Pet of the Month: Opal

Pet of the Month: Opal

Opal was adopted this past October, when her owner decided to celebrate her birthday by going to the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) with her friend to look at kittens. Each lady already had a cat at home, but had been contemplating getting another. When they saw Opal (a beautiful Tortoiseshell cat previously named “Twinny”), they knew immediately she would go home with one of them. The next day, the birthday girl adopted Opal and named her after her birthstone. The kitten was the perfect gift—the gentlest kitten either one of them had ever seen, and Opal’s owner continues to fall more in love with her every single day.

Just two months after adopting Opal, who was still just eight months old, her owner noticed she had suddenly lost interest in her food. She took her Pewaukee Veterinary Service right away, where she was diagnosed with acute kidney failure.

Opal spent the next three days receiving fluids and anti-nausea medications, and wrapping the entire staff around her cute little paws. With the help of her new friends at PVS, Opal was able to go home, although she continued to receive subcutaneous fluids at home for several weeks. It was not easy with the squirmy, squealing kitten, but her owner used a fish app on her phone to distract Opal while her friend gave her the necessary fluids. Together, they successfully hydrated her enough to bring her renal function back to normal!
This amazing cat continues to improve, and Opal and her owner are grateful for all the caring people at Pewaukee Veterinary Service. It means so much to them both that everyone there is so welcoming and excited to see them. Her owner is one proud cat-momma, and Opal enjoys acts like a total ham when she goes to the vet!

Opal’s favorite hobbies include laying on top of her big brother Koji, annoying him by rubbing her tail in his face, licking his ears, and stealing his food (instead of eating her own special rental diet). She also likes playing with stray things on the floor, running at full speed across the entire house, giving kisses, and jumping on her mom’s lap every time she sits down.

Her owner loves Opal’s tiny, soft meows as well as her loud purrs. But her favorite thing about this special cat is how happy, cheerful, and playful she was throughout her struggle with poor kidney function. She is the happiest kitten with the best attitude, even in times of stress and poor health. As her mom tells us, we can all learn a life lesson from Miss Opal.

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