Hi! My name is Shadi and I’m the founder of National Kitty. And this is my cat, Moosh!

Moosh is my inspiration – he’s my muse! I’d like to tell you the story of how I found Moosh and ultimately decided to create National Kitty.

A Rough Start

It all started on a Sunday in May of 2017 when was taking a walk along a local nature trial. I heard a tiny cry in the distance.

I soon realized those tiny cries of desperation were from an injured kitten taking shelter under a tree. I slowly moved closer to the kitten and carefully held it in my arms.

He didn’t panic or try to run away – that’s when I knew he was seriously injured.

The skin from his jaw had been peeled off, leaving his mouth bloody and bare.  His right paw was limp, but his left paw clung desperately to my shirt.

I rushed home with the kitten and cleaned off its wounds. He was so exhausted that he denied food and water. He used his last bit of energy to crawl in my lap and fall asleep.

At first, I didn’t think he was going to make it. All I could do was cry because I was too late.

But after 8 hours of sleep, he finally woke up! Little by little, he started eating wet cat food and drinking water. By the next morning, he was ready to go see the vet.

He slept like this for 8 hours!

The Road to Recovery  

The vet said he suffered trauma from an impact – either a car accident or falling out of a tree.

His limp was because of nerve damage to his right paw and the doctor was unsure if it would ever heal. In fact, it might even get amputated if he continued to drag it and form painful sores.

He referred us to a veterinary neurosurgeon in a neighboring town. As for his mouth, the skin from his jaw had been detached – this meant the exposed skin was like a bare wound that would never scab over.

He would be in pain anytime anything touched the bare skin and it made him very susceptible to infection.

This is a video of Moosh’s limp before seeing the neurosurgeon.

The Big Surgery

I immediately made an appointment with the veterinary neurologist. There was a 50/50 chance his leg would ever heal.

All they could do was put his leg in a cast and hope for the best. The cast was positioned in such a way that he would learn to put his weight on his leg instead of dragging it and causing sores.

But there was a good solution to heal his mouth! Moosh would need to be put under anesthesia for surgery.

His skin would be stretched from the bottom of his mouth back to his gum line and stitched up for a couple of months. And the surgery was a success!

Where is Moosh today?

Moosh’s leg never healed. He still has a limp when he walks, but at least he doesn’t drag his leg behind him anymore. I’m very grateful he didn’t have to have it amputated.

It was a long road to recovery but he’s a happy and healthy kitty now! He enjoys his days lounging in front of the window and enjoying the sunshine.

I decided to name him Moosh which means “mouse” in Persian, my first language.

When I was child, I read a book about a little boy who wanted a dog more than anything in the world. Instead of getting a dog, his parents ended up getting him a kitten which he named “dog” and grew to love very much.

I enjoyed the irony of the story, and wanted my cat’s name to have a humorous twist.

National Kitty

Moosh is my favorite companion! I love him more than anyone could possibly imagine.

He brings me so much joy and helps me get through the hardest days. I realize that there are so many people like me who consider their feline friends family.

During Moosh’s journey, I found myself doing a lot of research on cat health and cat behavior to help him in any way I could.

I quickly realized that so many other people were doing exactly what I was doing – trying their hardest to give their cats the best life. This inspired me to start writing my own articles about cat health and cat news.

I created National Kitty for cat lovers to learn more about their cats, read positive stories, and be a part of a community of people who consider their feline friends family.

If you want to keep up with Moosh and I, follow us on Instagram or join our Facebook group!

We love making new friends!


Nappy nap!

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