Sunday, February 25, 2007

first post of a new blog.. sorta

well okay, I'm transferred over to google blogger. I resisted.. horribly resisted.. but finally I had no choice.

So here I am (not that you'd notice a difference). and I have lots to report on Emerald.

Let's see.. looks back to last post.. Em went back to begging for food. food is a major issue in her life. She refuses to eat her entire dinner in one sitting. She likes to eat a few bites, leave the safety of 'her room' wander around the house a bit, then go back and have some more. Only problem is every time she enters and exits 'her room' she risks letting in the other kitties who have no problem eating all her food in one sitting... so now she's left without any food, and that's not good. I don't know what else to try with her or them. I've tried making that room scary for them. I've tried yelling at them, I've tried smacking them (only after yelling, they know full well what they are doing is wrong) I've tried making just the noise of Em going in her room a bad thing, but it is what draws them to her. If they don't make it in when she's going in, they just sit around and wait for her to come back out. I don't want to lock her in there full time, and I don't want to lock them downstairs all day.. arrrgh

This battle had Em down to 10 lbs 8 oz. I was certain I was going to have to take her to the vet. I explained if she lost any more weight she'd have to go. Well, she's back up to 10 lbs 15.5 oz.. so at least we are going in the right direction.. of course now (I weighed her this morning) she's got a stuffed up nose. At least there is no blood this time

Her insulin levels have been all over the place too. She started getting picky about her food, so she wasn't eating, (weight loss, wacky BGs) so we went out and bought her several different varieties of food. I tried to make sure they all were grain free, or good for her, but apparently, they weren't, cause her BGs were all over the place. So now I'm just about out of test strips. *sigh* I ordered some on ebay, but I have a feeling they aren't going to show up. I should probably buy some more, but I know if I overbuy, then I'm not going to have a use for them all (yes, negative thinking.. but I want only good things. I want to have to buy more in the future... )


I also went in and had a conversation with the foster care coordinator at the shelter where I foster. For a reminder, I am very reluctant to foster again due to the extreme opinions of some of the health care providers there and their putting me off and putting me off when I say that my kittens NEED more help. The force feeding issue with Cruiser, and how he was acting as if I was drowning him. Teddy's eyes, and how now they still water probably due to a blocked or partial block due to how long they left him with bad eyes. How Cruiser was practically dead.. It frustrates and infuriates me. I know they need to be proactive in keeping their costs down, but this was insane, and I don't want to run into that again. The FCC was very surprised I felt this way, and that I was treated this way. I didn't want to confront the person who put me off, cause she is also a shelter manager, and I hate confrontations.. so she's going to put out a questionnaire and see if anything else comes in. I doubt it will.. but hopefully a few other people who know the difference in treatment when you see someone who cares not only about the cats but the people caring for them and when you see someone who's only concern is the bottom line.


I miss having kittens. I suppose I could volunteer for another shelter, but the next two closest ones are still very far away. I guess I'll give it one more try, but if I still get put off, I'm going to have to figure something else out..

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