We do not know about his beginnings just the first meeting at the shelter. We had looked at one cat and thought she would be a good fit for the family. The shelter attendant could not get her to come out of the cage. Her human and passed away and no one in his family wanted her. That made us sad and we were sorry she would not come out to meet us.
In the next cage, a large tuxedo was watching us. We ash to get acquainted with him. They brought him into the visiting room an set him down. He crossed the room, passing me, and went to my husband. He picked him up and talked to him and set him back down. Back across the room to the attendant he went. She picked him up and told him he needed to such up to us, not her. He promptly went back to my husband. He was again picked up and told it was me he need to suck up to because I would be the constant companion as my husband travels a lot. My husband set him on the table and I approached him. 'Ok, fella, you have become a challenge. We will get to know each other.'
We decided we could not leave with out this handsome creature, even if he did have a problem. They estimated him to be 2 years old and his left lower eye lid curled in. He would have to have surgery to correct it or he would loose the eye.
We arranged to have him neutered ans that vet told us that it was just an eye infection and gave us an ointment to treat it with. Several days after he recovered, I noticed his eye was looking worse. I took him to a different vet and was told again that he need surgery and it was now an emergency. They kept him over night and fixed the eye lid, before he lost the eye.
I still have a hard time believing he was two. How could some one treat his eye problem for two years and then just turn loose of him. I had failed to ask the shelter if he had been a stray or a surrender.
He thrived in our home. The first night he made his bed between us. He has slept on the bed every night since. It was recommended we feed him Iams and we did for a long time, until the recall.
Wizard had developed a kidney infection about three months before the recall. it was treated and all seemed well. It reoccurred about the time of the recall. It was no longer an infection but kidney damage. He is starting his blog too late to really get to know many kitties because he is now declining quickly and is nor feeling well.