nosomi means hope in japanese. her first name was/is miss nibbles. it seems she used to nibble he ears of her first owners, and thus her name. since she is five, we will probably still refer to her as ms nibbles, but we have most certainly changed her name to nosomi.
 
she has come to us from living in a comic book store back room. the other cat and the dog that her owner has at home will not accept her. could be the allergic problem she has been fighting, which has resulted in her immune system going into overdrive, and leaving her with raw spots from licking her itchy skin. it could be her birth defect. its likely her mother got into some people medication when she was pregnant, and the whole litter had something wrong with it. hers happens to be a cleft palate. hence the funny smile. doesnt impede her eating, however. the itchy skin seems to be the only deterrent to any of her activities, including the howl and hiss dance currently engaged in by all the cats here while introductions are being made. its kind of funny to see her licking away at her back, or legs, and trying to hiss and growl at the same time.
 
she was pretty freaked out when we first brought her home. we took her into the bathroom first thing, and gave her a bath. it didnt go too badly, considering she was in a new place, with new people, and had never had a bath before. but she was kind of dirty, and every one has gotten a bath before entering the household. she wasnt real hungry, and hung out under the couch most of the afternoon. i put her new cage together, and set it up for comfort. it sits nicely next to sammys cage. she seemed to welcome the refuge, after meeting three feisty cats, and one old cat. the dogs were mildly interested, but have more engaging interests, like eating, running out the back door after squirrels, and the new puppy next door.
 
today nosomi is much bolder. she isnt running to hide now. still cautious, she is checking out her new home in between licking frantically. she even had some breakfast. we will begin the steroids tonight, prescribed by our vet to treat the inflammation, and i think will help ease the itching as well. once the raw spots on her belly and lip, and inside her mouth, are cleared up, she will really have a charming smile.
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