Friday, June 22, 2012
Oh man, you know how when you gain weight it happens so slowly you don't really notice until you see that one pictures that makes you realize how much you've gained?!
I took that picture of Miss Kitty today.
Here is her weight saga in pics:
A year ago, far too skinny
After she reached a healthy weight
After Christmas, starting to get a little belly
The vet called back earlier this week, and Miss Kitty weighed in at 21 pounds, 8 oz when we were in last. Vet says we need to get her down to about 15 pounds, so about 6 and a half pounds to lose! That's almost 30% of her body mass!!
So I can't lose 30% of my body mass. That would put me at 110 pounds. But I CAN...and I SHOULD...lose 6.5 pounds. Actually, 12-13 pounds will put me at my goal weight!
So she and I will be embarking on a two-month long regime to lose the weight and get healthy! We've spent at least half an hour playing every night this week...lots of jumping for the mouse on a string, chasing the laser pointer, and playing on the boxes I set out for her. Her food has been rationed from two cups (1 in the morning, 1 at night) to 1.5 cups a day. And she doesn't get ANY treats until I see some progress. And the same goes for me...I can't expect my cat to get healthy without giving her a good example, can I?!?!
Cheers to a healthy rest of June and July. My next official weigh-in is July 4, when I should be down to 152 according to my goal line. After that, I weigh in again on Labor Day...and then, I should be down to my goal of 145!! AN END IS IN SIGHT!! Well, more of an achievement than an end, but you know what I mean...
Thursday, May 17, 2012
I took the little stray into the vet today, and the results were not good.
On the one hand, she did not have feline HIV or feline leukemia, so that was wonderful news! It means Miss Kitty isn't at risk for anything, and this little kitty DOES have a chance.
But the vet weighed her, and I was right...she does NOT weigh more than 5 pounds. In fact, she weighs EXACTLY five pounds, not a good sign at all! And she is not the 1-2 year old baby I thought she was. Based on her pupil shape (something about scalloping?) and her teeth, she is in her mid to (possibly) late teens. So she is much older than I expected, and the vet says she was definitely with a family at one point...she's spayed and de-clawed.
And she was not only starved but also dehydrated. Which means one of two things -- hyperthyroidism or renal failure. If it's hyperthyroidism, it's probably treatable with medication. If it's renal failure, a change in diet might give her a few good years, but if it's already in late stages then the most humane option will be putting her to sleep.
I will admit -- I've only had her since Saturday, but I cried when they told me. And I really wonder right now if she had one steady home and family, and they found out she was sick and dumped her. How anyone could do that, I don't know...I would cry even more if I had to put her to sleep, but I could never abandon her like that!
The vet sent out for some blood work, and I should be getting a call tomorrow morning. Kitty got fluids under her skin, and I was told to put her on a wet food diet to help, but I'm starting to wonder if I'll be able to give her a great couple of years or if I'll have to put her to sleep after keeping her for less than a week.
Okay, starting to tear up again! Time to pour a glass of wine, hug my kitties, and watch a sappy movie about animals that find good homes and live happily ever after.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Friday night, I stepped outside and a cat cam up to me. She had the same coloring (roughly) as Miss Kitty...and when I bent down to pet her, the poor thing was skin and bones. Literally -- her backbone and each vertebrae sticking out. When I picked her up, she could not have weighed more than 5 pounds, the poor thin thing!
Seriously, how could I have left her?!
So I brought her up to the apartment and fed her as much food as I could get into her. She's still incredibly thin, but she spent all of Friday and most of Saturday just sleeping, and today she was exploring the apartment and actually came out from under the couch to sleep on top of it!
One minor issue -- Miss Kitty is still not very happy about sharing her space. She and the new kitty are getting better but they still posture, hiss, spit, yowl, growl...sigh. Hopefully they start to get along better soon, because I don't think I can give up this needy little kitty!!
Here she is -- and so incredibly skinny you'll probably cry:
And here she is posturing with Miss Kitty:
Friday, May 04, 2012
Miss Kitty and I are currently at war.
It started with a minor skirmish almost two weeks ago. She was getting lonely (what with my crazy schedule) and started climbing on my chest and pawing at my face -- and meowing the whole time -- at 3-4 in the morning.
The first few days, almost a week, I'm very nice about this. I cuddle her and pet her when she wakes me up, I play with her in the mornings before my shower, while I'm drinking coffee, as soon as I get home...I even worked from home two days so that she wouldn't feel neglected!
But a week passed, and the behavior escalated. She wouldn't let me sleep at all, and I finally started having to draw some lines. The first line...she could sleep on my bed, but not on me (and THAT was a fight in and of itself!) So I start kicking her off the bed...and that makes her all the more determined to climb on me and wake me up at 4 AM.
Okay, let's face it...it's not the best time of day to be messing with me!
After two more nights of this, I decide to lock her out of my room...I have to be up early, and I need a good night's sleep so I'll have the energy to play for more than just 10-15 minutes when I get home.
And she escalates. She sits outside my door meowing at the top of her little kitty lungs for two hours straight.
It's a full-fledged battle now!
I lock her out for two nights, don't get any sleep through the meowing, and let her in again on the third night. Is she grateful, or happy to be back to sleeping on my bed? Oh no, she is still mad that I'm not home as much. So she brings her favorite toy -- I'll call it mouse-on-stick and leave it at that -- onto the bed that night. I'm fast asleep, she's rolling around with her toy, and WHAP, the stick hits me in the head.
Now it's war.
I take the toy and hide it, where she can't find it. And I think, hahaha, I've won!
As it turns out, miss kitty is more devious than I thought, and she is willing to play dirty. And by dirty, I mean dropping a dookie outside the litterbox. That's right. I come home from work (FINALLY!) at 8 tonight, and there's a big old deuce laying there waiting for me.
Important side note: I discover the deuce when she tips over my water glass, a sure sign her food bowl is empty. I go to get more food for her, and what do I find?
So I look at the counter, the standing water I have yet to mop up still sitting on the surface...and miss kitty gloating beside the counter. In retrospect, I know it was bad of me. I can only plead frustration and sleep deprivation. But I put my hand on the counter, in the middle of all that standing water, and push it right over the edge...and onto miss kitty.
She YOWLED!! And then spazzed out and ran from room to room, and finally sat back down and GLARED at me (yes, cats can glare. I think we get the evil eye from them.)
I'm pretty sure she'll retaliate tonight. I don't know how, but I'll definitely be impressed with her creativity. Mom says that there is no winning the war with pets...they're willing to do things we aren't (example: the dookie outside the litterbox) and I should just concede.
Having said that, I've gotten some truly PRICELESS pictures of her curled up on my bed and (I can only assume) jazzercising on the wall. And after the water throwing incident, I left for dinner with friends, and she was soooo cuddly and sweet when I got home...maybe she longs for a truce too?
Sleeping on my bed:
Going to great lengths to drink MY water:
"Jazzercising" with the wall:
And tonight...very cuddly and acting like she wants a truce. Is she sincere? I still don't know...but it was a great photo op!
HAPPY FRIDAY, SPARKFRIENDS!!
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