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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.




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

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R.I.P. Smudge

Smudge was with us almost exactly 3 months.


Three months were not enough. At least that’s what our hearts are crying out as we mourn his passing. Smudge gave us as much love as we gave him. We all benefited. We miss him and always will.

He arrived as a mere skeleton with fur  stretched over the bones. Our vet said that would never change and it didn’t. His appetite was huge. Each time either of us even appeared to be headed for the kitchen, Smudge would race ahead in order to get there first and beg for more food. He always got it.

One of Smudge’s favorite tricks was to attempt to drink tea from our glasses. Someone in his past must have allowed this, because he gave us the most indignant look when we thwarted his attempt. 

Smudge ‘s favorite sleeping spot was curled next to my husband, just under his chin. Smudge slept there as though it had been his sleeping spot for many years.

He was a “daddy’s boy”. One of his favorite things was to sit in  my husband’s lap and ride with him through the house.


Another was to snuggle in the recliner.


Early this week Smudge started eating less and drinking more water. As the days past we tried every brand of cat food, baby food, anything we could think of that he might eat. Each day he ate less. What worked on Monday failed on Tuesday. What worked at one meal failed at the next. Thursday night he refused everything but water. He was drinking tons of water.

Friday morning he was very weak and refused water.

He didn’t appear to be in pain. He was just very weak. His favorite bed, next to where my husband sits, was where he stayed most of the day.

When he did try to wander, we wrapped him in a blanket and took turns holding him like a baby. He would try to purr. Eventually there were no more purrs. Only his eyes, looking deep into ours. We told him how much we loved him and how much we would miss him. It was a sad good-bye.

We placed him back in his bed, where he remained until his passing.

I buried Smudge next to a wild rose bush near the woods. A young oak grows nearby. He shares that area with other beloved pets who have crossed the Bridge over the years. His time with us was less than theirs. The love was the same.

Run free at the Bridge, Smudge. We will meet you there one day.

~ Kitty Mommy

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Keeping an Eye on Things


Mikey here. I’ve been keeping an eye on things this week. My brother, Tigger, had to go to the vet last Friday along with Thomas T. and Smudge.

Mommy wrote about Smudge’s visit in the last post. She didn’t mention Thomas.

Thomas has always been healthy and had never seen Dr. Kevin.  First the scale: Thomas weighed in at 13 pounds. Not bad. He’s all muscle. During the exam everything checked out great except his heart. We learned Thomas has a Class 4 murmur. The highest of any of us. Or I should say, the most severe.

It seems we Shady Hollow Cats are plagued with heart murmurs. It has Dr. Kevin and Mommy bewildered. We expected it in my litter mates (I’m the only one out of five siblings that does NOT have a murmur). An enlarged heart and its failure was what sent my sister Amy to the Bridge last year.


Mikey and Tigger


My brother Tigger went on this visit to get his bottom shaved and so Dr. Kevin could check his catheter. He has had the indwelling catheter for almost a year and has only had one bladder infection. It was due to damp fur and bacteria; so now he gets a trim about every 6 weeks.

It is real humiliating for him. He has lots of pride and he is terribly shy. Having a vet tech shaving his behind makes him very unhappy. Well, until he and Mommy start home. He doesn’t even meow on the way home.

Tigger got weighed while at Dr. Kevin’s. He weighed 17 pounds. He and I are big boys. I weighed 16 pounds at my last visit. We are both very loving and demand attention. Mommy calls us her “snuggle bugs”.

I’ll keep and eye on things and if Amber gets too busy on Face Book to write a post, I’ll take care of it. I have to look out for my sister, you know.

Purrs, Mikey

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Mommy’s Thoughts… 9/8/2011

Life can get interesting when you have 12 pets and a husband.

Of the 11 cats, 4 are senior kitties with health problems to match their age. The lone dog in the mix, also a senior, has developed his own health problems.

The husband, with his own health issues and also a senior, is remarkably patient and understanding of me and the pets. He loves us all.

The 7 younger cats, ranging in age from 5 to 1 year are going through dominance issues with some resulting bad behavior. It can range from screaming at each other to inappropriate urination. The pee-cat has been checked: no bladder infection, just a feline with passive-aggressive tendencies.

The sick kitties…. who you have learned about if you read the blog regularly, are Lisa (intestinal lymphoma), Tigger (chronic collapsing urethra and permanent catheter), Mama Cat (high blood pressure and mammary tumor), Tennyson (weight loss and inflamed gums), and Jay-Dog (low thyroid). All of the above are on daily medications.

Hubby and I also have daily medications. Lucky for me, he in in charge of his. I take mine and administer the pet-meds each day. Believe me, the calendar is full of names and check marks. I have my phone set to remind me to take mine.

To update on the last and upcoming vet visits: Tennyson went for a follow up yesterday and was given a 3 day round of antibiotics. He goes for a check up next week. It will be a two-cat trip, as Mama Cat is going for a check of the tumor, which I think has started to grow and spread down the line.

The prognoses for Mama Cat isn’t good. Her age (14), heart issues and high blood pressure make surgery a scary proposition.

Tennyson’s appetite had improved by late yesterday (I haven’t fed them this morning) and made me feel hopeful that we can get him up to par soon. I hope so. He is a precious kitty.

Speaking of feeding the kitties: they are gathered round me with demanding looks, so I better go open those cans.

~ Kitty 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.


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.


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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Mama’s Vet Trip: June 4, 2011


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.


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.


That’s better. . . whew!


Now for a profile shot:


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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