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Starring Grizzy and Sophie

First off, thank you to everyone who answered about the kitties eating/sleeping habits during hot weather. It made me feel a lot better. And interestingly enough, the next morning it was fairly cool and boy howdy was Grizzy ever in rare form, zipping around everywhere. It made me think of honeybees when the beekeepers fog them and they slow down. BZZZZ!-ZZz….zzz…..zz. Only it was the opposite of that: cooler weather and suddenly G was full of energy!

He’s still a little less energetic overall BUT he’s eating better and his coughing fits appear to be fully gone, so I’ll take these positive steps.

The probiotics, on the other hand…the G-man is NOT having that. I can’t even force it in his mouth now; it’s like he smells it as soon as I take the cap off the tube and he bolts or puts up a serious struggle. I can barely get any by his mouth or on his whiskers. Tonight I had to sneak up on him (well, I tried) and he turned so fast I got hit on his upper shoulder. He promptly bent over to scratch it and then hop-ran away. (Evidently he didn’t like the feel of the goo on his foot.) Argh!

Any tips for getting your cat to take probiotics? 🙂

You know what else Grizzy doesn’t like? Bananas. Multiple times I’ve come home to see the bananas all bitten up, and a couple times I’ve actually caught him in the act. Finally I remembered to take a picture:

G says, "No me gusta."

G says, “No me gusta.”

Maybe the probiotics are banana flavored? Haha.

Have a lovely mid-week!

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Where does the time go?

I can’t believe it’s almost August! This whole year has been quite the whirlwind. Getting back to life after graduating last December. Then being approached with a new job opportunity. Having that stretch out for about three months. Grizzy losing weight…and losing more weight. So many vet visits! And now it’s almost August. The time has flown by.

I’ve been settled into my new position for an entire month now. I love the team I work with and I love what I do. Unfortunately, there are some murmurings of more changes (Sigh. Is this the new normal for organizations??), but I’m trying to stay positive and focus on the great things, like my team and my work :).

My sweethearts.

My sweethearts.

When I last posted here I mentioned Grizzy and the new diet. You may have heard the choir of angels singing a week or so ago? That was because the G-man ate the vet-approved can food! No, it wasn’t the raw; however, the vet approved Logic brand food. She said it would be a good transitional step toward raw food. I just about fell over when he ate it, but he did! The transition to raw continues, but having him eat the Logic and another brand (I forget it off-hand and I’m too lazy to look. Nature’s Variety, maybe?), gave me a lot of encouragement.

G is still skinny, but he’s been staying stable at 8.4 pounds. The vet said while this is on the slim side of normal, it is still OK. “He might just be a skinny cat.” My goals right now are to continue the transition to raw, get G to gain a little weight, and keep both kitties happy.

I think G is slightly less active, but that could be the heat. Do your cats tend to eat less and rest more in the hot weather? I’ve wondered that for some time. Both my furkids are plenty active but it does seem as though they’ve slowed down a bit. (As have I, haha. This past weekend I was so flippin’ tired!!)

That’s about it for now. Have a great week! 🙂

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I apologize for the radio silence. I wanted to see how things with Grizzy were post-holistic vet. Things are going good (paws crossed) but I wanted to remember a friend today.

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Rene from About the Cats was proud mommma to Tucker for 16 wonderful years. It’s always hard to lose a beloved pet, but when you have so many years and so many memories, the loss is felt that much more, and words are inadequate.

Run free, dear Tucker. You’ll be forever in our hearts.

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Grizzy vet update – Holistic vet

Today I took Grizzy to the holistic vet. It was a very good experience overall. She confirmed that the tests I had run at the other vet made sense; yes it was a lot of money, but it was necessary to have them done to rule out certain things.

She did a physical exam of G. He’s down even more weight 😦 but everything else was fine. Coat was soft and shiny, eyes bright, etc. She spent a long time talking with me–close to an hour. The whole time G wandered around the room and rubbed up against everything.

Chillin'.

Chillin’.

She said there are a few options/tests that we could run (e.g., a GI panel to rule out IBD). However, she wants to start conservatively, which means both G and Sophie are transitioning to a raw diet. This is a logical first step, as G had various parasites before and when I adopted him. The vet pointed out he could have residual GI issues from the tapeworm, too, which others have noted.

G will also get probiotics for a time. Once he is on the raw diet, I’m supposed to add some fish oil. I’m supposed to weigh him once a week and then follow up in a month.

She did note that it could take up to three months to transition to raw. I’m not going to lie, I’m nervous. I’m so scared he’ll be one of those cats that refuses to eat and then he’ll lose even more weight and ahh!! But I agree that raw is the way to go. My personal doctor is very into diet, and I know how it affects me, and the more I read about the food industry, well…suffice to say, I think everyone’s optimal diet looks different. But I also think there is at least one common denominator: a lack of processed ingredients.

One thing about the visit that I found especially interesting and actually overlaps into my own personal health is essential oils. Now, normally I’d see a display and think “Oh, lordie, they’re going to try and sell me everything under the sun.” But she mentioned the oils almost as an afterthought, as we walked past a diffuser on the way out. Already I’d been interested, as a friend of mine who has battled some pretty major health issues used essential oils to good effect. (I like them, too, but I haven’t delved into which ones do what. I’ve only scratched the surface.) Long story short, I blurted that things have been pretty stressful for me lately, could that have had an effect on G? She smiled and nodded. I said I’d been pretty stressed to the extent of having nightmares probably 32 of the last 33 days. (They’ve been of varying degrees of nightmares. Not the worst I’ve had by any means, some have been more unsettling than scary, but they’re never fun.)

She suggested a couple oils that I could diffuse. I ended up buying some and a diffuser for a few reasons: I can’t burn candles, as Sophie will get right up in them; I think it might help G; I think it might help me. So win-win. Although man, I feel like I’m hemorrhaging money lately. But health is something I’m willing to fork over the money for. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and all that.

(On a money note, good news! It appears my computer issues were due to a malfunctioning mouse! How great is it it when something that could potentially cost $500-700 ends up being a $10 fix? I’ll take it!)

I’m sure I’m missing a million things, but I have lots of notes. I will definitely be reading up on things more this weekend.

OH! And naturally I couldn’t get a stool sample from him before we went…and as soon as we got home, he went. I’ll be dropping that off tomorrow (no pun intended). However, since his last sample came back negative and he always has Tootsie rolls, I’m not too worried. Although I think the new diet should help. Fingers crossed!

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A cool gift

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Some years back, my friend Rene gifted me with this adorable cross-stitch. I loved it, but I packed it away during a move figuring “I’ll put it up soon!”

Well, I found it recently (carefully packed away, lol) and I was so touched seeing it. How could I have known that I would adopt not one, but two black kitties? It’s just so perfect. It’s also very special to me because now that I’m done with school (read: I can save money again!), I’m thinking about buying a place. Granted, it won’t happen tomorrow, as I’m trying to be responsible about it, but it’ll happen. Looking at this is so motivating. It also means a lot because I’ve had times in my life where I’ve thought “Will I ever have a life that I’m really happy with? Will I ever have a place to come home to that I absolutely love?” While I don’t own a home (yet), I can honestly say that both those things are true. I feel very fortunate and blessed. Looking at this makes me sit in awe of how things work out. Some years ago, I could have never envisioned myself here, a family with my two black kitties. It’s very humbling to think about it all. It also motivates me to be thankful every day, and to keep cultivating a future I love.

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Happy Gotcha Day Grizzy!

(Note: Grizzy’s Gotcha Day was actually this past Friday, July 11. Due to the crazy of last week, I didn’t get my post up, but I did spoil him all weekend. :))

Today is an exciting day–it’s the anniversary of me and Grizzy being a team! (And a month later we adopted Sophie and became a family.)

From being in a tiny cube to stretching out watching the wildlife. :)

From being in a tiny cube to stretching out watching the wildlife. 🙂

I will never forget the day I saw him. He was pawing on the window of his cube like crazy. I knew I had to look at him, as well as his buddy in the adjacent cube. I looked as his friend first…seemed like a good fit, so as I waited for them to bring in G, I worried. How would I make a decision?

Grizzy came into the room and cautiously took inventory. Then he started rubbing up against me so I was able to get in some good pets–and unleash a lot of fur. It was humorous, kind of like Pig Pen in the Peanuts comic, only G had a cloud of fur following him around. Then he jumped up on my lap and the deal was sealed. I knew he was mine.

I signed the papers the next day and picked him up. I will never forget how he peed in his crate. He had just been neutered so that smell is forever burned into my memory, haha. For the first several days I’d come home to find him hiding under the couch. I was able to coax him out and then we would hang out together. He wasn’t too keen on being held, but he always had to be touching me when I was on my bed. It was very endearing.

He still likes hiding on occasion.

He still likes hiding on occasion.

I was so, so, so worried at first when he started to lose weight. At first I thought it simply due to an ear infection. We cleared that up, only to have him get a yeast infection in the ears. That cleared up, then the worm. Finally my boy started putting on weight, his coat grew in nice and shiny, and he became quite the handsome man cat! He enjoys playing in his tube, jumping into bed around 9:45-10, and chipmunk watching. He is my first boy cat, my first black cat, and my handsome G. I am thrilled to say he’s been with me for a whole year now. Here’s to many more!

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A lesson from the cats

Lately I feel like there’s been so much going on, and there has been a lot. Some of it I can control, some of it I can’t. Thankfully, some things seem to be working themselves out. For example, I think my computer problems might actually be *mouse* problems and not computer problems! I’m getting settled into my new job and I’m quite liking it. And while Grizzy is still worrying me with his weight loss, he’s continued to be active, eat (albeit not much), and his fur is shiny and soft. This gives me hope that surely whatever issues he’s having can be fixed. I ended up giving him the tapeworm pill, but I also scheduled an appointment with the holistic vet for next week. As my mom says, “You wouldn’t think twice to get a second opinion for yourself or your child! Why not your cat?” Wise words indeed. 🙂

Still, I find myself spread thin this week. I keep looking forward to Saturday afternoon when the craziness should be over. But what I should be looking at is Sophie:

Sophie chillin'

Sophie chillin’

Look at her, just chillin’ out, enjoying the breeze and the critters that are running around outside. She’s made sure to surround herself with some of her favorite toys. This is what I–and I think we all–need to do, especially when life gets really busy. Grab something you enjoy, get some fresh air, and just chill out and enjoy the little things in life.

PS: That massive pile of seeds is from the birds knocking it down, out of their feeder. I’ve been meaning to sweep it up, but every time I get set to do it, it’s either raining or has just rained, so it’s a big ol’ pile of mush.

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One of those months

I had this whole post typed up and my computer—which is one of the woes I was lamenting—ate it all. In short, it’s been one of those months. In no particular order:

  • I need new brakes
  • I need a new computer (Things delete, suddenly everything’s centered, all sorts of fun like that. I’ve tried a defrag and all that good stuff—I think I need to get a new one before it decides to just die and take everything with it)
  • I had to see my doctor, which means crazy out-of-pocket expenses
  • My camera is going
  • Family drama
  • Grizzy’s health issues

    That probably isn’t all of it, but it’ll do. 🙂 Long story short, I feel like I’m hemorrhaging money, which is an awful feeling. But the worst part is Grizzy is not his normal self, and that’s where so much of the money went. That money isn’t money I’m necessary happy to spend, because it means he’s not feeling good and I want him feeling great, but I’m more than willing to spend it if we can get to the bottom of what is going on.

    My handsome, sweet. loving boy.

    My handsome, sweet. loving boy.

    Almost $1K worth of testing showed that G is negative for everything. Edited to add: In my original post, which my computer ate, I noted that this is great news! No heart worms, no FIP (pfft, way to scare me vet), no upper respiratory infection, no thyroid issues…so this is very good. I have the option of giving him another tapeworm pill, but I held off after talking to the vet last time. It just doesn’t seem necessary at this point—I feel like we’re just throwing random things at a problem we don’t really have defined. But maybe I should get it?

    He’s still skinny, but he’s still very active and he does eat a little bit. Tomorrow I’m calling a holistic vet to see if maybe he simply needs supplements and/or a diet change. I’ve been introducing him and Sophie to raw (they give it two paws down), but I know that can be a process, so I’m willing to give it time and practice.

    Whew. The year is halfway over. I’m hoping it’s up from here on out. 🙂

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