Uno Happily Irrepressible!

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Too Much Going On, Too Much Sorrow

July 4th 2014 10:01 pm
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Hard to believe it's now been a week since Mom had her left hip replaced! The hospital didn't keep her very long either. She came home on Monday evening. The pain medicine she has to take makes her sleep a lot but that's ok with us because it just means more time for us to curl up and sleep with her. The only confusing thing is that before Mom went for surgery this time, she had taught us to walk or jump on her left hip instead of her right hip. Now she's stopping us from walking on jumping on her left hip and making us walk and jump on her right instead. Two of our family members had problems while Mom was gone. Shadow, a black cat who is extremely shy and is 14-15 years old, had a stroke (and is recovering fairly well from it) and Maggie a very shy dilute calico who is ancient-Mom doesn't know her exact age, died suddenly. These two cats aren't on Catster because she hasn't ever been able to get any good photo of them (only blurs as they flee from the camera.)

Trudy, one of the newcomers, loves to ride in Mom's walker (Mom has to use the walker for awhile-doctors orders!) as Mom goes around the house.

I had seriously just written the above line and was trying to think of what to say next to close my diary with positive happy things...when suddenly Mom who was talking on the phone to her best friend, suddenly said "I hear a weird noise in the closet" That may give you an idea how very sudden Dova's death was.

This sadly seems to be our time to say goodbye to family members and be left behind as they cross the rainbow bridge. Just a few minutes ago, as Mom was writing this and talking to her best friend, she heard a weird noise in the closet and went in there to find Dova seizuring. Dova crossed the Rainbow Bridge so quickly and so much too young. We're too shocked and too upset by it to say any more now except that Dova will be taken to Purdue University in the morning for autopsy to hopefully find some answer as to what happened to him.


How Mom is Celebrating My Gotcha Day

June 24th 2014 6:19 pm
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Hi! I just wanted to let all our friends know that Mom is celebrating my gotcha day, June 27 in a very "unusual" way. As some of you know, Mom had to have hip replacement surgery on her right hip in January due to avascular necrosis. The doctors don't know why Mom got this problem. She has absolutely none of the risk factors for developing it. Anyway at the time Mom's right hip was replaced, the doctors told her that the left hip was also affected and would have to eventually be replaced too. Mom's left hip was starting to cause her pain and when she went to the doctor yesterday, the doctor looked at the x-ray, told Mom that her left femoral head was in the process of collapsing, and then added that he wanted to do hip replacement surgery on Mom's left hip on Friday, June 27, the anniversary of my gotcha day. So Mom's going to be "celebrating" my gotcha day by undergoing surgery. (BTW, Mom's right hip that was already replaced, is as good as normal. The doctor said it was doing great.)

I will be celebrating my gotcha day anniversary by putting up with Russ taking care of us while Mom is in the hospital again. I intend to con him out of treats Friday, you can bet on that.

It seems ironic to me that I had surgery on my gotcha day before Mom brought me home and now Mom has to have surgery on the anniversary of my gotcha day!


My New "Twin Sister"

June 19th 2014 5:59 pm
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Guess what? I now have a "twin sister." She looks just like me except she's just slightly taller than I am. Oh, I almost forgot...she also still has two eyes. Her name is Polly because she's a polydactyl, the first polydactyl Mom has ever had. Mom adopted her from a kill shelter where Polly has been for about a year. When Polly and I are curled up asleep together, it's hard to tell us apart!

When Mom got Polly home, she found out Polly had major coordination problems. Polly has a lot of difficulty walking although she somehow manages to get where she wants to go. She can't jump although shes a very good climber. Although she was able to make it to the litter pan in time when she was caged, when she's loose in the house she has trouble making it to the litter pan in time. Mom put some pee pads down around the house for Polly and she's thinking about having Polly wear diapers. She also took Polly to the vet to see what was causing Polly's problems. The vet diagnosed Polly as having cerebellar hypoplasia (CH). The vet said Polly should live a normal lifespan. Mom's never had a CH cat before Polly so she (Mom) has been spending a lot of time lately learning about living with CH cats.

Polly has a beautiful cheerful sunny personality. She gets along with everyone and the "washing cats" love to wash Polly. Polly is very affectionate and loves to curl up and sleep on Mom's shoulder, which incidentally, is one of MY favorite spots to sleep. However I've learned to accept her stealing Mom's shoulder. After all, my most favorite spot to be is on Mom's chest or lap. I especially like to lay on Mom's lap right between Mom and her laptop. When Mom's not laying down, Polly prefers to lay in a cat bed at the foot of Mom's bed. Mom thinks Polly likes the support that the sides of the cat bed gives her.

Since Polly's no threat to my position as self appointed Queen of the House, I like her!


A Scare & A Big Relief

April 29th 2014 1:06 pm
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Catster gave us all quite a scare yesterday when Mom got a 404 error yesterday when she went to pull it up. It was even scarier because a couple of days ago Dogster community did the same thing. It was a big relief today when she tried it again and Catster community came up normally again just as it usually does. After Catster came up normally today, Mom went to check Dogster again too and to our relief, the Dogster community page is back to normal too. Whatever happened, we're glad Catster and Dogster communities are back to normal and here to stay!


Uno Bites Back

April 4th 2014 4:23 am
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Dova, you may like to look at yourself on Mom's laptop screen, you may open and close windows, start programs and games, and do other things with Mom's laptop but I'm the one that knows how to get Mom's instant attention when she's on the laptop. I also am the only one who figured out how to get Russ's instant attention when he was playing XBox! It only takes one well-placed chomp!

Mom sometimes forgets to put the Bitter Apple on the cords and when I don't smell it there, I know I can get away with chomping on the cords and not having to taste that stuff. I only go for cords that I know will get most attention, such as those on the laptop, the trackball, the cellphone charger, and the XBox! Mom says its dangerous to chomp cords, that I might get an electric shock. I tell her I've been doing it ever since I can remember (when there isn't any Bitter Apple on the cords) and never got shocked yet. I'm smart enough that I've never tried to chew any of the really heavy duty cords like the TV cord or the surge protector cords. I leave those alone.

I can't help it, I'm a bit proud of myself that Destiny is a big dog and has powerful jaws and strong teeth, chews an extra large Galileo bone because regular Nylabones can't stand up to her chewing, and yet its ME who has chewed up the most stuff around the house. Its sort of like a David outdoes Goliath thing to me MOL.

And Mom, I'm not just writing this because I'm jealous of Carina's DDP. I'm writing this because Dova was boasting about his computer skills and I just had to put him in his place a little.


Little Helper?

March 20th 2014 4:11 pm
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As I sit here catching up to my pawmails, acknowledging birthdays, etc, Uno lays here in her favorite spot onv my lap wedged between me and my laptop. I start to type a pawmail when suddenly my cursor takes off and flies up to an icon on my desktop. I look down. There lays Uno, stretched out, eye closed, apparently asleep. But we all know that cats are masters at only pretending to be asleep!
I go back to typing my pawmail. Again my trackball cursor takes a sudden journey, this time hitting the icon to minimize the page on which I am typing! I look down again, just in time to see Uno's paw move off the trackball. Her eye may give her the appearance of sleep but her paw certainly was wide awake!


It Never Ceases To Amaze Me

March 15th 2014 12:29 pm
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It never ceases to amaze me just how loyal and loving a little cat can be. I see people claim that cats are self-serving, that dogs are loyal and loving, that cats are independent and don't care, that cats only pay attention to you when they want something from you, and many other such statements. I can only conclude that people who say such things either never had a cat or never tried to form a positive relationship with a cat.

Even now as I write this, Uno lays on my lap between my laptop and me. Lefty is curled up in her usual spot behind my head. Lefty is nearly as devoted to me as Uno. Buddha, Gabe, and a few other cats lay scattered around my bed.

All during my convalescence from my surgery, Uno lay on me or beside me. When I get up to to go to the bathroom, she gets up, follows me, waits for me outside the bathroom door, follows me back to my bed, and resumes her place on my chest, lap, or beside me. She prefers to lay on my chest or lap and only lays beside me instead of on me when I insist on it. Wherever I go in the house, she follows me. When I take Destiny outside to relieve herself, Uno waits by the door, then follows me when I come back in and waits for me to sit or lay down again so she can again resume her place on me. About the only times she's not on me or beside me is when she lets other cats have their turns to lay on me and beside me.

It never ceases to amaze me just how loyal and loving a little cat can be.


Mom's Home!

January 19th 2014 7:30 am
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Mom came home from the hospital late Monday afternoon after her THR surgery and short hospital stay. We kitties sort of went on a rampage here while Mom was gone, knocking stuff over, etc to show our displeasure at Mom being gone. (Mom's taking over the laptop for the next part of this pawmail)

About a half hour before I called Russ to tell him the hospital was ready to let her go home, Uno started acting really strangely. She started circling and pacing between the bedroom and the back door, meowing and meowing. After U had called, Uno went and sat on Russ's lap then returned to going back and forth between the door and the bedroom again, clearly looking for me. Russ said it was clear that Uno somehow sensed something and was looking for me. Since I've been back home, Uno's spent most of her time sitting or laying on me. If I get up she follows me to see where I'm going. When I left for physical therapy today, Uno followed me to the door and was waiting by the door when I got back home from therapy.

Here's how Russ tells it in his own words: Half hour before Mom called to let me know she was coming home. Uno hopped on the bed and know started meowling at me. Didn't know what was going on and I followed her when she jumped off the bed and meowed clearly wanting to follow. I got up and she was at the door mewing in her voice that sounds very creepily like "MOOOOM" after she went onto the cat tree and looked out the window. I sat down and then Mom called. Uno must have known what that meant cuz she came back up after and started pacing. When I started to leave she followed me to the bathroom door and then i got Mom.


Tomorrow: Our Mission

January 9th 2014 7:23 am
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Tomorrow's our human Mom's surgery day. Russ will be here to take care of us while she's in the hospital and for awhile afterward until she's back on her feet again.

Our Mission: Get Mom back home as soon as possible.

All RIGHT! Tomorrow=time to see how much we can get away with!

1. Make sure to get into and onto everything we're not normally allowed to get on. That means the kitchen table, countertops, sink, etc are no longer off limits. Those of you who can open cabinet doors, go for it!

2. If you see anything that looks like it can be knocked down or knocked over, knock it down, knock it over. Make sure you have your escape route and hiding place planned in advance.

3. Anything interesting and small enough to be carried should be taken from its place and stashed somewhere more appropriate to a cats tastes. Ink pens for example, can be shoved underneath a bed or the couch.

4. Whatever mayhem you can think of to cause, go for it as long as you know how to keep yourself from being caught. Remember there are empty crates available and if you get caught being really bad you might find yourself crated.

5. Always put on your sweetest most innocent looking face in the presence of humans.

This means you can't spend the whole time Mom's gone by watching TV, watching Russ play X-box, looking out the windows, lazing around half-asleep, or being otherwise well-behaved. If we create enough havoc, Mom will have to hurry back home to restore order and return things here to normal again.


What a Wonderful Christmas Present...and a Request

December 24th 2013 9:23 pm
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What a wonderful Christmas present and way to end the year! KCK (Kewlest Catster Kitties) group has honored me by making me Kitty of the Week this week. I am so proud, humbled, and thrilled to have such an honor. To all kitties, this should show you that positive things can happen and wonderful things be achieved by any and all kitties if given the chance. To all humans I want to say this should show you that us special kitties (kitties with disabilities) should be given the chance to live and know the delight of having a wonderful loving forever home. Never underestimate us special kitties. We will surprise you with how well we can learn to adapt and compensate for missing eyes, disabled or missing limbs, deafness, blindness, and other disabilities. I hope if a special kitty comes your way and needs a good forever home, you'll see it in your heart to give that kitty a chance.

I'm the smallest adult kitty in my family, weighing barely 5 pounds. I have only one eye. I was more dead than alive when I was rescued after being dumped at a sanitation plant at only four weeks old with my litter sister, Righty and Lefty, and Righty and Lefty's two litter sisters (Righty and Lefty and their sisters were 6 weeks old.) Righty and Lefty's two litter sisters had normal eyes and vision and got adopted, my litter sister lives with Mom's best friend, and as you know, Righty and Lefty live here with me. Despite my bad start in life, I not only survived, I thrive. I never have let these things slow me down or get in my way. (Mom and her best friend claim most of this is because I'm a very determined strong-willed little kitty.) Just whip out a piece of cheese for me and I'll gladly demonstrate how I can beat all the other ktties to detecting that you have it and finding a way to get a piece of that cheese for myself before any other kitty hardly even knows its there (unless I decide to be nice and let one of the kittens have the first bite which I sometimes do, just to prove I'm not totally selfish MOL.)

Now I want to ask you to say a special prayer for our human Mom. She's going through a lot right now, enduring constant pain, and has to have major surgery January 10th. So please say a prayer that our Mom's surgery goes well and that she has a quick full recovery from it. I thank you in advance for thinking of our human Mom and praying for her.

Let me close by saying Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays whatever your beliefs or religious faith is, and may the New Year bring all the most positive best things possible to you and your families human, feline, canine and otherwise.

And see? I do have a serious side to me too. I'm not always a wild crazy mischievous little brat!

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