Saturday, June 29, 2019
Mom and Dad spent a week in Cincinnati checking in on his Dad. He had to have a Whipple procedure because of a tumor in his pancreas. He's doing much better thankfully. But since Mom and Dad got home I have been glued to Mom's side. Expect in this picture, because she was busy in the kitchen so I made myself a little tuffet out of a pillow and snuggled in. But as soon as she was five I was right there. I need to keep tabs on her so she doesn't get any more travel ideas.
Monday, June 17, 2019
Friday, June 14, 2019
Today a sweet friend brought Mom the book Cat Heaven. It's a nice little book and so thoughtful.
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Mom has a play that she is working on for her theatre which means a lot of shipments coming to the house. The best part, of course, is all the boxes!
Also behind me is a new scratcher that Mom found on sale at Target. There are kitten plans but we've got to get through the next few weeks first so Mom can be around to socialize them.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Hi guys! Maggie here. I guess with Huggy Bear gone that leaves me to take over the blog. I'll try to keep it interesting with just little ol me ... for now at least. There's been talk of getting me some kittens to train but we've got to wait until Mom can be home with them and socialize them.
I wanted to share one of the last pictures of Huggy Bear, not to be sad, but because it is also one of my favorites. The vet tech gave him some Easy Cheese that last day and he enjoyed the heck out of it -- even got some on his nose. That's my brother for you -- enjoying life until the very end.
Saturday, May 04, 2019
I had really hoped for a little more time, but it turns out today was the day for me to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Mom, Dad, and the vet were optimistic that the steroids would give me more time. Today turned out to be a bonus day with Mom and Dad. But I was incredibly restless, didn't even sleep but maybe a few minutes, and hadn't eaten in almost a week. So we made the tough decision to go ahead and cross the bridge. But now I get to be reunited with my brother Jasper and sister (and littermate) Josie. As much as I wish I had more time, I had almost as much as Jasper and a year longer than Josie. And I was lucky -- I have never been alone. I always had my brother and sisters by my side, and note everyone gets to say that.
Thanks for all the purrs. Please keep Mom and Dad and Maggie in your thoughts. Until we meet again (but not too soon) ...
Huggy Bear McKitten-Cat
September 15, 2004-May 4, 2019
Friday, May 03, 2019
Well I just got back from the vet specialist and it's not good news y'all. I'm home with steroids but I was diagnosed with Large Cell Lymphoma in my stomach and GI tract. Unfortunately there's just not a heck of a lot they can offer me. Chemotherapy doesn't do the trick with cats with Lymphoma. So I pretty much get whatever I want -- I had some milk earlier and maybe I'll get Chick-fil-A later. If I'll eat it then it's mine. But my weight was down again from last week's vet visit and as much as it makes them sad Mom and Dad won't let me waste away and suffer either. Hopefully the steroids will keep me going for a while but we just have to see.
My purr is still strong, I'm still the lover that earned me my name, and I'm going to live every moment I have. Please continue to pray and purr for me (and especially for my Mom -- she having a really hard time). Thank you, my friends.
I'm at a different vet seeing an internist/specialist for a follow up. I've been eating some of the Urgent Care food but I'm still down a little and clearly not 100 percent right now. I hope this vet can get under the couch because I like it under here.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
I am so heartbroken to hear the sad news that Daisy the Curly Cat crossed the Rainbow Bridge. When it comes to the old school early cat bloggers who were around before the Cat Blogosphere Daisy was one of the "celebrities" of the blogging cats -- at least to us she was. She had such a sense of style, modeling clothes and even hats. And she was always so funny with her comics that she would post. I know her brother Harley will certainly miss her. But I also know that Jasper and Josie were waiting to greet her along with many other fans, and her sister Pixie. Rest in peace sweet girl. We'll miss you.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
I wasn't happy to be at the vet today but the results weren't as dire as I was fearing. She does think that in the early stages of kidney disease but my numbers weren't so bad that it caused a lot of concern. My white blood cell count was high so I'm on an antibiotic. They suspect that I may have a dental infection but they can't confirm it because of some of my gingivitis. So they are starting with the antibiotic and if that doesn't do it then I'll have to see a dental specialist.
I was given a special Urgent Care food from Hills that I actually ate some of. We'll see how I feel about it tomorrow though. I also have an appetite stimulant that I'm supposed to take every 72 hours. It is a tiny pill but still offensive to have to take.
Thanks for the purrs and well wishes. Keep em coming!
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
I've been keeping this under wraps because I was hoping things would improve and I'd start feeling better, but I've been having a hard time lately. I haven't been eating like I should and have lost a bunch of weight. So Mom and Dad are taking me to the vet tomorrow for a check-up. Here's hoping it is maybe a tooth or something simple. I'll be honest, Mom and Dad are very nervous. I'm nervous too. The McKitten-Cats haven't had the best luck the last few vet visits, unfortunately.
It started a while back when I started getting picky about my crunchy food. Dad found some good wet food, and then I went to kitten wet food, then human baby food (I really liked the ham for a while), and now mainly bisque or broth foods, kitten milk, and egg yolks. I also prefer for Mom to feed me by hand.
So please send some purrs my way. I like to smell food and did try to eat some Easter ham, so there's some optimism. But I'm just not myself at all right now. Thanks everyone.
Monday, April 15, 2019
Today would have been Jasper's 17th birthday. It is hard to believe he's been gone for over a year now, and this is the second birthday he's missed. He was a great big brother, and taught us all (Mom, Dad, and us kittens) so much. On Tax Day we prefer to think about our Big Orange Boy instead of the dreaded taxes -- it's always better that way.
Monday, April 01, 2019
We love when Mom and Dad are home. Mom runs a community theatre and when they have shows going on Mom and Dad can be gone a lot. But they were home this evening and we are so happy to have down time with them. Life is just better when our people are home.
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Saturday, March 09, 2019
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
I found this sitting in the drafts folder in Dad's Gmail. I don't know where it was intended to go so I stole it and put it here because this was a great moment with all four of us hanging out with Dad.
Jeni and Dean (and the McKitten-Cats) shared a photo with you from the Flickr app! Check it out:
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Tonight Dad brought home Mexican for dinner. It is one of my favorites because of the queso and the shredded cheese and sour cream and steak and chicken. I was very enthusiastic in my desire to help Mom find the best bites and to inspect the food -- probably a bit too enthusiastic to be honest. I got banished to the bathroom along with a dish of stinky goodness. I ate some but it was definitely under protest. Then I complained at the door so Mom and Dad didn't forget about me. They did share a little sour cream with me, but I'm still pretty offended that they didn't let me help them eat.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Sunday, January 13, 2019
We love watching TV with Mom and Dad but as the binge watching goes later into the night sometimes we need to snuggle up and take a nap. Maggie can curl up and make herself so tiny.
(They were watching Future Man, The Kids Are Alright, and The Goldbergs on Hulu.)
Friday, January 11, 2019
Sunday, January 06, 2019
Saturday, January 05, 2019
Mom and Dad just spent the last 10 minutes searching the house for Maggie. They had been in the garage and we like to play on the garage. It's a bit of a mess since pulling down the Christmas decorations (they live on a shelf along the back of the garage) so there are great hiding places right now. I've actually found one I really like where no one can get to me. So they were sure Maggie was in there somewhere. She's usually very good at coming out for treats but nothing today. So they shut the door because that will usually draw her out. Still nothing. After lots of searching it turns out she was sleeping under the guest bed, hiding between Amazon gift bags that got tucked under there "just in case."