Wednesday, July 10, 2019

unpleasant surprise


A month post radioactive iodine thyroid treatment, Nahum needed a follow-up blood test to see how his thyroid is doing. He's been a lot more chill, more like his typical self, so we weren't worried about what the test might show. Although, lately we've seen him hanging out with his head over the water bowl, that's weird. He went in on Monday for that blood draw. Returning to the vets so soon after Marvin's death was painful as it stirred up the pain from Marvin's farewell. 

Greeter kitty always on duty
We received the test results today - his thyroid level is a little low, not uncommon we're told. We test again in another month, while hoping it levels out in a good place. The blood work did reveal a problem though, his blood sugar number was off the charts. Laura brought him by this afternoon for a re-check and it was also significantly elevated. Nahum has diabetes.


We're adjusting to this news. Marvin's passing gave us a well needed break from special needs kitties, a break we were hoping to enjoy for some time, but I guess that is not to be. Sigh. Now, I'm trying to learn everything I can about managing diabetes in cats. This is new territory for us. If anyone knows of any helpful resources, I would appreciate hearing about them. We follow-up with the vet on Saturday for one more test and to discuss treatment options. 

Receiving this news today felt completely overwhelming - it took my breath away. I stopped what I was doing and just focused on breathing. There is currently a lot of stress on our plate (which I'll get into in a future post), including the grief from Marvin's death. Sigh.  Deep breath.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

safe 4th

Thank you everyone for your kind words about Marvin, it was a blessing to read each of your comments. The weight of grief is heavy and I appreciate not carrying it alone. I deeply miss him, he had such a big personality in such a tiny package. I'm not sure how he fit all his kitty-stuff in there! I've been noticing his absence and also noticing the relief of no longer needing to be always on duty. The 24-hour caregiving duties added up slowly over time,  I don't think I realized the weight of the stress, worry, and around the clock caregiving requirements, until that weight was released. I hope to write up a memorial for Marvin shortly.

Today's the 4th of July - the day I always think of Oliver and his family. I remember all those years of him being outside and being all terrified by the fireworks. I did my best to give him and his family a safe place to hangout. Even with the accommodations I provided, the fireworks caused him great stress, which in turn caused me great stress.

Today, Oliver and Pierre are happily inside - chilling with no worries about fireworks or cars or any other dangers! And I no longer stay up all night worrying about them darting across a busy road after getting spooked by fireworks. Tonight, they are happily inside! Yah!!

Oliver's preferred napping position                  July 4, 2019 12:32pm

We live in an in-town apartment here in Lebanon, NH and the people around here seem to be a lot less into fireworks - which is great! I'm not a huge fan of the noise.

Pierre enjoying the view and keeping eye on the human     July 4, 19 8pm
 Pierre and Oliver - now forever inside cats!!
Oliver, snoozing safely and soundly as inside kitty!!      July 4, 19, 8pm

Pierre enjoying the sun!                           June 22, 2019

I hope all your kitties are safe and sound this evening!

Monday, July 1, 2019

farewell Mr. Marvin



It is with tremendous sadness that I report, Marvin let us know he was out of rallies and ready to go home to join Willow, Max, Buddy, and MK. 


I love you Marvs - always will. Please say hello to Willow 
when you arrive in your new forever home. 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

rally #351


Marvin has rallied once more! He keeps approaching what looks like the end of the line and then he reveals he has another life yet. Miracle cat, this one.

We learned from recent ultrasound that his worsening breathing problem was complication of his asthma, mucous accumulating in his lungs. Terbutaline seems to be helping quite a bit, yah!

We also learned that his kidney failure keeps getting worse. We knew that was inevitable. Thankfully, he's still eating well. He still gets sub-q fluids twice a week.

We're appreciating every moment with this guy, never knowing when the next rally won't come. He's a love.


Go Marvs!

Friday, June 7, 2019

i131

Nahum is radioactive!


He went in for his i131 radioactive iodine treatment for his hyperthyroidism. We were able to coordinate the treatment when we were going to be out of town. He spent the week at the vets chilling as the treatment did it's thing. I was able to watch him from the webcam they had setup in his suite.


He looked pretty bored in his suite, even with kitty television going.


We got home on Thursday and picked Nahum up on Friday. Before we picked Nahum up, Theo was looking very subdued and withdrawn. For the first time in his life he was separated from his fluffy pal, and he's such a sensitive guy. Theo was soooooo happy to see his Nahum come back home! Sadly, Nahum needs to be quarantined for 2-weeks, so they will only have little visits for now and it's going to be a challenge not to give into Nahum's pitiful crying!


Meanwhile, Mr. Marv's health continues to decline. Before we left on our trip, he got an ultrasound (which in this area is a big deal). The report indicated no congestive heart failure (yah!!), instead mucus is building up in the lungs, due to asthma. That was good news, with that information, we know better how to treat his condition to help him cough the mucus up. The blood work however revealed his kidneys are much worse off now. He came back from spending the day at the vets and stopped eating and looked awful. We thought we might loose him leading up to our trip or even when we were away but he rallied. We certainly have the sense that our time with him is getting more and more limited.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

cattery update


Marvin's health continues to go up and down. He's in a down state lately, with a lot of congestion that keeps him coughing and hacking. The vet hasn't been able to figure out what is causing the congestion. She says it's not in his lungs, so I guess that's good. Sadly, it keeps getting worse.


He continues to eat well, which is good. He wakes me in the middle of the night for 2-3 feedings, which I happily oblige. He needs to keep eating and sleep is overrated anyway.



He still likes a good cuddle, but spends most of his time on his heated bed. Purrs for him to rally once more would be appreciated. 

Meanwhile Pierre is still Pierre. He's getting quite bold!

Pierre gets really close to the humans when a string is getting wiggled. He's quite handsome! And fuzzy!!


He went in to the vet for exam and shots recently. They have to sedate him cuz he won't let any human touch him without significant bitey and razor sharp claw action! All his tests came back looking good, which is good cuz there's no way we could administer any meds to him.


In other news, we recently celebrated Nahum's 10-year gotcha day! Where does the time go?!?! crazy! And of course celebrating his big day without Willow seemed awful. I still can't believe she's gone.

After several weeks of cooler temps and rain we are finally scheduled for some warmer weather-  I'm ready!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Northern Lights Quilt Guild - Quilt Show

Northern Lights Quilt Guild, is hosting their quilt show this weekend in Hanover, NH. We decided to check it out and it was a lot of fun!


So many beautiful quilts, it's quite amazing to see how gifted people are!



kitty in the window!



This was my favorite kitty quilt. If you look close you will see birds too! There is so much going on in this quilt, I left the picture size large so you can click on it and see the detail up close.
Kitties, birds, flowers, oh my!



This was Laura's favorite


They had a quilting-themed book sale, which of course we had to check out. Right there on top was this book, Cats on Quilts - which of course had to come home with us! It's for a good cause!