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

Ultra Expanding Soft-Sided Cat Carrier

This is a great convertible cat carrier that is both airline approved and conveniently expandable to provide extra space while keeping your kitty safe.  This is a soft-sided cat carrier that, when the expansion areas are closed, is approved for many airlines for in-cabin travel.  The great benefit of...

Soft Plush Refillable Catnip Mouse Toy

Our cats love this soft mouse toy from SmartyKat. Madcap Mouse is a soft toy with plush "fur" on its body and a soft face with a shorter pile. The mouse has a short tail, whiskers, and leopard-pattern ears.

Ten Fun Novelty Cat Beds

Cat beds are an affordable way to make your kitty feel at home in various spots in your house. Cats like to have a space for themselves, and the more comfort zones you add for kitty, the happier kitty will be. Cat beds and cozy snuggle...

Compressed Catnip & Silvervine Kitty Station

This is an interesting product that has three different types of plant materials that are known attractants for cats. Clumps of catnip, silvervine, and gall nut have been compressed into ball shapes. The three balls fit into a mount that can be attached to the wall or just...