Joni: Hi I'm the newest addition to the cat family. I'm feral and 10 years old. For the last several years a very nice old man was taking care of me and my buddy. He fed and watered us and let us in the house in bad weather. We had a cat door to come and go as we pleased, but we mostly stayed outdoors. One day there was no food or water and the cat door was locked. We were very sad.
Karen Jo: The nice old man went to Heaven.
Joni: The next day or so we found food in cages. We were so hungry that we went in and were caught. My buddy tested negative, but I tested positive, so we were separated. I was due to be packed off the the Rainbow Bridge because of my age and distrust of people, but Felines & Friends rescued me. There is a place in Utah for cats like me. A refuge for feral FeLV+ cats where we can run around outside all we want and F&F wants to send me there. The problem is that they are at capacity now and I have to wait. The only place F&F had for me was a cage, so Karen Jo got called in to help.
Now I have my very own room and lots of food and water and toys and a window to look out of. Karen Jo leaves me alone and doesn't come looking for me. She just comes in and leaves the food and water and goes away, closing the door behind her. I like it here in this room and have no desire to ever leave it. I miss my buddy, but Bambino and sometimes other cats come in to visit. Sometimes Bambino even spends the night with me. It's too scary outside my room. Do you know what's out there? I'll show you:
Karen Jo: Rocio, you have been in to visit Joni and you didn't hiss at her then.
Rocio: That was in her room, her territory. If she comes out here, I will hiss at her.
Karen Jo: Bentley, that's not nice. Each kitty in turn has had that room to themselves for a while. It's Joni's turn.
Karen Jo: I haven't found my camera yet. If I don't find it soon, I guess I'll use my phone. I forgot to say yesterday that one reason Bentley was so grumpy when he arrived was that he had four rotten teeth and was in pain. Once we got him all fixed up, he mellowed tremendously.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Hi, it's been so long since I've blogged that you've all probably forgotten about me. Losing Brody and Cissy really knocked the stuffing out of me. I had faithfully promised the vet lady who had found them and hand-raised them (they were abandoned by their mother at birth) that I would take good care of them for the rest of their lives. When that turned out to be only a matter of months I felt awful and guilty, though there was nothing more I could have done. I lost my heart for blogging and went back to playing games and one thing followed another and I just didn't blog. I feel better about the whole thing now and will try to blog fairly regularly, though my life is rather hectic right now and I don't know how often I will do it. It's been so long that I can't find my camera. I had my bedroom windows replaced with more efficient ones and everything got packed up. I will make a concerted effort to find it. There have been two more additions to my cat family and I'm going to start with Bentley.
Bentley: Hi, I came to live here several months ago. I had a pretty good life for most of my life, despite being front declawed. I'm 13 years old and shortly before I came here some mean people got hold of me and turned me into an outside cat. That's how I got FeLV. I lost all trust in people and started to dislike everyone and everything. Some other people came and put me in a cage and took me to the vet, which I hated. I hissed and snarled at them all. I was diagnosed and it was suggested that because of my age and my nasty disposition that I be packed off to the Rainbow Bridge. Luckily for me the Humane Society stepped in and they rescued me. They contacted Felines & Friends of Santa Fe and they contacted Karen Jo. She took me in, but I didn't like her either.
Timed passed and Karen Jo kept petting me through the hisses and snarls and I finally decided that not only was she ok, she was great. I call her Mom now. At first I stayed in my room, but that got boring after a couple of days, so I came out and started hissing and snarling at all the other kitties who live here. Eventually I settled down and stopped hissing and growling at the other kitties, except Oja. I don't like her at all.
Oja: That's because I let you know right away who's the boss around here.
Bentley: Oh, go ahead. Rub it in. I'm the oldest, so I should be boss.
Oja: I was boss before you came and I am going to stay the boss. Just get used to it.
Bentley: Anyway, things were going great until Mom got mean and gave my room to another cat. I stayed mad about that for a couple of weeks. I got used to it, though, and things are back to normal. I spend most of my time just lying around, but I do love to get attention from Mom. I also love large catnip toys. I rub my face all over them and drool on them.
Spyro: Much to the disgust of us other catnip toy lovers. Bentley drool is a bit off-putting when I want to rub my face all over a catnip toy.
Bentley: Big deal. It dries in just a little while and there are plenty of toys to go around. I don't indulge in kitty wrestling, which is a big sport around here. I snarl at any kitty who tries it with me.
Bambino: I'm the only one who tried it and you smacked me in the head. I won't try it again, I promise.
Tabitha: Bentley smacked me in the head, too, and I was only trying to be friendly. I rubbed up against him and he hit me.
Bentley: I am sorry about that one. I wasn't used to you yet. I won't smack you again unless you pounce me like Bambino did. I still miss my room and go in sometimes when the door is open, which isn't often. There's a weird kitty in there who hides all the time.
Karen Jo: That's Joni. We'll talk about her next time.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
On another note, Tabitha went to the vet for her first rabies shot and checkup. She is 100% healthy and needs another FeLV test when she turns one, as she may be fighting it off now, as the vet noticed some activity in her lymph system. Go, Tabitha!
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Karen Jo: Don't scare me like that! All I could think of was Brody. I made arrangements to get you to Santa Fe to have your chest aspirated and everything. I am so glad that everything is all right.
Karen Jo; Purevax has come out with a 3-year rabies shot, so you don't have to have another one for 3 years.
Karen Jo: Thank you, everyone, for welcoming us back and all the nice things you said when Brody was sick and when he left. I will try to get around to do a lot of visiting.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Karen Jo: I bought Brody Elegant Medleys, Mornings, Delights and broth to tempt his appetite and it worked. He ate right up until the day he left for the Rainbow Bridge.
Spyro: Mom gave us some of this special food along with our regular Stinky Goodness. It was delish. We all had some, even Oja, who isn't supposed to eat anything but pate style Stinky Goodness.
Karen Jo: It's not quite time for dinner yet. You'll get it as soon as I finish this post.
Karen Jo: You've had treats at least five times today.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Brody's last vet visit was bad news and I didn't want to tell you that his temperature was 105.3 and he had fluid in his abdomen. Luckily the fluid was where it was easily removed and Brody went back on Dex + B-12 and Lasix every day. It didn't help. By Sunday night, I knew that he was packing his bags for the Rainbow Bridge. He didn't eat all day Monday and he had that sad. lost look in his eyes. Monday night, he was waiting on the bed for me, just like he is in the picture. I cuddled up to him and started petting him and he got up on me in his favorite position, on my thigh with his head on my stomach. I petted him until I fell asleep. Sometime in the night, he left the bed, because when I woke up in the wee hours to pee, he wasn't there. In the morning, I found him by the food in the computer room. He had run away to the Bridge. It was like he knew that he had to eat, but he couldn't do it.
I took the body into the kitchen on a kitty comforter and laid him down near Cissy's cave. I wanted her to know what happened to him. She came and sniffed over and over again, like she couldn't believe it. I think all the kitties sniffed him at least once. I called the vet to cancel his appointment, which was this afternoon. After a while, I took his body to the vet to be cremated. I brushed off a bunch of fur and put it in a plastic bag, because I knew that the private cremation was so much more expensive than the communal cremation. Isn't it silly that after spending at least $5000 to keep him alive, I wouldn't spend $70 to get his ashes? It's just the way I feel. Everything that was the Brody I loved so much went to the Rainbow Bridge. What was left was just a shell. I can feed the other cats for a month on that $70.
I will order him a plastic tombstone from the company I get them from and get a solar light from the store and bury half his fur next to Austin. I'm crying too hard to see well, so I'll quite now.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Brody: I went to the vet yesterday and it was good news. My temperature has gone down to 103.5 from 104. My weight has gone up from 6.7 lbs to 8.2 lbs. Neither Mom nor the vet lady could figure out how I gained 1.5 pounds in one week. I bet I know. I eat whatever I want and just lie around most of the day. There is no sign of fluid in my chest or abdomen. I only have to have one shot every other day now. I'm pretty happy about all of this and so is Mom.
Karen Jo: I am very happy. Brody might have diarrhea, but it's by no means certain. He is getting a little Metronidazole in liquid form just in case.
Karen Jo: I picked them up anyway, because the vet lady was nice enough to tape them to the outside door after closing time. I'll hang on to them. Some other kitty might need them. Brody won't eat the Forti-Flora.
Rocio: I was watching the birds when I got this itch. Ah, that's better. I really got into it with Cissy the other day. I don't know why. I haven't bothered her since.
Bambino: I dumped the toy bucket over so Tabitha would have more toys to play with. Yeah, that's it. She is a lot of fun. She will pounce almost any cat. She leaves Brody, Cissy and Oja alone. She learns fast.
Karen Jo: I am wondering if the calming spray is having an effect or the kitties just got bored with tormenting Cissy. Whichever it is, I hope it lasts.
Karen Jo: If any of you have wondered what I looked like, you can see me in the mirror.