Saturday, December 31, 2005
The New Beginnings Animal Rescue in Orange County contacted us originally about taking a young kitty with health problems; he's since become adoptable as his problems were corrected (yeah for him!) They had however, a second kitty who basically just needed a break.
Pepper is a 14 year old grey tabby who is truly the perpetual pessimist! She greeted all of us with a wonderful low, continuous growl, which is apparently how she spent quite a bit of her time in rescue too. In and out of homes and rescue, her senior years have definitely not been "golden." We're hoping to help her deal with her issues using our Shining Spirits flower essences.
We'll post pictures soon. Here's hoping that, in 2006, Pepper can start seeing the cat food dish as half-full instead of half-empty!
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Wow! None of those seem like simple options. There is also the question of post-op recovery, and whether the nerves are actually there to function at all. As a vet tech, I've cared for several cats through the years who have had diaphragmatic hernia repairs, and it's several days of intensive care with oxygen support, chest tubes, and round-the-clock supervision. It's definitely not a kitten's idea of a good time, especially when she's not feeling bad.
We've decided to let her live the happy life she's currently enjoying. How can you tell a kitten who is running laps through the house that she needs to stop, and have a surgery which she stands a good chance of not surviving? It was not a simple decision, but we will take it day-by-day and reevaluate the situation if she does start having breathing difficulty. We don't know if that's days or months down the road, so we will give her the best, most mellow lifestyle we can ~ she's still a kitten so wish us luck on the mellow part!
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Phoenix is allergic to several plants & grasses, molds, and several foods. With her urinary tract infection resolved and crystal formation decreased, we're now switching her to a diet that she's not allergic to. I took the list of allergic foods with me as I went shopping for her today and found 2 flavors of Merrick Naturals, 1 flavor of Natural Balance canned, and California Natural chicken and rice dry food that have the right ingredients. Considering the large number of commercial diets on the market today, that's not very many choices! She may be subjected to my home cooking a diet for her if these don't work ~ poor girl, I'd hate to subject her to that!
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Dr. Laflin also gave Jim a chiropractic adjustment. Our dogs really enjoy their chiropractic visits, but this is the first time one of our kitties has had one. He was a little unsure at first ~ after all, this is the first veterinarian who hasn't poked him with a needle! He settled in quickly and became a relaxed mush-kitty by the time she was done!
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Friday, December 02, 2005
Marci said "no thank you" to blood work! Marci weighs in at a whopping 3 3/4lbs and is about 8-9 months old. Her heart and lungs sound great, although you can only hear them on the left side of her chest ~ there are too many other organs on the right side. Marci has an appointment next week for x-rays to check the extent of her hernia, and decide whether surgery is an option for her.
Phoenix is 7lbs, and is about 3 years old. She's missing a couple of her teeth, and has an old scar in one eye from an ulcer that didn't get treated when it happened. We've confirmed that she doesn't have mange or mites or any other parasite causing her skin problem. Her blood work shows that she's had chronic inflammation for quite a while. Her urinalysis shows she also has a urinary tract infection, and crystals in her urine. She will be joining Scooter on the "gourmet" prescription diet, and will be on antibiotics for a couple of weeks. She'll also be treated with eye ointment to soothe her irritated eyes, and topical ointment and medicated baths to soothe her red, raw skin. With parasites ruled out as the cause of the skin problem, food allergy is the next potential cause. We plan to send out another blood sample for allergy testing next week.
In the meantime, both girls are adjusting well to life here. Scooter has taken on the role of the official "ambassador" and is helping them adjust to the daily routine. Lucky girls!