Mr Sunshine is feeling a little spicy and trying to mix it up with his brother Giuseppe, and see the video below for his athletic leap off the wicker and his sprint across the yard!
After their group veterinary visit last month, Mr. Sunshine has responded well to the addition of methimazole to help manage his hypertension. About a week after it started he began these sprints around the yard. I’m so happy to see him far more energetic and playful than he has been in a couple of years.
Giuseppe, on the other hand, has been having some more serious issues. It seemed like the addition of methimazole to his regimen was helping manage his hypertension, but a little over a week ago I noticed new habits, maybe wandering, not really responding to me when I called him, although he had great appetite and litterbox use was normal.
Weekend before last I could tell something was developing and it involved his vision so last Monday morning I took him to Rivers Veterinary Urgent Care where we discovered that he had lost some vision in his right eye. We’ve increased his regular hypertension medication a little bit and it seems his wandering and circling is him compensating by using his left eye more, walking with walls and objects on his left side.
I had two vendor events over the weekend, and 5:00 Sunday morning he woke me up walking around in my bedroom seeming to be having a seizure, skittering around, seeming to be trembling, but he had made it up the steps. I picked him up and he calmed immediately so I don’t think that’s what it was and it’s hard to tell after a seizure is over. So I considered running him to an emergency veterinarian or just observing him until I had to leave. I was able to message with Dr. Elgersma and since Giuseppe was alert and had a great breakfast I put him in the bathroom while I was away, and he had a reiki session with Ingrid King. It all worked out well, and I’ve been putting him in the bathroom overnight to give him a break and let him rest where there’s water and food and a litter box easily available.
Here is the video:
Sad about Giuseppe, but Mr. Sunshine tries to make it all better
Not sure where this is going to go, but purrs are welcomed.
The events and preparation for them, changes in medications and observing these three took way more time that I thought it did. I didn’t realize I haven’t posted for three weeks!
I can’t describe the sadness I’m trying to hold at bay. Giuseppe was always the most athletic, racing me up steps two at a time, leaping up onto the cabinet when I was in the kitchen, grabbing all the treats from everyone, and his famous vocals. Not anymore, not right now at least. He stays on the floor and still walks around the walls and things, doesn’t really focus on me most of the time, no talking but some absent vocalizations. Once we get things under control he may regain some of his vision, and so some of his habits.
But Mr. Sunshine is a real star. His purrsonality has just blossomed and after being quite a serious kitty for years he’s kind of a clown. He must have inherited Mimi’s constitution and resistance to conditions!
More cost of care…
I had been trying to make the two vendor events I had the best possible with lots of merchandise, looking at the costs for returning to PetWellClinic with the three last week for T4 checks and full bloodwork for Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine. Sales were not particularly good, so you’ll see me sharing a lot of merchandise in the next few weeks—don’t forget to shop here for the holidays! That will help to make up for extra veterinary care which looks as if it’s in our future.
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Here are some ideas…
As always, if you would like to help me with veterinary costs, I would be so grateful. Right now all this is taking in as much as I’m earning, and then some. In addition to these three, Mimi is due for her annual visit, Morty still needs prescription foods until I can get him back to the veterinarian for his workup so he can be up for adoption, and all of them need to eat. I want to keep them all comfortable in whatever way is best for each cat.
- Consider a Custom Pet Memorial Votive for yourself or a family member or friend. Remember that they don’t actually have to be memorials—a votive with someone’s pet on it while they are very much alive is also a nice custom gift!
- Visit www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net, especially my Handmade Gift Gallery.
- I still have plenty of feline garden flags, and all the votive lamps and keepsake boxes are on my site.
- I have one of each of the Tortie Girls block prints and one of Awakening, all are matted and framed.
- And consider even a small portrait of one or more of your fine felines.
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