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Mikey- Mr. Handsome!!! Domestic Medium Hair Wood Dale, IL
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- Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
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Meet Mikey- Mr. Handsome!!!
September 2013: Call me naive (means showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment) I thought that kitty enthusiasts in the Chicago area would be better off KNOWING that the cat/kitten population coming in as strays to shelters and rescues from all over ARE at risk for several life threatening tick borne diseases. Having lost my own kitty to Lyme disease and having found out my new rescue kitten FROM THE SAME TOWN I LIVE IN has at least Ehrlichia and Lyme disease- I set out to test more cats. We have since tested cats and kittens in our program and a few volunteers have tested their own cats and ALL are infected- 100%. The huge problem with this is that MOST vets have NO CLUE about this issue. Pre adoption testing for cats and kittens includes FIP and FIV testing but none are being tested for the most common issues we are dealing with in our dog population- diseases from fleas and ticks.
The folks that have contacted me about adopting have lost their cats suddenly and tragically. The gal that adopted Marshmallow's grey kitten spent over $3,000 trying to save her 3 year old rescue kitty from sudden liver failure. What IS the life expectancy of a kitty fighting multiple co infections?? My guess is not long if you compare the life expectancy rates of our dogs left untreated for the same diseases. Sure there is the survival of the fittest issue and of course there is genetics, but had I not tested Mike Mike Mike TWICE to find his tick borne diseases, he would have suffered a long time.
Now he is little Mr. Personality. He is Charming- sweet, affectionate, ATHLETIC and he is so smart he comes when he is called!! I do think Mike thinks he is a dog. He is also GORGEOUS!! Does he still need his health monitored with an annual blood test- YES he does- but why would his health be any less important than the needs of a dog that comes through my program with the same issues. Cats typically live longer than dogs and who wouldn't want to have your beloved kitty with you for 15-20+ years?
I want adopters that GET THIS. I want adopters for my kitties that feel as strongly as I do about making sure their adoptable gets the best preventative care and an annual blood test for this kitty would run about $250. Cheaper than a new I Phone and this one purrs.
If you want to give my precious Mikey the best home and the best vetting possible, please submit and adoption application.
I know there are MILLIONS of kitties in need of forever homes- but the ones that come through my program will have the benefit of what we have learned and our adopters will have every piece of information in hand at the time of adoption to make sure they can have a new best friend for a very long time.
UPDATE: March 2013 Mikey on Facebook
Mikey is GORGEOUS, so playful and cuddly. He is part of our kitty tick borne disease testing program. We didn't infect them- we just started testing cats as we do the dogs in our program and once we found out that their momma Marshmallow was infected with Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (probably from a tick bite when she was looking for a suitor) we started treating the babies at 9 weeks old with the support of our vet.
Mikey was treated for several months and follow up testing shows he is infected with Ehrlcihia (which must have been hiding in momma cat) and Lyme disease. THANK GOODNESS we tested as we can only imagine the lifespan of a kitten or cat infected with 3 tick borne diseases is not long. So Mikey is on his meds and growing like a WEED. He is 10lbs at 7 1/2 months old and has the potential of growing to 16lbs or more as an adult. Marshmallow only weighed in at 8lbs upon arrival. So what we need is a willing, caring foster to adopt home that can continue his medication until future testing shows he is COMPLETELY NEGATIVE so that he goes on to live to be 20 years old or more!!!!!
If you can help us out, please submit a Foster Home App
Summer 2012: THESE KITTENS ARE THE BOMB!!! They are so friendly, playful AND CONFIDENT and are little motors in cute little furrballs! We are having so much fun with them!!! If I could find a foster home for Pee Wee and Mikey together- that would make me sooooooo happy as they are best buddies and love to play with each other and snuggle together too. Here are new photos of them from IBR Facebook.
Here are new photos of Marshmallow and her boys Pee Wee, Mikey and the Duffster on Facebook and new videos on Youtube . The kids are active like little jumping beans and are very affectionate and curious about everything!
9-18-12: We are in need of new foster homes for our little furr balls. These little babies are now 9 weeks old and ready for foster to adopt. If you can help us out, please submit a Foster Home App
9-2-12 Marshmallow and her kittens Buffy Buff, Duffy Duff, Mikey Muff, Pee Wee Puff and Snoopy Snuff are all doing great! Check out their Facebook Album and Videos . They have the bestest caring foster mom ever and she has taken amazing care of the kids and even did supplemental feedings when Marshmallow seemed weak. We estimate that the babies were born the week of July 16th. Kittens will be available for adoption around September 17th when they will be 9 weeks old.
8-1-12 Marshmellow and the Fluff litter are our very first momma cat and kitten foster care project. The kittens are only about 12 days old and will be available for adoption the end of September. If you are interested in this family through our rescue organization, please go to the Adopting A Cat section to read about our pre-adoption policies and vetting protocols. ALL CATS AND KITTENS must be kept as indoor pets.
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Mikey- Mr. Handsome!!!
- Domestic Medium Hair