Goodbye Mycroft: Unofficial Vet Mascot Dies

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By JEFF RIDGWAY

Special to Circling the News

I just found out [in May] that Mycroft, the larger of the two cat-brothers who have lived in Dr. Kathy’s [Kathy Litochelb] Pali Vet Offices for the past few years, has just died.

He and his more sociable brother, Sherlock, were often seen in the window, napping and/or people-watching, at night especially.

I would ask people passing by if they wanted to see the ‘biggest cat in the world,’ referring to Sherlock – and then tell people that “his brother is even BIGGER!”

Mycroft was truly a ‘larger than life’ Palisadian.  Poor Sherlock is all alone now – except for his dozens of friends and admirers.

Veterinarian Dr. L took both cats in when the owner couldn’t continue to pay for the expensive medications both cats required. That’s how they became the Vet Center mascots, and a feline destination point during walks in the evening to say ‘Goodnight’ thru the window on Via de la Paz.

(Editor’s note: The two cats are/were Maine Coon and are considered native to America because they’ve been on this continent since the colonial days, and perhaps longer. According to pet finder, “Maine Coon fans say that the popularity is due to the breed’s large size, intelligence, luxuriant coat, hardy disposition, and devotion to their human family. Maine Coons are kittens in big cat suits, gentle giants who are playful well into old age, as well as jumbo-sized packages of loving devotion.”) 

Pacific Palisades Veterinary Center is located on 853 Via de la Paz, (310) 573-7707 or visit: palivet.com.

When the owner couldn’t afford the medication of two Maine Coon cats, the animals came to live on Via de la Paz.

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