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The Cat Clinic of Norman
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The Cat Clinic of Norman
Norman is situated south of Oklahoma City and is the third largest city in Oklahoma state, as well as being the home of the University of Oklahoma. It's also the home of The Cat Clinic of Norman or CCN, and we're pleased to feature their resident 'clinic cats'. Information was initially courtesy of then practice manager, Christopher Davey, in 2006.
The Clinic was founded in early 2001 by Chris's wife Dr Letrisa Miller. The first cat to be adopted, before the clinic opened, was Monster. He was a sickly kitten who was not thriving; he had bladder infections from an early age and was often in hospital. When he was brought in with a ruptured bladder, Dr Miller offered to adopt him so that he could be given the ongoing care he needed his owners accepted the offer with some relief. It turned out that Monster had some very unusual 'plumbing'. Although outwardly a male he was actually a hermaphrodite, with some female urinogenital organs this explained the frequent problems. Several bouts of surgery later he was much improved, growing well and behaving as a kitten should. A few months later he was the obvious first candidate to be a 'practice cat' when the clinic opened. Shortly afterwards he was entered in a cat show sponsored by a local animal shelter and won three awards including 'best in show'! He loved all the attention.
There are still occasional medical problems, but now Monster is a favourite with clients, loves sitting on the reception desk to greet people, and given the opportunity he will even make himself comfortable in visitors' cat carriers, or try to get into the bags of cat food they buy. He can still be a 'monster' and bite if people pet him for too long and he has been known to pee on someone's shoes!
The next practice cat, One-eyed Jack, also had his problems when very small. He was brought in, after probably having been abandoned, with a bulging, infected mass where his left eye should have been. We'll skip the details: he lost the eye, but as he was so young he's never known what it's like to have two, so he adjusted well. He's not very sociable, though; unlike Monster, he doesn't much like people, hates being petted and mostly keeps to himself although from time to time he deigns to observe goings-on from a safe chair in the reception area.
Forrest Gimp has also lost an eye, this time the right-hand one. He came in with serious injuries and concussion from an encounter on the State Highway. Dr Miller patched him up and for some reason he reminded her of the character Forrest Gump from the movie and because of his injuries he limped. His preferred name is TipToe, again because of the way he 'tiptoed' around the place during and after his recovery he was very timid around other cats and most people, and always seemed to be on tiptoe! However, his shyness has now long gone and he has become an enthusiastic reception-desk lounger and front-doormat welcomer.
Details and more photos of all the cats, including other much loved residents who suffered terminal illnesses and were gently put to sleep, are to be found on two of the clinic's pages: Clinic Cats and Cat Clinic Photos, or check the site map from the home page. The clinic is also on Facebook.
In late 2010 we learned that all four of the above residents were still going strong: and in addition there were three new ones! We are indebted to practice manager Wendy for supplying us with the following synopsis and photos.
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We have found a companion for the practice cats of Norman, Oklahoma at the Northeast Veterinary Clinic in El Paso, Texas. CC (for Clinic Cat) came to the clinic in late 1999 via a garbage can in which he was found with a broken elbow and a dislocated hip. Surgery was needed to fix both injuries, and while he was recovering the clinic staff fell for him and so he became official mascot of the practice.
His duties include early-morning greetings, maintaining staff morale and acting as 'official paperweight'. When not on duty he enjoys knocking things off desks, pushing buttons on the phone during calls, and entertaining patients in the hospital. He also likes to join staff during their lunch breaks, when he often takes the opportunity of having a nap. And he loves strawberries!
Recently (we think 2011 Ed.) CC has been joined by a second 'clinic kitty', a great, younger companion for CC called Cricket (left).
This information was taken from the clinic's web page for staff, where there were some more pictures of CC. Unfortunately we received a reply to an enquiry in January 2013 that CC 'is no longer with us', and 'he was a wonderful cat'; the additional photos of CC have been removed from that page, with Cricket now the only feline representative pictured in his own right as staff. He has thus taken over as the official 'meeter and greeter', and is also said to be 'the clinic supervisor for quality food control'.
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