A quick post to say hello…Hello!
Recently, we bought a cat tree because one of our cats decided climbing the walls was a good idea.
Domovoi so hyper he climbed the wall!
To combat this, I bought him a six foot cat tree. Yes. Him. Apparently, he believes the cat tree is his.
Domo on top of his castle surveying his domain.
Anyone else have a cat who believes all the things are his? LOL!
Elizabeth the Kitten: Then and Now
As you know, my hubby and I adopted Elizabeth the Kitten from the SPCA in 2006. She was about a year and a half when we brought her home. She was a tiny 6 pound little thing, who had ear mites and kennel cough. She was so sad when we brought her home, no energy. As her medications kicked in, her energy levels surged and when we would go into the room she was in (to keep her from infecting her soon-to-be brothers and to acclimate her to her new surroundings), she would eat her kitty food and then barrel over to us. It was the cutest thing!
Now, she’s gained a few pounds (hubby affectionately calls her barrel kitty) and is a sweet, loving kitty. She’s a total lap kitty and she’s the perfect addition to our little family.
For anyone who has loved a pet, you know you’d do anything to keep them healthy. Well, we had a bit of a scare with our tabby Higgy over the last last month. He was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in November, then his meds got a little off kilter, and he stopped eating. Seriously. The cat who literally would chase other cats away from their food bowls before he had finished his, wouldn’t eat. Completely out of character.
So, off to the vet I went to see what was going on. Turned out it was the lack of medication, which was the opposite of what we though. We thought it was the meds causing the lack of eating. Well, Higgy wasn’t eating, so I asked if we could give him yogurt, which is his favorite human food in the whole wide world. The vet enthusiastically said yes, so we grabbed some yogurt and gave him all he could want. And yes, we fed it to him by the spoon. I’m not sure why it never occurred to us to just put it in his bowl, but it didn’t. We spoon-fed him yogurt.
This is what it looks like to spoon feed a cat yogurt. So, you can see, I’d do anything for my little tabby.
Higgy loves yogurt. His favorite flavor we quickly realized is blueberry. He would even eat the blueberries in the container!
It's a good thing he's always been a yogurt fiend! No matter where he was in the house, if you opened a container of yogurt, he was right there waiting.
How can you say no to this face? He would go through a container a day. The more calories the better!
Pooka trying to look innocent as the poor Dicken's villagers run for their lives.
Today’s post I believe will ring true for many people. As you know, I have three cats (Higgy [12.5], Pooka [12.5], and Elizabeth . For some unknown reason, Higgy and Pooka have become kitten-like in their interest in the Christmas tree this year. When they were literally kittens and for a few additional years, the tree would be on the floor several times over the Christmas season. Always at night, so in the morning you would walk into the living room and the tree was down. So far this year, they haven’t managed to get it on the floor, but not without trying (especially on Pooka’s part!). Pooka seems to think climbing the trunk of the tree is fun this year. He hasn’t done that in years. I have no idea what brought this on. It’s been somewhat of a Christmas war in our house – us not wanting the cats to eat/knock over the tree and them wanting to do whatever it is we don’t want them to do. It’s making for some interesting evenings. There may or may not be stuffed animals aimed at said cats to get them to stop attacking the tree.
How are your pets handing all the decor? Has the tree hit the floor yet? Tinsel been eaten? Hopefully your pets are behaving better than mine!
Higgy looks all innocent here. Trust me, he's #2 on the who's under the tree questions. The only kitty who's behaving is Elizabeth!
This has been an adventuresome week. My poor little Higgy cat has been ill. It started Sunday when he couldn’t keep anything down. We eventually took him to the emergency vet Sunday night. There, they told us he has a heart murmur and a “Valentine’s heart.” This means his heart is shaped more like a the type of heart you get on Valentine’s Day than the one you should have in your chest. Monday, we took him to our vet to see if they could determine anything. He agreed Higgy has a murmur and his heart is enlarged, but he wasn’t concerned. Blood work was taken to see how his hyperthyroid medication was working and to see if there were any other issues discoverable through blood tests. Turned out his medication was working too well! A normal thyroid number is 2. When we took him in several weeks ago, it was 7, so hence the medication. When he was tested Monday, his number was .5. So, it’s working…a little too well! And fantastically enough, the rest of his blood work came back perfect. Before we left, he was given an interveneous fluid sac and anti-nausea meds.
Sadly, when the anti-nausea meds wore off to Tuesday night, he started getting sick again. Which worried us no end. Called the doctor yesterday and low and behold, we now thing he has a stomach virus. Poor boy! So, he now has two types of medications – an antibiotic to help combat the virus and a pepto-type medication to help settle his stomach. Did you know for a long time you could give a cat Pepto? They had to stop though when the formula was changed. I thought that was interesting.
So, today is the first full day of medication. Here’s hoping the cute little tabby cat starts feeling better.