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Daily Photo: Mr. Sunshine is Feeling Good!

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Mr. Sunshine at the window.

Last Thursday: This is the first time in about two weeks I’ve seen Mr. Sunshine sitting at his post at the front window. He is looking good, and he knows it. Something is finally taking effect, probably the antibiotic, but he is all over the place, upstairs, downstairs, up on things, it’s so good to see.

Since then he’s up on the cabinet in the kitchen, which takes a few steps to get to with the tins I have set up as steps onto the chair. But also last Thursday, working in the kitchen, I turned to see him lined up with Giuseppe and Jelly Bean and Basil.

Last Wednesday I’d taken him for his follow-up at PetWellClinic. His blood pressure was still a little high, 175-178, so Dr. Aldinger increased his dose of medication. But I can see even that small reduction in his eyes as his pupils are coming back down to a normal size.

His temperature was down closer to normal, though. It was stubbornly 103.5 last weekend and the week before. I even bought a new thermometer just to be sure it was accurate. I took his temperature again when Dr. Michelle was here on Monday and it was 101.5. I think we’ve finally kicked the infection to a certain extent and that’s what’s helping him feel better.On Wednesday Dr. Aldinger gave us another week of doxycycline to see if it continues to work.

The masses on his abdomen are still abnormally large and he’s still taking steps a little slowly, possibly because they interfere with his hind legs. But though he doesn’t trot up the steps as he did until recently, he still makes it up quickly enough to surprise me.

Going to the veterinarian for imaging Monday

Tomorrow we go to Companions First for imaging and another exam. That is the veterinarian who took care of Mimi in 2020, diagnosing all her conditions and prescribing the long-term antibiotics that finally cleared up what’s been a long-term kidney infection, and ear drops that cleared up the yeast infection from a food sensitivity. Incidentally, that also cleared up the cyst on the side of her face that used to seep and drain regularly. I’m so glad to have my Mimi back, I’d been planning to send the veterinarian a thank you card for the anniversary of Mimi’s appointment, coming up next week. I guess I’ll thank her in person!

I wanted to post a quick update before the weeks starts, but it looks like I’ll be able to start posting again without any trouble here. I still have to do my desktop calendar, and for that I’m featuring Mr. Sunshine!

I also pulled together a gallery of Mr. Sunshine artwork from my daily sketches and I’d planned to create small things you could purchase to help support the costs of his care, like sets of note cards or small prints, though I don’t have most of them listed on my website. The time it would take to list each piece of artwork is a little daunting, but I may set up a gallery with a drop-down list to choose from. I’ll share that when I post the desktop calendar. And there are always the dishtowels! Scroll down for that.

Again, if you’d like to help me with Mr. Sunshine’s care…

…and with the senior panels for the others as well as a follow-up for Mimi, selling my merchandise is how I pay for that. Visit my website,, and do some shopping! I have been making handmade gift items like crazy between everything else, plus artwork and photography for yourself or for gifts. Also consider a portrait, or a portrait certificate. It would make me very happy to pack and ship things to you in return for money.

The antibiotic that cleared up Mimi’s kidney infection last year was $200 for six weeks, and I haven’t seen her look this good for about five years. I might even say it saved her life because that deep infection that no one else had diagnosed was wearing her down and had effects on her digestion and mobility. A long-term advanced antibiotic is the standard treatment for a deep infection, though, and while that’s less expensive than even simple cancer treatments, it’s still an expense and I want to be ready. I’m also seeing symptoms in Mewsette and Giuseppe that I’ve wanted to have examined too, and if there is a connection with toxoplasmosis and some of these symptoms, a toxoplasmosis test for one cat is $140. Vendor show season starts in earnest in July, though I have events in June set up, as well as a fairly big event in a few weeks, but that income is in the future and upredictable.

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5 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Mr. Sunshine is Feeling Good!

  • Mary McNeil

    So glad Mr Sunshine is better,,,purrayers that his imaging turns out well too. Purrayers and Power of the Paw.

  • We are glad to see the handsome dude looking so happy and we’re sending purrs and prayers too.

  • dood….de best of fizhez on dizhez N st francis’ blessing two ewe two day buddy, heerz hopin
    everee thingz aye oh kay at de ewe noe wear place two day M mom & ewe get sum good nooze ♥♥♥♥

  • Wonderful news!

  • Will continue to purr for Mr. Sunshine, and it’s terrific to read that he’s feeling better.


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