The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

Slim G

Grizzy continues to do well after his scary weight loss earlier this year. He’s still slim, but he’s maintained a steady weight, which to me is the most important thing. (The vet said his weight is fine.) Last night he had a very, very brief coughing fit–maybe two hacks tops–so while I braced myself initially, I found myself relaxing pretty quickly.

Sophie photobombs Lean G.

Sophie photobombs Lean G.

One thing I did do was change his litter. Trust me, I am kicking myself for not doing this earlier because within a week of changing the litter he had a ton more energy. His activity levels are now through the roof! He still has his rest periods, but his active periods are much longer and livelier than they’d been in months. Also, I’ve noticed his fur has become considerably softer.

Again, why I didn’t change the litter right away, I don’t know. I have this idea that I asked one of the vets if that could be the problem but they said not, but of course I could be remembering wrong.

At any rate, I tried two different litters and both seemed to work well. Both cats use them without issue. There is no dust, which is awesome for me. It wasn’t until I switched litters that I realized how dusty they could be!

Currently G is running around chasing Sophie. I think he might overwhelm her sometimes, because when he’s active he’s really active! She seems to retreat a bit more, but she still enjoys playtime, too. I ordered some cat shelves for them, and I know Sophie especially likes to be up high, so maybe that will help, too. 🙂

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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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Ah, to work part-time

Sometimes I think it would be so great to be able to work part-time. Even 35 hours a week would be awesome! Then I could hang out with the furkids. They always make me happy. And Sophie always makes me laugh. For some reason, that lady always gravitates towards shoes!

Sophie is a shoe girl all the way.

Sophie is a shoe girl all the way.

In Grizzy news, I weighed him this afternoon and he’s down .02 ounces. 😦 I’m trying not to freak out, because I imagine cats have natural fluctuations in their weight, just like people. Still, I know he’s lost weight, but I don’t know why. All his lab reports were good (except for the high titer showing exposure to corona virus).

He ate a little this evening, but as usual, it was just a little. I’m struggling with how low is too low? The other day he did his coughing/wheezing thing for about 5-7 seconds. Other than that, he’s been as active as usual, sleeping normally, I hear him in his box (and saw him go just the other day–all was normal–and I am kicking myself for not grabbing that sample), etc. I tried Vita Gravy and he wasn’t having that (neither was the little miss). Guess I’ll just keep an eye on him and try not to freak out…OH! But I will be trying to get a stool sample. Hopefully I’ll get one very quickly and take it into the vet right away.

ETA: He ate a bit more food tonight, and he had a good long run-and-wrestle session with Sophie, but he’s been laying down for a while now (not unusual) and his ears are very warm (which is unusual). I have a feeling I’ll be doing frequent checks tonight…

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Grizzy vet update

Grizzy takes his squirrel watching very seriously.

Grizzy takes his squirrel watching very seriously.

I took Grizzy to the vet Saturday for weight loss; today I got (most of) the results. He’s healthy! I’m awaiting the results of one more viral test, but it seems unlikely that it’ll come up as positive.

I’m glad…and going forward, I’ll keep weighing him. If his weight stays where it’s at, I’ll be OK with that, as technically he’s not underweight (although he is slim). I’m glad I had him checked out, though, if only to ease my mind. And if it goes down, well, then it’s time for X-rays. But I’m knocking on wood that that won’t happen!

I’m also trying to tempt him with new food–probably a few more carbs could help, too (thank you, Connie!). He’s never been a big eater, but if I can get him to plump up even a couple ounces, I’ll be happy. Of course, I think of what one of the vet techs said: “He’s so fit!” I had to chuckle, because I imagine they see some adorably pudgy pets. (It’s like chubby babies–who can resist?)

So all’s good for now; thank you for your purrs and prayers!

PS: We’re currently having thunderstorms here. Not too long ago I got a LOUD text message warning me about flash floods. Keep in mind I’m in my house. I was like, “What am I supposed to do? Go upstairs?” LOL!!

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The Queen Bee

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Rosie relaxing

Day 1 post-op, Rosie is doing okay. Unfortunately, I cannot stay home from work to be with her. Thankfully, my mom will be stopping in throughout the day. While Rosie is moving around okay, I’m ready to call the vet for extra pain meds if need be. In fact, he made a point of saying “don’t hesitate to call,” which was nice. My Rosie is a tough little girl.

She ate some food late last night, but this morning she doesn’t seem interested at all. I even gave her to choices and she walked away from both. Any ideas or suggestions?

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