The story of Mr. Pirate, possibly the best cat EVAR


Hi, my name is dr. Yuri Burstyn I’m a veterinarian in Vancouver BC and I’d like to welcome you to my series of practical skills for pet owners I’m very excited to be making this video today I am I think I promised you guys that once we hit a hundred thousand subscribers I would share with you the story of mr pirate and how he came into my life and I couldn’t honestly I couldn’t wait for that to happen because I Absolutely want to tell you this story and here we are and fittingly of course, he’s on my shoulder right now his butt May or may not be blocking the microphone, but please forgive any sound issues you may have and before I get into it please remember to squish that subscribe button and to pet the bail notification icon next to it so that you guys get Updates on my latest uploads live streams and any other time videos goodness is happening So now that you’ve done all that, let me tell you about how I met Mr P so as some of you may have heard I attended veterinary school in Sydney Australia, like most of its students I spent a certain amount of time in vet clinics volunteering observing getting sort of experience before Completing my professional training in the summer between first and second year of vet school I was hanging out at a veterinary clinic on the Central Coast just north of Sydney And if I remember correctly, it was during lunch were in the staff room at lunch and a woman came to the front desk off the veterinary clinic and with her was a box and in the box were two kittens and She had found this box at Wyong train station with two kittens abandoned inside both beautiful little cute Tabby’s who were maybe a week hold to their eyes? Luckily the hand quite opened yet, or maybe they were just opening up so around a week old And she said that she wanted to raise them But two kittens was too much work and she was wondering if there was anyone at the clinic who’d wanted to raise a kitten So of course everybody said Yuri, you’re a vet student every vet student should raise at least one kitten in their life And I can’t say this is wrong I think everyone should have this experience vet student or no, but especially vets Now when I went when I moved to Australia I was going there for school I knew I was gonna be in Australia for five years and I would just finished my undergraduate degree in Canada before then and I never I didn’t have a pet But I grew up with pets I had Pat’s my whole life before going off to university and I always had this thought that maybe when I went to Australia I would adopt some like mangy old undesirable Senior feline, you know, just some sick old thing that was you know 17 years old and nobody else would want it and I was gonna adopt this cat and give him or her a nice place to live and It was kind of thinking it’s probably unlikely. They would live longer than my tenure in Australia. I Certainly did not plan on adopting a kitten and of course on that morning. Everyone was telling me how oh, excuse me One moment. I feel some feline motion No, and of course that morning everybody was telling me Telling your story mr. Pete So that morning everyone was telling me about how the Australian SPCA No, I don’t know if this is still the case but back in those days they would not accept cats less than one kilogram in size just Mostly because they were just flooded with kittens and this is really sad that there’s so many kittens They were just euthanized anything other than one kilo or under one kilo is just too much work for them to handle There’s too many cases. Unfortunately, this is often a problem that faces animal shelters everywhere in the world So everybody was telling me oh you just have to raise him for a few weeks and once he’s a kilo the SPCA will take him and He’s not gonna be a problem anymore. So Naturally four and a half years later. He was flying back to Canada with me. So clearly that didn’t happen But I said, all right. Yeah, I’ll raise a kitten. Absolutely. I love cats. I’m enthusiastic vet student. I will definitely raise a cat and It just so happens that On that day, I had Some photos taken now. I want to share them with you. This is this photo is taken and I think 1 megapixel flip phone Motorola camera, very very old-school so the quality of these images is not the best but you can see a picture of a 22 year old me and The one we called, mr. Pirate and you’ll see mr. Pyatt earning his name So he’ll look here you’ll see this chubby little cat Fitting in the pocket of my scrubs. He was so small. He could just fit right into my breast pocket yeah, can you believe it fired you’re at that small and Over here you can see a photo of mr. Pirate earning his name you can see it a little tabby splotch climbing up on my shoulder is the first thing he did when he Came into my life was he climbed out of a box founded why on train station and right up on my shoulder No, it just so happens that I’m a big fan of fantasy and adventure novels big fan of history And I was playing Sid Meier’s pirates at the time so When he climbed up on my shoulder I thought this is a little parrot not a cat but mister but parrot wasn’t very good name. So I thought pirate Ah, it’s gonna be pirate and so he became mr. Pirate right away just as soon as he climbed up on my shoulder I just knew that this was his natural habitat Isn’t that right little guy So and he pretty much lived on my shoulder ever since the end Ok, not really the end, but it was certainly a beginning So I spent luckily this was during summer break. So I spend the next seven weeks learning how to raise a kitten bottle feeding this little guy a Couple times a day probably doing it up as often in the middle of the night as I should have to bottle feed him toileting him I don’t know how many of you guys know this but Kittens can’t pour pee until they’re about five or six weeks old on her own They need stimulation of the perineum which their mother provides with a tongue and which humans provide with a little wet paper towel So every time you feed a kitten there’s a kind of stroke under their tail Until they pee or poop because they just there’s that just the way they’re built. That’s the way the physiology works So I was feeding him milk replacer toileting him and he mostly spent most of that time living on my shoulder. I did live in a shared house with some pretty awesome people at the time, so He had a lot of humans giving him a lot of love My mate Simon Simon if you’re watching this Missy did Is like six foot six, I believe he’s got massive shoes and mr Pirate used to climb into running shoes and just curl up inside of there and have naps it Was that small sleeping inside of running shoes? He would sleep in that beanbag chairs that we had a living room and just sink right down till you couldn’t see a cat anymore It’s a miracle. Nobody sat on him at that time. Oh and I have to show you a story about weaning him. So a Couple weeks into having mr. Pirate. I Realized that at some point cats need to start eating solid food and I start reading about weaning kittens And I read that weaning happens sometime between six and eight weeks of age. And for those of you that don’t know weaning refers to Getting a cat off of milk or getting any mammal off a Millikan onto their adult food, whatever It may be being a high-strung vet student Once I read this I decided that I have to wean him right away and I just started Essentially, I just started putting out kitten food and mixing it with milk replacer and I think I winged him way too early probably in Like the space of three days at six weeks of age, which is really there’s no need for panic I could have just taken my time, but I speed weaned him and it was hilarious because I had a little Saucer of milk with some cat food in it, and mr Pirate because he had no proper cat mother to show him how to eat food you just open his mouth and just walk across the saucer and He would just walk across the saucer scooping food He was like a little little whale shark Does you just walk back and forward the saucer and like some food would have in his mouth every time it was the most? Ridiculous thing ever. It’s one of the many ways in which I failed him so Time came and went and eventually this little guy got to be over one kilo in size and one morning I looked at him. He looked back at me and I’ll admit for about one sixtieth of a second. I thought oh my god. Is it time to say goodbye to him? and then I immediately realized that there’s no way in hell I was gonna be parted from this awesome little cat whom I raised and That was that he we decided to Be roommates together and he’s been a huge part of my life ever since he’s traveled with me from Australia to Canada to the States back to Canada from being a vet student to being a Doctor being an intern being practice owner. He’s been with me through it all so Of course He flew back from Australia with me a poor little guy probably the most traumatic thing that ever happened to him Unfortunately, he had to go in the luggage compartment under the plane. You can’t take cats with you in the Passenger compartment for the long-haul flights. I mean it was like over 20 hour flight, I think But he handled it pretty well and I remember having asking the stewardesses to check on him during our layover in Hawaii And because I couldn’t go to the luggage compartment for safety reasons But they checked on him and ensured me he was fine and for something for which I’m ever grateful so if you guys have seen this video, thank you once more it was really lovely and I Think that is a pretty good summary of pirates early years He had a bit of a rough start and a box at a train station and bit of a rough first started being raised by By the 22 year old version of me. They didn’t really know what he was doing But he seems to have turned out. Okay, I think they were very good close and loving relationship with him and I’m very very very happy that he’s a part of my life. It’s just being my little buddy For so so many years and Hopefully will be my little buddy for many many more and I’m pretty much his mother. I think that’s way he sees me I’m okay with that Certain I get more likes from him than I do from any other cat I’ve ever met And he gets more shoulder rights for me than any cat usually gets from their human So it’s a very very balanced relationship and he helps me make youtube videos which for which I’m also very very thankful So I hope you found a story of mr. Pirates origins both enlightening and amusing and Hopefully I will have a chance to share many many many more adventures of mr Pirate and you guys over the coming years If you’d like to see more videos like this, I would really appreciate your support which you can express by joining me on patreon where I have a wonderful community of patrons already or By getting some squished like cat merchandise like this t-shirt. I also have mugs and a bunch of other stuff So please support me I look forward to making more videos like this and until next time have fun with your pets and I’ll see you again

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