Monday, April 24, 2017

Mancat Monday

The mancats love fresh catnip.  Flynn thinks every time you go outside you should bring some back in for him!
Here are the panthers enjoying some fresh nip...From the top, going clockwise...Flynn, Oliver and Harrison

We tear the leaves into small pieces because they will eat whatever is on the ground...then they will go to the compost bowl and scout out the stems! 

Flynn seems to feel the effects more than the others!  He is the cat at the bottom now.

Here's Flynn throwing caution to the wind...he is a nut!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Foster Friday

 Last week, we were asked if we could help foster a momma cat and her kittens.  How could we say no to that?
So four kittens came to stay with us, along with their mom.  I did request no orange or black since I have a weakness for them!  MOL 

These sweeties are two-three weeks old here...two boys and two girls.  We named them after our sweet Ugandan kids we hosted this year...
Stella - lighter grey
Sophia - darker grey 
And here is mom Bella.  She is a very sweet girl and attentive mother.  She doesn't mind you handling the kittens, but will come over if they make too much noise.  She was turned into the shelter as a stray.  She is friendly and enjoys being petted, but does not like to be picked up.  She is unsure of toys or how to play, but I hope with time we can show her how fun they can be!

We will have mom and babies until the kittens weigh two pounds and are eating on their own.  Then they will return to the shelter, have their surgeries and be placed for adoption.

My boys are handling things well.  They are curious about what is behind the door but they are not charging the room to find out!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Harrison - The Mighty Hunter

Harrison discovered a bug on the outside of the window the other day.
He chirped at it and told it to leave...

When it didn't he tried to swat it away...

He gave it two paws, but the bug held on...

The bug started to crawl higher on the screen

Harrison watched it finally leaving his domain...sometimes you don't have to kill to be a hunter, just identify and scare it away!

Friday, April 07, 2017

Happy Birthday Tanner

Happy 15th Birthday to my sweet Tanner.

Tanner is a loving boy and so tolerant.  He enjoys a good snuggle on the couch and sleeps right next to you at night.  He wants to be touching you.

He loves his brothers but enjoys some playtime alone as well.  He is very good at taking turns when we play.  His favorite toys right now are catnip pillows, and his "girl" string.

Tanner always comes over when we are eating dinner or lunch.  He wants to know what you are having and see if it is something he needs.  You can always count on him being there!  Thankfully, no one else has picked up this habit!

Tanner is living every day to the fullest.  I am thankful for all the extra time I've been given with him, and will cherish every moment.

Happy Birthday to my one and only orange boy!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Wacky Wet Wednesday

The boys haven't had play time in the tub in a while, and Harrison let us know he was ready.  Auntie was cleaning her tub and he kept trying to get in there.  When she finished, we ran some water and threw his toys in.  It didn't take long before he was in the the water playing with his toys!
Harrison playing with the swimming fish...

A bigger bath toy that a friend gave the boys...

Oliver checking it out and is curious, but can't decide if he should get his feet wet.  Although, Oliver loves to shower and usually ends up soaked because he stands on the edge on the inside of the curtain and the water is just spraying all over him!

Flynn has come to see what is going on...

Flynn couldn't resist...he had to get in there and play with those fish!

Harrison was finally done...time to get dried off!

Flynn has some alone time with the toys and loved it!

Time for Flynn to get dried off...he had laid down at one point and was pretty wet!

Here are some videos as well...Enjoy!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Yesterday, Tanner and I spent the day at the vet school getting his annual Cardiology scans done.

Our appointment time was 9:30 and we were immediately taken into a room.  The technician came in to do a blood pressure check first thing.
Here is Tanner having his BP checked.  He did a great job and wasn't vocal in the least.  His pressure was a bit on the high side though.

Next, we had a 4th year student come in and talk with us, take vitals and do a quick exam.  He was very nice, but a bit too perky for my taste :)  Constantly called Tanner, "Love" or "sweetheart"...I'm thinking he's a boy cat.

Next, Perky student and a resident came it to tell me the game plan for the day and to see if I had questions.  No questions from me, so Tanner should be done in about an hour and a half.  Perfect...I'll be in the cafe.  I brough my laptop this time!

Get a call from them about noon, and they had had some emergencies come in, so Tanner was next on the list.  I grabbed a quick snack and kept working.

About 1:30 he was ready to go...

The doctors were all pleased to see him, and he did really well with his visit.  His original oncology doctor stopped by to see him as well and was happy with what she saw.  He really is a miracle boy!  They said that most cats with lymphoma do not make it as long as he has...I have to think he was all our purrs that have kept him going!

Now, on to the cardio report...

ASSESSMENT: We are thrilled that Tanner is doing well at home! On today’s examination Tanner looked happy and healthy. Based on today’s echocardiogram, Tanner’s heart disease has mildly progressed, characterized by slightly further enlargement of the left atrium. No medication adjustments are recommended currently, and refills of atenolol and clopidogrel were provided. Tanner’s blood pressure measured 220 mmHg upon arrival at the hospital and with repeated measurement was 180 mmHg. These blood pressure values are higher than we would like to see for Tanner; however, based on his temperament, these values may be artificially elevated by stress or excitement in the hospital. We recommend following up with Tanner’s primary care veterinarian to repeat a blood pressure measurement while he is calm and resting to determine whether Tanner should be treated for hypertension with oral medication (amlodipine)

All in all, everyone is pleased with him and we will keep doing what we are already doing.  I'll give his regular vet a call to see if he thinks he needs a BP recheck and go from there.

So today, I am thankful for a good report from the cardiologist.  I am also thankful for you, the faithful readers who have purred and supported my family through all of our challenges!  You have always been there for Tanner!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Happy Birthday Harrison

Happy 1st Birthday to my sweet Harrison, you and Flynn have made my family whole again.

Harrison is a talker.  He squeaks and chirps all the time!  His voice is still high and kittenish too.  

He loves to play.  His current favorite toy is the purr-peller.  He will drag his toy around the house and ask to play.  He also loves a couple of plastic springs.  He will carry them around and drop them in the water bowl in Aunties bathroom.  He will then proceed to dig them and the water out of the bowl!

He loves to snuggle in the bed.  He purrs and drools all over you.  He also enjoys nibbling on your fingers and toes.  He enjoys being held, and will sit close to you on the couch, but not in your lap.

Harrison is more cautious about new situations and will likely stay upstairs if we have company over.  It takes him longer to warm up to strangers.

Besides Flynn, Harrison loves Oliver the best.  He is Oliver's mini-me.  Always following him around and acting just like him at times!

Harrison and Flynn have been wonderful additions to my family.  They are funny, sweet and full of life.  We are once again, the Four Crazy Cats!