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      Tuesday, October 03, 2023

08:49 AM - 10/03/2023

The topic: Sad day


We said goodbye to Charlie yesterday.


      Wednesday, September 27, 2023

08:46 AM - 09/27/2023

The topic: What a month so far


Charlie has been doing okay, still fighting the meds. He's on to the different tastes in the food, no matter how nummy the food is.

It seems like he had another episode this weekend, sometime Sunday evening. He has his own spot and that's where he can be found the majority of the time. Around eight, I asked Brian if he'd seen Charlie. Not recently.

I searched the yard, the garage, the house and I couldn't find him anywhere.  I tried to sleep on the sofa because I knew I'd be up and down searching and didn't want to bother Brian, but sleep was out of reach. Finally, around 12:30, Charlie was back in his spot. I gave him some food and he ate.

He slept.

He ate a lot on Monday like he couldn't get full. That vibration thing was back. He was just off, all day. He ended up on the sofa. His back legs are weak so he can't get up there by himself. I put together a little stair system (a footrest and a cat condo) for him and he's using that to get up and down.

I did watch him once in the litterbox, trying to poop. Which is what I think led to his first issue. Constipation. He went a little, but later on in the day, he was able to finish.

He was a little better yesterday,  not eating so well, which concerned me. But this morning, he's back in form. He actually cried for food, so good deal. And he ate almost a full can of A/D, as well as the food that Brian had given him. He's not drinking out of his fountain but is drinking out of the fountain outside. As long as he's drinking...

I'm in the office right now, working on last year's taxes (you know, the ones that were due in April - but San Diego was one of the places that got an extension until October because of bad weather), and Brian walked in and said: "Charlie is on the sofa". 

And that's a good thing.

charlie    catstuff   

      Sunday, September 17, 2023

01:02 PM - 09/17/2023

The topic: It’s that time of year when you can feel fall isn’t too far away


After a wet winter, and an almost non-existent Spring, running right into a hot summer, a cool down is nice. Each year Spring gets shorter and shorter. Summers used to have some very pleasant days, but not so much anymore. The days just get hotter and hotter.

But then...then the days start getting shorter and the sun is lower in the sky and breezes are cooler and very welcome.

The clouds came in early last night and brought with them drizzle. It has been drizzling all day. Mid 70s, a nice day, a day to binge-watch series on Brit Box. Maybe a short nap or two on the sofa covered by a light fleece blanket.

I walk around the house, looking for cats. Four in the garage. Two in the bedroom. Four in the living room. One in the family room. Three outside. And I've come to realize that the cats who lived outdoors before they came to us, having a choice of inside or out in the yard, are choosing inside.

Simon. Fury. Nooby. Ike. Loki. Even Natasha spends more time inside than out. The Avengers, who were born inside, spend more time outside than the other cats. Steve and Goose spend a fair amount of time inside. Bucky, maybe half and half.

It took Nooby and Fury a while to decide they like it just fine inside. Nooby had obviously been human social at one point, but had gone feral and it took him months to remember that humans are good. Fury was human social, but was leery of being indoors, having been pushed out of his living quarters through no fault of his own.

The two oldest, Phoebe and Charlie stay mostly inside.

When I read stories of "oh, this cat would never adjust to indoor living", I just shake my head. With time and patience, I have experienced firsthand what a cat chooses.

fall    catstuff   

      Friday, September 08, 2023

01:29 PM - 09/08/2023

The topic: So, Charlie and the medicine


I think I've got it down.

Baby food. A small amount of baby food was significantly watered down with a super crushed pill mixed in. As he laps it up, I add more regular baby food.

Which makes it yummier and yummier because it doesn't taste as weird.

So far, it's worked, what, three days now?

Fingers crossed we can keep this up.



      Monday, September 04, 2023

08:46 AM - 09/04/2023

The topic: Well, the pill gun was a bust


I tried three times to get the pill into the back of his mouth, but he was able to work it up to the front and spit it out.

Then I tried with my finger, twice. Got bit.

So, I did a little research "Can you crush a pill that you can split?" and yes, yes, you can.

New plan.

The article said to make sure the cat hadn't eaten. Put the crushed pill in food and let him eat. The vet warned that one of the other clients had this medication compounded and it was pretty bitter, so I'm sure the food will be bitter as well.

I will crush the pill and put it in baby food, mix it up well, draw it up into a syringe, and try to get the medication into him that way.

He doesn't understand why we're being to mean to him. It's not on purpose, baby, believe me.


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