October 16th 2013 4:49 am
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Good morning all-
It's been awhile. I'm nursing a cold and Daddy is giving me medicine in my mouth and in my eye. But I'm eating well, and just now sleeping on the back of the loveseat. Later I'll get in the little cat bed on the end table.
A few years ago I was a 'feral', though I wasn't born that way. Somewhere, I have 'papers', though that didn't matter to whoever sold me. When my former 'people' didn't want me, they kicked me out to fend for myself. That is how I got the FIV+ virus.
The life of an un-neutered feral-that is, free roaming, 'non socialized' cat to people can be a very rough one. My teeth are gone or broken. I have one left that will be addressed at some point if not to dangerous for me. I might have developed problems with my health outside.
I was lucky. Mom and dad saw that behind my hissing, my desperate frightened scary meows was a cat who so wanted in from the cold but was too afriad to even hope.
When they trapped me, I was upset, and frightened.
Now, I am one of the 3 elders. Can you believe it? My coat may never be the shiny full coat I would have had if my upbringing was easier-but my life now is good.
Today, is National Feral Cat Day.
Do something nice, would you for a feral? Buy them a house to keep warm-you can do that here....
You can also find out alot about ferals from this site, and learn how to help. Not all of us are feral...some of us are scared, lost, lonely and in need of a friend.
And for those of us that are feral-we are gentle souls, simply wanting the same things you to-to love, to be loved, to be warm and safe and have our family around us. To be free from harm.
Do what you can-be kind.
I was once that cat....
August 12th 2013 9:31 am
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So glad to be back! So, for the news:
I had been losing some weight a few months ago, and it worried mom. She has found a new vet she likes a great deal. Very nice vet who works with multicat households as he has them himself.
Now, dude is a little scary looking, but he's good. He didn't poke me too much, and he said that he realized that I am a special cat!
Now, he did some blookwork, and it's a little confusing, but i have:
1) The beginnings of some kidney problems.
For the kidney disease he suggested azodyl. However, i've been giving mom a hard time about that.
For the Hepititis I am on 2 different antibiotics long term. When i finish them I go back to him for re-evaluation. However, I may be going back sooner....my ears are bothering me, and guess what I got? RINGWORM!!!!
I got it from the brat....er...new foster we have. She's 8 weeks old and a terror. She's in a cage with a sheet over it, only she's very smart for a being without thumbs, and has figured out how to open the cage door. When mom puts her in the cage she tantrums, and mom thinks during the tantrum she figured out how to throw the bolt. So far the folks have been tying the door shut, but now she's gnawing on the tie like a hamster.
Her name was Josie when she was on 'death row'. Daddy named her Ringo. and her unofficial title is 'the Beastiss.' (gee, wonder why) She goes after my tail. I've had to smack her a few times. But I don't want to hurt her so mostly try and stay out of the way. But, yep, she got ringworm, so daddy said 'well,it's like closing the barn door after the horse is out' but mommy sighs and gets out the bottle of the ringworm stuff. And I just cringe, cause now it's MORE MEDICINE!!!!!!!!
I HATE MEDICINE!!!!
Mommy told the vet she and daddy have only been able to get my antibiotics into me once a day, because I'm good at hiding. I actually dug a nice hole in the recliner to hide in, but they have found that too. The vet said that whatever I get is good, and to do what they can. He told mommy that I have 'chronic FIV+/ ex street cat stuff' going on, and that getting me onto a liver suppliment will help too. Can anyone suggest one?
He is the one who suggested getting me on as much raw as I will accept and eat.
Now back to what is important: Me. I am doing well, aside from my liver and ringworm, and kidney issues. The vet has suggested raw, and so we're trying to suppliment our diet with raw and slowly, as mommy and daddy can afford and as we get used to it), add it in. I don't feel too badly, I'm eating very well, and enjoying life. I just hope that Beastess gets a home soon-she can't stay here!
Hope everyone else is doing well!
July 3rd 2013 4:39 am
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I had a sonogram today.
The good news is that I don't have the big 'C'.
The more challening news is that I do have Hepatitis. Mommy doesn't know how I got it, but my background is shrouded in mystery.
Now, the vet explained that it's not like human hepatitis. It means my liver has been effected by something and we have to work to fight it.
The vet is recommending:
1) Possible change in diet to grain free-and perhaps even raw food!
2)I am going to be on a long term antibiotic. I have an infection that might have led to my compromised liver.
He's for the moment holding off on my dentistry, and the antibiotics are to help with the state of my mouth. He said 'lets stabilize him as putting him under for anything now is not good.....
He's thinking out other things. He's a very good and smart vet and mommy likes him because he's no nonsense and very conscious that we are a large family.
The other thing is my kidneys aren't so good. As he stated 'He's not so young, you know." He wasn't sure of my age-'cats that have been on the streets have more complicated ages-makes them more vulnerable'.
He is glad that I live indoor only, and told mommy that cats who go outside have more chance of having severe health issues, no matter how well they are cared for. Mommy stated we are all apartment dwellers, and as such, we live strictly inside.
He also told mommy he sees some 'stuff' going on with my pancreas, and that I could have pancreatitis. This puzzled mommy, as Bella had it, and I don't seem to have many of Bellas issues. But mommy listened to what he said, so when Daddy's pay comes and Mommy goes cat food shopping, she will be looking for better quality food...and mommy is considering making her own food...though she's very intimidated by it.
I am otherwise feeling well. I give everyone a hard time with my medicine. This morning daddy couldn't give it to me because I know the timing for it and I hide. Mommy is going to ask the vet if there is a better way to give it-I have never been an easy cat to medicate.
Just now I am sitting on an old t shirt atop the printer/scanner that mommy put there for me. It's my special place where I can help mommy work.
Speaking of, mommy is in her last two months of school, and this is why she has not been around with us so much. It's nice having her home to sit with me, though.
I'm feeling pretty ok, and I am thinking of you all...
I'm still a very handsome Russian Blue fellow!