A letter from a happy kitten

October 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm (cat ailments, cat behavior, cat treatments) (, , , , , , , )

Hi kitties,

I’m back!

Actually I was always here- it’s my humans who weren’t. This time it was Mama who was hit by what she calls ‘a bad flu’… she still is suffering, but a little better now. She sounds different- with sort of a broken voice and all; also she smells a little different- she says it’s the anti-bio-tics that makes her smell like ‘medicine’ all the time. She stayed home some days, to my delight- but she went back to work today and I’m mad at her for that. Meow!

My second bloodworks result came in and it seems like I’m cleared from the Pancreatitis finally. I go back to the vet’s again next week though, since I have lost a little weight (0.25 grams) – and for a young and (now) healthy cat like me, losing weight is not ‘normal’. Laura, the vet, thinks it’s because I do not like my ‘prescription’ food much and do not eat as much as I used to. They’ll see next week and probably put me on another diet. I hope they give me a good-tasting food this time.

I’m turning 1 on the 21st of this month- Mama says that is still a couple of weeks away. That means that I have been with my humans for 10 months now. I guess months and years are a ‘human’ way to measure ‘time’. I don’t understand them much. To me, this seems like a lifetime. I’m a happy cat. I hope the humans and I can keep keeping each other through the ‘years’ and continue being ‘happy’.

That’s all for now, kitties. All the best to you all. I will post again, when the Mama is less busy and less ill 🙂

Love-

Sherkhan

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A cat’s life

September 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm (cat treatments) (, , , , )



I’m Sherkhan!!!, originally uploaded by Ehtesham.

Oh boy, have I been busy! Actually, me and my human- both. Otherwise- life has been well.

My friends will be happy to know that I am now much used to my new (prescription) food. I don’t meow for my favourite brand of food anymore. I think I now know my humans will not give it to me. Mama wishes that I find the new food taste good, too. I do now, as I have started to ask for more food after finishing what is in my bowl on some days.

I’m getting to understand that this new food is probably doing me good- my tummy hurts less and yesterday, after many months, I asked Papa to play the shadow game with me. He did. He was very happy to see me jumping high up on the wall. Mama too.

Tuesdays are vet days. I like the vet a little less with every visit- she pokes and prods me and measures my temperature (I hate this part the most); and then she’d give me the vitamin injections that pricks my skin for a long long time afterwards. But Mama says I should not feel like that. She likes the vet, because she believes that human has saved me from much more suffering in the future. Sometimes humans speak like they can see many alternative futures through some crystal ball. I don’t know if they are right.

I am a cat after all… and I am a much happier cat than a few weeks ago, too.

Meow!

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Pancreatitis in Cats

September 12, 2009 at 10:15 am (cat ailments, cat behavior, cat treatments) (, , , , , , , )



Precursor to sobriety, originally uploaded by Ehtesham.

It has finally been diagnosed; I have tested positive for ‘Pancreatitis’.

It explains my five vet visits in the last two months for vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation. It explains my meowhhs to Mama and confirms Mama’s gut feeling that something was indeed wrong with me. The vet thinks I have had this thing for some time now.

From this website, in short, Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas caused by leakage of active digestive enzymes into the pancreatic tissue. Which means, my Pancreas*- instead of doing its job of breaking down fats and proteins into simpler forms is inflamed and unable.

For now, I am to be put through a prescription diet; one of the simpler ones that does not put too much pressure on my pancreas. This may be a lifelong thing, as in- I may need to be on a special diet all my life. Mama will go to the vet today to pick up my new food.

I will also have to take a weekly injection for Vitamins (Mama is not sure if this also is a lifelong thing). Mama thinks since the new food is simpler for my digestive system break down into the necessary fluids- so that my pancreas does not need to work too hard and has time to heal- I will need to be supplemented with Vitamins- but she needs to ask the vet if that really is the reason.

The third thing is that I will have to take pain medication. This disease causes a lot of pain on the stomach, and even though cats are less complaining and more prone to hide pain- than dogs are- the pain is still there- pain medication will be a way to help me be comfortable.

So, this is it so far in my health grounds. While my parents are much distressed that I am in so much pain in such a small age (I am 10 months old!), they are determined in getting me fixed and making it as comfortable for me as possible.

One advice from my humans to all the kitty parents out there- if you can afford it at all- please think about getting a pet insurance. They know how much you love your kitties, and it will be easier for both you and your kitties in the long run. Mama-Papa had one taken for me since I was 2 months old and that has been much helpful for them. In the last 2 months the vet bills have been more than AUD $650, and the parents will be able to get most of it back. It is a large amount of money regardless and without the insurance taken for me months back, it would have been very very difficult for them to manage. Another thing is that the prescription diet that I will need to take, the cost can be claimed by the insurance; as well as the cost of Revolution.

If you need some information about pet insurance, please leave a meow and Mama will try her best to help you with whatever information she can provide.

That’s all for today, kitties and humans. While my parents are still very upset- they are also determined that they will NOT let anything happen to me.

*The pancreas is a pale pink, lobulated organ located near the liver & behind the stomach. More can be found here, if you are a knowledge junkie as my Mama is.

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I’ve been well. You?

September 2, 2009 at 3:01 am (cat ailments, cat behavior, cat treatments, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )




Raindrops are falling on my head…. not really!!!

Originally uploaded by Ehtesham

I was taken to the vet last week- for what I’d think is nothing out of ordinary- constipation, as humans call it. Mama had read somewhere that constipation might not be a disease in itself- but it can be a symptom of some. Obviously, just because someone has written it into a book and printed it- the human needs to believe it…. ‘almost annoying’- the humans, as I meowed earlier.

I should write a book someday with the mantra ‘no vet visits EVER please’. Do you think that’ll help the Catkind?

This vet who saw me that night wasn’t so bad though. I think his name was Andrew Telford, and the way he handled me seemed less humiliating, if you know what I mean; I also like Rachel McCue- she handled me one time before… when the humans were hit by another bout of paranoia some months ago.

So kitties, if you live in Melbourne and looking for good vets around- you may want to try these two. They are not AS bad as the most.

And about my constipation, well… it was deemed as nothing too serious. I was advised half a tea spoon of Bene Fibre with every meal from now on… and I quite like it with my food. Also I’ve been eating well etc.

I have also been playing a lot. It’s almost like I found a treasure full of ‘energy’ hidden somewhere in my jungle!

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the vet and more on orange flames…

February 17, 2009 at 12:24 am (cat treatments) (, , , , , , , , , )

mama took me to the v-e-t yesterday. this vet that i go to, his office is far from our home- but mama still takes me there because she says i have a ‘rappo’ with him. i guess she is right. the other ‘orange tabby fur (insert my maussie for the human readers: ginger haired)’ vet near our place does not talk to me like i am a person, he just talks to mama… but this ‘black fur’ (insert by maussie for the human readers: black haired) human who calls me ‘little sherkhan’ and actually talks to me like mama and papa does! i am surprised some humans think cats do not ‘get’ it when they speak to them! humans are so silly! meow!

anyway, it wasn’t nice when the black fur vet poked a sharp pointy thing inside my skin though. it pricked me! but he gave me a good massage after that so i got okay! mama told me it was called an ‘in-jec-tion’ and it will help me ‘not’ falling sick as days go by. oh well… i’m not sure why a prick on my skin will help me in any way- but what can you do when humans make you do things…. besides, i’m sure that was why i felt so crappy the rest of the day. mew. I napped through the evening!

you know about the orange flames (insert by maussie for the human readers: fire) that are eating up our forests (insert by maussie for the human readers: melbourne bushfire)? those orange flames made the whole city very smokey. mama and i both had a headache yesterday because we breathed the smoke in when we went to the vet, but mama thinks we should not complain much- lots of humans, cats, woofies, koalas and kangaroos has been having it a lot worse in the past 2 weeks.

mama cried yesterday when the flat black box (insert by maussie for the human readers: laptop) told her that lots of humans were eaten by the orange flames because they wanted to stay at their homes instead of selfishly fleeing leaving their cats and woofies behind to burn alone. i guess, humans are nice, even though they are a little silly at times.

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eardrops

January 22, 2009 at 4:11 am (cat ailments, cat behavior, cat treatments) (, , , , )

oh the horror of eardrops!

 

mama and papa have been a source of pure torture the last ten days. they’d hold me down and put lots of eardrops in my ears- TWICE everyday! i feel so irritated by this that i’d put my back to them and not speak to them for some time- hoping they’d get the message. they don’t, humans are not all that intelligent actually.

 

the strange man with tabby-cat orange hair that they took me to (when they caught me trying to shake away the critters that were running around inside my ears)- he gave the humans this eardrop for me. true, the critters are gone now… and yes, probably this eardrop made them go away. but then they have been gone for DAYS now! why do they still put that horrid drop in my ears! MEEEEEOWWWWW!

 

stop it, humans. I WANT NO MORE EARDROPS!

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