Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Natasha is fuming

Oh, the indignity! Natasha here, still fuming about Saturday.

It started out like the usual Saturday. We got fed at the usual time, Mama went back to bed, then took her time with breakfast. She and Dad stood under that water thing and took baths (cats do it so much more efficiently) and dressed in their Saturday casual clothes. I did notice that Mama seemed nervous, but nothing too unusual.

Then suddenly, Mama snatched me from the top of my comfortable sleeping spot on top of the cat tree and put me in that box. You know, that plastic thing with bars on the door. Bars!

Then she put me in the backseat of Dad’s truck. And who else was in the backseat? Connor! Yes, my annoying little brother was right there in another plastic box. 

Then I had to listen to Connor sing the song of his people. He sang so badly, I joined in to try to help. And the whole time, Mama was saying things like, “It will be all right. We’re not going to leave you.” Well, it things were going to all right, why was I in the backseat of the truck with Connor?

We ended up at the vettie. There were DOGS there. They looked at me like they wanted to be friends, but I said, no way. I’m not making friends with anyone unless I’m at home.

Then Mama and Dad took me and Connor to a tiny little room. They took me out of the plastic box. The vettie and two other ladies came in. I hadn’t even had time to do my morning grooming, so I must have looked a mess. But all three ladies talked about how pretty I was. 

The vettie shined a light in my eyes, dared to look at my teeth, put a cold thing on my chest, and then squeezed me all over like she was trying to find hidden treasure deep inside me. Then she pronounced me healthy.

I thought things were over. But no, needles came out, and I got two shots! In my booty! 

Then I had to wait while Connor went through the same ordeal. Then we got put back into the truck. Mama kept saying, “We’re almost home!” Dad seemed to drive really slowly. I bet I could have gone a lot faster if he had let me drive.

I got home and tried to relax by playing. And then Mama had to pull the camera out and take a picture of me. Like all was well. I don’t think so. Yes, I am still fuming.

*Mama’s note: Natasha and Connor had their annual exam and shots, and they are both healthy. This time around, Abbey got to stay home. She was glad she wasn’t the one who had to go to the vet.*

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop: with Abbey

Happy Friday! We’re participating in the Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop, presented by 15 and Meowing and McGuffy’s Reader. This week Abbey is helping me.

1. In the Spring, I look forward to ______________________________.

2. I would love to have a ___________________________ party.

3. Few know this about me, but ________________.

4. No one ______________________.

Larry sent this photo to me while I was at work last week: Abbey sleeping on his lap.

1. In the Spring, I look forward to hearing the birds singing to start the day. (Abbey: In the Spring, I look forward to seeing more birds out the windows.)

2. I would love to have a retirement party. But that won’t be for years. (Abbey: I would love to have a Catnip Party and invite all the town’s cats.)

3. Few know this about me, but the inside of my car is usually messy. I drive my husband crazy because I often have water bottles and Diet Pepsi cans in the floor board. *hides face in shame* (Abbey: Few know this about me, but *whispers* I don’t really like treats.)

4. No one can be just like me, and no one can be just like you. So be you! (Abbey: No one could ever love me as much as Mama and Dad do.)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Who’s in my seat?

We have many comfortable places in the house for the cats to sit or nap.

On top of the sofa, with a good view out of the window into the backyard.

On the bench their dad built them.


On a window seat.


On a cat tree.

We have cat beds galore, soft throws in just the right places. What more could a cat want in seating choices?

Apparently, Mama’s seat.

When I read, I normally sit in a comfortable chair in the living room beside a good lamp. Sometimes Connor sits at my feet. Isn’t that sweet? 

Sometimes, even when I’m in the middle of a good book, I get up to get some water or a snack or go to the bathroom.

Lately, when I return to read, I find this. 


Hmmm. Was he just waiting for me to get up all along?

I pat him on the head, pick up my book, and move to another place. After all, whose chair is it really? 

So if you hear, “Who’s in my seat?” in my house, it might be Connor asking the question.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! And good news!

The vet emailed me last night with Abbey’s endoscopy biopsy results. Her stomach is normal and though there was slight inflammation in her small intestine, the lab said it could be called insignificant. So good news!

We still don’t know what is causing Abbey’s vomiting, but the vet thinks it’s a food allergy or sensitivity. She is going to come up with a strategy and be back in touch on Monday.

Meanwhile, Abbey has not had any vomiting episodes this week. But since the endoscopy on Monday, she has not been eating very much. We took her back to the vet yesterday to make sure she was all right. An ultrasound showed no problems, she didn’t appear to have abdominal pain, and her vitals were normal. Sometimes the endoscopy can irritate the throat. So they gave her an injection of pain medicine. The vet also said sometimes anesthesia can affect cats for longer than expected. She is eating more normally now and getting back to her normal self. 

Thank you for your prayers and good thoughts for Abbey!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Abbey has the endoscopy

Abbey back on bird watch duty Tuesday morning.

Abbey had an endoscopy yesterday to try to determine the cause of her chronic vomiting. It was a long day for her. The procedure got started late, so we were at the vet’s office for most of the day. 

Dr. Rios said she did well during the procedure. Her stomach looked “beautiful,” she said. Her small intestine looked a little different, but she can’t say for sure anything is wrong there. She took plenty of biopsies, which we should hear back on at the end of the week.

Dr. Rios thinks it is probably inflammatory bowel disease, but the biopsies could show something else, including cancer. She doesn’t really think it’s cancer, but it is a possibility, she said. 

Abbey was feeling the effects of the anesthesia last night, but today she seems like herself. Apparently we were both exhausted last night. I slept like a log, and Larry said Abbey barely moved all night.

Thank you for all the warm thoughts and prayers sent for Abbey. 

Friday, March 10, 2017


We were sad to learn of the passing of Boomer of Trout Talkin Tabbies. He is at Rainbow Bridge with friends and family and St. Francis. 

Butter Lover Boomer O Cat
May 1, 1998 - March 7, 2017

From Trout Talkin Tabbies' website.

We want the Food Service Girl and Tuna and Daisy and all of Boomer’s family to know that we are praying for your comfort and peace. We know the pain of losing a loved one is hard to bear. May it help you to know that Boomer’s many friends are thinking of you and sending love.

The kitties have a message for Boomer:

Dear Boomer,

We are going to miss you, dood. We are glad you had a long and good life. We asked our brothers and sisters, Thunder Cat, Chase Bird, Waddles, and Sam, to come find you and get to know you. We love you forever and will see you some day.

Your friends,
Natasha, Abbey, and Connor

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

How do you give a struggling, anxious cat a pill?

I wish this were a post where I could give you the answer to that question: how do you give a struggling, anxious cat a pill? 

But I am turning to you for suggestions and help.

Larry and I have given medicine to cats for years. But now we have three young cats, and it’s a different experience giving medicine. Or we have lost any skills we had.

The Cerenia that the vet ordered for Abbey seems to help her. For about a month, we were told to give it to her every day. Leading up to her endoscopy, which is scheduled for Monday, March 13, we have been trying to give it to her at least every other day.

Larry holds her and I give her the pill with a pill popper. 

But Abbey has become very upset during the process. We’ve tried it with Larry holding her to his side. We’ve tried it with her wrapped in a towel. I try to move as quickly as I can to get the pill in. But she struggles against us so hard, we’re afraid we’re going to hurt her. So we let her go and she doesn’t get the medicine.

I bought some pill pockets and gave her one with no pill in it to see if she would eat it. She wouldn’t. She rarely eats any kind of treat.

I mashed it and put it in some gravy from soft food she likes. Evidently, she smelled the pill because she wouldn’t touch the food.

Do you have any suggestions or advice? We appreciate it!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop: with Natasha

Happy Friday! We’re participating in the Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop, presented by 15 and Meowing and McGuffy’s Reader. This week Natasha is helping me.

1. My favorite herb or spice is ________________.

2. An herb/spice I dislike is ________________.

3. Lately, I have been working on _______________.

4. This Winter was _______________.

Natasha teaching Larry to play tower toy.

1. My favorite herb or spice is cinnamon. (Natasha: My favorite herb or spice is chicken.)

2. An herb/spice I dislike is sage, though I don’t really dislike it. It’s just one of my least favorite. (Natasha: An herb/spice I dislike is shrimp.)

3. Lately, I have been working on picture book manuscripts. (Natasha: Lately, I have been working on my paw moves with the tower toy.)

4. This Winter was too warm! (Natasha: This Winter was without very much snow. And I like watching snow.)