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Kitty Star of the Week for June 4 - 10, 2000.

Beowulf is a fat brown tabby with a sweet disposition. He lives with his person-dad and sister-cat in California. Beowulf insists upon sleeping with dad at night, but he doesn't simply jump up on the bed. He climbs up first by stepping on the answering machine (making lots of noise), then onto the portable CD player (making lots of noise), and on to the bed, rubbing his face on the lamp next to the bed against the wall (making lots of noise). Then Beowulf settles in and snores (making lots of noise). And dad lets him, too.

Last fall, it was discovered that Beowulf has diabetes. He started by getting just one shot in the morning, then after a few months he needed a second shot at night. He doesn't mind the injections at all. Beowulf unfortunately had an episode of hypoglycemia (which typically manifests itself with stumbling and panting and can be fatal) and had to be rushed to the emergency vet clinic. The vet quickly got Beowulf's sugar levels back where they were supposed to be, and he returned home. For a time he didn't need shots, but now he's back on them again, but is doing well.

Photo by dad, E. M. Francis

Beowulf used to like to take his water out of the toilet bowl and taught his little sister to do the same thing. Dad cured that problem by keeping the lid closed and by putting a bowl of water in the bathroom. That is where both cats like to drink.

Beowulf generally turns an aloof eye on his little sister when she wants to play (which she does quite a bit).

You may see Beowulf live at CatCam. Even if he's not on camera, you can see other shots of him and learn more about him at the CatCam site.

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