Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Sleeping Beauty


Eat your heart out Aurora... I'm more adorable sleeping.


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May the catnip always be plentiful and the string never fray,
~ Brooch Czarina

Monday, February 25, 2013

Finally!


This feels like a Mischievous Monday...

Picture from 02-21-13 (Remember I will be having a few posts being placed late, because Mommi is lazy and doesn't take the pix off the flashy box in a timely fashion)

It's only been about forever since I have been trying to get up onto Grandma's curio cabinet.
Every time the Mommies would catch me on top of the entertainment system and as I was going across they'd take me down. Again and again this would happen. Then the other day they cleared off the majority of stuff from the top of the living room bureau we have.  While they weren't looking I took my chance and jumped to the curio! 

The Mommies saw me and didn't yell. They sighed and remembered that Russian Blues enjoy climbing up high. And since I am part RB... You can't tell us we can't go up. I am very purrsistant about it; I imagine other Russian Blues are too.

Yippee! THIS is the highest place ...yet... I have found in the house.



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May the catnip always be plentiful and the string never fray,
~ Brooch Czarina

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sweet Sunday


THIS is why it is a "Sweet Sunday" ... a fresh kill...






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May the catnip always be plentiful and the string never fray,
~ Brooch Czarina

Saturday, February 23, 2013

My Food Coma

As most of you know, I am a pushy Czarina Princess Daughter.

If the Mommies are eating something, I try to get into the action,  not politely, but in-your-face.  The only time they are REALLY mean is when they have something called "fast food."

But that's okay... I gets to steal veggies and meat.

NOTE: for a while my posts will be using dated pix ... Mommi's lazy and gets me my pictures LATE! humph! It's a shame that she keeps royalty waiting.

My Food Coma occurred on 02-18-13... this is how it happened

First Mommy fixed Root Beer Piggy-Piggy... um pork loin to those that don't call meet by their true name.  Which means she cooks the Piggy-Piggy in the crock pot with just Root Beer and Salt. Mommy would like to give props to romance author Joyee Flynn for putting the delicious idea in two of her stories.  So I ate a lot of Piggy-Piggy, the Mommies say it was a quarter of a Pig -- but I think they exaggerate. But still they had some more delicious fare...


Mommi fixed herself  us a salad made of blanched broccoli, avocado, and snap peas, plain greek yogurt and a dab of mayo --  all mixed up.  I HAD to taste it for safety before Mommi tried it!  It is a tough job but someone had to lick it to be sure.

I  think the Mommies have an odd sense of humor - pirate bowl ?! Oy!

Then I noticed they had Whip Cream (ReddiWhip). Mommy put some on the table for me. See the video...




After that I washed my face and laid down for a 3-hour nap. Or as the Mommies say, a Food Coma cuz nothing roused me from it until I was done.

NOTE: this is NOT normal.  The Mommies want you to know that they normally do NOT let me become a... piggy like this.




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May the catnip always be plentiful and the string never fray,
~ Brooch Czarina

Friday, February 15, 2013

Vet Visit (02-14-13) Outcome

Hi everyone, Mommy here. 

Just helping Mommi and Brooch out with the details of our doctor visit. So, when we got there Brooch was weighed and is 8.6 pounds now. She is healthy other than the issue with her leg(s). When Doc looked at her, he saw some scaly/scab like areas on her legs. They are nowhere else, so he strongly believes that his initial thought is correct. When she was in last time they noticed a slight staph infection. We assumed that with the Prednizone taking down the swelling, itch and overall irritation that she would stop her licking and the minimal infection would clear itself up. This is not the case. All the Prednizone did was mask the symptoms for a short while, and now she has a more serious (but in no way life threatening) infection. So, Doc gave her a shot of antibiotics that will work though her system for 2 weeks. It should clear up any infection remaining. He also put her back on the Prednizone - on a slightly higher dosage. This will help her with the overall irritation of the infection sight. If she will stop aggressively cleaning it, with the help of the antibiotics it should clear up completely. But she has to leave it alone to heal, he said worst case we would need to get her an E Collar. (Hopefully it will not come to that - she would be very UNhappy.... and Mommi would never stop laughing.)

Anyway, she has no urinating issues, doesn't over-groom any other area of her body and has no other major behavioral issues, plus she is less than a year old with no MAJOR traumas in her past, so Doc has ruled out a need for Prozac. Our baby is as sane as any cat-parent can ever hope their purrbaby to be.


Also, Doc has ruled out food allergies. Generally, these present with several lesions, bald spots and overall itchiness. And not restricted to one area on the back of each leg, where there was an obvious wound a month ago. (The right leg has an estimated pinky length area that is the width of her tongue and the left leg now has a small fingertip size area.) 


Overall she should be fully healed soon. If not we may need to try a different antibiotic or different treatment course, but I have COMPLETE faith in our Doc. He is a good man who cares deeply about animals. (Doc teared up and said a very short blessing for our last baby, Kostmeyer, when it came time to have him euthanized because of his liver and kidney failure.)

Cute anecdote about our visit: Brooch is very vocal in her displeasure at the doctor's office. She will hiss anytime they try to handle her or check her or give her a shot or come within arms reach of her. So far she has never lashed out, only hissed. Well, this last time was no different. Doc was trying to look at her legs and she got all hissy and he laughed at her, patted the top of her head and said, "Sorry, but I am really NOT afraid of you." We all laughed and she slunk up to my belly and tried to ignore us not taking her hiss seriously. Poor little kitty.


Brooch can tell you all about the terrifying ride to the vet ...


Oh. My. Cod!

Normally I do not mind trips to the vet.  No biggie. The mommies put me in the box to get in the car. The Mommies tie themselves to the seats (weird). Then I get to come out of the box so I can view what's going on, or else attempt to destroy the box and hurt myself.  But THIS time there was thunderbooms and rain and sticks running across the big front car window.  Scary stuff.  So I nearly gutted Mommi in a (failed) attempt to get to the back seat.   Mommy drove back into the garage.  Got Book's box (unlike mine is made of plastic and metal; mine's canvas, mesh and a zipper.) They put me in Book's Box.  It was okay for like a minute.  Then I realized I was still in a box.  I mean it was a box-box. Not a play box that turns into neat things...but a box.  A trap.  So I tried to claw my way free and freak out in the open.

The Mommies ended up pulling over on the side of the road. Then Mommi crawled to the back seat and Mommy handed me to her. Mommi found their discarded sweaters left in the car from a couple weeks ago.  Mommy started to drive again. Mommi put the sweaters over the box. I could see her.  And it was dark and I couldn't see all the scary stuff much any more.  I was okay for a while.  Then I started to freak again as I heard more big trucks, more rain, more I dunnos.

Then Mommi pulled me out of the box (phew!) and placed me on her chest with Mommy's sweater cocooned around me and tucked under her chin. One hand supported me while the other was in with me petting me.  Periodically Mommi kissed me and told me all was alright (did she not hear these scary things that weren't in the other rides?) and even sang a little bit.

Finally the longest ride to the vet ended and I was placed back in the box for the carry over into the vet's office.  Good thing too, cuz there was scary construction around! 

It was still rainy stormy when we left. So on Mommi's chest and cocooned in the same sweater I went.  Only I got brave and talked Mommi into letting me have my head poke out near the last half of the ride back home.  While we drove home Mommy put on the comforting sounds of Sirius XM's Octane channel.


P.S. I decided it's a little weird having the Mommies and Book hijacking my blog. But it is also comforting.  At least they know that I am okay.  Besides... they say that they know when I have been on the computer because they see my clawprints as I clackety-clack away on the keyboard. At least they now know for certain I do not have a Facebook account yet.

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May the catnip always be plentiful and the string never fray,
~ Brooch Czarina

Thursday, February 14, 2013

2-14-13 Vet Day (Before Visit)

Mommi here. Hijacking the blog a bit.

Happy Valentines Day to everyone and their Honeys. For all the Kitties and other Furbabies: WE LOVE YOU TOO! Love to all, ((hugs)), ((pets)), and {{purrs}} to you too!

Today we take Brooch to the Vet. Doc will check her out. Run some tests. See what's up.  For those that did not see my and Mommy's response to Mommy Trish the other day on the the Bald Spot and Pro Zack post... here it is...

FEB 11, 2013: Brooch was on Prednisone. It seemed that she either got stabbed by part of the Xmas tree or she got overzealous with a bite which prompted the over-grooming. As we noticed it only AFTER we saw a bald spot - it was going on (seriously) for quite some time.

Doc just called and is uncomfortable going straight to Prozac. Especially since she is not a year old yet, she should not have such psychological issues this young and since she shows no other issues like urinating or anything, it is not likely she needs Prozac. Could have a deeper or more serious infection, we'll put her back on Prednisone until we see him on Thursday (he kept saying he was being lazy to say Prozac first (from her last visit when she was prescribed the Prednisone) - but he will go through all the possibilities first.) But she could also have a food allergy. It could also be ringworm. It is not likely, but if it comes to it - then it might come to Prozac.

He is a great Doc, who truly cares for the animals. He will not run us on wild goose chases, but he will be through. It may take a few months but we will figure it out.

Mommi and Brooch are not always good at posting all the info in the initial posts concerning vets - so it may sound wonky when we talk about vet visits. This comment was mostly composed by Mommy that filled in the details. Cause Mommy does all the vet visits and calls :-)

Sorry about any current/future confusion from Mommi / Brooch

I plan to have Mommy write the follow up on this Vet Visit. 


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May the catnip always be plentiful and the string never fray,
~ Brooch Czarina

Monday, February 11, 2013

Bald Spot and Pro Zack

The Mommies are worried.  As I was taking the meds for my issue on my leg (post here) things were looking better, but as I was on the weening off stage and afterwards. Last "special treat" was on Feb 3. I started back again on the leg.  It seems that this hair licking off has become a habit.  I also figured the other leg should match. So I started to obsess about that.

The Mommies are going to try to get the monies together to take me back to the vet.  They're afeared that they accidentally waited to long for the first appointment and it now became a habit.  Something about Pro Zack.  What will a Zack do to me, is he so great that he really is a Pro at whatever he does?
 
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May the catnip always be plentiful and the string never fray,
~ Brooch Czarina

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Picture Purrfect Purrsday

Sometimes you need to keep the humans in line....

"Look deep into my eyesss...Yesss you are going to go back to the store to get more treatsss..."



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May the catnip always be plentiful and the string never fray,
~ Brooch Czarina

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sweet Sunday

Hello World.

Still here... The Mommies brought home stuff called "candy" that I had to investigate.




When they were able to open some of it with their poseybill thumbs, and let me sniff it ... how disappointing!  I thought candy was supposed to smell good! It was not even enticing enough to give a curious lick!


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May the catnip always be plentiful and the string never fray,
~ Brooch Czarina