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Daily Photo: An Update on Giuseppe

black cat walking through leaves
An update on Giuseppe as he enjoys a walk in the leaves.

So Giuseppe had another seizure first thing this morning, and this time it was clearly a seizure.

I was at the kitchen table with my coffee and all was quiet before we had breakfast. Giuseppe had been in the bathroom overnight and eaten most of his food, came down as usual and was napping in the bed in front of the furnace vent, so cozy.

As I scrolled through emails I heard the scrape of claws on the floor and saw one of the cats running across the kitchen from where Giuseppe had been sleeping. In the seconds it took to get up and to the basement door, Giuseppe was down there, across from the bottom of the steps, kind of wedged between a litterbox and the cat tree, moving around but looking unhurt.

As I approached him I could see he was either trembling or moving to free himself. I got my hands around him and picked him up and could tell the movement was rhythmic, regular and involuntary, his head and all his legs. It lasted less than a minute after I picked him up, he meowed a few times and then was back to normal. I just carried him up to the bathroom with me so I could throw on some clothes and head to Rivers Veterinary Urgent Care. Well, I had wanted to have him looked at again.

Wednesdays they are closed for surgeries and other procedures. I asked if we could check his blood pressure and a technician met me in the lobby and checked it and looked him over in case she thought he should be referred to a veterinarian. Seizures are unpredictable and don’t leave much of a trace. But one eye that’s lost vision, a lack of some mobility and seizures leads to just a few causes, none of them are good.

One positive thing is that his blood pressure was 140, way down from 250 about a month ago, and down from 170 a week ago. Other veterinary appointments and tests coming next week

But he does well outside, and we are going to enjoy as many days as possible inside and out.

These photos are from November 15, a couple of days after I took him to Rivers to try to figure out his behavior and discovered he’d lost a lot of vision in his right eye. Normally he’d be looking right at me making direct eye contact, but the series of photos I have as he walked toward me show his head turned slightly to his left and his eyes focusing slightly downward.

Read more about Giuseppe’s current condition in my update from Monday.

Send us purrs!

black cat in leaves
Giuseppe in the grass.

More cost of care…

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How about this—the framed original of this sketch of Giuseppe is still available along with prints, or I can make up some note cards. Click the image (you’ll also find it at the end of this post) to visit the listing on Portraits of Animals.

"Waiting Around the Corner", black and white charcoal and pastel on toned paper, 5" x 8" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Waiting Around the Corner”, black and white charcoal and pastel on toned paper, 5″ x 8″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

 

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From the back yard and beyond

The Softness of Autumn

I took this photo the same morning as I took the photos of Giuseppe.

 

 

From around this date in past years

Is That For Us? 2022

three black cats in kitchen
Is That For Us?

I really don’t know what I was doing here but Basil and Jelly Bean find it absolutely gripping, as does Giuseppe, though he ended up upstaged by his brother. Whatever it is, it has to do with food because I am in the vicinity of the sink, but there is a cookbook being used as a feline resting pad. I think the recipe Basil is sitting on had something to do with beans. Your guess is as good as mine, but they are darned cute.

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From Instagram

#studiocats are settling in for a day of #supurrvision.

So, about the quality of that #supurrvision…

 

From the back yard and beyond

When You Don’t Want the Party to End

…but there are snowflakes on your face and winter berries over your shoulder.

I’m so glad to have my photo site up and running again. Something added some malicious code and my server shut it down so I could clean it out and update everything. Just one of those things that’s taken some unexpected extra time lately!

 

From around this date in past years

Bella and Basil, BFFs, 2021

two black cats
A kitchen cuddle.

They’ll go days without paying attention to each other (that I see), but I see them greeting, bathing, napping and just hanging out together at some point every few days like they’ve never been apart. Even though Basil can be a real jerk sometimes, Bella always welcomes him. These two aren’t related, but I fostered them together and they somehow formed a bond the moment they met in the bathroom.

“By the time Bella joined us three weeks later [Basil] was still shy but curious and welcoming. When we unzipped her carrier she just didn’t move. Time passed, and she had no intention of coming out. Smokie(Basil’s first name) ducked inside and settled down, they had a silent conversation for about a minute, then he got up and left the carrier, and soon Bella came out. The two were fast friends and began wrestling that night, and went through the same socialization together, and are still closely bonded.”

So close, they’re almost like one cat!

ink sketch of two cats around curtain
“One L-o-o-o-ng Kitty”, ink hybrid technical pen, 9″ x 5.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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From Instagram

I didn’t get a chance to share anything new on Instagram!

From the back yard and beyond

I’m a little behind but I’ll be sure to catch up on my daily photo blog Today.

 

From around this date in past years

A Sweet, Blurry Welcome, 2019

Five in the kitchen.
Five in the kitchen.

My camera wasn’t quite ready to take the photo so they were blurry, but I still love to see many five faces anticipating me as I walk into the kitchen. And I was really just walking in there from the next room, nothing special. I love it when they gather like this, Giuseppe, Basil, Mimi, Mewsette, Jelly Bean. Sometimes I just look at them. (I saw something in this composition and made a piece of artwork out of it, soon to be a garden flag!)

Did I hear garden flag? Yes, I did make a garden flag of this design!

Only Good Luck Black Cats garden flag
Only Good Luck Black Cats garden flag

From Instagram

Why are you fussing with laundry when you should be petting me?! Sienna wants to know.

Sienna and the laundry.
Sienna and the laundry.

Photos from years past

Daily Photo: Sunny Naps, Two By Two, 2018

Giuseppe and Hamlet napping.
Giuseppe and Hamlet napping.

Now that the weather has moderated kitties can cuddle again. This was not so much a cuddle as it was Giuseppe taking advantage of Hamlet’s extreme deference to his elders. Hamlet was stretched out enjoying a sunbath when Giuseppe jumped up and decided he’d like to lie there too, and pretty much laid down on Hamlet. Hamlet was thrilled to have Giuseppe take advantage of him. Hamlet could not be sweeter than he already is.

Here they are in black and white. I thought the mix of textures and values was interesting in black and white.

Naps in black and white.
Naps in black and white.

And here’s how they looked from above. Good boys. Too bad I can’t fit there with you.

From the side.
From the side.

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What other photos did I feature around this date?

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Getting Cold in Here, 2017
Hamlet tucks himself into a nice comfy basket for and afternoon nap.
Hamlet tucks himself into a nice comfy basket for and afternoon nap.

We had an unusually cool August (not that I’m complaining!), and September has already had some very cool nights. Some longhaired kitties are growing in their winter coats, and finding cozy comfy baskets for their afternoon naps.

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From Instagram

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Helping Me Rehearse

I rehearsed my Pet Memorial Sunday presentation for them in the kitchen.

I am rehearsing for my Pet Memorial Sunday presentation.
I am rehearsing for my Pet Memorial Sunday presentation.

We’re listening, really! It’s great!

We're listening, really! It's great!
We’re listening, really! It’s great!

A Sunny September Morning

Hamlet, Giuseppe, Basil, Mewsette and Mimi line up in the sunshine when I open the basement door.

All lined up for the sun.
All lined up for the sun.

Bella joins them as Mimi begins her petition to go outside.

Six black cats enjoying the morning.
Six black cats enjoying the morning.

Looks like September mornings are good for this sort of thing, judging by the photos from last year!

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What other photos did I feature around this date?

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The Morning Array, 2016
Everyone look up.
Everyone look up.

Sometimes each individual cat settles in this rectangle of morning sunshine in their own comfortable posture and viewpoint, and becomes an integral part of a scene.

Then add one more. The players, from the bottom up, are Mimi, Bean, Basil and Bella.

An interesting array.
An interesting array.

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What other photos did I feature around this date?

I completely forgot to add the Labor Day photos to yesterday’s (Labor Day’s) post! My feline family wants all due credit for the work they’ve done over the years!

Someone’s Got To Work Around Here, 2015
Someone has to work around here.
Someone has to work around here.

Apparently I don’t get the day off but am required to be at the service of my fine felines. But who could resist? It’s a job I love.

Later we’ll all be in the studio as I spend a little more time on a few portraits, and possibly later Mimi and I may go back outside for a little more “modeling”. And perhaps even Mewsette will join us again! She likes to come outside now and then, and she’s really excited and talks and rubs on everything. She’s really hard to get a photo of because she doesn’t stand still, but I did get one clear one this morning. Mimi is in the background, busy watching the activity in the side yard which is where the bird feeder is outside the big casement window.

Mewsette joined me and Mimi this morning in the back yard.
Mewsette joined me and Mimi this morning in the back yard.

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On Instagram and Facebook this morning

Mimi and I begin our Labor Day with a little labor we both love–a modeling session in the back yard. Have a wonderful holiday!

Mimi poses on the chair.
Mimi poses on the chair.

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"Waiting Around the Corner", black and white charcoal and pastel on toned paper, 5" x 8" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Waiting Around the Corner”, black and white charcoal and pastel on toned paper, 5″ x 8″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

It may look as if Giuseppe is planning something, really he’s just basking in that wonderful sun puddle that cats have enjoyed in exactly that spot since I’ve lived here. Read more.



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15 thoughts on “Daily Photo: An Update on Giuseppe

  • Oh my, poor lad. With your attention to things and good vet care I am sure you’ll resolve this and make things as easy, safe and good for Giuseppe as is humanly possible. Send prayers and purrs too.
    ERin

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    • Erin, I really hope so. He’s usually such a vibrant and in-your-face cat and it’s hard to watch him like this.

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  • sierrakoester

    It sounds like you are doing everything you can for him. I hope they can figure out how to help him feel his best. <3

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    • I’m so glad to be able to consult with a number of veterinarians, and grateful that I am here every day.

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  • 15andmeowing

    Poor kitty. I am praying for him. XO

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  • Jay Davenport

    Prayers from Bernie and me.

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    • Thanks to you and Bernie, Jay! You remember when these guys were young adults.

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  • Lots of purrs from us for you and Guiseppe.

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    • Thank you, Leah, Giuseppe can use them now while we figure this out.

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  • da tabbies o trout towne

    dood…we R sorree two lurn thiz….we hope ewe due knot haza nother one, we noe how scaree they can bee….de furst bull dawg in TT had seizurez….blessingz frum st francis two ewe

    Reply
    • Thankfully no further grand mal seizures but I am guessing some of his persistent wandering activity is a type of seizure as well.

      Reply

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