Pet-Peeves: Her people leaving the house. Being held longer than 2 seconds. Onyx getting close while she's being brushed.
Favorite Toy: Her 2 foot long red elastic strings. She brings them around the house during the day and to our bedroom at night.
Favorite Nap Spot: In her bed, on the floor near us, on the bedroom chair, on the cat house.
Favorite Food: Any dry cat food. We've added wet to her diet and she'll get excited for it but only eats a small bit. She loves beef and doesn't like chicken at all. Strange kitty.
Skills: Being very loud! Looking super cute with her belly exposed and not letting anyone pet it. She's also great at sensing when either of us is going to leave the house.
Arrival Story: After several recurrances of tonsillitis my boyfriend said I deserved something nice and so he suggested we adopt a cat knowing I'd always wanted one. We checked the website of a local shelter and checked PetSmart. I liked a cat on the website and at PetSmart and on the day we went to adopt we discovered it was the same cat!
Bio: She is quite the talker. She talks all the time. She used to get upset at either of us leaving but that has improved after we got another car and that we have a house. She doesn't want to admit that she likes Onyx. She'll play with her and she no longer cries at the door for our return.
::April 2009:: Kes has had her leg amputated due to a feline vaccine associated sarcoma. Check out her diary to learn more.
It's been nearly 6 months since my diagnosis and amputation due to VAS. I don't know how bad things could have gotten with that lump but I guess Kim and Dave did what they needed to do. I've gotten pretty good at walking around as a tripod. I still use some cardboard steps that Kim made for me now and then but other than that I'm back to normal. My hair is almost completely grown back too. Thank goodness because I wasn't looking forward to a winter with only half of my tush covered, brr. Kim has made some videos to document and educate folks about VAS informally:
Part 1, Diagnosis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gNNPAXOn0g
Part 2, Amputation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_uz3bXlZRo
Part 3, Recovery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt8hYwKqtX4
I had my leg amputated on Tuesday 4/28/09. I've been home since Wednesday and it's very nice to be home instead of at the scary vet. I'm on a pain medication that makes me feel very weird and angry; buprenex. Kim started to give me a half dose which helps the pain and doesn't make me as loopy. I've got the whole upstairs to myself but prefer camping out in a dark place. Kim has provided many beds and hidey-holes which is nice. Getting up is hard and it makes me mad! Once I'm up I hop around okay. I've even used the litter box all on my own without a problem. Kim might have to do a bit of cleaning- I kicked the litter outside the box a bit.
Kim spent the whole afternoon and evening with me yesterday and I loved it. She's made a video about my diagnosis and posted it on YouTube.com; search for Kes versus the monster. She really wants to spread the word about vaccine associated sarcomas. Luckily this vaccination was given in my leg but it was too high which could have been very dangerous. Other cat owners should know about where vaccines should be given. Some cats aren't as lucky and end up with tumors in the scruff of their neck. Feline VAS is a mean cancer that grows quickly. Know your cat's body and become aware of vaccination protocol!
Time for a nap. The medicine makes me a bit sleepy which is nice.
I have been diagnosed with stage 2 fibro sarcoma. I have been scheduled for a rear leg amputation on Tuesday, 4/28. I have been enjoying extra attention and treats but it doesn't make much sense to me yet. I guess I'll know more when I get home on Wednesday from the vet.
Kim has been doing a lot of beading and I've been keeping her company. I think she sold some to help with the cost of the amputation. She's been enjoying getting back into beading and I love to sit with her when she does.
We had some warm weather and the windows are open! Onyx and I love to sit in open windows and smell the world. Onyx is always desperate to get out and they took her out on the leash. I hope I get to go out too!
More later, I'm sure I'll have some down time this week.