Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hershey hangout happiness

I recently had the joy of having lunch with Mike, Hershey's dad and guess what? Mike invited me to hangout with Hershey before lunch! I wasn't going to pass up that chance!


I forget how incredibly soft he is.


He's one adorably sweet boy, who's filled with delightful personality.


My heart always fills with joy when I get to visit sweet Hershey. Oh, and my visit with Mike was fun too! What a wonderful pair these two make. It's so heartwarming to see how much they both truly adore each other.

Monday, September 22, 2014

a full day

I had some reading to do for work this morning, so I went out to the garage to hang out with Bert. I think he liked the company.


I know I did!


When I look at these pictures of Bert, I think about how I was so close to releasing him back to the TNR site because he was bitey and swatty. I'm so grateful I gave him more time as he really turned a corner! Hopefully he's destined to be a spoiled inside kitty for the rest of his life.


Buddy's slowly going downhill. His age is catching up to him as evidenced by a number of little things. He eats as he always has (like a horse), but he's slowly losing weight. He feels and looks frail. His back legs are very unsteady and tremble. He's starting to hork more. And he's been sporting that "I'm not feeling so good" look. I think I may make an appointment for him to get some diagnostics. I would appreciate purrs for his wellbeing.


I recently bought Buddy another heating pad. He's got two now and I'm about to get him another. He needs one for each of his favorite spots.


Oliver enjoys sprawling in his heated loft bed on the back porch.

I heard some very sad news today. John, a friend and fellow TNR guy who caretakes a small backyard colony of black feral cats, lost one of his beloved cats today. Apparently Uncle got hit by a car in the road. Breaks my heart to hear of a loved feral passing away like this. Even more sad is that John was making great progress taming Uncle and had visions of him becoming an inside cat. Rest in peace sweet Uncle, know you are dearly loved.

John's beautiful feral family: Grandma, Little Mama, and Uncle all posing in front of their heated and insulated home that John built for them.
photo courtesy of John
This news significantly heightened my anxiety about Oliver and his family being outside. We live near some busy roads. Every day I see them alive and well I give thanks for another day.


Over the summer I've been locking Oliver on the back porch at night for his safety. If I don't, he'll go roaming and pick fights with neighbor cats. A few months ago, Pierre decided that he wanted to be locked on the back porch with Oliver every night. After Oliver is secured, Pierre shows up outside the screen door and waits to be let in. I love having both of them secured each night, that way I know they are both safe. I only wish MK and Nora would join him!


Fulfilling Pierre's wish posed quite the logistical challenge due to the fact that he's still semi-feral and keeps a distance from me. The solution involves the use of fancy technology - a string! It's tied it to the handle on the guillotine door. The string goes up to the ceiling and across the room to the mudroom door and back down. When it's time to lock Oliver away, I close the guillotine cat door by hand and then go over to the other end of the room and pull the string which opens the guillotine door and Pierre hops right in!  Old school but it works.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

even more Bert

I'm really falling for Bert and his easy going, lovey ways.


I'm trying to spend as much time with him as I can as he gets bored living out in the garage.


He's too busy cuddling to blog.


His first Nipnanner!! He loves it!


The compounded antibiotic he gets has been causing him to hork,
so I've been giving him a tuna juice appetizer and chaser. He's not a fan of all these liquids getting squirted in his mouth but he's so chill about it all. The tuna seems to help him keep down the medicine.


He just can't get enough head rubs and cuddles.

Hopefully the little blood parasites are dying a miserable, painful death.

Bye bye little nasty parasites! Hello to loves!!



Watching Oliver's family get some dinner

Friday, September 19, 2014

lunch

My schedule sometimes allows me to come home for lunch. Who wants a crowded, annoying lunch room when you can have a peaceful lunch with the kitties?!

Anytime I sit at the table, Buddy demands tummy rubs and he won't take no for an answer!


We sometimes work out a compromise where he drapes himself across my arm, 
waiting ever so impatiently as I eat.


And sometimes he bails on the tummy rubs and goes for my lunch!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rose's Gotcha Day!

Four years ago today we found Rose hiding in the engine compartment of a truck in front of our house! Poor thing, she was tiny, dirty, and scared.



She was so tiny and kitten-cute!

Even as an adult-cat, we think she's quite adorable. We only wish she would let us touch her so we could love on her! But she continues to keep her distance from the evil humans. 


Must admire her beauty from a far.


Happy Gotcha Day Rose, even though we can't touch you and every time we get near,
you freak out like you're about to be eaten alive, we still love you!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Odyssey has a home!

Pairing Odyssey and Breezy together worked great as they became great playmates! They wrestled, chased and had all sorts of crazy kitten fun! 


And now they are in their new forever home! We brought them to their new place on Saturday and they have settled in very nicely. We got the first update on Sunday:
Odyssey is out of hiding and they are playing like crazy. We've decided to rename Breezy to Moxie and Odyssey to Molly. They are both so sweet, eating well and quite cuddly. We couldn't be happier with them!
Yea for sweet Odyssey and Breezy. It's hard to say goodbye, but it's heart warming to know they are settling in nicely and already being loved!

When I got back home on Saturday, the house was so oddly quiet with no kittens! With the little attention hogs gone, the love starved adult cats took no time to grab some cuddly time with me. They waited for their turns.
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Be well little Odyssey and Breezy! I will miss you but I'm also very happy for you.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

more Bert

Remember Bert? He's the sweet brown tabby who has been living in my garage after I trapped him back in June at a nearby large TNR site. He had an old flea collar on him and seemed friendly. He also appeared to have some medical challenges.






I built Bert this bridge to go between his napping place and his eating place.

It also works well for tummy tubs.


I first took him to my vet in early August, when he was diagnosed with giardia and possibly Mycoplasma (blood-based bacterial parasite). Now, a month later, it was time to follow-up with the vet.


He showed the vet what a lover boy he really he. Bert's tummy still looks a bit large and feels more solid than other cats I have felt. The vet felt around his abdomen and didn't find anything unusual. She thought it felt better than last time. I have been fearing he might have kidney failure since he drinks a ton of water and has huge pees - so the vet got a urine sample and some blood.

The results showed he has regenerative anemia, which she believes is caused by the Mycoplasma. She thinks this might account for the enlarge spleen we saw on the x-rays from the previous visit. The spleen is responsible for filtering the blood and recycling those red blood cells - so with his blood needing more red blood cells, his poor spleen has been working overtime! She also indicated the slight heart murmur might be from the thin anemic blood - thus that might fix itself when the Mycoplasma is gone.

His urinalysis seemed to indicate his kidneys are working ok, so she's not suspecting kidney failure - so, we're still not sure why all the water and pee. He'll be getting an antibiotic for a few weeks and then another check-up!


Go little Bert!!