Monday, December 31, 2012
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Several months have now passed, and I still haven’t posted a memorial to my dear fluffy boy, Mr. RW Emerson. It was too painful for me to do so at the time, especially with his death coming only a day after I learned of the death of a dear human friend. Now time has moved on, and some of the memories are fading despite my vows to remember everything about him.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Hey, Little Nicky. I'm the senior one here and I should be welcoming everyone!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Here I have allowed Mommie to photograph my magnificent tail. She and Daddie returned home today from a long weekend trip to Cape May, NJ to see birdies. Little Nicky and I didn't get to go despite the fact that we love birdies.
While they were gone, it got very cold outside and we had some snow! Unfortunately, Mommie neglected to bring her houseplants in from the deck before she left. She thinks that most survived the cold, and she brought many of them inside this evening.
Oh, Mommie, why is this plant where I like to sit and observe the squirrels? Hmm, maybe I need to investigate these plants and ensure that they are bug-free. I'll just climb up the drapes and
Friday, August 26, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
After the tech checked my vitals (including my blood pressure), we had to wait for the doctor.
There was a computer just outside the examining room door.
There was a diagram of a dog's heart on the wall, but none of a cat's heart.
After the doctor examined me, I was taken into another room for an echocardiogram. Both mommie and daddie accompanied me. The news was not very good. This is my diagnosis:
- *Juvenile-onset hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy
- *Systolic anterior motion of the mitral valve - resolved on atenolol (Yay!)
- *Moderate mitral regurgitation
- *Severe segmental left ventricular hypertrophy - left ventricular papillary muscles and the posterior free wall (Boo!)
- *Severe left atrial chamber dilation - posing a risk for congestive heart failure and blood clot events (Boo!)
*Normal left ventricular contractility (Yay!)
The doctor told mommie that juvenile-onset hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy is more serious and aggressive than the kind that develops later in life. After I was given some blood tests (which mommie did not get to witness!), the doctor prescribed some more meds for me. In addition to my atenolol (which I've been taking for over a year), I now have to take Benazepril and Plavix. If I do okay on them, the doctor might add something called Diltiazem. That's a lot of meds for my pill pocket. But I'm a good boy and I want to live as long as I can so I will take them.
To lighten up this post, you might enjoy this photo of my silly sister in her yurt.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Mommie finds that I am hard to photograph because I am so active! I think that I look pretty cute here with my big round eyes.
Mommie could not decide which of these photos she likes best. She likes this one because it shows my tail,
We LOVE reusuable shopping bags! I like to hide in them and let Little Nicky pounce on me. Our favorite time to play together is just after breakfast.
Here I am watching the deck. Sometimes neighbor cats come to visit and drive me crazy, but mostly it's the squirrels and little birdies that taunt me and Little Nicky. Lately Mommie has had the screen door open, and Little Nicky will climb it to hunt bugs and moths. She gets in trouble for that, but Mommie does admire her athleticism. I'm too dignified for such antics.
Oh, yeah, this! Somehow Mommie thinks that this is BAD! I'll always be a kitten!
Though my leg is long healed, I still have my crate. We both love it because it is complete with bed, rug, litter box, and scratching post, and is in the TV room.
See how much we love each other.