*Originally Posted March 25th 2009*
Claudius's story as we know it began about two weeks ago when he was picked up as a stray in Carrollton by their animal control officers. They found him dirty and ragged and were amazed by his tenacity in surviving on his own for who knows how long with all the issues he had stuck against him. Claudius is around 15 years old. He has been declawed on the front. He is missing a couple of teeth, he is blind in one eye and loosing sight in one eye. Some time years ago he had what is called a hematoma in his ear where the blood vessals in his ear burst and no one took care of it and the ear deformed around it to protect the rest of his body. It caused him a very large amount of pain for a very long time, but he did not let that phase him. How he has a lump on his neck about the size of a golf ball. I find out most of this after I took him in.
We made the decision to take him in to our home because he looked like an amazing survivor who deserved a great retirement home and we wanted to make sure he got just that. Unfortunately before we were able to get him and take him home another lady from Haltom City adopted him. I had hoped that the lady would give him the best home possible but we soon found out that she was not the best pet owner for him. She tended to take in many pets and had a very small home. She also did not really know anything about animals and was trying to sell him. We decided that we could spare a bit of money to get him out of that situation. She told people he for sure had cancer though that proved to not be a fact. She told people that he had no teeth where he actually has a pretty full mouth. We soon found out from regular Craig's List people that she has had issues with rescuers before. We gave her the money she wanted and took him home!
His first day home we found out lots of things about him:
He had teeth for one thing!
He is an angel in the carrier once you get him in, he just curls up and chills like
it is no big deal.
He is a perfect gentleman when it comes to litter box manners.
He does enjoy a little bit of string chase though sadly due to his sight and lack
of depth perception he isn't really great at it.
He likes small dark corners to lay in, especially under Coy's corner desk.
He loves The Walker Brothers and lots of other 60's music.
He is not the sturdiest of kitties and can often loose his balance, mostly in
the back end area, so tends to stay away from high areas.
He actually likes his dry food more than the wet!
He meows very lightly and very rarely.
He makes the funniest noises and the funniest faces that keep you smiling all the time.
If you hug him because he is so freaking cute he leans back and looks at you
like you are crazy and this "ack! I am way too bad ass an old man for
hugs!!! Now pet me!!!" That just makes you want to hug him more.
Kisses he just doesn't see coming so when you plant one on his face he
jumps back like WTF?!?!?
His lump on his neck is fluid filled, that is really all we can figure out with
the money that I have.
More to come! We are hoping to find out more about the lump on his neck but it is impossible with the fact that I am a broke barista at Starbucks and Coy is a broke independent house cleaner. We do accept donations and would appreciate them more than words can say but you do need to understand that we are only independent rescuers that do what we can. We try to work with many non-profit rescues and shelters but often are unable to work through them so we do what we can on our own. That is what Claudius is for the time being. We decided not to go through any rescue because his future is so uncertain and we do not want to waste the already thin resources of a rescue as well as end up re-homing him before we know for sure what the lump is. Your donations therefor will not be tax deductable as they would be through a registered non-profit. So we do not expect a decision to donate to us as opposed to a non-profit, but if sure would be appreciated and really help us help Claudius. Also if for some reason you would like to take in an amazing 15 year old kitty with what could be an incredibly short life span and a large price tag attached please let me know. We will have more posts to come. :)