Sep. 19th, 2011 07:20 pm
seticat: (* cat - bright-idea - p3nsive)
Ears from Neurowear

'nuff said...
seticat: (love - broken-heart - lizzielizzie)
Squeebs left my arms today to slip gently into the loving Arms of Momma Bast. She's chasing cosmic mice with her sister, Cuffai Bernice [Lady Asia Congolease Bali Princess] and giving Poppa a hard time.

I don't care if it was 19 years worth of time with me. it's never enough.

Squeeble Marie Jamescat - aka: Lady Asia's Nigerian Bali Princess [in better days and times]
May 13, 1992 - July 12, 2011

Maybe more details later if I feel up to it.

Or maybe not.

EDIT - 7/13/11: Details is you want them.

The photo above shows The Girl about 5 years ago when she was 14 years old and about 10 pounds. I wanted to find a good photo to remember her by. Not the way she's been the last year. She had been dropping weight over the last couple of years and her kidney function labs had been getting worse and worse. She was very frail [as Syrwolf mentioned below] these last few months. The decision the vet and I had made was as long as she was eating, drinking and interacting well, we would let her just be an 'Old Lady Cat'. But the last couple of days her litter box issues became much worse [she wasn't too good at getting to the box in time so I used puppy pads around it]. She woke me up yesterday morning by peeing on my and the bed.

That's when we both knew.

I made an appointment to see the vet later in the day - in some ways to make sure there wasn't anything treatable going on, but fairly sure what the outcome would be. I made sure she had all her favorite nibbles to eat and we spent as much time together as a tired little Lady Cat could share.

And then we went in.

On exam, her right kidney wasn't even palpable it had shrunk that much. Her left was very tender to palpation. And she was beginning to get tender spots in her mouth. That pretty well sealed the situation.

We made the decision to set her free.

He gave her a shot of seditive [ketamine and acepromazine] and we gave it time to work fully. She and I said our goodbyes during that time and she dropped off to sleep in my arms.

And then the rest. It wasn't easy - she had horrible veins. Dr. P tried and was so supportive when I said I wanted to lay my hand over his because this was 'both of our choices and I needed to be a part of it'. After a moment I knew that wasn't going to work so I told him to 'just do it IC'. I've never had a vet say 'Thank you' with such understanding and compassion before. I knew it was something he was going to ask me and it's a hard thing to consider. I couldn't watch, but I could tell what he was doing out of the corner of my eyes.

And then her spirit simply slid from my arms into the arms of Bast.

I spent the rest of yesterday looking for her out of the corner of my eye, just waiting for her to sit just outside my office door and bitch for food. Or I'd walk into the bedroom and 'see' her face looking at me from her fleece nest on the bed. This morning I woke up wondering how I'd slept in so late - the Baby Girl hadn't come up to me to remind me to feed her.

Knowing it was the right thing to do doesn't take away the feelings I'm dealing with. I'll bring those to my group meeting at the local VA clinic and try and make illigical sense of them [my 'logical head' understands by the other part - not so well].

And kathrynmice said it so well below. they always seem to be in a hurry to come back in a new fur kitten suit and play kitten games again I can find comfort in that as Squeeble and her sister Cuffai were truely silly little kitten sisters all those years ago.
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Recall Alert - Wellness Canned Cat Food

WellPet, makers of Wellness® natural pet food, are voluntarily recalling some lots of their canned cat foods due to potentially insufficient amounts of vitamin B1 (also known as thiamine).

From Wellness:
The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:

· Wellness Canned Cat (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13;

· Wellness Canned Cat Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with best by date of 10NOV13 and 17NOV13.

If you have cat food from these lots, you should stop feeding it to your cats. You may call WellPet at 1-877-227-9587 to arrange for return of the product and reimbursement.

Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include loss of appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. In advanced cases, signs may include ventroflexion (downward curving) of the neck, wobbly gait, falling, circling and seizures. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.Please contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these signs.

You can return any affected product to your local PSP store for a full refund.

Read full letter from Wellness CEO Tim Callahan about this recall below.

Dear Pet Parents,

My name is Tim Callahan and I'm the CEO of WellPet, makers of Wellness® natural pet food. Over the years, we at WellPet have worked hard to earn the reputation of being a company that does everything possible for the pets that depend on us.

WellPet is committed to delivering the very best in pet food nutrition, as nothing is more important than the well-being of our dogs and cats. So when we found through product quality testing that specific product runs of our Wellness canned cat food might contain less than adequate levels of thiamine (also known as Vitamin B1), we decided to voluntarily recall them.

Please know, the vast majority of products tested had the appropriate levels of thiamine; however, with the number of recipes we offer, we did not want to make this more confusing. Therefore to avoid confusion and in an abundance of caution, we have decided to recall all canned cat products with the specific date codes noted below. Cats fed only product with inadequate levels of thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

Though the chance of developing this deficiency is remote, withdrawing these products is the right thing to do and we are removing it from retailers' shelves.

The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:

Wellness Canned Cat (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13;

Wellness Canned Cat Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with best by date of 10NOV13 and 17NOV13.

If you have cat food from these lots, you should stop feeding it to your cats. You may call WellPet at 1-877-227-9587 to arrange for return of the product and reimbursement.

No other Wellness products that your pets currently enjoy are impacted, so you can continue to feed your pets Wellness with full confidence. This is an isolated situation, as we have had only one reported issue. We are taking all the necessary steps to ensure it does not happen again.

Speaking on behalf of our entire Company, I apologize for any concerns this may have caused you. As a parent of a yellow lab named Hope, I understand the sense of responsibility we all share for our dogs and cats. Rest assured, product quality and safety will always be our top priority.
seticat: (gen - signal-boost - mine)
I can't do anything. I'm too far away. But I can boost the signal and hope somewhere along the line someone can help.

Boo needs to find a forever home. He an abandoned home cat someone dumped outside. He lives in the PA area.

Also two brothers, Butch and Sundance can't stay at home anymore and are looking for a new, loving home. They live in the Chester, PA area.

Boost the signal and help these kids.

Pass it on.
seticat: (* cat - art-cat - skulldog)

A really pretty kitty done by [livejournal.com profile] iconcrissx
seticat: (cat - zombiecat - monster-meow)

And now? Back to dealing with a full flat of really fresh strawberries I just picked up from a roadside stand.
seticat: (cat - bucky insane - lastbeautifulgirl)

Sorta says it all, doesn't it.

I'm just sayin'...
seticat: (cat - 2lumps-o_0 - evilgrins)
The Bali Baby loves me because her liquid oral antibiotic was up last Wednesday so no more squirting gunk down her throat twice a day.

The Bali Baby hates me because, after all the work to get her to eat, and giving her anything she'd want, now she has an embarrassing 'elimination' problem. So now I'm squirting the kitty equivalent of Kaopectate down her twice a day so food stays on board and doesn't rush through her like a freight train.

Poor girl can't win...
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Last Thursday Squeeble, my 19 year old Balinese, had some massive oral surgery. They ended up taking quite a few teeth. She came through it with flying colors and had her one week after surgery check up today. Her mouth is healing wonderfully and she's gained a quarter of a pound in just one week. Considering she lost about a pound and a half over the last year, that is a real accomplishment.

So now we just take it one day at a time and enjoy our time together. Both of our thanks to all who keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
seticat: (cat - i-haz-a-sad - dementia)
I know your oral hygiene has been less than stellar over the last couple of years. No one has been too eager to dig around in your mouth, what with you being 17+ years old. But today your new vet and I made the decision that we have to do something. You're mouth is horrendous and you're losing weight you can't afford to lose. To tomorrow morning you're going in to have a bunch of dental work done in the hopes you'll feel better during whatever years we may get to share.

Just don't be made at me that I'm doing this to/for you. Other than the mouth issue, you're hale and healthy, your lab work all looks fine and your still bright and alert. And the vet was pretty positive about this and didn't once suggest we just 'set you free' of your pain.

I'm terrified that you're poor old bones won't take the stress; that you may not wake up again and go the the Bridge scared, surrounded by strange, scary things and without hearing your momma tell you one last time that she's loves you so very much. If you have to, I'll understand, but I'm hoping and praying that you won't. I know you miss your sister Cufai and your poppa, but I hope you'll stay down here with me just a bit longer.

This is my Bali Baby Squeeble Marie JamesCat, taken a couple of years ago. She's a lot thinner, but just as alert. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers the next few days.
seticat: (cat - i-haz-a-sad - dementia)
Echoed from [livejournal.com profile] katmoonshaker

A senior cat in Maryland needs a home. His companion is dying, her nurse is HIGHLY allergic (as in go to hospital), and he really really needs a home. He's 14. Here's the link for more info.
seticat: (cat - 2lumps-asian-winter - mine)

Cause, meet effect. Sometimes science can be so simple.
seticat: (* cat - O_o - p3nsive)
Blame [livejournal.com profile] patgund, I do.

Author's Note: No cats were physically harmed during the filming of this video - so far as I can tell. However, the psychological trauma may require years of intense therapy to overcome.
seticat: (cat - 2lumps-nogging-time - seticat)
Christmas Wish List - Two Lumps style.

part 1

part 2

[I *so* wish I could figure out how to embed the actual cartoon...]
seticat: (cat - puzzeed kitten by copperbadge)
Eat your heart out Richard Dean Anderson.

[Yes, I know the music is from 'MacGyver', but the cat's name is Steve McQueen, Artistic license, I'm sure.]

That is all...
seticat: (cat - 2lumps-owned - elbiesee)
There are definately times that Eban is the one with the right idea.

Two Lumps
seticat: (cat - 2lumps-carpetship - elfmagic)

That is all...
seticat: (cat - evilkitty - dementia)
Is your cat plotting to kill you?

[snort!] Like this should come as a surprise...
seticat: (cat - geek - notpurrrfect)
We think we may have found the problem with your printer.

We feel this problem could be easily fixed at home, but just let us know how you want us to proceed.

Thank you for your business.

Your Tech Support Team
seticat: (* pol - don't-complain - mine)

Not only that, but there are cool t-shirts as well.

[ Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] katmoonshaker's LJ ]


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