Cory the marsupial bear

So. Angel having crossed the Bridge on Monday (you can see her whole story, with the ending, on this page), we’re all grieving and all having some serious adjustments to make. Trick and Freya are both demanding a bit more attention than normal but are largely okay. Cory, however, is having more trouble. For as long as I can remember, he’s only been willing to cuddle in the bathroom – it might be connected to his repeated sinus issues, my sitting with him and the steam helping, I don’t know – and he summons me there with kitten-cries when he’s…

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Angel, Sunday ups and downs

Sorry, going to start off with a couple more bits snagged off my Facebook from morning: Good news, for a change! Nothing through the night, although we were each up at least once and quietly checked on her. A small mess shortly before the alarm but nothing NEAR the horrible smell of the earlier ones (although strongly blood-tinged, I’m sorta running on the assumption that the sheer severity of this caused some tearing near the opening that will heal once things are normal). She was awake and alert to greet us, and once I got her cleaned up, Jackie tells…

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Angel, Saturday

No pictures today. Sorry, this is pretty much just grabbed directly from my status messages and comments on Facebook: Morning update: I got up once in the night to visit the bathroom and checked on Angel quietly – not visible and no mess, so I let her be. Jackie was up around 6 and went to the kitchen, and Angel started purring on sight so she stopped to spend a little time in Angel’s room with her. Still doesn’t want to be touched much, but she obviously wanted the company. No mess. When I got up at the regular time (just…

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Angel’s progress plus a photo-bomber

More detail than anyone really wants to know, but some cute pics. Poor Angel’s reaction to the meloxicam has been, to say the least, bad. It’s been almost 48 hours since her third and last dose. I’ll spare you the grim details, but, well… large and extremely fluffy cat with very bad diarrhea means a lot of laundry, a couple of emergency fur-clippings in areas she was unthrilled about, and dropping everything to come running when she uses the litter-box in order to clean it, her, and change her bedding. Cory was not very happy about being unable to reach…

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Angel’s lameness, update

Well, it turns out that the surgery for Angel’s knee would cost a little over $2000 (Canadian). That’s a tad out of our range. There are some things we can try to make her more comfortable, but ultimately, the only real solution is to stabilize her knee by essentially creating a new artificial ligament. Our options are dwindling. She had a bad reaction to the Metacam – diarrhea, some limited vomiting and decreased appetite – so that has to stop, which means no anti-inflammatory to help with the pain or the swelling. The office manager is trying to find out…

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Angel’s lameness

Okay, so… Angel’s a big girl, although a fair bit of it is muscle (the rest involves heavy-duty food anxiety issues from an early history of abuse and not being a very naturally active cat). And she’s diabetic, but we’ve got that pretty nicely controlled. Last winter, we started her on glucosamine treats for stiffness in her hips, which worked beautifully. Then the company recently “improved” the formula, she stopped eating them, and there was a lapse with none. We finally found some (not great, but something) and got her on those in early March. Shortly after that, she stopped…

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Trick, Gardening

As usual, way behind on updates… Angel’s diabetes, Cory’s allergies kicking back up, the kids alternately sulking about the recurrent wet cold weather and enjoying the sun, the really sweet male black Great Dane/boxer puppy who lives near me and reminds me of the black Dane female I grew up with, life in general. There’s a bunch of pics and a couple of videos still to get posted, too. However, here’s what happened when I tried growing some grass for the purrkids to chew on. Plz note: earlier version of video on YouTube corrupted somehow, no longer playing 3:46 but…

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Three Kitty Videos

Wow… I’ve spent so much of this year fighting with depression meds, and the good part so busy with Cheezland, that I’m waaaaaay behind on kitty pics and videos!!! I’ll be working on them over the next little while. Cory is three and a half years old… but Angel is still his (adopted) momcat, obviously! He was completely blissed-out by the time I got this video. Angel grooming Cory by prysmcat

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Angel’s Blood Curve Day, conclusion

We did manage to get a fourth reading on Angel last night: just before her shot: 8.1 Just spoke to the vet. She’s absolutely thrilled with the numbers (different vet, very very nice) and says Angel is definitely going into remission! The caution is that going too fast could cause it to recur, and second time around, the chances of getting it into remission aren’t so great. So. She said if we can, do half a unit twice a day – that’s going to be tricky to measure! – and if not, do one unit once a day. In three…

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Angel’s Blood Curve Day

We’re certainly getting the hang of doing the tests. 1) Rub ear vigorously to get blood moving lots (and get Angel relaxed and happy) 2) Polysporin wif pain releef on underside of ear 3) Vaseline on upper surface of ear 4) Small strong LED flashlight to pinpoint vessels in ear 5) Prick, get blood drop 6) Apply pressure to spot, follow by polysporin on the upper surface (Angel has, btw, figured out that as of this step she can stop being grouchy because there won’t be any more pricks and there will be….) 7) Give Angel waiting dish of fishie…

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