Feeling nostalgic. After the loss of our precious Willow, I've decided to share with you guys all the cats from our lives, even the cats from before smart phones! These cats (and our dogs too) have been such an inspiration to me and have helped shape my career path. They have provided me with photos, videos and most importantly unique experiences that have helped make me a better vet tech, behaviorist, groomer and educator. Each month I’ll attempt to feature a different cat! This will take me more than two years so please, meet our family in the stories below. I hope these stories inspire you to adopt, foster, donate or reach out for help to ensure your cat is living their best life!
Rescue one until there are none!
Vader was an ordinary domestic short hair black cat. He was one of 4 kittens in his litter and we decided to keep the whole family including his mother, Asia. At the age of six he had started showing some asthmatic type symptoms and was brought into the vet for a chest x-ray. He did […]
Her classic disgruntled look, but this is just her cute muzzle regular style! (a.k.a. Mammas, Mother, Mother Gers, Gers, Codger (because she looked old and wise long before she ever was senior) What do I say about this cat? These stories are getting harder to share as they stir up so much emotion. Asia was […]
Hi-five everybody! Oh, Miss Maple D! Maple was our very first rescued dog. I found her in Buckhead on Maple St (this became the name theme for the first three dogs) on my way to class when I was in college. She was living in a construction site and the workers were feeding her their […]
Peaches brought nothing but smiles. She was just so scrumptious that she made you smile every single time you looked her. She never met a stranger, purred on contact and lived life belly up and actually LOVED to have her belly rubbed.
Zinnia is the reason I am here, she is what gave me my start. She presented challenges that forced me to learn more about cats and their behavior; she provided circumstances I had never dealt with before, she got me my job at my first feline veterinary practice, she was the first face of Fundamentally Feline and here is her story.
One of my favorite things that Lynx used to do was come up and “rabbit kick” our feet using his hind feet but in a standing position. He did this so very gently, like he was kicking the air, it was so freaking cute. I wish we had smart phones back then or I would absolutely have video of this behavior.
Shadow was the love of my life (sorry, Jake, but he totally understands!) This cat was amazing, and we were very bonded. I loved how he would sit on my left hip and suckle on my ear lobe. He was like an infant and would ask to be picked up.
Mercury and Festus were brothers. It is always advised to adopt related cats and keep feline families together. This helps to ensure harmony and a bond. Re, as we often called him (or Re Re) was the more bold of the pair and I distinctly remember him playing with the strings on my backpack in the adoption room where we met.
Meet Festus! Festus and his brother Mercury were our very first pair of cats! They were named after two Scandinavian story book characters. I distinctly recall one of the books was titled, “Festus and Mercury Catch a Pickled Herring”!