Photo Comments Age: 11 Years Sex: Male Weight: 13 lbs.
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Xyro (Zero) and TomBosley!
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Strings and carrying things in his mouth, ratty mice, alien, abominable snowman
Being moved out of the way and when his owner doesn't wake up promptly
Shoelaces, pens, wrapped candy, ratty mice, cubes
Favorite Nap Spot:
Under the bed, on the kitchen chairs, on the love seat, in kitty cubes
Meow Mix, Canned Food, Whisker Lickins, TUNA
He's a jumper, and acts a lot like a puppy - carrying, fetching, and following
My boyfriend's mom lives on a farm and has become surrogate guardian to several stray, pregnant cats. She decided his personality would go well with us and brought him over.
His vocal cords recently caught up with him, and he's definitely catching up on the meowing. He's decided he's king of the house and has claimed many spots his own. He even has his own couch to sit on!
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|August 2nd 2005
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December 26th 2009 8:16 pm
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I hope everyone has a meowy holiday. I got lots of presents! My parents got me treats and TUNA! I was so excited! Grandma got me some great toys. She sent me a plushie, a rubbery feather ball, a motorized mouse that taunts me (not a fan of that), and the coolest things ever: A Hartz Birds of a Tether and A Hartz Chrip and Chase. I love them and have most of the feathers out already.
I've been doing really well for a over a month *scratches on wood* and haven't been sick at all with any cystitis. My mom has been home with me every single day while she finds a better job, so I'm never lonely. Actually, she should leave the house more because I like piling all of my toys up on a chair and taking a nap on them.
Has anyone see Animal Planet's Cats 101 show? It's really neat. We just watched the episode with the Russian Blue. It so fits me! Mom didn't know that we Blues don't like our house routines to change. You'd think she'd figure it out, but humans aren't nearly as smart as cats!
November 12th 2009 10:20 am
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-From Tom Bosley's mom-
He has had a few more bouts of this problem, it seems like about once a month. We've consulted with the two vets previously and have been told that he is having flare-ups of chronic idiopathic cystitis. Basically, he's having bouts of issues with his bladder, either inflammation or bladder spasms.
As near as we've been told there is no cure, but just as it can start suddenly, the flare-ups can come back often (in his chronic case) or rarely if at all.
He's gotten us a worried a few times, especially the first part of this week. The most important thing is that when it looks like he's having a flare-up that we give him phenoxybenzamine that helps relax the bladder muscles and ensures that he is not blocked with a stone or crystal. Unfortunately that's about all we can do besides keep an eye on him and rush him to the vet if it appears he's in severe distress.
This is a very strange case, says the vet, as usually the flare ups occur several weeks apart, not every month. Hopefully we can figure out how to manage. We're working him eating more wet food and getting more fluids. We also had a change in work schedule around the time this started, so we've wondered if perhaps he's a little bit stressed that we're gone all day. To combat this, I've created a playlist of bid and wildlife sounds to play on my computer and as soon as I can find it I'm going to try some RescueRemedy.
Since about Tuesday he's been acting like himself and will be off the meds by next week. This is something that I've never experienced or even heard of, so I'd like to hopefully share some information (and hope) for people whose kitties are having similar issues.
September 3rd 2009 12:47 pm
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~From Tom Bosley's mom~
The last couple weeks have just been insane! It all started around August 22 or so when we bought new recliners and decided to get rid of our couch. Apparently this brought up some bad memories of the move we made a couple years ago, and Mr. B. got scared.
That Sunday I realized he wasn't using the litter box productively - he was straining a lot and by the end of the day it was obvious his bladder was really full. My mother in law said he probably had bladder stones or crystals and to take him to the vet as soon as they openened.
We did exactly that and the people at Eastgate were amazingly kind and gentle. They put in a catheter and checked for stones, but didn't find any. They decided to keep him for awhile to feed him special food, antibiotics, and to keep the catheter in and out (all the while we came to visit rather often).
He ended up staying there for a week. He had a total of three catheters (the first he ripped out, so he got to wear an E-collar).
Unfortunately, he still wasn't urinating like he should have been. The doctor called me on August 31 to tell me that he was afraid Tom Bosley had a bladder tumor (which is pretty much a death sentence). Of course, we being the sensitive kitty lovers we are, definitely freaked out.
The next day we picked him up from Eastgate and took him to an appointment with a specialist at WestVet. The doctor was amazing and kitty was, too! He would not stop purring. I'm sure by that point he was happy that we were with him.
After doing some x-rays and an ultrasound, the doctor came to the most AMAZING conclusion - that he did NOT have a tumor. It was the best news I'd ever had. She said she didn't expect to find one since she'd never seen anything like that diagnosed in a cat so young and healthy. Instead, she came to the conclusion that he did have some debris in his bladder and was possibly having urethra muscle spasms due to the stress of our new furniture.
After a little bladder flush, she prescribed some meds that have to be compounded at the apothecary, and sent him on his merry way. I've never seen someone so glad to be home! He's still quite grateful that we figured out what was wrong and have helped him through this, he's even taking his medicine like a good boy. We've been keeping an eye on the litter box and slowly but surely it's being used. Hopefully after another 8 or so days he should be off the meds.
He is now home and confident that we are NOT moving and that his humans still love him dearly. Certainly a happy ending to a scary story that could have been much, much worse!
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