Friday, April 28, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Getting closer to normal

We are slowly but surely getting closer to normal around here. This is a photo of all three cats hanging out together one evening late last week. It was so good to have them all in the same room.





Connor is still crated when we are not able to watch him closely. But sometimes while he’s out of the crate, he decides to take a nap. Here he is in one of his favorite spots, my reading chair.




And we got a package in the mail yesterday. Ellen of 15 and Meowing sent Connor some of her crocheted toys. They are so cute! I know that he—and the girls, too—will enjoy playing with these. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness, Ellen.



Friday, April 21, 2017

Happy Birthday and Gotcha Day, Abbey!




Yesterday was Abbey’s 3rd Birthday and her 2nd Gotcha Day. She is such a blessing to our family, and we are so glad she is part of it.

I haven’t written about Abbey’s health issues lately. She is still having throwing up/regurgitating episodes. Her vet wants to try her on prednisolone for a month and see if that helps. Even though there was only slight inflammation in her small intestine, there was a bit. The medicine has to be compounded, so the vet ordered it through an online pharmacy she uses. We should receive it in the mail early next week. 

It doesn’t seem to make a difference if Abbey eats the D/D food or not. I am worried and frustrated, but I am hoping the medicine will help. If it doesn’t, then the vet will look into other things. 

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Progress

All 3 kitties hung out together on Saturday. The girls watched the outside bird
action from the bench. Connor wished he could join them.


Connor is getting better each day, but he still has a ways to go in the healing process. 

We have celebrated the milestones after surgery: the first time he drank water, the first time he ate, the first time he used the litter box, the first time he pooped. Pet parents will understand our delight in these small signs of healing.

Connor still has to be confined most of the time. We bought a second crate so we could expand his confinement area. He is allowed walks around the house, but Larry or I follow him and try to keep him from jumping or running. It’s not easy keeping a young cat quiet.

I am still sleeping in the den near his crate each night. I want to make sure I hear him if he needs me. Unfortunately, the longest piece of furniture to sleep on is a love seat, shorter than my five feet eight inches. I have sore knees and back. But the little boy in the crate is going through a lot more, and he is worth the soreness.

Thank you all for your kind words and your thoughts and prayers. They mean a lot.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Connor has surgery

It has been a tough week for Connor. He broke his hip and had to have surgery. He’s home now and is doing well, but he still has to go through the healing process.

Connor enjoying late afternoon sunshine at home on Thursday.
You can't see the incision in this picture, but it's about 2 inches long.
 


Tuesday evening at around 6:15, Connor came into the bedroom where I was. It looked like he was dragging his back end, but quickly lay down on the floor. Larry called him so that he got up again, and we could see he was holding up his back left leg. When we tried to pick him up or when we touched his leg, he cried out.

We left for the emergency hospital. It only took us about 40 minutes to get there, but it seemed forever because he was obviously in pain and upset, and there was little I could do to comfort him.

At the hospital, the vet gave him two pain medications right away so he could be examined. Even then, Connor cried out in pain when the vet moved his leg. So they gave him more pain medication.

Once x-rays could be done, the vet told us he had broken his hip. We were horrified, and we couldn’t understand how we could have missed the major traumatic event that must have caused it.

Turns out it was the kind of break that needs no trauma to happen. It was a femoral neck/capital physis fracture. It can happen in cats and dogs. With cats, it mostly occurs in large neutered males.

The surgeon told us the theory is that when neutering occurs in young cats, the drop in testosterone can delay the closure of growth plates, and in some cats, this can result in this type of fracture. If it happens on one side, there is a 25 percent chance of it happening on the other side. (Note: Please don’t take this as a caution against having your cats neutered.)

Connor had a femoral head ostectomy (FHO), where the head and neck of the femur are removed. The bone is held in place by scar tissue and other tissues and muscle. It sounds impossible, but most cats and small dogs can run and jump afterwards, though they may have a limp and may be limited in jumping ability as compared to before the surgery.

Connor came home yesterday and is doing well. We have to try to keep him as quiet as possible for at least two weeks for the incision to heal. But the vet said it’s important that he build up the muscles in that hip. So he is allowed short walks already. 

He doesn’t like being in a crate most of the time, but we are looking for ways to make it more manageable for him. He threw out all of the litter in the small litter box we put in the crate, and sat in the box. So we let him out periodically, and he uses the regular litter boxes. 

Since Connor was diagnosed with a broken hip, it seems like people have come out of the woodwork on Facebook to tell me that they have had pets who had the FHO surgery and did fine. Abbey’s vet, the internal specialist, works in the same clinic as the surgeon and talked with us about it. One of her cats had to have the surgery on both hips. And our regular vet says that it’s a common procedure. 

We are glad that Connor did well with the surgery and is at home. The next couple of weeks especially will be challenging for him, but he is a brave and spunky boy. We believe he will be just fine.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Rainbow Memorial Bracelet and Toys

These are not the greatest pictures, but I wanted to share some things that my friend Carolyn is making.

This is a Rainbow Memorial Bracelet that she made. As you can see, it honors our Chase Bird, who went to the Rainbow Bridge in 2015.





Carolyn makes a variety of these bracelets using different kinds of beads and charms. And she makes a variety of other jewelry.

She also makes catnip toys, including nip knots. Here’s our resident nip head Abbey saying hello to one of them.




Carolyn is selling her creations on her Facebook page Buhbee’s Baubles and Catnip Toyz, and soon she will have an Etsy store. 

She often donates items to auctions raising money for pets in need.

To see more of what she makes (with better pictures), visit her page.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Good job, Dad!

Larry brought home a new bird feeder this week and placed it in good view of one of the cats’ favorite windows.

Natasha, who is Chief Supervisor of All Work Done Around the House, watched from the window to make sure her Dad set up the feeder correctly.

She gave her approval. 



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Respecting your cats


Natasha, one of the "feline masterpieces" in our home.


We missed the official National Respect Your Cat Day—it was March 28. But we’ve been thinking about how we can respect our cats and any other pets we have and thought we would go ahead and post about it even though we’re late.

Here are some ways that we came up with to show respect to our cats:


  • Admire them. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day care of our pets, so much so that we forget to take time and just look at our cats. Notice the way they walk, the movement of their ears, the way their eyes change with mood, the way they look when they jump from one surface to another. We agree with Leonardo da Vinci: “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”

  • Accept that they are not little humans. Sure, we write stories about our cats and imagine them doing things like humans. But even then, we recognize that these creatures in our care are not human. They are a different part of our animal kingdom, but no less special. 

  • Accept each individual cat for who he or she is. Not every cat is a lap cat, no matter how much you want him to be. Your cat will not enjoy every new toy you bring into the house. Your cat may prefer to watch you from afar rather than hang out close by. And all of this is fine. We need to let our cats be who they are. My Thunder Cat, Waddles, and Sam were never lap cats. They did like to sit close by though. Chase Bird was a lap cat. We had loving relationships with all of them—just in different ways.

  • Treat your cat like family. To us, cats are not like family. They ARE family. We do our best to provide a calm, safe, and happy environment for them. When they walk into a room, we greet them. We tell them goodbye when we leave the house and hello when we return. We play with them, give them good food, and talk to them. We hope they feel our love!



What have we missed? What are some other ways we can show respect to our cats or any of our pets?