Livin' It Up with Sammy

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Birthday Thanks

September 25th 2011 6:10 pm
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First, I want to meow my thanks from the bottom of my heart for all the birthday wishes and gifts our sweet furiends sent to me and Natasha. Also, much love and gratitude to my guardian angel Alfie and dear family, Pipo and Minko, and Simba and Kewlest Catster Kitties Group for the beautiful birthday mementos.

We are officially 2 years old now.

Mom has been hesitant to post anything in my diary about my health status and those yucky bladder crystals that have been bothering me. The first time she thought that I was getting better I had a relapse and had to go back to the vet for more fluids and shots. I didn’t start on prescription food right away, and that is what I needed to get these nasty things out of me. I’m drinking a lot more water because of the food and that is helping me get better. Thanks to everyfur who gave advice and shared their experiences with FLUTD with us, that helped us more than you’ll ever know.

I’m hoping that my worry wart Mom will stop spying on me while I’m in the litterbox. She watches me all the time and that makes me nervous, so now she’s trying to be sneaky about it. She thinks I can’t see her, but I know she’s there watching me. Can’t a kitty get a little privacy? Sheesh.

Mom and I appreciate all the purrs and support from our furiends, we don’t know what we’d do without you.

Love, Sammy

 

Update from My Mom

September 19th 2011 8:10 pm
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Hello friends. Since Sammy is not feeling well again, and I mentioned to a few people that I was taking him back to the vet yesterday, I thought I’d do an update here.

A week ago today I came home and found little puddles of blood tinged urine in various locations around the house. I found Sammy squatting and straining to pee in various places outside the litterbox, so I knew something was wrong. I took him to urgent care that evening since I could not get an appointment. The vet who saw Sammy was concerned that he had a fever and signs of infection, so that is what he was treated for.

After receiving fluids, pain medicine, and 5 days of antibiotics he appeared to be doing a lot better. Although he was using the litterbox, and did not appear to be in any distress, I was concerned that he was not urinating normally. He was going more often and only producing small amounts. In the back of my mind I knew that there had to be an underlying cause for his bacterial infection, but I was really hoping that the antibiotics would “cure” him.

Saturday he seemed a bit off to me, but since he had been running away and hiding from me when it was time for his medicine, I thought he was just stressed out about that. Sunday morning I noticed blood tinged urine in one of the cat beds again, so I knew Sammy was not “cured.” I was able to get an appointment in the late afternoon so I took him back in. The vet who we had the appointment with (not our regular vet) was called away to an emergency for a critically ill snake, so he and the ER/ICU vet, a young woman, ended up switching patients.

It was kind of funny because the ER vet told us when she walked in that she “didn’t really like snakes” and was happy to see a feline patient – LOL. She reviewed Sammy’s history then took us to a room with ultrasound so she could aspirate urine directly from his bladder. She came back a little while later and gave me the bad news I was already expecting – struvite crystals – ugh. I already knew a little bit about it from what I have read in the pet health forums and heard from friends with cats who have FLUTD (feline lower urinary tract disease).

He received more fluids, a pain shot, an injection of an anti-inflammatory drug, Cerenia, and some pills to take at home. A funny thing happened as we were leaving, after I paid the bill and was walking back to the car with Sammy in his carrier. The vet tech ran after us saying “Wait, I gave you the wrong medication.” I didn’t look at it closely, but I handed it back to her. She came back outside with the same medicine a few minutes later and handed it back to me. She said she had checked with the vet because the box was labeled “for canine use only.” The vet had explained to me that she was prescribing a medication that is labeled for canine nausea and vomiting, but has been used off label for cats and has shown some benefits for pain and bladder inflammation. I went home and looked it up just to make sure. Since I work in healthcare, I know that medical errors happen every day and I wanted to make sure it was a safe drug to give to Sammy.

I ended up buying some prescription wet food at the vet’s insistence which I know is very controversial and I have some reservations about it. I asked her if I could feed my own store bought wet foods and eliminate all dry food since I have 4 cats and didn’t really want to go the prescription food route. She believes that Sammy needs the prescription food to dissolve and get rid of the crystals so I will follow her advice for now, but I hope to transition back to regular wet food at some point. I’m not thrilled with the ingredients of the prescription food, but so far Sammy has been eating it, so I’m hoping that once his crystals have dissolved I can transition him to something healthier. My ultra picky cats who snub their noses at Wellness, EVO, and some of the better quality brands seem to like the prescription food so far. It’s supposed to increase thirst so they drink more water, but hopefully we won’t have to use it for very long.

Sorry for the long post, but I think writing all of this out makes me feel better. I don’t like seeing any of my cats sick, but what makes this especially distressing for me is that Sammy is so young, barely 2 years old. He is a very sensitive little guy and I do think that stress played a role in him getting sick in addition to his diet. I love all of my cats dearly, but Luke unfortunately can be a bully sometimes. Most of the time he is a real sweetheart, but he has a very dominant personality, loves to be the center of attention, and has a tendency to pick on the other cats. I ordered a calming collar for Luke this weekend, so paws crossed that it mellows him out and he doesn’t pick on Sammy. I might get one for Sammy too to reduce his stress.

I know a lot of people on Catster have dealt with FLUTD and problems with struvite crystals in their cats, so it’s been really helpful to read about how others have dealt with this problem. Thank you so much for all the purrs for Sammy, it's helped me get through a very rough week.

Love, Sammy and Mom Kelly

 

Gratitude

September 16th 2011 5:18 pm
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Mom and I want to thank everyfur for the sweet and supportive comments, pawmails, and rosettes for my recent illness. We are so fortunate to have such pawsome furiends here in Catsterland who love and support one another.

Mom was so upset when she found out I was sick on Monday night. She loves us like we are her children and it upsets her very much to see any of us sick or in pain. Her friends and co-workers are sympathetic, but only pet pawrents seem to truly understand how stressful it is to have a sick pet. It feels good to have a place like Catster where we can share our concerns and worries with people who understand and have been there themselves.

I’m on day #5 of my antibiotics and I feel a whole lot better. I’m using the litterbox and not leaving little pee puddles around the house anymore. I put up a good fight this morning when Mom put the little syringe with medicine in my mouth - she sees that as a good sign that I’m getting well.

I also wanted to say thanks to the diary gal for my DDP today, but I especially want to thank all of my furiends for their pawsome support. You guys rock!

Love,
Sammy

 

Bad Week:(

September 14th 2011 7:30 pm
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I had to make an unexpected trip to the kitty E.R. Monday night. Mom had just gotten home and was fixing dinner when she noticed a small puddle of rust colored fluid on the kitchen floor. She didn’t know what to make of it at first when she wiped it up, but later noticed the same thing on one of the bathroom floors. Then she saw a small drop of blood in one of our kitty beds. Her Mommy radar went up immediately, and she starting following each of us around the house to see how we were acting. She saw me squatting and straining to pee in different spots around the house so she knew immediately something was wrong with me.

She called our vet’s office right away - they have evening appointments, but none were available that night, so she was advised to go to their E.R. After sitting in a crowded waiting room with barking dogs and meowing kitties for over an hour, I was finally called in. I had a thermometer stuck up my bum and it was discovered I had a fever of 104. The vet lady took some of my urine and came back a little while later to tell us that I had red and white blood cells in my pee and I needed to get fluids and antibiotics right away.

I was a very good boy and didn’t put up much fuss when I got my fluids and received my shot. Mom saw that as a sign of me being very sick because normally I’m a wriggle worm. I got a pain shot, too, and that seemed to help. Mom was so thankful that I did not have to spend the night at the vet’s; she would not have slept at all if the vet had insisted on keeping me overnight. So I’m on antibiotics now for a week – yuck! I can now anticipate when my next dose is so I’ve started to hide from Mom - she’s not too happy about that.

I think I’m starting to get better, I pee in the litter box now, but this whole ordeal has really stressed out my Mom. Luke, Tully, and Natasha can also feel her stress so Luke’s been acting like a pain in the you-know-what. He gets very insecure sometimes when he’s not the center of attention and will act like a bully and pick on me. That stresses Mom out even more.

Mom just wants me to get well. I’m supposed to set sail in a few days on Captain Dread Zaxery Drake’s pirate ship and I’m also turning 2 years old next week so I need to get well for my birthday.

My good furiend Max has also been sick, so if you could spare a few healing purrs for me and for Max, and for all the other sick kitties out there, I am sure that will help us a lot.

Love,
Sammy

 

Ruh Roh!

September 10th 2011 3:15 pm
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Mom has been shopping on the Internet again. She seems to be looking for something specific for us cats. Most of the time it’s a good thing when she shops for us. Sometimes she buys us new cat furniture, new toys, or yummy treats.

I got an uneasy feeling about this shopping trip. I heard her say “this would look adorable on Sammy” – ruh roh! The only thing I look adorable in is my birthday suit! What in the meow has Mom gone and bought this time? I guess I’ll find out in a few days…

Worried purrs,
Sammy

 

Yankee Doodle Catnip!

July 1st 2011 12:19 pm
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Oh boy, a yummy smelling package arrived in the mail this week from Happy River Dances Catnip Company. That can only mean one thing…pawsome catnip toys! Hooray! Our pal River is the CEO of his own company!

These toys are extra special because they are patriotic. Red, white, and blue, stars, and stripes! Check these out:

Patriotic Catnip Toys

We saw these patriotic mousies at River’s Etsy Store and loved them! We wanted to order a patriotic bunny foot kicker to go with our mousies. River didn’t have one for sale, but when we pawmailed him and made a special request, his Mommy found this pawsome flag material:

Flag Bunny Foot Kicker

I really love my new toys. This bunny foot kicker is the greatest! And so nice of River to make it especially for me!

Having fun with my new toys

Happy Canada Day to our Northern friends and neighbors and Happy Independence Day to our American pals - what a great way to start the long holiday weekend! Thanks River!

Love, Sammy

 

The Healing Blanket

May 29th 2011 8:24 am
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Mommy has been feeling really pawful this weekend. She came home Thursday night from a business trip with a sore throat and woke up Friday morning with a terrible cold. She’s been coughing, sneezing, and sniffling all weekend and said she must have caught a “bad bug” from someone she sat next to during her meetings. I didn’t think bugs were supposed to be bad, I kind of like them. I like to chase ‘em and eat ‘em sometimes in the garden.

Saturday morning she still felt yucky, but she played with us a little and spent some time on the catputer. By early afternoon she had chills so bad she was shivering, so she went and climbed into bed. One by one each of us kitties went and lay down on the bed with Mom. Luke was first. He curled up next to her legs. Then Tully came in and lay across her neck and chest. He’s so fluffy; Mom says he’s just like an angora blanket. Then I came in to find my spot and ending up settling next to Mom near her neck and pillow. Mom could feel all this heat radiating from the three of us. She says it felt very warm and healing. Within no time, her chills were gone and we all settled in for a cozy nap.

Next time your pawrent isn’t feeling well, you should try a healing blanket. Mom swears it works even better than chicken noodle soup!

Love, Sammy

 

An Eggciting Week

April 23rd 2011 6:55 am
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This week started off with an eggciting trip to New Zealand with the Kewlest Catster Kitties Group. We hunted for eggs all over New Zealand – what a beautiful country! We had a lot of fun searching for eggs with our KCK furiends.

Then we hid Easter eggs all week long in Catstertown – how eggquisite! Kitties have been hunting for all the eggs and having eggcitable fun!

A couple of days ago I was a diary pick – how eggstravagant! Thank you to all the sweet kitties who sent me pawmails, left me comments, and sent me rosies. I am truly blessed to have some of the best furiends around.

Inquiring kitties want to know if I am still scratching the glass window next to Mommy’s side of the bed every morning to wake her up... well, what do you think?

MOL, MOL! Happy Easter!

Love, Sammy

 

Cat Scratch Fever

April 11th 2011 6:25 pm
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I have discovered a fun new way to wake my Mommy up in the morning. For some unknown reason I’ve been jumping up on the cat perch next to Mom’s side of the bed every morning around 4 a.m. I stretch my front paws as high up on the window as I can reach, and then I scratch, scratch, scratch vigorously against the glass. It makes a terrible sound and wakes Mom up instantly – MOL! She chases me away when I do it, but I usually come back a few minutes later and scratch-scratch-scratch again.

She says she is getting really tired of it and may have to move the cat perch away from the window if I continue doing this. I told Mom that I have Cat Scratch Fever – teehee! They don't call me The Red Rocker for nothing!

Love, Sammy

 

One of Those Nights

March 25th 2011 5:56 pm
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Most of the time we are very good kitties. We sleep most nights although we do wake Mom up early and expect to be fed our breakfast between 5-6 a.m. That part is okay, Mom expects it and she’s gotten used to it. We even have occasional night zoomies, but Mom is okay with that, too. She has gotten used to it.

But every now and then we get the all-out night crazies and we tear the house apart. Last night was one of those nights. Mom could hear us running around, jumping on the dining room table, knocking things off her dresser, and being very active - all night long. She woke up several times because of the noise we were making, but she would fall back asleep again because she knew she’d have to wake up in a few hours to go to work.

Mom finally got up to feed us and make her coffee at around 5:30 a.m. Boy, did we have a surprise waiting for her! Somecat, I’m not saying who, had gotten a hold of some dinner napkins and shredded them all over the dining room floor. Kleenex was shredded all over the bathroom floor. Catnip toys were strewn all over the living room. No room was spared. We really went to town! Mom could not believe that four little felines could cause such a big mess.

The really surprising part was when Mom found a previously unopened bag of “Sun Chips” on the kitchen floor that somecat had chewed open. Those packages are foil and Mom has never seen any of us tear through foil before. She wondered if a mouse or other animal could have gotten in the house and done it, but the bite marks seemed too big to have come from a mouse. It did not appear that any of the chips or the package had been eaten, just torn open. You can bet Mom is going to be checking the poopie box for the next couple of days for evidence.

Anyhow, none of us are ‘fessing up to anything. Mom has strong suspicions of who did the paper shredding, but everything else is just circumstantial at this point. Innocent until proven guilty, right? Tee hee!

Love, Sammy

 
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