Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sassy Nancy....

Nancy is a sassy tortoiseshell Exotic Shorthair (which is a breed of American Shorthair and Persian). And she's a miracle cat too.  

When she was 18 months old, she was diagnosed with a genetic and incurable heart condition known as HCM...in another words, they told me she was dying of a serious heart disease and most likely would not live for more than 12 - 18 months because of the severity of her condition. 

Well - I was determined to see if I could find a cure for her.  I took her to multiple vets, researched all the options and literally called & wrote veterinarians across the country that specialized in cardiology.  They all pretty much told me the same thing.  Everyone said the best I could do is to give her daily medication...(she takes 5 pills a day and a baby aspirin every three days)...and hope for the best.  

Well, I am happy to say that on January 31st, Nancy will celebrate her 11th birthday.  She takes her pills like a champion...and while there are days where she is really congested and sleeps alot  - she has thrived.  

She crosses her front two paws when she is relaxing and sleeping.
She always picks the most comfortable places to relax. 
She is thinking - why are you putting that camera in my face.
Alright, enough photos already!
Okay - I see you're not going away so I'm going to just relax
and pretend your not in my face snapping away. 
That's it - I've had it.  Stop taking my picture.  You have enough!!



Linking up to Debbiedoos & Lucy's Pet Party.  Come check out our furry friends....


32 comments:

michelle said...

She is gorgeous!! I have a tortie too but Nancy looks Persian as well? What a miracle indeed! I love hearing stories like this. I work at a vet and these types of stories just warm my heart. I have seen a few miracle babies like your Nancy. She has found a wonderful home so full love!:)
Thank you for sharing!!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Sassy is Amazing! She is so cool looking. I have never seen a cat like her. I loved her miracle story...that is really something else. She had you in her life and she wanted to stick around. Thanks for sharing a very special piece of your heart with us.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Gorgeous, it just shows with a little love what can be accomplished, congratulations on being a wonderful Mom!

Carol

Deb said...

Oh my, look at those eyes. She's adorable. I would be hugging her all the time (she would probably hate that, right). I just love persians and she is such a little fighter, too. You must love her very much and I am so happy she is still here and healthy. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

Kaybe said...

Oh what a face. We love our fur-babies. She has a good momma who is taking excellent care of her. I think her best medicine is her daily dose of momma love.

Take good care,

Karen

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Very cute! What a survivor! That is wonderful and yes she is a miracle cat too! I love the way she is crossing her legs!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love Nancy's face! I get that look from Charlie when I put a camera in his face also. So glad Nancy is beating the odds!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

She seems as annoyed by the camera as Henry does! I love her colors. She seems to be quite the fighter and proved that vet wrong!

Deb said...

Nancy is adorable...I just love her! That last photo just cracks me up...too funny! ~Deb~

Elsina said...

She is so sweet and gorgeous! We also have a tortoise, but a tabby kind one (not Persian) and she is a real hothead. Doesn't like to be inside or touched or snuggle up etc. Yours looks so sweet!

Donna said...

Awww! Nancy is one Sassy Gal! Hard to believe that you were told she didn't have much of a chance. I am so glad that she is thriving and happy! (although I don't know if she's happy about her photo session!). What a sweet and pretty face!

Cat & Cricket said...

I love her..and so happy to hear things are going well!
Many hugs~
Cat

beth said...

Awwww. Yay for Sassy!! We have a tortie, too. Her name is Minnie, and she is the sweetest little thing. Actually, we have 6 cats, and I love them all! :)
Thanks for sharing Sassy's story. That made my day!! :)
Beth.

Erin said...

Sassy is precious!! And I'm happy to read that she beat the odds! You go girl! :)

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

She's a darling! And I think doctors should not make these life predictions..., just do their best to help, and leave it at that!

the cape on the corner said...

that is crazy! nancy really lucked out that you persisted in finding a cure for her-i love hearing about that! so glad she is celebrating her 11th bday with you. i hope you can stop by and hear about my sweet cat, Sunday. stopping by from debbie's party.

The Mama Monster said...

Hello, I am stopping by from Debbiedoos pet party and OMG I love exotic shorthairs and her coloring is beautiful!!!!!! That is so awesome that you were so dedicated to help her live a long and happy life!!!! She is lucky to have a mama like you!!!!

~The Mama Monster

Drawn to The Sea said...

What a gorgeous creature, those eyes could pierce your soul. Nancy knows she's loved & safe. That's the best medicine of all.

I had a poodle mix with a heart issue that vets & specialists said would take her early... she lived over 18 years :-))

Shelly said...

Nancy is adorable!!!!! I love her face!! I would never tire of looking at her. :) Her fur color is my favorite too.

Seaside Style said...

Debbie, what a doll! Her eyes are great.You are a very good mama!

NanaDiana said...

Aww...look at that face and those eyes. She is surviving because YOU have been her caretaker. I hope she lives many more years! xxoo Diana

Pam said...

Such a cute kitty. I just want to fluff her furr around. That's awesome that you found a cure for her.

gena said...

I must say, I'm a dog person - but oh my goodness that kitty is just precious ! God Bless you for saving her and helping her have a long and healthy life !!!!!

Gotta love a girl that knows to cross her ankles when she's sitting !!!

hugs from Lavender Hill !
gena

Debilou~Mississippi Mama said...

she is beautiful! Those eyes, oh my goodness. She is lucky to have you. I have no idea what kind of cat I have?? She was abandoned.

Shellbelle said...

What a blessing you've been to this gorgeous cat and she has returned the love in kind I'm sure.

This just really touched my heart, so excuse me while I go get a tissue…

gpc said...

What a sweet face!

Tootie said...

Awe...what a great story! I love her! She is beautiful and so different looking from any kitty I've ever seen. How lucky the two of you were to find each other.

Robin said...

Hooray for Sassy -- You are a sweet and precious girl! No wonder your family loves you so much! You are their miracle child. Many more happy years of health and playing with your toys, and just lounging, sweet girl!

Robin from Robin's Nest Treasures
http://www.robinsnesttreasures.blogspot.com/

kristin said...

what a gorgeous kitty! and how wonderful of you to be determined and find ways to help her life a long happy life and not just give up on her!

Beach House Living said...

Wow, 11th birthday. Goes to show you just never know.

Jenny said...

Happy 11th Birthday, Nancy! That is so awesome that she is doing well!

I am new to your blog and noticed that striped fabric in the first picture and loved it! Do you know what brand of sofa you have and the fabric name? It looks like a fabric I saw the other day called, "Lady" from Craftmaster. I loved it, but I was scared it would be too many stripes. However, I can see in your picture on the right column, that it's perfect!

Beautiful Details said...

Sassy Nancy is so cute! Love all the photos and your commentary! She's lucky to have you and vice versa. Thanks for sharing her story. Love seeing your pets!