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 Post subject: So Another Cat Joined My Clowder
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:40 pm 
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An elderly lady surrendered her 23-year-old cat at the shelter and staff didn't think anyone would adopt him at that age. Plus, they worried that he would get sick more easily in a shelter environment. So as of today, Chewbacca lives with me. Hopefully he'll be around for quite a while longer. I'll probably call him Mr. Burns behind his back. For now, he's hanging out in my guest room. Any advice on caring for a cat that advanced would be greatly appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: So Another Cat Joined My Clowder
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:52 pm 
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Twenty three?!!!

That is a mightily impressive tail Mr Burns.. ahem... Chewbacca. Congratulations on your new home <3


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 Post subject: Re: So Another Cat Joined My Clowder
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i don't have any advice, but i wanted to say you're too awesome to take him home, he's such a regal look'n guy! awwww!


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He's precious! I'm so glad he has a wonderful home with you. How many are living with you now?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:04 pm 
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What a sweetie-pie. You are awesome, fatcat.


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You are amazing! Hugs to you and Mr. Burns <3

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:03 pm 
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Floofy tail!!! You are so nice to take him home!

The only advice I have is to go for regular vet visits with bloodwork, feed a good diet, and give a glucosamine supplement for his joints. Make sure he is drinking enough, and watch his urine output, since kidney problems are so common in older cats. And just be aware that he might have trouble getting around, so food, water, litter box, and comfy bed should be easily accessible (You may want to add an extra litter box or two). I hope he will enjoy your home for a nice long time! The oldest cat we ever had at the shelter was also 23, and she was healthy as a horse.


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 Post subject: Re: So Another Cat Joined My Clowder
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:12 pm 
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Thanks everyone! I set him up with all of his own stuff at floor level. Except the recliner that was already in there and he seems to like it. The staff tracked his eating/bathroom habits at the shelter and had bloodwork done on him during the week he was there, so I have all of that to bring with me on Monday for his vet appointment. I also bought some food marked "easily digestible" until I can see what the vet recommends (mixing it with the stuff he was eating at the shelter so he doesn't get an upset stomach). Thanks for the tips!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:21 am 
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Such a beauty!

I don't have any advice, but I do feel with you about feeling for the special cats at the shelter. Where I volunteer, the young and "common" cats is so much easily adopted out, but all my favs are the ones that are somewhat special, eg this awesomely cuddly cat with just one eye.

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You're excellent for taking him! He definitely has the posture of Mr. Burns in that photo


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He is beautiful. And it makes me all warm and fuzzy that you took him home.


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23! What a sweet baby. Congratulations on the new addition!

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You are my hero!

So may hugs to you and your new furbaby!


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What a floofy tail!

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what a sweet-looking old man. i'm glad he has a good home to live out the rest of his days.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:44 pm 
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Oh he's so adorable! I'm so glad he found a wonderful home with you. You are awesome!


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Awww, he's adorable. 23! Dude!

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I just ordered a heated cat bed for him on Amazon. I also picked him up for the first time and noticed that he has a lot of matted fur on his underside. I'm going to ask the vet to shave them off if it won't be too stressful for him. I can't imagine that it's very comfortable for him.


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 Post subject: Re: So Another Cat Joined My Clowder
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:02 am 
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fatcat wrote:
I just ordered a heated cat bed for him on Amazon. I also picked him up for the first time and noticed that he has a lot of matted fur on his underside. I'm going to ask the vet to shave them off if it won't be too stressful for him. I can't imagine that it's very comfortable for him.


Aaaww, poor puss! He's lucky to have found such a wonderful mum for his retirement years <3


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He totally looks like Mr. Burns! I'm glad you took him in, it's so hard for elderly cats to find homes.

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I love this! I'm so happy for you and your new/old kitty.


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Congrats fatcat and new kitty! What a sweet boy. Hope he lives another 23 years with you!

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Back from the vet, who looked at the labs and examined Chewie. The vet thinks the lady's brain wasn't working when she wrote down his age, because vet doesn't think Chewie is any older than 13. The matted hair is gone and he seems happier. I hope he's only 13 because that means I'll get more years with him.


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