February 16th 2014 8:01 pm
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Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, but things have been a little crazy here.....mom had tons of homework, we had 2 feet of snow in 3 days and had lots of shoveling to do(ours, the neighbors and grammy's), grammy was sick, percy had to go to the hospital and mom was in a car accident.
Here's the scoop. On Saturday morning, Mom woke up to find Percy in the crate with his collar off and his catheter missing, which meant a trip to the hospital. We already had about 2 inches of snow on top of the 1 1/2 feet we got on Thursday and Friday. Mom knew he had to go to the hospital, which is about 40 minutes away. They packed up and started out. They started on the state road and then went on the interstate (81N). The road was horrible, at times they were doing 25 with their flashers on for safety. They were about 9 miles from the exit to take to get to the hospital, going down a big hill when Mom's car started to fishtail, the back end was swinging pretty good. She didn't brake, but put the car in neutral to try to slow it down. Instead they went into a spin. The car spun all the way around and hit a car that was coming up from behind us that could not stop in time or avoid her. No one was hurt, although Mom's next and shoulders are stiff today (but that could also be from all that darn shoveling!). Mom's car only has a small dent on the back bumper, but the guy that she hit had more damage. they pulled over and had to wait for the police. Percy was in the carrier, meowing non-stop, he does not like being in the car!) Our gurdian angels, furry and human were certainly on duty, because it really could have been much more serious.
They finally were able to get back out on the road and get to the hospital. The trip to almost 2 1/2 hours!
The hospital took Percy right in and checked him out. Percy passed urine for the doctor with no trouble. The doctor did not want to re-insert the catheter (it would have been the third in two days). He feared that he could tear the urethra or that it would cause scar tissue build-up, making the path even narrower. They gave him 2 more medicines to take (in addition to what the doctor gave him Friday). One is for pain, and only to be given as needed, the other is to relax and dialate his urethra, prevent spasms, helping to pee easier. They, of ccourse, told us to watch him for any signs of straining. They did bloodwork and everything looked good.
The doctor also advised us to get rid of the crunchy food and make sure he gets lots of water. We brought him home and he has been doing well so far. He is eating and drinking and peeing just fine. We are adding extra water to his soft food, just to make sure he is getting enough.
I can't thank you enough for your stories, purrs, prayers, advice and encouragement. You give Mom strength and hope! We have lots to learn and will be checking out all the great tips you gave us and visiting the groups to learn more.
Thanks bunches. Stay safe.
February 14th 2014 5:55 pm
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The vet called this morning. Because we had so much more snow overnight, he asked us to come for 10:30, which we did. This is a vet that we had never been to before but were willing to try, especially since he made an effort to try to see us last night when it was so terrible out.
He expressed Percy right on the exam table and showed me the gritty sand stuff that was blocking him. He said that we were lucky we caught it in time, had he fully blocked he could have died.
The vet did not have a tech so mom got to stay with percy, keep him calm and even help the doctor a bit. He asked if Mom was a nurse, and she said. no a librarian, but that she would have liked to have been a vterinary nurse. He said he hire her and provide training.
But anyway, with just a local anesthesia, he put a catheter in Percy and began to flush him out. He stitched the catheter in place and gave Percy injections of medicine. We start on pills tomorrow. He hung a bag and gave him some fluid to help flush the bladder. He gave us a cone of shame to put on him oncve we got home. He showed Mom how to flush the catheter in case in gets blocked. We go back Tuesday night to see how he is doing and possible get the catheter removed.
So, we get home. Percy wants to eat, but can't get at his dish with the cone on his head. Mom takes it off, Percy nibbles and then quicker than a flash Percy reaches down and tugs the catheter out. Mom didn't even have her coat off yet. We called the vet and told him what happened and went right back down to have it re-inserted.
Okay, back home. Percy is still trying to remove his cone and is really miserable. Mom remembered those inflatable neck donuts they have that don't cover the entire face like his cone did. She called the pet shop near us and they told us to measure his neck and come over. The lady wasn't sure it work on a cat....but it does. He is much more comfortable and he can eat with it on. He can't reach to pull out his tube either!
Wait...there's more...A cat with a catheter, like a person, does not really comtrol their bladder. Pee just comes out. Can't have a cat peeing all over the house like that. We decide to just keep him in the kitchen. No, that is not going to work. There are chairs, we kept walking in puddles. in was just to messy. Mom was ready to call the animal hospital to see if they would board him....and then she thought about a dog crate. She calle the pet store back about 1/2 before they closed and bought a huge dog crate. He can fit in there with a bed and a litter box.
We will let him out to eat and drink under supervision, and it will be slightly less clean up. There was no way I could have handled five days of that. He only complained a little and then settled down to take a nap. Poor thing is worn out, what an awful day.
Mom is doing laundry...a few things have pee on them, like mom's sweatshirt she wore to the vet, her jacket because he wanted hugs, and a few throw rugs from the kitchen.
Any advice you can offer for this situation would be greatly appreciated. The vet did say his diet will need to be changed. The vet seems very nice and even though it was not the most modern office, his care and compassion beat out shiny chrome in a heartbeat.
Please keep us in your purrs and prayers/ Thanks,
PS A shout out to the lovely Samhain....Happy Valentine's Day!
February 13th 2014 8:59 pm
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Please purr for Percy. ?He is having a pee problem.
Ok, enough with all the p words, seriously....
Percy was straining in the litter box today. We think he may have a urinary infection. We are hoping it is not a blockage. He did pee tonight (on Mom's bed, so she is up now doing laundry). He is never one to pee anywhere other than the litter box. He did eat some supper, but is just not himself. The vet did suggest boiling some parsley in water, cooling it and offering it to him to drink. We tried, he wasn't interested. Normally he is a pretty good drinker too.
Mom called our vet, they closed early because of the weather. She called another local vet and the doctor tried to meet us for 7pm but called back couldn't get here because the roads were too bad. He promised he would see us at 9:30 tomorrow morning. The emergency vet is about 35 miles away and the interstate that we use to get their is not in good shape. We had 10 inches of snow today, then sleet and then about 4 more inches tonight and it is still coming down.. Mom loves him to so much, but just can't risk the travel in weather like this. She is worried about him though.
Please spare a purr, if you can....We'll keep you posted when we get back tomorrow. Thanks, Stay safe out there....
January 15th 2014 6:45 am
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Good morning friends! Just a little update on me. I seem to be doing fine. I ate dinner and taste tested some of the dishes of the others. I waited in the window last night for Mom to come home from work and the grocery store. She was tickled to see me there, as I knew she would be! When she got the groceries unpacked, she gave me one of those fancy feast appetizers (I love those, but they are too expensive to have all the time). And if that wasn't enough, then, we had a treat party. I curled up and took a little catnap till it was time to go upstairs to bed. Mom gave me some lovies and brushes and all is right with the world!
Mom did leave a message for my cardiologist and is waiting to see what he has to say. She really doesn't want to take me and put me through the stress of alot of tests. Plus the car ride is pretty long and I hate being cooped up in the carrier for such a long time. She is hoping he will say to just keep an eye on me.
A big thank you for all your love and purrs and support and presents. I know I scared Mom, and you guys, and even myself. I know my guardian angel sure was with me yesterday, Thank You! A special thank you to my lovely Samhain, she sent me a dozen roses! You can see them all on my page. Nothing like a pretty girl, warm thoughts and flowers to make a guy's heart beat faster and stronger.
January 14th 2014 10:52 am
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Wow my friends , we had a big scare this morning. Mom is still shaking in her shoes.
Mom took me to the vet this morning for my rountine exam. It wound up to be anything but routine. It started out just fine, I was looking quite spiffy in my tie and the staff all fussed over me. The doc came in and took my temperature and checked my teeth, ears and eyes. She was listening to my heart and I started to get a little grumpy with her giving her my low menacing growl. She let go and then got ready to give me my shots. I buried my head in mom's arm and got my shots. The doctor then said she wanted to take me and weigh me. She stepped out with me and then brought me back. While the doctor and my mom were talking, I came over, snuggled at mom's chest, let out a moan and collapsed on the table.
The doc, said, "Oh No" whisked me off the table and took me to the back rooms, yelling "I need help" as she went down the hall. She left Mom in the exam room.
In a few minutes minutes one of the techs came in the room and told mom that I was alright and that the doctor would be back in to see me soon. She got my carrier to bring me back to the exam room.
The doctor had given me oxygen and brought me back around. We are not sure if I passed out, arrested, or threw a clot. With my heart troubles, anyhing is possible. This is the first time anything like this ever happened before.
Mom brought me home and I walked around the house. The doctor said to keep an eye on me. She also said that she would fax my cardiologist to let him know what happened. They even called about a half hour later to check and see if we were okay.
I think I used up one of my lives today and probably took one off Mom too. If you can spare a purr or two I would appreciate it.
Hugs and love,
January 9th 2014 8:08 pm
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Mom and I wanted to share a story with you about these past few super cold days. At the end you can laugh and breathe a sigh of relief. I think most of us had our share of this really cold weather and we worried about the feral kitties that might be roaming our neighborhoods.
We were no exception. We look after Charlie and Ron. We feed them twice a day. Make sure that they always have water. Built them insulated cat houses. Check them for cuts and bumps. Give them pets and lovies. They are treated the best they can be short of bringing them inside. (Which at this point, is not going to happen, or it would probably cause world war III)
Anyway, on Monday before it got very cold we gave them an extra meal, hoping that the extra calories would help them get through. The temps dropped, the wind picked up and early in the evening the boys were nowhere to be seen. We felt okay that they were hunkered down somewhere to pass the storm. At about midnight, Mom cleaned our litter boxes and took the bags out to the garbage. It was -6 and the wind was howling. Who came meowing down the yard but Charlie. Mom tried to lure him to the shelters under the picnic table, but Charlies would not go under. He was scared of the wind. So Mom walked him up the yard to the shed stays in across the alley. He went back in and Mom waited (in the -5 and the wind) to make sure he didn't come back out.
Mom went back to the house, waited a few more minutes then went up and got ready for bed. She laid down and couldn't stop worrying about Charlie. She woke up our other Mom and said "I'm bring Charlie in the kitchen for the night. I'll shut the door to the rest of the house". So in her jammies, slippers, and winter coat she trudges back outside and up the yard to call for Charlie. He comes out of the shed and follows her down the yard. She opens the back door and he wont come in. (He has come in other times, ever so comfortable and casual). Mom gets cruchies and tries to lure him in. Nope, he wont budge. Mom has her gloves off at this point and goes out and grabs him. Oh, not a happy camper. He has never been picked up before. He did not try to bite her, but he was kicking with his back legs. She got him in the mudroom, he scratched her hand, leapt from her arms and was out the door before it could even close behind him. He went running back up the yard to his shed. Mom felt like a miserable failure. She went to bed and hoped and prayed he would last the night in that bitter cold.
Sure enough, next morning he was back. He wouldn't eat too much, but had lots of water. He was back at supper too. Ron showed up, but it is obvious they don't stay together. They get along, but not that well.
Today was warmer and things are back to normal. All his forgiven, he is flopping at mom's feet and requesting belly rubs. Ron hung around more today too. I'm so glad the worst of this is over. We were so worried about our outside friends.
Hope you guys coping well too. Stay safe and stay warm!
January 4th 2014 8:09 pm
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That's right, it was -2 last night and cold all day yesterday and today. Right now it is the warmest it has been all day (18 degrees) AT 10:30 at night. Yesterday we woke up to about 6+ inches of light fluffy snow. Mom was up at 6:30 because she was suppposed to have a breakfast meeting at 8:30 and then I was to be at the vet for a check-up and shots at 10:15. Our street was not plowed till about 8:30 so mom's meeting got moved to 10:30. She felt really bad about taking me out when it was so bitter cold. The vet isn;t far from the house, but it was the in and out and the cold car. So she called the vet and changed my appointment. They were fine about it and actually it open up room for some emergency calls they got that morning.
But, I know mother nature can be a little cruel too. Our outside friends are being so brave. The moms shoveled paths for them to travel around the yard, drink from the heated birdbath, and get to the other shelters that we made. We have two strays that are at our house in the morning and at night for food. I think I mentioned them before....Ron, the Daddy of some of my siblings and little Chatty Charlie. Charlie does not like rain or snow. He looks up at the sky and meows at it. It is like he is telling it to stop.
Charlie lives in a shed across the alley from our house. When he sees us out in the yard, he comes running down the path, yammmering all the way. We are not sure where Ron lives, we have seen him on porches all around the neighborhood. He is a free spirit and loves to wander. They are both friendly with us, although you can't pick up either one. They will both give their bellies for belly rubs though! They also, for the most part, get along well with each other.
We built two cat shelters and have them under our picnic table which we keep covered with a huge tarp. They don't really uses the shelters unless the weather is really bad.
Charlie has made it for all his meals. He eats, gets a drink, walks around a bit and then goes back to stay warm. Ron was here yesterday in the bitter cold, for breakfast and supper, but he did not come back today. We looked around for him and called for him, but no luck. We are not too worried, he is an old, wise street-smart cat and is probably holed up somewhere, maybe with better kibble, mol. He was gone for a couple of months (June - October) and then one day waltzed up to the back door like he was never gone at all. Oh Ron!
Well my friends, stay safe, stay warm, take care of your feral friends the best you can. I can't help but think that many of us could have been in the same boat as Ron and Charlie, but were fortunate enough to find our homes.
Thanks for all the Christmas presents! Sorry we didn't get a chance to send many out. But know that you are in our thoughts each day!
December 31st 2013 8:09 pm
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Well, my friends, the new year is only about one hour away from us. I will be glad to see 2013 go. It has been a rough year. We saw many of our friends here journey to the bridge. We saw human family battle health problems. We see so many friends struggling to make ends meet. We saw Mom trying to squeeze every hour out of the day possible to work, care for grammy, care for us, and go to school. But yet amidst this sadness we saw joy and peace and hope and friends that were there to help pick up the pieces, offering a hand or lending a shoulder to cry on.
My hope for all of us is a better 2014. I have seen people wishing for a prosperous New Year, heck I would settle for getting by comfortably! My wish for you all is that you have enough of what you need. Be it food, warmth, love, time, friends, patience, employment, catnip (just had to throw that in there, we were getting too serious). Many wishes for you and your families for a fresh start and a better New Year!
Skylar and family
November 2nd 2013 7:27 pm
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Hey guys! Thanks so much for all those dancing skeletons! It is fun to hear all that clacking when they are dancing on my page MOL! I feel badly that we didn't get to send any out. Mom's computer at work has mal-ware and had to be taken off the network and then she wasn't home till late on Halloween night. (Mom's 96 year old uncle fell and is in the hospital with a head injury so she went with her cousin to go and visit with him....if you have a spare purr for Uncle Billy, we would appreciate it- he has been here and met most of us and enjoys our antics)
Thanks also for all my Gotcha day presents and comments. I think I love my gotcha day even more than my birthday because I am so thankful to have a good home. I know that Mom is good to the outside cats (we have two right now Ron and Midnight Shadow Chatty Charlie - we can't decide on the right name for him). Mom feeds them twice a day, gives them fresh water and even built another insulated little house for them, but I am so glad I am no longer out there living like that.
I may write again and tell you Midnight Shadow Chatty Charlie. He is a funny little fellow.
October 28th 2013 6:47 pm
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Wow! It is my 6th Gotcha Day! Hard to believe that six years ago, I wandered into this yard and wandered into my forever home. Do you know how many yards I was in before I found the right one? But that day was perfect. The sun was shining, it was warm. The moms were getting ready to go out for a late lunch and a trip to the casino, but first they were coming up to the garden to pick parsley for grammy. There I was! Cute as a button! Friendly! They scooped me right up and squealed with delight! They had to leave so they brought me in the house. Showed me some food and a litter box and left me with Rusty and Mrs Murphy. Not much of introduction...just hey guys, look, here's your new brother....and away they went. They were gone for a few hours and when they came back I was peacefully napping on the recliner.
Despite this non-textbook way of introducing cats, it worked out okay. I got along fine with Rusty and still do. Mrs M was a little afraid of me, but she came to learn that she can trust me. I have never, ever teased her or chased her; in fact, I sometimes step in between if I think someone is bothering her. She even shares her crunchies with me!
I certainly found the right house. I don't mind having so many brothers and sisters. I loved when they were kittens! The Moms take great care of me, even taking me to a heart specialist. I know I am an expense, but Mom says I'm worth it. I get lovies all the time, good food, treats, shoe laces to play with. Life is Good! Plus I have you! My friends! You make a good life even better. Thanks for celebrating with me today!
Life is Good!
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