Nov 11, 2014

Pimp Update: He's Got Some Stuff Going On

Hi Cuteheads! I always try to keep you all up to date on how the boys are doing. A couple weeks ago, the update was all clear, but this week we've got a bit of a situation with Pimp.

Last week I noticed that he wasn't really as active as usual, and just not really doing a lot of his normal routine -- like not jumping on the counter when I take a shower, not coming to the kitchen to help "fix" breakfast and dinner and just really sleeping around a lot more and seeming extra lazy. He also wasn't really eating.

So Thursday we went to the vet. The poor guy was down to 7 pounds! He has been holding steady right at about 8.0 to 8.2 for the past couple years. So obviously, the food thing was a issue.

Even at the vet, I still look handsome!
We did a bunch of tests, full blood work and a urinalysis. He has just had it all done last month and it came back great, but things can happen in old kitties, so we wanted to check.

Turns out he has a urinary tract infection, and some gingivitis in his mouth. The doctor felt that the combination of those two were making him feel like he did and not wanting to eat. So we boosted him up with an antibiotic shot and we went home with Clavamox for me to give him twice a day for a couple weeks.

Yesterday I called the vet to see if he should be feeling much better by now, because it had been several days and, while he was eating a little bit more (I'm talking like 10 kibbles in a sitting), it wasn't enough to sustain anycat. I've been such a helicopter mom the past week that I do nothing but worry.

This is my fort. I've been hanging out in here a lot lately.
So since he wasn't really picking up on the eating more, we went to the vet Monday morning again. This time he weighed 6.8 pounds. No good, Pimpy! Obviously he wasn't eating enough.

The vet feels that he's still not all done with the UTI and that he's feeling a little better (he is eating something at least and definitely perkier), but that he needs to eat more, or else it would really be no good.

So we decided that he can eat WHATEVER HE WANTS. He's 15, and he's the king. If he wants tuna sashimi, the vet said, let him have it! Whatever makes him eat, that's the most important thing right now.

My vet visit Monday. You mean I can eat ANYTHING?!
You remember he's been eating the Hill's y/d food to control his hyperthyroid (and that has worked out great!). We're pretty much letting that go, because between the battles we're fighting right now, the eating so he doesn't wither away is the most important one. We don't want to start him on hyperthyroid meds either because they can have side effects and make him nauseous, and we don't want him feeling any more ick right now. He has thrown up a couple times in the past week from just what's going on already.

So we went home and he dined on Fancy Feast for lunch, followed by Greenies for dessert. He hasn't been allowed to have treats for years, and he LOVES them. Best. Day. Ever!

I also bought him canned kitten food so that he gets more calories, and several other packs of healthy-ish treats. He had about half a can of the Fancy Feast kitten tonight! That's huge! He hasn't eaten that much in a long time.

Stay away from my Fancy Feast, lady.
So, paws crossed for Pimpy, please everyone. I love this old man so much, and we're doing what's best for him right now. Hopefully he starts gaining some weight and feeling better, and then we'll see where we go from there.

In the meantime... I hope he doesn't become TOO fancy with his demands. Tuna sashimi is a bit of a stretch for a kitty! ;)

You may smooch my face. ;)
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Oct 30, 2014

Pimp, Moo and Phantom's Halloween Costumes!

Happy Halloween! As with every holiday (much to these kitties joy!), everyone dressed up! And this was Phantom's first Halloween, so that made it even more special.

I had my doubts about whether I could get them to all sit still together long enough for a group picture, but I did it! And not only that... but there's video also!

Seriously. I can't handle it. They are so darn cute!

Let's talk about Pimp first... He is some sort of dragon. I know this because it has wings, but the puffball threw me off a little. Either way, we all know the best part of a kitty costume is the head piece!

As usual, I am thrilled.
I am a mighty (scrawny) dragon!

Then Moo. Moo is a pumpkin because it fits his rotund figure quite nicely. He is the only one who had trouble getting the velcro to fasten underneath his belly... He's clearly been gaining weight for this role as a pumpkin for quite a while now.

I am so dapper in anything I wear, am I not?

And Phantom... This was his first Halloween, and his first time dressing up (that I know of, at least. I have no idea what his former "family" did with him).

And he was such a good sport! He didn't particularly want to wear it, but he put on a good show for his momma and for the camera and played along well. He was a devil! Because, honestly, he hardly even had to dress up. ;)

This is my sweet face. I'm not fooling mom, though. Am I fooling you?
And now for the grand finale... VIDEO!

It was all I could do to not explode laughing while filming this. These boys are just so funny sitting there. Priceless. Just priceless.

Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope you have a day full of treats and goodies!

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Oct 23, 2014

Three Cats Thursday: An Update on Pimp, Moo and Phantom!

Happy Three Cats Thursday, Cuteheads! Whew, it's been a while, hasn't it? The boys keep telling me I need to get back at it so they can share their pictures with you all!

I wanted to pop in and update you on everyone. We're all doing great!


Pimp is doing a great job of relaxing around the house and being a sweet old man. He had a vet visit a couple weeks ago, and the doctor said that he's a "healthy hyperthyroid cat" -- so we'll take that as a positive!

He weighs 8 pounds still, so he's maintaining his weight (good!) and everything else is doing great as well! He's going to live forever, I always tell him.


Oh, Moo. He's really living up to his name. I think he weighed 12.8 pounds at his vet visit last week, and aside from needed to lose a couple of those, he got a clean bill of health also!

Moo has been spending all his time in his not-box still (yes, that thing is still around... and it's almost a year and a half old now!) and other various boxes that I order him online that just so happen to have stuff inside them for me. I take that junk out right away though so he can have his box!


Phantom is such a special cat, you guys. He is amazing. He has so much personality it's ridiculous.

He doesn't stop talking, he follows me around the house, he does the craziest things to get attention (like use his paw to lift a mirror away from a wall and then let it slam back so it makes an atrocious thud... over and over and over again until I pay attention to him) and is just such a goofball.

He is also a diva lately, and changes his mind about his favorite food or foods he won't eat every week. Last week he decided he LOVED this one weight-control canned food and so I went out and stocked up (finally, something he loves!), and two days later he'd rather starve than eat it. Unreal. I always tell him he's the most expensive shelter cat ever. ;)

And ME!

And I'm doing great too! I got the boys' Halloween costumes all lined up, so I'll share pictures of those next week after we do a photo shoot! It's Phantom's first Halloween and holiday season... He has no idea what's coming as far as the dressing-up goes. ;)

Hope all of you are doing fabulous! Have anything fun to report? Share share share!

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Aug 29, 2014

Dogs Sitting on Cats

If it fits, I sits. And if it scratches, I squashes? With my butt?

This video is hilarious!

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Aug 27, 2014

We Did the #MiceBucketChallenge for Shelter Animals!

Now this is a cause we can get behind! We were challenged to do the #MiceBucketChallenge!

The Mice Bucket Challenge is similar to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge... but with toy mice -- and it's to raise awareness for shelter cats (and dogs!). The idea is that you gather up all the mice you have in your house, and then dump them on your head (or on your cat if he's cooperative!).

We were challenged by Connie from Tails from the Foster Kittens, and we gladly accept!

Plus, I'm going to add in another piece of my own... I'm going to donate $1 for every mice we used to our favorite local rescue who helps with all our kitty transports, Good Karma Pet Rescue! There's no need to donate money, of course, it's all just to raise awareness.

And now that we've done it, we'd like to challenge:

Angie Bailey of CatLadyLand and Texts From Mittens, Tamar Arslanian of I Have Cat, and Venus the Two-Faced Cat herself!

Get on it everyone!

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