Friday, October 2, 2015

Purrs and Prayers for Carmine

A purrs and prayers badge for Carmine
Hi everybody, it's mes, Carmine with Mancat....Friday?

The Mom said that mes could post a special update today because mes hasn't been doing all that well.  On Tuesday the Mom made me go see Dr. Stabby again.  The Mom said hers thought mes lost weight, but her friend D said hims thought mes had to gain weight 'cause mes was eating a lot of canned noms for a few days.

The Mom put mes on the scale, and it turns out mes lost weight like hers thought.  Hers wasn't so happy about that.  Mes was down another 3 ounces, so mes weighs 10 pounds 5 ounces nows.  The vet says that is not a "bad" weight for mes, but hers and the Mom are worried about mes weight loss trend and don't want mes to keep losing weight.

The Mom and Dr. Stabby had a discussion about what to do with my treatment nows.  Dr. Stabby said theys could raise my Prednisolone dose, but hers and the Mom don't really like that idea very much.  Theys decided to put mes back on B12 injections for nows.  I heard the Mom says that hers is bringing mes back next week so Dr. Stabby can teach hers how to give mes the injections at home so mes doesn't have to go all the way to the vet every week.  Mes is going to give the Mom very pathetic looks and meows so hers feels very guilty about giving mes shots.

Dr. Stabby says if the injections don't help mes, theys might have to switch my medication from Prednisolone to Budesonide.

The past couple of days mes has not eaten much at all.  If mes eats any of my canned food dinner, breakfast, or snacks, mes will eat a few bites and walk away.  The Mom is going to call Dr. Stabby and see what hers wants hers to do since Dr. Stabby doesn't want mes to have appetite stimulants right nows.  Dr. Stabby and the Mom wish mes would eat more.  The Mom says hers will try to get different canned noms at the PetSmart later today.  Hers says this reminds hers of trying to feed Jewel - never knowing what Jewel would actually eat from one day to the next.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Buckley's Story: Book Review

I've been reading Ingrid King's cat blog, The Conscious Cat, for some time now, and Ingrid has inspired me both as a cat mom and as a writer.  I was thrilled when Ingrid offered me the opportunity to read and review her book, Buckley's Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher.  

Photo courtesy of Ingrid King.

About the Book: Ingrid first meets Buckley when the tortoiseshell cat comes into the animal hospital Ingrid manages.  Buckley had a deformed left back leg, but she never let that stop her or slow her down.  Buckley initially becomes Ingrid's office cat at the animal hospital.  When Ingrid decides to transition careers, she adopts Buckley and brings her home to live with her and her long-time resident cat, Amber.

Buckley is diagnosed with heart disease after living with Ingrid and Amber for only two years.  Ingrid details the joys and struggles of caring for a chronically ill cat.  She also shows us how the human-animal bond can become stronger when caring for an ill kitty.  Finally, Ingrid shares her grief with us when it's time to help Buckley transition from the physical to the spiritual world.

My Thoughts: Buckley's Story is such a touching and beautiful memoir of Ingrid, Buckley, and Amber's lives together.  The honesty and vulnerability Ingrid shows throughout this book is refreshing as it is so rare that people show vulnerability these days.  You can really feel how much Ingrid loved Buckley in her book.  The bond the two of them shared was incredibly close, and it's evident that Buckley brought many positive changes to the author's life.

I love that Ingrid drops educational tidbits throughout her book.  For instance, when she talks about Buckley's heart disease diagnosis, she explains what congestive heart failure is and how it is typically treated.

I could relate to Ingrid's struggle in medicating Buckley after her heart disease diagnosis.  I, too, had great difficulty getting pills down Jewel throughout the time she suffered with chronic renal failure.  I was fortunate to have a friend who was able to help me pill her, but had I not, I would have had to make some really difficult decisions regarding Jewel's quality of life versus trying to medicate her with six pills a day.

I also related to Ingrid's struggle to let Buckley go.  It is so incredibly difficult for us, as loving cat parents, to hear and accept our beloved cat's message that it's time to transition to the spiritual world when all we want is more time with them in their physical bodies.

Even though Buckley's Story did make me cry, I feel reading this awesome story of love was worth the tears.  I highly recommend it to any cat lover.  Yes, you may cry, too, but I do believe that this beautiful memoir will touch your heart in a positive way.

You can buy Buckley's Story at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, and at other online book retailers.

Photo courtesy of Ingrid King.

About the Author: Ingrid King is a former animal hospital manager.  She writes the award-winning blog, The Conscious Cat, with the mission of providing readers with well-researched and accurate cat health information.  She is the author of the books Buckley's Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher, Purrs of Wisdom: Conscious Living Feline Style, and Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love, and Myself.  Her articles have appeared in Cat Fancy Magazine, NOVADog Magazine, and Urban Animal.  She is also a professional member of the Cat Writers' Association and a certified veterinary journalist.  You can learn more about Ingrid King by visiting her About page on The Conscious Cat.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of Buckley's Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher for an honest review.  Receiving the free book did not influence my opinions in any way.  All opinions expressed on Fur Everywhere are my own.  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Opt to Adopt Skywalker


Angels with Paws
Lakewood, CO

Skywalker is a handsome black and white domestic shorthair seeking his forever home.  He loves attention and to be pet.  He also loves to play.  However, it is difficult for him to show his true, sweet personality at the shelter because he doesn't like other cats, and he shares a room with a few other felines.  

Skywalker's previous owner passed away, and he ended up on the "kill list" at another shelter.  Angels with Paws rescued him from the other shelter, and he will remain with Angels with Paws until he finds a new home.  Skywalker has Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), which weakens his immune system.  Most cats with FIV live long, healthy lives.  FIV can only be transmitted to other cats through penetrating bite wounds; it cannot be transmitted to humans or dogs.

Skywalker needs to be the only cat in his new forever home.  He should be okay with cat-friendly older children.  He is already neutered, up-to-date with vaccinations, and litter box trained.

You can visit this handsome boy at Angels with Paws, located at 2540 Youngfield St. in Lakewood, CO.  You can learn more about Skywalker by calling the shelter at 303-274-2264.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Milita's Monday

Milita curled up in her cat tree.
Hi everyone, it's Milita this week.  Did you miss me last week?

I have been doing okay.  I am a little congested these days, but the Mom is keeping a close eye on me to make sure I am not wheezing or coughing or having any trouble breathing.  Dr. Stabby said that I probably have chronic sinusitis, and that's what she thinks causes me to become a little congested sometimes.

Carmine has been eating like a COW lately.  The Mom says his Prednisolone probably kicked in finally, and it's making him hungry.  Really hungry.  This is good news for me because usually when Carmine gets a canned food snack during the day, the Mom's friend will feed me a tiny bit of canned noms, too!  I hope Dr. Stabby decides to keep Carmine at this dose for a while longer because all the wet food snacks sure make me happy!

The Mom went to the shelter over the weekend to participate in the Purr Prints of the Heart discussion.  While she was there, she saw our favorite vet tech taking care of the shelter kitties.  She told the vet tech that she was bringing Carmine in on Tuesday, and do you know what the vet tech said?  She said, "I'm just glad it's Carmine - he's the good one!"  Can you believe that?!  I'm a good cat - I just make sure Dr. Stabby and her assistants know that I don't like being there when I'm there, MOL!

Carmine will be going in on Tuesday for a weight check.  The Mom's friend says he has to have gained weight with all the food he's been eating, but the Mom isn't so sure.

That's all the news I have for now.  I think I'll have a little nap and wait for Carmine to wake up and bug the Mom for more noms.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Jewel's Journey

I met the singer Jewel at Tattered Cover. She is signing her book for me.
Hi everyone!

It has been an incredibly busy week here, and it's not over yet!

Last night, I had the great pleasure of seeing Jewel, the singer/songwriter/author talk about her book, sing, and sign her new book.

Before going, I knew a little about Jewel's life, but during her talk, I learned so much more about her.  Her book sounds amazing, and I can't wait to start reading it!

So you're probably wondering what Jewel the singer has to do with Jewel the cat.

You might remember this post where I told you about how Jewel liked to run on top of her former owner's couch and sing while he played Rock Band.  Well, Jewel's former owner had an mp3 player that we always listened to in the car when we were going somewhere.  Whenever Jewel (the singer) came on, I would say, "Doesn't Jewel (referring to the cat) sing nice?"

Last night, I told Jewel (the singer) that I had a cat named Jewel.  Her response was, "I love that!"

Jewel performed this song for us last night.  I really like it.  If you cannot hear the song in the video, you can click here to hear it.