Update: Loki

Loki is getting better everyday.  Thank you so much to all of you who donated and sent positive vibes.  You know who you are.

I am so excited to see my little kitty feeling better.  Today he hasn’t slept hardly any which is a drastic change from just a couple of days ago.  He hasn’t been exactly rambunctious, but he has been much more alert.  Every bit of progress is a relief.

On the much more plus side, I haven’t had the change the litter box yet!  I was changing it three to five times a day.  We were going through litter like water.  Now, I haven’t even had to scoop it much.  The strict, routine feeding is working.  I didn’t think it work this quickly but apparently the little Loki just can’t handle wet cat food.  Sooo happy!!

Again, thank you to everyone for your donations and good vibes.  I truly believed everything and everyone helped Loki hang in there until we could get him treated.  He was a very sick kitty and I wasn’t sure he was going to make it, to be honest.  I am so glad he has bounced back so quickly 🙂

Good vibes right back at y’all.

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Update: Loki’s Vet Visit

Today I was finally able to take our sick kitty, Loki, to the Veterinarian‘s office.  I had to find a different one to go to because I didn’t like the one in town anymore.  I was able to find a trusted Vet and in a town nearby, albeit in the next state. I had to get up pretty darn early too (8am) in order to get there in time, but it was all worth it!

Loki the Kitten has an Inflammatory Bowel Disease and a nasty upper respiratory infection.  I thought it was funny that the Vet kept calling it an upper resp-aye-ratory infection instead of an upper res-pur-ratory infection.  (Those are phonetic spellings, people.)  Other than that, she was great.

Loki made quite a mess in the carrier on the way to the Vet’s.  He’s been having some serious bowel issues, as you can imagine.  The Vet was great and actually cleaned my carrier out for me while she talked and then put fresh newspaper inside.  Wow!  I’m impressed.  It might have been a good thing (?) that Loki was feeling so.. crappy.. because the fecal matter was just that much easier to collect for testing.  The only probing Loki had to endure was the thermometer.

His testing all came back negative (no worms, ear mites, etc..) which I figured because he’s never had any of that.  She was far more worried about his frequent diarrhea and vomiting than the upper respiratory infection, for good reason.  If he’s not getting any nutrients into his system, any other infections won’t matter.  He’ll die of starvation.

So onto treatment.

No canned cat food or human food for Loki.  He is only allowed specific amounts of dry food at routine times everyday.  If the generic food doesn’t work out, then I have to start feeding him the expensive stuff (Iams or Purina One).  At least it’s cheaper than that Science Diet stuff.  Also, I have to keep out extra water.  He’s going to need more hydration with all of the loss of fluids.  So when I got home (and cleaned up Loki and the carrier again) I got out the auto waterer.  I had bought it when Shadow was an only kitty and we were gone for weekends at a time so she wouldn’t run out.  Now, it’s replacing the shallow water dish.

As for the Upper Respiratory infection, the Vet tried dosing him with some liquid anti-biotics, but he wouldn’t have any of it.  The claws came out and butterscotch flavored liquid went everywhere.  I only know it’s flavor because it got on me too.  Poor Loki, he means well but all of his belligerence just got him two shots.  One for anti-biotics and the other for steroids to help with the inflammation.

After the shots, he had a good sneezing fit which I was relieved for.  I wanted the Vet to see just how bad the infection was.  She told me that the shots would last for 14 days in his system and after that we can finally begin vaccinations.  This should jump start his immune system and he’ll stop having asthma like symptoms after the vaccines take full effect.

So I learned a lot of things today.  A small cat that isn’t feeling well can make a huge, stinky mess in an enclosed car so be prepared.  Loki doesn’t like people shoving things down his throat but he’s okay with the whole buggery thing.  And he definitely has an under active immune system.

Right now, he’s recovering on one of my afghans.  I think Loki the Kitten is going to be awfully sleepy for the next few days.  At least he should start to feel better after that.

A Little Asistance..

..for a little kitty.

Please CLICK HERE to visit the charity, donation site.

I am asking for help in getting a very sick kitty to the Veterinarian’s office. He has taken with severe upper respiratory and lower G.I. symptoms. He is constantly wheezing, laying about, and looking quite sickly. Today I noticed that he has begun to lose weight. I had hoped he would fight off this infection on his own, but his little kitty body just can’t do it.

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Loki, the sickly

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Hubby and I both work hard, but are still struggling to stay afloat financially. Thanksgiving was cancelled, Christmas has been cancelled, and now one of the furry ones is ill. Please help, even just $1 will make a huge difference.

Thank you.

UPDATE:  We have had to put Loki on a liquid diet as this seems to be all he can keep down.  Lots of chicken broth right now and tonight we are going to try feeding him some baby food.  Tomorrow, I am going to be calling area-wide Veterinary schools to see if they will check him out for little to no cost.  I will also be calling local Veterinary offices to see if I can set up payment plans or clean kennels instead of paying.  Please donate or send positive vibes to our little sick furry one.  Thank you again.

It’s a Verde kind of Day

Verde = Italian for “Green”

The grass I planted to help out the kitty cat’s digestive issues has taken off like .. well.  . a weed.

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The cats, especially Loki the Kitten, like to “mow” it every now and again (as Hubby puts it).  Loki will bite a piece off, chew on it a bit, and then spit it on the floor.  I guess it must be like losing the flavor in your chewing gum.  He only seems to like either the bottom and middle, or the top and middle parts of the grass blades.  Once he’s eaten to the middle, pa-too-ee.  It looks like the pot is shedding grass, but it’s really just the work of our resident kitty artist.

Since taking the above picture, the grass has started to splay out more.  It looks like someone stepped on it.  I need to get a sign for the pot that says, “Do NOT step on the grass!”  Heehee.  Too cute.

At any rate, I actually keep it on the floor now, but I couldn’t get a good picture unless I put it back on the counter. If you’ll notice from previous pictures, the grass has grown above the length of the automatic can opener in the background.

 

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I actually love this so much, I might start growing it instead of the other house plants that I seem to kill.  I haven’t watered this much, it seems to be absorbing water from the air in our apartment which is overly saturated in moisture.  I wonder if a lot of these “plants” would work as a dehumidifier of sorts?  Hmm, would be a hell of a lot cheaper.

That’s not the only thing that’s green around here.  I’m still working on my blanket.  I have learned a lot of things from making this blanket, the most important of which is that I will never make a granny square blanket again unless it is one giant square.  It is so much extra work to make the individual squares, piece them together, and then outline the whole blanket.  I already have plans to try a striped blanket and can’t wait to get started.  I guess I should finish this one first..

Anywhoo, I like to make yarn balls out of the skeins of yarn that I buy.  This way, I can see any deformities in the yarn and (hopefully) fix them before I use them.  I have noticed more and more that there are tiny knots in the yarn where the yarn factory decided to join the end of one piece of yarn to the beginning of another.  I don’t mind these too much as I can usually hide them in my work.  However, the idea that they seem to happening with more frequency makes me wonder if they are having higher turnover rates at the yarn factory.  A yarn factory!  I’d love to work at a yarn factory… Mmmm, yarn.

Uh, yeah.  So I made my yarn ball out of my green skein of yarn and I noticed something.  I had made a cool pattern with my yarn ball!  I must share.

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I’ve usually done something like this with my yarn balls in the past, but not this symmetrical.  I love it so much I almost didn’t want to unravel it to use on my blanket.  Sweet yarn ball!

Incidentally, my husband is aware of (and taken aback by) my very obvious yarn addiction.  He has coined terms for me such as: “yarngasm”, “yarnaholic”, and “yarnsane”.  I love him so much 🙂

Furry Cure

Today, I am home sick.  Home?  “Shouldn’t you be home on Sunday anyways?” you may ask.  Well, no.  My workplace requires working seven days a week, but only eight hours a day.  As opposed to 12 to 14 hours a day that my previous job required.  At any rate..  This is the second time in the past four days that I’ve been out sick because of a new substance being used at work.  However, that is a different story altogether.  Today’s story is about my medicine.  My cat.

Shadow, my cat, has been nuzzling me all day on the couch – where I’ve been spending my day.  Between bouts of drinking liquids to keep my stomach settled and snacking (because eating a whole meal is probably not a good idea), I’ve been watching TV and well.. catnapping.  This may all sound like fun and games, but I feel like a truck hit me while I was sleeping.  Did anyone get the license plates?

Shadow did.  She’s got the remedy.

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Sleeping hugs

Tomorrow, it’s off to the doctor to be lectured about my horrific allergies.  I know better than to expose myself to certain things, even with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) I experience adverse effects to things that others do not.  Like mold, dust, and food powder.  My doctor is very respectful and considerate, but I am sure that even he will be sure to reprimand me, as I have been doing to myself all day.  Thankfully, all I’ve gotten out of my kitty is purrs.

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Get your own human pillow

Despite the reminders about my health that I will receive tomorrow, I am still looking forward to waking up and having my sinuses open.  Right now they are still inflamed but nowhere near what they were when I woke up.  With multiple sinus rinses, lots of rest, and some Zicam nose spray.. my sinuses are slowly recovering.  Along with my stomach.  The rest of me though, I feel like a zombie.

At least I can get plenty of rest with a furry remedy.

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Mine

Screw brains, I just want sleep.

In honor of a Shadow Cat

I was going to post this yesterday in lieu of Friday the Thirteenth, but life got in the way.

I have a beautiful black cat named Shadow.  I am sure that I have talked about her excessively on here already, but it’s because I love her 🙂  I did not choose her, rather she walked into my life quite literally.  She has helped me through rough times and been there to enjoy the good ones.

I try to take lots of pictures of her but she seems to this uncanny sense of when I’m focusing the camera on her.  This is when she chooses to stop posing in a cute way and to investigate the thing pointing in her direction.  Usually this is very frustrating, but sometimes I get good pictures this way too.

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Original Picture of Shadow

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Image I created in Microsoft Pain from picture

I don’t know why, but she always seems to look pissed off when I’m pointing the camera at her.  I think this is weird because she’s always wanting my attention any other time.

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Shadow’s ears when she moved as I was trying to take her picture

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She wasn’t going to have any of it

These are some of the pictures that I have taken when Shadow has decided that she did not want her picture taken.  She is so cute when she gets frustrated.

I usually have better luck taking pictures of her outside because she’s either more relaxed or more occupied by nature.

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Cooling off on the porch

 

This is the second image of this kind because in the first one, she had her ears all the way back…

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Shadow has decided not

She has decided against her picture being taken here.  Instead, she’s off to investigate the flowers behind me.  How dare I try to take her picture!

I love to take her picture despite her distaste for it and mainly because of it.  Don’t get me wrong, I do not enjoy pissing off my cat.  A pissed off kitty is an unhappy household.  However, I generally get very amusing pictures from her this way and I adore her apparent disdain for my feeble attempts at capturing her every move on camera.

It’s Hotter than Heck!

The heat wave in my small part of the world continues.  It is supposed to break tonight with the promise of severe thunderstorms (Please YES!), but I am not holding my breath.

The small town I live in is like a meteorological bubble.  Usually, whenever rain is forecasted it glides around this small town.  It is even visible on the radar map and can be cruelly amusing to watch the green blobs break to go around the town and then come back together on the radar screen.

The good part of this is that we hardly ever get severe weather.  I’ve posted about some of the damage this town has received in the past few weeks from severe thunderstorms, but it is unusual for this town.  Not this entire areal, mind you,just this town.   At any rate, there are some .. er.. things that seem to be enjoying the heat.  Let’s take a look:

Kitty on the porch

Kitty on the cement porch

My cat did NOT like the heat when it first showed up.. back in May.  She would go outside for about five minutes, start panting like a dog, and then demand to be let back in just long enough to cool down.. before wanting back out.  Now, she’s gotten used to the heat (tell me the secret!) and enjoys sitting on the porch for hours.  Yup, hours.  She’ll come back in for a few minutes to cool off in front of the fan and get some water.. and then it’s back out onto the porch. Or in the yard to watch some birds walk around.  I guess it’s too hot to kill things.

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Small Garden

My garden seems to be doing pretty well this year.  I am surprised because I am not the best with plants.  I try hard to water them in the evening so as not to shock them and I make sure to give them lots of water.  About every night, they are thirsty for more.  It seems that Marigolds and Celadonas? love heat and sun.  I know that Miss Marigold is very hardy, but I was uncertain about the other.  The Snapdragon does not seem to be proliferating as well as I would like, but he’s not lagging too far behind the others.

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Petunias and Marigolds

Petunias did NOT like the heat.  We almost lost  her when we thought it would be alright to stick Miss Petunia out on the Shepard’s hook in the middle of the yard in full sun and water her every-other day.  Oh no, Miss Petunia has a very specific regiment.  First of all, she must be kept in shade in such oppressive heat.  Direct sunlight under these conditions can be deadly.  Also, it is important to water Miss Petunia at least every night.  Despite this, she doesn’t like to stick to a diet and will demand more watering sessions.  We have since been able to save her.. but we’ll see how long she fares so well in this heat.

And yes, I have personified my garden.  I find it helps me to want to take care of them.  It don’t really think of them as “people” (come on now).  It just reminds me of the Alic in Wonderland animated movie where she’s walking around with the flowers.. Thank God I don’t have Pansies!