Santa Paws was kind to us, giving us some lovely gifts.
Oliver and Pierre no longer need to worry about frozen water (ok, maybe it's me that does the worrying!) We don't have a lot of below freezing temperatures but it does freeze for a few weeks a year. Kitties always need access to water in liquid form, which can be hard to come by when it's frozen.
Auntie Lisa gifted the kitties with this puzzle box - it's been a huge hit!
Oliver's the Christmas Kitty this year, an honor he takes seriously. To celebrate, he's been getting lots of inside time. The inside kitties are starting to get used to having him inside, with the exception of Theo, who doesn't like the idea. Theo's still unhappy that Oliver took over his back porch (five years ago!) Oliver behaves like a perfect gentle-kitty, it's Theo I don't trust! Maximum supervision is required to make sure Theo doesn't do any funny business.
I have a way of making up stories in my head, stories that are not always accurate. The nature of these stories tends toward doom and gloom! Well, Marvin has had a big sore in his left ear and a smaller one in the right ear for a few months. I've taken him to the vet a few times now to get him looked over.
The first time the vet wanted me to use an anti-bacterial ointment. I tried it for a few days but gave up fighting him with it. A few weeks later, the sores looked no different. The vet said I should really commit to using it for a week, so I doubled up my efforts.
Much to Marvin's displeasure, I applied the ointment everyday for a week. Over the next week, I watched as the big sore was quickly overtaken by what appeared to be a large growth. When I looked again a few days later, I was shocked at how fast it was growing, I grew very concerned.
I feared the growth must be cancerous, the speed it was growing was alarming. I did a quick internet search and learned that most ear-based growths in cats are often cancerous. I learned that one of the common symptoms is vestibular in nature, problems with balance and the like. Marvin's very unsteady on his feet, quick to loose his balance. My heart sank.
I took him back to the vet this past Saturday for the vet to look over the growth. I was fully expecting to hear it was cancer. After a thorough examination, I learned the growth was not a growth at all, it is actually a large scab! A sign of healing. Yahoo!! Marvin's on the mend!
Since Marvin's asthma is less symptomatic, it was time for him to return to work.
My office is not a drug free workplace, nip is freely available!
I've been in this office for more than ten years, and this past month, the pigeons started hanging outside the windows. This will surely be a feature Marvin will enjoy.
Once back home, Marvin had to take a long nap after his grueling shift.
MaryAnn asked about the new location for his steroid ointment. Marvin was never happy about his ears being touched and they've broken out in sores. The vet told us to try applying the ointment inside of his back thigh, he said there are more blood vessels there to absorb the steroid. I rub it into his skin and he doesn't mind this application (knock on wood!)
It's that time of year again! The Community Cat Coalition (CCC) holds it's annual Home for the Holidays cat adoption event! Kathleen, our amazing outreach and fundraising organizer, somehow gets usage of an empty store front donated for us to use for the month leading up to Christmas! The CCC itself doesn't have any cats but part of it's mission is to help independent rescuers find homes for adoptable cats. These cats have been either tamed ferals or more than likely, abandoned or lost pets where their owners were not able to be found.
I love being around these amazing cat rescue people! The local community cats are very fortunate to have such kind, generous people who are willing to invest huge amounts of time, energy, and funds to make the cats' lives better.
Each of these cats are getting a second (or third, fourth...) chance at a forever home!
Paisley is a sweet, gorgeous, super friendly 3-year old girl! She has a little white tip on the end of that luscious black tail!
Petunia is quite talkative and bold!
Winky lost an eye to a terrible infection, but she's ready for a home!
I'm always partial to little Oliver-like kitties!
Claire is 12-years old and she got adopted a few hours after I took her picture! Go Claire!!! I heard that on the first day of this year's event seven cats found their forever homes!
I'm grateful to not have any rescue kitties looking for homes this year. I love visiting this event but finding homes for my rescue cats is terribly stressful for me. I want each cat to find the most perfect home ever, so have to thoroughly interrogate each potential adopter. I'm happy to visit the Home for the Holidays adoption event and love on the kitties awaiting their new homes, oh and visiting with the people is fun too!
Marvin went to the vet a few weeks back for a check up. The vet did some research and found that we can apply Marvin's steroid topical ointment to other places on his body beside his ears. We made the switch and it's working so much better! I've not heard him have any asthma attacks at all. Now I'm gonna see if we can reduce the dose and if he keeps this up, I'll bring him back to work.