beautifully. Within the last two months, especially, she has made wonderful interpersonal progress with both David and me and now spends large portions of most evenings on the living room sofa with us, on my lap, or David’s lap, or in the fleece bed (on the sofa) which she rejected for virtually nine of the ten months that she’s been with us. When she first came to us, she was flat-out terrified of being picked up – so for the most part, we didn’t, while very slowly picking her up on rare occasions for very brief periods (measured in seconds). One day, I picked her up and was astounded to find that, rather than struggle to get away, she purred and rubbed her head against my arms as I held her. The door bell with send her scampering for cover but when our (adult) elder son, Rog, stops by, rather than ring, he calls us when he’s at our door, we open the door for him, with no scary bell (guess telephones don’t count), Sass doesn’t feel compelled to flee, and he greets her as he enters. So far, she has become brave enough to allow him to approach her and give her his hand to sniff. Her acne never completely goes away – and we suspect that it will always be with her to some extent – but she does well on and enjoys her diet of Hill’s z/d and is being well cared for by the feline dermatologist at Angell Animal Medical Center (fka Angell Memorial), the medical arm of MSPCA, in Boston, just ten minutes or so from our home in Brookline. Her General Medicine vet is also in practice there.

Finally, I must report the most terrifying 24 hours we have ever experienced: In our condo’s large parking lot, just about to load Sass’ SCRC carrier (with her in it) into the back of our Honda, to drive to her appointment with her vet, we set the carrier on the ground, preparatory to clearing one last bit of space on the back seat. In a millisecond, the hinge side of the carrier’s grill door came open and the last thing we saw was Sass, in warp drive, running this way and that in the lot in 20º temperature with snow and ice on the ground! In 26 years of cat ownership, we have never, ever lost a cat, as all our cats are indoor-only (as Sass is). An army of friends/neighbors helped in the search; our son, Rog, drove in from his home in the suburbs and he and our dear friend and neighbor-across-the-hall, Linda, must have covered half of Brookline (slight exaggeration) with flyers; we contacted all the appropriate agencies and institutions, and I searched the single-car garages which ring the parking lot, over and over again, in the wee hours and before I left for work, early the next morning. No snow that night but temps in the single digits; the coldest night of the year. Sass has no collar but is microchipped.

WE GOT HER BACK! Linda, who has never owned a cat, suggested (naively, we were sure) that we leave the door to our building’s outer vestibule open and place food, water, and a bed in the vestibule. I told Linda that Sass was an indoor-only cat and surely had no cognitive map which would help her get home from the parking lot, two blocks from our building, having seen the outdoors only through the bars of her carrier. Nevertheless, almost to humor Linda, we did as she suggested. The next morning: nothing The following afternoon, as David and I were sitting in the waiting room of the Honda dealership, waiting for an oil change, my cell phone rang and there was a picture of a cool, calm, and collected Sassy, lounging in the fleece bed in the vestibule of our building. Linda had found her there, a few minutes earlier and brought the bed – with Sass in it – into the secure inner vestibule – and Sass had not shied away from her whom she knew only slightly. Linda’s husband, Richard, came to pick us up from Honda (our own car was still being serviced) and ten minutes later Sass walked into her home and settled down as though she’d never been away. We’ll never know, of course, but we wonder whether she might have been an indoor-outdoor cat in her first five years, before she came to us, and so might have developed some outdoor cognitive mapping skills. We don’t ascribe the happy ending to anything ‘woo-woo’ and just consider ourselves (and Sass) to have been darned lucky. We had offered a $100 reward for Sass’ safe return and, of course Linda would not accept it so sometime soon, David and I will take the four of us out to dinner at Boston’s Top of the Hub, instead.

We have three new pix assuming I can upload them. Apologies if they don't accompany this report; I'll re-learn and include with my next one...

Best to all of you,
Jane and David and Sass
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4/18/17
Today is Sass’ two-year anniversary with us and when she first arrived at age five, we determined to give her all the time she needed to grow into her new life. She’s made great progress, greatly accelerated in the past six months. More often than not, she spends part of the night sleeping next to me in bed. In the evenings, she joins me, on my lap or next to me on the sofa, to help me watch TV or read and she’s generally up for tummy rubs and walking on the coffee table. She is not a player with toys and has only occasionally used the tall, commodious cat tree at the living room window (once every six months has been her average, so far). I have hope that she’ll eventually understand what fun it can be to get comfortable in tree’s large cradles (as our other, now late, cats did for decades), to watch the action in our condo’s beautiful front garden, with trees and flowers, people, birds, squirrels, and, yes, some dogs, all doing their respective things. Now that the weather is warming, I open the (screened) windows and she comes running in an instant to jump up on the broad window sill (ignoring the tree!), where she’ll sit or lie for hours, enjoying a sun beam.

One of the most dramatic indicators of her becoming more and more at ease is her willingness to allow me to trim her claws, a total impossibility during her first 18 months here. She’s not crazy about manicures and complains as I talk to her and clip away, but she’s quite obviously no longer afraid of me and submits, knowing that I never, ever hurt her.

During the past year, Sass has continued to have feline acne issues which are now fairly well controlled with a diet (which she mostly enjoys) of Hill’s z/d, both canned and dry.

For several months, she suffered from a serious lesion in her left eye, successfully treated with repeated applications of antibiotic and antiviral medications. Surgery would have been the next step, had not the treatment with medication succeeded. The sight in her left eye may, ultimately, be somewhat diminished but the lesion has healed and not returned. She still has sight in the eye, and never gives any indication that it is bothering her. We are hugely grateful for the skill and compassion of Martin Coster, DVM, her feline ophthalmologist, at MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.

My husband, David, has been in increasingly poor health for several years and is now a cancer patient in long-term care at a good nursing facility not far from our home. I’m fortunate to have a fine support group composed of family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where I work part-time in a job that I love, editing various documents for the unit. Sass is a key member of my team (indeed, she was a key player in my life, even before David’s illness). She has perfect litter box habits, scratches appropriately, and has never bitten or scratched. She continues to run from anyone but me and I don’t see this changing, except, perhaps in her relationship with my adult sons. No matter; she’s my girl and I’m her human and I sometimes think she senses this very comfortable arrangement. Thanks beyond the telling to SCRC for making all this happen!

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Two-year anniversary report ADDENDUM: Sass is seven years old today (exact)! Almost immediately after I had filed the two-year report above, noting that she has used her cat tree only once every six months (or so), I came into the living room to find her in the tree's top cradle, watching the bird action in the condo's front garden. In the days which followed, I've found her in each of the three cradles sometimes observing the passing scene, sometimes snoozing. I'm so delighted at the prospect that this will be a continuing source of entertainment for her. Hopefully, I'll be able to upload the two pix I took of her tree 'interactions.'

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6/24/18:
Sass has been with me for just a bit over three years, now (adopted 4/18/15). She and I are a good team but in the main, with the exception of my two adult sons, Rog and Jeff, and my dear friend/neighbor, Linda, she flees from all other humans – and sometimes even from them. My late husband, David, who had been in increasingly poor health for several years, had been in long-term care as a cancer patient almost all of the time that Sass was in the family. They interacted slightly and got along but basically, she scarcely knew him. David passed away last July.

Sass has had two health emergences along the way: a scratched eye which I described in an earlier report and a very badly torn ear, self-inflicted while scratching her face and surrounding area. The ear required surgery but healed very well, although her ear-modeling days are over. Because soon after allowing me to trim her claws, she entirely STOPPED allowing me to do so, I first took her in to MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center, in Boston (where her vet is located) and willingly paid to have any of the techs do the job every three weeks, then found a wonderful groomer who comes to my home on the same schedule, is very good at what she does, and whose rate for the job is virtually the same as Angell’s. I don’t walk well and lugging 14-pound Sass in her soft carrier to and from my car for the trip to Angell, especially in a New England winter, had quickly proved to be virtually impossible. (All of my many other [now late] cats had come to the family as kittens who were totally relaxed with pedicures by me, but Sass, with five years of very different pre-adoption life experiences, simply could not handle it. She willingly submits to the groomer and her assistant and everyone’s happy.)

A third very rough spot overtook us for several months in late fall/winter when, without provocation (or any I could identify), Sass started urinating and (later defecating) in the carpeted hall at the back of the house. Any possibility of a physical cause was eliminated with a complete examination/tests, and after several months of spending large amounts of money on products which proved totally ineffective (e.g., Simple Solution, Urine Away, Feliway diffusers), with no hope at all, I asked my vet to recommend a feline behaviorist, working out of the Behavioral Department at Angell. This turned out to be the best money I ever spent. I won’t take time here to describe the very successful combination of actions/substances, but I invite anyone experiencing the same problem(s) to contact me and I’ll gladly share the information. The one factor in Sass’ recovery which I must mention here and now is her receiving a daily dose of 0.6 ml of oral fluoxetine (Prozac) which the Angell pharmacy makes up for her on her vet’s prescription, fish flavored. Initially, the prescription takes several weeks to work but it is worth the wait. It never, ever zonks her out but now, after several months, I definitely see a less nervous, more confident and for that reason, I’m quite certain, happier cat.

Throughout this past, sometimes difficult year, indeed, ever since she came to me, Sass’ relationship with me has been a joy to me and I dare to think, a very positive thing for her. She is not a player with toys but many times a day rolls on her back for tummy rubs, offers her head for holding, does a bit of lap-sitting and bed-sharing, and climbs her tree to the top, (sometimes with a bit of catnip on it to enhance her interest). In this nice weather, she enjoys lying on the broad window sills and watching the goings-on in the condo’s garden, with open windows protected with good, safe screens.

Sass may not be everybody's cup of tea but I can't imagine life without her.

Over and over, Thank you, SCRC, for bringing us together.



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