Both our cat and kitten have had visits to the vet within the past two days. Moby, our 9 year old orange tabby, who is usually very active and healthy, started acting odd. At first we thought he was just unhappy about the new kitten. But after our evening sauna/walk with the dogs we found him laying in our neighbors' driveway. I picked him up and he didn't seem hurt, but he didn't want to walk, and was holding his head crooked. The vet thought he may have feline vestibular disorder or that he ingested something toxic. They did blood work, x-rays and kept him overnight. Everything came back negative, and he is now back home sleeping a lot and not picking up his head - he is still a very sick boy. We researched vestibular disorder, and found cats can have the same symptoms if they eat the tails of "blue tailed skinks", which we have a lot of. The vet said he would have been vomiting if this were the case. After going through this with Moby, I am convinced that keeping a cat indoors is the way to go.
After leaving Moby at the vet, I came home to paint the trim in the doorway, and Kip, our kitten, tried to escape (he is being lured by the call of the wild). Paint brush in hand, I tried to stop him with my foot, which I did, and he went limping away. He wouldn't walk on his poor little paw the rest of the day and cried when I touched it. Again I went on-line to research how easy it is to break your poor kitty's leg (whatever did we do before computers?). Apparently kittens' bones can be broken more easily than I thought (no they are not like rubber, as I imagined). So off again to the vet I went to get an x-ray of little Kip's leg. At this point I thought they were going to call the social worker to report me for cat abuse. Thankfully, his leg is not broken and he has forgiven me (I think...)
Hopefully Moby will recover, and we won't have any more trips to the vet this week. Here are a few pictures of my "Cats on Drugs", with a cute picture of Buddy thrown in (he is wearing his cat concern on his face).
I have been thinking of adopting another cat for some time. Craig has been trying to talk me out of it, but he didn't succeed. Yesterday I adopted a beautiful male gray tabby kitten from a lovely woman who fosters cats. He is the most well adjusted kitten I have ever seen - it is like he has always lived here. He loves the dogs, he is litter box trained, plays with his toys and sleeps in his new kitty bed. He shows no anxiety or shyness at all. We are having a bit of a problem with Moby, our 8 year old male cat; we are introducing them slowly. Moby is an indoor/ outdoor cat, so he is is expressing his displeasure by staying out more than usual. But I am planning on keeping new kitty indoors only, so at least Moby won't have to share the great outdoors with him.
We are now working on naming the little sweetie. He came to us with the name of Scooby, which is weird, because our male chocolate lab Buddy was named Scooby Doo by the Vet who rescued him and my daughter had a dog in Madagascar whom she named Scooby. So part of me thinks we should keep the name Scooby. But so far we have come up with Henry (after my father), Pippin, and Wiggs (after Craig's father). Seeing it's Father's Day tomorrow maybe we should go with one of our Father's names.
Anyway, What's-His-Name is the cutest thing, and has provided us with so much entertainment already. I even found Craig (who didn't want another cat) napping yesterday with kitty asleep on his chest. I think he has won him over! Now we just have to work on Moby.
Moby the cat, the wonderful, wonderful cat!
Moby came into our life and garden about 8 years ago. He was a stray wandering our neighborhood, and we fell in love with him. Needless to say that once we fed him, he was ours. He keeps me company when I quilt, usually sitting on any piece of fabric that I am working on. In this picture he managed to squeeze himself onto this little scrap basket, which happens to be in front of the quilt that I made of him and my featherweight sewing machine.
What do you think of the likeness?
No matter what I am working on "Moby" the cat feels the need to take a nap on it. Does't he look comfortable on my red and white quilt that I am working on.
Oh Well, If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
I couldn't resist putting up a picture of my two "sweeties", Mocha and Buddy.
Their collars were so easy to make. You can buy the hardware and directions in some quilt shops and online.