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Perfectly content with our cat family of two, My husband and I had no intention of adding a third feline to the mix.
Juno was brought to the adoption center from the local municipal shelter in terrible shape. He looked about 13 or 14 years of age, his dark brown face almost completely peppered with grey, and his body far too thin for his big, round head. He was un-neutered, leading us to believe that he may have been used as a breeding stud. He was completely distrustful to, and aggressive towards humans, a characteristic uncommon in Siamese, further leading us to believe that he had never been a pet.
He would lash out at you with little to no provocation to the point that, even after our amazing vets and their techs and assistants had taken their normal, wonderful care of him, and he had become a truly beautiful, much younger looking cat, he was bordering on unadoptable.

I began working with him, using play therapy techniques to help him to learn that humans could be good for more than the occasional meal! He truly blossomed, looking forward to our play sessions, and giving me mournful glances when I would end our play, and head home for the night.

Then came the news that Juno’s kidneys were failing, and that he would need special food and care for the rest of his life. This, combined with his lack of friendliness towards anyone but me(and even that was guarded, at best.), would probably mean that he would live out his days in the shelter’s adoption center.
I begged my husband to let us try fostering Juno in our home to see if our two pudds could live peacefully with him. He agreed, and in October of 2006, Juno came home!

From the moment that he entered our home, he was a different cat. Loving and devoted, though still resistant to too much handling, he followed us around the house, and licked us awake each morning! His health has continued to improve, and his kidneys are stable. He rough plays with Phil, helping to bring him out of his shell, and is gentle and protective of old man Phinny!

Every cat deserves a chance at a loving home, and Juno is living proof!

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Phinny, also known as Phinaeus J. Pudd, followed me home from Wrigley Field in Chicago, 16 years ago this month. He was already neutered and as clean as could be, so I posted signs around the neighborhood and in the free local paper and fully expected someone to come and claim this sweet, vocal, quirky and beautiful pudd. Thank goodness nobody did. This is my cat of a lifetime. The puss who reignited my fascination with all things feline. Smart, demanding, ultra affectionate (when he chooses to be), and anything but independent, he is the cat who even cat dismissers like. Much more to come on him in the future.

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By day, I help adopters to find their perfect feline friends. By night, I spend quality time with pudds whose people are out of town, and help cats and their people to work out their problems. My home time is spent with a wonderful, feline friendly husband, and three pudds, ages 4, 10ish, and 18!

I’m here to share what I’ve learned, and am continuing to learn about all things cat- nutrition, toys, behavior modification techniques,history, grooming, and just plain fun tidbits. Check back often for clues from the Cat Sleuth!

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