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


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 Before we picked Nahum up, Theo was looking very subdued and withdrawn.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!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Winter updates!

Winter time greetings!

Where does the time go?!?! We are all doing well. Not much new going on, lots of work, house hunting continues without much success. We've been in this tiny "temporary" apartment now for exactly a year. That was not in our plan! I'm happy to report that my depression has remained in remission since the retreat I did in early January! That has made life significantly better.

Pierre still loves cuddling with his papa! And I still love seeing them cuddle!

Rose insists in eating behind the couch in the corner! She needs to feel protected to let her guard down to eat. She has been coming out more and hanging out across the living room, giving us the opportunity to admire her from a distance. Maybe in another 25 years she'll let us touch her!

Oliver continues to amaze me. Even though he sometimes gets bullied by Theo, he refuses to cower, nor to fight back. He could easily kick Theo's butt, but he is so gracious. He occupies the space he wants to occupy and tells Theo to just deal with it. He's never aggressive with any cat, which is so different than when he was outside cat. Then, he would cross over onto neighboring properties and pick fights with the neighboring cats. I'm so grateful his outdoor days are over. He seems pretty grateful too! It's not uncommon to see him laying upside-down on the couch in his favorite spot!

You can look and admire how soft and beautiful I am, but you can't touch! 
It's still weird having a semi-feral cat inside our apartment! He keeps a distance from the humans, but occasionally lets us walk by him in the hallway without moving. I would bet a kilo of catnip that he lets us snuggle him long before Rose does!

Nahum is perpetually the playful little boy. I love that he never grows up!!

Marvs has been doing great! He still goes in for 2x/week juicing, which seems to help. He has nearly daily asthma attacks, which are rough to witness. He recently started sounding more congested, so he's been getting an anti-biotic that has helped. He won't take pills, but thankfully he still loves dry food. And now that he doesn't have teeth, he just swallows down the dry food, so now we can hide a pill in a small gel cap, put it in the bowl of a few nuggets and he eats them all down!

Theo gets more lovey by the day. He's very clingy and needs more and more affection. 

Nahum has a thing for my shoes. It's not uncommon to find him out sleeping on the shoes. He's such a unique personality, makes me adore him to no end!

Marvs has been super affectionate since his brush with death a number of months ago. When he's not on his heated spot, he loves hanging out on top of me or in my lap.