– We’ve been rescuing cats for almost 30 years.
Once I started adopting, it become kind of an obsession
and then it just kind of snowballed.
We currently have 22 cats,
which sounds insane,and wasn’t planned.
This is Smudge.
那里是Poppyseed Cheesecake Chocolate
And so there’s Poppyseed, Cheesecake, Chocolate
Secret Donut Vanilla Smoky Minibean
Secret, Donut,Vanilla, Smoky, um, Minibean
Imibin Mikon Climber. 我忘了许多名字
Imibin, Mikon, Climber. I’m forgetting a whole bunch.
I can’t remember anymore.
If you’re a cat person
to me,the moment that the cat trusts you，
because cats are usually wary,
I just find that aspect of it to be amazing.
I like to adopt cats that are hard to place.
You know, we take black cats,because of superstition,
are hard to place, and I like to take shy cats,
’cause most people don’t want them.
All cats are different.
Some cats wanna be social, some wanna be their own space,
and we started building catwalks about 25 years ago.
The house is filled with walks, it’s filled with fountains,
both for the sound,
and because the cats drink from them.
The reward is that we have this zen-like experience for us and the cats.
22 cats, they’re 22 different sentient beings.
My first experience with FIP was four years ago,
we had adopted two kittens and one of them, Peanut,
was diagnosed with FIP and I had never heard of it,
and it’s this horrible disease
that usually attacks kittens and older cats.
Peanut lasted five days from diagnosis to the time we had to euthanize her.
I was told it was really rare, and I thought,
I’ve been doing this for 25 years,
first time I saw it,I’ll never see it again.
We adopted two more kittens, Vanilla and Ms. Bean,
and Ms.Bean was diagnosed with FIP,
but through the magic of the internet
and the fame of my cats,
I was put in touch with UC Davis.
They were starting a drug trial,
and Ms. Bean was accepted.
Ultimately,she didn’t make it, but they learned
but they learned a great deal from studying her.
I found Smoky, another FIP kitten.
It was a little scary,
knowing what I had just gone through,
that I was probably gonna go through that again.
但是Smoky不像Ms. Bean 它对治疗有反应
But Smoky, unlike Ms. Bean, did respond,
one of the rare ones that did.
He went through 12 weeks of twice daily painful shots.
That was the protocol, and he would never run away.
He’s now completely recovered,
and he is now one of the very few cats
who survived FIP.
He’s a pretty special cat.
The researchers who have been studying this,
they’ve been studying it for 50 years,
and only this year is the first time they were actually able to cure a cat,
and so that inspired us to raise money for the researchers,
to speed this drug.
My main business is construction.
I have a construction company, which is how I could build all these catwalks.
We never stopped building catwalks.
We build them as money and time allows,
and we’ve never built one that they don’t use.
And we try to invent new things.
For years, people have asked me,
can you do this in my house?
And we’re selling the catwalks in kit form,
and the idea is that for a very reasonable price,
you’ll get a catwalk complete.
It will be able to install by basic carpentry skills, and they’ll be like ours,
they’ll be floating, and the proceeds of that
will be going towards ZenByCat,
which goes towards FIP research.
I belong to a lot of social media sites that,
these groups for FIP, both private and open groups,
and everyday, the story is the same.
You see new members joining, and saying,
you know, I adopted a kitten for me or my kid,
and they got a cold, and suddenly, I’m told,
I have to euthanize it, and it’s so horrific.
You’re so helpless.
You’re told there’s nothing you can do.
These people are heartbroken, and they want to do something
and we’re trying to give them a constructive way
to do something, that’s my great hope for this.