He really wasn’t a “baby” years-wise as he was 12. But to us he was our baby–he was the last kitty we got.
He is missed!
We had him cremated and then we put him into a small walnut urn and added his photo to the front of it. The urn is now on the toilet tank lid in the bathroom, as Bowie liked to spend a lot of time sleeping in the bathroom!
Jonny and Bowie were “pals” and on numerous occasions over the last three years Jonny will get up on the toilet seat to spend some time with Bowie, looking at his photo.
Yours in remembering past kitty loves,
It was a lot easier when Chuck and I together could see that “The Boys” got their “dose” because one of us held the cat in question and the other would “try” to administer the pill, the drop, the dab, the whatever.
Now that it’s just “me and ‘the Boys’”, it’s a bit of a challenge to get the job done. With both of us still in tact.
Aside from daily trips to the vet, some hints to help you manage the “medicine administration” safely and soundly for all concerned include:
Spend time with your cat; play with her, hold her–at times other than when it’s time to give the meds. In other words, you don’t want your kitty associating being held in a certain way with time for you to jam the pill in her mouth or to drop a dab of something in her eye.
When it’s time to give whatever the medication is, make sure you’re all set to go before you track down and hold your cat. Is the cap off the tube? Is the liquid measured out and in the dispenser? Is the pill at the ready? Read the rest of this entry »
These days, it seems to be his favorite-ist place in the whole wide world.
I love it with him there, too.
He’s on his side, sometimes he’s looking at me; most times he’s sleeping.
Then all of a sudden I feel a soft bit of fur touch my face or my chest. When I look down, there’s Billy’s paw reaching out to me.
I’m thinking it’s a “love tap”!
Yours in kitties that so openly share their love,
And so I still try to remember this mantra when I’m going about my day doing various activities.
One such activity the other day had to do with Mikey and Billy as they ate breakfast. I had just returned from Curves and knew it was time to give Mikey his “ear drops”. (Actually, it’s a medicated cream for his hyperthyroidism that I put onto the inside of his ear.)
As Mikey ate, I decided it would be a perfect time to give him his medication as he would be distracted from what I was doing.
So I got the applicator ready and then bent down to put the cream on his ear. But he balked a bit; like he was saying, “leave me alone, I want to eat”. I’m glad he did, as when he looked up at me, I realized I was in the process of getting ready to put the medication into Billy’s ear!
Yours in paying attention to your kitty,
Photo: Mikey, front right; Billy, back left
For a while now, Jonny has been acting a bit like he wasn’t feeling well, especially as hr has been “leaving food on the table” (his plate). And this is unusual for him as usually he’s a little eating machine.
So I took him to the vet Friday and learned Jonny has an absessed tooth. He went in Monday to have the tooth removed; come to find out he had to have “pieces of other teeth” removed as well as a second whole tooth.
Now he’s on soft food only for two weeks. The good news, too, is that his blood work was all good. (He’s the one who had his spleen removed two years ago because he has lymphoma so my first thought when he was not feeling well was because of the lymphoma.)
Mikey and Billy and I are all on “Jonny watch”, making sure he gets rest, plenty of liquids and eats; the vet wants him to gain some weight. He had lost a pound since he was last trip to the vet in October.
They will check him in two weeks to make sure everything is healing like it should.
Yours in taking care of the smile,
P.S. Since Jonny is eating “soft” food, I’m seeing that the other two eat it as well since it’s easier to “police” what goes into their mouths. They are especially liking AvoDerm’s Natural Wild by Nature Salmon in Salmon Consomme Cat Food these days.
Billy will sometimes grab a spot at the foot of the bed. But lately, it’s Jonny that seems to be the one most interested in getting under the covers.
However, before he gets to that point he has to first walk around and around on the pillow. And stick his face in my face.
But his whiskers tickle and it’s very annoying. Especially when I’m trying to get to sleep.
I’ve resorted to sticking my head under the blankets but that’s not the best solution as I really don’t like to sleep with my head under the covers.
Eventually, though, Jonny will get onto my spare pillow and sleep there. At least that’s where he’s been if I wake up during the night.
Yours in face tickles from whiskers,
P.S. Here’s a PURRfect Crinkle Bouncer Cat Toy that might be of interest to a kitty who needs a distraction – or not.