Monday, March 27, 2017

Leo's Belated Gotcha Day!

On March 26, 2011 we made an eight hour journey to meet Chrystal and pick up my darling little baby Leo! I say "little" because that's what I expected. But I've learned that there is nothing 'as expected' about my heart kitty!

It was my gotcha day, I got my fav snackie and good mommy snuggles! 'Cause I'm that awesome, right! Mommy said so!

At nine months old, I expected to see a long and lanky but still not full grown kitten! What I got was a long and lanky HUGE kitty, bigger than my senior kitty Star! I thought maybe since he was a kitten and smaller than her that she might accept him, you know, 'aw look at the baby!' Um, nope!

Chrystal said he'd take a long time to adjust and become friendly since he was scared of everyone but her. So I expected him to be frightened of me and to try to get away when I was trying to move him from Chrystal's carrier to my carrier. I pulled him out and he melted into my arms. Half of the eight hour trip back home was spent with him clinging to my shoulder, leaning into my head (the other half huddled in a kennel looking miserable but never making a peep.

I expected him to want to explore after I let him out of the laundry room that was set up as a home base for him. And he did, a little. But he would cry for me when he couldn't find me. I would go and find him, calling his name and he would run to me like "where did you go! Don't do that again!"

I expected there to be tension between him and Star but that they would eventually learn to live together, maybe even be friends. Nope, never. She despised him and he occasionally antagonized her on purpose, just for the fun of it. Funnily enough, she kind of liked his sisters when they joined us three years later, but that's a story for their gotcha day.

I expected to remember his Gotcha day because I kept thinking about it all month. But then it fell on a weekend home and I spend the day snuggling with him and not writing... whoops. I'm thinking, though, that if you asked him, he'd say he would rather have the snuggles!

Snuggles are the best, especially when I get kisses on the top of my head! I even let mommy get in a short tummy rub.. My little gift to her for adopting me.

I expect you all are expecting an obligatory kitty picture? This one, you get the expected!

This is how Leo spent half the ride home, snuggled over my shoulder. Couldn't move him from that spot with a stick of dynamite!
One of the first pictures of baby Leo and some of his sisters. Leo is top left. Under him is Spritz I think, front and center is Glitter and behind her ear is Cashmere!

This is after he shed some of his fear and was out playing still at Winnie's Wish!

Happy 6th Gotcha Day Leo the Chinese Lion! I'm so glad you got gotted by ME!!!!!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thank you all for your prayers and purrs and good thoughts for my mom's cat, Sir Moose-a-lot Goodyear Roadkill Thunderbottom, who had surgery on Monday. He is doing really well!

Turn out the light and leave, there'll be no hand washing here today.
(wish I'd asked for a new picture of him! but here he is in his old round shape)

He had managed to gain back some weight before surgery thanks to his antibiotic and appetite stimulator putting him at 12 pounds!

We were worried that the lump in his mouth/jaw might be a tumor, might be cancer, might be something awful, but hoping it was just a tooth. Even that would not be very nice, but better than the alternatives. With his age and condition, we were also worried about just going in for surgery. My mom said he's only around 11, which isn't terribly old but does put him in the senior category.

Moosey came through the surgery well though! And the lump was the gum pockets around two broken teeth, all swelled up and over the breaks. It's possible someone may have kicked him. And it's possible that this could have happened before my mom got him when he was running around the cemetery near my sisters house, or on his recent jaunts. Or who knows really, how they broke, but they were. The doctor removed those broken teeth and some of the overgrown gum tissue as well as his remaining top fang because it was pocked full of cavities. Poor kitty! He has his bottom fangs still, and other side teeth, so he's not down to just gums yet!

And the really good news, he's already eating like a... well like a moose! He wasn't allowed to have anything until 7pm after his surgery and he was NOT happy about it! He bugged my mom, telling her over and over that his dishes were empty, darn it! FEED ME! But she stuck to her guns. And then he found some dropped dry food behind his empty food dish! Seriously, how did he even want that with a sore jaw? Oh yeah, he was on pain killers and antibiotics, feeling no pain!

And acting like a goof! She said he was pouncing around the kitchen like a little nut! I don't think he's felt good enough to play in a while so it was good to hear that he's all feisty and fun again! Of course, he might just be high on pain killers, but we'll take it!

And now that he's back on food, he's even happily eating his hard food which he loves and had to give up for the pain. And he still has lots of canned goodness and those bisques and chowders and gravies that we started him on when he started having trouble eating. He's one happy kitty on his way back to being fat and happy! (hopefully not back to 25 pounds though hee hee)

Thank you all again, for the good wishes! We're so thankful mom's boy is on the mend!!

Joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Mancat Monday

Can you see me? I's hidin'!

Mommy was home for the weekend and I stoled her blankeys! Whoop, still hiding, pay no attention to the ears behind the sheet!

Ok, ok, you found me. It's me! Leo!

I've got the idea in my head that if I stay curled up under here, keeping her toesies warm, and blankets trapped, that she can't go back for more of that therapy junk!

I know it will work! Plus, it's a great place to hide from my sissies! And to ambush them from. Shhh! I think I hear one of them coming now...

Glitter: Eeek! There's something moving under the blankets!!
Leo: Boo! Bwahahaha!

That'll teach ya to try to steal my mommy! Thrrrrrp!
hee hee, my job is done, now I can go nap on her chest so she can't get up!

Just in case you missed it, here's a close up of that face in the last picture, caught him with his tongue out!
Again, I say Thrrrrrrrrp!

Yes, I'm coming home for good! When? Last Friday, but that got moved, now it's supposed to be this coming Friday.. I guess we'll see. I know three kitties who will be very happy when that day comes, not to mention I'll be thrilled too! Yeesh!
Thank you all for your patience with my limited posting and commenting while rehabbing my crappy legs, we'll be back to some kind of a schedule soon I hope! Love you all!


Remember my mom's cat, Sir Moose-a-lot Goodyear Roadkill Thunderbottom? He's around 25 pounds in this picture. He's now about 11 pounds but hopefully on his way back up. Just a little up! Not back to 25 again!

Today, Monday, Moose is going to have dental surgery. They think he has a broken tooth that his gums grew over. Obviously very painful thus the drop in weight. (he's been dropping a bit over the past years anyway, but at the vet for another issues a few months ago was found to be 13 pounds, the tooth or abscess or whatever is going on in his mouth cost him another two in a few months.)

He has not been eating well because of the pain but we're finding things he can handle without too much trouble. I'd never head of the bisque cat food until Angel over at Daily Dose/Winnie's Wish started having trouble eating. And boy does Moose like those too! He can lick them up without chewing. Let's face it, 25 pounds was a bit much, but no one wants a skinny Moose! ;)

If you could, please send some purrs or prayers for sweet Moosey today that they can take care of whatever the problem is without too much trouble. We need him to stick around for a good long time!
Thank you!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Leo: Grab yerself a green nip beer and lets all raise a mug to the day o' the green!
Happy St. Paddy's day all!