Thursday, February 28, 2019

Casa de Gato updates - Eli



Eli, littermate to Muffin, was a foster back in 2002 so he is also sixteen and a half years old. He had a major issue with URI as a kitten so he has scared tear ducts so his face is always a mess. As he has gotten older it has gotten better. I am not sure if it is because his body has compensated or he gets someone to clean his face regularly.

Because of the URI and the months of medication, he has always had a very healthy suspicion of us. For the first ten years of his life, he ran away from us every time he saw us. With some Rescue Remedy, we broke him of the association of fear so he would stop running. A while after that he realized how much he loves static and would come to us for attention in the winter months. And then, he voluntarily touched me. It was an incredible day for me.. (much like when Darcy climbed up on me the other day) Since then I have given him some CBD and it has helped his paranoia and fear quite a bit.  We have had company and workmen in the house multiple times since I started and he has been out for all of them.  Was it because of the CBD or because he mellowed in his old age? I'm going with the CBD, because he's still pretty high strung.

Eli also started losing weight recently. He dropped half a pound in less than two weeks and I started flipping out. I realized it when I went to give him a kiss and realized he had a sickly smell to him - something I recognized from fostering kittens. It wasn't strong, but it was there. I was about to run him to the vet but he was willing to eat so I decided to give it a couple of days to see exactly what was going on.  I even started giving him.. dry food


I also decided to deworm him, because why not.. and he is doing well, regaining the weight, and demanding dry food on a regular basis - which I am unwilling to do because of his 16.5-year-old kidneys.  He is incredibly spry and still regularly runs around the house like his tail is on fire - often because Twee is harassing him. He still demands attention when we have gone to bed where he gets in between us and I get to rub his belly. He still has several lipomas on his body, but like Muff's cyst, I am unwilling to put him through a surgery to remove them.


12 comments:

  1. I'm glad Eli is doing better after the deworming.

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  2. Knowing some of your views on food, you must have been *very* worried! I'm sorry about that but glad he seems to be doing better. Now I know why my vet wants to deworm my guys at their annual. Well, that and contact with fosters. ;-)

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  3. May I ask where you get your CBD oil? How do you give it to Eli? Does it have a taste? I have a house feral who loves being indoors and loves the other cats, and actually loves pettings...but only on the bed. Otherwise she moves if we get too close. I'm looking for anything that will help her get over the last bit of feral-ness. Thanks!

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    1. I have tried several brands and found that buying a higher concentration is a little easier to dose. Originally I bought a 150mg bottle and I needed to give nine drops.. now I buy 1500 mg bottle so I only need to give one. I'm currently using CBDMD but I've used treatibles and CBDistillary

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  4. sweet Eli - what is it about the "hard to get ones" that make us want to love on them that much harder :)

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  5. I'm glad he is re-gaining the weight. I think it is so strange that he likes static. LOL

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  6. Wendy voluntarily touched me by rubbing against my head on the sofa the other day and it was a landmark occasion. Before that, she'd slink under my legs if they were up on the coffee table so her tail wouldn't come near them. Curious about the CBD oil now . . . .and you know I don't go in for alternative therapies much! So tell us more, please.

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    1. way to go Wendy!! I'm happy to talk more about cbd.. did you see my original CBD post? https://www.kittyblog.net/2018/08/what-is-cbd-oil-and-why-would-i-give-it.html

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  7. Yay, I can comment today! Yes, we all know that kibble isn't great for kitties, but if he'll eat some, then I say give him some! I sprinkle kibble on top of The 'O' Cats's wet food, like croutons...LOL!

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  8. I am glad Eli is doing better. Emmy has a blocked tear duct too so her right eye looks like his.

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  9. eli, we could all hope ta look az good....N at 16 pluz which iz like
    80 yeerz in peepulz termz we say if ya wanna steak....get a steak... { even tho yur mom dinna say thiz.... but may bee thiz izza hint ;) ♥♥

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  10. Glad Eli is doing better now.

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