Saturday, October 24, 2020

Caturday catchup!

 Happy Caturday everyone!!!

I've been enjoying some beautiful sunrises lately. This was the scene from the backyard this morning.

I'm looking forward to raking all those leaves! I love raking leaves, it's very satisfying!

Nahum has been a bit confused in the litterbox lately. He enters the litterbox, stands there, and pees right out the front of it. I've invested in some litter catching mats that also hold a pee pad to collect his mess. It's quite annoying, but at a recent vet visit we learned that he has some lower back problems that may make it more difficult for him to squat and bend in certain ways. That knowledge has helped me be more forgiving with him.

Theo has been showing signs of increased pain, so our vet upped his pain medication once more. Meanwhile, we await his trip to the internist, in hopes that treatment is an option. He's exceptionally clingy lately, always wants to be held. I keep imagining what life would be like without him, it's so hard to fathom, as he's such a big personality.

Sweet Oliver, enjoying his fancy new orthopedic bed! 

I'm sure some of you have been wondering why I haven't been posting as often. Well, here are a few reasons...

The house! I've mentioned we bought a house last Spring. It's bigger than our prior one, which is great. It's needed some updating, so that continues. I'll share various pictures of the place in time to give you a sense of the cats' new habitat. 

Living room, awaiting plaster repair work and paint!

Horses! I am working now at two different equine facilities, providing counseling that involves equine interactions. It's been a dream for a long time to incorporate working with animals into my work and now I'm doing it! I'm working two days a week out at the farms, which has been a ton of fun. I also recently started a 10-month certificate training program, which is keeping me quite busy.

The view from the upper pasture, looking down toward the farm.

Makata, one of the four horses I get to work with at this farm.

The second equine facility I work at has about a dozen horses. But they also have  three adorable barn cats! I've noticed I take a lot more pictures of their cats than I ever do of the horses, hmmm...

Tuffy, on Thursday, wanting some loves!

Tuffy, inviting me to rub his luscious tummy!

I've also been trying to spend lots of time with my father, now that my mother is gone. Dad's pretty lonely and has difficulty getting around. So, I've been spending lots of free time helping him or just hanging out with him. It's been rewarding to get time with him. I realized a little while back, that I'll be able to do the the house projects or career work anytime, but my time with him is limited. He'll be turning 83 soon and I keep seeing his health decline. I can't see me someday looking back wishing I had spent more time working and earning money, or fixing up the house, but I could see me wishing I had spend more time with dad when he was around. It's been enjoyable to get to know him more.

Happy Caturday Friends!!

Monday, October 19, 2020


 Mr. Wiggles has really been under the weather lately.

He's on some pain meds and anti-nausea meds which are helping some, but he's still not himself. He had a week of extensive diagnostics. We received the results today, it sounds like there could be a cancerous tumor on his pancreas. We will be trying to make appointment for him at Tufts so he can be seen by specialist. Please purr for him, we are all very worried.

As you can see in this photo, he's clearly not himself. In the past he would not have hesitated to feast on the muffins, this time, he just elected to have his photo taken with the muffins. Weird. I've been missing my classic wiggly Theo.

I did manage to get a few photos of Rose. Can you believe it?!

You can look, but you can't touch!

Rose still has maximum cutes! 

The Fall colors have been very beautiful this year. The cats have been enjoying watching the leaves fall. 

May you all know a deep peace in this unsettled time.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Remember us?!

Greetings friends!

Sorry about the long absence, there's been a lot going on for some time now. We moved into our new house and have been hard at work refreshing things. A million projects to do!

We are all hanging in there although Nahum and Theo have been having more health problems. Since moving, Nahum's blood glucose levels have not wanted to settle back down. Our vet has tried a lot of things and we will be taking him back to Tufts for an internist to help out. The ultrasounds show weird things going on with his pancreas. 

Oliver is still sweet as ever. He's quite the cuddler and so loves being close to me. I took him to my office for the first time on Friday, hoping he can become my office cat, since Nahum has been having health problems. Oliver makes everything better, he's such a dream.

Pierre is still Pierre. He's still semi-feral and won't let us touch him. He's adorable to look at though!

Theo's been also having health problems. He's been drinking a lot of water and losing weight. We've done extensive diagnostics and everything points to no problems. Kidneys are fine. Blood glucose numbers are good. This weekend his health took a dive and we brought him to the emergency vet. He's been very not himself, face and body trembling, not eating, drinking, moving. Spaced out. Breathing funny. It's been hard to watch. Testing the emergency vet did also was all normal. He's most likely headed to the specialist as well. One fun thing about the ER visit, the vet tech that met us at the door, she used to work at our vet's office and she remembered our name and shared about how special Marvin was to her! Everyone who met Marvin loved him, he made such an impression. I think of him often and miss him dearly.

Rose still won't let us near her, so no good pictures of her to share right now. I've been working a lot on the house (redid the bathroom), building cabinets, and now a lot of painting. Once things are more settled, I'll take some photos of the cats' new home to share with you all.

We've missed you all! Hope to return to the blogosphere soon. Be well!