Smooshy’s story begins in December 2018 with a urinary tract infection. Smooshy was a 12 year old, long-haired, black and white kitty with a permanently grumpy face and a sweet personality. His mom reached out to us when she saw him straining in the litter box and refusing to eat or drink. Things were good for Smooshy for a while, after the Weirdos helped him get a check up and medication for the UTI. But then, Smooshy stopped being able to poop. What followed was weeks of enemas, xrays and diagnostic tests. The entire Weirdo family waited on Poop Watch 2019. When all the diagnostic results came in, it was finally discovered that he suffered from a condition called Megacolon. Smooshy’s mom was smart and dedicated. She found a medication online that had positive results for this condition. The Weirdos helped buy the medication, which started to help! During this time, Smooshy had begun to lose weight and grind his teeth, so we decided to send him back to the vet. While there, the doctor suggested a surgery called deobstipation, which manually removes the backed up fecal matter from the cat. Since Smooshy was a senior kitty, his family was concerned about him having surgery. Luckily, a fellow Weirdo had just been to the same vet for a similar procedure with her senior feline! She offered to chat with Smooshy’s mom and share her positive experience. This encouraged her to move forward with the surgery. Lots of poo was removed from Smooshy during the procedure and the vet also cleaned and scaled his teeth while he was under anesthesia. The whole veterinary staff was charmed by this darling furball! As he recovered, the Weirdos sent Smooshy food and supplements to help him gain back the weight he had lost! Smooshy started feeling better and acting more like himself!
The story of Smooshy is an amazing example of the partnership between a loving cat parent and the whole Weirdo nation. Donations of food and money were vital in helping Smooshy fight this two month long battle! Other members also provided tons of encouragement and love to Smooshy, which kept his family going when things were feeling impossible. We are sad to report that Smooshy crossed the Rainbow Bridge in October 2019. He is dearly missed by family, friends and all of the Weirdo Cat Lovers of Cleveland.