Cat Singing

Mar. 2nd, 2015 02:03 pm
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It was the early 1990s and l lived on Jeanne-Mance, a bit south of Van Horne. One summer evening I heard a pretty, eerie sound coming from the alley through my open patio doors. It was two cats singing a duet. I had never heard cats make sounds like that. It was really pretty. Later that evening Neil Young's Harvest Moon came on the radio. Parts of that song sound very much like the duet I had just heard. One part is when the two ladies sing ooooooo. Another part is in the refrain when Neil Young sings, "on this harvest moon", including the accompanying ooooooo. Neil Young - Harvest Moon:


Jan. 5th, 2010 03:47 pm
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I took the covered elastic out of my hair and put it on the coffee table. I put a new elastic on my wrist and braided my hair. I put the new elastic on my braid. I went and got a new elastic to put on the comb (so I always have one handy). When I sat down, I noticed that the elastic was no longer on the coffee table. I wonder where [ profile] shreddy carried it off to.
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I saw this on the news.

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So here I sit in my office in the basement, trying to get some work done, when I hear noise from upstairs. The bumping and banging gets louder. I occasionally hear my cat zooming about, but one cat shouldn't be making that much noise. I head up the stairs and start hearing cat snarling noises. So, I run the rest of the way. [ profile] shreddy is having a fight with Buzz, the tuxedo cat. They hate each other. Buzz must have come to the screen door and said rude things. But this time it's serious. The screen is torn and it has come loose at the edges. They are fighting in my backyard. I grab the cat spritser, turn on the outside light, go outside and sprits Buzz, who runs away. I tell [ profile] shreddy to go back in the house, which he does.

No one seems injured. I saw [ profile] shreddy go out the patio door, so they had only started fighting without the screen for protection. This is the second time they have actually fought without the screen between them. They have had quite a number of fights through the screen.

No more fresh air in my living room until I fix that screen. I don't have time for this nonsense.
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It's sinking in that [ profile] sucha is gone.

I leave the house and it's not, "Bye puddy tats." It's "Bye puddy tat." I cooked supper and caught myself thinking, "Sucha will like this." I had a chicken wing as a snack. I didn't need a second plate, so I could share it with Sucha. Hell, it doesn't matter how long it's been since we gave pills to the kitty.

I think [ profile] shreddy misses her too. He's been moping a a lot:
From Shreddy & Sucha
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About two hours ago [ profile] sucha passed away quietly.

From R.I.P. Sucha

Read more... )

Little cat

Nov. 20th, 2007 02:10 pm
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[ profile] sucha doesn't seem to be suffering right now. Actually, at the moment she is sleeping. She is sleeping a lot. She is very weak and if she doesn't perk up again soon, as she has done several times before during the course of this illness, we may have to decide to have her euthanised. I'm hoping we don't have to decide. I'm hoping she dies in her sleep. I can't believe I wrote that I hope she dies. I can't write any more. I'm too worried and upset. For more read [ profile] swestrup's post
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We finally got up the gumption to bathe [ profile] sucha. No one was looking forward to this, but my goodness that poor cat was filthy because she isn't grooming at all. We also trimmed off a number of mats. And, I think she is as vain as ever. She really didn't want her picture taken:
From Shreddy & Sucha
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As most of you know, [ profile] sucha has cancer and is on medication. Well, she seems to have trouble eating. It's probably because she has managed to eat around her medication, so the mass in her mouth is getting bigger again. So, since we can hardly get her to eat, though she seems to want to eat, we haven't been able to get the meds into her in her food. So, today I caught her and held her in a towel and tipped her head back. [ profile] swestrup had the pills ready to drop down her throat. We got an anti-inflammatory pill down her. But, the damned anti-biotic pills just stuck to her tongue, so no luck with them. We lost one and found one on the floor. Next time we will try coating the pill with something so it won't stick to her tongue.

[ profile] swestrup got two small puncture wounds. I appear to be unscathed. She squirmed, but didn't fight as much as expected and she never screamed or growled. Kinda weird that the snarky cat is much less snarky than usual
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[ profile] sucha seems to be feeling a lot better. She still won't drink from the kitty fountain. Unlike [ profile] shreddy, she has not shown any fear of the thing, just no real interest. She has sniffed the water and walked away. So, I thought, if we take away all the other water, maybe she'll give it a try. No such luck. She stood next to the cup in the bathroom and hollered at me until I gave in and filled it with water. Just more proof of who is the boss at this house.
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[ profile] shreddy has finally braved the kitty fountain. He spent several days getting closer and closer and carefully inspecting. Now, he seems to like drinking out of it.

Roast beast

Sep. 3rd, 2007 10:38 pm
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The rule is that cats aren't allowed on the table while we are eating. In fact, they aren't allowed on the table once we start setting the table. But, once we get up, they are allowed to scrounge for leftover tidbits. The cats came up with this part of the rule and it seemed reasonable to me. My friend, Janet, was here for supper. So, when we were done, we forgot to put the leftover meat away. While we were drinking coffee, [ profile] swestrup suddenly said, "Does [ profile] sucha have a whole chunk of roast beef?" We all looked, and sure enough, she did. It really wasn't the plan, but it was within the rules. So, we just watched with amazement and amusement. She isn't usually interested in beef - she prefers chicken, lamb, and pork. The chunk started out about sizes with her head. I'm startled that she had that much interest in beef. I'm also surprised that she carried such a large chunk of meat to the floor. She is a very happy cat and snoozing now.

Yes, the medication seems to be helping. She is pretty much her old self for now.

From Shreddy & Sucha

more pix behind the cut )
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Today I bought the kitties this:
From Shreddy & Sucha

They are still somewhat sceptical. [ profile] sucha has actually tried drinking out of it. [ profile] shreddy is still a bit afraid of it. o_0

I also uploaded some more kitty photos behind the cut )

She sleeps

Sep. 1st, 2007 12:03 am
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I guess the drugs are helping. She hasn't been yowling nearly so much, and now, she is actually sleepinganother photo behind the cut )
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I spoke with the vet today. The results of the blood tests show that [ profile] sucha is not having kidney failure and her liver seems normal. This means that we can increase the dose of her anti-inflammatory. This should shrink the "mass" some as well as help with pain a bit. She seems to be responding to the medication. She isn't yowling nearly so much (though when she does, she sounds hoarse). She is sitting on a chair, under the dining table, relaxing and taking cat naps. [ profile] shreddy seems a bit more relaxed too. The poor boy seems very concerned about [ profile] sucha.

I asked the vet about other pain medication for cats and she said the anti-inflammatory might be enough. There is something that comes in capsules, but she wasn't sure how easy it would be to give Sucha capsules. Ha! I told her how good Sucha was at not taking pills/capsules. You hold her head back and drop it down her throat. Then, you wait until she swallows. Last time anyone tried, it was the other vet. Well, we saw what looked like swallowing. But as soon as the vet let go of her head, the pill came flying out. I'm hoping the anti-inflammatory (prednisone) will have a good pain relieving effect and if that isn't enough, that we can open up the capsules and mix that into her food.

I also asked the vet how I would know it was time to have her put to sleep. The vet said, certainly not as long as she is eating with good appetite and getting around and can get to her food by herself. She said that a lot of cats get quite a bit better with the prednisone, but after a while it quits working. If that happens, that would be a good time.

I will be posting further updates, but, I will remove the comment feature, so friends won't feel obligated to comment.

I really appreciate all the concern, good wishes, and hugs.

edit: I just read that one of the many uses of prednisone is for migraines. That sounds like a pretty good pain reliever to me.
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I have decided that [ profile] sucha doesn't have cancer - she has a giant, horrible gum boil and the antibiotics will take care of it. Okay, maybe not, but there is a tiny chance. I'm anxiously waiting for a call from the vet with results of the blood tests.

I haven't seen my little, old lady cat sleep for several days. Of course, I don't usually pay a lot of attention to that, but now we are looking and I don't think she has slept in the past day or two. Poor little thing. She yowls a lot. Both [ profile] swestrup and I go see if she wants something often. Sometimes she wants to be scritched and sometimes she wants us to see something or maybe it's play tag. Following her around seems to distract her and make her happy, 'cause she puts her tail straight up. She seems to think it is great fun making the big apes follow her around.

She seems to have trouble, or pain, sticking out her tongue. It means we have to put her food on a plate, not in a bowl and we have to fill the water bowls to the brim. I was afraid that she was getting dehydrated, because she kept trying to drink, but didn't seem to succeed. The very full water bowls seems to make it easier for her. I have spent a fair bit of time with my head near the floor to get a good side-view of her eating and drinking. I can't wait to hear what the blood tests reveal.

I don't want the poor kitty to be suffering for no good reason. But, I want her here for as long as the happy, tail-in-the-air moments outweigh the pain. Damn, I wish I spoke cat.


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