Today’s patient story features Shaka, who is part Jungle Cat.
(Shaka’s human companion Natalee explains: “Shaka’s dad was full Jungle Cat, but because they are small cats, he was bred with a domestic cat. He was born on August 7, 2004, in Geyerserville at a wild cat sanctuary. It’s a long story how I came about getting him, but he just kind of fell in my lap.”)
Shaka came to VCA SFVS with some bothersome skin issues. He and Natalee met with our dermatologist, Carlo Vitale, DVM, DACVD. Dr. Vitale diagnosed Shaka with flea allergy dermatitis and developed a treatment plan. Natalee writes:
“I was amazed at how quickly & effectively the medication worked! He quit licking, biting & scratching within a few days of starting the meds. His hair is now completely in behind his neck and his back is filling in quickly. He is clearly more happy, relaxed and comfortable and much more lovey! I have already referred a co-worker who has a cat with similar problems, to you, and I will continue to recommend you. Thank you again for your excellent services!”
We’re delighted Shaka is doing so well after starting treatment for his skin issues! Here’s a little more about Shaka and his stuffed pigs, from Natalee:
“He only interacts with me and is very anti-social to all other humans. He has a specific stuffed pig that he loves and carries around with him. He originally discovered it in my roommate’s stuffed animal collection and claimed it.
“He destroyed it in about a year and I tried to buy another stuffed pig to replace the old one & he wouldn’t have anything to do with it. I searched and found the same pig and he took to it right away. So now he gets a new one every Christmas and has a collection of five or so. You can tell their ages by how dirty and tore up they are.
“I can’t tell if Shaka thinks they are ‘babies’ or ‘prey.’ But he flips them up in the air and plays with them, he brings them to wherever I am and leave them, I find them by his food bowl and when he had a litter box, I’d find them in there sometimes! But the funniest part is that he puts them all in the same place and I stumble across pig congregations in random places around the house.”
Finally, Shaka shows us how he entertains himself with a cat toy in this video. Go, Shaka!
Thanks, Natalee, for sharing this patient story with us! We’re honored to care for Shaka.