A puddy with a purpose.
It was Smoggy’s destiny from day one, to be the face of Faster Pussycat Productions. Born on the 1st of April 1989, he had an extremely comfortable life since being chosen from two other kittens at the RSPCA, Victoria in August 1989. Sadly, there are not many pictures of him as a kitten because he was adopted. Growing up in Middle Park, Smoggy spent most days plotting the demise of the sparrows he would watch through the front windows, and so he spent most of his formative years by the sea side in a very lazy manner.
The fickle finger of fate.
In 2000 he moved to South Melbourne and lapped up all the exciting sights and sounds that living so close to the South Melbourne Market brought. Unfortunately on an ordinary Friday in March 2001, I found that his left eye was filled with blood and he was rushed to the vet. He was diagnosed with glaucoma (pressure behind the eye). It all happened so fast but thanks to his vets, Roslyn Nichol & Associates (Elwood) and the Animal Eye Care Clinic (Malvern), he had his eye removed and he came out fighting fit and better than ever. With help from his medication for high blood pressure, Smoggy had adjusted well to his new monocled view to life... after a few bumps in the night.
A long-deserved retirement.
Since moving to the retirement home in Elsternwick, 2003, Smoggy lost some sight in his good eye but that didn’t stopped him... what a little trooper! Life was good to Smoggy with three years of enjoying sun bathing on the balcony and fireside sleeps on his favourite cushion. On October 1st, 2006, he had a health hiccup with a seizure, and then was diagnosed with a heart murmur and hyperthyroidism. He was doing really well on his medication but then one day, a month later... his heart just stopped and he was gone. He lived a full and wonderful life of seventeen and half years and he will be in our hearts forever for being a purrrfect little guy! Rest in peace Sweetie. x
Smoggy made an all-out assault on the web.
Web domination by design.
We’re convinced that the web was invented for the spread of pictures of pussycats. Smoggy concurred and put this into action! See his many moods at the following sites:
- Smoggy’s Flickr Photo Album – when too many images are never enough, here’s more of our star!
- Smoggy’s World Famous Calendar – Smoggy has made friends all around the world... see photos of Smoggy with his friends and out on day trips.
- Catster – A personalised gallery where you can give Smoggy a virtual treat.
- Kitten War – Vote for the mature cat who was a kitten at heart.
- Mean Kitty – Sounds more sinister than it really is... just a misunderstood feline.
- Cats in Sinks – Smoggy is in there somewhere amongst the sinks.
- Smoggy’s Kitten Club | photos – helping Lort Smith Animal Hospital’s kittens to get a good start in life.
- Smoggy’s Kitten Club | videos – when a photo just doesn’t do the moment justice... see the video.
The life and times of Smoggy the wondercat:
This month’s quote
“To respect the cat is the beginning of the aesthetic sense.”
Erasmus Darwin (1731—1802).
English physician, philosopher, physiologist, inventor and poet.