January 7th 2009 4:58 am
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Hi! It’s me, Jack again. I promised I’d post an update on Pokey, and I am! :)
Pokey had his vet appointment yesterday. His vet said that his lungs sound like a washing machine because they are so full of fluid. The vet gave him a shot of a diuretic, Furosemide (the generic to Lasix), and a shot of an antibiotic. Pokey is back on Clavamox, and he’s also on the Furosemide for 15 days. He has such a severe case of pneumonia, that the vet was saying that if his breathing doesn’t get better, he’s going to have to hospitalize Pokey and put him on IVs to drain his lungs.
The vet also said that Pokey’s immune system is almost nonexistent, so its up to my Mom, Grandma and the vet to make the lil guy better. Pokey felt a little better after his vet appointment, and he ate some treats and let everyone kiss and hold him. Then he went under the headboard and didn’t come out until Mom dragged him out this morning to give him his medications. Mom’s worried, because the Furosemide should be making Pokey wee more, but he hasn’t even drank anything lately. We have until Friday for him to improve, or he’s going to have to be hospitalized. Mom is devastated. It all happened so quick (it happened about this time last year too, but Pokey didn’t go downhill so fast!).
Mom figures now when Pokey even gets a little cough, she’s taking him to the vet, whether or not he likes it…which he doesn’t, not one bit! But she doesn’t want him to get so sick again. It’s horrible; everyone around here is so worried about him! We need some serious purrs please! We want our bundle of head bonks and trouble to be back to normal!!! :)
January 6th 2009 6:40 am
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And I thought I'd say hi!!!
Usually, its Pokey who is doing the diary entries, but he's sick. Really sick. Just like when he was diagnosed with ALLERGEEZ the first time...he's having a hard time breathing. He has a vet appointment today (HA! SO glad it isn't me!), so we will be keeping you guys updated.
Well, if you couldn't tell, I was a hot dog for Halloween. Mom couldn't find a dog costume that would fit properly, so she made me a hot dog costume to trick or treat in. Granted, I only trick or treated around the house, because she had places to go, but still, she dressed me up and gave me treats for it. She even dressed Pokey up in the costume, but it was a little tight for his "muscular" frame.
Christmas was WONDERFUL...I got a lot of presents. A cat tree too! Its 7 foot tall, and I L-O-V-E it! I even try to get my gigantic butt into the kitty houses, but I usually end up with my head hanging out the window, and my butt hanging out the door. HA!
Ruby and Pokey got spoiled too. They both got a lot of packages of treats, toys and their stockings were full (so was mine) with little presents. We had a great Christmas. Mom made sure we were spoiled, although she doesn't think we have the capacity to appreciate our toys (since we haven't touched them since we opened them Christmas morning). We're grateful all the same!
Mom has to restuff Rabbit with catnip. Mom didn't think I'd like Rabbit because he's big, but I love him! He's full of cat nip, and I love to cuddle with him while I'm napping (see my photo!). Mom made Rabbit out of a pair of jersey gloves...he's the best ever!
Anyway, I'm off to nap...but we'll keep you updated on Pokey!
October 15th 2008 8:02 am
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Meowmy wants to warn EFURRY one about the dangers of dropping animals off in rural places and the country (she knows that Catsters are responsible pet owners, but would like it if effury one cross posted this).
Ruby, a 15 1/2 year old Himalayan was dropped off in our rural area. Her former owners were from a city that is 45 to 60 minutes from here (depending on the location in the city). Meowmy only knows this because Ruby had a microchip. The lady had obviously dumped her, and Ruby was in pretty bad shape. She had ear mites, is pretty bony, and cannot meow. We are not sure if this is due to loss of vocal cords or because she has a sore throat, or if it is just common in the breed.
Ruby came from the Humane Society, she was adopted in 2006. Luckily, meowmy did some investigative work to figure this out, by comparing the microchip brand of Ruby's to mine (I came from the Humane Society too, and we have the same brand, luckily, we hit jackpot).
Ruby is front paw declawed. She could not feed herself, and was NOT afraid of cars or strangers. She just laid down in the road. If we hadn't picked her up, she would definitely have gotten hit. It would be a very tragic day. Meowmy has a big heart, and jumped out of Grandma's still moving car to grab Ruby. We are going to keep her, but we want everyone to be aware.
People around here do NOT stop for animals. On any given day down our dirt road, there is a dead raccoon, oppossum, squirrel, fox, deer, what-have-you. Even though it is a dirt road, people do NOT obey the speed limit, and more often than not, are driving at 60+ miles per hour. They will not stop for anything, even each other (our road is very narrow, and we have been forced almost into the bank because of fast flying cars). People around here (minus Meowmy, Grandma and Aunt Amanda) just do not care.
There are coyotes around here. They hide in the woods, and there are a lot of woods out in our rural area. They are all too happy to eat an abandoned pet.
Just because people see a barn, they think their cat will automatically go there and live there and be safe. WRONG. Cats that have been around people are usually looking for human contact. They do not just convert to barn cats. And too many people around here just turn the other cheek and ignore stray animals. Occasionally, someone will feed them, then call animal control because the animal will not go away.
Some people tend to think that dropping them off is a better alternative to the shelter. Its not. Animals out here will attack pets, and the pet has a very low chance to survive. PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF ANIMALS IN RURAL AREAS AND THE COUNTRY! This is so unsafe, for people and pets. We're lucky we came along at the right time and found Ruby, or she would have been another victim of someone's stupidity.