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With Tigger Again

October 30th 2012 1:40 am
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For those who wonder what happened. Sunday night I picked Zilla up to trim her claws. Her breathing went nuts, she was panting heavily. She calmed after a while, but I took her in to see the vet Monday morning. She has never liked this, but she was panicked and wouldn't calm down. The vet couldn't even count her heart rate it was so fast. Over 300 beats per minute. The panting was because she was trying to get oxygen into her blood. Blood work was to be done and an xray as he was concerned about cardiomyopathy.

With the open mouthed breathing, she couldn't be muzzled as usual to be handled, so it was decided she would receive mild sedation for the xray. I went into this knowing the risk, but also knowing I had to have answers to treat her properly. Acepromezine was given and she was fine, but when they tried to take her out, she went into panic mode again. They decided to give just a bit more as her panicking was putting so much stress on her. The tech told me about two seconds after the second dose, she was gone. That quickly. Dr Wylie worked for about 10 minutes trying to get her back, but with her already in the state she was, there was nothing that could be done.

She was a spit fire to the very end, fighting not to let anyone touch her, as usual. She was anti-social and wicked mean with those claws. In over 11 years, my mother only saw her twice and when we went to say goodbye, that was the first time my sister and nephew really got to pet her when I wasn't holding her still. The tech that took care of her, Louie, was crying too. I already knew he has a black cat of his own and had a particular love for them. I know they did all they could for her.

I don't know when I'll get her back. Midlands Pet Care is picking her up Tuesday. I picked a small black marble urn with white streaks. It'll match her fur since she was getting little white hairs popping up all over.

I express my deepest thanks to Wateree Animal Hospital in Camden, SC for the care they gave my girl. I know they did all they could to save my little girl.


Itchies and Tummies

September 3rd 2010 3:29 am
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If I could, I'd like to ask for some purrs. My hubby, Feisal is having some problems. His tummy and he haven't been on the best terms with each other for some time. Now a small lump has been found in his neck. His mom is working hard with the vet to find answers to both of these problems so my handsome ruddy boy can be well again. He'll likely be going on predisone, or a variation, to try to help. There's a chance it's the C word, but I'm not thinking about that.

And now to me. Mama and Aunt Debbie hemmed me up in the hall last week and packed me into my soft-sided carrier to take me to the vet. I've got a bald spot about the size of a half-dollar on my back at the base of my tail. It had little bumps and scabs on it. Mama hadn't seen me doing any unusual grooming, so the spot was a surprise! I was terribly uncooperative with the vet so the only examining done was to the spot at my tail and one mama found while at the vet! This was a scabbed place on the back of my neck under my collar. This one wasn't an itchy though, just a spot. Well, mama insisted SHE do any holding necessary of me because of my attitude (I took extra on this trip). I've bloodied more than one tech and she didn't want that to happen again, plus it's mama... I'm obviously going to do better with her holding me down. Then they brought a tech in, male. Mama learned something for sure that day. I do NOT like human men!! As soon as he spoke, I started growling!! Mama told him to back up and tucked my face into the crook of her arm to calm me a bit. Then the torture started.

Mama held me down, though I didn't struggle badly, for the lady vet to first scrape the spot on my neck. She took an impression slide, skin scraping and fur. Then to the spot at my tail. Mama didn't think to prepare herself before the scraping started. You see, this is a VERY itchy spot for me! VERY!! When the vet started scraping with the little blade, I started licking. As some of you may know, serious itching calls for that little nibble we all do. Know what I'm talking about? Your humans probably giggle or laugh when you do it, right? Mama does. When I cut loose nibbling on her arm she broke out laughing so bad, people were coming to look in the door... MOL!!! She had a couple of really nice blood blisters on there when I was done and what looked like a little string of hickeys... hehehe... More slides and samples were taken from that spot too. The slides showed something unusual that the vet couldn't identify, small round 'things'. She said she was going to do some research to try to ID them. She also found a very slight bit of infection so I got an antibiotic. I make a terrible noise like I'm being murdered when mama doses me, but I won't take it in food or anything. But I do get treats after. ^~~^ The fur samples were sent off for fungal culturing. Can you say $$$? Wow! I'm not as expensive as Gaia, but I'm getting there... mol! If this doesn't find anything, allergy testing is next.

As I'm late putting all this in here, there's a slight update. Not quite a week after I was at the vet, mama DID see me biting and pulling at a spot on my back! This was the first time!! She called to inform the vet and the next day picked me up to examine the spot more carefully. Just as she was looking a FLEA ran across!! Well, needless to say we ALL got our Revolution doses a day earlier than mama had intended. But I'm still itchy and nibbling, though not pulling at the fur like I was, so far as mama has seen. Likely I'll be on the SAME medicine my dear hubby may be starting too. Stuff mama has read says a severe flea allergy can sometimes be treated with a short course of steroids for relief and to let the skin start healing. The vet is supposed to call when the tests come in and we'll know where to go from there.

I think this is the most I've EVER said at one time... MOL!! Thanks if you managed to stay with me this far and please keep my hubby and I in your purrs!!


For Morgan!!

June 14th 2010 10:44 am
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There's a great auction underway to benefit our friend, Morgan The Pirate Gato. Please check it out!!



June 1st 2010 7:34 pm
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Many thank yous to all our friends!! We SO appreciate all the wonderful gifts!! Mama's wrist won't let her type gifts for every member of every family and either there's an issue here or Catster has disabled copy/paste for the gift shop to prevent that. We ARE making sure we send something to at least one member of each family if nothing else, trying for those who have fewer gifts so we can pretty their pages up too.

Thanks to:
Alexander and family
Alfie and family
Kaci Sunshine and family
Sally and family
Fred and family
Pia-Zadora and family
Mea and family
Gogo and family
Spotty and family
Oreo and family


8 1/2 years

March 10th 2010 7:16 pm
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Today marks 8 1/2 years with mama. I'm WAY bigger than the little 6 pound kitten she brought home from work the morning of September 9, 2001. But I'm still a right little hellion and proud of it! I've got a few white spots here and there in my soft black fur. I'm very set in my ways and still rather anti-social. But mama says I'll always be her fat kitty kitty and she loves me even if I am evil most of the time... mol!! Thanks to Mac and family for the yummy cupcake! Goes quite well with the treats I got!


8 1/2 years

March 10th 2010 7:15 pm
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Today marks 8 1/2 years with mama. I'm WAY bigger than the little 6 pound kitten she brought home from work the morning of September 10, 2001. But I'm still a right little hellion and proud of it! I've got a few white spots here and there in my soft black fur. I'm very set in my ways and still rather anti-social. But mama says I'll always be her fat kitty kitty and she loves me even if I am evil most of the time... mol!! Thanks to Mac and family for the yummy cupcake! Goes quite well with the treats I got!


The nerve!

December 22nd 2009 5:22 pm
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Mama brought that thing out again. She's on a leash now so she's actually DOWN HERE WITH ME!! She came at me and, I admit, I caved to instinct and I ran. SHE CHASED ME!!! ME! The alpha kitty of the house! I'm ashamed. I'm the bad kitty in this house and everyone knows it. I'm so embarrassed. I let a little five month old kitten CHASE me! She just surprised me she was so fast! I didn't expect she could move that quick! I just can't believe I ran... Lilly didn't run... ~sigh~



November 18th 2009 10:42 pm
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Thanks Xena! Mama's been looking for something to put in all our diaries... we don't do much interesting to post about... mol!! Hoping our friends will share their answers too!!


Purrrlease put this in your diaries.

What is your name? Zilla

What other nicknames do you have? Fat Kitty Kitty, Demon

What breed are you? DSH-black

Where were you born? Kershaw, SC

Where do you live now? Kershaw, SC

What is your favorite toy? Glitter pom poms

What is your favorite store? Mama does the shopping

How many toys do you have? A LOT!!

Wet or dry food? Dry

What is your favorite color? Red

Are you bad when nobody's looking? Sometimes

Are you friendly? No!

Are you overweight? Fluffy is a better description

Do you eat people food? Baby food, turkey, ham, chicken

Do you eat bugs? Sometimes, but the little legs get stuck in my teeth

Do you live with other animals? Got four sister cats

Do you like to exercise? Um... no

Do you like car rides? No

Do you get into stuff? Not very often

Do you like to swim? Nope

What is your favorite treat? Party Mix

Do you shed? Oh yeah

What's the funniest thing you ever did? Only funny afterwards. Mama lost me shortly after bringing me home. I was behind the stereo when she found me. I've worn a belled collar ever since.

What's the bravest thing you ever did? Don't really know

Are you neutered? Spayed, yes

Are you a social animal? No!

Collar or harness? Collar

Retractable or regular leash? None

Ceramic, Metal or Plastic bowls? Ceramic

Do you sleep in a crate? No

Do you have a dog bed? n/a

Do you have a doghouse? n/a

Do you belong to any dog clubs? n/a

How does your owner describe you? Evil, beautiful, wild


OMC! Anniversary!

November 13th 2009 6:03 am
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Oh wow... we totally missed getting our second candle on our pages! Thanks to TweeKee's mom for jogging our mama's memory so she came in to see our candles! Plural! Candles now! Yay!!


In Memory

September 11th 2009 4:23 am
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We don't have a picture to put up today, but we're sending many purrs and lots of love in memory of those lost 9/11/2001. Our hearts go out to their friends and families.

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