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Pooh love - The Pooh I love
My First Pet To Call My Own
This might not seem as a very special subject, but truly it is to me. I want to dedicate this lens to my crazy cat Pooh. Just a couple of minutes earlier I was visiting a lens about Ollie by lens master Lovelifelaughter (http://www.squidoo.com/cats7) and it almost made me cry. Well, actually it did. I thought she did a wonderful job making a tribute to the cat she loved and wanted to do the same for my own pets. Then when I went back to my dashboard there was a quest with the assignment to make a lens about something you love. As if I don't believe in coincidence, I was convinced it was a sign. So here it is, my lens about the things I love. My first cat, my first unconditional love.
Pooh Likes to Talk on YouTube
Pooh likes to talk
Pooh talks to me a lot. He comes and sit beside me and start miaowing. When I talk back to him he responds. It's really funny and it makes people laugh when they visit. It may sounds crazy to talk to your pet, but I love it :) and I really think he understands me sometimes. Because he actually has a limited vocabulary, that I will show you in another movie.
How he came in to my life
When I moved out I wanted to have two cats, because I didn't want them to be alone when I was working. Therefore I went to the local animal shelter to choose two kittens. It was then I first spotted Pooh. He had a funny look in his eyes and he constantly came to me, but I couldn't take him. I wanted two kittens and he was already a little older and bigger. He kept coming with his funny and high miaow, stroking my legs.
At the animal shelter they had 2 cute little kittens in mind for my, a brother and sister that were found together. I kept thinking of the other cat, but I couldn't take home 3 cats, so I tried to forget. I took the 2 kittens. As we stepped outside I looked back and there that funny cat was again, behind a big window looking at us as if he was saying.... "Hey why aren't you taking me home with you?".
My mother and I drove home and I tried not to think of him anymore. I tried and tried, but I couldn't get him out of my head. Next day I went back to the shelter and looked for him. He was nowhere to be found. We went inside and the animal caretaker told us the cat was too ill and had Upper Respiratory Tract Diseas and we couldn't take him home. A couple of days later the animal shelter called, we could pick him up. We then thought it was a little early, but they were the experts.
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Did I Make The Right Choice?
The minute he walked into our living room he was acting really strange. He was running really fast and bumped into all the furniture. Then he was racing on the couch to end up in the curtains. When you talked to him and tried to pet him, he would crouch. It was like he was afraid to get beaten.
Then he started to stroll the milk (yes!) with his head. I thought at that point, he was actually really crazy. But who knows what he had gone through with his former owners? It looked like he had been beaten or abused, because he acted so terrified. But I wanted to hang on, because I felt a connection and he picked me for a reason.
A couple of days later the cats at my parents house (they had 10) started to get sick with the same disease Pooh had. Also the two little kittens had caught the disease and my mother took them in their house so she could nurse them when I was working. That was so hard, because I wanted to stay home. I felt really guilty, it was all my fault. If I just hadn't picked up that crazy cat, this wouldn't have happened. I made a big mistake, but Pooh was already becoming less frightened. I just prayed all the cats would survive and thankfully they did. I took a couple of weeks and two cats were really sick, that it wasn't sure if they would survive. It all ended well :)
When my two little kittens were all better they moved back into my place. That's when they started to bully Pooh, really bully him. It was so sad. Pooh was just getting to enjoy himself and was now getting all scared again. Because my mother nursed the two kittens, she took them back in with her. Till today they still live there. I can see them whenever I want, because my parents live across the street.
Funny Things Pooh Can Do
Pooh is really an impressive cat when he's not asleep. But that's his number one hobby, sleeping and sunbathing. He can do various tricks and understand a lot of words. People don't believe it till they see that with their own eyes. Therefore I will try to record some tricks of him.
Pooh Catches Bugs on YouTube
Pooh catches Bugs
You might think... what's the big deal? Every cat catches things that fly and swarm. But what if I tell you Pooh will actually listen to a command to catch a bug. In our house we have a lot of silverfish, creepy fast swarming insects. I know it sounds strange, but I can't kill insects. I really feel bad about it afterwards, then I noticed that Pooh like to catch and eat them. He does it quick and it's his nature, so I don't feel so guilty about it.
At first when I noticed there was another one, I called Pooh with the words.... "Pooh, bug!" within a short time he understood. He knew when I used that words, there was a bug. He came running and started scanning the ground with his eyes. Trying to catch and claw anything that looked like a silverfish.
A New Friend For Pooh
Balou was introduced
As the two little kittens no longer lived at my place, I started looking around for a friend for him. I found a really cute looking cat on a website kinda like Ebay. The family couldn't take care for the cat anymore and wanted to get rid off it. That would be a perfect friend for Pooh, because he was abandoned as well by his previous owners
We had to come over to introduce ourselves (my new boyfriend came along) so she could decide whether we could take him home or not. When we were there her kids were constantly chasing the poor cat and I wanted to take him home immediately. We couldn't. She planned to let us know within a couple of days.
A short time after, I got an email saying we could pick him up. It was really exciting, would they match? They did! They could get along pretty well from the start.
Pooh's Vocabulary on YouTube
Pooh knows a couple of words as you can see he will respond to them. He knows the words eten (food), do you want to go outside, bug, sit down (and he actually does that too). I'm now trying to let him say mama as well ;) and let him give paws (not working so far). It's really nice to see him actually understand what I'm saying, so I recorded a couple of them.
My Other Boyfriend
When it started to get serious with my new boyfriend Pooh didn't like that at all! He didn't like him and he made that very clear. One time my bf wanted to kiss me and Pooh was sitting on the buffet and jumped at his back with his claws hooked in his skin.
From that point the two of them never liked each other anymore. It was actually really funny and I couldn't help laughing at it. I think Pooh wanted to warn me that he just wasn't the guy for me. Today I am in a relationship with another man and Pooh adores him, he even sits on his lap. Never did that with my former bf.
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Pooh wants do be a dog on You Tube
As I mentioned before Pooh can do some tricks a dog could do. He can act on commands and sit down when you ask him to. Also it's really funny that when we come home and he sees our car (we spot him behind the window) he will run downstairs to welcome us. Wagging his tail just like a dog.
Black Day In Pooh's History
Last year Pooh got black sores around his mouth and I first thought it might be from stuff he eats in the garden/roof terrace. Then I thought it might be because of his teeth and made an appointment with the vet. He looked at his teeth and agreed it could be the issue. He would get a complete teeth cleaning and that would be it. I wanted to have some blood tests before Pooh was tranquillised, just to make sure. And boy was I glad I made that 30 euros decision! With the blood test it came to light that Pooh's kidneys didn't function as they should. They couldn't do the surgery, but wanted to do another test with his urine. We agreed of course!
The vet took some urine straight out his bladder, when I heard that I was shocked. Poor Pooh. The results and Pooh came back and I was crying all the time. Just to think I could loose Pooh, but the results were not alarming, so they said. The vet told me it was a little high, but he was sure enough to proceed the surgery. My guts told me to sift the matter out and I wanted to be sure and let them take an ultrasound of his kidneys. The vet told me that wasn't necessary, but I insisted. He gave in.
The next week Pooh was brought back to the vet and we could stay with him during the ultrasound. A really sweet female vet talked to Pooh and laid him on his back. Pooh was milking with his paws in the air. So sweet. When she shaved his belly, he didn't react at all. He was such a brave boy. It made me cry to see him lay there. Then the ultrasound was taken. We were waiting for the good news, but that didn't came.
The vet showed his kidneys and there were two big black holes in each of them on the ultrasounds, as well as several others. It were abscesses filled with fluid and the kidney tissue was destroyed. It turned out Pooh had Kidney failure and a disease only found in Persian Cats. So Pooh descended from a special cat breed. Wished he didn't. It couldn't be cured. But we should be happy we discovered it early and now he's on a special diet. When it will get worse, he will be put on medicine as well.
When we came home, I couldn't think of losing him. My one and only Pooh. I cried for days and days. Every time I saw him I started to cry. He was just looking at me and really didn't know what was going on. After a while I realised that he doesn't look and act like a sick cat, actually he's getting fatter with his diet instead of skinnier. He's active enough, so I just have to get used to the idea. And I just hope and pray he will stay with us for lots of years to come.
Pooh and Friends
This was before we adopted two more cats, there were only Pooh and Balou and little Pietje. They are really close friends as you can see, I really like this picture.
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