JoJo was rescued
in 1992. He was approximately 3 weeks old when we trapped him with
his siblings and his mother. All four of the babies were very sick with
a particularly virulent form of upper respiratory disease. The most
important thing to do in this situation is to keep the cat eating. When
cats cannot smell their food, they will not eat and that is usually what
weakens and ultimately kills them. It was extremely difficult to treat
JoJo because he was so wild! He fought us tooth and nail when we had to
handle him! However, we knew that to give up would mean that we would
lose him and we were not willing to do that!
After a few days, and a lot of "war
wounds", we could see that we had finally turned the corner and the
babies, although still weak and sick, were on the road to recovery. As
we had rescued JoJo at Christmas time, being able to pull both him and
all of his siblings through turned out to be the greatest gift of all.
However, even though he did recover from the upper respiratory, he still
maintains vestiges of it in the form of sniffles and congestion.
Thankfully, this doesn’t seem to bother him and he is also not
contagious to the other cats.
Although JoJo has
mellowed somewhat over the years, he is still very shy with people and
only permits the occasional contact. Around the other cats he is a
rambunctious teenager, prone to swaggering around like the local
neighborhood bully! However, he is more bark than bite and very quickly
backs down when challenged. I daresay though, that if he had not been
taken in by us he would have turned into a rather formidable tom cat! He
has a very expressive face, partly due to his slightly crossed eyes.
Whenever anyone gets too close to him for his comfort, he glares at them
with suspicion which we always find rather amusing! Due to JoJo’s health
and socialization problems, it was decided that it would be better for him
to remain here with us where he feels safe and loved.
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