Posted by Sir Geek on 06/19/2007 6:10PM
It has been a while, but here's another update on our cats.
As you know we lost one of our elder cats, Tuxie at age 14.
Well, back in March, we lost one of our "kittens" from heart disease ( you can find more info about it here -
http://dsl.org/hcm/ ). We wound up taking his remains to Tufts animal hospital for an autopsy to determine cause of death.
Well we found out and also learned that it is hereditary so we had his momma and 2 brothers checked out and sure enough, they have early signs of it. So Midnight and Inky are both on Atenelol 1 time a day to keep things in check.
We're crossing our fingers that we caught it in time.
Posted by Sir Geek on 08/18/2006 2:38PM
Well. The kitties are doing well. Callie has a minor health issue that cropped up shortly after we lost Tuxie. She needs thyroid medicine to slow down an overactive thyroid. This had us panicing because Callie had started to lose weight (just like Tuxie) and we didn't want to go through losing another loved one. But now with her meds, she gained back some weight and is almost to her normal weight again. Thank God for http://www.westernmasscompound.com/ without them, it would be a nightmare to medicate Callie twice a day. Instead she demands her medicine and takes it happily.
Posted by Sir Geek on 08/14/2005 10:28PM
We had to make the hardest decision of our lives today. We realized that Tuxie wasn't getting any better, in fact she was getting worse. She was barely able to walk and she wasn't able to clean herself.
Because we didn't want to take a chance driving ourselves, Callie called her older sister who came to take us to the vets after she got back from going to church with her family.
The vets office ( the 24 hour emergency animal hospital ) was very busy, so we were stuck in the waiting room with Tuxie for a while. We wound up talking to a couple who after hearing what we were there for, the woman started crying too ( and hugged Callie ). She had to have a cat put down too and she was there with a feral cat that she had rescued who was having urinary problems and wasn't able to pee.
After an hour or more ( we don't know how long we were, we didn't care) we finally got into the room, they took Tuxie so they could give her a catheter. They brought her back wrapped in a towel because she had liquid poo'ed herself. After about 10 minutes with her, we let the techs know that Tuxie was ready, even though we weren't.
The vet came in shortly after and gave Tuxie some anesthetic and she went peacfully to sleep at 3:50 PM Sunday August 14, 2005.
We will always miss her.
Posted by Sir Geek on 06/16/2005 12:37PM
Due to Tuxie's IBD she has been segregated in one room ( due to the fact that she's also a "marker" and when she tries to mark, something other than urine comes out ).
With the past weeks weather and heat/humidity, we've felt really bad for her ( being stuck in a 85+ degree room ). We had left windows open so it wouldn't be stifling in there but that totally screwed up mine and Callie's sinuses. So what did we do ? We bought the little fuzz monkey her own air conditioner. You heard me, her own air conditioner. Well, once she's not locked in the room anymore, the AC will help cool down/remove moisture from the entire 2nd floor.
Did I also mention that this cat is now on anti-depressants ( Elavil ) to help stop her marking habits ? So this 14 year old cat is on currently 3 medications.
She's worth it. Tuxie is really a very very very sweet kitty. I hate having her locked in the bedroom but I have having to clean up piles of cat poop of the carpeting. To make it up to Tuxie, Callie and I go up there and spend 2 or 3 hours watching movies or playing video games in the room with her.
Are we weird or would you do the same thing too ?
Posted by Sir Geek on 04/04/2005 08:32AM
Well.. A few days ago ( on April 1st), Callie and Tuxie turned an amazing 14 years old. Now, seeing them, you would never know they are 14 year old cats. Callie is still agile and fast ( since she is forever getting chased by Emeril ) while Tuxie, despite her health problems, is still Tuxie. She still gets into fights with our 7 year old Truffle cat, not to mention she slaps down the 16 pounder Inky. Tuxie als still insists on sitting on me while I try to do any type of work on the computer ( for example, she was on my lap when I started writing this blog entry).
Its pretty amazing that according to this chart Callie and Tuxie are about 72 in human years. I want to be that agile in 34 years when I turn 72.
Posted by Sir Geek on 10/14/2004 2:18PM
Well.. Tuxie has been on Prednesone now for several months and is showing improvements. She has put on about 1/2 pound ( from 5.9 to about 6.5 pounds ). She's not at her top weight but now when you pet her, you don't feel like she's this frail thing. She's also having less "accidents" around the house so all in all we're feeling much happier about her.
Granted, Tuxie is going to probably be on medicine for the rest of her life but she's worth it.
Posted by Sir Geek on 08/29/2004 12:52AM
Well.. It's been like 3 months now and once again Tuxie is having liquid poops and "accidents" . We're still trying to figure out what triggers her off ).
We have had her almost "normal" for 2 week streches. We're trying though. We really do want to get her back to "normal" as a flatulent cat with loose bowels is not good.
Also the fact she's about 5.9 pounds (instead the 7 or so points that she used to way for the longest time) isn't good either. Although she still will beat on the 16 pound cat ( Inky ) and he cringes when she's mad at him ( or about life in general and he's around to get the brunt of it ).
Posted by Sir Geek on 06/14/2004 2:26PM
Well.. the psycho kittens are 2 years old now and MAN have they changed ( and not ).
Inky (black kitten) is a 16 pounder that STILL demands that his mommy cleans his face.
Emeril aka Em ( gray kitten ) is about 12 pounds and still a very lovable and demanding kitty.
Flash aka Bobo ( gray kitten with extra toes ) is about 14 pounds and when he sits on you and kneads, you know it ( and so do your internal organs ). He's still a little stand offish from me but he's coming to me to be petted when I sit on the floor .
Posted by Sir Geek on 04/01/2004 10:32PM
It's April Fools day now.. And our two oldest cats, Callieandra Sue ( aka. Callie ) and Tuxine Marie ( aka Tuxie ) turned 13 years old. It's hard to believe they are that old now.. That means in May, Callie and I'll have been married for 13 years.