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June 22, 2003

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Fatima, the Cat of the Day
Name: Fatima
Age: Nine years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Maine Coon, Siamese
Home: New York City, New York, USA
   This is Fatima aka Fattie or Tima. She was born in a Connecticut barn until moving to NYC at the ripe old age of three months. But she didn't come alone. She came with her sister Fee, a black Bombay/Siamese mix who is two weeks older and had the same father. After several years of living the Fat Cat life in a NY apartment they were joined by their new step-sister Anna (now eleven), a black long-haired Burmese/Norwegian Forest Cat spitfire. Other than the usual swiping and general harassment they provided each other, all was well.

    But recently we noticed that Fattie wasn't so fat any more. We first thought she had put herself on a diet or was sneaking out to Jenny Craig while we were at work. But after we learned her healthy sixteen-pound fighting weight had dropped to eleven pounds we began to get concerned and took her to the vet where we found out she had hyperthyroidism. Although this condition is pretty unhealthy for cats it is also very treatable. So we took her to Radiocat ( and got her radioactive iodine treatment, which has a 98-99% success rate. She only had one injection of it but had to stay in the hospital for a week while her radioactivity dropped to a legal level. We missed her so much while she was away but we're thrilled to have her back and she's already looking the picture of health.

    The strangest thing was when we brought Fatima home. We're not sure whether it was because of the radioactivity or because her sisters thought she had left home permanently, but Fee and Anna ran and hid under the bed together as soon as Fatima got home. They continued acting weird toward her for a few days after but are now just as much affectionate and aggressive to her as always. Happy Ending!

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