Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Tribute to the Rainbow Bridge Cats of 2016

In lieu of individual tributes, I do a year-end tribute to all of the cats we know who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge.  I believe that every cat deserves to be remembered an honored.

If you have any additions or corrections, please let me know.

We are sorry for your loss.  Our hearts go out to everyone who has lost a precious fur baby this year.
Purrs and love,
Carmine, Milita, Angel Jewel, and Mom Sierra


Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

-Author Unknown.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Mancat Monday

Carmine: "Who put this pesky pizza in MY spot?"
Hi everyone, it's mes, Carmine!

It's finally MY turn to post an update!  But first, can someone please tell mes why this pesky pizza is in MY spot??

Last week, mes had to go see the vet for my three-month anal gland expression.  ::looks embarrassed::  Everybody loves mes at the vet because mes is so cooperative and nice.  

After theys did my anal glands, the vet tech brought the Mom and Lita back to the exam room.  Lita was there to get hers leg looked at again.  The vet tech told the Mom that mes had lost 12 ounces!!  The Mom was not expecting that because mes has been eating well - for mes.  

When the vet came back, hers looked at Lita's leg.  Lita was very growly, MOL!  Hers did not like the vet poking at hers hurt leg.  The vet (which wasn't our usual one) thinks Lita injured a tendon and that hers probably does not has a broken ankle.  Since the vet visit, the swelling in hers ankle is slowly going down, so it looks like hers will heal up okay.  Lita will go see our usual vet this week for another follow-up for hers leg, but please don't tell hers because hers will go hide under the dresser!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Hi everyone, we are joining Brian today in the Thankful Thursday blog hop.

Some of you on Facebook may remember me mentioning that I had some good news to share with you about Lita.  So, here it is!

Dare I say we have found a combination of medications that actually helps Lita's asthma significantly?!

If you are new here, Milita has struggled very much with severe asthma for the past several months.  In March, she began to have many asthma attacks.  Her x-rays revealed fluid in her chest, and her lungs looked so bad that our vet thought Lita might have heart failure.  I rushed her to a cardiologist, thanks to many donations for an emergency ultrasound of her heart.  Thankfully, she did NOT have heart failure, but her asthma continued to be a very serious issue.

In the past few months, we feared Lita may have contracted pneumonia.  She was having asthma attacks nearly everyday, and I was often scared to leave her home alone if I needed to run errands or go to my own doctor's appointments.

After trying Lita on Zithromax for a month with no improvement in her coughing, I suggested that we try Doxycycline for her because it seemed to help her coughing back in March when the cardiologist gave her a two-week supply.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Black Cat Knocks on Wood Book Review

The Black Cat Knocks on Wood: A Bad Luck Cat Mystery book coverThe Black Cat Knocks on Wood by Kay Finch is the second book in A Bad Luck Cat Mystery series, and I was thrilled when it arrived in my mailbox for review because I adored the first book in the series, Black Cat Crossing.  

Sabrina is having a hard time concentrating on writing her latest mystery novel.  Her Aunt Rowe and her fun-loving friends have chosen to participate in the Texas Hill Country Senior Pro Rodeo.  However, Rowe and her friends have no experience in this area, and Sabrina worries for their safety.

Another problem keeps Sabrina from writing her novel - a local businesswoman is found dead - right after a black cat makes an appearance in her office.  Sabrina worries that her cat, Hitchcock, will take the fall, as he is known around town as, "the bad luck cat."  To make things worse, Rowe's friend, Pearl, is the prime suspect in the businesswoman's murder.  Sabrina has to find out who's really responsible quickly to protect both Pearl and Hitchcock.

I absolutely loved this book!  Hitchcock's antics never cease to amuse me, and I think cat lovers everywhere will adore this little black mancat.  Sabrina seems a little less impulsive in this book, which I really appreciated.  Her Aunt Rowe is always entertaining - she's a stubborn woman who will do as she pleases, whether anyone else likes it or not.

I believe cat lovers and cozy mystery lovers everywhere will enjoy this book.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of, "The Black Cat Knocks on Wood: A Bad Luck Cat Mystery," by Kay Finch for a fair and honest review.  Receiving the book did not influence my opinions.  All opinions expressed on Fur Everywhere are my own.  

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.