Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Casa de Gato updates - Muffin



Muffin was originally a foster at the end of 2002, which makes her about sixteen and a half years old. She has been incredibly healthy most of her life - save for an inflamed eye as a kitten


A few years ago her kidney values started to rise, so at this point, we are giving her fluids two or three times a week. She has also been losing weight, which was really freaking me out. The vet was pleased she was a "more normal" weight, but having spent a good deal of her life at 14 lbs, anything under 12 to me was just really concerning.  I've been running blood work on her and nothing really showed up and then I remembered what a vet told me when I brought Emmy in for a second opinion when she was dealing with cancer. She told me that roundworm eggs can embed in the muscle and hatch years later during times of stress or weight loss. Since everyone stopped eating after we lost Jack, she lost a little weight and then lost more. She was interested in food, but when I would give her a can of food she would barely eat half of it.  I thought "what the heck" and got some dewormer and she started eating better and started gaining weight again. *phew* Not to say things are perfect, but right now I'm feeling a bit more comfortable. Unfortunately, she isn't eating the raw food consistently, so we are "slipping" her canned food in the master bathroom, which we affectionately call "bathroom food"

She's also got an incredibly large cyst behind one of her ears. I hate it and want it removed in the worst way but I've been told they often come back and at her age, I don't want to put her through a surgery simply because I have issues.


She has some arthritis that prevents her from jumping up on the bed, so we have brought out the set of stairs we made for Emmy all those years ago and that Ollie used when he was dealing with vaccine-associated sarcoma.  I am giving her cosequin and CBD and some days she feels good enough to climb up on to windowsills or the cat tree. It always makes me smile when she does.


But she is still my girl, my major source of cuddles. She is generally the first thing I see in the morning and more often than not the last thing I see before I go to sleep.

13 comments:

  1. Muffin is such a sweet and affectionate kitty. I know how worrisome it is when they start having health issues. She has the best care with you.

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  2. That CBD oil works wonders with arthritic kitties - it helps Boodie when my human is able to give it to her.

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  3. One of my favorite parts of your blog is how you manage to share your kitties with us in a way that we can't help but fall in love with them. Your kitty team runs deep with talent ;)

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  4. oh Miss Muffin - sweet as ever. you have a good momma there

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  5. You're taking such good care of her. <3

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  6. She is a lovely girl. Please give her cuddles from me.

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  7. muffin; heerz ta manee mor happee healthee yeerz two ewe ~~~~ we due knot noe if it wood help; but tell mom ta try a warm soft cloth on de area wear de cyst iz ~~~~~ ♥♥

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  8. Purrayers for your dear Muffin. Glad she is getting along well.

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  9. Good to know that Muffin gets all the attention and care she needs. May she live many more peaceful years.

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  10. We’re glad to hear Muffin is doing well considering. Purrs that she continues to do well.

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  11. That baby photo! Oh!

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  12. Muffin rules! Show more baby photos, please!

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    1. Unfortunately, she was a baby in 2002 which was basically pre-digital.. most of them are locked in analog form.

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