Cat Project Archives for May 18-22, 2015.
May 18, 2015: "When
anyone mistreats it, the cat wants nothing more to do with
that person and will remember him or her for a long time.
It doesn't believe in the doctrine of turning the other
cheek and won't pretend that it does." - Lawrence
Dish O' Kute
"May I come in. Pleeeeeeeeeeease?"
"Spank me, daddy!"
heart surgery at UC Davis gives cat a second chance
By Bill Lindelof
A cat from Mill Valley who suffered from a bad heart has eight
more lives thanks to collaboration between veterinarians and doctors
at UC Davis.
Vanilla Bean, a 1-year-old Burmese cat, was helped with her rare
heart defect by surgery that is also not commonplace.
The cat was first diagnosed with the rare congenital heart defect
by a veterinary cardiologist, Kristin MacDonald, a former UC Davis
Vanilla Bean’s heart did not allow blood to flow correctly
through its chambers.
That abnormality caused blood to pool, creating an enlarged chamber
that would ultimately lead to congestive heart failure.
The defect is also found in children.
A technique to correct the defect in cats had reportedly been done
only once, by veterinarian Josh Stern, who is now at the Veterinary
Medical Teaching Hospital, or VMTH, at UC Davis.
Stern and a team of doctors from UC Davis Medical Center who usually
treat humans set about to fix Vanilla Bean, according to a news
release from the vet school.
“ I needed a human cardiology team to help guide me on this case,” Stern
said in the news release. “It’s so uncommon in cats. It’s uncommon
in children also, but they've certainly seen more cases of this than I have.”
Veterinarian Bill Culp, a soft tissue surgeon at VMTH, opened the
cat’s chest, while Stern and Dr. Jeff Van Gundy, a clinical
professor of pediatrics specializing in cardiology, began the process
of positioning catheters and balloons within Vanilla Bean’s
Dr. Jay Yeh, an assistant professor of pediatrics who specializes
in cardiology, and veterinarian Lance Visser, a cardiologist at
the vet hospital, through echocardiography helped Stern visualize
where he was in the feline’s heart. They also monitored the
success of each surgical technique.
The operation was a success but Vanilla Bean lost a lot of blood.
The vet school, however, has a large veterinary blood bank so transfusions
were at the ready.
The blood loss caused kidney injury, but the cat was able to go
home eight days after surgery.
After a four-month recuperation, an examination revealed that Vanilla
Bean is no longer in congestive heart failure. Stern expects the
cat to make a complete recovery.
19, 2015: "Some people say that cats are sneaky,
evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine
qualities as well." - Missy Dizick
Dish O' Kute
"My food! MINE!!"
May 20, 2015: "There is no cat 'language'. Painful
as it is for us to admit, they don't need one." -
Dish O' Kute
"Ah WUVS mah fewwit."
Adopted By Hero Who Rescued Him From Busy Highway
By Hilary Hanson
After a month of medical care, a cat is finally going home with the man who saved
him from a busy freeway.
"I've got too much invested in this baby to let him fail," Richard
Christianson, who aptly named the cat "Freeway," told ABC 15.
Christianson made headlines in April after he rescued Freeway from a median on
Arizona’s Interstate 17 after officials were delayed in rescuing the cat.
The orange and white cat had blood around his mouth and legs, and had injured
his jaw in an attempt to chew through a chain-link fence on the median.
The man told feline enthusiast site Catster at the time that he called 911 after
spotting the frightened feline, and he was ultimately directed to the Department
of Public Safety. He said a DPS official told him they had received multiple
calls over the past few hours about the cat and were planning on sending out
a unit. Christianson feared that the injured cat, already trapped in the hot
sun for hours, would not survive until DPS managed to get there.
Unable to jump the spiked fence that separated him from the cat, Christianson
circled his car around so that it was on the same side of the fence as the cat,
then stopped about 20 feet from the animal before getting out to retrieve the
cat by hand.
“When he pulled his paw away from the fence, it was like he was saying,
'Okay, just take me,'" Christianson told Catster. “I wrapped my shirt
around him. He just went limp and started purring.”
A representative from the Arizona Humane Society told Fox 29 at the time that
they weren’t sure how the cat got to the median in the first place, but
that burns on his leg indicate he may have been trapped inside a car engine.
Veterinarians determined that Freeway was an American Curl around 2 years old.
The Arizona Humane Society and an experienced cat foster mother nursed the injured
animal back to health over the past month, until he was ready to go home with
Christianson, who already has three dogs and four cats, said he'd been planning
on adopting Freeway from the beginning and was able to bring him home Thursday.
“He was hurt, but his life is going to be way different now,” he
told Catster in April.
Now, Christianson is putting in the effort necessary to help Freeway overcome
his rough past. He said in a public Facebook post Monday that he’d been
staying up all night comforting Freeway from “nightmares and shaking and
crying in his sleep.”
We’re glad Freeway is getting the care he deserves.
May 21, 2015: "The
trouble with sharing one's bed with cats is that they'd
rather sleep on you than beside you."- Pam Brown
Dish O' Kute
Montee's first bath."
May 22, 2015: "If
you shamefully misuse a cat once she will always maintain
a dignified reserve toward you afterward. You will never
get her full confidence again." - Mark Twain
Dish O' Kute
"It's the weekend! Yayyyyy!"
When ya gotta nap, ya gotta nap.
Saved After Fire Comforts Other Animals On The
Road To Recovery
By Stephen Messing
Russell knows a thing or two about needing a helping hand, but he knows even
more about offering one of his own.
The hardy orange cat has been a patient at the Animal Emergency Hospital and
Urgent Care Clinic in Raleigh, North Carolina, for more than a year. In early
2014, he was found in the smoldering rubble of a fire that destroyed his home
and left with severe burns on his face his body.
" He was pretty far gone, and we didn't know if he would make it," clinic
staffer Alan Wilford told The Dodo. "He has taken a long time, but he has
made a miraculous recovery."
Russell has yet to completely heal from his injuries, which require constant
attention, but he's made the most of his long stay at the clinic. Despite the
discomfort that continues to nag him, the friendly feline has taken it upon himself
to make life a little more comfortable for other animals in need of care.
" He's incredibly engaging. He wants to meet all our patients. He just wants
to be with them," Wilford said. "I don't know if he can sense that
other animals are in pain or have stuff going on, but he does seem to have some
weird knack for connecting with patients, even when you wouldn't think they would."
Staff at the clinic say that Russell is so outgoing with other patients, that
he'd spend all day wandering in and out of exam rooms if they didn't insist he
get some much needed rest now and again. But while the cat clearly enjoys making
the rounds, it's more than just for his own benefit.
" I think he helps other animals feel at ease. We're a clinic, so I'm sure
he helps alleviate their stress," said Wilford. "Most cats are independent
and aloof, but he likes to be with other animals. And it's not all about him.
He really enjoys giving companionship to others."
Whereas many cats might shy away from dogs, Russell isn't prejudicial with his
wonderful bedside manner.
Wilford says there's a chance Russell will never be well enough to return to
his former life, but if that's the case, he'll never be lacking in love.
" He's adopted us," he said. "He's a rock star here. Everyone
wants to see him, and he just eats it up. I don't know if he'd like being a normal
house cat again, so we'd be happy to keep him as our clinic mascot."