Our star this week is Mr. Vegemite.
"This kitty is a stray cat that has been hanging around
for quite some time off and on, you know, sneaking and
stealing Lady Jane's [one of our other kitties] food, etc.
He looked pretty rough, and I just fell in love with him, and I
took him to the vets to get him fixed.
"He also had abscesses on both sides of his face and earmites. The
vet drained the abscesses and got rid of the ear mites
and fixed him. He was tested for FIV and it did
turn out a light blue positive. I did not want him
put down because he captured my heart.
"I named him Mr. Vegemite
after that Aussie black bread spread beef yeast
extract that I keep up in my cupboard and love to eat.
"Mr. V is so sweet and he is feeling so much better. He takes
his medicine for me in milk in the mornings. I tried
to see if he had owners and could not find them. If he
did, they are horribly neglectful. I am trying to get
him used to hanging around. He is still frightened of a
lot of things, except for me.
A bit nervous still
"When I brought him
home, I kept him in the spare room with the door shut
so he could have peace because Love Muffin [another of our cats]
kept growling and bothering him and hissing. I laid the
squirt gun by the door and she left him alone!!
"He is very friendly to my cats, and the cats don't seem to
mind him. He looks so much happier because he must
have been in a lot of pain with those abscesses on his
face that you can see in the picture below his ears.
Abscess (being looked after now)
"I managed to bring him in for a few hours last night
and put him in his own private special room so Love Muffin
wouldn't try to harrass him and so I could love on him.
I like attention
"He loves nice warm baked chicken! Mr. V. also
likes his milk that I sneak the antibiotics into. He gets so
excited and filled with love that he "drools" over my arms!
His head butts are very strong.
At Home Now
"I could not have him put down especially since I know
that often the light blue positive FIV tests are actually
a 'false' positive. Mr. Vegemite
just seems too robust and very musular and heavy,
about 15 pounds, to think of him being sick that way. We shall see
and I will try to do the best I
can in giving him a happy life.
"He is not used to being in a house and I
tried to play with him with a cat toy, one of those
sticks with elastic and toy on the end that my other cats love,
it scared him! So, poor little kitten, he
had nobody to teach him to play.
I still like it outside
"I am waiting for him
right now to make his morning stop over so I can give him his
breakfast and medicine. I had to let
him out last night because he doesn't want to use the
litter box. He really lets you know when he wants out.
"Mr. V. let me
bath him last night. I got a pan of water and a washrag and wiped
him all over like my hand was a
giant kitty tongue. He loved it! The water was brown
afterwards -- he was very dusty. He looks lovely now."