Every Day is a Treat

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Katie's last day

March 27th 2010 8:17 pm
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Dear Catster friends,

I’m Katie’s mom and I’m sad to say that Katie passed away last week. She had been doing well considering her health problems, but it was her time to go. We had a really nice day together. It started out with a trip to the vet for her regular blood tests. I know she wouldn’t say that was good, but it was a sunny and mild day, so she felt the breeze blowing into her carrier and enjoyed the sun warming her inside. And she was really happy when we got home. She spent the day looking out the windows, getting petted by me, napping, and eating her favorite food.

In the evening I gave her the subcutaneous fluids like usual then brushed her. She loved being brushed so she purred and purred. I left her for ten minutes and when I came back she was limp and unresponsive. She came to when I picked her up but I knew she was very sick so I took her to the emergency vet. They did tests but didn’t know what was wrong with her. Her condition got worse and it was obvious that she was dying, so we decided that the best thing to do for her was to help her go.

I'm very glad that I was home when she started dying so I could end her suffering quickly. And I cherish our last day together, just like I cherish every day I had with her. Every day with Katie was indeed a treat.

Take care kitties,

Katie’s mom

 

Every day really is a treat

February 1st 2010 8:00 pm
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Hello diary and everyone,

I've made it to another birthday! I know Mom has been worried about me for the past few months, but I am doing pretty good for an old gal with kidney disease. I even had a surprisingly good blood test recently. My kidney function is stable, certainly because of my new medicine (Epakitin and Azodyl; ask your vet about them if you have bad kidneys too). My red blood cell level is good AND my diabetes appears to have gone into remission. That means no more shots! Mom has to keep watching me for signs in case it comes back, but so far so good. It sure gets boring talking about my health problems, but that's part of getting older, isn't it?

Now that I'm in my twilight years and don't mouse around like I used to, I have a lot of time to reflect on my life as well as enjoy the slow pace of the present. I think back to what I wrote in my first entry -"I've been through some hard times, but have always maintained my positive attitude towards life and have continually welcomed humans into my kitty world. For this, I have been greatly rewarded." So true, so true. The people who have taken care of me, from my owners to my vets, have been a gift from the universe. We are a different species but we happily go through life together loving each other.

Did I just say I love my vets?? I must be getting senile. Ha, ha, ha.

Happy birthday to me!

Katie

 

Lots of changes

September 18th 2009 2:05 pm
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Dear diary,

Lots has changed since the last time I wrote. Mom and I moved into a new apartment, so I've had to adapt my daily rituals to a new place. I used to spend a lot of my day snoozing under the blanket on the couch, but now I spend all of my time on the bed. It's by two windows, so I can sunbathe and look at all the goings-on outside. It's a pretty sweet set up I have there.

Ugh, the other change is that I lost a bunch of weight again. I hate when I do that! I don't do it on purpose though. It ends up that my kidneys aren't working as hard as they used to, so get this, I get iv fluids once a day. It's like I'm a patient and Mom is my nurse. But luckily I don't have to go to the hospital to get it. I was pretty grumpy about it at first because the needle kind of hurt. But Mom asked the vet for thinner needles and it's been going better. Getting fluids isn't my favorite thing in the world to do, but it's only for a few minutes a day and Mom brushes me to make it nicer for me.

Getting older is a pain, but I still enjoy my kitty cat life and since Mom takes such good care of me, I hope to have many more happy days ahead.

Purrs and trills,

Katie

 

Just chillin'

July 8th 2009 8:37 pm
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Hello everyone,

It's bedtime, but I just wanted to check in and upload a new picture my mom took. She zoomed right in on my face. She thinks it's really cute. I think I make a good model.

I'm just chillin' this summer; doing a lot of napping. I'm feeling pretty good for an old lady. My back legs aren't as strong as they used to be, so it's a little hard to get around. Mom put boxes by the bed and couch so I can get up there easier. My diabetes is under control and I'm used to getting my shot every day. It's really not a big deal. So all in all, life is good.

Meow,

Katie

 

I used another one of my lives

March 5th 2009 7:08 pm
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Dear Diary,

I haven't written since the summer so I'll catch you up. I spent the fall and the beginning of winter filling my days napping and generally being adorable for my mom. She had some time off at the holidays so we spent a lot of time together just hanging out and enjoying each other's company. Life was good.

Then this year I started to feel yucky. I was tired and not very interested in doing anything. Mom also noticed that I had lost weight. So yes, you guessed it, that earned me a trip to the vet. I'm not a fan of leaving my apartment, but I'm glad I went to the doctor. I spent a day there and they took a bunch of my blood and it ends up I'm diabetic. My levels were borderline, but with my other symptoms, like walking wobbly and drinking a lot, my vet decided to start me on insulin. I felt better almost instantly. Mom could totally see the change in me. I'm happy again!

And it gets better. I got a blood test again yesterday and the insulin has brought my glucose down to a normal level and I gained 7 ounces. So I don't need to go back to the vet for three months as long as nothing changes.

So let's see- I used one of my nine lives when I was a stray in winter all those years ago. I used one when I got inflammatory bowel disease and lost a lot of weight. And I used another one with my diabetes and weight loss. That leaves 6 more lives as backup. It's good to have some spares.

Purrs and meows,

Katie

 

I love summer

August 3rd 2008 10:00 am
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Hello kitties,

I've been so busy enjoying summer I haven't kept up with my diary. I love napping in the sunshine and looking out the window at all the activity on my street. There are people and dogs walking by all the time. I'm happy to be inside though. I can enjoy summer just fine in the comfort of my bed.

I did have to leave the apartment once this summer to get the heart ultrasound. I was not pleased, to say the least. The whole ordeal took a few hours and by the end I was very stressed. The actual exam wasn't that bad, but afterwards they tried to take my blood pressure, which was just too much for me. I let them know by not cooperating. That's the only way to get through to humans sometimes, isn't it? But the good news is that, although I have a leaky valve, it's not bad and there's nothing to do about it yet. Mom says I'll have to get another ultrasound in a couple of years. That's a long ways away, so I'm not going to think about it yet.

All in all, summer 2008 has been great!

Meows.

 

Trip to the vet

May 20th 2008 3:04 pm
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Hello and meow,

I went to the vet last week and it wasn't too bad, as far as that goes. I've gained a few ounces so the vet said I can try taking a half of a pill for my IBD for a month and see what happens. If I don't lose weight, I can stay with the half pill. It's a little bit easier to swallow, but I still put up a fight. For reasons that I'll keep to myself, I stopped eating the pills Mom hid in treats and wet food. So now Mom has to give them to me by mouth. I admit it was easier the other ways, but it just wasn't working for me anymore. And honestly, I was hoping that by causing trouble Mom would give up and not give me pills anymore. So far it hasn't worked. I know I need the pills, but it's just so darn frustrating to take them every day.

The vet says I have to have the heart ultrasound to see if I have heart disease. Mom thought they could just monitor my heart murmur and do something if it gets worse. But the vet says the test is the only way to know what is going on. So I'll have to deal with that later this year. Mom said not to worry about it yet.

Talking about all of this has made me sleepy. I'm off to a nap.

Meow,

Katie

 

Happy Mother's Day

May 11th 2008 11:42 am
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Hi kitties and mamas,

I haven't written in awhile, so I thought today would be a good day on account of it being mother's day. I want to thank my mom and all the moms out there for taking such good care of us kitties. You make us feel special and loved every day. So, many purrs and kisses to you all.

Things are going well with me. Well, except that I heard Mom make an appointment with the vet for next week. It's just to check in about my bowel condition and to check on my heart murmur. I expect things to go smoothly, so I'm not going to fret about it.

Did any of you kitties see the Sweeney Todd movie? I like Johnny Depp and all, but I was quite offended by the references to putting cats in the pies. It was ghastly! I had to leave the room and take a long nap to recover from the horror of it all. Mom said some humans in the movie didn't end up so well either. The ancient Egyptians would never have put cats in pies. They worshiped us, and rightly so!

Purrs,

Katie

 

My Birthday, kind of

February 1st 2008 11:54 am
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Dear Diary,

Mom forgot that today is my made up birthday until Catster wrote to wish me a happy birthday. So thank you Catster! I would have missed out on my birthday treats. My birthday is made up because I was a stray, but today works for me.

Technically, I am a senior cat now, but I still feel pretty kittenish. My inflammatory bowel disease is under control, so I'm maintaining a decent weight. I've had a mild heart murmur for years, so the vet wants to investigate that more, but Mom isn't sure what to do. The vet wants me to get an ultrasound on my heart, but it's expensive and it may just end up showing that I'm not in any danger. This whole idea started because the last time I was at the vet they tried to draw blood and I freaked out and was breathing really hard. The vet is worried that I was breathing hard because of my heart. Mom is thinking of bringing me in for a visit to have her listen to my heart again and try to tell if the murmur is louder. Anyway, enough old lady talk!

Life continues to be good. I love my mom, and my apartment with all the cozy places to sleep. I get treats and yummy wet food and I have a really cool cat tree.
I look forward to a great year ahead!

Katie

 

A pill-taking miracle

November 20th 2007 8:30 pm
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Hello Kitties,

I am very happy these days because Mom figured out a better way to give me pills. She read about pill pocket treats, where there is a hole in the treat for the pill, and figured it was worth a try. I've never fallen for the hiding the pill trick before so I figured Mom had just wasted her money. But to both our surprise, I ate it. It was weird. I mean, I knew the pill was in there because I'm a clever cat, but I didn't mind because the treat tasted so good. And it sure beats having the pill shoved down my throat. So for the foreseeable future, I think I will cooperate and eat the treats.

There's another weird thing going on here too- there is a suitcase on the floor. The pattern is usually that it's on the floor for a couple of days, then Mom takes it somewhere for a few days. I don't know where they go or what the suitcase does when they get there, but I'm sure glad I'm not in it. I'll just stay at home, thank you very much.

Happy Holidays,

Love Katie the Kitty and Mom

 
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