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Tinkerbelle's Page

Last Updated: 4/11/17

Tinkie on 10/11/08.

Photos and Movies
Story


Photos and Movies

Photos are listed from oldest to newest.

I took a lot of photos and one movie on the day we got Tinkie on 2/2/08. I was cleaning my aquariums which is why there are hoses and light fixtures on the ground. The photos make her look so big but she is tiny.
Tinkie - holding her up
Tinkie - looking upset for some reason (it only lasted a second but the camera caught it)
Tinkie - looking at the camera
Tinkie - climbing the light fixture for the 50 gallon aquarium
Tinkie - looking at the cat fountain
Tinkie - standing on the hose
Tinkie - standing on the hose
Tinkie - sleeping
Tinkie - sleeping. She crawled up in to the junk on the shelf and found the very first cat basket I ever had for my first cat Bootsy. The blue pillow in the basket is newer than that but she decided to sleep there.

Here are three photos from 2/9/08:
Tinkie
Tinkie - playing with the plastic on the paper towels
Tinkie - looking at the dirty aquarium water in the bathtub (yes, she eventually jumped in for a swim!)

Tinkie with GK on the couch on 2/16/08.
Tinkie - close-up on 2/16/08.
Tinkie with GK on the couch asleep on 2/16/08.

These photos are from 3/8/08:
Tinkie - coming to get you!
Tinkie - "Hum, what's in there?"
Tinkie - "You are feeling sleepy."
Tinkie - grooming herself

Tinkie on 3/29/08.

Tinkie on 4/1/08.

Tinkie on 6/9/08.

Tinkie on 7/12/08.

Tinkie on 8/3/08.

I got these rare photos of three of the cats together at the same spot on 10/6/08:
Tinkie, Elvisina, and Gino
Tinkie, Elvisina, and Gino

Tinkie on 10/11/08.
Tinkie on 10/11/08.

Tinkie on 10/14/08 inside the 20 gallon glass aquarium that I was cleaning. Crabby the hermit crab and six-spotted roaches live in there but Tinkie thought it was for her!

These two photos from 11/27/08 show Barney and Tinkie playing together.
Tinkie and Barney
Tinkie and Barney

These photos are from 12/6/08:
Tinkie sitting on my 20 gallon tank on 12/6/08.
Tinkie watching the squirrel. She spends most of Saturday morning trying to get to the squirrels who come for food.
Tinkie and Barney laying together.

From 12/13/08:
Tinkie and Barney laying together.
Tinkie and Barney a few minutes later, asleep.

I had to take this photo of Gino, Barney, and Tinkie all on my bed on 1/6/09:
Gino, Barney, and Tinkie

Tinkie with Harry and Mr. Tiny on 2/8/09. The two boy rabbits were inside for their grooming. Tinkie likes to play with them.

Tinkie - this is what you call a Scott Towels Value Pack! Tinkie likes to get in to the paper towel bag every Saturday such as this day, 2/28/09.

On 4/24/09, I found Tinkie sleeping with her tongue sticking out which Tootsy used to do. When I carried her downstairs, she still had her tongue out so I tried to hold her and get a photo at the same time. This is the result:
Tinkie sticking her tongue out

The kittens were sleeping together and grooming each other on 4/26/09. I missed a photo of the kissing but they were still holding hands.
Barney and Tinkie
Barney and Tinkie - close-up

Tinkie likes to sit on my 20 gallon tank and stick her foot in an opening in the 50 gallon tank. She is hoping to catch a rosy barb. Here she is fishing on 5/29/09:
Tinkie fishing

These two photos are of Tinkie and Barney on 7/4/09:
Barney and Tinkie
Barney and Tinkie

Tinkie lays on my aquariums a lot. Here she is on 8/16/09 laying on my 20 gallon freshwater tank while her head rests on my 12 gallon nano cube reef tank.
Tinkie on my aquariums

Gino, Tinkie, and Barney on 9/6/09.
Gino, Tinkie, and Barney on 9/6/09, left to right.

Tinkie on 10/10/09.

I set up the 50 gallon Rubbermaid tub basement pond on 10/20/09. Tinkie and Barney were anxious to "help."
Basement tub pond with their assistants.

Tinkie and squirrel on 10/24/09. I did the movie below at the same time. The squirrel is a female gray squirrel.

Tinkie and squirrel on 1/30/10. This squirrel is a black variant of the gray squirrel.

Barney and Tinkie on 5/26/10.
Tinkie on 5/26/10.

Tinkie on 7/3/10.

Tinkerbelle - watching the guinea pig on 4/20/11.

I love this photo from 4/28/11, how could I not put it up as a photo and not a link! This is my little angel!

Tinkie on 7/18/11.

These photos are from 2/24/12 when Tinkerbelle was sitting in the cat seat of the upgraded guinea pigs' cage called Pigtopia:
Tinkie
Tinkie
Tinkie - close-up

Tinkie on 8/28/12.

Tinkie on the new cat climbing tower, 9/13/12.

Tinkie on 10/15/12.

Tinkie and Emmy in the crib on 11/7/12.

Tinkie in the cat perch on Pigtopia (guinea pig cage) on 1/25/13.

Tinkie in the guinea pig cage on 1/26/13. I was cleaning the cage when my mother ordered me to do something for her. I left the door open, and I found Tinkie at home inside when I got back. The guinea pigs were a big confused!

From 6/30/13:
Tinkie
Tinkie

From 7/28/13:
Tinkie
Tinkie

From 8/24/13:
Emmy, Barney, and Tinkie
Emmy, Barney, and Tinkie - Barney is yawning.
Emmy, Barney, and Tinkie - Emmy is stretching.

Tinkie on my 50 gallon aquarium on 9/12/13.

Tinkie and Emmy on 9/14/13.

Tinkie helping me to wrap presents on 9/21/13.

Tinkie who showed up in a photo of my rabbit, Mr. Tiny, on 10/12/13.

On 1/25/14, I had my two rabbits out together, and Emmy and Tinkie showed up to check them out.
Tinkie is in the bottom of both of these photos:
Rabbits and Cats
Rabbits and Cats

Tinkie on 5/22/14.

Here are some photos of my rabbit, Mr. Tiny, on 6/1/14 after his bath. Tinkerbelle, was helping.
Mr. Tiny and Tinkerbelle
Mr. Tiny and Tinkerbelle

I have bookend cats!
Emmy and Tinkie on 6/6/14.

Barney, Tinkie, and Emmy from left to right on 6/7/14 playing with a laser toy.

Tinkie and Emmy on 8/20/14.

Tinkie on 9/7/14:
Tinkie on her scratching chair
Tinkie facial close-up
Tinkie nice profile
Tinkie rubbing the bars

Tinkie on the mouse tank the day I got the mice on 11/12/14.

Tinkie on the mouse tank on 01/10/15.

Tinkie and Tutty on 2/2/15. He wants in. She only gets along with him when there is glass between them! King Tut spent half the winter in the basement, and Tinkie kept fighting with him under the door. Tutty cannot be free in the house because he attacks Barney.

Tinkie on 2/14/15, my Valentine.

From 3/5/15:
Tinkie
Tinkie

Tinkie on 3/28/15, showing off her tummy.

Three cats on 10/22/15; from left to right, Barney, Emmy, and Tinkie.

Tinkie being held by my niece on 3/30/16.

It was a Tinkie Christmas on 12/25/16:
Tinkie
Tinkie

Tinkie on 1/24/17.

Videos:

The first two videos are on Fishpondinfo while the rest are on You Tube.

Video - 1759 KB, mpg file - Tinkie on 2/2/08.

Tinkerbelle and Squirrel - 1623 KB, mpg movie.
Tinkie on 10/24/09. She was waving at a female gray squirrel using the feeder. Once I did the video, she only gave me one wave.

Male dark-phase Eastern gray squirrel taken around April of 2012. He was eating seeds at the window. Yes, he is black. The video ends with Tinkerbelle.

Video of Barney, Emmy, Gino, and Tinkerbelle playing on 10/15/12.

Tinkie and Gino in December of 2012.

Aquarium and Tinkie on 1/30/14. The video starts with my peppermint shrimp but pans to Tinkie who was sitting on the other saltwater tank when I did the video.

Tinkie riding her Fast Cat wheel on 6/5/15.


Story

On 2/2/08, my mother went to the pet store and adopted a kitten. We named her Tinkerbelle for a few reasons. My niece said a few weeks earlier that we should name a new kitten Tinkerbell. I added the e on the end so it spells "belle" which is French for beautiful (feminine). Her various knicknames include Tinkie, Tinkus, Tinker, Tinkiebelle, Tinkie-Winkie, and Puss-Puss.

I found her from this Pet Finder ad. Note that it is "Maine Coon" and not "Main Coon." There was no photo with the ad which I found on Friday, 2/1/08.
"These are four beautiful girls who are part Main Coon. They are 9 weeks old and ready to go. They were saved from the kill shelter in Baltimore and taken to foster care by a caring person. They will be ready and available for adoption at [text omitted]. If you want one of these I suggest you get there at high noon as they won't last long!!! They are beautiful, friendly and ready to go."

By the time my mother got there are 12:30 pm, only one kitten was left. Tinkie was the runt. My mother saw two other of the kittens who were still there with their new caretakers. Those girls had white paws.

Tinkie looks to me like a silver tabby with medium length hair. The adoption woman insists that she is a brown tabby. Our second cat, Tootsy was a long haired silver tabby. The adoption woman says that Tinkie has been checked out by a vet for various things and is fine but I will get her to the vet early in the week to make sure.

They named this kitten "Hilda." She is super sweet as she was bottle fed and hand raised. She loves to purr, cuddle, and jump around like most kittens. They say her birth date is 11/27/07.

Tinkie is being kept in a bathroom for a week or two for a number of reasons. First, she learns where the litter pan and her stuff is. Second, it gives the other fours cats a chance to get used to her sounds and smells before even attempting to have them meet and hopefully get along. Gino (the only male) is dominant. If he accepts her, she will be fine. If not, ut oh. Time will tell. As I was finishing up this page, Gino saw Tinkie for the first time. His eyes went as big as saucers. He stared for about five minutes. Then, the biggest hiss ever came from him. So far, not so good. Later, all the cats would get a chance to hiss at her.

Tinkie had really runny, yellow diarrhea the first few days we had her. She finally got to the vet on 2/5/08. He looked in the fecal float for worms and cocciodiosis (a single celled protozoan that can cause diarrhea). He did not see any but decided since it would not do her any harm to give her de-wormer one more time (the rescuers did it twice before) and also put her on an anti- cocciodiosis medication. She is getting 0.45 mL once a day for 10 days of Albon liquid (not sure of the concentration). Tinkie weighs 1.8 pounds. She got a distemper shot (they gave her one a month before). The rescuers also had her tested for feline leukemia, feline AIDS, and ringworm which were all negative. Her ears are a little waxy but no ear mites.

The vet says she should be spayed in May when around 5 months old and also get a microchip then (so it does not hurt while she is under). Her first rabies shot will be at 4 months old. We go back in a month for another distemper shot.

By 2/7/08, Tinkie's diarrhea was not better. I think she may also have been vomiting. I did not see it but the yellow stuff all over the room looks like at least some of it might be vomit. I decided to try some supplements to get good bacteria and fiber into her gut. I mixed some Metamucil and Pro-Zyme into some plain yogurt. These were very small amounts in a few tablespoons of yogurt. She ate it but she was no better the next day. I called and talked to a different vet at the practice on 2/8/08. She said we could put her on Flagyl (metronidazole). It has the bonus of treating for giardia if she happens to have that. Along with worms and cocciodiosis, it can cause diarrhea in kittens. She got 0.2 mL (from a concentration of 125 mg/mL) once a day of that for a week. She hated it. It made her foam at the mouth immediately. But, it seemed to have worked at first. A day later, she made about three semi-formed feces. I disinfected the bathroom and things seemed cleaner. I let her out of the bathroom the next day. Within a few days, the diarrhea was back.

As of 2/17/08, Tinkie still has diarrhea. I am calling the vet tomorrow for an appointment. I have new knicknames for Tinkie: Tinkus, Tink-less, Tink-lees, Tink-ness.

On 2/16/08, I gave Tinkie some Bene-Bac (which I had been trying to get since I got her) which resulted in a high fever the day after when she just laid around all day. She also started sneezing. By that night, the diarrhea ended. So, when I took her to the vet on 2/18/08, he pronounced her perfectly healthy. Her fever had broken. As of 2/24/08, she has not had diarrhea again. In case it came back or her sneezing got worse, the vet gave me amoxicillin but I never used it. She was up to 2.2 pounds. The vet also gave me WD cans insisted the disgusting stuff would help her. She got better without it but still eats a lot of the dry WD that is out for Gino and Elvisina. I wish she ate the good stuff and not the mix of pig lard, by-products, and corn. When was the last time you saw a house cat hunt down and kill a pig and then eat its lard and then some corn? I so wish they made organic and/or all natural vet diets. Gino and Elvisina have only gotten fatter with duller hair since they went off organic natural food due to health problems.

Tinkie went to the vet on 3/4/08 for her next distemper shot. She was up to 3.1 pounds and is growing so fast.

Tinkie had her next distemper shot and her first rabies shot on 4/1/08. She was up to 4.2 pounds.

Tinkie was spayed and microchipped (Home Again) on 5/14/08. She did really well. Her weight was up to 4.8 pounds. When we got home though, I would hear her fight with herself because when she would bend, it would hurt, and she would get mad. She recovered quickly. I also had the vet look at her tail as the last inch was kinked or broken. He said nothing needed to be done; it is pretty common. Her total spay cost was $324! Correct me if I am wrong but that is awfully steep!

On 3/31/09, Tinkie had her checkup and got distemper and rabies shots. She is only 7.6 pounds but she is small boned. Everyone at the vet liked her as she is very laid back with very soft fur.

Tinkie had her checkup on 3/30/10. Her weight is 7.7 pounds. Because she is tiny, I call her Littles and Little Angel. She got a distemper shot. The vet could not find anything wrong because she is near perfect!

Tinkie's yearly checkup was on 3/29/11. She is up to 8.1 pounds! She got a distemper shot. She was a good girl as always. I mentioned that she had spent time (a few hours a day for 10 days) on the cage of a guinea pig that my mother got that turned out to have ringworm. We do not see any signs on Tinkie but will keep an eye out for them. It would turn out that the only bald spot I saw on Tinkie was a permanent one on her ear.

Tinkie had her yearly checkup on 4/3/12. Her weight was up to 8.8 pounds. She got a distemper and a rabies shot. She was a sweetheart.

Tinkie had her yearly checkup on 4/11/13. Her weight was 8.7 pounds. She got a distemper shot (three year). I asked about two unusual spots on her anus and was told that they were her anal glands. My dog's were above that area so I did not know.

Tinkie's check up was on 4/11/14. Her weight was up to 9.2 pounds. I paid to have her anal glands expressed as she has been overly sensitive to touch and even bit me twice (which she never does), and I think they really hurt her. They squeezed out what I thought was a lot of yucky stuff. We had to wait 20 minutes for the vet after they weighed her. I held her, and she cowered for a few minutes and then wanted down. She went to the counter and tried to dig behind the vet stuff. I tried to put her in the carrier, and she clawed my neck. She was petrified so I let her go back to the counter. I moved the vet's display so she could hide behind it. She tried to a dig a hole through the wall to escape.

On 8/17/14, I went to trim Tinkie's nails, and she squeaked in pain. I figured she had lost one of her nails, probably in one of her fights with "new" cat King Tut. A week later, I confirmed that one of the nails on her left front foot is gone.

Tinkie had her check up on 4/6/15. She was 9.6 pounds. She got a rabies shot. She was purring for the vet tech. I had the vet (a new girl who just graduated!) express her anal glands. It took her a while but finally one side came out like black cheese (and just missed me but got all over her). The other side was more liquidy.

Tinkie had a check up on 4/7/16. They were all worrying because she lost 1.5 pounds (down to 8 pounds) but then I remembered that I had stopped free-feeding in May of 2015 so weight loss after that is normal. She got rabies and distemper shots. I had them do her anal glands. The vet thought they looked infected so she gave her an expensive Convenia antibiotic shot. Since she is getting older (no!!!), they took some blood for a baseline. Tinkie was an angel while there; everybody fell in love with her. Her bloodwork came back normal.

Tinkie had a check up on 4/6/17. She got a rabies shot. They drew blood and took urine by cystocentisis, and all the results were normal. When they went to do her anal glands, nothing came out but they still charged me! They also charged me for her nails but I did not ask them to do her nails (I have no trouble doing them), and they did not need it! Luckily, I got credit on my account for that.


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