Thank you all for your purrs and prayers for Chloe Jo. She really needs them right now, and we appreciate them, too. Chloe Jo is a very special girl. Everyone who knows her adores her, as she does them.
I wanted to take a moment to tell you about Chloe Jo, and perhaps why she is so special.
Chloe Jo has a lifelong history of serious and chronic autoimmune health problems. Currently she is having bladder/kidney issues. Not responding to medication yet, she is uncomfortable and withdrawn. She doesn't want to eat and is sick at her tummy, too. It is hard to see her in pain.
Chloe Jo is very infantile in her thinking and behaviour. This makes her loving and social, but also very dependent and impetuous. She takes daily medication and wears a "calming collar". The collar has pheromones similar to a mother cat. This helps to alleviate feelings of stress. She will always be our baby.
I bottle fed Chloe Jo and her three siblings from the time they were newborns. I told a bit of their story here. The litter was very ill; Moon (the only brother) and Chloe Jo almost died. Those two never quite "grew up" emotionally/mentally, having persistent autoimmune problems.
At about twelve weeks, Moon and Willow (the other sister) were adopted by a young childless couple, while Chloe Jo and Grizelda stayed with us. Grizelda and Willow fully recovered from the early illness. Chloe Jo and Moon still had issues. Fighting his chronic health issues, Moon sadly passed away at his second birthday. That is Moon up in my header. He will live forever in my heart.
This litter is deeply embedded in me. They were so very sick. I did chest thumps and we ran humidifiers constantly. I fed them every half hour to an hour for two weeks, gradually increasing the time as they could breathe. It was a cycle where I barely slept, just to keep them alive. We did what had to be done for them; they were fighters.
We struggle with Chloe Jo's health all of the time, knowing Moon is just beyond the Rainbow. Born on Thanksgiving 2010, they will be four years old next month.
Thank you to everyone for their good wishes and for caring. Thanks especially to Ann of Zoolatry for her kindness in asking for "Purrs and Prayers for Chloe Jo". We also thank her for taking the time to create this special badge for Chloe Jo. We appreciate each kindness.