Tuesday, September 29, 2009
This trip is coming to mind again more now that the weather is turning cooler. We had beautiful weather while we were there, although some days it was a bit cold. It is a wonderful county, with great food and friendly people. I highly recommend it to everyone! I hope to go back in a couple of years, once I get some money saved for the trip!
Where is one place that you visited that you were surprised by the number of cats you saw? Where is a place you've traveled to that you would go back to in a heartbeat, and would like to recommend to our readers?
Monday, September 28, 2009
First you need to scrap off any remaining food on the plates...it helps if this is something you like anyway, like cupcakes!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Have a good, restful weekend everyone, and we'll see on Monday for...Mancats do Dishes!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
- Good yummy food, although I don't get as much as I want...something called a 'diet'
- That momma plays with me everyday...sometimes I have to remind her though
- For fun toys, like the one I'm going to demonstrate in this video below
- For my brothers, even if they bother me sometimes
- That I can look outside and see the wildlife...we have birds, some mice, a couple of squirrels, and now a bunny rabbit
- For all my friends that read this blog!
Now here's my video...mom says I do something funny with my head when I playing and calls me a 'bobble head'. It happens about halfway through, and then a little bit at the end. Enjoy!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
We had beautiful weather while were there, and spent a lot of time just laying on the beach and playing in the waves.
The waves were good sized when the tide was coming in...we loved to ride the waves on our floats!
We visited an old rice plantation, that has been converted into a sculpture garden, wildlife refuge, and small zoo. It was very interesting and beautiful. The nice thing about it was once you had purchased your ticket, you could visit for 6 more days! So we went there two days and just wandered around...it was very relaxing.
I love Spanish Moss in the old trees...I learned that Spanish Moss is neither Spanish nor moss! It is actually part of the pineapple family...can you believe that?
My sister and I took a day for shopping while our dad stayed at the house. I found a neat cat store in one of the shopping areas, and bought a very strong smelling catnip toy for each of the boys. Devon and Tanner loved theirs! Smokey sniffed and then moved on...has anyone else noticed with older cats that they don't care as much for catnip? Smokey is 13, and I've noticed he doesn't get as crazy with it as the other boys.
Tanner was a happy boy when I got home...he loved his gift, and was in need of many snuggles. The petsitter said he had played with her some, so maybe he is getting better :)
Auntie's cat Pirate enjoyed his catnip toy too...he only has three legs. AARRGGHH!
Monday, September 14, 2009
- Catnip toys
- Watching "Planet Earth" on the Discovery channel (he will sit and watch for hours!)
- Hair product and make-up
- Snuggling, actually gets in your lap sometimes now, but still prefers to sit beside you
- Wrestling with his brothers
- Being told how pretty he is, on a regular basis :)
- Being talked to in general
- Having his feet touched
- Being disturbed in his sleep
- Turkey flavored canned food
- Squatting to pee (He is a dancing fool!)
- Being brushed
Friday, September 11, 2009
Me: That's right, Auntie and I , along with our dad bean are heading to that big litter box by the shore :)
Tanner: Well, where does that leave me?
Me: At home!
Tanner: You know I don't like that pet sitter, I may refuse to eat for the whole week. Won't you feel bad then?
Me: If you would give her a chance, she could be a good friend. She just wants to play with you. If you chose not to eat, that is your problem...you could stand to lose another couple of pounds anyway.
Tanner: I can't believe you just said that...don't you love me anymore?
Me: Of course I do, but you are being irrational. 7 year olds should be a little more mature about things.
Tanner: Will you bring me a gift?
Me: Do you think you deserve a gift?
Tanner: Of course, I am your favorite orange boy :)
Me: I'll see what I can find for you all, now fix those ears before they stick like that!
All of us at Four Crazy Cats want to remember the families of the victims from that horrible day 8 years ago. May God Bless America!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Sophie likes asparagus, so we celebrated last night with her favorite food. She also got a catnip banana or a 'nip nanner' as some of you call it :) She loved it!
Happy Birthday Miss Sophie...may this year bring you all the happiness you could ever hope for in life!
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Devon's card. Smokey's is just like this, but he is wearing a purple bow and hat.
Stop by and visit Dian's site and see if there is something you like...You won't be disappointed.
Friday, September 04, 2009
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Mojo had been working with the dermatology department at the vet school, and we saw the benefits of the immuno therapy. We decided to give it a try for Smokey too. You can read about his testing and see results at this previous post.
Another special challenge for Smokey is that he also has herpes in his eyes. When he flairs from his allergies, all the scratching, and stressing about the itching lead to ulcers. Which burn, so he rubs, etc...it is a vicious cycle! We realized that Smokey is a worrier. He internalizes everything and stresses. This causes his herpes flair ups most of the time. We have him on an anti-anxiety med for that, and it has truly helped him to be a more relaxed cat. We worked with the dosing until he would not worry, but still had all of his normal personality. He actually needs very little of this med to stay stable. It has been a miracle drug for us!
He has been taking his allergy shots now for almost 3 years and we have seen fantastic results! His shot schedule is one shot every two weeks. He went from needing steroid shots and antihistamines regularly, even though they weren't really working, to nothing at all. We have very small flairs in the summer. We saw it last summer, and this summer too. I am going to speak with his doctor about either testing for something else, or seeing if we can increase the frequency of the shots in the summer to keep him clear. At least we know what to do if we see some swelling or winking. That is a big relief, to know how to address a problem is half the battle.
Here is what he looks like with a slight flair. Notice how the skin around the eyes is puffy. Sorry the quality of the photo is not that great.
This picture is just a few months ago and you can see how his eyes look now. This is what we see most of the time, and hope to continue to see, once we get the summer thing worked out with the dermatologist.
We love our vet school, and feel very fortunate to live so close to it. The doctors are wonderful and really work hard to find the right combination to help your pet.
I don't like that my boys have these special problems, but I do take my role as their advocate for the best care possible seriously. I research their problems and speak with several friends, who are vets, about them. I am willing to do something a bit out of the ordinary if it will benefit my boys and provide them with good quality of life. I also don't have a problem with stopping a treatment if that quality is suffering and trying something else, or at least requesting a different option.
How do you handle medical issues if they come up in your cats? What 'weird' things have you seen or dealt with?
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Stretching out enjoying the warmth...love those 'old man underarms' Devon!