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Hussy’s and Old Man-Cats

It was a crazy week here. It started out normal enough for a house with 10 cats. (You can’t understand that kind of normal unless you have a minimum of 6 cats – just saying.)

Then, Tuesday morning I noticed the kitten, Angel, behaving strangely. Almost as if she were in heat.

At 3 1/2 months old!? Nooooo, I thought at first. I’m imagining things. After a few more minutes of watching her pull herself across the carpet toward Mikey, purring and chirping; I decided she was either in heat or auditioning for a part in a cat porno film.

I called Dr. Kevin.

Angel already had a spay appointment scheduled in early September. Dr. Kevin said to bring her in and he would go ahead and do the spay that day. I’m sure he believed me to be paranoid. Ha! An old cat-lady like me?

Sure enough, when he called later that day he said she had indeed been in heat. The little hussy! Since the spay was done late in the day, she stayed overnight. I picked her up the next day, still a little loopy, but fine.

Thomas T. Tomcat, on the other hand, is having troubles of his own.

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A year ago we learned Thomas had a class 3-4 heart murmur. It wasn’t bothering him at the time. Lately he started coughing a lot. Dr. Kevin put him on heart medication, which he takes once a day. It is helping, but he seems to lack energy (maybe because he is 13-14 years old) or maybe something more.

I see a vet-trip for Thomas in the near future. (Sigh)

The other 8 kitties are OK for now. (I am almost afraid to say so…it seems like every time I do another one develops a problem.)

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A Feeling of Dread–Part 2

Mama Cat is sick.

We made an unscheduled visit to Dr. Kevin last Thursday afternoon. Mama Cat had become listless with labored breathing and a rapid heartbeat. She was vomiting often.

We had to wait while Dr. Kevin’s staff worked us in between appointments. It wasn’t a long wait. Soon Dr. Kevin was examining her. She had lost weight, down to 5.5  pounds. Her mammary tumors were no larger than several months ago. Her teeth were good. Her temperature was normal. Her heart was racing.

Mama and I waited while Dr. Kevin ran blood tests.

The results showed some indications of heart failure. Dr. Kevin prescribed a heart medication and a nutritional supplement.  He also decided to test her for hyperactive thyroid.

Mama Cat’s condition has not improved since Thursday. Oh, there are times during the day when she seems better . Then she droops and seems weak and uncomfortable. Her irritability increases each day.

The last test results will be in today. I hope it is the thyroid. We can treat that.

Here is  Mama Cat. . . pictures taken this weekend.

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Mama is a very sick kitty. We are praying that Dr. Kevin will have answers and additional treatment options today.

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A Feeling of Dread

I’m a little worried about Miss Lisa and Mama Cat. Both are seniors (Lisa almost 16 and Mama 14). Both have health issues: Lisa has intestinal lymphoma and so far is beating the odds on length of life, Mama has high blood pressure and tumors in her mammary glands which are probably cancerous. Both are receiving palliative care for the cancer and Mama takes medication for her blood pressure.

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Lisa

For the last week or two, both girls have been acting a bit different. Lisa is a little more withdrawn. Its hard to say definitely, since she has always been shy and a scared of her own shadow. But something is different.

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Mama Cat

Mama Cat’s behavior is also a bit different. She is eating like a horse and not gaining any weight. In fact, she may have lost a little. The other changes are as hard to define as Lisa’s, but to me they are there.

Both these girls have beaten the odds many times over. Both are tough little cats with an amazing will to live.

I feel an icy feeling of dread easing around my heart. I am in fear that these precious little ladies may not be with me much longer. I pray I’m wrong.

~ Mommy

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Hooray! Good News for a Change

By Mama Cat

 

This morning, while asking politely for my breakfast and generally being a good cat, I was suddenly scooped up, placed in a carrier and whisked off to see Dr. Kevin. I didn’t complain until we crossed the railroad track on the way. (Mommy really should slow down more before crossing that horrid thing.) At that point, I gave a really disgusted meow… maybe she will get the idea.

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It doesn’t take long to get to Dr. Kevin’s office. It’s only about 4 miles away from the cottage. I had not been feeling good. . . not from my blood pressure this time though. My eyes burned and I had a sore boob (Mommy says the correct word is mammary gland, whatever).

We got to go straight into the “Cat Room” and I was taken out of my carrier and weighed (6 pounds). Then Dr. Kevin came in and Mommy told him she was worried about my eyes because they leak all the time. She told him I had two swollen mammary glands and one looked really bad (it was all pink and had a discharge, she said). If I hadn’t been so nervous about being at Dr. Kevin’s, I would have blushed…. I mean those are my “personal parts” she was talking about.

Dr. Kevin looked in my ears. Then he looked at my eyes and shined a light in them. I didn’t much like that, but he does it every time I go. He said I had an eye infection. Even my second eyelid was inflamed, he told Mommy.

Then the real indignity took place. Mommy stood me on my back feet so Dr. Kevin could check my tummy and mammary glands (embarrassing!)

Hmmmm, he said. (I have learned that when Dr. Kevin says that It isn’t good… at least from my point of view.)

At Dr. Kevin’s direction; Mommy and the vet tech (Miss Anne) held me on the table while Dr. Kevin took a needle and stuck it in my swollen boob (sorry, mammary gland), Ouch, ouch, ouch, I thought. I was a good girl though and didn’t wiggle; well not too much. I didn’t hiss, or scratch or bite. Mommy said she was proud of me, because she would have hissed, scratched and bitten if it had been her.

Dr. Kevin got a sample and went to check it under the microscope to see what it contained. I got blood all over my white furs when he pulled out the needle, but Miss Anne cleaned me up really good. While he was gone I had my temperature taken. Now, let me say up front that is my least favorite things about vet trips so far. It was normal. That seemed to make Miss Anne and Mommy happy.

In a little while Dr. Kevin came back. No cancer cells he said and Mommy gave me a big hug. He said there was lots of infection and gave me a shot to take care of that. Whew!

Mommy let me get back in the carrier. Then she went and gave green papers to Miss Leslie at the counter and got the eye drops and we came home to the cottage. I didn’t know what eye drops were. I do now.

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After I had some food, Mommy picked me up and held me while she came at my eye with this little bottle that leaks. I know it leaks because it leaked drops that went in each of my eyes. I thought that Mommy should have said, “Mama Cat, this little bottle leaks”. She didn’t have to do a show-and-tell and get the stuff in my eyes.

And to make it worse, when she got home from work she had to show me again that it leaks and got the stuff in my eyes again. She told Daddy she had to do it twice a day.  Twice a day???!!!

So now I have to take my blood pressure medicine every morning and have the leaky bottle leak in my eyes twice a day, and my boob is sore from the needle.

And Mommy and Daddy are happy about this.

I am getting lots of extra petties, and extra treats after the eye drops though. And I know Mommy and Daddy love me. That’s what really matters.

Purrs ~ Mama Cat

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Here We Go Again: 7/14/2011

By Amber

Mama Cat made a big improvement once she started taking her high blood pressure medicine. We are all happy to see her feeling better. She even plays now! She was always too stressed and bad tempered to play before and seldom let anyone but Mommy pet her. Now she even lets Mommy rub her tummy.

It was in a recently allowed tummy rub that Mommy found a lump in one of Mama Cat’s mammary glands. A closer look revealed the nipple of that gland red and angry looking. An even closer inspection and Mommy discovered another lump in a second mammary gland.

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Mommy made an appointment for Mama Cat to see Dr. Kevin in the morning. She is afraid this will be a very bad thing for Mama Cat. We are too.

We hope that Dr. Kevin can pull one more miracle out of his doctor bag for us. 

Mama needs it.

Purrs ~ Amber

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Teeth Troubles

Mommy had been keeping an eye on me for awhile. I was acting “different” she told Daddy. My breath started to smell bad and I was drooling. Of course, I had always drooled. I had front teeth missing when Mommy and Daddy took me in last year. I stopped eating kibble. Mommy thought it was because I just preferred the wet food. But I started losing weight. I wouldn’t let Mommy check my mouth. It hurt too bad to let her open it to look.

Mommy got a baby scale and weighed me. I had lost a pound! I was down to 7 pounds and my ribs were really easy to feel. She called Dr. Kevin and made me an appointment.

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I didn’t want to open my mouth for Dr. Kevin either. Mommy held me still and he made me let him look. Mommy looked too and was shocked. My mouth had deteriorated since my check up in October. I had a sore in the back of my jaw, an ulcer on my gum, and  lots of my teeth were infected.

“Poor kitty”, Mommy and Dr. Kevin said.

Then Mommy left me with Dr. Kevin. I slept through the work Dr. Kevin did in my mouth, so I don’t remember anything. Dr. Kevin gave me medicine so that my mouth didn’t hurt so much and an antibiotic shot.

Mommy came for me the next morning. I heard Dr. Kevin tell her that he had pulled 7 teeth. He had removed the growth/sore in the back of my mouth and I have a stitch where it was. He said he thought the ulcer was from the infection in my teeth. He said I had to come back for a check up next week.

I was just glad to be back in my carrier and ready to go home! I’ll worry about the check up next week.

I’m eating all the wet food Mommy will give me and she gives me all I can eat. Even with freshly pulled teeth, eating hurts less that it did before. And I’ve made the scale my own personal space, so Mommy can check my weight anytime she wants.

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Purrs, Tennyson

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My 15th Birthday

Hi, Lisa here. Yesterday was my 15th birthday. I spent most of the day napping on Mommy’s bed or sitting in the window bird watching.

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I really enjoyed my day….. especially the fact I had all I could eat of my favorite cat food.

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I had to wash: I’m a very neat kitty.

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See the saucer behind me? I had breakfast in bed!

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It was a good, special day.  I like being the oldest kitty at Shady Hollow.

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