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Bad news

September 15th 2011 7:33 pm
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I had to go to the vet today. They wanted to run some test with my hyperthyroidism. Dad was also concerned that I wasn't eating or drinking as much as I should. We found out I went from a little under 13 lbs to just over 10 lbs in the 2 months since my last visit! The vet said I was the calmest I've ever been which isn't a good sign. The good news is that everything else appears OK, I'm just not eating or drinking much. My blood work gets back tomorrow and we'll know more then.

In the meantime they pumped me up with water and in a few hours I was closer to my normal self - growling and hissing at the vets. I ate the food they gave me too. Dad brought me home and put more water down my throat. He did see me eating some.

Dad thinks it could be because I'm not taking my medicine. Oh he puts the pill in my mouth but that doesn't mean I'll swallow. He can hold my mouth shut all he wants, I find a way to get rid of it. At least we hope it's that and nothing more serious. Dad may be giving me more water in the future though.

 

5 years

September 4th 2011 5:30 pm
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This weekend marks my living with Dad for 5 years. Five good "exciting" years. Because he didn't go home to visit his family for a while, he went this weekend so we missed the actual day, but we cats don't really count days. We were so happy to see him when he got back. I ran out into the garage several times while he was unpacking.

I've been off my insulin for several weeks now. I'm hardly ever getting sick, but I'm not eating much. Dad talked with the neighbor who takes care of us while he's gone and she said I could just be tired of my food. So Daddy got 6 different cans of cat food for me today! I can't wait to try them. At this point, he wants me well fed first, then we'll worry about the diabetes.

It's good to be here. I'm very happy, at least my Dad thinks I'm happy. I have love and pets. Every cat should be this lucky.

 

I'm a DDP Today!

July 21st 2011 5:17 am
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Hey, I found out I'm a DDP and I didn't even talk about Newmies. I'm doing well, taking my pills and shots without much complaints. Sometimes I eat too fast though and get sick. Two days ago I got sick over my pillow bed. Dad just gave me too much food at once. Pepi is driving Dad crazy(ier) by meowing at the door and window. He took her out on her/my harness last night, but it didn't shut her up. Why does she meow so much?!

I got an ice cream cone from, the family of Tony, Anna, Greystone, and Sammy. They said it was my birthday. Sorry, that's not for months. But thanks anyway!

 

Good news!

July 14th 2011 12:55 pm
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Vet called today. My blood sugar was so low that the vet decided to cut my insulin shots to a fourth of what it was. So instead of getting 2 units twice a day, it's one unit once a day! That works out pretty well because it means Dad can give my shot and pill at the same time. He's forgotten a few times in the morning. Turned out to be a good thing. Now let's see if I can gain some weight back. I'll have to eat a lot of food. I think I can handle that.

 

Back from the vet

July 13th 2011 3:09 pm
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With Dad getting a new job, he decided I needed to go to the vet pronto for my diabetic checkup. Good news is that my weight is up by 4 ounces. Bad news is that the vet was hoping for more. They're going to check my blood and urine and let us know how they are tomorrow.

I behaved myself for the most part. In any case, I'm not getting worse and slowing getting better!

 

Another Update

July 13th 2011 10:58 am
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First the good news, Dad got a contract job working in Downers Grove. It's a 5-6 month contract with the possibility of extension. It was so cool. He found out about it yesterday when our internet and phone was out. (Thank you neighbors for letting us use your phone!)

This means before he goes back, I have to go to the vet for my blood work. But I've been taking my shots (when Dad remembers) and pills. I'm eating well and not using the litter box often so we think I'm in good health. I don't know if I'll be off the juice, but since I don't complain about it, it's not too bad.

Things are normal around here. Dad did grilling again on the 4th of July. No one came by but I still got to go outside. Pepi came out too for a while. Lena was out for 2 seconds before she wanted back in. Everything else is all good. Dad found a canned food and a dry food that I will actually eat and is good for me. Pepi doesn't eat my wet food either. Everyone eats the dry food. Dad thinks her little kitty gut is getting littler too.

Happy days are here again!

 

Grilling time!

May 30th 2011 3:27 pm
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This was a great day. Dad uncovered the grill for the summer and I got to go outside while he cooked. I was good for the most part (I tried to go under a car and Dad pulled me out and put me inside for a while). I napped in the sun and the shade so I could enjoy the warmth and the breeze. The second time he let me out I behaved myself and stayed close. The neighbors came by after a while and brought their toddler. Nice kid but a bit shy. He'd run over to me and just look for a moment then run back. He'd do it several times. Once in a while he'd try to pet me. I let him. I was an inoffensive as possible. I even rolled on my side and showed him my fluffy white belly. He was just so nervous. He'd stroke me once on my leg then run back.

Anyway I got to spend some hours outside and I wanted to go out again when Dad had to cover the grill again but Dad had enough. It was great while it lasted. Did I mention I never once begged for scraps? There was yummy marinated fish there and I didn't ask for any. See, I'm very well behaved.

 

An update

May 28th 2011 6:49 am
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Well it's been over 2 weeks since I started my shots. Things are going well in that department. I'm getting used to the DM food. Dad tried to mix it in with some other wet foot and everyone would rather have DM. He's going to try and find another food for us.

Dad's contract ended yesterday. They said they would want him back once they have more projects ready. And he's happy to go back. Good people, good company, good pay. Not much more you could want. Well except for something called PTO. So now Dad's going to take it easy for a few days and think about what to do next. Everyone is optimistic so we're not going to worry much for now. We can make it for a few months on our own and something is bound to come up by then. Hey, we knew this was a temporary position when he took it. Only thing we didn't expect that he'd like it so much.

The weather is nice here. I get to go outside occasionally and eat the grass. It will be nice to have Dad around here more. We missed him.

 

Diabetes

May 12th 2011 5:54 pm
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I've been using the litterbox a lot lately. Dad was worried that my hyperthyroidism may be getting worse so he took me to the vet today. I lost 2 pounds since February and some of it was muscle. Everything though was looking good at first. We were sure I could get get an extra half pill a day and all would be normal.

But it wasn't.

I have diabetes now. Dad is very scared. Twelve years ago Dad lost his kitty, Opus, to it. We're not sure exactly what happened, but it was bad and we won't list all the details. The only humane thing Dad's family could do for Opus was to him to be PTS. It was one of the worst experiences in Dad's life. Things have come a long way in those dozen years according to the vet. Everycat is going to be fed special food now and I have to get a shot twice a day. We'll see how things go.

The vet let Dad give me my first shot in the office to be sure he was doing it right. I let him. The vet said I was a lot calmer when Dad was near. It went OK. This shouldn't be a big problem. The vet said it's better to give me too little insulin than too much (we think that's what happened with Opus). Dad sometimes forgets my pill in the evening so forgetting my insulin shot occasionally won't be the end of the world as long as it doesn't happen too often. "When it doubt, skip it." is what the vet said. With a little luck, I may be off my insulin eventually. Let's purr for that!

 

Outside!

April 25th 2011 6:56 pm
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The weather was nice and warm over the weekend so Dad brought out my harness and took me OUTSIDE Saturday and Sunday. I was so happy! I meowed constantly and tried to sniff everything. Dad kept me on my harness and insisted I go where he wanted to go. He carried me across the street where some neighbors were working on their lawn. They oohed and ahhed at me and said I had nice markings. I let them pet me, but I really wanted to sniff around more. One of the children brought his Guinea pig out, but I didn't pay attention. I have enough food at home and sniffing stuff is more exciting. I love the attention.

I had to go in too soon and begged to go out again. Maybe this coming weekend.

 
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