Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Milita Update

This past week has been a little too eventful around here.

Last Friday morning (around 3AM), I saw Lita try to get on the bed twice in a row and fail.  I picked her up and put her on the bed.  Then I noticed she couldn't get comfortable.  So I called D in to look at her.  It was obvious to me that she was in pain, so we made her comfortable and called the vet first thing in the morning.

I put Lita in the middle of my bed so she wouldn't accidentally fall off and attempted to sleep for a few hours before the vet opened.  Needless to say, I did not get much sleep.

Fortunately, the vet agreed to squeeze us in, even though she had no real openings.  So off we went to the vet as soon as they opened.

At the vet's office, it was clear that Lita was in pain.  She growled and yelled any time someone touched her left back leg.  She was not interested in roaming around the office while we waited for the vet like she usually does.

The vet noticed right away that her leg was swollen and took her back to attempt to get an x-ray of it.  That didn't go over so well apparently.  They sedated her slightly with a drug injection, but she still refused to allow them to x-ray her leg.  Who could blame her?

The vet came back and said they could not get an x-ray of her leg and that she was afraid to sedate Lita any further because she was afraid it would be fatal to Lita with how horrible her lungs are.  We discussed splinting her leg, but the vet said that all cats have to be sedated for that procedure because it is incredibly painful.  So we decided to not take the risk of sedating her further at that point, to give her regular pain medication (every 8-12 hours), and that I would update her on Lita in a few days.

I didn't want to worry anyone over the weekend, but I was VERY concerned about Lita.  She barely moved for two days.  I'd take her to the litter box, bring her her food, and syringe her some water.  I carried her from couch to bed - wherever I was so I could keep an eye on her.  Carmine didn't so much as try to play with her like he usually does.

On Monday, she managed to make her way into the kitchen when D was getting a cat snack ready.  Since then, she's been moving around more and more.  I am trying to limit how much she walks, though.  She is limping when she walks.

Her ankle is still swollen.  I'm not happy about that.

The vet is afraid Lita has broken her leg, and so am I.  We are kind of waiting to see how Lita does over the next couple of days, but we may have to risk sedating her to get the x-rays.  I am seriously hoping and praying it does not come to that.  Lita's lung function is quite poor, and I do not want to take that big of a risk with her unless it is absolutely necessary.

As to how she injured her leg - I haven't the slightest idea.  She must have done it while D and I were out at the store on Thursday afternoon because she was fine before we left.  I wish Carmine or Lita could tell us what happened.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

To Catch a Cat Book Review

In To Catch a Cat, journalist Heather Green was finally settling down in Manhattan.  She loved her job, spending 60 hours a week there.  She liked her new boyfriend, Matt, who lived on the other side of the river in New Jersey, but she wasn't sure what to think about the small town of Union City where he lived.

That all changes one summer morning when Heather finds a lovely stray and her three kittens in Matt's neighbor's backyard.  She felt a connection with the cats and a need to save them.  The world of cat rescuing drew Heather and Matt in as they worked together to trap, socialize, and find homes for the three little kittens - Number Three, Two Spot, and Zero.

Heather begins to question what is really important in life.  The kittens teach her about what really matters - love and community.

I enjoyed watching Heather evolve over the course of this book.  I also loved hearing about how she tamed these three feral kittens.  I can only imagine the joy she felt with each little step the kittens took toward no longer fearing humans.  I admire the work she did with these and so many other cats and kittens in her community.

I believe cat lovers everywhere will really enjoy this book!

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of, "To Catch a Cat," by Heather Green for a fair and honest review.  Receiving the book did not influence my opinions.  All opinions expressed on Fur Everywhere are my own.  

Monday, October 10, 2016

Milita's Monday: An Update on the Mom

Hi everyone, it's Milita!

Thank you all for all the good wishes, nice thoughts, healing purrs, and hugs for the Mom's surgery.  Her surgery was last Wednesday, and me and Carmine knew something was up because the Mom was leaving the apartment even before the sun came out!  She had to leave at 5:45am so she could get to the hospital and check-in at 6:30am.  The Mom says she doesn't know why they wanted her there so early because they had her waiting in the waiting room for an HOUR before they took her back to the pre-op area.  Then it was another hour or more before they took her back to the operating room.  The Mom said she did not get scared until they said they were taking her back to the operating room, but they gave her "happy juice" before they told her that, and it kicked in fast.  The Mom says she doesn't even remember getting to the operating room, MOL!!  It sounds like the stuff the vet gave me when I had my heart ultrasound.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Wishing the Mom Well

Hi everyone, it's mes, Carmine!

You remember this post where Lita told yous about how the Mom had to go to the emergency room?  Hers is FINALLY having hers surgery tomorrows.  

Hers hopes the surgery makes it so hers tummy doesn't hurt all the time after hers eats anymores.  Hers told mes if my tummy hurts as much as hers does after hers eats, then hers feels sorry for mes.  

Won't yous join mes and Lita in wishing the Mom well for hers surgery tomorrows?  Hers says hers might even help us visit yous all more the few days following the surgery since hers doubts hers will be up for concentrating on her paid writing work.  See yous all soon!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Chicken & Pumpkin We Cat Food Review: #ChewyInfluencer

Last month, I was really excited when I saw that was offering Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Chicken & Pumpkin Formula with Shreds Grain-Free Wet Cat Food because Carmine and Milita enjoy several other Natural Balance products.  Carmine really likes the Limited Ingredient Diet Chicken & Green Pea and Turkey & Giblets as well as the non-fish-flavored platefuls pouches.

Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Chicken & Pumpkin wet cat food

Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets:

  • Use only one protein source.
  • Is 100% grain-free.
  • Contains no soy, wheat, corn, or artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors.
  • Offers complete and balanced nutrition for adult cats.
  • Is fortified with vitamins and minerals.