The Gray Dot

Bleu has grown so much that he is now as big as Reggie and a bit taller. Reggie is a black smoke cat and Bleu is jet black, and Bleu has the longest tail of anyone in the house, so theoretically, the humans should be able to tell the two of them apart. But they can’t.

Robin put a gray dot on Reggie’s back to help her out.

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Seriously, Revolution took a little bit of Reggie’s fur, and Robin has found it a convenient way to tell them apart.

I can tell them apart, no matter what. I still yell at Reggie every now and then and I DO NOT WANT him on the bed when I’m there. However, Bleu is allowed to be there, and Reggie has tried out MY bed when I wasn’t around. I don’t really like that, but, well, what the heck. Maybe it’s time to let bygones become bygones.

Robin here: We have tried so many options for flea control for Reggie, and all have failed us in one way or another. He’s had injections, pills, Revolution, other topicals. Either his fur falls out or the remedy fails to prevent fleas from making their home in his fur. Ideally, we need to make a flea-free environment. This is a challenge in Texas with a catio especially.

We are open to all suggestions for cat-based and environment-based anti-flea solutions!

Bleu says this picture of him is not flattering and he wants another. Here he is with his brother Colby helping me with my research.
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Huck’s Hop

Huck turned up about 10 days ago holding his paw up and hopping on three legs. Robin was away playing with horses (where she pinched her left hand in a gate the same day Huck hurt his arm, and otherwise had an amazing time!), so U.H. was in charge. She waited to tell Robin about Huck’s apparent injury until she got home from her equine adventure.

Huck doesn’t like to go to the vet, which is putting it mildly. Actually, he has to be sedated for a vet to help him. U.H. and Robin decided to keep an eye on his arm – he was holding up his right front paw – in hope that he would just start walking normally and everything would be back to normal for him. The humans were concerned about him getting away from whatever he’d been engaged with when he got hurt, but the alternative of wrestling him into a carrier, where he would throw himself against the sides and have to have a tent put over his carrier with sedation medicine wasn’t more appealing.

After six days, Huck was still hopping on three legs, but he didn’t have any swelling and didn’t have any signs of infection. He still had scabs on his ears from the marks that told Robin his injury came from some kind of animal – animal conflict in the first place.

Robin didn’t know what to do, so she called one of her wonderful students, who has applied to veterinary school and has worked at vet clinics a lot (and even at the zoo!) and asked if she could come over. Robin thought Huck might let her student touch him because she has seen this student has a great rapport with cats.

Nope.

huck-paws Huck did the best he could, however, and extended his arms for the humans to examine from about 12 feet away.

Robin’s student got as good a look as she could and based on what she’s seen with other kitties, they decided to watch Huckie a little bit longer. She said he might have a muscle wound from a bite (kind of like Robin’s pinch from the horses’ gate!), a sprain, or even a hairline fracture in his forearm. Robin had TTouched him all over and he didn’t flinch, but TTouch is very, very gentle, and Huck really trusts Robin in the first place.

It was likely that the vet would tell the humans to keep Huck’s level of activity to a minimum, and he was doing a pretty good job of that already! They also might give him pain medication, but that might not be so good for a garden kitty.

While the humans were talking about him, Huck stayed right where he is in the picture, on the porch. That is, until one neighbor started her lawn mower, another neighbor turned on his leaf blower, and the UPS truck went by all at the same time.

Huck RAN!

The humans decided he would be able to get away if he needed to. They also saw that Huck was able to put weight on his front paw. And, they followed him around to the side of the house and saw that he was ok after his run.

Today, Huck is still hopping around most of the time, but he’s also putting his weight on his right paw and walking kind of normally. Robin says her hand still hurts a bit from the gate pinch, so it makes sense to her that Huck will need more time to heal completely.

We are glad he’s doing better and was able to avoid the trip to the vet this time.

 

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Beds and Blankets

The last month has been all about beds and blankets at our house. Robin is developing projects to use to teach young people how to sew and to, eventually, sell to build a fund for spay/neuter grants. She wants to sell cool beds, blankets, dog and cat clothes, and matching clothes for humans. We are the testers of all designs. Here are a few pictures. I left out the dog coats.

My job is keeping Robin’s bed warm while she’s making stuff.

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Our First Weekend In 2015

We are having a great weekend this year! I hope all our weekends in 2015 are this much fun. First, Robin and U.H. are doing things we can help with, like knitting and making cat beds. Especially making cat beds.

Brie helped Robin make the bottom of the first bed, but then he didn’t want to get in the bed. Becket got in the bed first and liked it very much. Cheddar and Reggie both fit in the bed that was made for ONE Becket. Bleu tried out the bed too, but Brie got in our big box and played on his own. That was the first day.

The second day, Robin made a bed for one smaller cat. Becket was the first to try out the small bed too. I like this bed. Cheddar watched Sparkle while she groomed herself on the porch, but then he got tired. Good thing the sun was out!

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Happy New Year!!!

Cheshire-kneadingI started the new year with a vet appointment. I had a chest X-ray and blood tests that said I’m doing well again!

I took my pill every day for two months and hung out on Robin’s bed. She let me have my big mousie (Henry gave him to me when I was sick before) in the bed. I love kneading the mousie.

Lately, I’ve been getting up more and going around the house. I’ve also been eating a lot and asking for more. More importantly, I haven’t been coughing.

Happy 2015 to all of my Cuddle Family!

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Unfortunately, I’m coughing again.

CK-flags-smlI had been trying to hide my coughing by hanging out all by myself, but I just couldn’t do it anymore. I’ve been having coughing spells three or four times a day for some weeks now, so Robin made me go to the vet yesterday.

I let everyone know how much I hate going to the vet.

Once I got there, I recognized the nice doctor who helped me when I was really sick so many years ago. Also, I realized that the quickest way to get back home was to submit to whatever they were going to do. I kept hearing “x-ray” in the humans’ conversation. I was ready to start shouting while they carried me off to another room. But the vet clinic had trouble getting my old x-ray pictures from a hard drive, so I didn’t have to tell everyone how much I hate being at the vet. I think I will have to go back for the x-ray pictures if I understood correctly. I will sing just as loudly then as I did yesterday, maybe louder.

I do have to start taking my old anti-fungal medicine again. We’ll let you know how that goes. In the meantime, the humans are giving me lots of treats. I don’t feel too bad. I’m getting along well with the other kitties, even Reggie. Life is good.

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The Pumpkin

Cheddar-pumpkin-smlCheddar and Robin finished the pumpkin today. Actually, Cheddar and the unfinished pumpkin shared Robin’s lap for a little while until Cheddar became offended by the smell of the black marker and ran off.

Colby treats the pumpkin with great caution when it is on the floor. I wish we had a video of that, but we don’t.

It’s a good thing pumpkins are good decorations for Thanksgiving and autumn in general because we missed Halloween.

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A Quiet Halloween

becket-brie-smlWe don’t do much at our house on the night of Halloween. The main trick or treating street in our town is only one block away, but the kids don’t come to our street.

We can hear them and see them out there. Our neighbors are partying in their front yards, which they don’t ever do!

We’re all sticking together, just like Becket and Brie.

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We live for orange and black

 

Happy Halloween from all of us!

 

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Learn what it’s like to work in veterinary medicine

ingrid-kingIngrid King, an amazing, cat-loving human, has a new book called Adventures in Veterinary Medicine that’s normally available on Kindle for a small fee. Today, October 28, you can download the book FREE.

With her kitties, Ms. King writes The Conscious Cat, a blog we very much appreciate. The Conscious Cat considers the latest developments in cat health and behavior. Ms. King draws on years of managing veterinary clinics and living with her cat family.

We downloaded the book this morning!

 

 

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