January 17th 2014 3:53 pm
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Like many of you, we are heartbroken that our beloved Catster Community will soon be going away. This March would have marked 5 years for us on Catster, and in that time we have been so very fortunate to meet the most awesome pawsome kitties and their humans we could ever possibly imagine - all of you. It's hard for us to believe that we won't be able to come here anymore to play, laugh, socialize, and support each other.
Thank you to each and every one of you for the love and support you have shown us over the years. We have laughed and cried with so many of you and will miss seeing your new photos, reading your diaries, visiting our groups, and celebrating all the Birthdays, Gotcha Days, Bridge Anniversaries, holidays, and other special occasions.
If you are not already friends with us on Facebook, please either post a comment here or pawmail us and we'll give you our FB info. We don't go to FB nearly as much as Catster, but sadly that will have to change when our beloved Catster goes away.
Because Catster keeps getting invaded by spammers, we don't want to post too much personal info here, but we would love to exchange email addresses with our furiends so we can keep in touch - please let us know so we can send you our contact info.
Luke, Tully, Sammy, and Natasha, and Mom Kelly
October 18th 2013 5:24 pm
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Happy happy Gotcha Day – cha cha cha.
Yep, it was 5 years ago today that Mom picked Luke and I up from an adoption fair at a nearby pet food store and brought us to our furever home. We were 7 months old at the time and our foster Mom was getting worried that she would have to split us up. She was holding out for a furever home that would take BOTH of us since we are brothers and very bonded to each other. Thank catness that Mom came along and figured out that 2 kitties are double the fun! Two more kitties came along a little later (Sammy and Natasha) and Mom says she’s a furry lucky cat Mama to be surrounded by so much kitty love everyday (not to mention all the cat fur, MOL).
Luke and I hid under the bed that first night Mom brought us home. We spent the second night corralled in the bathroom so we wouldn’t hide under the bed, and the third night we slept on our pawrents bed ~ MOL. We figured out that the humans’ bed is much warmer and comfier than a cat bed on a cold bathroom floor. Now we are kings of our castle and we sleep anywhere we want.
Thank you to all our thoughtfur friends who stopped by with warm wishes and rosettes to help us celebrate today, we love you all. We send our heartfelt purrs and sympathy to our friends and their families whose kitties have made their Journey this past year and became angels. Words cannot express how sad we are to have lost so many beloved Catster friends recently – let’s all purr and purr that everycat stays healthy and happy.
September 7th 2013 3:00 pm
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Hello to all my furiends out there! Hope you’ve had a pawsome summer. It’s 95 degrees in the shade right now, so it feels like summer is still here.
Mom and Dad have been busy working on the house and have decided to build a catio. All of us love going outside and enjoying a little fresh air now and then so Mom thought an outdoor enclosure would be a good idea. We certainly wouldn’t go outside on a day like today – it’s too darn hot! But most of the time the weather is very pleasant where we live, mostly in the 70’s and 80’s with very mild winters.
Mom has been searching the Internet for ideas and sees many options out there for outdoor enclosures. Dad is pretty handy with tools (Mom is not) and he’s willing to make one for us, but he’s short on time because he works a lot. Mom likes the idea of buying one that is in a kit so that all the pieces are pre-cut and ready to assemble, but some of them are quite expensive. The area we are looking to put the catio is about 8X9 feet and it would be up against an exterior wall of the house so it can’t go above the roof line. Mom is thinking of putting a cat door through a window opening so we can go in and out of the catio when we like.
Do any of you have catios, catteries, or outdoor rooms that you have made or bought? We are looking for any ideas and suggestions – thanks furiends!
May 23rd 2013 5:37 pm
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Hi Furiends! It’s true! I’m finally home! I’m so happeeeee!
After five long days in ICU, my vet said I could go home – yippee! Mom was ecstatic when she got the news and could hardly wait to come and pick me up. I have staples in both sides of my chest where the drainage tubes were placed and I’m missing a lot of fur on my chest and belly, and on the leg that had the IV in it, but I otherwise look pretty good. I lost some weight, so we’re hoping my appetite improves and I eat like a little piggy now that I’m home.
Thanks for the outpouring of purrs, prayers, and love while I was sick. I know all those purrs helped me to recover from my illness. All the love and support helped my Mom out, too, she has been pretty stressed for the past week.
I also have to thank my pawsome doctors and the great vet techs at the Animal Hospital ICU who took such great care of me – I am one lucky cat.
Much love and gratitude,
May 21st 2013 1:28 pm
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We received the best news ever today - Tully is continuing to improve in ICU and may be home as early as Thursday! The vet told me earlier today that the x-rays look good and they are not draining much fluid out of his chest so she feels confident that his condition is continuing to improve. She plans to pull one chest tube out later today and the other one tomorrow if all goes well and then he can come home.
Purrs of love and gratitude to all our Catster pals who have been rallying for him. Power of the paw and love can work miracles.
Much love, Tully and Mom
P.S. MOL ~ I just discovered that Da Tabbies O Trout Towne dropped in to post a comment on Tully's last diary entry earlier today. I should have titled this diary entry "on de road ta ree coveree" in their honor. Miss you Doods!
May 20th 2013 6:10 pm
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First of all, I want to express my heartfelt love and thanks to all of our dear Catster friends for the outpouring of purrs, POTP, and support for my sweet boy Tully who has been critically ill in the ICU since Saturday. He has a condition called pyothorax which refers to pus in the chest cavity caused by a bacterial infection. We have no idea how he got this. The vet said it can be caused by ingesting a foreign body such as grass awns, a penetrating wound to the chest wall, a migrating foreign body that enters the body elsewhere, or an extension of an infection from the lung. It’s very difficult to determine the cause of this from what I have read.
After I posted in Tully’s diary yesterday, I received a call from the vet saying that she wanted to insert a second chest tube on his left side. They were not able to pull enough fluid off from the side that already had the chest tube and the x-ray taken yesterday showed that the pus had shifted to the other side of the chest and was filling both sides of his pleural cavity. He was having increasing respiratory distress and his white blood cell count was climbing. That was an unexpected set back and made me very scared that he may not be able to recover from the bacterial infection that was invading his little body. The vet was very encouraging and said she had seen many cats recover from this illness, so that gave me hope. She thought Tully was young and healthy enough that he could still pull through this and she believed that the second chest tube would make all the difference. I agreed to have another chest tube inserted on the other side. She called me back about 45 minutes later after the second tube was in and said they drained “a lot of gunk” from the left side. He was in recovery and said I could come by and visit him later.
My husband and I went to see him around 5 p.m. yesterday and when we greeted him in his cage the poor little guy looked exhausted but reasonably comfortable. His belly is shaved and there are tubes everywhere. Of course he is getting pain meds, so that helps to keep him comfortable. I kissed him on the head and told him I’d be back to check on him today. He’s been through so much since Friday and needed to get some rest. They were draining his tubes every 4 hours and syringe feeding him a few times a day him so I’m sure he was worn out.
When I went and visited Tully today over my lunch break, he purred very loudly while I stroked his neck. His eyes are clearer and he is starting to act more like his normal self. He’s still not eating on his own but he takes his syringe feedings very well and is getting nutrition. He’s a very finicky eater even at home and the stress of being hospitalized doesn’t help. I’m going to take him some of his favorite food and treats tonight when I visit and see if I can encourage him to eat. The vet came and spoke with me while I was there today and said things were “heading in the right direction” so that was very encouraging. The fluid they are pulling off his lungs is looking clearer with less “gunk” in it so hopefully the infection is clearing up.
Thank you again for all the healing purrs, POTP, and support. I’ve always been touched by the love and compassion of the Catster Community who always rally and support those who are sick and in need of purrs – thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Much love, Tully and Mom Kelly
May 19th 2013 12:45 pm
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Hello Furiends. I am very sick right now and being treated in the ICU. I’ll let Mom explain:
My beautiful boy Tully, who has never been sick a day in his life, suddenly stopped eating last week and became increasingly lethargic. I took him to the vet on Friday and found he was running a fever and had lost some weight since his last vet visit in December. The vet did a complete physical exam and didn’t find anything significant in his belly, heart, or lungs. I had a similar experience with Luke last December when he stopped eating and was lethargic for about a week and he eventually improved on his own with fluids and antibiotics. We never knew the cause. The vet called it “fever of unknown origin” and said with Tully we could initially treat conservatively and see if he improved over the next 24 hours. I made an appointment for the following morning in case he was not any better and took him home.
Tully did perk up after being given fluids and an anti-inflammatory drug Friday morning and for most of the day he seemed better. He even ate a little food which was encouraging. However, he threw up after I gave him the antibiotic and was more lethargic again in the evening. I syringe fed him a little baby food and crushed up ½ Pepcid tablet hoping it would help his appetite and encourage him to eat. He slept all night on the cat tree with Natasha curled up by his side (she adores Tully) and since he did not seem any better Saturday morning I took him back to the vet.
A different vet saw him this time, and did a complete exam again. His fever was a little lower (103 down from 104 the previous day). She felt his lower abdomen was slightly tender so we did an abdominal ultrasound. I was thinking that maybe he had pancreatitis, so I asked for the fPLI test along with the regular blood panel that was run. Since he had the abdominal ultrasound, they collected a sterile urine sample at the same time. Again, more subcutaneous fluids and an antiemetic were given and we were sent home with a different antibiotic. This time he did not seem to do as well as the day before and seemed kind of spacey and glassy eyed most of the day. Again, he threw up after the antibiotic. It was then that I noticed his breathing was becoming faster and he seemed to be in more distress. I got a bad feeling that he was going downhill very fast and called the vet. We went back in and this time she wanted to admit him overnight for observation. Because there was a change in his breathing from that morning, she also did a chest x-ray and another ultrasound of the lungs. That’s when she saw fluid on the right side of his chest cavity and said he needed to be admitted immediately for chest tube placement.
The medical term for his condition is pyothorax (a bacterial infection that develops in the chest cavity). There are a number of different causes, and from what I have read, the exact cause is rarely determined. If left untreated, it is usually fatal, which almost made my heart stop. How could my healthy boy get so ill so quickly? How did he get this?
I visited the ICU this morning, and Tully was awake and alert with the chest tube in but he is still very ill. He’s still not eating so they will start syringe feeding him today. I brought in his favorite canned food with some freeze dried chicken treats, but could not entice him to eat. They are irrigating the chest tube every 4 hours and getting purulent “gunk” out of his chest. He has a fentanyl patch on for pain management. He’s not out of the woods yet and will most likely need at least 5 days in the ICU. I can’t even think about the cost right now. When your cat’s life is at stake, you want to do everything possible to help him survive. He is a young cat and has no other health issues, so I am trying to stay positive. With early and aggressive treatment, most cats will survive, according to my vet. I am very fortunate to live about 5 minutes away from one of the best veterinary care centers in the SF Bay Area and I am confident that he is getting excellent care. The ICU is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, so I will be checking on him as often as possible. The vets are wonderful and call me to update me on his condition.
I wanted to post this in his diary because I believe strongly in power of the purr and prayers. Catster is a very special place full of love and support when kitties are ill. I will try and post any updates if there are changes. I am just waiting and praying that he pulls through this.
Love, Tully and Mom Kelly
April 4th 2013 5:48 pm
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My little hunny bunny Xena Princess Warrier tagged me to play Spring Tag, so here it goes…
Five Things I Love About Spring:
1. Gardening with Mom. She usually lets me out in the backyard if she is pulling weeds, raking, or planting new garden stuff. I love to scamper around the yard while she’s out there with me and enjoy all the spring flowers and bugs.
2. Tasting our newly grown catnip plants ~ the leaves are young and usually most tasty in the Springtime.
3. Rolling around in the warm dirt or grass – feels great! I usually get brushed afterwards to remove all the twigs and leaves - double great!
4. Watching the sparrows build their nests from my front window cat perch.
5. Napping in sun puddles on the back porch or in the windows.
My favorite quote about Spring from Robin Williams:
Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"
Consider yourself tagged if you haven't yet played!
March 25th 2013 6:25 pm
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Luke and I celebrated our 5th birthday this past weekend. Thank you so much to our Catster pals who made this day so super duper special for us! We were showered with many fun birthday pictures, nice messages, and pressies, WOW! So many yummy shrimpies, cupcakes, saucers of milk, mice, ribbons, rainbows, hearts, Easter baskets, colorful Easter eggs, bunnies, and birdies - oh my!
Mom says the older we get, the more precious we become to her (silly Mom). She can’t believe we are already 5 years old. She remembers the day she first brought us home and how we hid under the bed that first night, MOL. We were 7 months old and still little balls of fur, climbing all over everything in the house. Well, some things haven’t changed, only now we are bigger balls of fur! Those days seem like only yesterday and Mom gets sad sometimes thinking about how fast the time goes. She cherishes every single day that she has with us and tells us every day how loved we are.
We will try and get around to thank everyone individually, but since this may take our typist a few days (or more) to accomplish, we wanted to make a quick list here in my diary so you know how much we appurrciate all the thoughtful gifts and messages. We want to meow our thanks to:
Jezebel, Charlie, and Family – for the bunny and birdie
Tate – for the bunny and Easter egg
Sammie, KiKi, and Ember – for the bunny and birdie
Kibbles, Francis, and Angel Yoda – for the bunny and birdie
Reanan, Ashley, Angel, Tasha, and Family – for the gourmet shrimpies
Milo, Mallee, Smokey Joe, and Timmy – for the ladybug and Easter egg
Sugar Bear – for the ladybug and birdie
Big Harry & Family – for the blue ribbon and birdie
Meep and Bibi – for the bunny and birdie
Pinkie, Biggles, Nonny, Buddy, and Family – for the ladybug and birdie
Samoa, Gleek, and Family – for the bunny and birdie
Tiger, Tiny, and Beauty – for the bunny and birdie
Zoey, Opie, Elmer, Muffy, and Boo-Boo – for the gourmet shrimpies
Frankie, Grace, & Family – for the Easter eggs
Keisha, Sylvester, and Angel Merlin – for the bunny and Easter egg
Sparkman – for the blue ribbon
Kally Kat – for the heart
Daisy, Benson, and Family – for the blue ribbon and Easter egg
Smiley Cassanova – for the Easter eggs
Timo & Mietzi Katze – for the Easter egg and birdie
Ashlynne & Beepers – for the bunny and birdie
Kallie and Joey – for the rainbow and gourmet shrimpie
Monster – for the bunny and birdie
Wanda, Normy, Tess, Rupert, Mitchell, and Family – for the ladybug and bunny
Angel Sissy, Luke, Cooter, Copy and Paste, Shadow, and Family – for the gourmet shrimp
Simon and Angel Reuben – for the Easter eggs
Bush Furs - for the bunny rabbit
Harley – for the yummy cupcakes
Julius and Family – for the mousie and saucer of milk
Sleeper, Samhain, Fearless, and Family – for the delicious cupcakes
Napoleon and Colorado – for the yummy cupcakes
Zachary Tristan and Griswold - for the cupcake and saucer of milk (Concats to Zach for his Cat of the Week honor – way to go Dood!)
Muppet – for the purrty spring flower
Annie Spokescat – for the mousie and saucer of milk
Harley, Cody, and Raj – for the delicious cupcakes
Tink and Snow –for the Easter baskets (Concats to Tink for being last week’s Cat of the Week - woot woot!)
Pacer - for the Easter basket
Tundra, Rory, Manytoes, and Lynzee – for the furtastic birthday pic
Big Harry and Family – for another furtastic birthday pic
Pipo and Minko – for the awesome pawsome birthday pics
Thank you for making our 5th Birthday so much fun!
Love, Tully & Luke
October 18th 2012 5:59 pm
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a lady walked into a local pet food store where our rescue group was holding a kitty adoption fair. The lady walked towards the back of the store and looked into the cages full of cats. My brofur Luke and I were napping on the top perch inside one of the large cages. There were smaller kittens inside the cage with us running around and playing with each other. We were the oldest and biggest cats there, 7 months old at the time, and all we wanted to do was to nap in peace. This lady had met us the week before and decided she wanted to adopt us.
The lady, our soon-to-be new Mommy, started talking with our foster Mom who was with us at the adoption fair and then we saw her filling out some paperwork. We saw the lady go to the cash register with a case of cat food, a kitty condo, and some new toys. She took the stuff out to her car with the help of one of the sales people and then came back inside the store with a large kitty carrier. Our foster Mom pulled Luke and I out of the big cage and put us in the carrier. She handed us over to our new Mommy and we drove to our new forever home with her. It was Saturday, October 18.
Mom knew she was supposed to confine us to a small room for the first couple of days, but she made the mistake of putting us in her bedroom which she thought would be more comfortable for us. The room was too big and scary and we were small enough at that time that we could squeeze underneath the large bed frame and hide underneath the mattress. It was too small of a space for Mom to reach us and the bed frame was too heavy for her to move, so we spent the first night in our new home hiding underneath the bed. Mommy was upset about this and knew that she needed to get us out from underneath the bed, but she let us stay there for the first night. She put a bowl of food and water under the bed and a litterbox close by.
In the morning she lured us out with some treats and then confined us to the bathroom where we couldn’t hide. We had warm blankets on the floor, cat toys, food, water, and a litterbox and this is where we spent our second night. Mom would come in and play with us throughout the day and make sure we were okay. By the third day, we were really warming up to this lady and trusting her more and more so she let us back inside the bedroom. We ran around and explored the room all day and that night we both slept happily on the bed with our new Mom and Dad. That's when Mom knew we were starting to feel comfortable in our new home.
It’s been a great 4 years in our forever home and we know we are lucky kitties to have been rescued from the streets. We are very loved and cared for and have a home to call our own – every cat should be so lucky. A big thank you to all our furiends who stopped by to wish us a Happy Gotcha Day and for all the thoughtful gifts and pawmails. Special purrs of thanks to the furry talented Big Harry and Family, Pipo and Minko, and the family of Rory, Tundra, Lynzee, and Manytoes who made us the most awesome pawsome Gotcha Day pictures efur - very much appurrciated!
Love and grateful purrs, Tully
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