Kiko
Kiko
Kiko
Kiko
Kiko
Kiko
Kiko

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2024 Pawsitively Purrfect Endings, Special Tails

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  • Pawsitively Purrfect Endings

About Kiko

Kiko is a purebred red Abyssinian cat, purchased from a breeder by her first family as a pet. The first family was a very busy one, with a toddler, a dog, and a newborn baby. They named her “Zod.” Enemy of Superman. Unfortunately, Zod was not very comfortable in this situation, and she had digestive issues. She spent most of her time shut in a bathroom by herself.

At around 6 months, she went to Purebreds Plus to find a new family to live with. My husband and I had recently said goodbye to our 12 year old Aby, Dante. Our formerly feral cat Celeste consoled us. But we thought she might want a new companion, so we contacted PPCR for another Aby. We all thought that Zod’s digestive issues were from stress, and in the right home she would improve. I have mild colitis, so I sympathized. But she continued to have runny poop, sometimes with blood. Sometimes she would cry out and sometimes she didn’t make it to the litter box. We spent nearly a year working with our vet on different diets, including home-made: raw, cooked and mi-cuite. Domestic, organic, and wild. She was tiny. We finally found the right Rx one, and she hasn’t eaten anything other than that since. Except when she sneaks onto the kitchen counter . . . Though we are extremely careful to keep temptation in the fridge.

Through it all, she has always been an Aby: the athlete of the cat world. Climbing high, knocking things over, tearing through the house like there’s a tiger on her tail. And then, exhausted, she plops onto a lap, or crawls under the covers in our bed. She gives (and receives) kitty kisses. She greets people at the door like a beautiful socialite.

Kiko is 11 ½ years old now, and has developed asthma. She refused to watch the videos of the calm kitties breathing into masks, in spite of all of our entreaties, even with treats. So we compromised. She agreed to take tiny amounts of liquid steroids in her food to keep her from wheezing.

We said goodbye to Celeste last year, after 18 years. So Kiko has been consoling us. Someday, another wonderful feline will join us, maybe from PPCR.

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