May, 2015: Hira

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I rescued Hira and his siblings as kittens living in the woods.  Hira means “diamond” in multiple languages, and he’s named Hira because he’s so beautiful. As a kitten, he used to lick my face all the time in the middle of the night, so I had to sleep with the blanket over my head. As you know, Hira purrs very loudly. Hira also loves snuggling in his heated pet bed and loves giving his Uncle Paul chin rubs. Hira loves everyone at PVS. He usually sees Dr. Morgan weekly for acupuncture, laser, and occasionally for chiropractic. He’s also seen Dr. Nick and Dr. Karen a lot and Dr. Tom in the past. There are multiple notes in Hira’s chart on how sweet Hira is and to give him lots of love. We’ve even picked up an admin kit for Hira’s fluids that say “The Sweetest Cat Ever”—and I have pictures of it.

Dr. Karen even mentions how good Hira is—when given larger enemas that cats usually need to be sedated for, Hira doesn’t need sedation. Dr. Nick says that Hira is so good with treatments because he knows everyone there is trying to help him. When Hira was hospitalized there in January, Dr. Nick and Anna were talking about getting t-shirts with Hira’s picture on them as the founding members of the official Hira fan club. Sarah (Dr. Morgan’s tech) also has a great story how Hira comforted her when he was hospitalized on a weekend, and Sarah had to bring her dog in because he had eaten a large amount of carpet.

Hira’s vice, as you know, is chewing paper and cardboard occasionally. He’s even taught his little sister, Lena, the fine art of shredding paper and cardboard.

Hira has overcome constipation, megacolon, pancreatitis, and even had to be tube fed for a while, which he was super good at. There are probably some other things in his chart he’s overcome, since he is one tough kitty.

Hira wasn’t always such a relaxed and laidback kitty. He used to be really skittish. PVS has taken such good care of Hira and loves him so much, that he has become a relaxed kitty and really thrives there. Hira is one of Dr. Karen’s favorites, and Dr. Karen has commented how well Hira does there recovering—even overnight. Sara at the front desk has mentioned how Hira walks around in back like he owns the place.

I appreciate how PVS takes such good care of Hira, even noting that he likes to sleep in a litterbox. So if he stays over, he needs an extra litter box to sleep in with two towels in it. It’s a relief for me as a pet parent to know that he is well cared for when he is there. I am so grateful for everything your staff has done to take such good care of my pets, and I am thankful for how well the staff coordinates with Dr. Cole at Fox Valley Animal Referral Center, in Appleton, to take extra good care of Hira, too.

Hira’s ‘Uncle Paul’ had some fun anecdotes about Hira as well—

I would first like to mention that Hira is sitting next to me as I am writing this so if it sounds like I am being influenced, I probably am. Some additional facts about Hira:

  • He will give personal, behind-the-scenes tours of PVS upon request.
  • His unofficial nickname (among many) is Sir Purralot or Vociferous Kitty.
  • He is the only pet I know whose meow is recognized as he enters the facility—even when no one is at the desk because they are all hard at work.
  • He has transitioned from the playful kitten who messes around with his brother, Morris, to the kitty who gets messed with by his younger sister kitten, Lena.
  • He is always on the lookout for a bit of sunshine to warm himself up—even in the middle of winter.
  • He loves to play with a laser toy. (Thank you Dr. Morgan.)
  • He never met a heated pet bed he didn’t enjoy or test out.
  • He’s the easiest cat in the world to give a variety of medicines and fluids to (so sayeth Uncle Paul.
  • He loves to watch the nature in the conservancy.
  • He is a HUGE fan of facial hair (also known as his portable itching pad).
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