Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Nelson (Nels)


Nelson John LaPurr is an "old-guy cat", the elder statesman of Chez Pierce. He started life as a mouser in the warehouse where his Dad worked. The company's name was "Winn-Nelson", and his boss was John LaPour--so you can see where his name comes from. Dad brought him home on weekends so he wouldn't be lonely, and after the other kitties approved, he moved in permanently.At 16, he's suffered from chronic congestive heart failure for many years. It's kept at bay with special food and frequent check-ups. In good health otherwise, he can still gallop through the house at will, and if he decides he wants first licks from an ice cream left-over, he's not too shy to give a headful of claws to any contenders until he's had his fill! -Cheryl P. @ Meower's From Missouri


Happy Tough A*S Tortie Day, KC!! (See Emma's blog)

16 comments:

Jess said...

Nelson is soooo handsome! i'm glad he's been able to live such a happy and full life! he looks very 'all knowing'. he just has that look about him. love the nose :)

and laughing about the 'headful of claws' comment...LOL!

Emma's Kat said...

Good morning! Nels, you are one cute and handsome boy! Nice FB's, btw! So glad you're doing so well with your heart condition and your...[ahem] "young" age! ;)

rosie(elder) said...

.......Nelson has great FB's.......

katnippia said...

Nelson, you are a very handsome kitty. I love the black markings around your ears.

Linda T. said...

You certainly are a good-looking fellow, Nels. At your age, you should rule the roost!

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

Nels is a very handsome kitty for an "old-guy cat".

Hot(M)BC said...

Purrrrrrrrrs to the handsum Nels!
~~ Sanjee, Boni, Mini, Pepi and Gree

Anonymous said...

Go Nelson! You are a celebrity!

caspersmom said...

Nels, you pose real nice for a picture. You are a handsome one. So glad you have lived an interesting life in spite of your problems. I am amazed how animals can lick adversity sometimes. Yep, have to agree with Rosie.

Eric and Flynn said...

You are a handsome "older gentleman" and in spite of your heart problems, are looking very good.

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

He sure doesn't look 16. He's a very handsome kitty and can come over to my house and have ice cream, if he'd like. The Blonde Girl usually lets kitties help themselves BEFORE she has any.
Karen C.

donna said...

It may be too late to post this today, but I'm looking for advice. Our Wiley has started over-grooming and her tummy barely has peach fuzz on it :-( She does tend to get harrassed a little bit by Maddie and sometimes Kona although I *think* (hope?) they're just playing but Wiley doesn't understand that. So I'm wondering if it's a stress-induced behavior. I was thinking about trying that Feliway stuff. If that didn't help, then it's off to the vet with her. Ugggghhh. I don't like doctors (people or pet doctors) for non-obvious problems. I'm pretty sure there aren't any fleas, but could she be developing an allergy problem with house dust mites?

Thanks you all!

Emma's Kat said...

Donna - I'm having a similar problem with Emma. Her furr is thinning on the back of her back legs and her tummie and a little on the back of her front legs. It only started about 7-8 weeks ago. And I've not seen her over grooming or itching/scratching at all! I'm thinking it could be alergy. Maybe something on one of her new kitty blankies. She seems to be getting thinning hair on her undersides, where she'd be laying. And I had her on a ocean whitefish Nutro food. It was suggested to put her on a chicken based food. So far I'm not seeing a difference. So next, I'm going to wash the blanket and see if that makes a difference. So, it could be some sort of allergy that Wiley has or like you said stress induced. So, it's just started recently? Any new food or anything new put into the house? I would definately give the Feliway a try. And if the problem persists, on to the vet! Let us know.

donna said...

Hi! We hadn't really noticed Wiley excessively licking or grooming her tummy either, although we're very watchful now...when we're home from work :-(

And I will only suspect her food as an allergy source as a last resort. She's been eating Innova EVO since July '05. The thinning is pretty recent although I can't recall exactly when I realized that something wasn't right; but I think it's only been a few weeks. I suppose it's possible for her to have developed an allergic response this late but I really hope not.

I have relatively recently bought some different treats for our fur-babies, Feline Greenies, but I can't remember if the timing corresponds. Just in case, we've stopped feeding her those.

Wiley has a chair with a blanket that she tends to sleep on a lot. Maybe I'll try washing it more frequently. And speaking of washing, we've also been using the same "All Free Clear" laundry soap and dryer sheets for quite some time--since before her tummy alopecia I'm sure.

I hope you find out what's causing Emma's fur loss too. I'll try the Feliway and see what happens.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I don't know if this will help, but many years ago I had a black female cat who started losing her fur on her tummy and back legs. I took her to the vet and she had to start taking hormone pills daily. Fortunately, she loved taking them, and her fur all came back on her tummy and legs. Maybe you could check that possibility out.
Barbie-Lou

Emma's Kat said...

Thanks Barbie-Lou! I'll definately check into that!