Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Weight Loss Wednesday

Tanner has another success to report this week...a LOSS of 8.5 ounces, bringing his weight to...
17 pounds, 15.5 ounces!! 
I wonder if last week, the low amount of loss was due to him getting into the other food, or if maybe he needed to visit the litter box :)  This week's jump was a bit large...
I will keep an eye on things and make sure he isn't losing too fast, but I am very pleased with his progress!
Things I am concerned about at the moment with Tanner:
1) He has a large (bigger than a half dollar) bald spot on the back of his neck.  I don't know if his body is rebelling about the calorie restrictions and therefore losing hair, or if it is something else.
2) He also has two smaller bald spots on the top of his head...scratching too much?  Allergic to the new food?  Cat fight with Cousin Pirate?
3) Definitely is obsessed with eating again, and seems starved all the time.  I would have thought as his weight reduced this would improve, but seems to be getting worse.  Wonder if he is really hungry, or just needs something to obsess over?  He is still taking his Prozac each night.
These are all things I will speak with the vet about, but wanted to get them down here as a reminder :)  If the bald spots get larger or don't start regrowing hair this week, he'll be taking a trip to the vet. 
Now that we have reached the 17's with weight, it's time for a new present for Tanner...what would you suggest? 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Weight Loss Wednesday

Auntie and I were at the beach this past weekend, so the pet sitter was watching the boys.  I wondered how Tanner would do on his diet because in the evenings, we give food several times in small portions.  The pet sitter would give just two meals a day, so it would be an adjustment for Tanner and Pirate (the only ones that can't get in the cage).

We came home and checked the notes that were left and found a funny incident had occurred!  Some cat (we are thinking Pirate) decided he was hungry, and reached into the cage, pulled the bowl of dry food over to the edge and turned it over!  The two non-collared cats proceeded to eat a fair portion of this spilled food.  The pet sitter moved the bowl more towards the opposite side of the cage, where they could not reach it, cleaned up the spilled food and went home.  The next day, she found that the sneaky bowl maneuver was attempted again, this time by trying to pull the rug over, so they could reach the food bowl again!  The bowl was still too far away, so no extra food was eaten that day.

Tanner's weight loss this week was slowed a bit, but he still managed to lose 1/2 of an ounce!  His current weight is 18 lbs 8 oz.

We'll see if this low number is a result of eating the forbidden cage food, or if his body is getting comfortable with the calories we are giving, and we need to change things up a bit.  I'll be calling the vet today to give a report.  I think she will get a kick out of these sneaky boys!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Smokey Helps

Smokey is normally very reserved.  I love when bits of silliness pop out and he lets his guard down!  Here he is reminding me to put these clothes away...such a big helper!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Devon


It's your first birthday at the bridge.  I hope you have a wild party!  I think of you daily, and miss having my helper around.  The house seems rather calm without the nightly show, you and Sophie used to put on for us.  You've missed a few Harry Potter movie weekends, and the new series of Dancing with the Stars starts soon.  I'm sure you've enjoyed showing your new bridge friends all your 'dance' moves!  Keep sending signs to us, so we know you are doing well and are happy.  Until we meet again...Mama, Smokey, and Tanner

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Weight Loss Wednesday

Tanner had another good week on his diet.  He also discovered the goodness of corn on the cob.  It's amazing how many vegetables you'll eat when you are hungry :)
Current Weight: 18 lbs 8.5 ounces - a LOSS of 2 ounces!!
For the past two weeks we've had a slower amount of loss...we are to continue on the plan until we see no loss for two weeks.  Then we will adjust.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Two on Tuesday

Today, we are going to show two shots of Smokey.  He is feeling left out, as we have been focusing on Tanner lately. 

Health Update:  Smokey is doing well.  His bloodwork came back normal in August at his annual visit.  He still needs to gain a bit more weight, but he has increased the last two weeks, so we are pleased.  It is hard trying to offer him special treats, and remind him to eat, because Tanner thinks he should be getting something too!  To encourage the eating, he is taking appetite stimulant pills.
 This is Smokey in the purple puff...a favorite napping spot for both boys...One of Smokey's problems now is that is sleeps so hard and so much that he forgets to get up and eat.  It is important to wake him up a few times a day (when we are home) and remind him, or show him the food.  Are others of you with older cats seeing this pattern?
This picture is where Smokey sleeps at night...yes, that is my pillow and he is taking more than his half! 

Well, that's it for Smokey...overall, very pleased with him.  He is my love and such a sweet boy.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Weight Loss Wednesday

Tanner has been working hard losing weight...another good week, and well deserved rest!
Current weight: 18 lbs, 10.5 oz - a loss of 3.5 ounces!!
We are still following the same plan.  Tanner is pretty happy and doesn't act too hungry.  The food is higher protein, so that should help him. 
Tanner got a new present for doing such a good job on his diet...we've been needing a new one of these for a long time now.  He was so excited to get a fresh's Tanner enjoying his new...X SCRATCHER!!