Monday, March 17, 2014
Both: We're here today to tell you our gotcha story. We were abandoned, along with our calico sister by our feral mom when we were born or shortly thereafter. Somehow we ended up with a very nice vet lady who bottle fed us and raised us, even though all three of us tested FeLV+. She was sure that she could find a home for us. When we were ready to be adopted a lady whose elderly cat had just left for the Rainbow Bridge saw our calico sister and took her home. We lived at the vet hospital for eight months in a cage, though we occasionally got let out for some exercise and loving from the staff. The nice vet lady contacted Herman's foster mom, who told her about Karen Jo and Karen Jo came and got us the very next day. We feel really lucky. Our original names were Brother and Sister, but Karen Jo, who is now Mom to us, changed them.
Brody: I really like living here. I am already making friends with the other cats, though Rocio and Oja hiss at me.
Cissy: I am not at all sure about all the other cats. I hiss and growl at all of them. Oja and Rocio hiss back. When I get tired of trying to deal with them, I retreat to the safe room and sometimes Brody joins me there and we nap together.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Brody: Hi there! I'm Brody and I just moved in here with my sister, Cissy.
Karen Jo: I find myself pushed for time again. I'll let Brody and Cissy tell you their gotcha story tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Karen Jo: Oja wasn't very happy about it, but I was. I got an email from Dropcam requesting a post and to send them a link to the post. I did one for them, but now I got another request for a post with a link in it. So here it is. They were interested in my cats' quirks.
Bambino: I demand petting at 0-dark-thirty after Mom gets back from the big white litter box. I taste every food bowl until I find one I like. After I am done eating, I dig at the place mat, trying to bury any leftovers. I give Oja gentle head butts and rub up against her. I am the only cat she allows to do this.
Rocio: Or a pig.
Oja: ::WHAP!:: I am also the grumpy cat of the family. It takes me weeks or months . . .
Rocio: Or years . . .
Oja: to make friends with another cat. I did make an exception in Julius' case and accepted him right away.
Julius: I am the newest one here. I have only been living here for a couple of weeks. My quirk is that I'm afraid of the Lady. This is as close as I will let her get to me, unless she is giving out treats. Then I will get close enough to her for her to touch me. I even let her pet me a little until the treats run out. Then I run away again.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Karen Jo: I'd say 99% well.
Bambino: Why only 99%?
Karen Jo: The Prince of Pounce isn't back yet, but I'm sure he will be.
Bambino: I got a little better every day and the night before last I played with Mom's shoe laces and the sleeve of her pajamas. Today I rassled with Julius and napped with him. I can do my mighty leaps again and I eat up all my treats and food. Yesterday, even the kitten food disappeared. I say I'm all well.
Karen Jo: You are certainly well enough not to have to go back to the vet tomorrow.
Bambino: YAY! I want to thank everyone for purring for me. It worked!
Karen Jo: That's not what I said. I said I wasn't going to take any more pictures of you in your cushioned chair under the kitchen table or in your chair in the computer room. It's too dark and the pictures don't come out well. I am going to concentrate on getting the camera out when I see you out, so there will be new pictures of you.
Oja: Oh, that's ok then.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Karen Jo: The blood test showed just what I expected it to. Bambino is definitely FeLV+. I found out something I didn't know before. Sometimes the virus causes FeLV+ kitties to develop a low grade fever with no other cause. When the fever breaks they are back to normal. I am encouraged to know this. Bambino has been eating like he can't get enough again. There is never any Stinky Goodness left, except the kitten food. No cat seems to really like that stuff, though some of it disappears. If Bambino isn't back to normal by Monday, he has to go back to the vet. At the rate he is improving, I have hopes that he won't have to make that trip. Thanks for all the purrs and good wishes. With all that going for him, he should be well soon.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Bambino: I am feeling even better today, though I am still not 100% myself yet. I forgot to say yesterday that I haven't lost any weight. I jumped up on Mom's chest before dawn and wanted a long petting session. Mom said that it was great that she had her lover boy back. I stayed on Mom until she got up in the morning. I started eating some of the regular Stinky Goodness both for breakfast and dinner. I also ate some of the really good food. I wanted my treats today, too. I ate them all up several times, but left them a couple of times. I am not really playing again yet, but I did chase Julius down the hall early this evening. Tomorrow I should get my test results and Mom decides whether I have to go back to the vet. If I improve again tomorrow as much as I have improved today, I might not have to go back. I didn't hide from the blurpy girl today and even took some treats from her. I am taking more of an interest in what's going on around me and even outside. I think I will be all well soon. Thanks for purring for me.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Karen Jo: The good news from the vet is that there is no indication that Bambino's FeLV has become active. The bad news is that we don't know what's wrong with him. His temperature is slightly elevated, but that's not unusual for him. Just going to the vet can do that to him. He might have an upper respiratory infection, but there aren't enough indications of that to put him on an antibiotic yet. He might just be feeling under the weather for some reason. He got a shot with B-complex and B-12, subQ fluids (in case he got dehydrated) and some blood taken for a new FeLV test. He also got an appetite stimulant and I got some more to give to him later. He could be back to normal in 24 hours or so, or he might not be. I'm supposed to watch him for signs of an URI, like sneezing or discharge from his nose. The test results will be back Thursday and will tell us for sure if he really is FeLV+. If he's not back to normal by then, I am to take him back in. Keep your paws crossed. Thank you so much for all the purrs pouring in. I am sure that they are helping him and I know they are helping me.