23 May 2010

Look Deep Into My Eyes

Get's a little mesmerizing doesn't it? It's even better if you click my photo for the larger version.
And do you notice my "happy" whiskers?

17 May 2010

Sammi's health update

The new medicine (budesonide) appears to be working to control Sammi's diarrhea, even on a reduced dose. We've decreased from daily to every other day and she's still producing solid stool. Sammi also has a lot more spunk and energy.

Her eyes are also less gunky. She had quite a bit of sticky black gunk in her eyes every day, and now it's what I would consider normal.

Her gunky claw problem is also clearing up. When we adopted her she had extremely dirty claws with a waxy brown buildup on all of them that was irritating and inflaming the sheath of skin that covers the base of each claw. The vet's official diagnosis was "toe jam", and he advised keeping her claws clean with an anitseptic to help prevent any fungal infections. I had been cleaning her claws every few days with chlorhexidine solution, and that helped soothe her irritated skin. The vet thought her gunky claws may resolve as her intestinal issue cleared up, and that seems to be what's happening. The waxy buildup seems to have stopped forming and there's just a little residual gunk that I've been cleaning off.

We are keeping on a grain-free diet because I suspect that contributes to her intestinal problems.

So, our little kitty who was a bit of a mess (newly amputated paw, gunky eyes, inflammed toes, chronic diarrhea, bad teeth) is well on the road to being healthy. Pretty soon we'll be able to take care of her one remaining issue - a broken tooth we found during her last trip to the vet. He wants her intestinal condition stable before we do anesthesia and cause her system any stress that may cause a setback.

15 May 2010

Catnip, Scratchers - We don't see the problem

No Dad, we don't have too many scratchers. We will never have too many scratchers.
We have 14 ready for us when we want a new one.

And the 3 double-wide that we're currently using.

Deal with it!
Can I have a tummy rub now?

Mommy's in trouble!

Oh oh. Dad just saw how many packets of catnip we have and he knows they come attached to the SmartyKat chaise scratchers. Since we buy them in bulk online, he asked "Just how many of those do they have?" We did not like his tone. Just because he occasionally has to move a scratcher to get something from the closet doesn't mean he can get snippy about it. We should have as many scratchers as we want! And when the closet is full, maybe we'll find another spot to store them. We don't ask how many pairs of tube socks he has, and they prevent us from climbing in his over-stuffed sock drawer! 

Just remember who worships who around here.

Catnip Abundance

I do not have a problem and I can quit at any time!

The little vial towards the right is really funny. Honest officer, it's catnip (Nepeta cataria)! 

The little packets come attached to our SmartyKat chaise lounge scratchers. Their catnip is organic and delightful. Since we have 6 ounces of dried catnip, I think it might be time to share. I wonder how many kitties we can make happy with this stash.

14 May 2010

Sammi's health update

Sammi enjoyed eating her Pill Pockets and never discovered the horrible tasting antibiotic hidden inside. I'll definitely use them again if needed.
Unfortunately, the antibiotics did not cure her diarrhea so the vet switched her to a medication used to treat inflammatory bowel disease. After 5 days on this medication I called the vet to give him an update and told him he'd found the kitty poop wonder drug! For the first time in almost a year, Sammi had normal stool.

The drug is budesonide, and it's compounded into a fish-flavored liquid by RoadRunner Veterinary Pharmacy in Arizona. I have to give them a thumbs-up mention because they processed the prescription very quickly and surprised us by including a cat toy in the package. It's not often that a company goes the extra step to give excellent customer service, and they certainly did that. It's just a simple little cat toy, but it made me smile and Sammi has a little fun. I'm sure this simple gift is very much appreciated by owners who have a seriously ill pet.

Sammi doesn't mind taking her new medicine. The vet suggested I put the liquid on the plate and Sammi would lick it up, but that was overly optimistic. It may be fish flavored, but she's apparently not that gullible. She prefers her medicine in a tablespoon of grain-free canned cat food. Any way she'll take it, I'm happy to oblige. Hopefully it will keep her intestines healthy for a long time.

Good Kitty Karma

We just returned our neighbor's cat, Tippy, who evidently had escaped from home and found her way to our back door. Tippy knows me because I'm her cat-sitter when the neighbors are away. She can occasionally see me from one of their windows, so she must have figured out this is where I live and it was a safe place to come.

Tippy was meowing and desperately trying to get in, which did not settle well with Raven, who goes on high alert at the sight of intruders. A kitty trying to get into the house is definitely something new and Raven was not sure what to make of the situation. She wasn't sure if she should investigate or try to be intimidating to scare Tippy off. We didn't risk letting them encounter each other and dad corralled Raven in another room while I gathered up Tippy.

I have no idea how long Tippy was an escapee, but she was clearly done being outside and wanted safe harbor. She's now safely at home with her dad, and tomorrow I'll get the scoop from her mom as to how long she may have been out. I'm guessing she sneaked out of the house as mom got the car out of the garage. It will give me an excuse to go over and have another snuggle with the affectionate little fuzzball. As you can see, she's a gorgeous girl who we suspect is a Ragdoll.

That ceretainly added a little excitement to our evening. But everyone is safe and secure at home. And Raven has stopped patrolling the house looking for the mysterious kitty visitor.