Monthly Archives: June 2011

Kitty Health Update

By The Kitties Mommy

I think things have calmed down a little after two weeks of trips to the vet and follow-ups to see how the afflicted kitties were progressing. Here’s an update.

TENNYSON: After having the 7 teeth pulled and the rest cleaned, Tennyson is back to being himself. Withdrawn while suffering the tooth pain and infection, he is now back to being outgoing and in as much mischief as before.

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TGGER: The struggle with UTI is over for now. Since he has an indwelling catheter he is more prone to UTI’s, so we keep a close eye on our big boy. His heart murmur is still a class 3 according to sound, but Dr. Kevin reminds me that we don’t know what is taking place inside his heart. If it is taking the same path as Amy’s he is on borrowed time. This only makes him more precious to us and we cherish each day with him.

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LISA: All her blood work indicates lymphoma and x-rays show a thickening of the intestinal wall. She takes prednisone every other day to reduce inflammation.   Dr. Kevin says she is doing very well and should hold her own unless or until an actual tumor forms. She was diagnosed last October and has amazed us all with her determination. Lisa is the oldest Shady Hollow cat, at 15.

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MAMA CAT: Getting her blood pressure under control has made a big difference in Mama Cat’s life. She has lost most of the aggression that earned her the nick name “Hell Cat”. Her litter box problems are over, the hissing and growling have stopped, and she has actually been spotted playing.

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My research into feline hypertension indicates that it is a growing problem as our pets live longer. Most of the time it is associated with other conditions, others it stands alone. Mama is in excellent health for a 14 year old cat, except for the hypertension. As their checkups come around I plan to have Dr. Kevin check all the older cats for high blood pressure. I recommend you do the same.

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Happy Fathers Day, Daddy

We have the world’s greatest daddy… For one thing he is allergic to cats, but never, ever, turns away a kitty in need. Mommy just keeps him supplied with plenty of tissues. That takes a real man, I’m telling you, a REAL MAN.

When Mommy arrived here with only one cat (yes I know; it is hard to believe) she promised Daddy she would keep the feline population to one. Everyone in Mommy’s human family snickered at that one. They knew Mommy all too well.

Now, 21 years later….. there are 11 of us kitties and Daddy’s best friend, Jay-Jay the doggie (who thinks he’s a cat). We are happy and well taken care of and most of all…loved. We all agree we have the best Daddy in the world.

Daddy helps keep our food dishes and water bowls filled. He makes us toys and plays with us. He gives the very best petties ever and always knows the best place to scratch. We love his gentle touch!!!

He lets Thomas T. and Tennyson out when they want to go out in the garden for their own purposes (catching mice, mostly). And he lets them back in (sans mice) when they are ready. (They fuss because he doesn’t let them bring the goodies they catch in to us. . . but that’s a minor thing.) He makes the rest of us stay in, cause we aren’t allowed outside. He does a good job of watching out for us while Mommy is at work, and tells her what we are up to when she calls.

It was Daddy who called for help when Amy had the heart attack and cried with Mommy and us when Amy didn’t make it and went to the Bridge.

Thank you Daddy for loving us, caring for us, and putting up with our silliness. We love you GREAT, BIG BUNCHES…… Purrs … Amber and the Gang

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Daddy doesn’t mind when we sleep on his head… in the recliner or the regular bed… We take advantage of that. Precious especially likes to sleep on Daddy’s head when he’s in the recliner.

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Daddy and Jay-Jay are together all the time. Jay-Jay likes to go for rides with Daddy.  Jay-Jay likes to give Daddy lickies, too.

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This is Daddy and Spicy last year, the day Mommy found her and Sugar. Daddy named them and said he wanted them to live with us.

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This is Daddy and Mikey, Tennyson, and Thomas T. (and Mommy’s "clutter)

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Sugar and Spice: One Year Old

Sugar and Spice are a year old now. When I found them, abandoned by a roadside last June they were about 5 weeks old, scared, dehydrated, and starving. We almost lost them due to an infection a week afterwards. After recovering from that, they have done nothing but thrive.

Here they are, a day or so after I found them, so little.

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They are big girls now. . .

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Spicy is chubby while Sugar is long and slim. One of their favorite activities is chasing bugs on the windows at night.

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Spicy came closest to “catching” the pesky bug. She had him right at her paw tips…

These are sweet little girls. I still would like to give the creep who just set them out and drove away a piece of my mind. I’m glad I found them before it was too late. At the same time, my heart aches for the throw-away cats and kittens that aren’t found and slowly die from thirst, starvation or disease.

June is Adopt-a-Cat Month. If you can, adopt a cat and save a life. Kittens are plentiful this time of year, but if the challenge of a kitten is not your cup of tea, consider adopting an adult or senior cat.

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Mama’s Vet Trip: June 4, 2011

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I wasn’t as sick today when Mommy got out the kitty prison and put me in. I wasn’t as sick as 2 weeks ago: this time I growled and fussed. I didn’t want to go.

I didn’t fuss when I got to Dr. Kevin’s office. I let him take my blood pressure  without any fight at all. I even let him pick me up and put me on the scale and weigh me (I was up to 6 1/2 pounds). 

My blood pressure was up a little bit, but it had been 24 hours since my last pill. Dr. Kevin said that was good and I could stay on 1 pill a day and come back for another check in 2 months….unless Mommy thought something didn’t seem right with me.  

I can’t tell you how happy I was when Mommy put me back in the kitty prison ands brought me home. After I got home I had my pill and breakfast. Yummy.

Then we did a photo shoot … This is my cute look.

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My eyes are looking better, but I am a little nervous about making long jumps these days.

I had to take a good bath and get that “Vet’s Office Smell” off my furs.

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That’s better. . . whew!

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Now for a profile shot:

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I enjoyed my day rambling around the cottage, but will go back to my room to sleep. I feel more secure in there. 

Purrs, Mama Cat

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