Saturday, September 13, 2014

Riley update

Good news!
Dr. Tom just called and Riley's lab work is normal. Yay! 
We think he just doesn't want the herbs any more - either they were making his tummy upset or he is telling us he doesn't need them any more.
So Riley gets to eat anything he wants and I am going to stock up on his favorite tune and crab dinner that he likes so much.

Riley's Not So Excellent Adventure

Riley has had a poor appetite these last couple of weeks and has started losing weight. His playfulness has stayed the same and his fur looks good but I can see his little hip bones. At first, I chalked it up to him just being bored and tired of his canned food. Then I thought maybe he didn't like the herbs he was taking for his history of bladder infection. Maybe the herbs were making his tummy queasy.
So I called our vet and mentioned all of this to him. He decided it might be an indication of developing kidney problems and should be looked into, just to be safe. So he ordered some blood work. And since he was booked up and wouldn't be able to come to the house for a little while, we decided that I should take Riley down to the local animal hopsital where he has gone before and have one of the techs draw the blood.
As it turned out, easier said than done.
Riley hates going to the hopsital. I'm sure he has not so fond memories of being there and having a catheter inserted. So he fought them at every turn when the tech tried to get his blood sample. They muzzled him. They had a tech holding him and a tech trying to take the blood. None of that worked.
Finally, they called me in and asked me to help by talking to Riley, hoping it would soothe him.
Riley still wasn't happy but he did seem to respond to my voice and touch. It broke my heart to see him so unhappy. But after what seemed like an eternity the tech said she had enough blood for the test and we released Riley. I snuggled him and put him back in the carrier. He was only too happy to go back in.
And all three of us - the two techs and me - were absolutely covered in orange cat fur. I have never seen anything like it. I understand that cats can release their fur like that when they sense trouble so their potential captors won't be able to grab them. Poor Riley was obviously scared out of his mind based on all the fur he had released.
Riley complained all the way home in the car but once I let him out inside the house he settled down and was happy again.
The blood work should be back on Monday. I am hoping and praying all will be well.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bella had Lesson #2 last week

And she - and I! - did very well. She walks better on the leash and I am getting more comfortable being the Alpha.
But training is exhausting.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The bed covers have arrived

Rectangular bed

Round bed
Even the cats like them.