Nicknames: Peepers, Peeps, Pee Poppy Po, Pee Pops, Little Latin Lovelips, too numerous to list!
Coloration: Gray and White
Likes: Food, treats, head kisses, being sung to (if I sound good), going outside on his leash and harness
Pet-Peeves: The other cats 'bopping' him, not being put down fast enough, not getting his food first, singing to him when I don't sound good
Favorite Toy: Peeps does play much. I suspect it's a side effect of my having had him declawed :o(
Favorite Nap Spot: On the back of the chair
Favorite Food: Varies from day to day. Would love a steady diet of Fancy Feast, but has to eat things like Wellness, Innova, Pinnacle, Avoderm, Natural Balance, etc.
Skills: He's really good at catching ants with his paws. He licks his paw, puts it down on the ant to catch it, then eats the ant.
Arrival Story: I adopted Buster and his brother, Bono, from my former boss. These kitties, along with their mom and littermates, were barn cats. Once I got them home, they were pampered little princes and treated like royalty. We lost Bono on February 15, 2002 and Peeps thought he was FINALLY going to get to be an only cat. Don't get us wrong, he loved his brother, but he really wanted all of the attention for himself. We were fine by ourselves for almost two years, but after a bout with a ‘mild’ case of pancreatitis, coupled with his advancing age, I started to panic each time he didn’t greet me at the door and started thinking that maybe Peeps needed a ‘friend’. Yes, it was very selfish of me but I knew if I lost Peepers, I wouldn’t be able to make it through the grief if I didn’t have another cat to love. I started volunteering with a cat rescuse and, as was inevitable, I found a cat that I wanted to adopt. Peeps eventually learned to accept and even like Busbee and quite a few others that followed! I never thought I’d see the day, but he basically now accepts about any cat that comes through my home with barely a hiss.
Bio: Peeps will be 17 in April (2007) but he doesn't look it and he doesn't act it. He's still the alpha cat in the house. I know that I'm not supposed to have favorites, but this guy has been a part of my life for almost 17 years, so I feel like I can't help but be partial ;o)
Lives Remaining: 4 of 9
Forums Motto: Open another can, I don't like that one!
Each player starts with seven random facts about themselves. Cats who are tagged need to write about themselves (the seven random facts) as well as the rules in their diary. You need to select seven cats to tag and list their names. Don't forget to leave them a comment (via p-mail) telling them that they've been tagged and that they need to read your diary for more information. My family is going to play by altered rules and we are not going to tag other kitties. Mom was on vacation for a week and came home to a mail box full of 'tags'
MY SEVEN FACTS
1. I have Chronic Renal Failure and have to have medicine twice a day and fluids 3 times a week.
2. I am declawed in the front, which my mom very much regrets.
3. I am possibly the fussiest eater on the planet.
4. I get to go outside on a leash and harness.
5. I have been on an airplane twice.
6. I was born a barn cat.
7. I have lived in three different states.
My sweet little old man! I hope you realize how very much I love you. You've been a part of my life for so many years, it feels like you have been with me always.
I'm so sorry that you've had to go through so much lately. Having kidney disease is no fun for you, I know that. But you are so good to endure the fluids and medications and supplements that allow me to prolong your life. I know you think it's not necessary, that if you're sick you're OK with dying, but your mommy is not OK with that.
I'm sorry you've had such a rough week with the urinary tract infection and then the enema, but you are such a trooper. You always bounce back and still love me in spite of what I've made you endure. I love you with all of my heart my little Pee Poppy Po, and I will go to the ends of the earth to make you feel better and to keep you healthy and with me for as long as I can!
I haven't really talked about this in *public* until now, but my good friends know that about 2 1/2 months ago, I was diagnosed with kidney disease, also known as Chronic Renal Failure, or CRF.
It's been a real busy couple of months for mom and me as we try to figure out the best way to treat this disease. I've had blood work done twice and I'm sure I'll have more in the next couple of months. Mom had a consultation with a renal specialist vet out in California who gave her lots of great information that is going to help me a lot. The most important was to get my blood pressure checked right away.
As it turns out, my blood pressure is very high and I am taking medication for that. Hopefully we will get it under control very soon. Here is my treatment regiment:
- Fluids (latated ringers solution), three times weekly. Mom heats the bag to 102 (my body temp) to make it more comfortable.
- Norvasc for my blood pressure, twice daily.
- Enalapril also for my blood pressure, once daily
- Phosphorus binders - three times daily in my food to control phosphorus level
- B complex liquid - once per day. Keeps my energy level good and helps my appetite
- Fatty acids, we use GNC Multi-Oil, omega 3, 6 and 9
- Psyllium husk mixed with water, mixed with my food. To avoid constipation often caused by the phosphorus binders
- Cosequin, every other day, for my arthritis
So as you can see, I keep mom pretty busy taking the best care of me that she possibly can. Oh yes, I do try to make her job even more difficult by being really picky about eating. She buys me all kinds of yummy food, but you know it's a strange thing! What tastes GREAT that morning, I don't find all that interesting in the evening. That's part of my job, I gues.
Oh, a very nice man from one of her CRF groups had a kitty who recently went to the Rainbow Bridge from this disease. All of you Bridge kitties, be on the look out for Coal from Syracuse, NY. I didn't know him, but his dad is a great guy! Anway, he sent lots of Coal's medications and supplies to my mom for me. She was so touched by this kindness that she almost cried.
She gets very sad going to those groups sometimes. There is lots and lots of great information and she has learned so much about how to help me and where to get my supplies for less money and stuff, but she reads about lots of kitties going to the Rainbow Bridge and it always makes her cry. So all of you Bridge kitties, please look out for the kitties from the CRF groups, OK? Be nice and show them around, make sure they know how everything works there.
I'd like to give a special shout out and thank you to Mr. Mike, Coal's dad, not only for taking such good care of his friend, but for helping my mom by sending Coal's supplies to her. We'd also like to thank all the folks on the CRF and Phosphorus Management groups for all of the support and the knowledge they so willingly share to help folk like my mom and me, who are new to CRF. And a BIG BIG thanks to Dr. Lisa Pierson in California for all the good advice she gave my mom.