In early 2016, we heard through a local shelter grapevine about a buff and ginger senior girl named Itty who needed help. Named Itty, or Miss Itty, she 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 had anxiety and trust issues that time, patience, and understanding would eventually overcome.
While she tolerated other non-nosey cats, she was just as easy to growl and become agitated, though had 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 did not like being picked up or, at the time, even petted. We worked on both of those.
Miss Itty had ear polyps removed in 2015 and suffered numerous ear infections over the years – perhaps had her entire life. We discovered she had had an eardrum removed sometime prior to our fostering and that old surgery site had also become infected. After lots of testing and correct antibiotics administered consistently, in September 2016, there was no sign of polyp return or infection, and her ears remain healthy today.
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 that news and with her approval, we changed her name from Itty to Sunny. And despite her age and medical issues, we adopted her into our family.
In early 2017, after conquering numerous UTIs and getting her kidney disease under control, she had a large, non-cancerous, fluid-filled cyst removed from the middle of her back. Finally, she could roll over without pain.
After a long, strict diet of Hill’s Science Diet z/d for skin and food allergies, she’s now on a wet food diet of assorted healthy choices hand-selected by Dad, who continues to research CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease), and with limited grain-free kibble on the side.
As of August 2017, one year after her initial CKD diagnosis, her current blood work shows no sign of negative change in values. Her CKD is stable. She is as healthy, and as spunky as she can be and you’d never know her age or her kidney disease level.
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.
Sunny’s learned that her 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.