Smoky is Jasper's litter-mate - at least we assume so.
The two of them just appeared on my back deck back in the summer of '09. I found a box in the alley where they'd been dumped, and it looked like they'd clawed their way out of it.
They were young - just weaned, maybe 7-8 weeks old, and I'm still not sure if they made it all the way to my back deck by themselves or if they had human assistance of one sort or another.
Even though Smokes was bigger than his brother, he was much more afraid, and had a much more difficult time of it all. He wouldn't eat anything except KMR from an eye dropper (kitten milk replacement formula) for several days, and we weren't sure he was gonna make it.
|Jasper taking care of little Mokes when he didn't feel good.|
I tried every food I could think of to get him to eat, and then at the vet's office, the vet tech put a dry crunchy cat treat in front of him and he gobbled it up!
Since I'd always been told that dry food was unhealthy, it never even occurred to me to offer it to him, but we bought some dry grocery store kitten food on the way home, and the stuff totally saved his life.
Once we got him eating, his little personality blossomed, and suffice it to say, it never stopped.
Seriously, Smoky is the one of the biggest characters I've ever met. He LOVES to get into trouble.
Climbing the television...
Knocking pictures on the floor...
And just general purpose clownin' around...
He gave us a real scare about 2 years ago when he got really sick. His serum protein levels got dangerously low, and he basically swelled up like a big balloon. We had every specialist in the city looking at him, and nobody could figure it out. Their best guess was that he had lymphoma, and they gave him a few months to a year to live.
But little Smokes surprised everyone, and got better on his own. We're still not sure what happened, but CatMan has a theory. Shortly before it all happened Smoky caught one of those white cabbage moths and gobbled it down. Well, CatMan found an obscure study about toxicity of cabbage moths. The study was done on rabbits who ate leaves infested with larvae, but the symptoms were almost identical to Smoky's. Suffice it to say, Mommy is much more careful about letting those suckers into the house these days!
|White Cabbage Moth|
I fear I haven't been very good at capturing his antics on camera... Here's my best shot so far... you have to have the sound up to hear him talking.
Anyhow, one brief note on spelling. Most people want to spell his name Smokey, like Smokey the Bear, but in actuality, he was named after Smoky Quartz. CatMan is a bit of an amateur mineralogist, and both of the boys are named for quartz minerals.
Anyhow, hope you enjoyed a brief tour of life with the Smokster!
|Smoky enjoying a sunbeam|