November 16th 2013 8:09 am
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I've been so busy up here styling all my angel friends and giving lessons on how to properly wear a boa! I didn't realize how much work it takes to be an angel! And, of course, I've been helping pass out boas at the gate when new angels arrive.
A couple of days ago, the funny Tabbies O Trout Towne wrote a wonderful blog entry in my memory!
As you can tell, some very creative peeing has been going on over at Trout Towne! I think my personal favorite is the boot with pom pom! After checking out their creations, you can view my Masterpees video which inspired their litter box creations!
Yesterday, Mawmee and Daddy received a beautiful book of condolences. It is all sparkly and has wonderful messages as well as angel pictures of me. Edgar's Mommy did such a nice job compiling the book. Mawmee is going to treasure it forever. Additionally, they received a gift certificate for a portrait to be done of me by Clyde's Mommy. I will forever have a place on the wall in our house when that painting gets finished!
Thank you all for the outpouring of love since my journey. Catster friends are the best!
October 13th 2013 9:08 am
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I guess the Diary Gal might have shed a few tears for me yesterday, so she decided to bestow my first diary pick as an angel! Thank you, Diary Gal! I'm honored that you haven't forgotten me!
I thought I'd share this beautiful thought from my friend, Daisy, of Da Tabbies O Trout Towne:
may your cloud shine bright with purple and pink
may feather boa's adorn every nook and cranny
may your spirit soar long side the wings of the dove
and when I look at the night time sky, I will seek out
constellation Diva....and remember you always
And thank you isn't a big enough word for all the kind messages you all have left for me and my family. It is so touching and heartwarming.
And you knew I'd be all over my angel duties, so I thought I'd share with you the way I'm keeping in touch with my family.
I've decided that feathers will be my way of communicating with my loved ones and friends. How did Daisy know? MOL!
Yesterday when Mawmee and Daddy got home, Daddy decided he wanted to go on a hike. He finds hiking very peaceful, and after the stressful morning, he thought it would be a good stress reliever. Mawmee gave him a black feather from one of my boas. She told him to leave it in a special place. You can see the picture he took. The feather looks like a pretty butterfly.
While he was on the hike, Mawmee was packaging up two Snooze Sacks that had been purchased from The Cat in the Clover. She was leaving for the post office and in the middle of the garage where Daddy's car had been parked was a feather! She thought that was a little strange because it wasn't near the edge of the garage door where she would expect a feather to be.
Then this morning after Daddy had fed my brothers, Mawmee went in the kitchen to pick up the bowls and rinse them out. On the rug in front of the sink was something she thought looked like a piece of cat fur. When she picked it up, it was a tiny gray feather!!! She showed it to Daddy and asked where in the world did that come from? She looked at all the Halloween decorations in the house to see if any of them had feathers, and they didn't!
Teeheeheehee . . . . . . I'm spreading my feather boas from the heavens! Be sure to look for a feather near you, and you'll know it is from me!
October 12th 2013 8:43 am
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Last night Mawmee and I had a slumber party in my room. The boys wanted to come in, but it was a girl's only party. I ate, used the litter box, and was pretty comfortable most of the night except for the bandage on my paw. I still had in my IV catheter because I was going to spend the day at the vet's office getting fluids.
We all got up early, and I ate my breakfast and did my business. Daddy came in to sit with me while Mawmee took a shower. While he was there, I started having a grand mal seizure. He yelled for Mawmee to come in, and she kept me calm while the seizure went on.
In a span of 20 minutes, I had a total of 4 grand mal seizures. My breathing became labored. Mawmee even gave me the shot that was reserved for Gleek the next time he had a big seizure. It helped calm the last seizure I had.
I was telling Mawmee and Daddy that I wanted to become an angel. They knew it was a sign that I was ready to stop fighting. So, we all went to the vet's office when they opened this morning.
I was wrapped in my pink blanket and a purple and white boa was around my neck when I made my journey. Luckily, I didn't have any more seizures on the way to the vet's office or while we were there. I made a peaceful journey sitting on Mawmee's lap with Daddy holding my paw.
Thank you for all the love you've shown me and my family.
October 11th 2013 8:23 pm
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Samoa's Mawmee here to give you an update on the day we've had. Most of you that are on Facebook already know about this, and because it has been a very tiring day, I'm going to repost my FB posts so you can be up to date on the latest findings.
Upon ultrasound, Samoa has a 6 cm mass in her abdomen near one of her kidneys. Some blood work was sent off (with results in a few days) to determine if it is an adrenal gland cancer. Apparently this is rare in kitties. If it isn't that, it is some other type of cancerous mass.
We've been back and forth between our vet and the ER vet where there is an internist who did her ultrasound. Here is one of the Facebook posts:
Latest Samoa update: She is back at our vet's office for more fluids/potassium through her IV. I did get a call that she ate some food which was good to hear as she is very weak from all that she has been through since last night. I'll pick her up in about an hour (as they don't have anyone supervising over night) and she will go back tomorrow for more fluids/potassium. I also have potassium type gel to give her twice a day. The mass is next to her right kidney. It could be cancer from her adrenal gland - blood work was sent off to check for that and we won't know anything for several days. If not that, then a cancerous mass of some kind, but not operable. We'll take it one day at a time, but it is not looking good for my sweet Samoa. Thank you so much for all the uplifting purrs and prayers.
Thank you for keeping Samoa in your purrs!
October 11th 2013 7:28 am
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Well, a night away from the boys sounded like a good idea, but I sure didn't expect it to be at the emergency vet!
I had a regular vet visit scheduled for today, but last night I was exhibiting some strange behavior. Mawmee called our vet but they were closing in 15 minutes and had three emergencies come in, so they suggested I go to the ER vet.
Last week, I started limping a little on my back right leg. Mawmee thought maybe it was from walking on the kitchen counter. Sometimes when I get to the sink area, I slip and a foot goes in the sink.
So, she made my vet appointment. But a few days later, I was doing okay. Then suddenly yesterday, I started holding my head down and walking slowly and laying in places I don't usually go.
When I got to the ER vet, my mouth was open and I was breathing heavy which is unusual for me because I like going places in the car. They took me back and put me in an oxygen kennel.
After blood work and a urinalysis, it was determined that I have very low potassium levels. I was also somewhat dehydrated. They decided to keep me over night, start an IV with potassium and recheck me in the morning to see if the potassium levels go up. Apparently, you have to administer potassium very slowly or it can cause heart problems.
The vet said my blood work is a mystery as to what is going on. I guess low potassium happens when something else is going on with the body. Diabetes was ruled out, and my kidney levels are not bad. However, my urine is not concentrated like it should be, so there is probably some type of kidney issue going on. My white blood cell count is high which can indicate either an infection or even inflammation from a chronic disease. The ER vet doesn't think it is an infection because there is no evidence that indicates it. My temperature is normal. They also checked my blood pressure over night, and it is at the high end of normal but not hypertension.
Mawmee just got a call from the vet. She said my potassium level has gone up from 2.5 to 2.75 but it still needs to go higher, so I'll probably be spending the day at my other vet's office. Once they got me hydrated, my BUN level came back to normal, but now the blood work indicates that I'm anemic.
So, if you cats could get your purr machines going, I sure would appreciate it! I'll update you later today!
July 22nd 2013 9:30 am
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Well, I'm feeling special today! I guess the Diary Gal decided to come back from vacation and pick me as a DDP today! It has been a long four months since my last honor, so I'm glad she took notice!
Did you hear that the royal baby might be born today? She may one day be queen. I'm already the queen of my house! Maybe they will name her Samoa.
In sad news, our friend, Jasper, made his journey to the bridge yesterday. He was 18 years old. Please stop by and read the beautiful diary entry his Mommy wrote about him. He was one lucky cat to have lived 18 years with his family. We know they will miss him very much.
Thank you to my friends who have honored me for my diary pick today. For some reason, I'm unable to load pictures, so I'll try later. Thank you, Tabitha, for making me a nice DDP picture!
I hope you all are treated like royalty today . . . .
July 18th 2013 4:47 pm
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I didn't think it was appropriate to title this diary entry, Urine Update, or Pee Wee Update, so I did it southern style. After all, I am a southern princess!
Yesterday, the vet called and talked to Daddy about the results of my urinalysis. I don't have an infection, and the protein level is good. Apparently, if you have too much protein in your pee, it can be the beginning stages of CRF, especially in older kitties. She told Daddy that my pee was watered down but I guess that isn't a bad thing. I make some pretty massive pee wees!
Thanks for the purrs!
And in some sad news, our friend Cleopatra made her journey to the bridge today. Please stop by and send some love her way. Her Mommy is very sad, and so is her brother, Sebastian.
Rest in peace, Cleo. I know the angels will take good care of you!
July 17th 2013 9:25 am
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Yesterday was my yearly vet visit. As you might remember, I was at the vet two months ago because I had been losing weight and was hungry all the time.
I went to the vet in one of our hard case carriers. I thought it was very nice, and I liked that it had more room inside. Of course, I was a perfect princess in the car.
In May, my blood work came back with no problems, however, an x-ray revealed something going on in my tummy. The vet felt what she thought was a mass, but the only way anything could be determined was through an ultrasound (which we decided not to do).
So, two months later, I'm back at the vet for her to feel my tummy again. And guess what? Whatever she felt has not gotten any larger. She said she wasn't sure if what she was feeling was my kidney, or possibly spleen. She looked at the x-rays again, but she can only see one kidney in the x-ray. The other one was in hiding.
I had gained a few ounces from two months ago, so that was good news too. We aren't really sure what is going on, but the vet thinks that if whatever she felt in May was a cancerous mass, it would have felt bigger to her yesterday. And it didn't.
Because they weren't able to get any urine to test in May, they took some of my pee yesterday. I'll get the results of it today. My kidney blood values were all in the good range, but she said checking for protein in the urine will help us see if I am in the very early stages of kidney problems. Something is probably going on, but we're not quite sure!
I'm still very hungry, and Mawmee is feeding me more during the day, so hopefully I can gain more weight. Thank you for all the purrs - keep 'em coming!
June 5th 2013 4:29 pm
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We all know about our friends Queen Tallulah, Natalie the Nat Cat, and Sugar Bear who have battled feline mammary cancer. I thought I'd tell you about another friend who is going through the same terrible disease.
Please visit Avail's page and leave her an encouraging message in her latest diary entry.
She is a beautiful black kitty who has been through several surgeries - the most recent one yesterday! Please keep her in your purrs that she will have a quick recovery. She is quite a survivor!
And keep on getting out the important message of spaying female kitties and doing monthly Sugar rubs to check for lumps and bumps!
May 15th 2013 2:50 pm
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I'm very sad and sorry to tell you that our pals in Australia had their Mommy journey to the bridge this past weekend.
Utu and his siblings (Ra, Blackie, Foxey, Schooby, Marmelade, Smokey, Alexander, Molly) are good friends, and we are purring for them tonight.
We just mailed a Schooby cat angel from The Cat in the Clover to their Mommy last week. She never got to see it.
Please send purrs to the family. For those on Facebook, here is their Mommy's page.
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