Sunday, June 15, 2014

Buddy's Gotcha Day!

Yikes - I'm just squeaking in a late celebration post for Buddy's third Gotcha Day!! We didn't miss this exciting day, I've just been busy with TNR stuff, so am only now getting around to sharing joy of the day!

Three years ago today Buddy came home with us! A decision we all seem to be happy with!

No pictures!

Buddy went to the vet last week for his annual check-up. He has arthritis in his back end, which seems to be getting worse. He's around 15 years old and he moves like an older cat. It's clear when he climbs the stairs that he's in pain on the last few steps. I've built him a special ramp so he can walk up the stairs rather than climb each stair. The ramp seems to make it easier on him but he doesn't use it much.

I'm not cooperating!

We've tried Cosequin in the past and it seemed to help but it also upset his tummy causing him to vomit and not eat. The vet recommended we try a different supplement that comes in a "delicious" chew that all cats love - Buddy is our most finicky cat. He soundly rejected the chews.

If you think those chews are delicious then you eat them!

Buddy eats his first dinner with the other cats, then a few hours later he starts demanding his second dinner which always takes place privately in the upstairs bedroom. The other day, I brought up his bowl of unfinished dry food from first dinner and he protested! Second dinner always happens in the stainless steel bowl, not the ceramic bowl - that's for first dinner! I dumped the nuggets into the correct bowl and he immediately snarfed them down. Third dinner can be in any bowl...

Ok, I'll pose with my favorite nip-nanner.

We did the senior screen blood panel and his thyroid level has gone up a bit. Not yet in the high range, but not far from it either. Will check again in 6-months and then it might be time to start medication.

No more flashy box!

Buddy enjoyed a few bites of bacon on his Gothca Day! He LOVES bacon! We think his earlier humans must have given him all sorts of human food, cuz he goes bonkers for it. We love you Buddy, so grateful to get to spend another year with you!!

14 comments:

  1. :))) you can't fool a cat, stainless is stainless, ceramic is ceramic! no resemblance between these two, don't you see? :))
    happy third GD, Buddy!

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  2. Happy Gotcha Day, Buddy! One of my cats lived to be twenty. She used a couple step stools in her later years to get to her favorite spot on the sofa and my bed. It's hard to see our kitties getting old :-(

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  3. Happy belated Gotcha Day, Buddy! We think it's endearing that supper #2 has to be a different bowl. We'd take kibble in or on anything. Ha.

    Have a wonderful day!

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  4. Happy Gotcha Day Buddy!!! You sure are a special one!

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  5. Oh sweetheart, Happy Gotcha Day. Lots of loves.

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  6. Happy Gotcha Day, Buddy!
    You were lucky to find such a good trainable human to take care of you!

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  7. Happy Gotcha Day. Our Yoko had high normal thyroid values so we gave her an herbal blend liquid called Thyroid Support by Petwellbeing.com. She lived to be 20 and was diagnosed at 15. And we got a free sample of Hip and Joint chicken liver flavored chews by Pet naturals of VT and it seems to help and they like it. Maybe they can send you some samples for you to review on your blog! Good luck and email if you have any questions.

    Cats of wildcat woods

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  8. Happy Gotcha Day Buddy!!! You know you have the best Forever Dad (and Mom) in the world! Good choice.

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  9. well now.. that is picky! :)

    Happy Gotcha Day Buddy!

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  10. Everyone wants a kitten, but the older cats can be great cats as well! Happy to see you on your 3rd gotcha day, Buddy!

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