We sat down with one of San Diego’s famous couples- Jerry, of the Jeff and Jer Showgram, and Pam Cesak, a well-known philanthropist, and asked them about their pets.
What pets do you currently own?
We live with a household of cats. Anyone who shares their lives with felines knows one thing… you don’t own cats! We also have a tank full of community fish and one small bunny named Sam who was born in the county animal shelter and rescued by Rancho Coastal Humane Society.
How did they come to live with your family?
All of our cats and Sam were adopted from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society with the exception of our sisters, Aja and Isabella. We have friends who run an animal rescue and they called one weekend about two kittens who needed emergency fostering because the military family who was caring for them had to suddenly move. Of course we said yes…. that was nearly four years ago! We fell in love and they are now part of our family. Jerry’s new children’s book, “My Personal Panther,” is about Aja.
How did you find out information about matching a pet to your lifestyle?
I’ve lived with cats since I was four years old. When Jerry and I met he was a dog person but I had two cats. It didn’t take long for Jerry to understand the magic of sharing your life with felines. They make wonderful companions. But of course before adopting any pet make sure you do your homework! There are many great resources including the website of the Humane Society of the United States. Like anything worth having, building a relationship with an animal companion takes time and patience.
Did you have to make any special adjustments to your home to help your pet?
No not really. Cats are quiet and very clean. Cats need to be kept indoors for their own protection and in consideration of birds and outdoor creatures. We were able to add a small, outdoor enclosed area to our home so that our cats can safely venture outdoors and get fresh air.
How did you choose your veterinarian?
We call our vet, Dr. Patricia Ungar, the Buddha of animals. She is not only a DVM but is also trained in acupuncture, herbs and Eastern treatments. Many years ago Patty told us that the best gift you can give your animals is a great diet. Just like people…. pets benefit from diet and exercise.
Any special locations or activities your pet enjoys?
Our youngest cat, Isabella, sleeps with us in the same spot every night. Since she’s been a kitten she’s slept with a small stuffed monkey…it’s really sweet.
What is the absolute strangest or funniest thing your pet does?
I’d have to say it’s Isabella again…. her favorite thing in the world is corn chips. If she hears any type of bag opening she is there in a flash. We only allow one or two…. broken up in very small pieces but she loves them! You can tell she’s a San Diego native.