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.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Cissy: Mom made me go to the vet today, just because she found a little diarrhea on the kitchen floor.
Karen Jo: Any time I see something amiss with one of my FeLV+ kitties they go to the vet. I'm really glad that you are using your new litter box.
Cissy: It's in the kitchen. It's just my size and it's full of pretty crystals. What's not to like?
Karen Jo: It turns out that you probably have stress-induced colitis. It should go away in a few days. To help it go away I'm spraying the calming spray on the seats of the chairs near your special spot.
Karen Jo: You are the one giving her the most problems. The vet surmised that you see her as a threat to your stature as Alpha cat.
Oja: It's about time someone figured out that I am the Alpha around here. How could that pint-sized house panther be a threat to me?
Karen Jo: I figured it out that day you beat up Horus. If she's no threat, will you please let her be? She's terrified of you.
Oja: She should be. So should all the kitties in the house.
Rocio: Ho-hum, politics again. Think I'll take a nap. It's been quite a while since I scared Cissy.
Karen Jo: I would be really happy if you never did it again.
Bambino: While Spyro is napping on top of the smaller cat tree, I grabbed the top of the tall cat tree. I stay out of the politics around here.
Karen Jo: I have a question. Cissy's got diarrhea, so who left the pile on the blue rug by the door?
Horus: Um, I don't know. Maybe Cissy doesn't have diarrhea all the time.
Karen Jo: It was an awfully big pile for Cissy.
Horus: You don't take me out often enough. I want out on my leash and harness every day.
Brody: I am holding my own. I don't seem any better or worse today. Mom is always taking a picture of my shaved spots.
Karen Jo: You always lie with your shaved spots up, so I don't have a choice if I take a picture of you lying down.
Karen Jo: Don't worry, Tabitha. Oja does that to all new cats for at least two weeks.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Karen Jo: You're right, Spyro. You aren't really naughty. There are some other cats here, though . . .
Karen Jo: What do you call tormenting poor Cissy so much? I picked a slightly blood-stained claw sheath out of your face this morning. Why can't you just leave her alone?
Oja: She's such an easy target. I don't particularly like stinky mancats, but lady cats who are always screaming are worse.
Karen Jo: You hiss at Tabitha, too.
Oja: What did you expect? I hiss at every new cat.
Karen Jo: You were tormenting Cissy this morning, too. All she was doing was lying on her cushion in the kitchen.
Rocio: Like Oja said, she's an easy target.
Karen Jo: That's right. You are a good kitty. I appreciate how easily you have made friends with Tabitha.
Karen Jo: You have been a really good mancat lately, Horus. You haven't even hissed at Tabitha. You just sniff her whenever you meet; then you walk away.
Karen Jo: That's right. On the contrary, you have been really nice to Tabitha. It's so much fun to watch the two of you play chase.
Karen Jo: You just spend all your energy in getting better, Brody. Eat as much Elegant Medleys as you can. You will be getting them for every meal from now on.
Karen Jo: You have been very naughty. Care to explain?
Cissy: I am upset that Brody isn't the same. Some of the other kitties are mean to me. I decided to just stay in the kitchen, but there isn't a litter box in here.
Karen Jo: So that's why you used the recycle bin for your litter box and when I put a lid on that you used the floor? There is a litter box just a few feet down the hall from the kitchen.
Cissy: But it wasn't IN the kitchen
Karen Jo: I got you a brand new litter box and put it in the kitchen, as much as I hate the idea of a litter box in the kitchen. I got you the gel crystals, in case you decided you didn't like the Swheatscoop. I hope that solves the problem. Otherwise, you are going to the vet. You might go anyway in case this change in your behavior means that you are sick.
Karen Jo: You don't have to worry about it. How do you like having the door to your room open all the time?
Tabitha: I love it. I can go where I please, when I please and retreat back into my room when I have had enough excitement. You know what, kitties? There are dishes of food out there that are different than what I have been getting. Yummy!
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Karen Jo: Brody's temperature is 104 and his weight is down to 6.7 lbs from 7.8 lbs last week. The vet says that it's just a matter of time, but we will keep up the medications and hope for a miracle. Brody feels so good because he all the fluid is out of his chest and he can breathe normally again.
Karen Jo: She might not. There are lots of other kitties for her to play with.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Karen Jo: Now comes the really hard part for me. Brody has gotten back to being almost himself again. Now, will the new medicine whip the FIP, or will Brody stay the way he is now until it attacks him again?
This is what Mom calls Spyro's Spytower because I am the cat up here most often. It's a great spot for looking outside and seeing everything that goes on in the living room.
Horus: Mom was down on the floor taking pictures. When it was my turn, she just turns to me and shoots. When Brody's turn came she petted him and cooed to him and coaxed him to face her, giving him lots of attention. I couldn't stand that, so I went over to the couch, turned around to face Brody and sprayed the couch. That'll teach her to give that little brat all the attention.
Karen Jo: Brody needs more attention now because he is sick. Even you have been nice to him.
Horus: I still don't like it when he gets more attention than I do.
Karen Jo: I had to stop the photo session and clean up the mess. Then I couldn't remember if I had taken pictures of all the cats. That's why Spyro and Cissy have older pictures today.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Karen Jo: This morning I told Felines & Friends that I had a full house and couldn't take any more kitties. The director asked me very nicely if I would consider becoming a halfway house for FeLV+ kitties. That means I would allow them to list the kitties as adoptable and see if they could adopt some out to people who knew what they were getting into, so I would have room for more. I accepted, though I would be sad to see any of my dear little ones go away. I accepted for a few reasons. Horus would be much happier in a house with fewer kitties. If the kitties are adopted I wouldn't have to see them die. I want to save as many kitties as I can. It is quite possible that none of them will be adopted and things will just go on as they are now. After all, I got into this because no one else would adopt Herman. If any of them are adopted out, one of the conditions will be that they are to be returned to me if the adopters find that they don't really want them.
Tabitha: I came out of the closet today and let the lady pet me. Twice! She picked me up and I ran away again once she put me in her lap. I played with another kitty who came to visit. I like other kitties. Mom brought in a black box (camera) and pointed it at me and I ran and hid.