My Cat “Shrimp”



My Shrimpster is an unassuming red tabby. Rescued at five weeks, he had both upper and lower respiratory infections so severe, eyes glued shut, that he was left blind in his left eye and unable to “meow” until he was three yrs old.

He looks up at me, eyes wide, opening his freckled mouth to meow endearingly his question. “May I please have my turkey, now?”

I scratch him lovingly behind the ear, open the fridge door; he stretches up, front paws on the top shelf, and looks over his shoulder into my eyes… oh, my goodness, I only wish that I could take a picture.

The sweetness of the moment does not allow it. maybe, soon. 🙂


Hi Cal

I have just seen your post. Thanks for sharing. You did great work getting My Shrimpster to good health. The sort of illness he was suffering from is so common in rescue cats. A recent post I made is about a group of cats all of which were blinded by the herpes virus. This is the post:

Compassion is the first requirement for a vet

Shrimp likes turkey. My boy loves chicken and ham but not turkey. You’d think that if he loves chicken he’d love turkey, but no.

Try and get a photo to me. You can use the same form or email it to me. Try this email:

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My Cat “Shrimp” — 13 Comments

  1. Comment moved by Michael to this page. Comment is from Caroline

    Please comment on this, my friends? Shrimp’s left eye is getting worse, and I do not think that it is due to Diabetes Type II, nor I. He may have Glaucoma, that is true. But here’s the thing: i gave him his dose of Advantage II, and he is suddenly sneezing like he hasn’t done, with his scar tissue in his nose, and from pollen, mold, mildew, allergies to pollens and food smells that irritate him; why is he doing this?

    • Caroline, you say:

      He may have Glaucoma, that is true

      With respect, you should not be guessing what is wrong. If your cat has an eye condition that is getting worse there is only one thing to do, isn’t there? You decide.

  2. You love him so much I can tell and rescued cats always seen to know what you did for them and they never forget. 🙂

  3. unassuming red tabby

    Marc makes a good point about red tabbies. They tend to be good companions, stable characters and a lead cat in a group. It is very sad that he suffered at the beginning of his life.

  4. Cal I loved reading about Mr Shrimpster thank you and would enjoy hearing more about him and seeing a photo too.
    I don’t know how anyone can be so cruel as to neglect a tiny kitten like he was, thank goodness you were there to rescue him.
    Our Walter was thin and had fleas, worms ear mites and a heart murmur when we rescued him, thankfully he wasn’t permanently damaged although he has always been an anxious sort of cat
    It breaks my heart that some cruel people have these innocent little lives in their hands.

  5. Oops, Michael, I referred to you as “M.” out of gratitude. I will send you a photo of Shrimpie via e-mail to use as my thumbnail, if that’s okay? Thanks! 🙂

  6. Michael, Marc, thank you! Isn’t it wonderful that M. created this website and never, ever gets so saddened that he cannot keep moving forward in his diligence to keep reporting on our animals’ welfare? I love this site! (Initially, I got here because of my love of A1Savannahs (bless your hearts- Kathi, Martin, we abolutely love you and all you do! Now, I am here because of our common bond, and because of Michael’s strong convictions towards feline welfare.)

    Yes, Marc, it is pure, unconditional love–when our human relations fail temporarily, there is always, always that wonderful, all-forgiving bond with our cats (all creatures, great and small). Thank you for letting me a part of this website’s commentary. Bless each and everyone of us!

    • Thanks Cal. Cat welfare is the most important topic for me because, in general, on a world view, there is still so much to do. Then the relationship between human and cat comes next. I find that, as for all relationships, the more you give the more you get. The foundations of a cat to human relationship is often so much stronger. You can build on it without ever feeling that you’re going to be hurt or messed around. You can give your time and love to a cat and feel safe that you’ll get it all back with a bonus. I don’t seek a reward or a return for my love. It is just always there.

      • Michael, I am so ashaamed of myself that I wasn’t sure if I should post today until I made amends for something I said to the de-clawed Serval human.

        I said that he should be tortured as well. That is so wrong of me to make or think such. He doesn’t deserve to be tortured in return. Simply put, learn from your mistakes. I’ve made many (but this one, I’ve always been adamant bout, thank goodness.) LEARN from past experience, that is the best that we all can do…

        • Don’t worry. I sometimes feel like taking garden secateurs to a vet who declaws cats. I don’t say it – oophs, I jut said it. People should learn. They don’t generally. The kids might and their kids and then delcawing will become a piece of American history one day.

  7. I love red tabby cats. It’s funny because you used the first word that springs to mind with regard to my red tabby cat – ‘unassuming’. My cat called Red was exactly that.

    I know the exact look you are talking about – it’s pure love I swear. Thankyou for sharing it’s nice to hear about other people’s relationships with their cats. There is no question you and Shrimp are very close and love eachother very much. It’s so wonderful isn’t it. For me it’s a breath of fresh air compared to the relationships of different kinds I have with the various people in my life. I couldn’t live without my cats 🙂

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