Modern Cat Photo Contest Entry- Simon Mao a.k.a. "Mao Mao" & Athena a.k.a. "Butt Nose"
Meet: Simon Mao a.k.a. "Mao Mao" & Athena a.k.a. "Butt Nose"
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Mao Mao & Butt Nose (I realize Butt Nose's name may be a bit offensive, but it's very difficult to call her by her given name) were my first two kitties, adopted from the Humane Society I was working at while in college. Considering I'm severely allergic to cats, taking on one kitten (let alone two) was a major decision; the intention was for both of them to be "temporary" until I could find them new homes. Mao Mao came first; he was abandoned by his mother & needed bottle feeding (I even snuck him into class w/ me a few times). Butt Nose came soon after; one of my co-workers asked me to examine her face -- which turned out to be a deformity something equivalent to a cleft lip/palate in people. I loved her from the moment I saw her, deformity & all...it gives her quite a lot of character. That was 12 years ago & they obviously became permanent. Mao Mao & Butt Nose are still best friends <3 Update: Mao Mao survived an unusual case of methemoglobinemia 12/12 & Butt Nose was recently diagnosed w/ lymphoma 9/13.