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Charlie

American Shorthair

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)

Gender: Male

Appearance

5/5

Intelligence

3/5

Friendly with owners

4/5

Good with dogs

5/5

ActivityLevel

5/5

Appropriate vocalization

2/5

Playfulness

5/5

Healthiness

2/5

Easy to groom

4/5

Need for attention

5/5

An oddball of a cat, but aren't they all?

By

Arizona, United States

Posted Jun 21, 2015

Charlie came to me very unexpectedly. I was working at a large chain pet store at the time, and a couple brought in a very weak, tiny kitten they had found in their driveway. The vet onsite took a look at him, said he was about 3 weeks old, but had suffered an extreme head injury. It was actually so bad that the swelling had turned one eye in to a mere slit. He was dehydrated and had an upper respiratory infection; they weren't sure that he would make it. Of course, being that we were all pet store employees, we wanted to save him. And since I had just finished successfully hand raising a flock of finches, I was elected the best person for the job.

Fast forward two years, and I still have the little guy. His head injury did result in his developing epilepsy at about 6 months of age; however, a small dose of Phenobarbital twice a day and they are almost totally gone. He does occasionally have small ones, maybe once every other month, but they are very mild in comparison to what they were like before we got him on the medicine. This drug can have a bed effect on an animal's liver, but his checkups always come back totally normal.

It is amazing to me how resilient animals can be. Despite all of these setbacks and issues, he is an almost totally normal cat. The only differences I see really is that he sometimes has impulse control issues, and plays a little rougher than he needs to. He is very affectionate, playful, and energetic, but does well learning boundaries and commands.

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