Friday, May 21, 2010

Gaining Weight


See my white mousie? I have two white canvas mousies. Mom had gotten the other one out for me to play with today, but I wasn't interested. I went over to the toy basket and fished this one out myself. Dudes, when Mom gets re-energized, she really goes to town. Today it was literally. She was in and out of the house all day long.

Karen Jo: I had a lot of errands to run, as a result of my resting earlier this week.

I got a lot of new kinds of treats out of it.

Karen Jo: Thank you, Sparkle and House of Cats, for suggesting that I try other soft treats to put Herman's medicine in. Unfortunately, none of the ones I could find around here are soft enough to put his pill in. Whisker Lickin's came closest, but the treat crumbled when I tried to put in the pill. Herman certainly isn't complaining about his new treat collection, though.

When Mom wasn't going in and out, we played a lot. She got my wand toys out again and I played with my mousie. I grabbed it and bit it and smacked it around in the air. We also played soccer with my nip ball. I have found that if I try to scratch the pole part of my new scratching post, it tips, but I scratch on the base of it and get a treat.

Karen Jo: I am hoping that getting treats for scratching on your new scratcher and your platform and getting called a bad kitty and not getting treats for scratching on the couch will convince you that scratching on the couch is a bad idea. You had stopped scratching the couch before you got really sick, but now you are back to doing it again.

Hey, a fellow's got to scratch somewhere. One of the times Mom went out, she took my new PTU with my towel inside with her. I was hoping she wouldn't bring it back, but she did. Then she opened it up and put some of my new treats inside. I really like the new treats, but I wasn't falling for that trick this time. Besides, I was much too comfortable on the couch. Then she put the PTU on the couch beside me, picked me up and in I went. Then we went out the door and down the street. It was a novel experience. It was warm and there was a nice breeze blowing with lots of interesting smells. I didn't particularly like the swaying motion though, and started shifting around in my PTU and meowing, but not very loud. After a very long time (10 minutes) we arrived at the v-e-t. I started meowing in earnest then, but in we went. Mom just set me down for a little bit then we came home again. I don't know what it was all about, but I was really glad to get out of the PTU.

Karen Jo: The vet's office said I could bring you in and weigh you. First I just took the PTU to weigh it and make sure that bringing you in just to use the scale was all right. Then I took you down to be weighed in your PTU. I am very happy with the results. You kept moving around inside your PTU and that made the scale fluctuate a little bit, but even using the lower number is good news. To recap: When I took you in because I couldn't stop your poop puddles on March 2nd, you weighed 12.4 pounds. Then your weight started dropping and at your sickest on April 28th, you weighed 8.6 pounds. You had dropped 3.8 pounds or nearly a fourth of your body weight in a little less than two months. I was really worried that you were packing your bags for the Rainbow Bridge. Today you weigh in at 10.4 pounds, a gain of 1.8 pounds or nearly half of what you had lost and you did it in just three weeks. You weigh just 0.35 pounds less that you did when I adopted you. I am simply thrilled. Keep up the good eating and we'll have you back to what you were before you got sick in another month or two.

Are you going to keep taking me to the v-e-t to get weighed?

Karen Jo: No. I will be satisfied with the approximate weight I can get on the bathroom scale or I will look around for a baby scale like Daisy uses. I will only take you back to the vet if you start getting bony again.

Thank goodness for that. We had open windows all day today and they are still open. I am loving it. Mom did something else weird today. I have two litter boxes and Mom keeps switching them off, because I dribble poop down the sides sometimes. Today one time when she came back, she took my clean litter box to the litter box room and started pouring something into it. I came and watched, then had to check it out. It feels like litter, but it doesn't smell the same as my litter.

Karen Jo: I got you some Arm and Hammer corn litter to see if you will be willing to make the switch. I scooped out your old litter and changed the pee pads, then put your new litter nearby. Tomorrow, I will see which one has the most stuff in it. I hope you decide that you like the new litter, because it will be better for both of us -- less dust, hopefully less tracking and lots less weight for your poor old Mom to drag home from the store.

36 comments:

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

You keep eating buddy!

Our mummy says to tell your Mummy to try putting double-sided tape on the area that is getting scratched. Tin foil is also good if you've got a leather couch.

Khyra, Khousin Merdie, And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Oh how I love it when I see khytties weigh more!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Melody said...

Herman is so lucky to have such a good owner like you. You take such good care of him. I hope he continues to do well. He is always in my prayers.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Herman that is all good news! YEAH!!!

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Here you go my friend. Now keep being such a good kitty and eat LOTS!

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Max said...

Heh...^5 for scratching the couch. I think I would do that, if I could...

Simba said...

What an interesting way to get weighed, Herman! Congrats on your weight gain - keep it up, budy! I think it is fun that you fished your favorite mousie out of your toy basket on your own.

Mom switched me over to the wheat litter - I did fine with the switch. She hasn't tried the corn type yet.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Wow, gaining weight and getting new litter! And a walk all da way to da vet and back...yoo haf a furry aciting life, Herman. Is yoor poop getting better too? Mom tried some other litter in a difrint box and we wouldn't go near it so now she is looking fur another kind.

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

We are so very happy that you are bulking up sweet Herman! Yippee!!!

Have fun with all your treats and toys this weekend!

Daisy said...

Herman, I am so happy to hear you are gaining weight. That's great news!

DailyGs said...

Herman, we are thrilled to hear that you are gaining your weight back! THRILLED! Woohoo!

Mom wanted to transition us to a different litter. Mom bought us 2 new ginormous litter boxes. Individually, they equal the size of 3 of the litter boxes we had when it was just Gandalf and Grayson.

They are about 9" high and about 18" deep x 28" in length. They hold about 30 pounds of litter with lots of room to spare!

At first she started adding the new litter to the old in one box. Then she gradually stopped putting in the old litter so it is now just the new litter.

One box is in the laundry room with our old litter, Dr. Elsey's Precious Litter. It works very well but is very heavy and expensive! It was fine when it was just Gandalf and Grayson but now there are 4 of us!

The other box is in the office and has Tidy Cat's for Multiple Cats. It works equally as well but is lighter and less expensive.

Mom is pleased because we all use both boxes. As soon as our supply of Dr. Elsey's is used up we'll be strictly using Tidy Cats.

Mom says cats can be a lot of trouble sometimes. hehehehe.

Brian said...

Way to go Herman!!!! Thanks for the big weekend smiles you just gave us!

Marg said...

Oh Herman, good job at gaining that weight. What a good mom you have to go to all that trouble to get you weighed but it paid off. That is such good news. Keep up the eating and taking your meds.
Have a great week end and give that Mom an extra purr please.

The Paw Relations said...

We're gald that you're gaining weight. Keep up the good work!

Hannah and Lucy said...

Your are doing so much better Herman with your food and play times. This is good news for your Mom as well as for you. We are pleased you have put some of your weight back on too.

Sammy and Andy said...

YAY, YAY, YAY, HERMAN!!!!!!!!! Just keep on improving, dear Herman. We love you.

Please stop by our blog today and pick up the award we have given your Mom. xxxxxxxxxx

Katnip Lounge said...

Herman,
You keep on eating, buddy! We think you're not ready to pack those bags, yet. Pack in all the new treats you can hold.
What a cool way to go to the v-e-t. Not that the v-e-t is nice or anything...but at least there was no car ride involved.
Mommy tried switching us to corn litter, but some of us HATED it and decided to think outside the box...so we're back to clumping clay litter again. She really liked it, though. Good luck!

lupie said...

Hello Herman! Calories will make you stronger to fight!!

Take care buddy!

We will purr for you (overtime tonight!)

Love, a "choir" of purr kitties!

Everycat said...

Herman it looks like you are really blooming again. That weight gain is great news. I bet you really loved the fresh air and your little walk too!

We'll keep purring for the rest of the weight to come back. You are doing so well, we are very happy for you and your Mom.

Whicky

Jacqueline said...

We are so excited you are gaining your weight back and getting better everyday!!...And it's great to hear how you are interested in playing with your toys and your Mom again...Best of luck for continued good health sweet boy!...Happy Saturday handsome...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Forty Paws said...

We are so glad that you are gaining your weight back!! That is very good news!

Luf, Us

Sweet Praline said...

Very happy to hear it was a good weigh-in.

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

Herman, we are excited that you are gaining weight!!!! Keep going dude!! Playing requires energy!! heehee
Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

Cory said...

Yay for gaining weight! I've brought some Tillamook cheese to keep it going in the right direction!

Ayla and Iza, said...

Can Karen put the pills crushed into cream cheese? We had that once and it was good.

mummymeow said...

Hi Karen and Herman,
I got to know about Herman thru Everycat's blog. Just wanted to drop by and wish Herman a speedy recovery. Poor thing and he is lucky to have a supper mummy! Take care.

Angel and Kirby said...

Keep it up Herman ans you will be right back to your old self!

Furkidsmom said...

We're glad you're gaining weight and playing with your toys!!! We hope you like the new litter too. It's nice when things make it easier for the Moms.

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Pierro said...

This is the best news herman! I am so happy you are feeling better and you look so great too!
bonks

Lynx217 said...

Herman, I nominate you for an award, come by our blog to pick it up!

Curzon

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Oh Herman we are so glad that you have gained weight! It is too bad that the treats were too crumbly to use for your pills though. We used the Whisker Lickins - maybe they have changed it a bit - it has been wow, 7 months since Floyd went to the bridge (it doesn't seem like it has been that long). But at least you will get some yummy treats out of it Herman! We are still sending you lots and lots of purrs and prayers!!

Harry Spotter said...

HAng in there, we are still purring and praying for you.

meowmeowmans said...

What fantastic news about the weight gain, Herman! I'm so proud of you ... keep on going, buddy!

AttieCattie said...

hurray for Herman and his mommeh!!!

Junior and Orion said...

WOO HOO!!! Weight gain! That is the best news! Keep munching away Herman.

Whskr @ Dash Kitten said...

I can't BELIEVE how much weight you have put on. Well done Herman and well done Mom. So much love and patience.

WELL DONE both of you!