silverthorne: (Upside Down Ula)
Nothing like sitting at your computer desk, hearing the distinct sound of snoring (LOLWhut?), and realizing it's the cat that's asleep on the couch behind you! XD
silverthorne: Painting of a cougar sneaking through underbrush (Default)
Or is that 'couch ends'?

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You know it's true love when )

Ula update

Oct. 31st, 2008 01:23 pm
silverthorne: (Ula Up High)
I just want to say thank you thank you thank you!!!

The bloodtests came back clear. All my girl has wrong with her is her teeth.

I cannot tell you how happy and relieved and thankful I am.

Thanks everyone for the kind words and support, and the prayers for her.

Thank you.

Okay...

Oct. 30th, 2008 07:14 am
silverthorne: (Upside Down Ula)
So, the cosmic price of Ula's health is apparently my car battery.

I'll take it.
silverthorne: (Ula Nappin')
First off, thanks guys for all the good vibes and words. :)

Second: The swelling in her gums is down, and the vet has isolated the problem to one tooth. She's still red-gummed, but most of her teeth are looking healthy.

Third: The mast tumor is gone. It resolved itself (Not uncommon in cats, apparently). We will still have to monitor Ula, check for lumps periodically, but as of now, the tumor is no longer a concern. Yay! (and thank everything I can possibly thank that that happened. Lots of stress and worry went poof just with that).

Fourth: The results from the new blood tests will be in Friday, so for that I will have to wait. We agreed to wait to talk about getting the teeth taken care of until after the results are in. Hopefully, that will have resolved itself as well.

Everything else? Absolutely healthy. Her weight didn't even fluctate but an ounce in the past month. Although the vet still terrifies her--she tried hiding by plastering herself against me and shoving her head into the space between my belly and arm. Poor baby.
silverthorne: (Upside Down Ula)
Long post is long )
silverthorne: Painting of a cougar sneaking through underbrush (Default)
Or, 'Look, ma, we can (finally) get along!'

Ula and Foot after a game of 'chase the lazer mouse' )
silverthorne: Painting of a cougar sneaking through underbrush (Default)
The girls got together last night to hunt down the Fearsome Baby Cricket!
(The cricket got away).

The breath-taking chase, under here! )
silverthorne: Painting of a cougar sneaking through underbrush (Default)
They still chase each other, although the picking on is more evened out, and I suspect even they don't know if they're really fighting or just playing anymore. But tonight, at any rate, they decided to share space peacefully...for a few minutes, anyway. XD

Tree Kitties! )
silverthorne: (You Can't See Me)
So I head out to get some kitty litter, a few personal supplies and toothpaste for Foot (Although Ula's gonna get her teeth brushed too). Get home, get everything put away, get laundry sorted and started, and go looking for Foot.

I can't find her.

She's not under the bed, under the nightstand, or anywhere else that's a usual 'haha, you can't find me (at least not until you look in a new place!)' spots, of which there are very few left (or so I think).

By now, I am calling her name with that frantic tone Moms in a park everywhere get when Jr. disappears over the sunny hillside and out of sight. Ula is also following me around, calling out as well, because, well, obviously Mom is panicking, but she has no idea why.

Then I see the bedskirt move by the foot of the bed. Sure enough, it's Foot. Who has found out that the back part of the chest at the end of the bed is a biiiit higher than the front. Leave it to my first girl to figure these things out.

Needless to say, the teeth brushing is postponed until I've chilled a bit.

Oh damn

Sep. 13th, 2008 10:45 am
silverthorne: (Oi!)
Well, just found a tapeworm segment on Ula's butt.

:/

Foot was clean before I brought Ula home, damnit.

Already called the vet.

Damnit.

ETA: They say she'll be all right if I need to wait until the 24th (which I do. Right in between paychecks, and I have just enough to get their litter tomorrow when it goes on sale at Petco). Still. Ew. And poor baby. Maybe that's way she's having trouble putting on weight.

Peace!

Sep. 8th, 2008 08:37 pm
silverthorne: (Foot's Feet)
The girls are learning to share space.

Evening Nap Time )

Ula's turn!

Sep. 6th, 2008 01:04 pm
silverthorne: (Upside Down Ula)
Ula likes the tree. I haven't managed to get a picture of her mad monkey climbing skills just yet (the card wasn't in the camera. OOPS!), BuUt I did get her in her fav. past time. :)

This way for Ula the Mighty 'Tree' Climber! )
silverthorne: Painting of a cougar sneaking through underbrush (Default)
We have head lick!

Was just feeding the girls breakfast. They've gotten pretty good about waiting side by side while I fill their bowls, and occasionally, they'll head bump, although it's kinda sketchy and quick.

Well, this morning, they head bumped pretty good, and then Ula reached out a little and gave Foot a ten second bath on the head! And Foot let her!

I am so proud of my girls right now. :)

And now, back to bed for a few hours.
silverthorne: Painting of a cougar sneaking through underbrush (Default)
So, two things I learned about Ula this past week.

First--she's so used to cat carriers that she started sleeping in the one I used to take Foot to the vets in last week. So I've left it out for her. Added bonus--Foot leaves her alone when she's in it because Foot doesn't like it. (it takes her scary places, including Outside).

Second--That floor to ceiling 'tree' I got for them? Ula can climb all the way to the top of the thing like a little monkey. In fact, she likes climbng it so much, I won't be surprised to come home and find the curtain rod on the floor, since she can now get higher than it. It's also another thing Foot is not all that thrilled with. Foot likes to scratch the heck out of the bottom of it, but rarely jumps onto even the lowest shelf. And tonight, when she got on the second shelf, Ula batted her on the head, so it was a very short lived moment. Not to mention that where Ula clambers, Foot makes very concentrated jumps and then has to pull herself up the rest of the way. My little short stuff is not a climber. :)
silverthorne: (Crab--Textless)
According to the vets, she was born right around this time last year. So, Foot is now a year old!

Also, I have earth kitties! Foot is a Virgo, and Ula (who's b-date I *do* know) is a Taurus. :)
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On the subject of chipping pets.

I'd heard that the different chips use different scanners to be read. Naturally, this is a concern for pet owners; what if your pet is picked up by a shelter that doesn't have the right scanner?

AVID has a page that explains it. Basically, if the kHz is correct, it doesn't matter what chip brand it is, at least in the states.

Considering Ula came with an AVID chip already implanted, and Foot's was a Home Again chip, this makes me feel a LOT better.

Hope this helps anyone else worried about their cat's chips not being able to be read. :)
silverthorne: (Foot's Feet)
This is what I'm getting to watch right now.

We be nappin' )
silverthorne: Painting of a cougar sneaking through underbrush (Default)
So I took her in at 4:30.

Doctor says her eye is fine--couldn't find any damage to it at all, and was hard pressed to find a wound anyplace else. It looks like Ula just tagged the fleshy part of Foot's under eyelid and managed to hit near a main vessel. Looks clean, though. No swelling.

Doc went ahead and gave me some drops Tobramycin Ophthalmic solution, 3 times daily, and then some Clavamox drops to put in her food during breakfast and dinner, just to make sure.

The 'worst' news was that she told me to take Foot off moist food and keep her strictly to dry for now on. She's showing signs of gingivitis already (!) and the dry will help with that.

Other than that though, Foot is okay if a bit subdued. She let Ula greet her and went and hid in the bedroom after following Ula into the crate (maybe Ula was whosing her it wasn't that bad? I dunno). Right now they're seperated so that Ula doesn't get into Foot's spiked food, and Foot doesn't get into Ula's moist food.

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