Category Archives: Lucas

Formerly Yuki. Adopted 2 Dec 06. Renamed Atom. Returned 29 Nov 07. Renamed Lucas Adopted 4 Dec 07. Renamed Kola.

Kola living it up

Remember Kola? We got these updates.

17 Aug 08

Hi calsifer

Please find attached updated photos of Kola boy.

Message from Kola
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1) 0747: Mummy, what’s up!
2 0752: This is my new bed.  I like it a lot but many times, mummy will use my bed when I have dinner.  She always say: boy, mummy will only use it for 15mins & it will be yours again.  My bed will start moving after she pushes some buttons.  I heard daddy asking mummy whether she like this new massage chair but…… it is a bed & the leg stand that daddy refers to, it’s my scratching post.  Strangely, mum cover the scratching post with a towel.  She also bought me a baby comforter & put in on the seat 🙂

Hmmm… now my little Kola boy is enjoying himself & behaving like a prince (Kobi is always the king 🙂  Yes, he decides taking my new massage chair as his bed.  I can only use it when he on the chair…..otherwise, he will meow at me.  He even jumped on my thigh a few days ago while I was using the chair.  He likes scratching the leg stand & all other parts of the chair, therefore, I have to cover it with towels 🙂  Hopefully, he will not abuse the chair any further & allow me to use it for one to two years hahaha….

My reply to his mum on 18 Aug
hmmm, u might want to try putting scotch tape, sticky side up or double-sided tape on the places he lieks to scratch, they will make the experience unpleasant for him and maybe teach him to leave it alone =)
And his mum’s reply on 20 Aug:
Anyway, we don’t be bother to stop him from scratching la… The chair is wrapped up like a mummy now, so he can’t scratch it most of the time unless the towels came down… then let him enjoy himself for a while la 🙂  Anyway, there are many scratches on it now.
And this one on the same day:

Yeah, don’t remind me… I have all my “kids'” pictures in office & have just replaced him with the one I have sent to you – really feel like hugging everytime I look at him 🙂  I’m glad adopting him…. he is such a wonderful pet just a pity that he can’t get along with the girls but we are all doing well now 🙂

He is so funny & naughty – he will wake me up every night once or twice asking for massage!!!!  Can’t you believe it… sometimes, he really killed me – so sleepy at work!!  After the massage, he will ask for foods, otherwise, he will meow non stop & my Kobi will complain…. Ah yeah, I’m like the maid to them man 🙂  He will jump on to the bed asking for food if we bring them into the room – really ah fat man…   He will always follow me to the washroom!!! – just like my other two boys… my toilet is really getting too small now!!  hahaha……  It is a joy to have them all!  Hope this will last forever…. 🙂

I have attached two other photos, see which you like most 🙂  the bed is messy, thanks to the three boys (not ME).
And this one too:

2 Oct 08

Hi calsifer

Here is the Kola’s latest fashion 🙂

He seems to have kicked off his chewing habit – hope this will continue.

Sometime before these emails, I had a long phone conversation with Kola’s mum. She had called to update on him. Despite the removal of his tail’s inflamed portion which should have relieved him of his pain, he had continued to chew his tail stump.

His mum had been perplexed and wondered if she was not paying him enough attention given his needy nature. After a few, no doubt expensive, consultations, the vet determined that Kola probably has a bit of a psychological issue with his neediness. Besides prescribing some more medicine to calm him down, the vet also suggested that his mum give him more cuddles. This was what she had already been doing.

The vet also suggested spending more time with him. Short of bringing him along when she and his dad go on outings, they could hardly be giving him more time (as it is, they are already giving him more time than her 2 cats and 2 dogs who had been with her before Kola imposed himself). So that was what they did – they brought him along on outings whenever possible, to the market, on trips to places where kitties aren’t banned, to family gatherings. They bought different harnesses, pet prams and tried them all out, and found one for different occasions.

Kola is a big boy and getting fat, so carrying him can be back-breaking work, but his mum and dad obliged him as he seemed to enjoy being carried like a baby than being in a pram though he liked that too.

His mum mentioned that while she is not sure if she is doing enough for him, she hoped that we understand that she was doing all she can for him.

I told her that we’re extremely happy and feel he’s just one lucky little monster. In fact, we feel apologetic for all the problems he’s caused and the money they’ve spent on vet fees for him and the injuries he caused, and modifying their home to ensure his comfort and KeYuan and KeLe’s (the two younger female cats they’ve got) safety. I also told her that honestly if we had an idea about the extent of his neediness, I would have hesitated to adopt him out at all. On hindsight, the signs were there, not in flashing neon, but there were indications.

Here we both paused for a long while before Kola’s mum asked me if I thought he would have done well had he stayed at the cattery. I told her frankly, I do not think so, simply because Foster Mum and her helpers would never be able to afford the time and attention he alone needs. Similarly, he would not have done well even if we brought him home which might have been something we needed to do if he had stayed over a prolonged period in the cattery and his problem manifested itself fully. Nobody’s home in the daytime plus we have an felv/fiv positive cat (Rheilly), a somewhat needy cat (Philly), a nonchalant one who doesn’t like other cats (Joey), a kidney failure old boy (Bams) and his bleeding-bladder-wall-without-root-cause brother who dislikes all cat interactions (Teddy) all jostling for attention.

But at the same time, the problems he’s caused her would not be something we would not wish another to bear for us – after all we were the ones who decided to rescue him. Frankly, it wasn’t a comfortable place to be, given that there were no clear answers to the real and potential issues.

I just felt both he and us, btmao and me, were lucky he met her and she was willing to take him and bear the responsibility for him. She told me not to worry about it, and since she’s taken him in, he’s her responsibility for life and she would do what’s needed for him and the rest of her brood.

We ended the conversation with the mutual understanding, especially of her love and effort for him, my apologies and our absolute trust in her to do what’s right for him, and her understanding of our heartfelt gratitude on Kola’s behalf.

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Kolar is cancer free

Great news received on Wednesday about Kolar’s post-op follow-up:

Good News!  Those lumps are just caused by inflammation.  We were told by Dr XX to check his “tail” daily & bring Kolar back to him immediately, if we feel lump as big lumps can be pre-cancerous.
 
He is back to his normal self now & chasing the girls again.  I have accepted the fact that Kolar really can’t get along with the girls & decided to seperate them till maybe many months/years later if he is Ok with them.  Yuan is pretty affected by his behaviour & she even urinated after Kolar chased him a few days ago. In-fact, I am very concern that Yuan may be very unhappy & scare.  There is still risk for keeping Kolar in the balcony, therefore, he spends night & time when we are out in our study room.  He was not used to staying in the room all night & howled (that’s why I used to put him back to the balcony & I blame myself for causing what Yuan suffers).  He seems to response well to classicial & soothing music, hence, I play it all night & while we are out.  He seems to have stop howling now or perhaps I am too tired & slept soundly. At the same time, I will install another gate between my balcony & living room this week, so Kolar can still stay at the balcony when we are at home. He looks happy in the study room now as many times, he doesn’t even want to get out of it in the morning!

Kolar’s first review is good

Phew! He’s really on the mend. Now for the test results. This update was received earlier today:

Kolar went for his 1st review yesterday. Dr XX is happy with his recovery & will go for his 2nd review when the results are available some time in 2 to 3 weeks. On the safe side, Dr XX wants us to check his tail for any lumps daily & bring Kolar to him if we feel or see anything unusal. His collar has been removed & he is eating well since yesterday.

He’s still a bully though…

He still wants to chase the girls when he sees them in the living room which he considers his terriorty. The felines are still seperated & see each other when under supervision. Actually, he is such a smart boy, he learns how to push/pull the wooden divider & open the cage doors to escape to the living room & stand infornt of our room door. All these happened when we were sleeping in our room. Luckily, they didn’t fight. The girls were hiding when I looked for them after I opened the room door in the morning. Now, we will put him in the study room at night. He will have not chance of escaping man. I was thinking the balcony is his favourable place, so we modified the divider to let him stay there at night, unfortunately, he is too smart liao.

ML ended her update with this:
I will update you again after the 2nd review. I keep my fingers crossed for negative results.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed too!

Another update on Snowball/Kolar

This update follows this one from yesterday. We can’t help but smile at the caer ML and her family are taking for his well-being.

… He was very angry yesterday night, especially, when he can’t eat & drink from the bowls…. He woke me up at 4am & meowing for food – he couldn’t wait just wanted to dashed out of the door (don’t want him to meet the girls at this stage) – it took me about 5mins to settle him down & get him food hahaha.  My mum is at my place looking after him while we are out.  He is at the balcony now (his favourite place – nature wind (cooling) & a bit of sunlight. We decided to make him happy to leave him there instead of the study room. So last minute, we made a higher wooden panel to seperate him from the living where the rest are roaming around.  We want to make sure no one distrub him 🙂  I will bring him for review next Fri instead of Sat (can’t bear to see him so unhappy for another day).

He’s doing well!

ML sent this post-surgery update on Snowball/Kolar last evening:

Kolar is home now.  He seems to be doing pretty OK, he is eating & drinking well but very unhappy with the collar that prevent him from licking the wound.  He is in our study room now, this is to make sure no one will disturb him.  The test result will only be available in 3 – 4 weeks time as Dr XX sent it to another lab that provides very accurate result.  He next review will be on next Fri or Sat.  Tentatively, I have fixed it on Sat but will prefer to do it on Fri as if everything goes well, he will be able to remove the collar. Will see if I can bring him to office or rush back home to pick him up.
 
I will put him in our room tonight & monitor him.  At least, if he is not well, we can attend to him immediately.  We intend to do so till he full recovery, if everything goes well, he may even share the same bedroom with us and his two brothers!
 
I’m feeling much better now & hopefully, the result is negative!
 
Will keep you update!

Snowball going tail-less

Tomorrow, Snowball/Kolar will lose his tail.

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Since the last update, nothing much has changed. ML continued to send emails, telling us about the things she’s trying, researching or doing to help her brood integrate. Needless to say, we’re very heartened to see how she continues valiantly.

Today, we got another update. But this time, it’s different – ML sounded very sad and grave, unlike the upbeat and hopeful tone she usually speaks with. His tail is troubling him again, and this time, it’s so bad, tests are being done. The vet suspected cancer and recommended amputating it immediately, as it seemed quite aggressive and looks set to reach the anus soon. The tests outcome would not be known for another 3 days, but ML is worried that it may be too late for him. At the same time, she is worried that if his tail is amputated now, and it turns out to be non-cancerous, she may have caused him to suffer unnecessarily. Also, she is worried over the impact on his self-esteem and temperament should he lose his tail. We told her about some of the handicapped cats at Foster Mum’s, who are none the worse for wear, and also comforted her that he could do with a bit less self-esteem, and also that he is beautiful regardless of his tail.

I told her that on the bright side, it may help bring his aggressiveness down a peg or two and help with peace in the home. Also, when we first got him back, btmao and I had actually discussed the possibility that we may have to arrange for the same procedure at some point in time if his tail bothers him so much. Also, the vet has said that if it is cancer, it might not just be his tail. We shared Joe’s story to show that Kolar’s problem is at least operable, and Milly’s story to allay her worries about making decisions, and to let her know we understand how she feels and that she has our empathy.

ML also requested for us to call his ex-adopter, to find out if they’ve noticed or know anything that could confirm if his problem is cancer. Also, and here she sounded angry – though on his behalf, she wanted to know if he was returned because the ex-adopter knew about this problem. Too bad, the line has been disconnected. The ex-adopter was all teary when she returned him, and she even promised to visit him… to date, she has not even bothered to ask about him, whether through email or sms.

Kolar is definitely better off with his new family now. Please spare a kind thought for Snowball/Kolar and his folks.

Snowball weekend update

ML, Snowball‘s new mum has updated us twice via phone over the weekend, and also via email on his progress.

ML had ,at times, let Kolar out of his cage (used to allow him to settle down and acclimatise), and he was allowed free run on the balcony where access to the dining area can be had for the determined kitty. And so that was happened: the monster squirmed his way into the dining area and chased and scared ML’s youngest cat, KeLe badly on Saturday. So ML decided to keep him in the cage unless under strict supervision until further notice. She was also quite disturbed by Kolar’s aggression in his attack and also raised the possibility that if things do not work out, she may have to return him. This is understandable of course.

Strangely, Kolar seemed to have reached accords of peace with KeYuan, ML’s first and bigger girl. Even stranger is that he seemed to accept the dogs better. What a catist! And poor little KeLe – whom we theorised could have unknowingly triggered Kolar’s aggression with her kitten-gumption and naivete.

On Sunday, ML called with more updates. She asked if it was ok for her to return the carrier which was used to bring Kolar home next week, and told us her plan, which she hoped we would agree with: She will try for the next month to continue integrating Kolar. Her “last resort” will be to send him to live with her mother, where there are no other animals, except for a occassionally visiting golden retriever whom her mother raised, and is now living with her sister. Kolar will be kept in a room during the goldie’s visit. ML will continue to be fully responsible for him.

ML is making contigency plans in case integration does not work as she does not want to give Kolar up. She felt it to be too traumatic for him to have to go back to the cattery and wait for a third family. Also, Kolar is an absolute darling with people (having melted the hearts of all and sundry, including her visiting sister and the vet), which seemed to hint at the possibility of exorcising the monster to ML.

ML has discussed her plan with her mother and husband, and both are agreeable.

I would be lying to say I am not disappointed that Kolar’s integration doesn’t seem to be going smoothly – but it’s not unexpected either. However, it would be a bigger lie to say I am not touched and surprised by the thought and effort ML has put into considering Kolar’s needs and well-being.

Of course, we were agreeable to her plan, but I reiterated that really, should she decide so, it’s perfectly ok to return him to the cattery. She said that Foster Mum had told her the same but she’s determined to try to give Kolar the home he deserves. That’s why she wanted to return the carrier asap, as the presence of the carrier is a temptation to what she sees as too easy a way out. She had originally intended to return the carrier this weekend but she and her husband decided that it was more important to spend more time with their brood in light of what has transpired, and so they’ve decided to delay the return of the carrier by a week.

I made a suggestion about disciplining Kolar with water-squirting if he got aggressive and postured around the resident furries again.

I also shared our 8-month experience with Bam Bam and Teddy, reintroducing them when they were three (worthy of a saga-type post), and also Bobby‘s parents’ patience that saw him finally accepting his elder “sibling” Mao Mao, a year after adoption. Both are extreme cases to be sure, and though I am not sure if it was encouraging or discouraging to ML, at least it seemed to bolster her confidence that things could work out. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.

ML has also graciously agreed to share photos of Kolar’s new siblings in this email:

No worries, we are very use to problem kids . My big boy (1st dog) gives us all kind of health problems since he was five months, he is now 8 1/2 year old. He has gone thru six operations so far, luckily he is a brave boy & is doing very well. My 2nd boy (used to call him my little boy but now Kolar takes the title) used to have hip & skin problems in his younger days too.

I saw Kolar trying to lick his tail on the shaved portion but after a few “NO” from me, he seems to understand & stop the action. After that, we don’t see him doing that again :), probably, he just feel bored. We are trying to spend more time with him as he is now not mixing with the rest coz he has yet to recover from flu.

He starts eating quite a bit since Tuesday. Yesterday, he ate 1/2 can of wet food & 3 tablespoons of kibble. He is calling out to me & my husband, Kenneth whenever he sees us now.

I have attached the following pictures:

1) youngest in the family – KeLe, nickname “the monkey” kele_x.jpg
2) my first little catty girl – KeYuan keyuan_x.jpg
3) my darling boys – believe it or not, I bought the big one as a sheltie (which he is supposed to be only 1/3 of his actual size now) haha.. see how
irresponsible some petshop owners or breeders can be. Kobi is the big one & Kilo is the short one – hehe kobe-and-kilo_x.jpg

Kolar better wise up!