Mommy had lost her bestest kitty friend, Nikki, in September of 2001. Both mommy and her other cat, Ginger, were very sad and lonely. So, some weeks later mommy visited an overcrowded shelter and picked up Kenji, a cute, orange teenage tabby cat with big paws.
Kenji was quite a handful of energy. Mommy lived in a second story apartment with Kenji and Ginger. On a Spring cleaning day, mommy had her bedroom window opened a bit and Kenji went running through the bedroom and leaped up onto the (slippery) window sill, only to slide right through the open window, plummeting to the grassy ground below. Mommy was horrified but upon running downstairs to check on Kenji she discovered that he had landed alright – no broken bones, just a little shaken up.
Kenji’s playful personality was apparent from the start. Always getting into trouble, mommy quickly learned that Kenji was a bit danger prone… yet the Lord always seemed to keep him from getting hurt.
Unlike most kitties, Kenji loves water. Showing no fear, he would gladly jump up on the edge of the tub to help mommy with her bath. When no bath water was available, Kenji would gladly play in his water bowl or in the bathroom sink.
This was probably all brought about because mommy used to put Kenji in the (empty) bathtub with one of his toy balls to play with to help him run off some of his incredible energy. The bathtub became a place of fun for Kenji, and the bathroom became a place of comfort.
After mommy and daddy met and got married, daddy soon learned just how comforting the bathroom was to Kenji. Kenji made sure that nobody got to use the toilet without Kenji coming along to assist.
Daddy enjoyed having aquariums and kept a tall hexagonal aquarium in the living room. One day, a very curious Kenji decided to see if the aquarium was as fun to splash in as the bathtub. However, being danger prone as he was, Kenji lost his footing and ended up getting a little too much of himself into the aquarium. Daddy heard the splash and came running in to see a very wet Kenji jumping off the aquarium stand. Needless to say, he never tried to splash in the aquarium again… at least as far as we know!
In his later years Kenji developed feline diabetes. On regular cycles, Mommy and daddy have had to check his blood sugar twice a day and give him regular doses of insulin to combat his blood sugar problems. Kenji is very good about it and doesn’t seem to be bothered with either the pricking of the lancets or his insulin needles. Thank the Lord, we have been able to get him off the insulin a few times, but are currently back on.
In addition to diabetes, he has also developed feline arthritis. However, we have been able to keep the painful symptoms of the arthritis at bay with regular doses of Cosequin for cats. This amazing supplement lets him run around, jump and play as though he almost had no arthritis issues at all!
Kenji has also become the “guard dog” of our furry tribe. He loves to spend his time patrolling the perimeter of our garden or porch, being sure to howl at any critters that get too close. When he can’t go outside, he is content to sit at the window and patrol through the glass.
Kenji has also lost his hearing this past year, and his eyesight has diminished a bit, but neither of those issues seem to have slowed him down at all. He may not hear the treat bag being shaken, but when he notices the rest of the tribe running for the treats, he is always sure to run with them.
Kenji is big, older kitty, but he’s still as warm and loving today as the day mommy brought him home from the shelter. Below you’ll find more information on some of the products we use to help Kenji enjoy his life.
Cosequin for Cats
We have been using this supplement for our senior cats for years. It makes a major difference in their lives, alleviating many of the symptoms of feline arthritis and other joint issues.
When we adopted Abbie, a senior cat of at least 13 years, she could barely move about the house. After we started giving her a capsule of Cosequin at breakfast, and another at dinner, she was literally jumping up an down off the couch and pouncing around the house like a spring chicken!
We highly recommend this product for senior cats!
UltiCare VetRx U-100 UltiGuard Safe Pack Pet Insulin Syringes
Our cat, Kenji, is diabetic. He frequently gets an insulin shot once or twice a day. We started with the U-40s, but found it was easier to calculate how much insulin he should get (based on his blood sugar level) by using the U-100 syringes.
We like this brand because they are not too expensive, they come with a handy sharps container for disposal, and the 29 gauge needle is small enough that he doesn’t even feel the shot. No pain for kitty makes for a happy kitty daddy!
We highly recommend this product for diabetic cats!
Advocate PetTest 21g Safety Lancets
Twice a day we have to check the blood sugar levels of our cat, Kenji, who is diabetic. As a result, we go through a lot of lancets. Problem is, I’m not a “needle” type person, and I definitely don’t want to make my kitty howl in pain pricking him with a needle!
That’s why we chose the PetTest Safety Lancets by Advocate. You simply twist the top off the single use lancet injector, press the little green injector against the kitty’s skin, and the tiny 21 gauge lancet needle shoots out and then goes back in to the injector super quick. Kenji never even notices it happening – no pain for him, and no crying for daddy!
We highly recommend this product for diabetic cats!