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Uno Battles Feline Vestibular Syndrome

August 30th 2014 11:57 am
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Yesterday Uno made a second visit to the vet where she was officially diagnosed with idiopathic feline vestibular syndrome. Idiopathic means the cause is unknown. The vet put Uno on a steroid to see if it might help her. She also put Uno on an antibiotic as a precaution because Uno had a slightly runny nose and steroids depress the immune system. If the runny nose was caused by a bacterial problem, the steroid depressing the immune system could cause it to get worse, hence the need for a cover antibiotic too.

This link: syndrome.cfm
has excellent information on the condition.

"The clinical signs of this mysterious disorder may be seen in both male and female cats of any age or breed. A generally healthy and typically agile cat suddenly seems to be having trouble getting up on all four legs and maintaining its balance. The animal eventually manages to stand, but its appearance is startling. Although its vision seems to be all right, its head is oddly tilted to one side, and its eyes dart back and forth wildly. And after taking a few steps, it abruptly lists to one side and tips over again."

To me its so ironic that Uno was smitten by this condition because she was my most coordinated athletic cat. Uno does not show the nystagmatus (eyes darting back and forth) sign of the syndrome. She does have a head tilt to the right and tends to fall to the right. Otherwise, she's in good condition. She has to be confined to a crate for her own safety, a situation she definitely does not appreciate. I do allow her out on the bed or floor under supervision to make sure she doesn't try to jump up or do anything else that might cause her to hurt herself. She expresses her displeasure at being crated by trashing the crate, tearing up the newspapers that line the crate, tipping over her food dish, etc. However, there is a positive side to this behavior-at least she feels good enough to do it!

The information I've read on the web about feline vestibular syndrome claims that a cat will recover from it. The vet says some cats do recover from it but that others simply learn how to compensate for it. Hopefully Uno will be one of those that recover from it. If not, I'm sure she will learn to compensate for it. She's already proven herself adept at winning over adversity in her life.


Uno Needs Your Power of the Paw

August 25th 2014 4:59 pm
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On August 22, Uno made a leap for the window shelf which is maybe 2 1/2 feet from the floor. There was another cat on the shelf. Now Uno's made this leap successfully many times whether or not there's another cat on the shelf. But this time, perhaps in her attempt to avoid landing on the other cat, Uno somehow fell and landed on the floor. Whether she struck herself on anything that was on the floor, I don't know. There was computer equipment in the area where she fell that she could possibly have hit on her way down or when she landed. She let out a weird cry of distress. I immediately ran to her, picked her up, and put her on the bed. All this happened in a matter of seconds.

Uno seemed to have been instantly struck by some mysterious illness. She tried to stand up and fell over. I went over her and couldn't find any noticable wounds or swelling. Stroking her back and neck failed to elicit any kind of pain reaction. I immediately consulted the vet and the vet thinks it's a head, neck, or spinal injury. She advised a wait and see approach for now with more thorough diagnostic work if Uno doesn't show improvement or if there is any worsening of her condition.

I confined Uno to one of my big plastic dog airline crates with her food, water, and litter. (These crates are excellent for confining a new cat or a sick or injured cat, btw.) On the first day of her accident, Uno wouldn't eat. However on the second day and so far ever since, she has been eating canned food very well. She is relieving herself normally and is staying hydrated and in good weight. Tonight she was able to take a couple of steps without staggering or falling sideways. Hopefully she will continue to improve.

However, Uno needs your power of the paw, prayers, reiki, etc to help her heal and overcome this newest challenge. Thank you!


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.

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