Friday, March 28, 2008

Demi

Demi has grown quieter these past few days and I am worried that time is catching up to her. Even by the most conservative reckoning, she has to be eighteen now. After a life of good health and vigor, I am sad to see her curling her favorite bed, sleeping away the final weeks of her life.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Friends

Punkin and Bunny

Punkin and Bunny snuggled together on the bed this morning.

With Dinky and Pickle Boy gone, Bunny seems to be the only other cat that Punkin considers a friend. She tolerates most of her "subjects" but only Bunny will bring out her snuggling, nurturing side.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Frieda Update



The photo is a little dark, taken in Frieda's little snug retreat in the shop, but her bright eyes are evident.

She is feeling better and her appetite remains good. Her skin even feels better hydrated this week.

We took her to see the vet last week when we discovered sores on her wrists and heels. I think they were the feline equivalent of bed sores, or perhaps her joints were hurting her. A regimen of antibiotics and a pain-fighting injection set her on the healing path. Judging from the speed of her healing, her body hasn't given up yet.

We kept her confined in the cage for a few days so she would use a litter box filled with shredded paper--to keep her wounds cleaner. I had tried bandaging them but that just kept them moist and seemed to prevent healing. So the vet suggested the paper litter and an Elizabethan collar if needed. I brought the collar home but haven't needed it--Frieda hasn't been fussing with her sores and now they are almost completely healed. I leave the door to the cage open now but since she has everything she needs in there, she doesn't want to leave her nest.

She is thin and old but she is doing well right now.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Let Me In!

Another cute video found on You Tube...

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Lazy Sunday

The windows and patio doors were opened this afternoon as the sun warmed the house to summer-time levels. The cats enjoyed. the sunlight and warmth.

Punkin

Punkin hunkered down under the Norfolk pines in the upstairs parlor, letting the light dapple her fur.

Grendel

Shy Grendel paused long enough on her way downstairs to the cat condo for me to get a fairly nice portrait of her.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Cat Meds



It began almost two years ago, when the number of cats needing daily medication begged for some kind of organization.

I started with a sheet of notebook paper but quickly decided to use Word to set up a document I could re-use and edit. Every couple of weeks I make whatever changes are needed and print it out. I keep the med-list on a clip board in the kitchen where I prepare the cats' medications. Some--like Toby-John and Tiny when she was with us--have on-going medications while others--like Cissy or Houdini--just have a two-week course of antibiotics or something similar from time to time.

The checklist makes it easy for us to keep track, especially when two of us are doing meds. It also comes in handy when I am consulting with our vets as it allows me to recall what amount of fluids I have given a particular cat and if I have tried any other medications for a particular problem.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Punkin



Punkie is showing no outward signs of chronic renal failure and the last blood-work we had done showed improvement in her numbers, so I have cut back on giving her sub-cutaneous fluids over the past few weeks. I might resume giving her some twice a week or so as they have helped with her occasional constipation.

But it is always a battle of wills with my hard-headed red girl, as she has very definite ideas about what she will tolerate from us and what she won't.

Gotta love a cat with a strong personality....