This is Roo by ibjennyjenny

A little background on Roo for those who are just meeting him here on RedBubble…

Roo is the newest member of my cat family though he has been with us now for a while.
I rescued Roo from Sacramento in October of 2008, he had been living at his house his whole life but his owner died 2 years prior to when I rescued him. She was an elderly lady and one night she went outside to feed Roo and she fell down and later died from her injuries. The daughter of the lady then moves in and blames Roo for her mother’s death and decides to pretend that he just doesn’t exist.
When I met Roo, my heart just broke in two, he weighed only six pounds, his mouth was so inflamed from bad teeth, his tongue stuck out and he drooled constantly. I took Roo to the vet for exam, their diagnosis was not good, he had been so malnourished that there was not much left of him. He had pharyngitis (strep throat), ulcers inside his entire mouth and he had an enlarged kidney, they recommended euthanasia.
Ok, well, I don’t agree with making any animal suffer but I had just spent the weekend with Roo prior to his vet visit, I looked into his eyes and it was so easy to see that all Roo wanted was to be loved.
I told the vet ‘no way’ and I took Roo home. I wanted Roo to experience what it felt like to be loved and cared for, if even for a little while.
I put Roo on a round of antibiotics hoped for the best.
I took Roo in to see a different Vet.
Roo now weighs 13 pounds 14 ounces and he is thriving. He still has issues with his mouth but not like before, no drool and as you can see here, the tongue is back in his mouth. The kidney is no longer enlarged and the blood work looks good but he may in the future have kidney problems due to the severity of neglect, he went without food for too long, all he had been fed was hard food which he could not eat well due to having only 4 teeth. The vet says that Roo looks great now, he has vet visits every 3 months to be on the safe side. As you can see here, his top teeth really stick out so he looks like he has fangs, these teeth are actually very loose and are pushing their way out. We discussed pulling them but with the kidney’s still in recovery, putting him under could be a risk. This is the is the reason for the vet visits every three months, to keep him free of infection, So far so good.

You know… Roo walked in to my life when my life was already full and some how found a place that just belongs to him. He is my shadow, following me from room to room and when I sleep he is under my chin, always.
When I think back to the time when Roo was out in the cold, starving, sick and all alone, as people did nothing but sit back and watch as he was slowly dying, I am angered and saddened all at the same time, I am thankful that I am not a person with the ability to just turn away.
I am also thankful that I said ‘no way’ to putting Roo to sleep that day, it only reinforces my thoughts that if you listen to your heart, it will show you the way.

.PS- The last pics of Roo that were taken before this were taken with my Sony and over in my DA Gallery. Roo has been scared of my new camera for months now and refused to allow me to get any where near him with it…until the other day. Roo decided he now wants to follow in his best friend Mikey’s paw prints. I’ll be posting more of Roo soon.

Roo was put to rest on November 28, 2011.
His presence in our lives is missed every single day.
Roo’s spirit taught me so much about appreciating life…right now.
His sweet soul and kind heart will live on….
for as long as I live, he shall not die.

Hi my name is Jennifer, I am known to most as the “Cat Photographer”….
Come Check out Mikey’s Room at Cat’s Pajamas – you can check it out here Mikey’s House

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  • Diane Peresie
    Diane Peresieabout 5 years ago

    BLESS you for rescuing this cat! You are Roo’s angel. I have rescued two dogs in the last 4 years and they have been the most loving creatures on earth. Heaven only knows what they went thru. I have contacted some people with “know how” to start a website for “rescued” animals — so far one has not been started. If YOU know anyone who could do that, pass on the suggestion. I feel it would put the light on the need to rescue animals. I have already read very, very touching stories about rescued animals on this website. BTW, I have two cats that LOVE the camera so Roo might develop an attitude someday and love posing.

  • Thank you. As much as I want to believe that I am an angel to Roo, I do believe it is the other way around. Roo has touched our lives and our hearts in such a beautiful way. He is so grateful for his home and is so happy all the time despite medical conditions though at this point his medical issues are under control. Roo is almost 6 years old but when looking at him it’s easy to see all he has been through. The rest of his life will not be so sad…Roo has found his forever home with people who adore every little thing about him.
    As far as rescue sites….Petfinder, I have worked closely with this organization for many years now as they provide most of the funding for the feral cat TNR Program in my area (trap,neuter and release) This organization list ALL animals needing homes, some are from animal shelters others from people like you and me. I have personally used their service to find homes for many cats who were tame enough to pull out of the feral community. Petfinder has acquired a pretty big following these days and any money they receive, they put back. Just at the clinic I take feral cats to, there were hundreds funded by Petfinder. These cats don’t just receive surgery, they are given flea and tick treatments and fully vaccinated. Incredible organization. Also they will fund any animal as long as the animal is being rescued, I have taken dogs in also under Petfinder vouchers, they paid for Roo’s initial exam too all I did was ask.
    Thanks again.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaalmost 4 years ago

    An excellent photo!!! His eyes draw the viewer in, and in, and in…

    Roo is a beautiful cat!! How anybody could look at him, into those eyes, and mistreat him is beyond me! Thank you for telling the story of his hell/vs/heaven life, I know you were right, too, in keeping him alive to be loved.

    I had a kitty who lost most of her teeth over her 18 year life. She did fine on moistened dry, and then canned cat food, once her teeth started to go. She and I lost our battle with her cancer, but she had a final 18 monts of extra love and care. She spent all her time snuggled up to “Daddy”, my husband, choosing to be bed-bound with him. (Viet Nam vet and a definite cat-guy!)
    “Check out our kitties”:Dayonda … “Dandy”
    Wooly, the gray guy who wants a kiss, has a pic of him running my husband’s power chair. Runs it well, too, but Wooly’d steering has a lot of room for improvement!

    Currently, I captured 4 infant kittens from the feral community that sprung up in the woods behind us and took over our front patio. They were in their first week, so it’s been syringe feedings at all hours of the day and night. They’re in their late 2nd week now. Got teeth!
    It’s weaning time!! They’re taking water/canned cat food zizzed in a blender, and some milk.
    I have to find homes for them, and some of their relatives are tame enough to be porch or even inside/outside cats. Some barn cats, but barn cats MUST be fed!!!

    Thanks on the info on Petfiner. I’ll put it to good use!

    Dayonda … “Dandy”

  • jodi payne
    jodi payneover 3 years ago

    I get tears in my eyes every time I read his story….thank god you
    found him!!! I love this shot….he looks so mysterious!!!

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