Monday, May 11, 2015

Mancat Monday

Oliver spent time this weekend relaxing.  
This bed in Aunties room is a favorite because it gets the morning sun.  There is a nice tree outside where birds gather as well.  
This bed is in my room and gets the afternoon sun.  Oliver was 'helping' me do some cleaning and organizing in my room.  He loves to be a part of the action!  Do you see how chunky he's become?  He weighs 14lbs 8 oz and needs to be losing some weight!

I don't know how I always end up with the fattest cat in the house!  MOL...we will have to start monitoring his eating more, since it is clear he can't self-regulate.  Thankfully, Tanner has gained up to a nice size and we can probably get back on scheduled feedings now.  Watch out Oliver...the buffet is closing!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Selfies with mom on Mother's Day!

We are participating in a blog hop today...Check out "The Cat on My Head" blog for more selfies :)


Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Tanner Tuesday

Tanner has been having a wonderful time lately!  He looks thin in this picture, but he gained weight this week and now weighs 12 lbs 9 ounces!!  This is probably a good weight for him, and he is more of an ideal size for a cat, but it is hard to see him so thin...afterall, he weighed almost 20lbs at one point!  A before shot is shown below...Tanner definitely looks healthier now!
Do any of your cats front arms angle the way that Tanner's do?  Would that be his "wrist"?  It doesn't bother him, and I think he's always been this way, but when I google images of cats sitting...most have straight arms!  I guess it's just another way my boy is special :)
Tanner has been playing more and more as well, and loving every minute of it!  These Chinese yo yo's are one of his favorites.  

He will return to the vet school the last week of May...we are loving our time off!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tanner Tuesday

Tanner spent yesterday at the vet school having his monthly check up and ultrasound.  He is still in remission and doing well!
This photo is the boy on the way home yesterday...he was taking it all in!

All in all, they were very pleased with Tanner's visit.  His weight remained stable for them at 5.45kg.  His anemia was unchanged/stable.  His kidney values increased ever so slightly, but I did tell them it had been three days since his last round of fluids.  They felt this was probably the reason for the increase (BUN went from 37 to 50 and Creatinine went from 1.9 to 2.0)   His electrolytes remained stable.

At home, Tanner is plugging along eating like a champ.  He snuggles and plays and talks quite a bit.  He is free from vet visits for another month.  I was hoping we would switch to an every other month schedule soon, but when I asked the tech yesterday, she said they like to do monthly for about a year.  I like knowing what we are looking at for the future, so this is fine.  They are doing a more focused ultrasound, so it is less expensive, which is nice too :)

Thanks for the continued purrs for healing and good thoughts coming our way.  We appreciate you all!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Tanner was one of several animals chosen to promote Cancer Awareness Month at the Morris Animal Foundation.  You can read his article here.

Routine Health Checkups Save Lives


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Happy Birthday Smokey

Smokey you would have been 19 today.  I feel so blessed to have known you for 18 years.  You were a great first cat, and I will never forget you.  Stay sweet at the bridge, my gorgeous goose.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mancat Monday

 This weeks Mancat Monday will also feature a Tanner Tuesday at the bottom, since tomorrow is a special day for our blog.  The boys enjoyed wonderful weather over the weekend, and even though the yellow pine pollen is out, we still opened the windows!  We can dust the house again later!
Oliver spent a lot of time looking out in the back yard.  There is a bird feeder right outside this window, as well as the ones further down the yard near the snowball bush.  There is a lot of activity! 
I don't know why he won't get in this bed and be more comfy, but whatever!  You can see our grass is starting to come back out after dying off and turning brown over the winter.  It is always so nice to have green grass again, although that means mowing will begin soon too! 
As the sun moved around the house, the boys moved too...Cousin Georgie and Oliver checking out the front yard.  Auntie hung three new ferns on the porch, so we are waiting for a bird to build a nest in one of them.  Our daffodils have bloomed and faded...next blooms will be from the day lilies.  The peony should make an appearance soon as well...it amazes me each year how quickly that plant grows!

Now, on to our Tanner Tuesday post :)
Tanner had a good weekend too...he has now gained weight, two weeks in a row!!  His current weight is 12 lbs 1 ounce.  He is eating like a champ and seems to be feeling better overall.

The photo above is Tanner getting his fluids.  We do these at least 5 times a week...he is very tolerant and patient.  He is just laying there purring away!  Normally, I am petting him and talking to him because I don't want him to jump up, but we were almost finished here and he was being so good, I took a chance to get a photo :)

I have scheduled his next visit to the vet school for April 27th.  At this time, they will repeat the abdominal ultrasound, all of his blood work and do a physical exam.  I think they will be quite pleased with him!

Here are a couple of videos of him sleeping...I haven't seen him sleep this hard in a while, and it looks like he is chasing after something in his dreams!  It is a bit dark, but I hope you can see it ok...sorry for the camera movement right at first...

video

If you can't play it from here, you can see it on YouTube...here.