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Mau = Cat


The picture you see here is of Mau. He’s not a chicken. He’s a cat.  An awesome cat.

Here’s a little history on Mau.
Many years ago (like 7 maybe), I called up a friend who had a friend who attracted strays like some people collect Precious Moments figurines.  Not on purpose, they just kept showing up on her doorstep.  A couple days later, he calls me back.  A cat showed up on her doorstep.  A cow-cat.  With a black nose.  And a wicked-ugly injury on his back.  Did I want him?  YES.

So I went and picked him up.  He was filthy, his back was shaven and the wound cleaned.  He wasn’t able to fully control his back legs, but seemed to get around all right.  They estimated he was about 9 months old.  He opened his mouth and said…well, he said MAU.  Like a cat and a cow had a freaky duet.  Thus, his name.

So my point in writing this today is that now, after all this time of being Mau the Invincible, he’s spending the  night at the vet’s.  Impacted bowels.  How undignified, right?  Not like those cute little two-legged puppies that people ooh and aah over and make them little carts for their missing legs.  So completely unglamorous.  Unfortunately, just as long-lasting.  Just as puppy legs won’t grow back, neither will his bowels ever again be at 100%.

But the thing is, this visit is probably going to cost more than a whole paycheck, and for those “paycheck to paycheck” types (like myself) it’s a huge blow.  And a huge bill that I can’t even begin to figure out how to pay.  That’s where you come in.

This is a Donate button.

It will take you to a page where you can donate as much as you desire to the cause of Mau.  You have my promise that any funds donated will go to Mau care, either directly to his vet bill or the medication they say he’ll have to be on for the rest of his life.  Vulcan’s Honor.

If you like, you can lend instead – seriously.  If you make a note in your donation that you are lending, not donating, I will do my damnedest to pay you back at some future date.  Again, Vulcan’s Honor.  I can’t make any promises about when it will be, but It Shall Be Done.

So please, consider doing this.  Show your friends.  Hell, show you enemies, I’m not proud.
Mau is a fantastic cat.  He’s our luck dragon, our manly-man, our kitten keeper-in-liner.  Look at this face and try to say no.

Mau, Luck Dragon

Mau is home, seems to be doing ok.  He’s awful stinky, but I guess that goes with the territory of his condition, and will go away.  He’s also doing a lot more curling up with us, but I suppose that’s to be expected as well. He had a hard couple days.

He’ll be on two kinds of medication for a week, then one for ever.  Fortunately, it’s something I can mix in his food, and fortunately, it’s not as expensive as I thought it would be.  Yay!


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4 Comments to

“Mau = Cat”

  1. On August 6th, 2012 at 9:41 pm Sumiko Saulson Says:

    🙁 He looks so much like Bootsy. Please let me know what I can do to help Mau.

  2. On August 8th, 2012 at 7:51 am holly Says:

    hi, i would like to donate to Mau! But the paypal thing doesn’t direct to you specifically. I need an email. I have two boys myself and know how much they mean. They are my breath at times. I want to eat them I love them so much.

    Remember there’s also carecredit, which doesn’t help much if you don’t have good credit, but they give you 6 months to pay back the loan interest free. Just a thought I am sure you’ve already heard.

    Please let me know how to send a donation. It’s small but it’s what I can give right now.

    With love,


  3. On August 8th, 2012 at 10:55 am Etakeh Says:

    I’ve fixed the donate button, I guess I was breaking it my trying to make it fit better.

    Also, I did try CareCredit…but yeah, my credit is shot. Something about taking in strays, you know? At least I’ve switched from the human type to the animal kind.

    Thanks so much for your kind words and support, I’m sure if Mau understands, he appreciates it. I know I do.

  4. On August 13th, 2012 at 11:06 pm Attempted Happiness: Donate to Mau, Get it Free! « Sumiko Saulson Says:

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