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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-17-2015, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Beautiful Senior cat just adopted

Ever since my last Maine coon passed of lung cancer on Christmas Day 2013, I have had the itch for another Maine coon. As anyone who has one can tell you, they are very devoted cats.

I was perusing petfinder, and fell in love with a senior Maine Coon from a local rescue, and started inquiring.

Because of a (snake) rescue I did last fall, I missed (totally forgot about) the appointment for everyone's rabies vaccine - so that had to be corrected.

Once everyone was current, I went and picked up my new boy. He was brought to the shelter by someone who found him starving on the streets last October, and though he has gained a little weight, he still has more to go.

He has a crumpled ear. The assumption is that a bad infection, from an injury, caused it's collapse. It requires a little extra cleaning, but is not a big deal for him otherwise.

He also is missing one or more teeth (hard to tell, he won't let me look just yet) and seems to struggle with eating kibble - which may contribute to the lack of weight. I do feed him canned, as did the shelter, but maybe not enough.

I am calling the vet as soon as I get my schedule to get him in for a senior wellness exam, and discuss a good diet for a senior cat who needs to put on some weight, but may be dentally deficient. I may try adding some chicken broth to his kibble to soften it up in the meantime, and see if it helps any.

His coat is slowly coming back - he was a matted up mess when he came to the shelter, and riddled with fleas. They combed out what they could, and gave him revolution, but parts of him still had to be shaved, so he is a bit patchy and think right now. But with good food, some R&R, and frequent grooming, it should be back in no time.

I'll get some pics up in a bit.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-17-2015, 10:30 AM
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I can hardly wait to see him! What's his name? I hope he gets healthy quickly!
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We are still working on a name.

His age is estimated at 11 years or so. I think when he sees the vet, I'm going to have them do some bloodwork to check his organ functions, and recommend a diet for him. The rescue did most of the work, though, and now he just needs some TLC. He is very affectionate.

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There's some wisdom and experience in those eyes, no doubt. Thanks for adopting a senior! They have so much affection to give.


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He has a vet appointment for next Wednesday. Senior cat wellness exam, plus blood panel, dental exam, and hopefully dietary suggestions for weight gain.

For now, he is eating a mix of moistened kibble, rehydrated poultry, and canned food, all mashed up together into a kind of soft paste he eats easily. Dry kibble is kept available, and he eats some of it, but he struggles with it.

More than willing to hand-mix a good diet for him. Have blenders and processors I keep around solely for dedicated animal food prep. I have put more than one frozen mouse in a blender to make slurpees for carnivores.

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Oh he is beautiful!!! Congrats and I am so glad you took him home
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What a handsome boy! Thank you for adopting a senior.
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Oh he is lovely and his crumpled ear gives him character. I am so glad his path crossed yours so he can live out a restful and comfortable retirement
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-17-2015, 12:52 PM
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i'm so happy for you both!!! i love seniors. i adopted a 10 1/2 yr old girl who is almost 14 now. but, heck, i love all ages of kitties actually. as if! ha ha!

and mouse smoothies...yum!!!
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