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Oliver's Page eternal flame

Oliver by the Fireplace

Purrfection At Its Finest

This section of MyTuffy.org is dedicated to Oliver "Snail" , truly one of the most amazing creatures to have passed through our lives. Oliver started his life as the runt of his litter on December 25, 1984. He was born into poor conditions and rescued by Karen as a scrawny and sick, but adorable kitten. He developed some distinguished white hairs in his later years along with white whiskers, but he started out with a shiny, all black coat with black whiskers and an amazing gaze.

After a scary viral infection when he first came to us, he quickly grew into an inquisitive, energetic whirlwind. He got along as well as he could with his big sister Trixie (she was a bit testy back then) and managed to keep himself busy in a tiny dorm room for his first couple of years. He met his 'baby' brother Randall in May 1986 and after a few short hours of feeling each other out, they became best friends, playmates, groomers and cuddling buddies until Randall left us on August 25, 1997.

 

Oliver Later In Life

Oliver & Merlin in the Sun Once Oliver lost his brother Randall, he acted differently for 6 months or so. He still was our Snail, but he spent a lot of time walking around the apartment sniffing the floor, maybe noticing traces of Randall's scent. Eventually, he came out of his shell and went back to being the 13-14 year old kitten he always was. This was when he became the surrogate father to Merlin. Merlin was almost 10 by this time, but he still thinks he is a kitten. And he could not have found a better father than Oliver.

Oliver's Favorite Things Part I Oliver always liked to stay warm and found a variety of ways to do this. There was a period of time in one of our apartments where he would stand on a nightstand and put his head beneath the lampshade. He would sit for long periods of time with his face just inches from a hot 75 watt bulb. When he would come out, his face would feel like it was on fire. Somehow, he never got burned.

Oliver's Favorite Things Part II When we moved to our home, we no longer had the lamps for Oliver to bake his face. So, he moved on to bigger and better things. He would spend much of his day following the sun around the house. He would usually start his morning in the kitchen by standing wherever the sun was coming through our skylight. As the sun moved during the morning, Oliver would move along with it. Depending on the time of year, that sometimes meant jumping up to stand on the kitchen counters.

More Oliver's Favorite Things Oliver &  DelylahOnce the sun moved from the kitchen, Oliver's next stop was often on top of the kitty condo in the dining room (that is assuming Trixie wasn't already in residence). Here he is with his niece Delylah sitting below him. He would then follow the sun into the living room and would spend time on the floor, the furniture, or in our bay window basking in the sunlight.

Oliver Loved To Play Oliver & his Catnip BatFrom the time he was a kitten, Oliver always had an unlimited amount of energy, until his age caught up with him. He would play with any item available, from makeup items like lipstick containers, to rolls of paper towels and toilet paper. He loved catnip toys like the catnip 'bat' he is laying on right here. Click here (under construction) to see Oliver playing with a catnip mouse and his nephew Abby.

Oliver Becomes A Cuddly Cat Not only was Oliver full of energy and a love of life, but he became one of the most affectionate cats as well. He would lay in bed with us and work his way under the blankets and then lay curled in our arms for hours at a time. Oliver & AlexandryaHe would cuddle more like a person than a cat. Even as he got older and lost his vision, he managed to find his way onto the bed to be with us, every single night.

Oliver's Medical Problems The one thing about Oliver was that he never felt like a sick cat, until his last few days. He was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism as a young adult and never had a problem taking his pills. He then developed inflammatory bowel disease which made it a little harder for him to maintain his weight for the last five years of his life. Still, he just kept going on. In 2000, he started having seizures and some of his veterinarians wrote him off. He had to stay on antiseizure medication, but that didn't slow him down at all. He eventually had problems with high blood pressure and a temporary vision loss in 2002, but even when he had problems seeing, he still managed to get around. There is more about Oliver here.

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