The Cat With 1.4 Mil­lion Fol­low­ers

Blue eyes, fluffy cheeks, and a great per­son­al­ity: White Cof­fee Cat, a crazy-adorable, can­cer-sur­viv­ing cat, is way more pop­u­lar than pretty much ev­ery­one you know

Modern Cat - - Contents - BY ROSE FROSEK

Blue eyes, fluffy cheeks, and a great per­son­al­ity: White Cof­fee Cat, a crazy-adorable, can­cer-sur­viv­ing cat, is way more pop­u­lar than pretty much ev­ery­one you know.

Though we’ve in­tro­duced you to Pookie Metha­chit­tiphan be­fore, it’s her cat, Nala, you’re likely fa­mil­iar with. Nala has even ap­peared on the cover of this mag­a­zine. Well, it seems su­per-cuteness and Instagram star­dom run in the fam­ily—Pookie’s sec­ond cat, White Cof­fee Cat, is now tak­ing Instagram by storm, too, and landed this is­sue’s cover. Get ready for a dou­ble dose of adorable­ness. An in­aus­pi­cious be­gin­ning…

Pookie adopted Cof­fee, then five months old, from a friend who was no longer able to keep him. It was to prove a for­tu­itous move for them both. When Cof­fee joined the fam­ily, Pookie and her sis­ter Ping started an Instagram ac­count for him, too, and be­ing fe­line-room­mates with Nala, he quickly built a huge fol­low­ing. It was this on­line com­mu­nity that would ul­ti­mately help save him, contributing funds to cover his med­i­cal ex­penses when he was soon di­ag­nosed with can­cer.

Pookie and Ping found two sym­met­ri­cal lumps on Cof­fee’s body while brush­ing him. They took him t0 the vet the very next morn­ing, where x-rays showed ev­i­dence of two en­larged kid­neys. Fur­ther test­ing and an ul­tra­sound in­di­cated that Cof­fee was pos­i­tive for kid­ney lym­phoma.

“The be­gin­ning of this jour­ney was ex­tremely heart­break­ing,” Pookie re­counts. “Cof­fee be­came very sick just one day af­ter the di­ag­no­sis. He didn't show too many signs prior as we re­ceived a di­ag­no­sis quickly. We took him to see an on­col­o­gist im­me­di­ately and started his first round of chemo­ther­apy that same day.”

His first two chemo­ther­apy ses­sions made him nau­seous and “it was very hard to see him so sick,” Pookie shares. They con­sid­ered qual­ity of life over quan­tity, and made a fam­ily agree­ment to con­tinue with the chemo and do what­ever they could to make him as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble. They gave him flu­ids and anti-nau­sea med­i­ca­tions reg­u­larly. Then he lost his ap­petite so they gave him a med­i­ca­tion to in­crease his ap­petite. The med­i­ca­tions helped so they con­tin­ued weekly chemo­ther­apy for three months be­fore tran­si­tion­ing to ev­ery

other week. Cof­fee’s fi­nal rounds of chemo­ther­apy were given to him once a month. And then the mo­ment of truth… af­ter com­plet­ing the chemo­ther­apy pro­gram, his on­col­o­gists in­formed them that there were no signs of can­cer!

“The amaz­ing staff at Cal­i­for­nia Vet­eri­nary Spe­cial­ist held a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony for Cof­fee to cel­e­brate his re­mis­sion. We beat can­cer be­cause we didn't give up, we put full trust in CVS, and we re­mained pos­i­tive even when our hearts ached,” Pookie says.

“Early de­tec­tion saved Cof­fee's life,” she con­tin­ues. “Al­ways take your furry friends to the vet reg­u­larly for well­ness ex­am­i­na­tions. You have to get to know your furry friend's body— brush them reg­u­larly so you can feel if some­thing has changed. Try your best to stay pos­i­tive and reach out for sup­port.”

For Pookie and Ping, their sup­port group in­cluded Cof­fee's many fans. “They’ve been so good to our fam­ily. With­out his fans we don't think we would be able to save him,” Pookie says, ac­knowl­edg­ing the out­pour­ing of pos­i­tive mes­sages and fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions that helped make Cof­fee’s can­cer treat­ment pos­si­ble.

To pay it for­ward, Pookie and Cof­fee work with Kit­ten Res­cue and Milo's Sanc­tu­ary and Pookie hopes “to some­day start a non-profit to as­sist other kit­ties in need of chemo­ther­apy.”

“Cof­fee has taught us about strength and unity,” she con­tin­ues. “He showed us how so­cial me­dia can bring the world to­gether for a com­mon pur­pose and taught us how love can break down bar­ri­ers.”

Above: Pookie and Nala and Ping and Cof­fee (with his eyes closed—so cute!).

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