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Nice to meet you!

July 30th 2012 10:19 pm
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Hi!!! My name is Dora, and it is wonderful to meet you! I am so happy I finally got my own catster page, it kind of means I am officially adopted into the family. Even though for the 2 weeks or so they have known I won't be going anywhere it hasn't been 100% official until today.

I am thrilled I get to stay because I really like it here. I love the peeps, I love them soooooooooooo much! I get so excited when first thing in the morning they let me out of my room (which is the downstairs bathroom that was converted into the foster room) and I get to see them! They raised since I was a bottle fed little squirt, and helped me out when I was about 4 weeks old & got a very low blood suger and got super ill (they almost lost me!) and now thanks to them I am a strong & happy little kiddo. I also love the other cats here. Charlie is my bff and I think he is the best thing ever! I also adore Tommy and I wish he could stay here more than just the weekends.

I can't wait to enjoy my life here, I know it is going to be a blast!



August 1st 2012 8:36 am
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Wow! I have only been on catster for a litle bit but I have already gotten such a warm welcome! I already have 107 friends, been coralled 3 times & have recieved 4 rosettes!! (thank you Xena & family,Luke & family,Casey & Smudge & family!!)I really like it here. And thanks to the kindness of Scooter & family we now have catster plus! Isn't that awesome?!? Thanks so much guys you are the best!

Other than the excitement of joining catster there has also been a lot going on in the house & with me. The keeps keep mentioned a trip and there has been bags coming out and plans being made. I have also had a lot done to me lately! The other day I got a bath, got brushed, got my toenails trimmed (and moved so much I got one of them cut too short & it bled like crazy!)and had flea meds put on for the first time. Today the girl has been loading some of my food, one of my blankets & some of my favorite toys into a small bag. She says that I am going to go "board" at the animal clinic she works at, I go there this afternoon when she goes into work & stay until Monday. The peeps are going to a friend's lake house down at the ozarks, the girls are leaving tomorrow & the boys Friday and they come home Sunday evening. The rest of the furballs in the family get to stay home but because I am still a little kiddo & need a lot more attention & such it is easier to leave my at the girl's work. I think I am going to be ok though because before I was for sure staying here I used to go into work all the time with the girl & stay there until her shift was over in hopes of finding me a home. The peeps are going to me miss me like nuts though! In my entire life I have only spent 3 weeks way from them. 2 weeks were before they found me & 1 was when I stayed with with another employee.

I am excited for my new adventure! But I will miss my family.
I will see you all when I get back!



August 7th 2012 4:44 pm
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I am back! The peeps got home from the lake Sunday evening but since the vets office is closed to the public on Sunday so they had to wait till Monday afternoon to get me. They really missed so when it was finally time to pick me up they could not wait! Since the girl works there she was the one that got to the back to get me. I was all snuggled up with my big stuffed monkey & in the middle of a nice nap when my girl opened the cage & gave her a sleepy little "meow" but as she began getting my stuff together I started waking up and got super happy to see her. When she brought me out to see the rest of peeps I was all purrs!

The vet people said I was an angel! I got my shots while I was there & was a real trooper and didn't put up too much of a fight. The peeps also told the vets to check my ears for mites while I was there, they have been so itchy lately & no matter how many times the peeps clean them they keep getting dirty! Turns out I have eart mites, just like the peeps suspected, so the vet man flushed out my ears really well & they started me on some ear meds that I have to continue taking at home but I don't mind. The peeps checked the other cats but their ears seem totally clean.

I also made a friend at the vets! The girl thought that I might become buddies with the kitten (named Mr.Pockets) who lives at the vets because he is a lot like me & is only a week younged than me but we are just not fans of each other. He loves the 2 adult cats that live there but he wanted nothing to do with me & I felt the same way! But I did become pals with the adult cat who was staying in the cage next to me. Her name is Jinx & her owners are related to one of the vets that work at the clinic & she has been staying there while her peeps are out of town. We liked to stick our paws out of the cage bars & play with one another. It wasn't the most comfortable thing but we had a lot of fun! And when I left she stuck out her paw one last time & gave me a meow as if to say goodbye. I am going to miss Jinx but atleast I have my buddy Charlie back! I was soooooo happy to see him! I ran right up to him & put my paws on his face and kept purring up a storm. And today the peeps brought Tommy home, because they knew they wouldn't be at the office much this week, & I met him with lots of headbonks.

The peeps also couldn't believe how much bigger I got in that short amount of time! I am just growing like a weed!


Run of the house

September 26th 2012 8:47 pm
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It has been a while since I last updated you guys! I have been doing great, I am getting so big! A few weeks ago I got my last few big girl shots and my last weigh in was 4.5lbs. I have also gotten a lot more colors coming in. It seems the older I get the more colors appear on my back, I am turning in to a pretty little tortie girl. The girl took some more recent picturs of me, we will have to upload them soon.

Also recently the peeps have let me come upstairs! It used to be only when I would be locked in a room, or when sitting on someones lap on the couch or for a little bit when the dogs are outside. I have just been so little and the dogs are so weird with cats. They are great with adult cats once introduced and the cat shows them who is boss but with little bitty me I just looked like a chipmunk to them and wasn't able to show them who was boss. Now that I am bigger the dogs and I have a bit of a understanding. They still will nip and bully me a bit but I am so confident around them. I bet them away or shove my tail in their face. I even try to play with them! They don't really get it though. I hope they do soon though, I think those pups could be fun!

I also don't have to locked up at night anymore! Well in my room atleast. I still have to stay in the basement with other cats during night time but thats because we will keep everyone awake all night. It is just so awesome to run around this house, I love exploring!



November 25th 2012 3:43 pm
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So Tuesday was my big day! I got spayed! The peeps were worried, they 100% trust the vet who did my surgery but they know all the risks everytime an animals goes under. That morning I was soooooo confused, and hungry because the peeps took away all of our food because of my surgery. I did not like that. They took me to the vets early that morning and (not so) patiently waited for the doctor to call with an update. He gave them a call that afternoon and let them know that I did very well they could come and get me in a few hours.

When they picked me up, the office staff made sure to tell my peeps how much of a trouble maker I was! I didn't mind the vet staff at first but as the day went on (and some of my meds kicked in) I made it clear I was not happy. I became quite the little warrior! When my peeps found out they were a bit shocked, I am their little sweet snuggly Dora Doo,but they could see it. When I am not content I make it clear & I also can hold my own against both of the dogs (who can be bullies). The office staff also said that since I was such a little wild cat that my peeps could take off my bandage on my leg (from the iv). It was a bit funny because my girl works at this animal clinic and talks about me quite a lot and is always gloating about what a great & friendly girl I am. Hehe I didn't do much to hold up to all her talk!

I have been recovering well and got my last dose of pain meds Thursday night. Though the peeps are concerned about something now. On Friday they noticed some redness on my stomach right below my stiches, later that night it turned into more of a bruise. It is now Sunday and it has gotten larger and darker. It doesn't hurt when the peeps touch and I am still actong fine. Is this normal? The peeps aren't sure if it is something they should be more worried about. My girl is going to try and call the vet sometime tomorrow to see what he thinks. But other than that I am just my normal goofy & darling self!



I think I like Christmas....

November 29th 2012 8:07 pm
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First off I just want to update you guys on my post spay bruising. The peeps talked to the vet & described it to him and he said that while it does not happen to every cat, it is fairly normal. I did almost give my girl heart attack today though! She had cut her finger pretty nicely & it had started to bleed, but she was not aware of this. She picked me up and was holding me with her hand (the one with the cut) on my belly. When she looked down she saw all of this blood on her hand and some on my stomach & she freaked out!! She quickly looked at my stiches and all around my belly and when she saw I was fine she finally saw it was her hand. It sure scared her though!

Anyway, I have been keeping myself pretty busy lately. The peeps put up all the Christmas stuff the other day and I think it is the best thing ever! Especailly the tree. The peeps put some ornaments on the bottom that are ok or us cats to play with and I sure enjoy that! Especially the ones with bells. I do love laying under it, there is this super comfy tree skirt and I just can't get enough of the thing! The peeps really should have this up every day of the year.



Early morning x-ray

December 2nd 2012 12:59 pm
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So my bruising was officially all gone by friday! However something new has since appeared. On Saturday morning my peeps noticed that on one side of my belly, the same one that had the bruising, I had large amount of swelling that really came out of nowhere. It is hard to the touch and almost like a big giant lump.I wasn't acting like I was in any pain and my behavior was 100% normal but it still worried the peeps. This morning it hadn't gotten any better. The animal clinic is closed on Sundays but luckily my girl works there and she had to go in this AM with one of the vets (who this time just so happened to be my main doc who did my surgery!)to take care of the animals there. When she went in she talked with the Doctor and he was a bit concerned, so afer she finnished all her work she called up one of the peeps and had them bring me up there.

The vet took my temp and got my weight and everything looked normal. Once he started checking out my belly he said that he thought it was really odd, especially with how quickly is appeared & so long after my surgery! He looked at my stiches and they have healed really nicely so he just went ahead & took them out. He suggested that we take an xray of me to really figure out what was wrong & the peeps agreed. The xray showed that my swelling had nothing to do with my intestines or anything like that which was good to hear. The doc believed that there were two possible things that could be causing my problem: #1.The sutures I got when I was spayed are suposed to dissovle but there could be something messed up with them & they could be causing harm. If this is the case I will have to have surgery again. #2.Its a hematoma. The more he discussed this the more he believes this is what is causing the problem. This could also explain the bruising which ended up resulting in the swelling. He says that the best thing we can do right nothing. We should just closely monitor it, as well as how I feel and if it is a hematoma it will go down. He did suggest putting a warm compress on it to help decrease the swelling. If it doesn;t get smaller or go away all together after some time or if it gets bigger or I begin acting sick then it is #1 & I will have to go back under for surgery. The peeps are really hoping this doesn't happen.

The doc also says that he will be sending the xrays down to another doc at the local emergency vet, he says that this person is very experienced in this sort of thing and will be able to give some more insight. It will be interesting to see what this person has to say about it as well. This whole thing was quite a way to start my day! I was pretty freaked out at the clinic but I was a really good girl and as soon as I got home I was acting like nothing even happened. The peeps are happy that it doesn't look like anything extremely bad is wrong with me and the outlook is good. They are keeping their fingers crossed though to make sure that I continue to recover well and everything works out.

I will keep you guys updated!



December 4th 2012 4:34 pm
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So yesterday the doc called to tell us what the surgeon he consulted had to say about my xray. He agreed with Dr.B that it really looks like an hematoma (they dont think anymore it is a problem with sutures, which means no surgery! woot!) and that to help with it (and make sure that is exactly what it is) Dr.B should stick a needle in it. So the peeps packed me up in the carrier (AGAIN!) and off we went back to the vets. The doc & my peeps all agreed that the hematoma had gotten bigger.

The doc and a vet tech took me into the back and stuck a giant needle in my hematoma to suck out all the stuff inside it. Super gross right!? The end result really surprised the doc. There was so much! The good thing is that with sucking that out, my tummy is almost back to normal! There is still a small lump but it should go away soon. The doctor said that my body could have absorbed it all but this way we know for sure what it was & things can move along faster. They also gave me some antibiotics because there is a small chance of infection.

Well fingers crossed this is the last time I have to go to the vets for a while! Thanks to all my pals for the positive thoughts!


Christmas Eve

December 24th 2012 10:23 am
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Hi pals! Sorry I haven't updated you all recently, been busy busy! I am still doing well. Back in the first week of December, right after the vet put poked me with a big needle, my lump actually got much bigger and became very hard to the touch. So I had to go back to the vets but he said the hardness was a good sign and to just keep an eye on it. Well about a week or so ago my lump started get much smaller and even though it is still there right now it is just a little thing. So glad this thing is almost over!

In other news I am having a lot of fun with all of this Christmas stuff! I have really fallen in love with the Christmas tree and I love sleeping under it. To the surprise of my peeps I have yet to try to climb it and even though I do enjoy playing with some of the ornaments, knocking a few off and once in a while carrying them off I am not too bad with them. Well atleast not the fragile ones. I really like all of this present wrapping too! The ribbon, the tissue paper, the boxes! It is all so much fun. And the best part? When the presents are all wrapped and have lots of ribbon on them, the peeps put them under the tree (my favorite nap spot!) just so I can chew on them! Isn't that nice? I sure think so.

I have heard that tomorrow is Christmas day, I am not totally sure what that means but I think it is the day where we get presents and food? I hope so! But I don't want the Christmas season to be over! I mean what am I going to do without my tree in the living room? Peeps should always keep trees inside houses, they really should.

Well I wish you all happy holidays!

P.S I was a daily diary pick on 12/5! Woot! Thanks to all my pals who wished me congrats!



January 21st 2013 5:46 pm
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Hi pals! Well I hope everyone had great holidays! I sure did! My first Christmas was a blast. I love playing ontop of all the presents and then soon with all of the wrapping paper and ribbon! And I got so many great presents too! A remote controlled mouse, individual catnip toys, a big catnip flower to share with other 2 cats and some suuuuuuuper yummy freeze dried salmon treats! 2013 has been great too! I mean 2012 was a pretty wonderful year I mean....I was born so that was pretty awesome. The only bummer so far is that Charlie broke his hip and the poor guy is in a lot of pain and will even need surgery! So I can't play with him or anything, but I still try, and I worried about him so I have been good and have been givin him extra snuggles. Also my bump is totally gone! Thank goodness. The peeps knew it wasn't causing any issue but it still wasn't comforting having their itty bitty angel walking around with this giant thing dangling off her belly!!

I hope everyone is having a great 2013!

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