Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Happy Birthday Oliver


Happy Birthday at the Bridge Oliver.  I know you are enjoying your time with Tanner.  We think of you often and have loved the signs you have sent.  I miss my snuggle buddy and bed fella...try to encourage your brothers to step up their snuggling!  Love you always.

We received word from the necropsy report and Oliver had hemangiosarcoma, just like Devon.  Supposedly it is rare in cats, but I am beginning to think it is just under diagnosed.  I have seen on a couple of cat facebook groups about people losing their cats to a bleeding in the abdomen.  Of course, if they don't investigate and get the necropsy, then hemangiosarcoma will not be what the vet think it is, because it is so "rare".  Some people are ok with not knowing exactly what happened, but I am thankful we have several resources in the area to get necropsies performed so I can get closure.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

What's Happening Wednesday


Well, it has been quite a while since I updated here.  It's time to get caught up on what the Four Crazy Cats have been doing!
Harrison enjoys watching bird tv on the computer while I am at work.  I had to take a meeting on the phone since he was busy.  :)

Trying to catch those birds...

Rusty has a new catnip toy.  

We are having a screen-in porch installed at the house.  I know the boys will love it!

The porch will be 10 feet by 16 feet.  We had the inspection yesterday and are now waiting on the concrete to arrive.

Flynn went exploring one evening and found a spider web!

Something interrupted Rusty washing...

Flynn checking out my new beach chair.

We found like 6 house flies in the house one weekend.  Don't know where they all came from, but mighty hunter Rusty to the rescue!

Harrison and Rusty were fascinated by a bird outside Aunties window...it was so close!

I finally had some time to use my new beach chair last weekend at Myrtle Beach.  The weather was perfect, not too warm with a nice breeze.  The water temp was about 84 degrees so it was warm too.  Perfect and a much needed break from work.

Well, there you have it.  We are all doing well still.  Missing Oliver like crazy but trying to stay focused on the good life he had with us, however short.  Quality over quantity right?  Although I'd like both :)

Monday, June 15, 2020

Mancat Monday - RIP Oliver

Oliver Hughes
September 22, 2013 - June 12, 2020

This is one of the hardest posts to write in a long time.  Oliver had to run to the bridge this past Friday.

He went to the vet on Thursday May 28, to have some small bumps on his side looked at.  He was given an antibiotic injection and told to come back in two weeks.  The bumps didn't show any cancer cells, but had bacteria and some inflammation.

During this two weeks, Oliver felt puny on the Friday after that visit, and I figured it was from the antibiotic.  By Saturday, my boy was playing and back to his goofy silly self...see photo above :)

Over the course of the next couple of weeks, until our recheck, he had good days and some off days.  He was always eating though and drinking, just didn't always feel like playing.  

Two days before his recheck appointment on Thursday, he started lying around and not wanting to be part of the family much.  I could tell he didn't feel like himself, but again was still eating and drinking.

I took him for his recheck on Thursday, and the vet felt a large mass in his abdomen.  We did x-rays and blood work.  The x-rays confirmed a mass and also fluid in the abdomen.  We needed to wait on the blood results, and he was scheduled for an ultrasound on Tuesday, when the mobile clinic comes.

I took him home and gave some pain meds to help him because he seemed a bit painful.  He rested all afternoon and evening, eating when I took him food and drinking.

Friday morning the vet called and said he was super anemic, that the ultrasound could not wait and to go to the emergency clinic at the vet school immediately.  He would call and send over all the records.  All other blood values was normal.

Off we went and they took Oliver inside, because we still can't go in because of COVID.  They called and confirmed the masses from a preliminary ultrasound, they heard a heart murmur as well.  Testing recommended:

Platelet count
Ultrasound with aspirates
Chest x-rays

I accepted all but the Echo because I felt the murmur had to do with the abdominal fluid and not the primary focus at this time.

The vet agreed and since it would take a few hours, I could go home.  I gave the CPR order to try and save him once and if he continued to arrest just let him go. 

It was a long afternoon, but at 2:30 they called and said the fluid in the abdomen was blood.  He had masses on his spleen, liver, pancreas and in some lymph nodes.  They were waiting on pathology reports which could take another couple of hours.  They were not able to aspirate the masses because of all the blood in the belly, but they pulled some of it out to test anyway.

5:30 the vet calls back.  There isn't a definitive answer for the type of cancer, but everyone is in agreement that it is cancer.  The vet had spoken to surgery to see if he would be a candidate, and the surgeon said no, there are too many masses in too many locations.  He spoke with the oncology group and they also said chemo was not an option, this is far too aggressive and has already spread to too many places.

My only option was euthanizing him.

I made that decision and asked if I came over would I be able to be with him during the procedure.  He said absolutely, so off Auntie and I went.

The room was set up nicely for us, and I was able to spend a lot of time with Oliver before calling them in for the procedure.  He was high as a kite from all the meds, but enjoyed his snuggles.  It was the hardest thing to press the door bell to have them come back to administer the drugs.  Again though, we were able to spend as much time as needed with him before calling them back to collect him.

I have requested a necropsy, but we are not sure if he will get one.  Again, because of covid things have changed and they aren't doing everyone, just a few a day.  I hope he gets selected because I would like to know what kind of cancer he had.  Options are hemangiosarcoma (which is what Devon had) or carcinomatosis.

I’ve been reflecting today on all the positive things and came up with the following…

  1. Thankful for Covid and the time I’ve had at home to spend with Oliver.  I was able to give him snuggles every time he asked over the last few months.  I will always cherish those times together.
  2. Thankful that the decision to euthanize was completely clear.  It was still a terribly painful decision for me, but it was without a doubt what he needed.  Surgery and chemo were no options for him.  He was bleeding internally and would have gone into cardiac arrest. 
  3. I am glad I could be there with him.  He was surrounded by love, and he was at peace.  He wasn’t scared because I was there holding him.  That brings me comfort.
  4. Thankful for friends that can understand the sorrow and that have surrounded me with kindness.  I am blessed.

The other boys have noticed he isn’t at home.  Rusty is extra clingy today, because Oliver acted like his mom at times, always washing his head.  Harrison and Flynn have come for more attention too…I’m not sure if it is for me or them. 

One day at a time and we will heal.  I will keep the good thoughts and memories of Oliver in my heart always.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Mancat Monday

It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted, but all is still going well.  We are all healthy and enjoying our time at home!
Auntie was finally given the green light to work from home in March, when the Governor gave the state-wide shelter in place order.  Oliver is helping some...

Cousin George also has a spot near Auntie to keep her in line...

Oliver is enjoying all the extra attention he gets, but sometimes I feel he wonders why I am still around...

We were able to open windows for a while one weekend and it was a big hit.

Flynn is enjoying his walks more, and is actually walking around in the yard some.

Rusty loves finding sun puddles all around the house...

Harrison is coming out more and more.  His personality is really blossoming while we are home.  I am so proud of him and happy that he is much less nervous.

The boys got a ripple rug, just to have something new to play with.  It is a big hit!

Harrison LOVES this toy especially when you move things under the top layer and poke it out the many holes!

Everyone is enjoying the new play mat...

Rusty went on a stroll outside.  He was a bit nervous, so we came back pretty quick, to keep the experience positive for him.

Flynn is a goof...sitting in the stroller to watch the birds outside!  We put the ferns on the porch and the birds are busy building nests.

Well, there you have it...all is well at our house, and we hope it is the same at yours.  Stay safe everyone!

Monday, March 23, 2020

Mancat Monday

We have all been well, and are enjoying our time at home.  I've been working at home for just over a week now, and the boys aren't tired of me yet!  Depending on how long this goes on for, the story may change, but right now they are loving the extra snuggles.  I hope you are all doing well, and are healthy still with all the supplies and food you need.
Flynn had a birthday on the 14th, and he got some new toys, bowls, and some treats.  It was a good day for the now 4 year old!

Rusty loves Flynn's new kicker toy...it has silver vine in it instead of catnip.

Oliver is my most consistent co-worker.  He loves to be in the room with me, although he tends to sleep a lot on the job!

The afternoon sun streaming in the windows make for some good photo light though.

Rusty also likes to sit in the chair next to mine...he loves the memory foam cushion!

Harrison turned 4 yesterday...he is benefiting the most by having me home.  He tends to be very nervous lately, but is realizing that Auntie and I have not and will never hurt him.  He goes from super snuggly and wanting to be held, to running from you if you walk towards him.  Such a silly boy!

Extra canned food was needed on his birthday

He got a new laser pointer, some bowls and a scratcher. Everyone is liking the new laser pointer.

Why can't I catch that red dot?

Flynn watching the red dot as well

New circle scratcher.  We have had this kind before and it is a favorite.  They end up tearing it apart after a while, but it will last a few months.

Rusty loves it too...in fact all the boys have taken a turn laying it already, or giving it a good scratch!

When it is your birthday, you can get away with some naughty things, like trying to lick the mayo off the pea salad!

Well, there you have it.  We are surviving the quarantine.  Prayers to you all in these uncertain days.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Tuesday Travels - Himeji Black Cat Cafe

We took the bullet train to Himeji, not to see the famous castle, but to visit a black cat cafe!
The cafe was about a 20 minute walk from the train station.  This is the entrance to the building...the cafe is on the second floor. 

Cute black cat things all around...its a good thing I'm not a thief!  LOL

We hung out in the cafe for about an hour.  We were the only people there besides the owner.  The cats were very friendly.  I believe there were 9 of them.

This is the owner of the cafe, and of all the cats.  She has rescued them from shelters and off the streets.  She continues to work to rescue and place the strays in the area.

The cats all wore collars of a particular color to tell them apart.  I can appreciate this...my boys do the same!

The cafe was very clean with lots of places for the cats to climb and explore.

Good kitty to scratch the post!

We had the best time here, because we were both missing our black cats back home.  This was the revitalization we needed!

This green collared cat claimed me...I loved it!

Happy to get a funny tongue shot!  Cats are the same no matter where they live.