Caspurr, "The Friendly Cat"

Image of Karen Neary Smithson holding her domestic short haired cat, Caspurr.
Image of Karen Neary Smithson holding her domestic short haired cat, Caspurr. | Source
Image of Caspurr one hour after he was rescued
Image of Caspurr one hour after he was rescued | Source

A Dog's Nose Knows

Two years ago, on July 15, 2009, brought a surprise that would forever enrich the lives of two sisters, Patricia and Karen Neary.

That morning, Patricia traipsed down the street for her usual walk with her greyhound, Misty. But Misty had other plans . . . She insisted on taking another route. Instead of following the cement walkways, Misty pulled hard on her owner, and bounded into a traffic laden street. The dog was focused on something in the broad expanse. At first, Patricia saw something that resembled a white plastic bag. But upon closer examination, she found that it wasn't a plastic bag at all. It was a tiny white kitten that couldn't have been more than five weeks old! The kitten appeared to be injured, so Patricia knelt down and gingerly lifted him up in the palms of her hands. Then, she heard a purr!

"Within a few days, it was decided that I would welcome the kitten into our home," said Karen.

His solid white coat and purr landed him the name "Caspurr."

Image of Caspurr on the road to recovery
Image of Caspurr on the road to recovery | Source
Image of Caspurr "fit as a fiddle."
Image of Caspurr "fit as a fiddle." | Source

Survival of the Fittest

Weighing only 14 ounces, infection claimed most of the kitten's tiny body. Born from a feral mother, Caspurr was loaded with parasites. Roundworms are typical of most kittens that have never been wormed. They are usually passed via the mother's milk to the kittens. Feral cats also eat rodents and birds, which can carry parasites. These parasites, too, are passed to the kittens in utero or through the milk. In addition to parasites, Caspurr had an upper respiratory infection and herpes in his pale, blue eyes.

The worse by far, was the MERSA raging in his left front leg. MERSA, as it is medically referred to, is also known as Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus. It is a staph bacterium, which lives on the skin and in nasal passages. The bacterium can lead to an infection, and without proper medical treatment can also lead to death. The most common symptoms are in the form of an abcess or boil. Sometimes, it may appear like a spider bite.

In Caspurr's case, he had apparently been bitten by a wild animal (fox), and contracted the "flesh-eating bug." These bacterium are called necrotizing fasciitis; however, the bacterium do not actually consume the tissue.

MRSA is usually treated with antibiotics, but some strains have built up a resistance to Methicillin, Oxacillin, Penicillin and Amoxicillin. MRSA is also common in hospitals and nursing homes.

"He still has it in his system," Karen said of Caspurr. "It can be reactivated, but it's under control."

Roughly two months ago, Patricia was out walking her dog in the same locale as she found Caspurr. A woman living on Courtleigh told her there was a mother cat (white) with five kittens that lived underneath of a car. The mother cat had gotten mauled by a fox and had to be taken to the emergency veterinary hospital. The woman's son, who was visiting, took four of the five kittens home with him. However, there was one little kitten missing in action. That kitten is believed to be Caspurr!

So, now things were starting to make sense. It is believed that a fox had grabbed hold of Caspurr as a kitten. Before the fox could make off with him, the mother cat, being protective over her young, must have charged the fox. In the process, she sustained her injuries. And Caspurr his.

"If the mama cat hadn't intervened, there would be no Caspurr," Karen explained.

So, just why wasn't Caspurr with the other four kittens? What made him wonder off from the rest of the litter? Here's where it gets interesting.

Patricia had consulted a pet psychic about her dogs. During the session, she made mention of the kitten that she had found. The psychic said she could see "a white kitten that went chasing after a bug and got lost!" Now everything was starting to come together.

After three months of treatment, four operations, and the possibility of the kitten losing his leg, the infection finally lessened. Caspurr was now adjusting happily to a leg free of cumbersome bandages and casts--minus one toe on his left paw, which had to be removed due to the MRSA.

"With obvious joy, he bounded and jumped, at last, well enough to enjoy the blessings of restored health," Karen said.

Image of Caspurr tangled up in a toy his "Aunt Trish" made for him.
Image of Caspurr tangled up in a toy his "Aunt Trish" made for him. | Source
Image of Caspurr being awarded Best Household Pet by CFA Judge Tracy Petty.
Image of Caspurr being awarded Best Household Pet by CFA Judge Tracy Petty. | Source
Image of Caspurr at an American Cat Fanciers' Association (ACFA) cat show, sponsored by the Catfederacy Cat Club of Gettysburg.  Caspurr finaled and placed 5th Best Cat in the Household Pet class.
Image of Caspurr at an American Cat Fanciers' Association (ACFA) cat show, sponsored by the Catfederacy Cat Club of Gettysburg. Caspurr finaled and placed 5th Best Cat in the Household Pet class. | Source

From Feral Cat to Show Cat

At nine months, Caspurr participated in his first Cat Fanciers' Association cat show. CFA is one of the world's largest registries of pedigreed cats. However, household pets, such as Caspurr, may compete in CFA shows. According to CFA's web site: "Household pets are judged in one group without regard to sex, coat length, age, or color. Although there is no written standard for household pets, they may NOT be declawed. And if they are over eight months of age, they must be neutered or spayed. Instead, household pets are judged for their uniqueness, pleasing appearance, unusual markings, and sweet dispositions. Further, each household pet reflecting good health and vitality receives a Merit Award (red/white). At the end of the judging, the best household pets are introduced in a final." Caspurr was awarded three ribbons at his first CFA show! By his fourth show, he had ranked 12th in the Southern Region for Household Pet!

Other purbred cat registries such as the American Cat Fanciers Association, not to be confused with CFA, also allow household pets to show. Caspurr's registered name with ACFA is "Prince Caspurr of Courtleigh," after the street on which he was found. Last year, Caspurr competed in his second ACFA show, and received the title Best Household Cat for the Northeast Region! The title suits him well, indeed.

Caspurr continues to climb the ladder, and has now moved up to third in the Southern Region for Household Pet with CFA! Caspurr has since accumulated 61 ribbons from various shows.

UPDATE 3/25/13:

Out of more than 200 cats in CFA's Southern Region, Caspurr earned ninth place standing for the year. He is now retired, and enjoying his time at home playing with his new adopted brother, Coppurr, who is currently ranked number 10 in the Southern Region.

Image of Caspurr "in the shadows."
Image of Caspurr "in the shadows." | Source

For more information on showing your household pet, visit:

Cat Fanciers' Association at: www.cfainc.org

American Cat Fanciers Association at: www.acfacat.com

or

Contact Dorie Eckert with the Catfederacy Cat Club of Gettysburg at: (717) 334-5890

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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hi Debra! What a great hub! I am so happy for the outcome, and bless Misty the dog for making an all out effort to get to the strange white object in the street. Sometimes; the saying seems true: "There are no coincidences!"

I voted this up and all the positive choices above...welcome to HubPages...you are well on your way to having lots of followers because your writing is very good and subject matter couldn't be better!!! Welcome and Thank you!


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seanorjohn 5 years ago

Happy birthday to Caspurr. Such a great story, cats can be so resilient.Welcome to hubpages and voted up and beautiful.


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Debra Charney 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, for casting some votes Caspurr's way!


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Meisjunk 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

This is inspiring! Good job and good luck with Caspurr. =) Voted up and awesome.


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Debra Charney 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, for casting votes Caspurr's way! He is the most beautiful white cat with blue eyes you'd ever want to see!


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Debra Charney 5 years ago from United States Author

Meisjunk,

I see you are from Pennsylvania, too, and are a cat lover as well. I am now following you, and look forward to reading some of your hubs on cats!


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Debra Charney 5 years ago from United States Author

Lucky Cats,

Thank you, once again, for posting such positive feedback, and for welcoming me aboard since I am new to HubPages. You are truly a team player!


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

WOW!! What a good dog to find and lead to the rescue of a precious little kitten. Happy "purrthday" Caspurr!

"Loverly" tale... so nice to read of happy endings.

Thank you for taking him in and restoring him to vibrant health! The world needs more such people.

And congratulations on his awards! Well-deserved, I have no doubt!'

Voted up, awesome, beautiful...


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Debra Charney 5 years ago from United States Author

Lizzy,

Caspurr's owner is a wonderful, caring, compassionate woman, who puts his best interest first. I met her at a cat show, and was so taken by Caspurr's story that I had to share it with others. Glad you enjoyed the read.


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Dwizard 5 years ago

He looks pretty friendly and playful. Good thing you rescued him.


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Debra Charney 5 years ago from United States Author

Dwizard:

Thanks. I played the name off the old cartoon series, "Caspur the Friendly Ghost." They were both sweet, white and had similar names. I thought the name his owner picked for him, Caspurr, was cute.


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

what a wonderful story, thank you for sharing it. Caspurr is a most beautiful kitty. i can certainly see why he has earned so many awards. voted up as well as beautiful and interesting...have a wonderful evening.


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Debra Charney 5 years ago from United States Author

tlmcgaa70:

Thanks, for your feedback and voting up, etc. I see you, too, are a cat person! I will have to read some of your stories as well. Looks like you have some interesting ones.


soupdragon 5 years ago

Aww what an absolutely adorable cat! And what a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!


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Debra Charney 5 years ago from United States Author

soupdragon:

Thanks, for taking the time to read and comment on Caspurr's story.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Such a wonderful story! So glad Caspurr is going to be ok. He is a beautiful cat and lucky to have such a good home. Voted up and interesting! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Debra Charney 4 years ago from United States Author

sgbrown:

Thanks, for your comments. I have so many stories I've been wanting to post, but I work full time, and I'm also a full time graduate student. I'm getting my MFA in Creative Writing for the Arts & Entertainment Industry. I want to write screenplays, so school has been keeping me busy. I'll post some new ones soon!


Mark DeCarlo 4 years ago

Caspurr is very lucky to have a family that loves him so much and cares for him. He has gone from sad little kid cat to security and love. A great and true story.


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Debra Charney 4 years ago from United States Author

Mark DeCarlo:

Thanks, for stopping by my page!

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