Look what we got from the generous people at 1-800-PetMeds! No, not adorable young cats. We already have plenty of those at PAWS…
We got vitamins, dental wipes, hairball meds, and plenty of other supplies. It turns out that they have things that were opened for photo shoots, or returned, or squished in shipping, that they can’t sell. We have cats and dogs that need TLC. It’s a perfect match!
Sunday, Katie was lying in her hammock waiting to come out and play. The volunteers write the cats’ names and the schedule on a white board daily to make sure that everyone gets enough time out of their cages for freedom and exercise.
I bought a clock for the room at Ikea and left it on the floor while looking for a hammer and nail. Katie thought the minute hand was a new cat toy!
Katie is a young tortie cat; beautiful, playful and friendly. It’s about time someone took her home.
Thank you for all your good wishes, advice, and support for Tommie! I got some great tips and was able to help other people who are dealing with chronic kidney disease. With knowledge and treatment, cats with the condition can have good lives for years. The website Feline CRF is a wonderful resource. Tommie’s next check up and blood test is in a month. Please think good thoughts about Tommie and I’ll keep you posted!
When our Tommie had his yearly wellness exam last November, including a blood test because he’s an official older dude, everything looked fine. In the Spring I noticed him drinking a LOT of water and peeing much more frequently, so we went to the vet. After a series of tests it was determined that he has the beginnings of kidney disease and had lost two pounds!
How could he have gone downhill so fast? Then I realized that while it was only 6 months in my calendar, in cat years, it was 2 years later for Tommie. Annual wellness exams are very important. Paying attention to our cats’ changes in weight or habits is equally so.
We give Tommie subcutaneous fluids twice a week. He won’t eat the prescription foods that are low in phosphorus for kidney disease, so I mix a binder into his food twice a day to prevent the phosphorus from being absorbed. In another month he’ll have a blood test to see how his innards are doing.
But, I can tell he’s a happy boy. He sleeps in the open and doesn’t hide. He delivers his favorite mouse toy to our bedroom every night announcing its arrival as he climbs the stairs. And he purrs me to sleep lying by my pillow.