Meet Our Cats: Gumby

We started fostering Gumby via Pet Rescue by Judy (PRBJ) in October of 2013. Since we didn't have other cats in our home at the time, they gave us Gumby, who is FIV+. He was our first foster and he made a failure of us -- we officially adopted Gumby on July 25, 2014. At that time his age was estimated to be about 4 years old.

We read about what it meant to have an FIV+ cat. We learned from other foster cat families that had met Gumby that he was a cat's cat -- he loves to spend time with fellow felines. With PRBJ we fostered a few more cats who were adopted out, before we decided to leave the program. Gumby was especially a great mentor to kittens and shy cats.

Gumby gets along great with his two brothers from another mother. The above photo is from a few years back when Timmy and William moved in with us. He is the dominant kitty in our home, but he rules with a gentle paw. He even lets the younger cats win play fights with him... sometimes.

Gumby is in great health for his age and condition. He has food sensitivities and when we first got him he had some skin issues. We had to give him baths a few times as his skin was healing -- he didn't like it but he behaved like a champ in the tub!

Gumby's skin issues were finally resolved once we found the right brand of grain-free food for him. He still has a sensitive stomach and if he gets too excited before mealtime, he has a tendency to regurgitate his food. We manage this with smaller meals and a set mealtime routine which greatly mitigates this issue.

Gumby's Likes

  • Baking himself in sunbeams
  • Chasing laser lights
  • Meeting strangers
  • Being brushed

Gumby's Dislikes

  • Visits to the vet
  • When dinner is late
  • Crunchy sounds
  • Snakes

Posts Featuring Gumby

Drinkwell Steel Water Fountain for Cats

Does your kitty love running water? You don't have to leave a tap on all day to keep your cat happy. Consider buying a purpose-made cat fountain water dish like this one for your water-loving feline!

Prevent Cat Wire Chewing with Split Loom Tubing

Alternative use product alert! One of our kitties (it's William) has a thing for chewing on wires. He especially likes Apple product wires and other similarly pliable round cables. They're his favorite thing and he's already chewed through several iPhone chargers and even our Amazon Echo wire! William is the reason we couldn't play Christmas music in our living room on Christmas day. We tried a few options and found this great solution: split loom tubing.

Katz Kicker Plush Crinkle Kitty Toy

These fun toys are great for cats to "fight" with and attack! They are called "kicker" toys because their shape is perfect for grabbing with the front paws and kicking with the legs, also known as a bunny kick.

Best-Seller Cat Activity Center Toy

This is a cute cat toy that will look darling in your house. The mat with hanging toys is designed to look like a ladybug. The four fun hanging teaser toys means it will keep kitty occupied!