July 5th 2012 9:17 am
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It took a week for my earthly body's remains to be returned to Mawmee and Daddy. Before I left for the bridge, the vet office had me pawtograph some white spongey stuff. It was a momento to be left with my family. My two pawprints are in a nice leather case and together with my ashes will all be put in a pretty box of some kind like all the other angels in our family.
I've been so busy since I got to the bridge. A lot of our pals have joined me recently, and we had to hurry and get ready for all the festivities yesterday.
It was my first birthday since arriving at the bridge. I became a teenager, and you wouldn't believe the party! The place was painted purple - all the rainbows turned purple for me, there were flags everywhere, and then the big fireworks display!
Those fireworks you all see on earth are started by us cats up here at the bridge. This year the 4th of July committee said I could light the first fuse that started it all.
Thank you to so many cats for all the love you've shown me and my family. While Mawmee and Daddy were so sad that I made my journey, they know that they didn't wait too late or send me too early, and for that reason, they feel at peace with their decision.
I noticed from the bridge a couple of days ago that Samoa got on the counter and licked some lettuce. I'm glad someone is going to take over my bad habits!
Thanks to my many angel and earth friends for making my birthday so special. Let's keep the party going all weekend long!
June 25th 2012 8:16 am
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I'm sorry to have to tell you that I'm going to be riding the purple arch of the rainbow this afternoon. I've fought a good fight, but my body has given out. I decided yesterday that I no longer wanted to eat. All you angel cats know how hard it is to leave our families, but Mawmee and Daddy said that things will only get worse, and they want to spare me from any more pain.
I've had a good life with my family and friends. Who knew that a cat who lived in the woods chasing squirrels and birds would end up in a garage, and then in a house! Who knew that an outdoor cat would finally decide that living indoors was pretty pawsome! Who knew that I would meet the bestest friends in the whole wide world on Catster! Who knew that I would be the inspiration for The Cat in the Clover! I used to love running through the clover when Mawmee would work outside. Who knew that I would move across the country and become a cowboy cat!
I know they are going to miss me around here because I'm the talker of the family. I'm also the alarm clock for breakfast, so I'll have to tell Newman a few tricks to use.
I'll be making my journey at 3:00 this afternoon, so if you could remember me around that time, and say a few purrs that my journey is peaceful, I would appreciate it. I know Calvin will be right there with his Welcome sign, and I'll bet it will be purple! My BFFITWWW will be right next to him holding my heart basket. I can't wait to see her! Mawmee said when I make my journey, I'm going to be wrapped in the purple blanket that Rocky Ann gave me. I also know that I won't be alone because Spunky, Sugar, Rocky, and Autumn will be there to greet me too.
I wish I could stay long enough to celebrate my 13th birthday on July 4th, but you can bet I'll be having a big party with my angel pals, and when you see the fireworks that night, you can think of me.
Thank you for the fun, friendship, and laughter we have shared over the years. I will miss you all. And soon I'll be wearing bright purple wings . . . . . . .
June 11th 2012 10:01 pm
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After getting my bloodwork results back on Saturday, the vet lady and Mawmee decided I should have another Convenia shot since my white blood cell count is still elevated.
So, I went back to the vet today. The vet lady I saw on Friday wasn't there today, and the vet lady I saw a couple of weeks ago is on vacation, so I saw another vet lady today.
This vet lady isn't our favorite because she is the one we saw when we first moved here who told Mawmee that because Gleek has FIV, he shouldn't be around other cats.
Mawmee decided that while I was there, she would let them give me fluids because they could get more fluids in me than I will tolerate at home. So, I got my shot, and my fluids.
This vet lady asked if I was eating any special kidney food. The first vet lady said it was more important for me to eat anything. But this vet lady said the kidney food would help my kidneys not to have to work so hard.
They gave us a couple of cans of Royal Canin kidney food, and I really like it! So far, I've eaten two meals of it. We'll see how long that lasts!
This vet lady also said I should get my blood checked in a week, but Mawmee said we aren't made of money, and she is going to wait two weeks because that is how long the Convenia shot lasts. What is the point of doing the bloodwork again in one week? She wants to give the shot a chance to do its thing, and then we'll get it checked again.
It's interesting to see that all these vet ladies have different opinions on kidney issues!
June 10th 2012 7:04 am
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I've figured out all the tricks they are using on me to give me fluids, so Friday we took a trip to the vet's office so I could get fluids.
Dang, those vet techs tried some new tricks, and Mawmee and Daddy used them on Saturday to give me fluids. You can now call me Burrito Violet! They roll me in a towel like an enchilada! I also got weighed but they did it after the fluids so the number might be off a little. I had not lost any weight.
While I was there, a new vet lady came in to see me. My other vet lady is on vacation. She said we should take some of my blood to compare it to the blood they took two weeks ago.
She called yesterday to give me the results. While my numbers are still elevated, they have come down, so your purrs are working! My white blood cell count is still elevated, so I'll be going back on Monday for another Convenia shot. The vet lady said I could either take pills, liquid, or do the shot which lasts two weeks. Since I'm already getting somewhat stressed from the fluids ordeal, it was decided the best thing would be the shot.
Here are my values from the latest tests:
BUN from 82 to 71
Creatinine from 5.1 to 4.8
Phosphorus from 8.5 to 7.1
WBC from 36,000 to 33,000
By the way, I'm loving pumpkin! Mawmee mixes it in my Fancy Feast in the morning, and I gobble it up!
Thanks again for all the purrs!
June 4th 2012 9:19 am
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We finally found the right kind of canned pumpkin at Target! Mawmee added a little bit to my Fancy Feast last night and I ate it all up. They were also able to give me more fluids last night using the Clothespin Mohawk trick!
This morning is the first morning in awhile where I didn't throw up a hairball. I did leave a few tiny poopie pieces on the floor in the cat room.
The other problem I'm having right now is hair loss behind my ears. You can see all the way to my skin! It appears to be another problem with dehydration and high phosphorus levels.
Thank you for all the suggestions, purrs, and rosettes!
June 2nd 2012 3:32 pm
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Tanya gave Mawmee and Daddy the idea. I don't think I like Tanya. She has a very good website for kitties that have bad stuff going on with their Kid Knees.
I've been very bad at letting Mawmee and Daddy give me fluids. They say I'm one strong 7 lb. cat! I can figure out how to wiggle out of any hold they put on me.
They've tried the laundry room unfamiliar territory trick. It worked once.
They've tried the wrap-me-in-a-towel-like-a-burrito trick. Fail!
They've tried the sit-next-to-me-and-act-like-you're-not-giving fluids trick. Fail!
They've tried the sit-on-the-lap trick. Fail!
Mawmee can't stick me with the needle, but they've both tried holding me, and it is not working.
So, today they tried the Clothespin Mohawk trick that Tanya suggests.
She suggests bribery and trickery. I think she must be a witch. She also shows some cat sitting at his bowl eating while he is getting fluids. I think it is a stuffed cat. No cat is going to be that good!
If you go to this website and scroll down, you'll see some cat who is screaming his head off because they just told him he is getting a clothespin mohawk!
I was on my chair, minding my own business this morning, and Mawmee had that look in her eyes and three clothespins in her hands! I got the mohawk, and then Daddy came over and stuck me with the needle.
I was able to sit still long enough for 100 ml of my fluids. They felt pretty good about it, and the minute it was over, Daddy turned to Mawmee and said,
You better start searching the internet for the next trick!
They know these tricks only work one time! MOL!
I'm having very bad constipation with very little output. Mawmee was unable to find canned pumpkin today (what's up with that?), but Tanya said you can also use squash baby food, so she bought some of that for me to help with my dried up poopies.
That website is very useful, and Mawmee found out more info there than she has ever gotten from a vet. Sometimes she will find a flojectile throw up next to one of my hard little poopies. Tanya said that when a cat is dehydrated and tries to poop, sometimes they throw up at the same time.
Please keep on purring for me because Mawmee thinks things are not looking very good for me.
May 25th 2012 11:57 am
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I got whisked to the vet today so that a vet tech could show Mawmee and Daddy how to give me fluids and keep me still. She was very good and gave us some good advice.
So, I got my fluids, and then I pooped and peed in the carrier on Mawmee's lap on the way home. I cried in the car, but I'm a talker, so they expected some chattiness!
On Sunday, I'll be getting my fluids in the laundry room which they think will trick me into thinking I'm at the vet's office - MOL!
The vet tech said Mawmee should scruff my neck and with her other hand hold the back of my feet because both of those movements are supposed to make me submissive. She said you can tap a cat lightly on the nose too to distract them. Which hand is she supposed to use for that? Maybe we'll have Newman in there helping with the distraction part! MOL!
Daddy is supposed to insert the needle quicker and not be such a pansy about it - sorry Pansy! And someone is supposed to hold the bag of fluids up high so that it flows good.
Dang, we need more people in this house!
May 25th 2012 8:56 am
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Apparently I'm not good like Calvin or Callie (Mawmee and Daddy's first cat). They both sat quietly on Daddy's lap when they got their fluids.
Not me. I'm a wigglebutt! They tried three times to give me fluids yesterday. First I was on Mawmee's lap, then on Daddy's lap, and then again on Mawmee's lap.
They tried the big needle that the vet place gave us because the fluids go in faster. Fail.
They tried a smaller needle from supplies we had left over from Calvin. Fail.
They tried warming up the fluids a little bit so it wouldn't feel so cold going under my skin. Fail.
Today, they are taking me to the vet so one of the vet techs can give me fluids, and they can watch to see how to give fluids to a wigglebutt!
Mawmee bought some yummy foods for me because I'm getting bored with Fancy Feast. The important thing is for me to eat, so I'm getting chicken Tiki sprinkled on top of my food. It is pretty good stuff.
Thanks for the continued support and purrs. Please purr that my parents can figure out how to give me fluids so I'll feel better!
May 23rd 2012 7:31 pm
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The vet lady called this afternoon with the results of my bloodwork. She had two items to discuss regarding what was found.
1. I have Kid Knee problems. My BUN, Creatinine, and Phosphorus levels are high and my TC02 (bicarbonate) level is a little low. These numbers are significantly different than what showed up in January before I had my dental work. Here are the current numbers:
BUN - normal is 15 - 34 mg/dL and mine is 82
Creatinine - normal is 0.8 - 2.3 mg/dL and mine is 5.1
Phosphorus - normal is 3.0 - 7.0 mg/dL and mine is 8.6
TC02 (Bicarbonate) - normal is 13 - 25 mEq/L and mine is 10
The vet lady said the best thing for me regarding my kidneys is to keep getting the sub-Q fluids.
2. I have a very high WBC (white blood cell count). This usually indicates an infection of some kind.
WBC - normal is 4.2 - 15.6 K/uL and mine is 36.9
Because it is so high, the guys at the lab did some other testing on the individual cells to see if they could discover anything.
Mawmee has a copy of my bloodwork, and of course, it is complicated language. It basically indicates that my neutrophil, lymphocyte, monocyte, eosinophil, and basophil numbers are all pretty high which suggest an inflammatory response.
The number of lymphocytes suggest I probably have subacute or chronic lymphoma or leukemia.
In doing some searching on the internet, Mawmee found this information:
The most common lymphoma sites in cats are the gastrointestinal system, the spine, and the chest cavity. The gastrointestinal type is the most common of the three forms of lymphoma and is not as closely associated with FeLV as are the other two. This type appears in older cats as weight loss and a drop in appetite. Some cats will vomit and/or have diarrhea, depending on the exact location of the cancer. Stomach cancers tend to cause vomiting and intestinal cancers are more likely to cause diarrhea.
The vet lady told us that while she couldn't feel that any of my internal organs were enlarged, there could be enlargement of lymph nodes and other internal things she is unable to feel.
So, while the news isn't good, the vet lady said that hopefully giving me fluids will make me feel better. My urine came back not showing any infection, so the elevated WBC is not necessarily related to my kidney problems.
We'll take one day at a time and see how I do. Eating is also important, and I'm going to do my best to keep on eating. I've definitely lost some of my appetite, but whenever I act hungry, I'm going to get food!
Thank you for your continued purrs . . . . . .
May 22nd 2012 6:44 pm
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I'm back from the vet's office. Here is what we found out.
1. I've lost 2 pounds since January.
2. I'm dehydrated. I got fluids, and brought home some fluids that Mawmee and Daddy will attempt to give me 2-3 times a week. The vet lady said this should make me feel a little better, and it should also help my hard poopies.
3. My breath stinks. Since I just had dental work in January, my breath shouldn't be stinky from my toofies. The vet lady said this usually indicates problems internally.
4. I had a lot of pee in my bladder. They decided they wanted some of it, so I gave it to them, and also pooped on the floor just because I thought they might want some poop too! Besides, Newman said you can't go wrong by leaving poop behind!
5. They took my blood! They are going to check my Kid Knee values and also my Thy Roid values to see if there has been any change since we had that done in January. I should get those results back tomorrow.
6. The vet lady gave me a Convenia shot which lasts two weeks. She said that will help with any infection that might be going on which could be causing the stinky breath (and the bacteria living in my stinky mouth).
7. The vet lady didn't feel any masses in my tummy, but you can still have the nasty C and not have masses. Mawmee said we would not be doing any ultrasounds, chemo, or other stuff like that. Mawmee told her she has been down that road before, and didn't want to put any more cats through all of that.
8. We left lots of money there.
9. We made an appointment for Inky for tomorrow because he is due for his yearly check-up.
I came home and ate a little bit of dinner, so that was good. I'll keep you all updated when I know anything more. Thank you so much for all the purrs and good wishes. It means a lot to me (and Mawmee).
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