Monday, July 24, 2017

Let's Catch Up!

So a lot has happened since I last posted in early June!  This will be a start at getting you all caught up...
The Mancats are all doing well!  
Tanner had fun in a new box! 
Tanner has gotten one of the PetPatch Loops to try and help with his stiff hips.  At his annual visit his back right hip was extremely stiff and painful.  We agreed the loop couldn't hurt! 
Oliver is as goofy as ever...he loves to talk up a storm 
Flynn is tolerant enough to wear he is on the 4th of July. 
Harrison can't get enough bird watching time.  He loves to chatter at them.  He is a big talker too and goes around the house just squeaking away! 
Tanner has had plenty of playtime with his girl! 
Flynn ended up at the vet because he seemed to be in pain.  The vet couldn't isolate the pain, but felt he had probably strained/sprained his back.  He was given pain meds and seemed to improve.  This was in mid June.  In mid July, he went to the vet for his annual visit and caused quite a scene when his stomach was being palpated.  The vet still thought it was a pain response and decided to x-ray him just to make sure nothing structural was going on.  Everything came back normal, so again it is thought that he has sprained something and that it will take time to heal.  He is acting fine at home, but we are doing dasiquin every day for 6 weeks to see if that helps the inflammation/soreness. 

We got a new foster girl, four days before we left for Kenya!  It was a mad scramble to find her another place to go...she was still taking a bottle some, but could eat on her own.  Harrison loved to sit on her heating pad! 

Auntie and I left for Kenya June is all the food the boys were going to need while we were gone!  It's 12 cans a day plus dry food.  They were well taken care of, but happy to see us return.  I will start a Thursday Travels series for anyone interested in what we did and saw this time.

Well that's about it.  We now have a new group of fosters that will be posted on Friday.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Foster Friday

Pleased to report that all four of the foster kittens have now been adopted!  Bella is still waiting for her forever family to show up, but fingers crossed it will be soon!




They each went to their own home.  I do not know if there are already other cats or animals in the home or not.  I believe they will all be just fine.  Here's to happy and healthy lives little grey babies!

We should get another set of fosters in July.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wordy Wednesday

 Tanner went back this morning for a recheck.  His abdomen did not appear to be painful this time.  This is good news.  He is eating well and not vomiting.  So we think the pancreatitis is on its way out the door!
The eye still looks swollen and is quite red.  He is now on a second eye drop to try and help it heal.
He is also sneezing quite a bit now and seems congested.  He was given an antibiotic to start that healing process.  While we know that colds shouldn't respond to antibiotics, they seem to be the only thing that helps Tanner overcome it.  You may recall in September we tried numerous things to combat the cold and finally, six weeks of antibiotics did the trick!

In other news, this bed of babies and their mother have been returned to the shelter to find forever homes.  It was hard dropping them off because I know they were nervous at being some place new, and they had to be separated from mom.  I hope they do well and find homes quickly.

Mom Bella was dropped off as well.  She is in heat and hopefully her surgery will be uncomplicated.  She is a sweet girl that needs a quiet home.  She isn't bothered by other cats, but sudden movements can startle her.

Harrison walked around the house last night chirping for his kittens.  He loved to play with them and enjoyed watching them be crazy.  It is an adjustment for everyone.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tanner Tuesday

Tanner has been feeling puny again.  I came home on Thursday and his eye was so swollen.  The third eyelid was about half way over his eye, and lots of greenish discharge.  He also vomited a few times that evening.  I knew he would be going in the next morning.
He didn't come and help us eat dinner on Thursday night, and didn't even want any popcorn, so something was up!  

Friday I took him over to the vet as a walk-in.  He had eaten a small amount of breakfast, used the litter box, and put himself back to bed.  It was determined that he had pancreatitis and conjunctivitis.  We agreed to do supportive care at home over the weekend.

At the vet, he received fluids, a pepcid injection and a cerenia injection.  He was sent home with cerenia pills, eye drops, and a special gastrointestinal food.  (I have pepcid injections and sub q fluids at home already)

Happy to report that he is feeling better.  Eating more like his old self again and asking to play!  His eye looks better, but not completely healed yet.  I imagine we will be doing drops for another week or so.  Now, he also has a snuffy nose and sounds rather congested.

He goes tomorrow for a recheck, so we will see what the vet thinks.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Fostering Friday

The kittens are growing and gaining weight.  They will probably go back to the shelter next weekend.
Here they are having some playtime downstairs.  Look at that tiny black kitten in the carrier!  Harrison and Flynn LOVE to sit in a carrier.

The igloo is great fun.  Amos loves to jump around inside, which makes it move all around the room... 
Oliver is keeping a close eye on Solomon...

Stella and Amos playing in the igloo...

Sweet Sophia is getting braver...She is more of a loner.  She loves to play, but won't seek out a human.  She still freaks out a bit when she is held.

Solomon is our chunkster...he hit two pounds this past Sunday.  

One strange thing about these kittens is they don't purr.  Sometimes you can catch them purring if they are nursing on mom, which they still do some.  

Mom, Bella, purrs when she is petted.  She will swat at you though if she gets startled.  I wonder what her story is.  The kittens have picked up on this some and will also smack at your hands.  I don't know if they think they are playing, if they are just mimicking mom, or if they are trying to attack.

I can tell we are out of practice with socializing and working with kittens!  Does anyone have any great tips for making snuggly babies?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tanner Tuesday

Tanner is doing very well.  He loves when the babies have time to come down at night to play.
Amos playing with Tanner and his string toy.  Tanner is so patient with his babies.

Health wise, Tanner is doing well and remains stable.  We don't have any appointments scheduled until July when he needs his routine check-up.  Who would have thought in 2014 when he was diagnosed with Lymphoma that he would be thriving still in 2017?  I am so thankful for my time with him!!