Today it’s time for another interview with an awesome Internet cat. Today we are happy to be interviewing Hunter, a beautiful doll-faced Persian.
I’ve been following Hunter’s Facebook page for a while and love his meet & greets and memes. So, I had to interview him and share the story of this beautiful cat with you.
Age: 2 years old
Q: Hunter, tell us your story.
Hunter: Hi! Hunter, here. I’m a rescued, purebred, doll-faced Persian. I’m also a special needs kitty because I only have 3 legs. My life began in a breeder’s cage in South Florida. The stud used is HCM positive. I developed a painful, dragging rear leg the breeder ignored because she wanted me for stud too. A south Florida Bengal rescue got me, raised money to get my leg amputated. Unfortunately, they did little else for me there. I was left in a bedroom with a lot of sick exotic cats. I didn’t even get all the pain meds the vet sent home for me. I got a really bad flea infestation, ear mites, coccidia & other parasites, ringworm and my beautiful fur never got brushed, so I had some painful mats. The rescue would take pictures of me for their Facebook page to use to raise more money, but it didn’t go towards me or the other sick cats. This woman also was a Bengal breeder and used the money on her own cats & herself. As soon as my stitches came out she put me up for adoption and a lot of people wanted me. I found my furever home in Michigan. My new mom flew to south Florida to get me. The rescue woman just pushed me into Mom’s carrier & never even said goodbye to me. At the TSA screening a nice agent had to take me out & she fell in love with me and carried me around showing the TSA agents & passengers. They made my new mom get drug screened because they thought my incision was for smuggling drugs LOL I just kept purring all the time the TSA lady had me, assuring her I was a lover not a smuggler. I was quiet the whole long plane trip back to Michigan and happy to be in my furever home. I made friends right away with my doggie & kitty roomies and Mom didn’t make me stay in a room all by myself. I was doing great, getting along with everybody, my first weekend home & saw the vet on Monday to get rid of my fleas, ear mites, parasites & ringworm & get my vaccinations (the breeder and rescue place didn’t get me any shots, except a rabies the day before I was going to fly home). Then Wednesday I got really sick. I went back to the vet & he ran a lot of tests & said I’d been exposed to FelV or Pan Leuk but the result was just slightly pink. My fever was up to 105* and it took a lot of meds & 5 days for it to break. Mom talked to the rescue woman who denied those sick kitties I was with had Felv or Pan Leuk, but then that woman put on her Facebook page 5 of them died from Pan Leuk. All of this and I wasn’t even 5 months old yet!!! Today, I am 18 months old, happy, healthy & purring away in my furever home. I am not FelV positive and don’t have any signs yet of HCM although my identical twin brother, Channing, died in that bad rescue from HCM at just 4 months old.
I have a really nice Mom & Daddy, 3 doggie siblings and 6 other kitty siblings now. One dog, Jeni is a Husky/Boxer/Beagle mix and is special needs because she has seizures. She’s indifferent to us kitties and we mostly leave her alone. Buddy, the Golden Retriever is my favorite dog. I sleep with him and groom him & pushy paw on his face. Cooper, the Yorkie, likes to play nurse when somebody isn’t feeling well. My kitty purrmates are, Dude (he’s 15, diabetic and came here with Mom from Florida when she married my dad). Pookie Boo (he’s 10 and also came with mom from Florida. He has 6 toes on all four feet, too), Jingles (a DMH adopted Dad at a pet store), Toby the Food Thief (he’s 5. he eats everything & knows how to open the fridge & freezer), Junebug B Bengal (Juno for short. She’s 4 and a purebred F4 marbled Bengal that mom & dad got from the same rescue place as me. She’s really shy and talks a lot) and Jayden (a 4 year old, purebred smooshy-face brown tabby Persian that mom & dad also got from the same rescue as me. He has an inoperable cloudy eye because his breeder didn’t treat it as a kitten when he got scratched in the eye. He was really, really sick when Mom & Dad got him & the rescue never said anything about it. He only weighed 3-1/2 pounds when he got here & was a week away from certain death the vet said. He’d been at the rescue place over 8 months & that woman said she never noticed anything wrong. He’d been starved, was flea infested, had all kinds of bad parasites and had myoplastic anemia & IBD. He’s all healthy now that Mom & Dad love him.
I’m adjusting to my limitations as a tri-pod kitty & mom & dad have a lot of things to help me, like stairs to get on their bed. They put our cat trees next to the sofas so I can play on them. I pull myself up the front of the sofa, hop on the arm then on the cat tree. They even have extra wide window ledges so I can get in the window to watch birds and squirrels too, because I was always falling off the skinny windowsills because I can’t balance real good with only 3 legs. I have a lot of toys, but feathers are my favorite. Mom laughs and calls me Funny Bunny Fluff Ball because I hop like a bunny. When I run she calls me Thumper because of the sound of my feet on the floor. My favorite game is hide & seek, but Mom always finds me because I leave my big, fluffy tail sticking out. I love everybody, even the vet. When humans pick me up, I put my paws around their neck and I’m always purring. The vet can’t ever hear my heart because my purr motor hums all the time. Mom feeds us really healthy food; she even makes our food to mix in it, but I really like the doggie’s food. Mom says I have to stop that because I’m getting pudgy. Mom helped me make a Facebook page called HUNTER AND FRIENDS and I hope you’ll stop by and “like” me. There’s pictures and videos of me & my roomies, great feline information about care, health, environment, rescues, and more and of course, some funny memes. I hope to share some headbonks and purrs with you.
Q: What about your human family, what can you tell us about them?
Hunter: My humans are huge pet people, and committed to “Adopt Don’t Shop”. They went to high school together, but were just casual friends, even though Mom had a huge crush on Daddy back then. Daddy was very popular, President of his class and a football star and loved a cheerleader. Mom was full of energy and fun, but had a different circle of friends. They went off to college and never saw each other again. In 2010, Mom found Daddy on Facebook, and sent him a friend request. In just 6 months’ time, after 45 years, they moved in together and got married on April Fool’s Day in 2011. They are very happy, always laughing and spoil the roomies and me. They’re the best humans anyone could ever wish for!
Q: Things you love?
Hunter: I love feathers, anything with feathers! I love sun puddles, bird watching, sleeping in my cube, catnip toys, cuddling and grooming my Golden Retriever roomie, Buddy, and my favorite game to play with the humans is Hide ‘n Seek.
Q: Things you hate?
Hunter: The only thing I don’t like is when the mini-grandhumans come to visit MOL
Q: What’s your favorite toy?
Q: What’s your favorite treat?
Hunter: Instinct Raw Boost Minis.
Q: Your life motto or favorite quote?
SAVE A LIFE – ADOPT A SENIOR OR SPECIAL NEEDS SHELTER CAT”
“Follow the recovery & adventures of the amputee rescue kitty that captured the hearts of animal lovers everywhere!”
Mister Cat and I would like to thank the brave Hunter and his family for accepting our invitation for this interview. Thank you so much!
We hope you all enjoyed meeting this gorgeous kitty and reading his beautiful story of survival – please leave a message for Hunter in the comments!