One will be Returning

I received an email this week from a former adopter. She took Hanna about a month ago, but Hanna isn’t liking the resident cat Clancy. Apparently, she has gone so far as to drive him out of the house and force him to stay outside under a car! It happens, and as I told the woman (who I have learned to dearly love). Sometimes, when two cats are separated by death- Clancy’s former feline friend died recently- it isn’t necessary to get another cat right away. Yes, cats grieve but not like we do. They don’t get caught up in the details and they can move on in time. I told her that maybe because she is so lonely- she might be projecting that emotion onto Clancy. he may be perfectly fine being the only cat and having her give him more attention. So she is bringing Hanna back to me next week. I did explain about pheromone collars, feliway, and the flower essences that she could use- but it sounds to me like it isn’t a good match.

My nights have been broken up in the last few days by jet-Eye challenging the other cats. Before he went to the vet, the only cat that he couldn’t seem to get along with was Quinn. Now he is spitting and hissing at most of them including me! I am hoping he is just feeling punky and once we get the test results back and figure this out- he will be okay after meds. I did get him a pheromone collar which he is wearing. Just hoping it calms down soon.

A dear friend of mine is now on a ventilator in a hospital in Texas. She is in final stages of COPD. I met Jeri in 1982- we both worked for a gun sight company in California. We became instant friends and have weathered many a rocky storm in our lives. She is the one responsible for Mike and I to even be together. She is 64 years old and a force to be reckoned with in her day! LOL Please send prayers her way and to her strong daughter Jodie. I kept trying to get her to stop smoking cigs. But in those days, everyone was doing it and she started at 13 years of age and never could quit. Now she is paying the price of that addiction.

More on Jet-Eye

Yesterday one of the vets called me to “discuss” Jet-Eye. I have to say up front, I don’t care much for this one vet. This vet leaves me with the impression that what I do with my life concerning these cats is just simply a waste of time. Some of the things this vet has said to me in the past causes me to just shake my head. The exam had been done on Jet-Eye and what was relayed to me was that this cat was “perfectly healthy.” *aside from the heart murmur and being blind in one eye* Good weight, active, playful no other alarms going off. When I mentioned again the fact that Jet-Eye easily eats 10 cans of cat food a day and still wants more- this is what the vet said to me. “He’s a kitten, he’s in a growth spurt!” I didn’t say everything that was crowding in my mouth to tell the vet back. I just kept my counsel and said please keep him until he gives up a fecal then run the fecal. Exasperated sigh on the end of the line but this was agreed to. I have never in the many years with these cats run into one who eats that much food and NOT had something health-wise going haywire inside.

Five minutes before they close, I get another phone call from a vet tech telling me that Jet-Eye has eaten but not used the litterpan. Again, I said to please keep him so we can get a fecal and maybe some answers. So this morning, my phone rings and I am told that he did indeed finally supply them with a fecal. BUT he did not use the litterpan, he used the towel in his cage and his food and water bowl to deposit in and the poop did not look “normal.” Gee imagine that? It wasn’t a growth spurt.

We still don’t know what is going on with him, will know tomorrow and if the fecal doesn’t give us answers, then I will ask for full blood work and yes, I have already considered it could be thyroid related, but usually in kittens it isn’t that common. I am thinking more that it might be coccidia, giardia or something he ate while inside that drain pipe. So will ask that they check it the thyroid level as well.

For now, he is back home and lying with Cooper right now on the dog bed. They have become fast friends. I hope we can figure this out soon so this kitty can finally be all he was meant to be. he is just the sweetest boy ever who had a really rough start to his life.

Hoping this will be the last vet visit for Jet-Eye for awhile

8 cans of cat food he eats daily. He would eat 10 if I let him! He is not gaining weight so I took him back this morning and dropped him off so they could run a fecal and see if he has T foetus or giardia or some other bacterial disease or G.I issue. It could just be that early in his life he was denied food long enough to just want to eat everything in sight before it vanishes again but I need to know if I am to proceed forward with his eventual adoption.

Please send prayers

Jet-Eye is headed for the vet. He started having difficulty breathing last night and went into small spasms (not sure what else to call it) They weren’t seizures just the stiffening up of his limbs then he would relax, start open mouth panting and do it again. Not sure what’s going on but taking him to my veteran vet who I used to use long ago. Ben’s the best and I need a second opinion about this heart murmur issue as well. Two homes were offered for Jet Eye this weekend, but both didn’t feel right to me so I declined them. Now, I know why- Jet-Eye is still trying to figure out if he is a fighter or not. Plus he eats wet food like it is going out of style- at least 5 cans a day and he has been dewormed twice!

Update: The vet believes the spasms are related to the heart murmur and not much can be done about them. He completely fell in love with this kitty who is so laid back and friendly. I tried to give Jet-Eye to Ben but there were no takers. :) He said the eye was likely injured a long time ago and doesn’t need to come out. He did send home new eye ointment for it though. He is a good vet but waiting in line for over 2 hours to see him reminds me of why I don’t go there anymore. And I had an appointment!

Asking for donations

The new product I mentioned before Suro-Kitty, I finally got the schematics of it in my email. This is a warming bed that will support up to 6-8 kittens at one time to nurse! The kittens snap down into comfortable pouches and stay nursing until they are full. It is genius but it costs $175.00 which our kitty doesn’t have at the moment. This is something I wish I had invented and have over the years tried to come up with something like it- but all tries failed. If you could send a few dollars to CATS Inc so we can get the pre-order price- next kitten season it will be a breeze to nurse these babies!

Thank you very much. My fingers also thank you as they get bitten a lot when I am nursing the very young. They may be just born, but their tiny teeth do hurt!

Update:I wanted to say thank you to the special blog follower who has ordered this product for us! I have high hopes that this will work out in the long run to be a very good addition to CATS Inc.,

Jet-Eye

He is at the vet’s as I type. He is getting rechecked for his heart murmur and if all goes well, they will neuter him either late today or tomorrow. He was starting to spray. His URI has resolved and his hot spots have calmed down a lot. He is the sweetest. mellowest tomcat I have ever met. I can’t imagine what the neuter will do to him- he is sweet enough already. But I can’t have a sprayer not after trying to resolve the situation here already with rampant cat pee.

12:19 p.m. The vet just called and said the heart murmur is very distinct. Although there is a chance he won’t make it through the surgery, I gave the go-ahead. He may be a sweet tomcat at a young age, but keeping him intact is not something I can do. Please say a prayer he makes it through- if not, at least he had almost a week of someone who actually cared about what happened to him.

3:52 p.m. Jet-Eye has made it through the neuter and is home and a bit loopy but he is eating and drinking. Sue it would be a long road trip to get him to you and with his heart murmur I don’t wish to risk it, otherwise I would contact Guardians of the Road to do a long-haul for me. The vet said he could live 7 days, 7 months, or 7 years. So I am probably just going to hang on to him until the right person comes along that wants him. I will run an ad for him this weekend but he is black that’s one strike, he has a heart murmur (strike two) and he is one-eyed (strike three). Sometimes, the people who go towards the special needs cats are a bit loopy themselves so I have to be careful.

Here is the skin problem he is having. This growth is only appearing under all four of his legs.

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Good Morning World

That’s what Jet-Eye said this morning when I went in to scrub his wounds and greet him. The affliction on his skin seems to be growing under his legs. The vet says it’s not ringworm- hopefully today the results will be in and we will find out what it is.01jetEye3rdday

Jet- the Newcomer

Last night, late I got a phone call. The woman said the cat had cruised into their life about 2 weeks ago and was now trying to get into her home. Her husband a daughter were highly allergic and they had small dogs and a dog door that had to stay open 24/7. She said she had called everyone, but no one would take this black cat and now he had a really bad eye that looked gooey and nasty.

He is in isolation and I have a bad feeling about this beautiful, friendly boy. I think his eye is the least of his problems, and I hope I am wrong but I suspect either FeLV or FIV onboard of this young tom because of his appearance and he is riddled with ringworm.

Ringworm in the cat world is an opportunistic disease, generally preying on the weak and immune compromised and the young. He is (I would guess) about 7-8 months old and I will take him in this morning to be tested. I suspect, I won’t be bringing him back  home. You do this so long, sometimes you just know that something isn’t quite right.

But I am not a vet and truthfully not in a good positive place in my life at the moment, so I will hold onto the hope that this is just a nasty case of calici  or felineherpes and go from there. Time will tell. At least he is anything but feral! I am calling him Jet-

Update 1:42- Just got back with Jet-eye. This poor sweet kitty has been put through the wringer! He tested negative to the nasties which was a pleasant surprise for me BUT he has a raging URI a fungal infection that is NOT ringworm- a bacterial skin condition on his belly of unknown source (tests still pending) and he only has one good eye. They also detected a heart murmur but are hoping this is just a result of the high fevers he has been running, the stress he has been under and the upper respiratory. He also has a really bad case of ear mites that rival the ones Pan had. Poor kitty. He is almost a year old and not neutered. …and won’t be for two weeks or so once the URI is under control.

Through it all, even being a tom, he was a perfect angel. He is home now and kind of grumbling at me (can’t blame him there). I would grumble too. He’s been de-flead and de-wormed no vaccinations, they say he isn’t strong enough yet. I was going to call him Jet but finding out he only has one eye- I added to it- Jet-eye.

He was given a shot of covenia, they used the one-time treatment for ear mites on  him (even though I did put Revolution on him last night). They cleaned and shaved his fungal patches and washed him down with special soaps, clipped his nails (he was digging at his eye) dewormed him gave him fluids to help the fever come down further and sent him home. I have to be very careful handling him because his fungal infection and bacterial infection on his skin might be contagious to people as well as other cats. Won’t know until Monday when the results come back- but to transfer that to Mike would be devastating. I have gloves, scrubs, shoe covers and mask ready at the door for every time I have to go in there to take care of him.

Here he is after the vet visit. Totally exhausted but keeping his good eye on me. (I think he feels I might snatch him up again and put him into the carrier) for another go-around.

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The Last Goodbye

The other morning, I went out to the enclosure to feed Morgan and found her lying so still, I thought she was gone already. I ran into the house and grabbed my fluids and pumped them into her and for a cat who would have rather run 100 yard dash over my head then to ever let me touch her- she barely moved. Damn I hate FIP.

I called a friend, and gathered her in my lap and we raced to the vet. She died on the way. Anne if you are by chance reading this, I am so sorry for this final outcome. My feline specialist when I reached out to her to help me get through all of this said she was sad, but not surprised. Just my early emails to her made her fear that the kittens were fighting an infectious disease or something worse. I know Anne, when you dropped them at my door you did tell me that they weren’t very healthy kittens and we did all we could to try and bump up their immune systems and reduce stress.

I received the family in November and was really hoping that at least one would beat the odds. I need to share the tunnel they managed to build in their spare time before they got sick. The way that the catio was built, George left a space of about 9 inches between the catio and the wall. The cats were dropping into the space and tunneling to freedom- and the only way to stop them was to block the access to the catio itself. It is a clever tunnel, I have to give them that- but they never actually tunneled which they could have done. It was just where they went to hide.

So Sweet Morgan, you could hide from the eyes of people who loved you but not from the disease coursing through your veins. You are now with your mom and your sister in a glorious place where there are now no walls, no tunnels, no barriers- just peace with no pain.

I went in this morning to talk to Mike’s PC and it was the most frustrating conversation I have had in a long time. I explained how my husband is now twitching, moaning, groaning,  mumbling and complaining about pain in his leg for the first time in years. How when he falls asleep in his lift chair, he has such deep spasms that he almost falls out of his chair and his pain keeps me  up till about 4:00 a.m. when his body finally succumbs to exhaustion and he falls asleep. I asked them to please give him some sort of muscle relaxer, and new pain med anything and this is what was relayed to me:

They do not believe that what I am describing is pain. Therefore, they want to explore this new development before describing any new medication so I have to take him in on Monday to be seen and “explored.” I believe I know my husband well enough to know when he is in pain and now when I am carefully washing his leg, he is almost in tears because he feels the pain. His leg is now like a snake shedding skin- but it’s not skin according to the “experts” but a wall of bacteria that builds up within 24 hours. He’s never complained before now so it is all pretty unsettling.

So for right now, when it comes to new rescues, I am going to be a bit selective for awhile and only take one instead of four- or try to help the caller out in other ways without taking any. Too much on my plate right now- too much sadness in my heart at all the recent departures. I just need to step back and figure out how to breathe again-