Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
New Jersey, United States
Posted Apr 13, 2014
Hemi is a domestic shorthair. He was dropped off at my job after being found by animal control barely alive- he was about 2 weeks old and we did not think he would make it through the night. The next day when we came in and he was still alive, I offered to take him home and nurse him until he was old enough to be adopted out (I now am not aloud to foster anything since the 3 pets I've fostered have never left me!). He was so small that he literally fit into the palm of my hands. He was also poly dactyl (meaning he had extra toes) and his feet were as big as his head!
Hemi was the most difficult cat I have ever owned. Since he was so young, he was not litter box trained and I had to teach him how to use one. Which if you've never litter trained a cat before, believe me when I say it is not easy at all! Every time he pooped, I would put the poop in the box, put him in the box and make him scratch around and cover it. If I caught him peeing, I would pick him up mid pee and put him in the box and make him cover it. It took him about a good month and a half before I was comfortable letting him roam and not worrying about him peeing/pooping inappropriately.
At about a year of age, he started having seizures. After lots of blood tests to rule out different feline diseases, we put him on phenobarbital (an anti-convulsion medication), and he rarely ever has seizures now. If he has a seizure, it's because he ran and hid from us and we couldn't get him his medication.
He is not the brightest cat in the world, and never has been. He cannot jump higher than a foot, which we found out about when he was locked behind a baby gate and paced back and forth crying until we let him out. Sometimes when he tries to jump he falls. He chases his tail, and even though he's neutered he occasionally will try to pounce on my female cat, and not in a playful manner. But, even though he's not bright he is super sweet, loveable, and very affectionate. He will sit in your lap or next to you and be perfectly happy being petted and getting attention.