Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Smokey

Happy Birthday to my sweet boy Smokey.  I can't believe I've had you for 18 years now!  We've moved 4 times, seen many foster kittens come and go, lost two brothers, and shared more snuggles that I can count!  It took you 5 years to sit with me on the couch, but you haven't looked back.  You show more personality every year, and I am so blessed to have you in my life.  I am so thankful I chose you all those years ago!  Happy Birthday Smokey...here's to many more years!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Totally Tanner

Tanner had a nice birthday yesterday...he got many new toys.  He even scored a new X Scratcher, but he didn't sit on it, so I don't have a photo yet. 
Auntie made him cupcakes because this boy has a sweet tooth like nothing I have ever seen.  Auntie knew this would make him feel better!
Tanner enjoyed a quick lick of icing and a couple of small bites of cake...he was a happy boy!
 
Today at the vet, she checked noted that he didn't look quite right either, and decided to do a few things to check...
 
Blood pressure - normal
Tempurate - normal
Eyes- she thought he looked "stoned"
CBC - still only 28% red blood cells, but has an increase in the reticulocyte value, which means he is making red cells!
 
She gave us an iron supplement to help his body along, and instructions to watch him.  If he still seems "off" in a couple of weeks to a month, then she will ultrasound his abdomen and do chest x-rays to see if there is something more.  She felt comfortable waiting, since he appears to be improving ever so slowly on his own.
 
Tanner was happy to be back home...he got a dose of iron and went to bed :)
 
Ollie's FeLV/FIV test came back Negative/Negative!


Monday, April 07, 2014

Happy Birthday Tanner!

Happy Birthday to my sweet Tanner!  You were the baby in the family for 11 years, and now you are the middle boy.  You've accepted your role as big brother with ease, and I know you love your baby!  

I want to keep things positive on his birthday, but I need to ask for some purrs for Tanner.  Last week, he stopped eating for just one day, and didn't look right.  He wasn't moving around a lot and just acted like he felt terrible.  I made an appointment for the next morning and we went to the vet, his regular vet was not there, so we had to see someone new.  He had eaten a touch of breakfast and seemed to be doing a bit better though.  His overall exam was unremarkable, but his blood work showed he is presenting with non-regenerative anemia.  His body is not making red blood cells like it should be.  Right now, we are not sure of the cause, but over the weekend, he still looks terrible, is sleeping a lot, not moving around a ton, and generally acts like he feels bad.  He is eating pretty normally, but not acting right.  Oliver is going tomorrow morning for blood work, and Tanner will be tagging along to see his regular vet.  I've stopped researching online potential causes, and will wait to speak with her.  Some purrs for something simple would be greatly appreciated!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mancat Monday - Flashback

 Mancat Tanner wants you all to see how much his "baby" has grown!
You can barely see Ollie behind Tanner, and yes, Ollie is standing!
Now when Ollie stands behind Tanner there is no hiding!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Weight Loss Wednesday

This handsome boy would like you all to know that he is back down to his lowest weight!  Over the last two weeks, he lost 2 ounces each week, and now weighs 15 lbs 6 oz!!
So proud of you Tanner!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Two on Tuesday

My oldest and youngest share a moment, or at least a chair...Way to go boys for getting along!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mancat Monday

On this week's Mancat Monday post, we will focus on the oldest mancat, Smokey.

Smokey loves to go out in the yard when the weather is nice.  He starts his journey off with a nice munch of grass.  We will be happy when the grass turns green again!
Next, is a refreshing drink from the bird bath.

Finally, he can begin his tour of the yard...there is a lot of pigeon poop in the yard near this drain...it comes from the roof when we get rain. 
Sometimes Smokey can be unruly and go to the front of the house...

More often than not, he circles back and takes a nice nap in the sun!  His black fur really soaks up the warmth!