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Project by builtinbkyn posted 01-10-2016 01:02 AM 870 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a special little buddy that’s had a really rough year. His name is Junior, an American short hair cat that my wife brought home for me from a shelter, about 12 years ago. Just a few days prior I had to put down a cat I had for 16 years. For quite a while it was just him and me as I was still a bachelor. So it was a tough loss. Junior was a pleasant surprise and became my couch buddy. Though we have two other cats and Willie, the German Shepherd that is my avatar, Junior is the guy who jumps on the couch with me to watch hockey and football games and to take afternoon naps. He’s my little shadow.

Junior has had a rough year. This past Summer he had a serious bought of pancreatitis that really took it’s toll. He spent more than a week in the hospital and came home with a feeding tube. He wasn’t looking good for quite some time, but things changed and he really sprung back. Only just recently though, he started to act as if he had vertigo, losing his balance and having difficulty walking. The vet can’t say for sure what has caused this condition, but he did say he doesn’t appear to be in pain and has a will to live. It can be anything from a brain tumor to a stroke. However he’s a fighter, still eating and doing what he always did, being a loving animal that wants to be with me when ever I’m home. My heart breaks when I see him struggling to eat as he cannot stand over his bowl without falling over.

Today I made him a little elevated bowl holder and hope that this will help him in some small way. At this point it’s all I can do for him. Probing him to find the cause of his issue isn’t in the picture. He’s had enough of that. So the bowl holder was made with love and care for my little friend Junior.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)





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Northwest29

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#1 posted 01-10-2016 04:21 PM

A nice project for a good little friend. Hope that Junior continues to do well. Good job.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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schugi

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#2 posted 01-11-2016 06:30 AM

Bill, Junior is extremely lucky to have a friend like you looking out for him. I wish you and your family all the best.

-- Chuck, Minnesota

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builtinbkyn

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#3 posted 01-12-2016 04:09 AM

Thanks Ron and Chuck. It really breaks my heart seeing him in this state. The elevated bowl seems to be helping him eat without losing his balance.

Oh I guess since this is a woodworking project I should state what it’s made of. Scraps. 1/2” birch ply and maple. The legs are cut at a 15 degree bevel and miter. It took about an hour or so to do. I’m really liking that Ridgid sanding station. I’ve been getting some use out of it.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#4 posted 02-27-2017 10:58 PM

I had to do the same for my buddy, he coudln’t get down, then couldn’t get up, made one around Sept, I just put him down 3 weeks ago. Almost made it 18 years. I miss him.

-- Jeff NJ

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builtinbkyn

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#5 posted 02-27-2017 11:14 PM

Awe Jeff. Sorry for your loss. I feel your pain. I had to put Junior down in August. I still miss him. We did our best and they did theirs.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#6 posted 02-28-2017 01:06 AM

Thanks, didn’t mean to make it about me .
We do have to realize that as they age we have the ability to build things to make it easier for them.
I’m sorry about Junior, I thought this post was this year, I didn’t realize it was last year.

-- Jeff NJ

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