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Bubastis' Page

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cat photoBubastis (Bubi) wandered onto our court from the Greenbelt. Some creep had dumped her there to starve to death. They almost succeeded. She was so skinny that my fingers could almost meet under her backbone. Two of her paws were wounded and had gone septic. She was dehydrated and running a fever. She was so hungry that she was trying to eat the dead flowers in our neighbour's front garden. I ran inside and got a handful of dry catfood. When I put it in front of her she started to purr, a purr so loud it could be heard next door. She hasn't stopped purring yet, 16 years later (2007).

cat photoShe was so happy to have someone to take care of her that she purred all the way through several vet examinations, shots, cleaning her wounds, everything. She purred while I soaked her wounded and infected paws in a special anti-bacterial solution four times a day. She purred when I shoved antibiotic pills down her throat. She purred while I combed the tangles and dirt and bits of stuff out of her fur. She purred whenever she found a nice soft place to sleep. She purred when she looked out the window, probably because she was so happy to be inside.

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cat photoMost of all, she purred while she ate. For the first few years, food was a big issue for her. She would do almost anything for a snack. She is the only cat we have ever had who would sit up and beg, like a dog. The day she found a big open bag of cat food on the kitchen floor, she got very excited. Imagine what a starving cat must have thought of a bag of food bigger than her whole body. She must have thought she was in Heaven.

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cat photoIt took many years of regular meals and tender loving care before the trauma of abandonment and starvation began to wear off. For the first four years she lived with us, Bubi's favourite places to nap were always hidden under something. One had to take great care in walking around the house. A lump under a throw rug was probably a cat. A lump under a slip cover or bed spread was probably a cat too. She just seemed to feel more secure when she was, so she thought, hidden.

cat photo While Bubi has never been interested in going outside (she knows that horrible things happen to little cats out there) she has always enjoyed looking out the window. Batting at big fluffy snow flakes as they float past the window panes has long been one of her favourite winter entertainments.

cat photoLike most cats, she always likes to be at the highest point in any room. One of her favourite places in our old house was on top of the broom cupboard in the kitchen. From there she could look down on her kingdom, secure in the knowledge that she could see any potential threat long before it could see her.

cat photoIn the mid 1990s Bubi developed food allergies. After several outbreaks of dry, itchy, irritated skin patches above her eyebrows, our vet recommended putting her on a hypoallergenic diet. This has solved the problem. She has not had a recurrence in many years. However, she gets tired of the same flavour food day in and day out, year in and year out. Her vets have always recommended "Medi-Cal Hypoallergenic" dry food, we have found that she could also eat "Fromm's Light" dry food.

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During our stay in Moscow, we ran out of per prescription cat food. I was able to get some "Hill's Science Diet, Rabbit" flavour dry cat food on a trip to the USA to visit family. It worked for two bags, several months, long enough for us to arrange to get her prescription cat food from home. I also cooked her food for a few months from the recipes on the pet diets page. She didn't really like any of the three flavours, but she did eat them, under some protest.

Bubi is a world traveller. She came with us on posting to Moscow for three years, and from there to the Occupied West Bank for another three years. In 2004 she returned with us to Canada, where she is now spending her "golden years" in luxury.

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Patti

This page was updated on 26 November 2007.

Contact me at: patti.primeau@sympatico.ca

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