Yes, it is that time again, November 21st. Four years ago we adopted Ebony & Sneakers from the Seattle Humane Society — Ebony and Sneakers. They were not in great shape with Ebony having Giardia. They had been at the Humane Society for 4 months. Both needed to learn to trust us and it has taken a long time with Sneakers being the bolder one. Ebony was depressed and it took a long time to get him to even like catnip.
Sneakers has his tail in the air and up 98% of the time. It is down only when he hears thunder. He is doing well although he refuses to eat the kidney prescription diet so I am trying for cat food that is low in phosphorous. I am also changing from the regular cat food Friskies Mixed Grill and trying other canned foods. I am mixing it up. So far they has rejected Wellness and EVO canned foods.
The point is to get him to eat the food. If you have a cat with kidney issues go here and be prepared to read: Tanya’s Comprehensive Guide to Feline Chronic Kidney Disease http://www.felinecrf.org/ She has a list of foods and their phosphorous levels and other ingredients. It takes awhile to get use to the site, so go slow and take your time. It is packed with information.
Ebony just went to the vet last Saturday and he is doing great. He has a cyst on the right side of his neck and it was small last year and started to grow. The vet treated it and removed the fluid and he is okay — no cancer.
So we have several options in dealing with this cyst:
1) Just check the cyst on occasion and keep and eye on it,
2) Take him in if the cyst gets too big and bothers him. There is evidence that he has scratched it and caused scabbing.
3) Have it surgically removed. It is a day surgery resulting in stitches that means we have to bring him back, followed by antibiotics for a day or two.
We are going with option one and two if needed.
The vet called last Monday and Ebony’s senior blood panel looked good but he did have one part elevated. Sorry but I don’t remember the exact name of the blood reading. It is associated with either parasites in his intestines or allergies. I opt for allergies. I have stopped giving him cat food with fish in it but that is very hard because the companies really like using it as an ingredient. I was just looking at Wysong Chicken and fish was the second ingredient. It is supposed to be low phosphorus although Ebony does not have kidney problems. It is just easier to feed both the same foods.
Meanwhile, I had to pick up this medicine for Ebony and give it to him for 3 days (Pancour Suspension). It comes in a plastic bottle about six inches tall with 6 six-inch syringes in it (3.5ml). I give him the medicine for 3 days and then wait for three weeks and give him three more doses. Sigh! This photo is a little fuzzy but it gives you the idea of what I am dealing with.
Ebony is not easy, he is very skittish. The last time we took him to the vet it took us a good 45 minutes to corral him and get him into the cat carrier. All of us were not happy.
This time I was more confident for I had been picking him up and cuddling him in our morning petting sessions and he was okay with it. I would lift him onto my knees and hold him close loving him. A hug if you will and just for a minute and then release him.
I have been getting him use to me petting him in the morning when he is on the Futon and he doesn’t get up and run away. This time I did my greeting with my fingers and let him sniff me and then I gently picked him up and made it to the kitchen were hubby was waiting to close the door if I didn’t get him into the cat carrier. I WAS AWESOME! In he went into the carrier and I had the secured in seconds. DONE! It was one of the better take Ebony to the vet sessions yet. HA! YIPPEE!
He hollered the whole way to the vet. He was pretty intimidated in the exam room but he was okay. They were able to do all they needed to and returned him quickly. We were back home within an hour and he was a little skittish for a while but about 2-3 hours later he was asking me for food and wanting attention. So this visit to the vet went very well.
I have been trying to put the medicine into his food and it is requiring that I really watch him eat and monitor him carefully. It is a lot of medicine and this is not the best way but trying to hold him and give it to him in his mouth is also not a great way either. It might traumatized him and us and we actually might lose all the ground of trust we have built.
So here we are 4 years later. Remember they are 14 years old.
The most important part is that they are happy cats. Sneakers plays with the loopy toy and whacks his fuzzy balls around. He scampers through the living room on occasion. His tail is up at least 98% of the time except when there is thunder. At the moment he is sitting on my left on the desk platform drawer and his paw comes up and reaches out. I can reach over and pet him and he squeaks. We have this plastic roller cart with a step stool and he can climb up and lay on it near me while I work on the computer at my desk. He isn’t Minx who would actually sit on the desk within inches of me and whack me really hard with her paw. Sneakers paw is a lot gentler and he is so patient waiting for me to pay attention to him.
They were piled on top of me the other night on the Futon and cuddled close. This time Ebony curled up in front of me as I lay on my side and that is good because he is heavy about 15+ lbs. Second main human was talking and that usually triggers Ebony to run but he stayed put. Hopefully he is learning that our talking is not a bad thing??
Ebony was being very curious last night and was whacking a piece of straw that came down from some Halloween decorations I had. We usually don’t see him play like that. Cool!
Sneakers keeps finding intruders in the backyard a couple of cats I don’t recognize but not serious confrontations. He hears me say no and actually stops and looks at the stranger cat. Now if it was Puffer the stranger cat would be in BIG Trouble! They usually run off so we are good. It amazes me how fast Sneakers knows that something is not right. I barely get the backdoor open and he is on alert in less than a second.
So life for Sneakers and Ebony has its challenges but on the whole things are going well.