Frootbat Friday always brings smiles, and is a purrfect day to give you all an update on Nolo! You might remember him, from this blog post, when Teri sprung him out of the Fairfax County Shelter, two months ago!
Teri is fostering Nolo from Sphynx Open Arms Rescue, and they have been so supportive and generous in taking on the financial responsibility for his healthcare so far. Yes, Teri works for a kitty vet and that's a big plus, but SOAR wanted him to have a full physical, blood work and a fecal test to start.
So Teri took him into work with her and got all that done. His lab work was all purrfect, but it was found that he has a heart murmur, and SOAR wanted that checked out...so off to the cardiologist for Nolo! He needed his teeth cleaning but we didn't want to do that without having his heart checked out first!
Nolo is 4 years old, but as he came into the shelter with no medical history, it was unknown what healthcare he had before now, or if the murmur had been present his whole life, etc. Teri thinks he was well taken care of because he was amenable to bathing, having his ears cleaned and nails trimmed. She was sure it wasn't the first time he'd had a bath and he's had 3 in the 2 months he's been with us and he is very well behaved for his 'spa days'.
The heart doctor found he has a thickening and blockage, possibly early onset HCM, and so he is on meds for that now and has to go back for a recheck in another month, to see if the meds are helping his heart work better. Another plus...Nolo is very easy to pill, too!
SOAR has covered all his vet expenses and Teri so appreciates that, as she has all of us to take care of. And they have shared his photos that Teri has sent them and are starting to take adoption applications for him now Teri had gotten all his healthcare taken care of. Nolo's met us and Teri's been evaluating his personality, reporting to SOAR that he was ok around other cats, but we are not so OK with him and have been aggressive, but not Nolo!
He is the sweetest, mild mannered kitty! He must have been really terrified in the shelter to act the way he did. He has been into work with Teri 4 times now, and has not shown any 'cage brave' behavior at all! He doesn't even respond inkind when we hiss and swat at him. Teri said he just looks like his feelings are hurt when we are mean to him. He wants to be friends and Coco says no way, but Nolo and Brighton are play chasing and having moments of fun together, but not enough for us to be together 24/7 yet.
When Teri isn't home and at night, Nolo has his own bedroom. That way, we don't get too jealous of sharing Teri and Nolo doesn't get bullied. Sometimes she puts us in the bedroom and lets Nolo have some roaming time around the house.
He just wants to be with Teri, sitting on her shoulder when she's on the computer and having some kitty massages and playtime with her. Teri is also using flower essences with us, Jackson Galaxy's Ultimate Peacemaker Set to help our emotional state.
There have been 2 hopeful applications received for him...one from the lead tech at the cardiologists which sounded perfect! But she has not responded to multiple emails and phone messages, so she must have changed her mind...but letting us know would have been the polite thing to do! Then the second family, who had taken on some special needs cats before, after getting more info from them, just wouldn't have been the right place for Nolo either...
So he is still here with us, and Teri says he isn't going to be a 'Foster Fail' since she already has all of us...so she is going to start posting more about him on FB and Twitter and Instagram and hopefully with SOAR sharing more about hime, too...he will be able to find his forever home!
A home experienced with a Sphynx or Cornish Rex would be nice, but Teri would be there for him to help his new family with advice and recommendations on caring for a Cornish Rex, as would the rescue. Of course, taking on a kitty with a known health issue scares some people, but other than his heart...he is the picture of health and has no bad habits at all! And he has so much love to give!
Many of our friends are Cornish Rex fans cuz of us Curly Swirly cats, and if any of you have been longing for one of your very own, visit the Sphynx Open Arms Rescue website and fill out an adoption application. And you can ask us any questions at all about Nolo and we will try to answer them for you.
And if you just can't add another kitty to your family (like us), then you might think about making a donation to SOAR in lieu of giving Christmas gifts this year. You would be helping cats like Nolo and such a dedicated nationwide organization that helps mutant cats like us! And it would make Christmas shopping easy, too!
Ps: All our friends know...if you live in our house, you have to wear silly hats from time-to-time!