Another shelter cat whose life was saved, this time thanks to owners Steve and Terri. Here is Butter, an awesomely fluffy Himalayan entered in the Big Kitteh Contest. This is his story:
Found by a State Trooper near I-25 in Cheyenne, Wyoming—where he was barely surviving on grasshoppers for at least a month—this extra furry Himalayan came to the Humane Society. His adoption photo named him “Shnozzle”, and showed him wearing a big blue ribbon to try to make him presentable, even though he was close to death. But we had been chosen (by the kitteh sign of a headbutt on the forehead); we brought him to Colorado, where we had to deal with the sequelae of his rough adolescence—both anal glands had to be removed due to recurrent infections, an intestinal blockage required emergency care, and his FHV infection (acquired while in contact with other cats in the shelter) mandates a lifetime of management with lysine and antibiotics to keep outbreaks under control. The struggle for this little scrapper was worth it, as this picture demonstrates.
We renamed him “Butter” not only because he loves butter and he is the color of butter, but he butts his head repeatedly to communicate (i.e., he´s a butt-er). On bad days, he´s head-butt, butt-head, you name it. While it is tempting to think the flat aspect of his face was due to extreme head-butting, it is actually the culmination of an intelligent design mechanism that began in the 1930s and sadly continues to this day. Due to a fondness for baby-like faces, their designers continue to breed maladaptive noses, making breathing more difficult.
I’ve since received several more photos of Butter. Here’s the adoption photo of “Schnozzle” that persuaded Steve and Terri to take him.
And a couple others (click to enlarge):