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Subject: Swoop and Monster Pie
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 16:06:25 -0500
I would prefer it if you come on Weds, I know Tuesday night is going to be bad enough as it is- saying goodbye to my family and girlfriend. I hope that is ok, I can tell from talking to you that you are great people and very loving- these two are very fortunate there are people like us in this world! I think the hardest part about this move is losing these two, and I would just be in pieces seeing everybody on Tues night if I had to say goodbye to them first, I hope this is ok with you. The drive from the Twin Cities is about 40 minutes.
They are not really used to riding in a car in all honesty, Swoop seems to handle the ride a bit better than Monster- she might complain a bit but I find she likes it better being outside of a carrier than inside, because she likes to sit on my lap and look out the window. Not that I would strongly reccomend that for legal/safety reasons, but they both can be calmed down also by talking to them and/or petting them.
I feed them dry food from a gravity type feeder, (which you should feel free to take since I have no use for it anymore). On that note, I will put all of their toys, litter box, water and feeder all in a centralized location by the door so it is easy for you to find. I have a bunch of extra litter and food for them too. I will also leave a “timed” feeder if you are interested in it, and an automatic litter box. If you dont want one or either you can just leave them here. The automatic litter box might not be the best thing for three cats, but it may work. I actually bought it around 8 months ago, and the gears quit catching on it recently so it needs to be followed up on with the warranty ( I will leave the reciept and warranty info in it). Again, if you dont think you want or would use them, you can just leave them here.
They do share a litter box, and I have never had a problem with either one of them going to the bathroom anywhere else, so no litter box issues.
They like treats, I have both hard and soft type- but I think they definitely prefer the soft type.
I dont brush them, although I think they would like it. This is part of the reason for giving them up, I havent had a spare hour for about six years now. I have a brush I have used a couple of times I will leave for you, Swoop seems to shed more than monster, but he has the softest fur I have ever seen.
They tend to avoid being very close to the vaccum cleaner, but dont seem terrified of it. I dont think they really have any other things they are afraid of, but dont care to be sprayed by a water bottle (if they get onto the countertops, they remember not to get on after being sprayed a time or two).
They truly sleep randomly, but nothing has been constant at my house and it may just be them adjusting to me having a girlfriend in my bed- before her they slept in my bed with me. Monster likes to get into the bed around 7am or so, just before i wake up to say goodmorning.
The vets they have been to are:
Kinnicroix (in River Falls) (715)425-9550. That is where swoop had his surgery for his abcess infection, and where they both have shot records. I took swoop to the Pierce Vet Clinic in Ellsworth (715)273-4632 to have him neutered, so there are records there too- but they should all be compiled and up to date in River Falls (I will also leave their records for you). Their booster shots are due around next December. A couple notes about Swoop: 1) before he was neutered (shortly after his abcess surgery) his bloodwork was tested and this red blood cell count was low (anemic), but I brought him back a week later and he was fine. It was likely a result of the surgery and antibiotics. 2) you will notice on his back foot one of his toes are kind of sideways, and one of his claws stick out and dont seem to retract. This must either be a birth defect, or an injury that happened when he was an outdoor cat. I never noticed it in time to ask the vet, but it doesnt seem to bother him at all so I havent made a special trip to see if there is anything they can do. I think you will understand when you see it, when I hold onto his paw and touch it- it doesnt bother him at all so I know he isnt in pain.
I have never done any dental cleaning on them.
Monster is named monster because of her demeanor, she is a little squirrely but cute. She was saved at a few weeks old crossing a busy freeway in St. Paul. She isnt a monster by any means, when my ex and I named her we called her “Monstie Pie”, she also goes by “Pee-paw” (for no reason, I cant explain that one, ask my ex 🙂 She seems to be smarter than some cats for some reason. She truly is a little angel.
Here are a few things about monster that makes her the Monstie Pie:
She knows that a toilet paper roll can be spun on the holder until it is all on the floor. I learned this when I would put her in the bathroom to isolate her and swoop when I was transitioning them, but she really only does it when she is locked up like that.
She loves dots. I dont know how it started, but I left a box of dots on the counter, and she learned that by spinning the box or knocking it on the floor that these wonderful colorful little gummy toys come out and she can play with them until they go under the couch or the refrigerator (we have a wood floor here). Now, every time I open a box of dots she is there in a flash, and I throw one across the floor for her to play with- by far Dots are her favorite toy of all. It is innocent, she doesnt eat them or anything, just likes to play with them. You may see a bunch on the floor when you come here because I am spoiling them as much as possible before Weds.
She loves to help making the bed. When making the bed, she likes to get between the sheets and play. She will get in there, and I take my hand and scratch next to her, she absolutely loves that.
She does like to crawl into dishwashers, cupboards, drawers, etc. when they are left open and unattended.
She doesnt like to be picked up and held like Swoop does, but will crawl into your lap on while you are on the computer, and she picks when she wants to cuddle.
She is a beautiful black girl, but not all black! She does have two white hairs coming out of her chest.
Swoop is a bit different than monster. I gave him that name because of the way he came into my life. I was working on a job at a very bad point in my life last December, and he would come to visit me there. At the time we found the level of my Dads cancer was more serious than before, and that he would need to start chemo. Also, I was getting over the girl I was engaged to at the time, we broke up around that time. I accidently shot a nail into my hand on that job, fell off the top of scaffolding, and was just at a bad spot in my life. Swoop came to visit and the people that owned the job asked if I was interested in taking him. I said I would on the next Monday, because I was going out of town for the weekend. I came back to work the next day, a Friday, and he had a tear on his ear from getting beaten up. On lunch break I went about five miles to town, thinking maybe I should take him. Driving back to the job I seen a cat that got hit by a car, and it looked just like him. I was in a panic because I thought I was too late- then the cute little guy came out from hiding and I could hear the bell on his collar as he approached me. What a relief, I took him that moment. A month later is when I noticed his cheek was puffed up and he had lost what turned out to be about 1/3 of his body weight. He was slowly loosing weight as the infection (that wasnt visible yet) was causing him pain, enough to the point where he couldnt eat. I came home from a weekend of jumping to find him barely having enough energy to climb up the steps to eat, with a swollen cheek. It got exponentially worse when I was gone for two days. I took him into RF, and he was running a severe temperature, and I then found out how much weight he lost. It was very scary for me and him, but we got through the surgery, and he regained his health. He is now a chubby little boy, but that is ok with me- he has been through alot of crap too. He isnt fat by any means, but he is a large and healthy male now. He got the name swoop because he helped me through a bad time in my life, and in return I saved his life. “Swooping” is a term used by skydivers when somebody dives down to dock with another jumper.
Swoop is a cuddler, and likes to be gently picked up and pet. He loves to have his stomach pet, and likes to cuddle on the couch. If he isnt in the mood (which is rare), he will get a little nippy, or just run away.
He is also very chatty.
So, I think I have covered alot for you in this email. Maybe too much! They each have their personalities, and are each a bit different, but believe me- You will fall in love with them once they get used to their new home and a new friend! They are very special to me, as I am sure you know now, so if the time ever did come where you didnt feel like you can handle or keep them, please get ahold of me. I can only sleep soundly at night knowing they are being loved, and dont ever want them ending up in a humane society. So in five, ten, one year you find they arent for you- please call me. I will be keeping my phone number there and the same email, and if there are any changes I will let you know also.
I should be available the rest of the day via phone if you would like to talk at all, or have more questions about them.