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August 29, 2002

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Fister, the Cat of the Day
Name: Fister
Age: Six years old
Gender: Male
Kind: European orange tabby
Home: Copenhagen, Denmark
   Fister's first year was tough. He was born wild in our back yard, where his mother had been living for the past 6-7 years. When we got back from our vacation, his mother had given birth to two kittens, but it took us 3-4 days to find them - she had hidden them on a narrow beam behind the dust bins, and had to move them every time the dustmen came. We then built two houses for them - and the other male cat in the yard, which they immediately moved into. His mother unfortunately got very sick last Easter and had to be put down. After about a year, we decided to try and get Fister to live with us. My husband tried to get him into a box but ended up in hospital with his hands bitten to the bone, so we thought we'd better let Fister decide when!

    We're on the first floor and we slowly enticed him further up the backstairs each day. After 4 years of extreme patience, he has more or less taken over, but still visits the yard to check everything out. His favorite places are: our bed, under our bed, under the wardrobe, in his own bed, in the armchair, on the windowsill and on the bathroom floor. He has his set routines every day, often spending hours studying the drain in the bathroom. His latest habit is to lay next to the computer just under the lamp - his own little sun, while my husband is working.

    In the evenings, if we're watching TV in bed, he will come up and make himself comfortable, always leaning on my husband. When we go to sleep, the minute I lay my head on the pillow, he will come over and give me a head bump, lay behind my head and purr a goodnight song. In the morning he is polite enough not to wake us up, but he will stand by our heads and watch us. One night I caught him drinking tea out of my cup on the bedside table, so now he has his own glass of water in the corner of our bedroom, where we can hear him slurping several times at night. Fister really hates going to the cat pension when we go on holiday and it is very difficult to get him into his transport box without sedating him. Once, when we came to collect him, he escaped and the foolish man who cornered him ended up being taken to hospital in an ambulance, badly mauled. But now he will let us lift him from one room to the other without any scratches.

    A few months back, he got into a fight with a new aggressive male cat in the yard (who has not showed up since) and we discovered two of his teeth had come loose, so off to the vet - unfortunately he had to have them removed and a good cleaning as well - no more bad breath! Just recently, we found out that he had problems going to his litterbox, so off to the vet again with bladderstones. He was fully sedated and flushed through and is now back home on a dry food Prescription diet S/D. We think Fister has been very brave about all this, since he is really just a shy, sweet, loving cat!

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