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post #1 of 19
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Hi, my name is Lucy and I live in the Chicago area. I'm 27 and I've had cats all my life, anywhere from 3-5 at a time when I was living with my parents.

I've been living with my longtime boyfriend and our dog for about two and a half years. Our dog, Tana, is a Basenji, which is about as close to a cat as you can get in a dog.

I volunteer at Heartland Animal Shelter in Northbrook, IL (sorry, had to plug them!) and our cat is one I'm fostering from the shelter. I had intended on adopting him; then on Dec. 23rd, they called and he was very sick, had lost weight, was vomiting and not eating and they weren't sure what he had. I was leaving to go out of town a couple days later, and hadn't planned on taking him home until I returned. I stopped in at the shelter the next day and was happy to see he made it through the night.

As it turns out, he has hepatic lipidosis, or fatty liver. The shelter director took care of him until January 2nd, and since then, I've had him. He's made some huge improvements- he's happy and gaining weight, but still not really eating on his own. I've never had a cat go through this, so I'm still kind of unsure about the whole thing.

Right now, I'd really like to get some advice on dealing with this, anything that will help in getting him to eat, because this force feeding thing is really getting old and it could be several more weeks before he's back to normal.

Well, I'm off to look for more info on your site...seems like you guys are pretty okay with having new threads started (please correct me if I'm wrong on that- I know some boards like to keep redundancy and clutter to a minimum!), so if I don't find what I'm looking for, I'll be sure to ask!

Edited to add: Oh, maybe you'd like to know my kitty's name- his shelter name was Dumbledore (after the Harry Potter character), then they changed it to Gorgeous George. Gorgeous George doesn't really suit him, though. My boyfriend and I are big Harry Potter fans, and we liked that he was named after Dumbledore, but it's too long, so we're calling him Albus, which is the character's first name.
post #2 of 19
Aww how adorable! And I the name Albus..

Welcome to TCS! Can't wait to see some pictures of him.
post #3 of 19
Hi Lucy, welcome to TCS!
I am sending healthy vibes to your sweetie, Albus.
We have a thread for animals other than cats, where you can share info. and photos of pretty Tana.

As you learn your way around our site, if you have questions, I would be happy to help you. Feel free to contact me by clicking on my user name,
then send a Private Message. I will get back to you asap.

post #4 of 19
Hello, and welcome to the best cat site around!

I am well acquanted with Basenjis as I have had three of them. I have told so many people how much like cats they are.

If you would like to learn more about The Cat Site and build up the number of points you have quickly, you may want to play the game KatKwiz, designed for newcomers like yourself. Just click on the link below (here) to learn more. We are glad to have you with us!
post #5 of 19
welcome hehe!
post #6 of 19
Hello and Welcome!! Looking forward to seeing pictures of Albus!!
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post #8 of 19
Welcome to the site and sending many healing vibes for the little one you took in !
post #9 of 19
Welcome to TCS!
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
Ok, there's pictures posted in the fatty liver thread, here.
post #11 of 19
Hi and welcome to TCS! We are so glad you have joined us!

If I can help you with any questions you have about the site, please click on my username and send me a message.
post #12 of 19
Hello & welcome to tcs. I hope you get the info you need for Albus.
post #13 of 19
Hi and welcome to TCS. I'm a huge harry potter fan too so I think dumbledore is a cute name. I almost named my kitty crookshanks but it was too long too.
post #14 of 19
Hi Lucy! Welcome to the Cat Site!

Excited to see photos of your kitty

Best Wishes! Enjoy the forums
post #15 of 19
Hi there Lucy we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and Albus to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

I hope that things start to improve for Albus soon - it's great that he has such wonderful people looking out for him.
post #16 of 19
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!
post #17 of 19
welcome! enjoy your stay
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post #19 of 19
Welcome to TCS!! for Albus
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