June 2nd 2009 9:17 pm
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Today has been pretty eventful. Melvin had an odd burst of energy and was ripping and roaring through the house. When he finally stopped and slowed down, I noticed his left eye twitching back and forth. He also had a moment where he wandered throughout the house crying. Being an owner of an epileptic dog in the past, I knew that these little "quirks" were the signs of seizure activity, which is a side effect of primordial dwarfism. Although his diagnosis isn't 100%, he is showing a lot of the symptoms.
Seeing that there is very little information on this genetic condition in cats, the only information we really have to work with is the human counterpart. Some of the symptoms that Melvin seems to share is a possible hip displacement, as he runs somewhat odd, widely spaced teeth, some hyperactivity, weak muscle tone, a rather large head, and most recently, seizure activity. Other than that, he seems perfectly healthy. He eats well and plays hard.
In humans, PD comes from the mutated gene in both parents, and I can see this as being true, as both Melvin's mom and dad were insanely small, nearly the size of an average 4 month old kitten. Despite their size, they looked rather healthy. I just think that poor Melvin got all the bad parts of the genes and is having a rough start.
I understand that seizures can be a big cause for concern, but working around them in the past, I at least know the signs and when it becomes an emergency situation. During his twitching, I made sure to check his heart rate (normal) and keep a close eye to see if it elevated, thankfully it never did. I've found that this activity comes soon after he is having fits of hyperness, so I feel that that could easily be the cause. At Melvin's next check up, I'll be making sure to bring all of this up to the vet. In the meantime, I'll be keeping a close eye on the little guy and trying to keep him a little more calm (not an easy task with a kitten!).
Anyways, sorry to turn the post so sad, it's not too bad of news because Melvin eats and drinks well, his back end is producing some quality doo, he's having no problems going potty, and all in all, he's growing quite well.
By the way, I have to share with all of you my favorite part of Melvin:
His little paw pads are the softest little things I've ever felt. And their about the size of the tip of my little finger, which makes them ultra cute. I'd kiss them, but he walks all over the potty box with those. That would be rather unsanitary.
One more thing before I go (Man this is a long one!)... Wednesdays are going to be the one day that I want to share reader submitted rescue stories. Although Melvin's story is a good one, there are so many lucky kitties out there that should have their stories told. So if you have a story to tell, contact me via email button (firstname.lastname@example.org) with as many pictures as you can manage to share.
May 29th 2009 11:16 am
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I was going to wait until tomorrow to post this, but I've decided that a new blog schedule is going to be taking effect.
Don't worry, it's still all about Melvin. I've decided to schedule certain subjects for each day of the week and then ALSO post any updates on Melvin or other random stuff along with it. So basically, you're going to be getting MORE Melvin!
But anyways, back to the topic...
Melvin lost one of his baby teeth (I'm thinking one of the back ones) while eating his hard food (He enjoys the hard much more than the wet for some reason). I heard a tiny yelp from his little room and went over and found that he didn't want anything to do with his hard food anymore. Well, seeing he refuses to eat soft food from the plate, and now refuses to eating hard food from the plate, I've decided that it's time to bring back the syringes. This way I know he's eating enough and he doesn't end up having a love-hate relationship with his food.
(He's wrapped in a towel because he likes to knead on my hands while he eats, and that kind of hurts)
He loves the syringe for some reason.
Looking for more
And then he's content.
Usually after he's done being fed, he gets a bath because, as you can see, he gets pretty dirty. He really has no problem with taking a bath, he just hates it when I wash around his eyes to get all the goopies out.
After his bath, he gets wrapped up in a warm towel and naps until he's feeling warm enough to come out. After that, he gets a brush and goes off to play.
For those of you that are wondering what the schedule is going to be, I'm going to be leaving that a surprise. I'm going to try and post the same time every day, but who knows how well that's going to work out. Along with the daily scheduled posts, I'll be adding update posts as well. All will be labeled and easily accessible on the side.
May 26th 2009 7:03 am
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Melvin has been growing better in leaps and bounds. He's energetic and has learned how to play rough.
Lately he's discovered the game of Peekaboo:
Stick around until the end. You don't want to miss out on this:
Melvin will be going to the V-E-T soon to see if he's strong enough and big enough to get his shots. I'm looking forward to see how much weight he's gained, as his back and ribs are now almost completely undetectable. When we first got him, Melvin was nothing but skin and bones. He had spent most of his life inside of a cage and was terribly emaciated, so he also lacked in any muscle in his back legs. I'm wondering if this is the cause for the funny way that he walks or if something else could be wrong. Either way, we'll love him no matter what, and we're excited to see what the V-E-T says.
Also! Melvin and I thank everyone for the support! All the recent attention seems to have gone to Melvin's head, as if that wasn't big enough already. He now walks around like he's King of the Castle, which, I suppose he's pretty much become.
We would especially like to thank all those that have left the kind comments and Cat Blogosphere and Zoolatry for the features.
One more time for good measure: