Friday, April 17, 2015

Creative Bloggers Award given by the Florida Furkids!

(applawse settles)

Thank you. Thank you.

The Rules Are:
Thank the one who gave you the award: The Florida Furkids for this perfect award on 4/16/15!
    Link to the blog of the one who gave the award to you:   Visit Friends FurEver by clicking HERE.
    Now we must tell you five things about me/us.

1.  I AM a princess — well a Czarina and I take this position very seriously 
2.  Everything is mine, even things I can’t “use” because I don’t have opposable thumbs.
3.  Brother is older than we thought. But I still love to chase him around the house and jump on him.
4.  I enjoy sleeping on Mommi’s chest at night from time to time. And I often sleep in Mommy’s arms when she’s at the computer.
5.  I also enjoy trying to get Mommi to let me chew on her glass nail file when she is filing her nails.

I have no clue where to start to figure out who to nominate next. And unfortunately Mommi has to go find breakfast and get her butt to work so my ‘puter time is over. So I am sorry.
May the catnip always be plentiful and the string never fray,
~ Brooch

Belated Brother Update

Well Book got his teeth cleaning and while closely looking at his teeth, the Doctor figured that we have been misjudging Brother. He said that considering the evidence he saw with the tooth yuckiness along with Brother's bad ticker progression equals he is OLDER than we thought.

So rather than being like 6 this upcoming birthday he could be as old as 8 or so on his birthday! I already don't understand time, so my kitty mind is blown on how he can age in just one trip to the vee ee tee.

He ended up loosing 1 tooth -- it apparently crumbled and Doc had to free it the rest of the way.

Mommi has continued to try to administer his medicine, but there is a two-fold problem.  Mommi doesn't see Book as often as me. Book is lazy. He sleeps most of the day -- the Mommies say that is normal cat behavior. And he does this usually in rooms where Mommi isn't at. So the first "fold" is "outta sight, outta mind" translation: "Oops, forgot another dose!" followed by curse words.

The second fold is the one we all already know -- he puts up a fight for medication takings.

So far the best success which hasn't had a chance to be duplicated yet is when Mommi tried using 1/2 a ml of water to his crushed pill and use the syringe to shoot it in his mouth.
May the catnip always be plentiful and the string never fray,
~ Brooch

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Update: Brother's Cardiologist

Book, March 2015
Well, the Mommies brought Book home with the news that essentially he is the Type 2 murmur -- right now.... Technically he has the potential to slip into heart failure which is fluid in the lungs, but we stave that off with meds.

If the mommies can get the meds in him. This will be very hard. As you recall he was 3 when the Mommies adopted him and at that time he had already been in 5 previous homes. Due to his issues of varying degrees, standard pilling procedures are next to impossible. The pills are forgiving in that the Mommies are allowed to leave them whole, place them in Pill Pockets, crush them and create a slurry, crush them and mix with food -- whatever creative way they can think of.

Last night Mommi gave Brother a dose within a Pill Pocket. I got an empty one, they are delicious! Brother turned his nose up at it - no big surprise there -- he also turns his nose up at any foods that are not 1 of his 3 flavors of the Fancy Feast Pates. He doesn't try yummy people food (which of course the doctor likes). He only likes treats that are crunchy on the outside and soft on inside. His preference though is the kibble food over the wet food. Anyways after Book would not eat his pill pocket, Mommi unwrapped it and gave me the pocket (yummers!)

Then Mommy tried to pill Book in the standard way on the kitchen counter with Mommi helping him not scoot away. Book has jaws like a steel trap. Mommy got his mouth open a little bit but then he snapped down and without meaning to he punctured Mommy's finger a little bit. She wasn't mad but she said he has a tremendous bite force. She cleaned it up after she got Book settled off the counter, without being pilled.

Even the Cardiologist said that although his meds are important and life-long thing to have to try to do -- IF after trying as many creative methods as they can, including utilizing "compound people" who can make the medicine in various flavors and treats -- for a price... even if we still cannot regularly get him medicated and we have to essentially opt out of medications -- that's okay.  We do not want to chance ruining the delicate relationship we all have with Brother. Although he has come a long way since being with us 3 years ago, he can easily take steps backwards; we don't want to traumatize him and make meds a daily horrible battle.

The Mommies are going to see about making slurries next and seeing if they can get any liquid version of it in him.

The meds should bring down his heart rate which is way way to high. Which could, if lowered, in turn slow down the thickening of his heart and the over-working of it too -- IF he can be medicated.

His tooth cleaning is scheduled for next week -- if we can get him medicated he will still be able to get that taken care of -- if not... rescheduling will likely occur... kinda depends on Book and if he will let the Mommies medicate him.

Oh, and officially the Murmur Scale -- which is based on the sound of his murmur - which in his case correlates with the severity of his murmur -- is a 4 out of 6.  Before our regular doctor was guessing it was a 3 or 4 out of the 6.

So paws crossed that we find a medicating method that works well for him.

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

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Brother's Cardiologist

Greetings Everypaw

It's been a while since I've been on -- sorry for that. Although you may not always see me or hear me -- I've thought of you often. It's just lately the Mommies' lives have been in a great upheaval and getting them to make it so I can talk here has been more on the back burner. Mommi would love for me to talk regularly again -- but we will see. No promises. But I told her that The Catdom understand these things and like our love for our Mommies and Daddies are unconditional, so is our love for our brethren.

So anyways.....

Book, March 2015
The title says "Brother's Cardiologist"  As I may or may not have mentioned over the years, Book - my Brother, has a heart murmur. When he was adopted he was already 3 years old, it caused our V-E-T to want to monitor it, but not actively worry.  So ... a couple of weeks ago when we went in for our Annual Check Ups and S-H-O-T-S the Doctor looked at his murmur. It was worse than the last Check Up. Plus he needs his teeth cleaned and for that we are placed under anesthesia, those of us with heart murmurs have to be especially careful when we "go under" and since our doctor is not a specialist in this, he has sent us to a friend who is a specialist in Kitty Hearts. Apparently, there are is a 1-6 Heart Murmur Scale that the doctor uses and Brother is a number 4 out of 6, so we really need to find out what type of murmur he has. There are 3 basic types of Heart Murmurs.  

Type 1: You're relatively ok, you are monitored for any changes, but chances are you'll be like many of our hooman counterparts with murmurs and be okay for life and something unrelated will have you cross the Bridge. The most common type.

Type 2: Eww! You poor kitteh you have to manage your murmur with medicine. Maybe pills, maybe liquids - I don't remember if the doctor specified if there is a usual type of medicine distribution.

Type 3: This is the scariest one that I would not wish on my worstest enemy. No meds to help this murmur. This is the one where Kitty is minding his or her own business just doing their thing when POOF, BAM  --- Kitty is on the floor dead, no warning, no nothing. Alive one second and bouncing across the Bridge the next.  I hope Brother does not have this kind. If he does, though every day with him will be precious.

His appointment is at 10:30 am -- we are expecting this to take at least 1.5-2 hours. I will be at home with Grandma while the Mommies take him in. Mommi had to take off work today to go with Mommy, just in case we are told he has that 3rd Type of Murmur. We want to be prepared if it is #3, but it will still be very hard to hear.  

I will try to post the results shortly after their return.  Feel free to use the form on my page to email me to remind me if I have not done so in a couple of days. The form is in the upper right corner.

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