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.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Karen Jo: Sorry, Brody, but the meds are helping you and the Amoxidrops are back because you are more vulnerable to bacterial infection now.
Cissy: I wouldn't be tearing down the hall at top speed if some other kitty weren't chasing me.
Julius: Don't look at me. It must have been Rocio, Horus or Oja. You made the mess, though.
Cissy: Hmmpf! This is my new hidey-nappy place. I found this cushion just lying around and dragged it under the chair. It's pretty safe here, especially when Mom is sitting in the chair.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Julius: He decided to share. Yay! This is the closest I have ever let Mom get to me with the camera. The noms were too yummy to leave. You can see the swirly stripes on my side.
Karen Jo: You also scream when any of those three come anywhere near you, even if they aren't doing anything to scare you.
Cissy: I'm scared of them all the time because of all the chases and cornering and vulture cat incidents. I want my Brody back the way he used to be.
Karen Jo: Brody's vets and I are trying our best to make that happen. All the nice kitties in the Cat Blogosphere are purring for it, too. Thank you all so very much.
Karen Jo: If you would come out of the closet and let me take a picture of you, everyone could see what you look like.
Tabitha: I'm never coming out of this closet except to eat and use the litter box and do some exploring in the night. Something is doing terrible things to kitties out there. I can hear it.
Karen Jo: That's just Cissy. She screams a lot. Hopefully you will get used to it and come out some day.
Tabitha: Don't bet on it. Oh, I am three months old today.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Brody: This is MY story. I am doing better today. I gained weight from 7.6 lbs last Thursday to 7.25 lbs today. My temperature is going down from 103.5 Tuesday to 103 today. I should have a temperature between 100 and 102. There is less fluid in my chest. Look at me -- I am up and around, guarding my box of Elegant Medleys. I am eating them nearly all up every day. I usually leave just a little for Bambino or Julius, whichever gets there soonest after I am done. I still sleep a lot, even for a cat, but I am also taking more interest in what is going on around me. Man, did I have a lot of meds today.
Karen Jo: Yes, you had 5 mls of your FIP medicine, 1 ml of your amoxydrops and your two shots and the vet gave you a vitamin shot. You just have to have your amoxydrops and shots tomorrow and Saturday.
Brody: Whew! I'm not saying that I like shots, but I'm not fighting Mom about them.
Itty Bitty No Name Kitty: I'm tired of not having a name. When are you going to name me?
Karen Jo: I usually interact with a kitty for a while before naming her. You won't even let me see you unless I catch you out of your closet and even then you are gone in a flash. I have been trying out names in my mind, though, and I think we'll try Tabitha. If it doesn't suit you after I get to know you better, we can change it.
Tabitha: I think I like it.
Karen Jo: I talked to the vet about your behavior after I took you in to make sure that you didn't start spraying because you had an infection or something. You checked out in perfect health, so that meant that you were full of catitude. She suggested that I pay more attention to you and spend some one on one time with you. I pet you more now and take you out in your harness almost every day.
Horus: I like that a lot. The vet lady told you that I was unhappy because there were so many cats in the house, taking your attention. So what did you do? You went and got another one. That's why I sprayed the hall right across from the door to her safe room.
Karen Jo: I had promised to find a home for that kitten before your problems got so severe. The prospects I had didn't pan out, either of them, so I took the kitten in. She's really shy. Once she comes out of the safe room, she'll probably be a lot like Julius and you like Julius.
Horus: Julius is cool. He won't let you near him. You do realize that Cissy is exaggerating, don't you?
Karen Jo: Yes. I have figured out at last that she is a little drama queen. You just walk past her and she screams. Oja walks past her and she screams. Rocio walks past her and she screams.
Horus: That's cool them. I think you have noticed that I have started pretend spraying instead of the real thing. That means I'm only a little ticked off.
Karen Jo: I have noticed and I appreciate it. Things are getting better.
Karen Jo: I put your harness on you and what do you do? You crawl around doing a worm impression. If I take you outside, you want right back in. Once you get used to the harness, I'll take you out, too.
Karen Jo: You had lots of help. Spyro, Bambino, Brody and Cissy all use that scratcher quite a bit.
Rocio: Hmmpf! I still did a lot of it. You need to get a new one.
Karen Jo: You run away when I try to get close enough for a good picture. The other shots I took were blurry because you were playing so hard with a canvas bag.
Cissy: I took a mighty swipe at the fly, but missed.
Karen Jo: Don't worry, you will get another chance or ten. It's fly season and they are coming in.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Karen Jo: If I give you two shots a day you don't have to take your Pred anymore.
Brody: Hmmm. I guess two little shots are better than that awful Pred being shoved down my throat and making me cough. I don't know why I have to go through all this stuff. I fell a little bit better every day. This morning I almost played with Cissy. She was playing with my tail and I kept twitching it for her. Then she pounced me big time. I rolled over on my back and grabbed her with my forepaws and bunny kicked her before I gave her the airplane ears and hissed and growled at her to make her leave me alone. I swatted a toy as I went by. I am almost ready to play again.
Karen Jo: I'm glad to hear it. Brody is sicker than he thinks he is. He is a little perkier every day, but he has FIP. There is a new medicine for FIP, Polyprenyl Immuno, and he is getting it every three days. He is also getting his Amoxydrops until he finished the course. The fluids are building up in his chest again, so he is getting injectable Furosemide and injectable Dex for that. He goes back to the vet on Thursday to see how he is doing. The vet told me that she knew a cat who lasted six months on this series of meds.
Karen Jo: I had promised to find a home for this kitten last month because I had a prospect. She didn't meet our standards, so I took the kitten myself. I think I better make this one the last one I take in. The house is full.
Itty Bitty No Name Kitty: The lady who brought me here is trying our names for me: Alison, Tabitha or Nanette. What do you think? I have a very short story because I am only two months old. I was caught in the Santa Fe TNR program last month and fixed. Because I was so young, I was considered adoptable until I tested positive for FeLV.
Karen Jo: The shelter contacted Felines & Friends Santa Fe and they contacted me. Now she is in the safe room, mostly hiding in the closet. She does come out in the night to eat and when I went in to feed her tonight she was up in the window looking outside. She leaped down and ran back to the closet when I opened the door, but at least she is exploring.