After one Week in the Care of the Frank Gibson Animal Rescue Foundation (F.G.A.R.F.) Lil' Tooty is doing much better. After only 48 hours of adequate food, water, and shelter (and lovin'), the fur began regrowing on her formerly bald, pink, ears. After getting her tapeworm medication on Monday, She has gained a small bit of padding around her neck and shoulders, which means that her skeleton now makes up only 85% percent of her body weight , down from 90% when we first found her. Her hips are still frighteningly bony, and she cries when ever you touch certain spots on her abdomen, but lots of small victories so far.
The Bad news is that since she's moved in, I've hardly seen my other two cats. She is not super-eager to get along with her two new roommates, and Marbles (the other Small Black Female) seems to be returning the disfavor. PC, of course is pretty cool and laid back about it, as he is with everything nowadays. He even gets along with Pepper, our hyperactive, 65-pound Dalmatian, for crying out loud! Of course, just because he's laid-back and groovy, doesn't mean he's going to stick around where he's getting hissed at around every corner, and with the weather being really nice out lately, Toots has been the only cat in the house for most of the last week.
I also figured out when calling her "Tootsie" this week, that it makes more sense if you spell it Tutsi, as in the Rwandan people who were the targets of the vicious attempt at genocide by their Hutu neighbors. She is black, and she has been pretty severely persecuted by someone or something, to the point of mutilation. I try not to call her that much, because it is too sad.
So, to pick up the mood and end on a happy note, I will end this post with a list of various other nicknames you can give a cat whose official name is "Toot".
- Toot-Toot (this is more or less her standard nickname)
- Tootsie Pop
- Tootankhamen, or "King Toot"
- You #$%@#ing little $%*&#*!!