Monday, July 28, 2014

Boomer, my sweet orangie boy kitteh

Boomer has been through a lot in the past two weeks.  After 9 days in hospital he came home on Friday evening.  YAY.  Mike and I are really glad he is home.

home at last
Last Wednesday he had a cystotomy to remove a rock pile of stones and crystals from his bladder. The stones are being sent off for analysis so we know what kind of a special diet he should be on for the rest of his life.  In the meantime Boomie, Annie Sparkles, Cinder and Howie are eating Urinary SO and it is possible they will stay on this diet.  I'm just glad they like this food, both the canned and the dry.
shaved tummy
Boomie may be home but he is still confined to a large dog crate while his surgical site heals and to keep his movement somewhat limited.  As well he has to wear a lovely blue e-collar but I'm glad it is not the hard plastic kind.  

The first evening I guess I didn't put the collar on properly and Boomie managed to get his front legs through it so it ended up around his middle.  The easiest way to get it off was to rip it off.  Then I had to get my sewing machine out to sew it back together.
Since arriving home and for a few more days Boomie is on a strict medication schedule of four different drugs.  Getting the meds into Boomie is not too difficult but I wonder if, as he gains his strength, he will fight me more and more.  

Today is day 5 post op and I can see that Boomie is more like his sweet orangie self.  

I have known for a long time that a urinary blockage in a male cat is a serious issue and must be dealt with immediately.  What I didn't understand was what fixing the problem involved.  I had no idea that it could take as long to fix not to mention the expense.  I have learned my lesson and hope with all my heart that because Howie is still very young and has started the special diet we never have to deal with this again.

Annie Sparkles (on top of crate), Cinder (left) and Howie
welcoming Boomie home

Howie on top of crate staring down at  Boomie

my little blue collar kitteh

Howie visiting Boomie

I'm hoping that once Boomie's stitches are removed he will no longer be confined to the dog crate. The first I am going to do when we get the okay is to take Boomie out into the backyard. He loves being outside (always under supervision) and I enjoy having him out there while I putter.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Teika my beautiful floofy girl

February, 2014

August 30, 2000 I got a call.  Magda's 12 year old son had found a wee kitten she thought to be about 10 days old.  I fell in love instantly from the description and had to hold back from jumping in the car to get that wee baby.

Teika, September 12, 2000

That weekend my husband was leaving on a month long motorcycle trip across Canada and down the California coast with three buddies.  I mentioned only in passing that I had received a phone call earlier that day.  I didn't make any suggestions about adopting this wee baby.  We had two kitties, CiCi and The Goof and Mike was happy to only have two, as was I, sort of.

Baby Teika

The motorcycle had hardly left the driveway when I called Magda to say I would take the kitten.  Arrangements were made and a few days later Magda walked into my store with this wee tiny treasure wrapped in a blanket.  It didn't take me long to realize I was scared to death.  What if I didn't feed her enough, or often enough or she choked or, or............  So many scary questions.  Never in my life had I been responsible for such a tiny little cat.

Teika survived and so did I.  Those round the clock feedings were difficult because of my lack of sleep.  I was working 7 days a week in my retail store.  Teika and I survived and we survived beautifully, her more than me I imagine.  I was pretty much a walking zombie.

When Mike phoned me from the western most part of Canada on Vancouver Island I told him the great news.......we had a new baby.  His reaction wasn't great but I didn't care. It was too late, Teika was staying.  The following morning Mike called telling me he couldn't wait to get home to meet Teika but he was still over 3 weeks from returning home.

On the day I expected Mike home I waited for the wonderful deep throaty rumble of his bike in the driveway.  I missed him and I guess he missed me but after a very quick hello he wanted to meet Teika.  I love this man for many reasons but one of the top reasons is the love we both have for cats.  Mike is quite soft in the head when it comes to kitties.  
Mike and Teika (6 weeks old) snoozing

For nearly 14 years Teika has been such a wonderful part of the family.  She is probably the most perfect kitty in that she has never clawed furniture, no litter box accidents, she doesn't try to escape when she is outside with us, she feeds herself when she is hungry and she's beautiful.

When she was 7 months old my neighbour who shows her cats talked me into showing Teika.  I agreed to try it.  The cat show was in Ancaster, outside of Hamilton and we were going in one car.  Teika was not a good show kitty.  She was frightened and I was in tears but I was stuck with no way to get home.  Teika did win two ribbons that day, a 10th place and a 5th place. One of the judges told me she would have placed higher if she had not been so scared.  We never participated in another show.

Ten days ago I realized something was wrong so Teika and I went to the vet.  She ended up staying overnight.  When she came home she was still not doing great but we didn't really know what was wrong and it would take a week for the test results to come back.  Those result came back yesterday.  The fluid removed from her chest cavity had cancerous cells.  She had quit eating for the most part.   We would only see her eating 4, 5 or maybe 6 pieces of kibble.  She was losing weight rapidly and she was hiding under the bed some of the time, which had always been her safe place.

We made the decision last night that we had to let her go.  There was no hope of her getting better and if we put her on meds it would only prolong her suffering.  And I cannot keep a kitty alive just because I can't let go.  Mike is in total agreement.

Tonight about 7:30 pm my beautiful Teika crossed the rainbow bridge to join CiCi and The Goof.  Mike and I were with her until her last breath.  I miss her, Mike misses her but apparently Howie does not.  I have pictures of all 5 of our kitties as kittens on top of the china cabinet.  Howie jumped up and knocked one picture face down.  It was Teika's.

I love you my wee tiny treasure.  You are pain free and you will be greatly missed.

Howie peering at Teika
February 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Update on Boomer and Teika

Not much change in Teika. She is drinking and has eaten very small amounts of food.  I have been using a syringe to get the gravy from cat food into her. It provides moisture and I'm hoping a little nourishment.  Still waiting for test results from the fluid sample removed from her chest cavity. These results could take a few more days to come in.

Snug n hug with my Boomie

I left off my last post saying Boomie was doing well as of 9:00 pm Saturday.  Just after midnight the emerg clinic called to say they needed to change Boomie's catheter again.  This was #4.  An hour later they called back to say all went well and Boom was coming out of the anesthetic.  They also were able to get quite a bit of "sludge" (their word for it) out of his bladder as well.  Since then he has been flowing well.

Boomie relaxing

Yesterday afternoon I got to visit Boomie in the special visiting room at the clinic.  There is a comfy sofa and small table in the room.  I had a lovely snug n hug with Boomie for about 45 minutes.  I kissed his head a lot to help make up for all the kisses he has missed since last Wednesday.  Boomie and our other kitties do suffer from kiss abuse regularly.  Only Teika puts up a fuss after about the 10th kiss on top of her head.

I kept talking to Boomie and after a few minutes he began to purr.  He purred for a long time until he fell asleep while I held him close.

This morning's report is that all is well.  Boomie still has a catheter and no blockages since midnight Saturday.  This is good news but that could change at any time.  The next step is to pull the catheter and monitor closely and see how Boomie does.  Not sure when the catheter will be pulled but probably this afternoon.

My sweet boy

I am going back to the clinic this afternoon to visit Boom.  I think it is good for him and I know it is good for me.  I felt all the stress leave as I sat with and hugged my sweet Boomie yesterday.  

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Boomer and Teika

This week has been an emotional roller coaster ride.  I want off now!

Teika in happier days waiting for breakfast

It started with Teika, my 13 year old grumpy goose.  She went to the vet Tuesday morning because she has lost a lot of weight - 3 lbs in exactly two months.  She was also very dehydrated plus we started noticing she wasn't eating.  

Teika is a loner kitty.  She doesn't like being handled and will tolerate being petted for about 30 seconds.  She spends the majority of time on our top floor.  She only eats dry food which is out from early morning until late evening.  She self feeds.  She is just about the most perfect kitty, even though she is grumpy.  She has never been a concern or a problem, unless I try to love on her for a whole minute.  I love her to pieces and so does Mike.  In fact Teika loves Mike.  She responds to him and he spends a lot of time with her on the top floor (the TV is up there).
at the vet on an IV to rehydrate
We still aren't sure what the problem is with Teika and are awaiting test results.  What we do know is she had a build up of fluid in her chest cavity.  She was to spend 48 hours at the vet but after about 36 hours she came home.  There was nothing the vet could do that we couldn't do at home while we wait for the test results.  

Thursday evening I thought Teika was fading and was preparing myself.  When Mike came home about 10:30 pm from a work function she perked up.  Teika loves her Mikey.

Boomie resting with his head on my leg a week ago

Wednesday morning I found Boomer straining in the litter box.  Off to the vet.  He has been hospitalized since.  A catheter was inserted and tests were done.  He had a bladder about the size of an orange (golf ball size is better).  I was unable to visit him Wednesday evening but was at the vet at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.  I sat with him for an hour and a half. He looked miserable.  Thursday afternoon his catheter blocked so more anesthetic and a new cath was inserted.  The "sludge" from his bladder was visible in the catheter tube.  Dr. Leung was concerned that if he blocked again overnight his bladder could rupture and there is no one in the clinic overnight.
At the vet
IV in his leg and catheter

Thursday I picked Boomie up around 5:00 pm to take him to CTVEC (Central Toronto Veterinary Emergency Clinic) on Eglinton Avenue, which is under construction - arghhhhhhh.  No parking close by.  Here he could be monitored and treated if another blockage happened.  After he got set up in his cage I got to spend a couple of minutes with him.

Friday morning at 5:30 a.m. I called to check on him and he had had a good night. No blockage and was flowing nicely.  So at 8 a.m. Mike and I went to pick him up.  Instead of returning him to Leslieville Animal Hospital he went to Davisville Park Animal Hospital.  Dr. Avery owns both clinics and was working out of the Davisville location Friday and today, Saturday.  The reason Boomie went to Davisville was that should Boomie require emergency surgery, Dr. Avery would be able to perform.

When we dropped Boomie off I spent a few minutes with him.  He was in a cage beside a very chatty and friendly Siamese kitty, named Penny.  At the end of the day Mike and I went back to visit him and speak with Dr. Avery.  The plan was to pull the catheter last night because Boomie had been flowing well for over 24 hours.  The hope was that when the clinic opened this morning there would be a lovely pee in the litter box.  And there was.

I called the vet's office first thing this morning to get the good news.  It was looking like Boomie would be coming home if all continued well.  Two hours later Boomie was straining in the litter box and another catheter had to be inserted.  This was not good news.

The clinic closes for the weekend at 2:00 pm so Mike and I returned to pick Boom up and take him back to CTVEC for tonight and tomorrow. 

At the moment I am in a fog and constantly on the verge of tears.

However on a happy note, Teika has finally as of 2 hours ago, started eating on her own.  This morning she drank on her own several times.  I am feeling a little better knowing she is fighting to stay with us for a while longer.  

8:45 pm Saturday
Just heard from the emergency vet.  She says Boomer is doing well.  I can't wait to go see him tomorrow afternoon.  If I could I would sit with him all night and day.