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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Toosday Updates

Here is a picture of Orinch from the spring, before our first failed trapping of the little guy. He is very cute, but far from human friendly.

The V-E-T and technicians said that he hissed and swatted at them until they sedated him. He was tested, neutered, shot, had flea treatment applied and was very upset when I brought him home. He stayed in a carrier overnight on top of the patio table and I kept him mostly covered with a sheet. It was in the 50s last night so he was quite cozy other than being confined.

I woke at 3:30 worried about the little guy. I wanted to feed him and release him. Trouble was, I needed to give him Drontals, and any of you who have ever given Drontal know that cats DO NOT LIKE THE TASTE OF THESE PILLS. The techs told me he had tapeworms, which I figured he would have. It's rare to have a stray without tapeworms in these parts. They suggested that I smash up the pills and put it in wet food. Well, I didn't figure that would work, but I gave it a shot and fed him at 6:30. He had urinated in his carrier, and those of you familiar with the strong smell of an unfixed male cat's urine know how much it stinks. Well, I put the food in the carrier and he ate a small bit of it before starting to thrash around the carrier to get out.

So, after giving him about 20 minutes to finish his food, which he didn't, I finally let him out. He ran over to the tree and immediately began grooming the urine off his coat and then he drank from the birdbath. I'm hoping he comes back to finish off the Drontal laced food.

Meanwhile, inside the casa de Forty Paws, I obviously tracked in some urine since about 28 of the Forty Paws are sniffing the floor and my shoes. So I sprayed everything with Nature's Miracle and will go out and bleach down the patio and carrier shortly.

As for Gatsbi, the biopsy results came in yesterday and it was a cyst with a name that was about 4 or 5 really long words and it was benign. The vet did excise the entire thing, so it shouldn't be coming back. Gatsbi is doing well, and has suddenly decided she wants to be a lap cat. Since she is 8 years old, this is quite a change for her. And, since she is very stiff with her neurological condition, she is not a "cuddly" lap cat.

Well, that's the wrapup here. Hope y'all have a great Toosday.

Luf, Us

25 comments:

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

That's excellent news about Gatsbi and we're glad she's discovered laps. They're the best!

We bet Orinch is gonna be lots happier an healthier now. Purrs to Maw and to Orinch!

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Daisy said...

Hooray for Orinch, all fixed up! And I am so happy about Gatsbi's test results, that is fantastic news.

Scooby, Shaggy & Scout said...

Mom forgets that not all cats are a friendly as she would like them to be! Orinch had an adventure thats for sure! We hope he eats his food, tapeworms must not be pleasant.
Gatsbi: we are so happy the cyst was all taken away! Feel better soon!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

awww the little sweeties...

hugs, auntie bee

DEBRA said...

Oh we is all happy Gatsbi is OK! And we is so proud of yur Momma fur catchin Ornich. He will be much happier!

Purrs
Abby

Riley & Tiki said...

We are so glad that Gatsbi & Orinch are both doing well.

Caesar and Princess said...

It is good to hear the latest news on Orinch. What a pooor poooor kitty. Sooooo handsome too.

we are thrilled that Gatsbi is doing well post surgery. Things are looking up :-)

Sunny's Mommy said...

I'm glad to hear all the good news :-)

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

Orinch looks like a beautiful kitty cat. Your family is so kind to help so many of the kitty cats around you!

Gemini said...

Oh I was hoping Orinch would love you all so much you would become 44 paws!

Lux said...

I'm so happy Gatsbi's cyst was benign!

I wonder if Orinch will come back ... ?

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We'z glad to hear da good news about Gatsbi. Mr. Orinch is prolly gonna be unhappy but much healthier and now he can't make more homeless kitties!

Dr Tweety of da Fab Five said...

Good newz Gatsbi!!! I told you there was nothin' to worry about. & I promise you your fur will grow back soon. I see this as a badge of courage. You have come through with dignity and flying colors.

-Auntie Stinkie

Tazo said...

Yay Gatsbi! That is super great news.

Oh, Orinch. I wish you would cooperate with the nice maw for just a little while longer. She's only doing what's best for you.

And to Maw: Momma says she's hoping for no "inappropriate urination" in your house after the Orinch pee issue. Whatever that means.

Love,
Tazo

Derby said...

Purrs to Orinch, hope he adjusts to his new condition.

Glad that Gatsbi's cyst was benign. She needs cuddles now too.

Dragonheart said...

I'm very glad that Gatsbi's cyst was benign and that she's doing well. :)

Maw, you are an angel, taking care of Orinch like that. Thanks to you, there will be fewer stray kittens born.

michico*Adan said...

Gatsbi is ok now and that is the most important~!!!!! I am so so glad~!

DEBRA said...

If'n yu feels like up to it Gatsbi, Boo has tagged yu furr a meme...

Purrs
Abby

Parker said...

Gee Maw, it's been busy over there! Orich all fixed up and Gatsbi has a healthy new personality! This is all good!

Pet's are 4 Life said...

We has alots of strays thats gets the worms too...Momma has given the medicines to almost all of us at some points in our lives. The only way we will take it is if she powerders the pill and puts it in one tiny mouthfull of wet foods. Otherwise, we eats the wet food around tthe area where the pill is hiding...hehehe

pissed off patricia said...

Paws up all around for what you did for the little stray. You made a difference. Pat yourself on the back for me. :)

Mo said...

yay for "benign" for Gatsbi, and for discovering laps!
luv,
Daphne & Chloe

Eric and Flynn said...

We's happy furr Gatsbi that efurryfing is great and that she has discovered how good laps are.Mum can't git pills down Eric so when we git wormed she used to stab us, but now she can get drops for tapeworms that go on yer neck like flea drops.