More GI Woes

Shortly after our last vet visit with Orion, Prometheus began having really bad poop.  It began mushy and slowly progressed to liquid and mucus throughout the week.  By mid last week, Prometheus started vomiting each time after he ate.  It began Thursday morning and got worse by the afternoon.  Like, it smelled like something crawled up Prometheus’ butt and died.  I made an appointment at the vet for the following morning and kept a close eye on Prometheus.

Like any pet parent, I worried.  A lot.  I racked my mind with different possibilities.  The symptoms looked a lot like Castiel’s earlier in June, when it was discovered he had a food allergy.  However, the food that we were feeding Prometheus hadn’t changed and he never had a reaction to it before.  I thought it was highly unlikely he had a food allergy and something more serious was going on.

What pushed my worry over the edge into uncontrollable anxiety was by 3pm Prometheus red flakes of blood in his vomit and a little blood in his diarrhea.  Every time I see any cat have that, my mind automatically thinks back to Morpheus when he showed those symptoms and it turned out to be stomach/intestinal cancer.  So, monsters in my head screamed tumor or obstruction.  Needless to say, I couldn’t focus on anything but Prometheus.  I lifted his food for a few hours to give his GI tract a rest.  When Pro Pro and the other kitties demanded their food by 6pm, I watched Prometheus carefully.  He didn’t vomit after his last feeding for the evening.  While I took this as a good sign, I was still worried about our special cookie.

Friday morning, Prometheus took a trip to Edgewater to visit his friends at Animal General.  Everyone loves him there.  After a thorough examination, Dr. O thought it was an inflammation of his colon and small intestines.  She couldn’t feel any constipation or foreign bodies or tumors, which put my mind slightly at ease.  She gave us the option of taking an x-ray to be overly cautious.  With Ron leaving with family for the weekend, we didn’t want to take any chances that maybe there was something hiding in his intestines.  So, we had a few x-rays taken.  Dr. O confirmed that the x-rays were negative for foreign bodies, tumors, and anything else out of the ordinary.  Such a sign of relief.

She suggested putting Prometheus on a bland diet for a few days and prescribed him flagyl.  This way, his GI tract could have a few days of resting on the bland diet while the flagyl worked its magic.

Less than a week later, Prometheus has some poop that has shape.  A lot of it is still mushy, but it’s solidifying slowly.  If he doesn’t have completely solid waste by next week, I’ll bring in another fecal sample to check for parasites.  When we first adopted him, he had a difficult time getting rid of a nasty case of giardia.  Best to check just to make sure.

Because Prometheus has CH, I have to wait for him to use the litter box and clean his paws after he’s done.  Sometimes he has a hard time maintaining balance when he’s going and gets a little on his legs.  But that’s just one of the challenges I signed up for when adopting a CH cat.  No complaints here!  Just want his GI tract to function properly!

Lazy Sunday

It is okay for my kitties to wake me up out of a dead sleep at 5:00Am to be fed.  But as soon as I try to wake them from a mid-afternoon slumber, I’m about to get my eyes clawed out.  My name is Colleen and I have fat, lazy cats.

Ishtar passed out

Ishtar passed out

Prometheus stretched out on the bed

Prometheus stretched out on the bed

This is how Boots rolls - in the window sill.

This is how Boots rolls – in the window sill.

 

 

New Friends

The past few weeks have been quite busy, and, regretfully, I have been unable to post.

My niece and nephew visited this week from Hawaii.  I hadn’t seen them in 4 years, so I was shocked to see how much they’ve grown.  Gorgeous children!  Three out of five of the cats they knew from their last visit have crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  Josie was quite sad.  However, she was delighted to make some new feline friends this week.

Boots

Boots

Tuesday evening Josie visited our kitties.  My sis is allergic to cats, so Josie can’t have a cat of her own.  So, she was able to get out some love for kitties she bottled up over the years.  Boots was the first to greet her.  I knew he would be.  He mewed at her and rubbed his head against her hand.  She was little nervous at first, but I gave her a quick lesson on feline body language and she relaxed.  At one point Boots rolled over and showed his belly.  Josie was so excited.  She said, “Aunt Colleen!  Look!  Boots loves me now!”

Castiel

Castiel

Castiel ran back and forth a few times through the apartment.  When he saw there wasn’t anything to be nervous about, he relaxed around Josie.  Castiel kept giving her headbutts and rubbing against her leg, purring.  Once Josie and Castiel were friends, she moved on to the next cat.

Pandora loved Josie.  She rolled around on the bathroom rug begging Josie for bellyrubs.  Pandora is very affectionate with people, but not so much with other cats.  Josie gave her lots of pets and some water drips from the bathtub.  Pandora was in heaven!

Prometheus hid.  Yes, he hid.  Of all the cats, I thought he would be one of the outgoing ones.  Propro proved me wrong.  He saw her enter the living room and wobble-ran to the bedroom.  He stayed under there with Ishtar for most of the evening.

Orlox couldn’t really have been bothered.  He let her pet him, gave her a couple of headbutts, then walked away for a nap.

Josie - in kitty gear

Josie – in kitty gear

Icarus was frightened at first.  However, once Josie got the laser pointer out, he was her best friend.  Prometheus came out a couple of times when he heard Icarus playing with Josie, but once he saw Josie, he went back under the bed.  Icarus let Josie hold him and sat on her lap for a while!

Ishtar stayed under the bed while Josie was around.  She seemed content there when I checked on her.  I knew she would be nervous.

The next couple of days, Josie came downstairs to our apartment to play with our cats.  They were used to her by yesterday (her last day in this area of NJ) and all of them except Ishtar came out to say hello to her.

Wednesday morning my mom, Josie, and Marquis came to the START II shelter to see the animals.  Jodi and I made sure that they were only interacting with very friendly cats and dogs.  Houdini absolutely loved Josie.  He put his paws on her shoulders and gave her kisses on her face!  He then tried to make himself cozy in her lap, but she wasn’t sitting correctly for optimal lap time.

I introduced Josie to Wobbles (April).  She said that Wobbles’ story was so sad.  Wobbles loved the attention from Josie.  She was flopping around in her cage, purring like a motorboat, and giving lots of kisses!  Josie said, “All she wants is to be loved.  You should adopt her, Aunt Colleen, because you would take good care of her.  You take really good care of your cats and you love your cats.  And she needs a good home and lots of love.”

During lunch yesterday, Josie told Ron what she said to me.  We’ll see if we have a new addition to the family in the coming weeks.

Toilet Flushing Cat?

Yes, a toilet flushing cat… AKA my special cookie, Prometheus.

For some reason, Prometheus and Castiel love hanging out on the rug in the bathroom.  It’s not like it’s special or anything, nor does it contain magical secrets to the universe’s problems.  It is a plain, gray rug.  That has been bleached too many times and turned a reddish gray color.

Yesterday, Castiel was hanging out on this rug.  I sat on the edge of the bathtub and gave him head scratches.  He was purring like a motorboat and showed the belly.  While Cas was chatting and purring, Prometheus wobbled in and attacked Castiel’s exposed belly.  I pried Pro off Cas and scooted him toward the toilet.  (Castiel hates having other cats attack his belly.  He’s sensitive about his weight)

While I was paying attention to Castiel, Prometheus decided to hop on the toilet seat.  He stared at me for a few minutes, then huffed.  When I looked him directly in the eyes, his head started twitching side to side like a bobble head (common in CH cats).  Pro’s stare was intent.  Out of nowhere, he took out whatever frustration that had been building up on the toilet paper roll, tearing apart about half the roll of tissue.  While I started to clean that up, he stood on his hind legs and perched his front paws on the toilet tank.  Prometheus sat back down.  The he cocked his head (which started to wobble back and forth), staring intently on the handle of the toilet tank.  Lo and behold – Propro stood up and pushed down the handle with his left front paw.  He jumped a little and arched his back when flushing commenced.  Then he laid down on the toilet seat, keeping an eye on Castiel.

Prometheus never ceases to amaze me.

On another note…

I changed all the litter out of the cat boxes yesterday.  When I set up one of the boxes in the kitchen with clean litter, Castiel was the first to use it.  (For awhile, Boots circled me like a great white when I changed them to ensure he was the first to use it)  I finally got a stool sample.  And to my relief, Castiel had a healthy poop.  Like you really needed to know that.  But I figured I’d update you since he was on meds over the weekend.

Never a dull moment with these cats!

It’s All In The Details

I admit, I’ve got some silly looking cats.  Of course, they’re all beautiful to me, but I wasn’t attracted to their looks during adoption.  My cats won me over with their personality.  Over the years, I’ve found little details about their physical appearance that I absolutely love.  Next to their personality, theses are my favorite features.

Castiel:CastielSquished

Our monkey-faced cat, Castiel, is the happiest cat in the world.  On his front paws, he has tiny black spots, where the toes are.  I love this little detail in his coat.  He’s got some pretty big paws, so Castiel shows off the black spots quite nicely.

 

Ishtar:Ishybish

Ishtar has a gorgeous brown and black marble pattern that has a serpentine appearance when she moves.  However, that’s not my favorite detail.  Ishtar has a splotch of white around her mouth and nose.  This is my favorite part of her coat.  She doesn’t have white anywhere else.  Only on her face.  It looks like she ate a powdered donut.

 

Orlox:Orloxface

Orlox is a lean, mean, purring machine.  His coat is becoming flecked with gray hairs as he gets older.  I have never seen a cat’s nose shaped like Orlox’s, and that his my favorite feature about him.  His face reminds me of a bat, especially his muzzle.   I like to think that it is his own unique quality.

 

Pandora:Pandycloseup

Pandora has the most extraordinary eyes.  Yes, they’re blue, and they work wonderfully with her coat.  If you get really close to her and have a staring contest, then you can observe the real beauty in her eyes.  The pattern of the iris is like marble at the bottom of a reflecting pool – light bouncing webs of light.  Stare too long and you can easily find yourself shipwrecked.

 

Boots:Boots4

In general, Boots is a beautiful cat.  His fiery coat and pattern remind me of solar flares.  His best feature is his huge head.  I’ve met a few big-headed cats in my time, but Boots’ head, well, it’s pretty large.  It is one of the first things you notice.  And comment on.  I remember seeing him come into the shelter for the first time.  I turned to the shelter manager and said, “My, oh my!  That cat’s got a big head!”  Ron and I tell him he has a head shaped like a boot… although I don’t quite understand what that means.

 

Prometheus:Propro2

Everything about Prometheus is “special.”  He’s got special eyes, walks with a special swagger, and has a special tail.  My favorite detail about Prometheus is the mark of white that runs from his lower lip into his neck.  It looks like he dribbled milk.  I think it’s the cutest thing.

 

Icarus:Icarus3

Icarus’ face is especially silly looking to me.  So much so, that he doesn’t really look like a normal cat.  His face is skinny (he have fabulous cheek bones!) and his muzzle is long and boxy.   However, I love that he looks like he is wearing black eyeliner on his left eye.  But it’s a mish-mash job at best.  The black along the lower lid of Icarus’ eye only marks half the lid, while the other half is pink.