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Hank The Cat

Sometimes goes by the name of: Hanky, Henry, and Crank


Hank the logo

Hank is examined by Dr. Annie Wayne of Angell Animal Medical Center 4 (credit MSPCA-Angell).JPG

Henry The Cat was rescued from a kill shelter by Vanessa’s cousin who had seen the personality of a kitty that was unlike any other. As a young kitten Henry had digestive trouble and it was clear he would need specific care to help him adjust to eating normally. While in the shelter Henry would drag around any object he deemed important. This behavior continued as Henry got older, the objects became stranger but Henry still would bring gifts. Henry was known for gifting pencils, socks, anything with string, and his most prized possessions were screwdrivers. Henry even caught a mouse once… but that is a story for another time.
As Henry aged, he became more of an old man Hank. He enjoyed eating, sleeping, and… well that is about it. Around 2013 we started to notice that something was wrong with our buddy. He was overeating and seeking out water constantly. He became lethargic and we brought him to the emergency animal hospital in Boston. Hank was diagnosed with kidney failure. Hank was very lucky to have exceptional care. His team at the hospital even featured him in one of their stories about kidney disease. We tried not let it get to his head though.
We traveled out of town often and becuase of Hank’s need for twice daily subcutaneous fluids, we needed a sitter who was skilled in cat care. We were thrilled when we found a veterinary technician who was willing to come to our home. In 2014, prior to moving to Texas, we had to say goodbye to Hank. The logo is a nod to him and to all the other kitties who need medical care.

The inception of Austin Cat Sitters

We often get asked how we decided to start Austin Cat Sitters and the answer is quite simple, we needed someone to sit our cats. After losing Hank and moving to Texas we felt that our old lady cat, Courtalee was lonely and needed a buddy. Becuase Courtalee is antique we knew she would prefer the company of a more mature cat. We visited Austin Pets Alive and asked who was the oldest kitty they had and were introduced to Miss Cleo (not to be confused with the 90s telephone psychic). Cleo had been surrendered by an elderly owner who could no longer take care of her as Cleo had developed stomach problems.