Tiny has special needs and requires attention, care, and understanding. She takes medication every 12 hours and recently started a new experimental monthly treatment for her issue. Caring for her is quite costly, her medication costing over $50 a month, so she requires someone who has the means to provide for her.
Tiny was adopted in October 2016 from a barn I used to live down the street from that had many cats, I picked her up from the lot and brought her home the same day. She was littered with fleas and needed a bath desperately, but after that was in good spirits, she was small enough that I had to feed her kitten milk. She grew and learned to live with a slightly older cat named Bean, but I was young and did not know how to introduce them properly, so they fought often.
From the beginning, she's had some sort of eye infection and twitches/seizures (or perhaps nerve damage from fleas when she was a baby) in her lower back causing her to chase (and later harm) her tail, but for the latter I was ignorant as to why and just chalked it up to her having fun and doing it on purpose. Until I had her for about a year and she first hurt it badly enough to make it bleed. I had to take her to an emergency veterinarian, but she continued to bat and bite at it occasionally, so I bought multiple e-cone collars for her.
I and my family moved in early 2018, Tiny did not take the change well, but she adjusted little by little. She was spayed the same year.
Tiny had always growled at people she saw outside the house, no matter if it was a member of the household or not, she didn't like new people or loud noises. She has attacked me on multiple occasions when scared but has gotten better with her anxieties, and she will immediately snap out of attack mode when she realizes who I am. I've found the best way to stop her is to squish her slightly into the floor by her shoulders, as it seems to make her come to her senses. In the past, she has also attacked my mother and my younger sister.
In June 2019 my younger sister adopted a cat named Milo, a very friendly little fellow. It took a long time for Tiny to get acquainted with him properly, and she still doesn't like him very much, but they play together and they can nap near each other with little to no annoyance. She doesn't like other cats very much at all, it took her a long time to not want to immediately attack Milo, but it was important to introduce them correctly.
I've been taking her to The Vet On Main in Birdsboro, PA, since before May 2019, according to my records. They are an exceptional group, they take very good care of the animal patients they service, are very thorough, and their prices are more than fair. (There's a reason they have a 4.8/5 rating on google reviews.) She is always well-behaved for them, but also extremely anxious about the new environment, shaking, sweating from her paws, and trying to hide, she does not like her carrier.
The vet and I tried multiple options to get her to stop biting her tail, but it took a while to find something that helped. Eventually settling on liquid Gabapentin 50mg/ml, 2ml given to Tiny every 12 hours mixed in her wet food. (She has trouble taking it by itself.)
In April of 2023, she had multiple teeth removed due to resorbing roots, and in May 2023 she got an update on all her shots. She began a new experimental treatment on Jan 5th, 2024.
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