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Happy gotcha day tuxedo!!!!!

post #1 of 26
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Tuxedo, you were the meanest of the mean, a little hissing, spitting ball of fur. Gary couldn't believe that such a little kitty could be so full of piss and vinegar - and no bigger than his hand!

You TOTALLY disrupted the feral colony, you sent two kitties to the hospital! YOU WERE "UNADOPTABLE." !!!!

It broke our hearts to adopt - or adopt out - your brothers and sister but not you.

But we were determined to take care of you - and you filled out so nicely for winter!



...and then in December, you headbumped Gary, and everything changed. You became his purr baby boy. What to do? It dropped below zero for several weeks - and every time we opened the door, you would come running. Of course you refused to live in the warm shelter we provided, you crazy cat. So we found a boarding facility that would take you. *phew* You were in from the cold. But every time we visited, it got harder and harder to leave.



...and then you got sick. A UTI. The boarding facility called and said, "I think there's something wrong with your cat." (He hadn't eaten for three days - thank GOD he wasn't blocked for that long or he would be dead! Poor baby was soooooo sick). We whisked you off to the hospital.

And you still refused to eat. You gave the vet 14 stitches on his neck. WHAT WERE WE GOING TO DO WITH YOU?

The vet answered that question for us. "Gary, this cat has bonded with you. If you want him to live, you have to take him home."

So we did.

This picture makes us cry every time. This is what you looked like your first day home:



The other kitties came over to sniff you - and that was it. There were no integration problems, no fighting - and you recovered - and went on to be our most loving, our most affectionate, our most beautiful baby boy.





Then 1 year later, you got REALLY sick. If you weren't with us, again, you would be dead. It wasn't officially Feline Hemolitic Anemia, but you fought hard with us over these past four years. We'll never forget when the vet said "I'm out of bullets." You weren't in pain, but you had almost no red blood cells. Tuxedo - we moved out of the RV and into a house just 10 minutes from the vet for you! (We were there every day for months - and there at least weekly for years). You never complained, or we wouldn't have put you through it. And just last week, your vet declared you "officially out of the woods." Tuxedo, there just weren't bigger smiles EVER!

Today is the official celebration of your 6th year "Gotcha Day." You are seven years old now, like your brothers and sisters (born sometime around now-ish in 2002), but it took that year to get you inside with us.

Tuxedo, we love you!

Laurie & Gary (who officially contributed to the writing of this post!)
post #2 of 26
Happy Gotcha day Tuxedo. You are definately the luckiest boy around. You have the most wonderful family
post #3 of 26
What a beautiful post! (made me tear up a little)


Happy got ya day! Your a super special kitty Tuxedo!
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post #5 of 26
Awwwww that brought tears to my eyes Laurie!

That picture of Tuxi and Gary is soooo precious, and that last picture!, i could kiss his little face all over

Happy Gotcha Day you gorgeous muffin man
post #6 of 26
Happy Gotcha Day, Tuxedo! You and your family are lucky to have each other!
post #7 of 26
What a sweet, touching story, Laurie (and Gary). Tuxedo is a beautiful boy, and what a fighter. Happy Gotcha Day, Sweetie. Glad you're all healthy and happy now.
post #8 of 26
That's such a sweet story, it made me cry a little! Congrats to you, Gary, and especially Tuxedo!
post #9 of 26
Oh my gosh! Look at that handsome boy! Happy gotcha day!
post #10 of 26
Happy gotcha day Tuxedo Your a cutie
post #11 of 26
Happy Gotcha Day Tuxedo
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
Awwwww that brought tears to my eyes Laurie!

That picture of Tuxi and Gary is soooo precious, and that last picture!, i could kiss his little face all over

Happy Gotcha Day you gorgeous muffin man
He's one lucky kitty to have made that special bond with such special people as you and Gary!
post #13 of 26
Happy Gotcha Day Tuxie!
post #14 of 26
Thread Starter 
Daddy's giving Tuxie his birthday treat now - chicken baby food!

We thought about giving him his absolute favorite - shrimp - but then he meows for it every day, and he won't give up for months! Since his favorite is not good for him.... he gets his second fav.

He is one special kitty, with a very special daddy, and we're lucky he's in our lives.

Laurie
post #15 of 26

Happy Gotcha Day Tuxie

post #16 of 26
Happpppy Gotcha day Tuxie!!!!

..........
Many Happy Returns!!!
post #17 of 26
Happy Gotcha Day Tuxie!
post #18 of 26
Awwww that pic of him and Gary is sooo soooo precious

Happy Gotcha Day Baby!
post #19 of 26
Happy Gotcha Day, Tuxie! You're one lucky fella -- but then your humans are pretty lucky, too!
post #20 of 26
Happy Gotcha' Day!
post #21 of 26
Wow.. this brought me to tears Laurie! You and Gary are absolute angels. The pic of him bestowing cuddles is.. wow.. just amazing. Stories like yours give me so much hope for Somebunny. Tuxie is fulfilling his purpose here when it comes to educating about feral cats, being the poster cat of the ferals ultimate potential.. not to mention enriching your own lives in return!!

I'm so glad you shared this.. he's an inspiration! So are you & Gary!!

Happy Gotcha Day Tuxie!!
post #22 of 26
I knew Tuxie was a special boy, but didn't know the half of it until just now. How lucky he is that you and Gary were there for him, and are still there for him.

Happy Gotcha Day, Mr. Tuxedo!
post #23 of 26
Happy Gotcha Day Tuxedo....

From one Tuxedo to another
post #24 of 26
Thread Starter 
Look at that beautiful kitty! Love the black spot on his (her?) chin! Tooo cute!

Laurie
post #25 of 26
Tuxie is such a handsome fellow!

Happy Gotcha Day sweet boy.
post #26 of 26
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Awwww that pic of him and Gary is sooo soooo precious
that would be my favorite one of the bunch!
Happy "Gotcha" Day, Tuxie!
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