In early 2016, we heard through a local shelter grapevine about a buff and ginger senior girl named Itty who needed help. Miss Itty, was an eleven and a half year old that was part of an owner-surrender case from 2014 (due to medical necessity). Three other cats living within the home had all since been adopted. Before losing her owner and her home, she was a stray. Because she’d not had a stable home in two years, she has anxiety and trust issues that time, patience, and understanding will eventually overcome.
While she tolerates other non-nosey cats, she was just as easy to growl and become agitated, though has proven herself time and again NOT to be a biter. She is strong-willed as all ginger girls tend to be, is independent and a bit opinionated. She loves the company of non-clingy people, enjoys listening to reading, soft music or TV, but does not like being picked up or petted.
Miss Itty had ear polyps removed in 2015 and suffered numerous ear infections over the years, perhaps had her entire life, that surely contributed to the condition. As of September 2016, there was no sign of polyp return. She also has a non-cancerous fluid-filled cyst on her back.
September 2016 brought a lot of change to Miss Itty’s life. Blood work and two urinalysis results showed she had stage 3 kidney disease and a UTI. With her approval, we changed her name from Itty to Sunny. And despite her age and medical issues, we adopted her into our family.
Sunny likes playing with orange toys, particularly orange ping-pong balls, and occasionally chasing Miss Newton and Olivia. She thinks reading the classics should be required of everyone and believes sleeping in the sun is vastly underrated.
After a strict diet of Hill’s Science Diet z/d for skin and food allergies, she now experimenting with chronic kidney disease suggested food choices. Sunny still requires once-weekly ear cleanings because she is a heavy earwax producer. She’s learning that her foster Mom, the lady who doles out medication when needed, isn’t all that bad, and she is completely in love with her adopted Dad, as are all the ginger girls at Colehaus.