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On April 27th I turn 1.

May 1st 2008 10:53 pm
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I turned a year old this past Sunday. Mommie almost forgot, she was still tired from Mary Beth's wedding. But, she remembered before it was past, and she sang to me.

On Tuesday Mommie found a sore between my shoulder blades. It is about the size of a quarter, light pink and wet. This is the 3rd time that this has happened. The first time mommie thought that I had messed around some old tin and skinned myself. Then a couple of months ago when it was time for me to have Frontline, I had another spot and then once again it is time for Frontline and another spot has appeared. Mommie is wondering if I could be sensitive to Frontline, and it is causing a hot spot to occur after it has been applied (we are talking 5 to 6 weeks after it was put on me). At the vet's, they said mommie should try advantage to see if it happens again. Mommie is waiting for the place to heal, then she will try the new stuff. She doesn't want to have to take care of a second place at the same time (I wouldn't like it too much either).



May 29th 2008 12:10 am
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I have become pretty much an outdoors cat. I may come inside to nap during the day and to eat. But I prefer to be outdoors. Mommie keeps towels and beds outside on the deck and I like to sleep there alot. Mommie doesn't see me much, unless I am hungry. She says I have become the watch cat for our house. I have had some fights lately with a stray cat. He must have been on his own for a long time because he won't come anywhere near mommie. She would like to catch him, get him spayed, then release him again, but he's not going for it. She was really upset when he and I got into it the other night. I heard her screaming and screaming. That kind of scared me, but I did go back to the house and she was really happy to see me. I was just fine, this time. The last time I ended up with a split mouth. Mommie was really upset. She threatens to harm the stray, but then she feels sorry for him. I probably wouldn't mind him, if he wouldn't spray the deck. It's sad that people won't take care of their cats. I have to say that I was blessed to have found my way to mommie's. Maybe one day the stray will realize that he can be blessed too. Until then, it's Socks on the watch. :) Socks


New places

June 17th 2008 11:30 pm
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I found a new place to sleep. A few days ago I found that if I climbed on top of the big trash can (outside) the lid will flatten in the center and it is a comfy place to snooze. Everytime mommie has come to check on me, that is where she's found me. It's a good place to watch everyone. I can see who's coming and going. I saw a kitten the other night. Mommie and Donald tried to catch it (now that was funny-it ran under mommie's car, then Donald's car then dad's jimmy and back and forth, back and forth. ). They never caught it but left food out and it ate. It was gone the next day. I hope it doesn't come back, our family is big enough (and I think mommie agrees-but she was worried about the little one). :) Socks



June 30th 2008 11:52 pm
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I love the outdoors. Patches, Tiger and I spend a lot of time outside. We nap together. We chase bugs at night (some of us know how to get on mommie's car hood and that turns the motion light on) and we check out the buildings--we can find field mice there. There are moles around and who knows what we may find; we just have fun looking. I'm heading back out now to see what I might find. Then its a nap on the deck. :) Socks



July 15th 2008 3:55 pm
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Sunday morning was interesting here. I found a bat (the flying kind) in the weeds along the ditch across the road. Mommie saw that I had been checking out the weeds. Then as time went by a clowder of us (that means a group of cats) were investigating the weeds, but we would move away really quick. She thought snake, so she came to check it out. She saw what she thought could not be a bat, then she got a branch and touched it. It opened and hissed (is that what bats do?) at her. Mommie then would not let us near it. She did not want us to hurt it or it to hurt us, but she thought that it was the one in more danger. It was so small, yet it had a mouthful of teeny tiny teeth. It started cleaning itself after mommie touched it, and then wanted to just sleep. Mommie tried calling the wildlife and our game warden without any answer. So she and Donald were going to move the weed it was on, and put it somewhere out of our cat play area. When she tried to cut the weed, it stretched out, then started crawling. It went deeper into the brush, so they figured it would be safer now that it was deeper in the weeds. We did not give it to mommie as a gift, so she is hoping that it survived. We like bats here, we usually only have one flying around our security light. They eat those bugs and we appreciate that. :) Socks


Rodent Ulcer

July 29th 2008 8:50 pm
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I've been having these sores on my back. They started last December. It was about the size of a nickle and looked like I had been skinned. Mommie thought that I had gone under some roofing tin and hurt myself. Then a couple of months later, again. Then a month or so another one. This time mommie started to think back, and when it was time for the last couple doses of Frontline, I had a new spot. So, just in case it was related, she started to use Advantage on me. She did this a couple of months and the places came again.

So early this month (July) mommie took me to the vet's. He said I had a form of rodent ulcer basically, it had a really odd name that mommie cannot remember, but the red blood cells migrate to an area or something and it occurs after having a reaction to something. It may have been the Frontline, it may be something in the house or outside the house. It's really difficult to find out for sure. So I got a shot of steriod. Within a few days the sores I had at this time (one was the size of a half-dollar) were healing very nicely. Then after about 10 days or so, I got a small one in a completely different area, the side of my neck. Now, it was recommended to use ovaban (like Boss) since I had a new one to appear so soon after the shot.. I've had only one dose and now have 2 more places on my upper back (usually area).

Mommie just looked at my back, there are three places now, she says she is going to call the vet first thing in the morning and that I need to stick close by (in reality if I really knew what she was planning, I'd skedaddle as fast as I could). :) Socks



August 1st 2008 10:57 pm
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Well I thought that I had done it!! I outsmarted mommie the day before yesterday (Wednesday). She made me an appointment for the vet and was getting dressed to take me. She blocked the cat door (we don't have a latch thing on it yet, so she put a box and a bag with books to fit in against the window). After she dressed she came into the living room to find me and Tiger gone!!!!! We'd manuevered the box and books over just enough to squeeze out the door.

Mommie came outside to look for me. As she took somethings to the car I passed her and walked up the ramp. She put her purse and glasses in the car but by the time she came back up the ramp I'd disappeared. She started looking for me, I was under the deck. Just far enough that she could not reach me. For 40 minutes she tried to talk me into coming out. Offered me treats, talked to me and I stayed under the deck. She finally gave up, went in and called, they could not reschedule for later Wednesday so she made a new appointment for Thursday.

Donald was home Thursday, that was my downfall. I came in to eat, he closed off the window and guarded it while Mommie got ready. Then she guarded the window while he got ready. I tried to escape twice with Donald and once with mommie, didn't happen this time. I saw doc Kelly. He says it is that ulcer stuff, some strange name. I am allergic to something, anybody's guess. He told mommie it would take a very long time, and be very expensive, to find out want (if we could even find out). So another shot for me and still on ovaban.

Today (Friday) the sores are drying up. Mommie says I look like a poor stray. With the sores on my back and the sticky stuff, but they are a little better. She's watching for infection, which I do not want. I do not like that bumblegum flavored junk. Here's hoping my nice coat returns soon. :) Socks


My Last Week

August 9th 2008 9:16 pm
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Mommie is using her notes to the Kit Kat Club and Cobblestone Square groups to tell my last week here with her. She doesn't feel up to writing it all again in my words, but wanted to share my fight with others who may not have read the groups' mail. xoxoxo Socks

Monday 8/4/2008
Socks mommie here:
I just left Socks at the Vet's. My son found him by the road this morning, between the flower bed and the road. He was stiff and Donald brought him inside, he moved so very very slow and walked into the wall. I immediately called the vet's when Donald brought him in and we took him right down. They believe he has a head trauma because right now his body appears okay. He has feeling in his toes and no blood on his fur.
They are giving him steriods for swelling in the head and antibiotics. Will do xrays later, after he rests and the swelling seems to be coming down.
Please pray for his healing or if it is his time he won't be suffering. I won't be back on until I have news. We have dial up and I want to leave the phone line available.
God Bless,
Mommie Mary

Monday PM 8/4
I just spoke with the vet and he said that Socks is moving around some, stumbling, and holding his head up a little. His eyes are dialated. He acts as if he has been under anthesia. So the belief is still central nervous damage and that comes from a hit, but there was no bleeding (ears, mouth, nose) and that has them stumped. I asked if this doesn't act like he stroked and the vet said yes it acts like that, but Socks is too young, only a year old. So right now we don't know the cause, but he is a little better. Will know more tomorrow.

Tuesday AM 8/5
I visited Socks this morning and he is improving.
The vet says that he believe that Socks has his vision back. He stands, a little shaky, but does not fall down. He stared at my face then gave me a head bump. Socks began purring and put his head on my shoulder. I asked if he was relaxed (we had another storm through the night and I worried about him being alone) and he said he'd just been laying down. That this (with me) was the most active he'd been. Still no idea what happened, I have looked the area over and cannot find anything that may have been toxic. With where he was found, a tire probably bumped him and his head took the brunt of the force. Hopefully he will be home tomorrow.

Wednesday AM 8/6
I called the vet's about a 1/2 hour ago to see when I could bring Socks home and he won't be home for a couple of days, at least. He had a rough night, he is drinking some, peed, but not eating yet (I left his food yesterday) and the vet doesn't think he is mentally ready to eat. Socks is mentally having good and bad times and the vet wants to continue treating him for central nervous sytstem trauma. If after a couple of days and no more improvement, then he will let me bring Socks home to see if that would help, but he feels he needs the meds now. I can visit him between 2 and 4. We still need your prayers. mommie mary

Wednesday PM 8/6
I visited Socks this afternnon. At first he headbumped and started purring, then he lost all interest in me. At one point he began shaking in his lower body it scared me. the vet said that something must have spooked him, so I moved across the room because the air conditioner vent was near us--thought that might have bothered him. The vet and I talked, his eyes respond to light but not sure how much he is seeing. His hearing appears to be off. All his senses are off, may be why he's not eating, if he cant smell it. He drinks a little, but not enough so they are giving him IV fluids, forcing oral glucose to keep his energy going
The outlook is that he could heal completely in 3 or 4 months or he could stay where he is now. When he comes home he will need to be kept in a crate for his own safety. He seems relaxed and like he's drugged. He's in no discomfort.
There is no sign of bruising, no external signs of injury. No signs that toxins or poisons were involved. Things really point to brain damage, quite possibly a stroke. So he may recover and he may not. His breathing is fine, no fever. I snapped my fingers near his ears and he didn't respond, yet other noises he'd look. So different sounds and different tones, which I hope means that over time there could be improvement.

Thursday 8/7
Hi guys,
Guess where I am right now? At home with mommie, it's a trial run to see if it would help me eat and drink. I still don't want water, but I have had tuna (mommie put extra water with the juice) and she took chicken and mix a little water, made a broth, and I drank that. I'll eat the tuna but didn't want to eat the chicken. Mommie's happy. I'm still having some problems. I walk in circles alot. I will stop and stare for awhile (sleeping on my feet). I walk through bowls of food, through or over anything. Can get lost in a corner, need help manuvering. But the good points, when mommie says come on Soxie, I follow. I'm resting good, after I tired myself out looking the house over. I want to be with Bear, Boss, Tiger and the others. I want to cuddle against them. But Oreo, KITT, and Titi have growled at me (probably the smell on me) when I tried to cuddle with them. I was really happy to see my boy Donald when he got home from work. Mommie has let me roam this afternoon/evening, but I am going into the crate to sleep tonight. She don't want to risk me getting myself hurt when she goes to bed. She will get up and offer me tuna through the night to keep me hydrated. The doc hoped getting home might help me want to eat. I think it may have done the trick. We're not out of the woods yet, but we do see the opening and it looks good.

Thanks again to all of our wonderful furriends. I really appreciate the prayers, the purrs, the get well wishes, pmails, and the postive thoughts. Mommie was telling me when we were visiting that I was going to get better and that I was going to go home. Then the doc said I could go and try it. I'm going to believe mommie from now on (thanks to everyone for reminding mommie to be positive).

head bumps, purrs, and xoxoxo

Friday 8/8
Sock's mommie here:
I didn't know if I was going to write tonight or wait until tomorrow, but wanted to still ask for prayers.
Socks did have more tuna and water 2:30 a.m. and again at 6:30 a.m. then we walked around the house. At 7:00 a.m. he had a nose bleed since I was unable to contact the vet, we headed there knowing they open at 8:00, we only waited 10 minutes because the vet did get my message. Bleeding stopped before we got to the vet. He gave socks a vitamin K shot and a shot of antibiotics because he sneezed through the night and was coughing a little this morning.

Came back home he had more tuna and water. He'd slept in my arms most of the night, I'd put him in his bed when my arms went to sleep. He'd just sit or lay and stare--I was sleeping next to his crate. But in my arms he'd sleep and snoore. After he ate we walked around some. When I went to pick him up he lunged forward from me. I thought I'd spooked him and tried again, he ran straight into his carrier. So I helped him into the crate, because I figured he was tire. He started licking his lips about 1/2 hour later, so we tried baby food (rec. by vet) and he loved it, almost had the entire jar, also added some water to it. I offered him water again, he stepped in it, then in his litter box. So I took him out to clean him up, clipped his nails (they were getting long) and was combing him and he tensed and began growling. He growled again and I put him in his crate and called the vet--said could be where things are changing, to keep him in crate for a while. (I figured too much stimulation/sounds) I watched him clean himself, it was like he was angry.

About an hour later the phone rang, I was talking to my daughter and watching him, he began chasing something with his mouth, then ran/climbing circles in his crate, then he had a seizure. It was awful. I called the vet and headed to there again. They kept him to observe him, when I went back to see him this afternoon, he was sedated because he'd had another seizure, the vet said he'd never seen a cat have one that serious before.

This is when I began having some problems remaining positive. He said he would call me this evening and let me know how Socks was doing. He did call. Socks has had no more seizures and is unaware/groggy tonight. In the morning he is going to call me again and if Socks is still unaware we are going to talk. I'm really concerned about what may be happening to Socks with the seizures. I also know there are medicines-there's alot going through my head right now. I want to do what's right for Socks and I don't want to quit too soon, but I don't want him to suffer (he cried after the seizure here--broke my heart).

Saturday 8/9
We said goodbye to Socks today. I talked to the vet and he said that Socks' quality of life had decreased. Socks was not aware, but I talked with him and I hope he heard how much we loved him. We spent about an hour together before saying goodbye. I will be back on catster in a while, because I have some really wondeful furriends I want to thank. Your prayers and thoughts have meant so much. Soxie's mommie


Not Forgotten

August 21st 2008 8:58 pm
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I want to thank everyone who continues to send gifts and pmails, mommie really appreciates them and so do I. I am meeting so many new friends. Sadly, there are new ones who have arrived after me. I know their mommies and daddies miss them like mine does me. The only complaint I have over here at the bridge is no trashcan yet. I'm trying to find one that looks like mine back home. It was a large green one with a grayish lid. I loved sitting on it, it would sink down into a circle and felt so comfy. I see mommie touch mine as she goes by it each time. It was 2 weeks ago tonight that I came home for the last time. I was confused when I was at mommie's, but now I'm not. I'm healthy and happy (even tho I do miss my family).

I sent mommie a butterfly kiss last week. She was mowing and was coming inside when a small yellow butterfly flew straight at her, caught her on her cheek and was gone, she couldn't find it. She knew it came from me. The last time we spent together was watching a huge beautiful moth fly around the deck light. That was the night when something hit me. Thats the nice thing about being here, we don't have to remember what happened we just know we now have a new beautiful home, we are perfectly healthy and so happy.

Until next time xooxxo Socks



August 22nd 2008 10:19 pm
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Wow mommie came home tonight and found out that I had been chosen one of Caster's Daily Diary Picks. So many furriends have either pmailed, shouted out or left me gifts/treats. These Caster furriends are just wonderful. This means alot to mommie and me, since Saturday will be 2 weeks since we said goodbye. One friend, Wally, even found me a trashcan, I just cannot wait to use it. Now, just I need to find a good spot to put it. You see I protected our home when I sat on the trash can on the deck. I don't have to protect the Bridge, but I do need somewhere good, where I can watch butterflies.

xoxoxo to all my furriends. Thank you.

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