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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Update for the cat lovers on my friends list.

Posted on 2010.02.02 at 13:37
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It's been about a long time since I posted a cat update, so here is some news, plus a bunch of pics, for the cat fans among you.

Charles and Elsa are now grown up. They had their first birthdays in the last week of July. They still are pips and we love them to pieces. They are so funny, so silly, so sweet; their antics keep us laughing, and watching them tear around the house makes us feel young and spry ourselves. They still have their health issues, through, most troublesome their chronic gingivitis. I brush and rinse their teeth with an enzymatic paste and rub their gums with an enzymatic gel daily when I'm here (which is most of the time). That seems to keep it under control. Angelo also gets his teeth brushed, but his dental issues predate the arrival of Charles and Elsa.




Angelo getting his teeth brushed and rinsed:


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Elsa getting her teeth brushed (sorry, no shots yet of Charles getting his teeth brushed):


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Our new vet thinks Charles and Elsa's gum condition is related to their long, drawn-out upper respiratory illness as kittens. "From what you say, it didn't respond to antibiotics, but just went on and on. If they'd had something bacterial they'd have been cured or dead", he said. The breeder thought what they had was a series of stubborn colds. But the vet thinks they probably contracted feline herpes, a condition which, like herpes in humans who suffer from chronic cold sores, is viral and life-long, flaring up in times of stress or when the immune system is otherwise taxed. An adult cat that helped raise Elsa at the cattery had herpes. The breeder did not hide the fact that she had herpes, but the breeder also said the kittens didn't/couldn't get it from her. It seems she was probably wrong. But, as I said, other than their gum disease and a continuing tendency to be sneezy, they are great, very active and very fit.

Angelo, now nine, is still his own dear, whining, love-hungry self. But he has had troubling kidney readings, at his tooth-cleaning this summer and his check-up this fall, so he's been going to the vet's for hydration (subcutaneously injected fluids) every week since December. Plus he gets a special nutritional supplement for cats with kidney issues, and is eating a food formulated for weak kidneys. We have our fingers crossed that Angelo hasn't got acute kidney disease or kidney cancer. He just had another blood test last week and I should hear the results tomorrow. We worry because his brother died at four of kidney cancer, although he got very sick, very fast.

But, that's life, having pets. They all have health problems sooner or later (although ours seem to have them sooner than later, or perhaps Siamese really is the "weak breed" it's rumoured to be). When they do, you have to deal with it. They make you worry when they're ill, they break your heart when they die, but they make our lives so rich.

Below is a series of photos that are actually screencaps from a video. The three cats had been sleeping in a pile here on the guest room bed, when Charles began to give Elsa an ear bath. I got out the camera. They both love sucking on body parts; Elsa sucks on the tip of her tail. There's nothing more disgusting than letting her come under to covers to find that the end of her tail is sopping wet with spit. Charles loves to suck on ears. We have some shots of him chewing and sucking on Angelo's ears, which Angelo seems to enjoy. But the series below show Charles sucking and chewing on Elsa's ears, as well as her neck. She seems not only not to mind, she seems to positively it.

Those deviants....



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Here are photos my husband took more recently. The cats were on top of me while I was trying to read. Notice that Charles started out on my chest (considered by the cats to be the best spot, up near my face), with Angelo farthest away. But as the video was being shot, Angelo supplanted Charles. Angelo looks so smug in the last frame, having ousted Charles from the choice spot, Charles left to sulk on my shins.



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~ Sweerts, Michael: 'Self-portrait', plus jan-u-wine's "At the Last", 1-30-10.



Comments:


Shirebound
shirebound at 2010-02-02 19:45 (UTC) (Link)
Awwww, that's a lot of snuggling. :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-02-02 20:23 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it's snuggle central around here. :)
Map-Maker, Lighthouse-Keeper
marinshellstone at 2010-02-02 19:52 (UTC) (Link)
I love them! They have such beautiful, intelligent faces and gorgeous eyes.

(icon is my kitty)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-02-02 20:24 (UTC) (Link)
Your kitty is gorgeous! Is he a dark grey, or is he black and the photo has been lightened to make him more visible? What a face he has. Is he a snuggler? What's his/her name?
pearlette
pearlette at 2010-02-02 20:04 (UTC) (Link)
Such beautiful cats!

Their EYES. :)

Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-02-02 20:26 (UTC) (Link)
Ha ha! Yeah, they've got those eyes. Sometimes we kid around and call them little Gollums. Angelo has a very Gollum look on his face in that second to the last photo, when he's planning his move to take Charles's spot. :)
Prim
primula_baggins at 2010-02-02 21:02 (UTC) (Link)
"They make you worry when they're ill, they break your heart when they die, but they make our lives so rich."

That's so true. I still have a lot of pause about having my kitties because the thought of them being ill or dying is so difficult for me. But I love 'em so.

Gee, your photos are so darling. I love how Charles is grooming Elsa. I don't blame her for loving it. :D
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-02-02 21:40 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that Charles is a regular hair stylist, and really into using lots of gel (*spit*), lol.

"I still have a lot of pause about having my kitties because the thought of them being ill or dying is so difficult for me. But I love 'em so."

It's tough living with the downside of owning pets, but if we didn't have pets because they get sick and because they die, we wouldn't be able to have relationships with humans, either. Loving other people or animals is wonderful to experience, but also very, very hard. But you know all that, I suspect. :) (P.S. Your icon is a crack-up.)
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Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-02-02 21:43 (UTC) (Link)
Yep, they are that. :)
Gentle Hobbit
gentlehobbit at 2010-02-03 03:12 (UTC) (Link)
Oh my... that first set of pictures! What a love-in those kitties are having! The squeezed-shut eyes of ecstasy, the long pink tongue, the nibbling....

I just loved seeing these pictures. Thank you for posting them!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-02-03 03:37 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Gentlehobbit. I see you are a fan of Siameezers, judging by your lovely icon. :)
Maewyn
maewyn_2 at 2010-02-03 11:21 (UTC) (Link)
You must have been reading my mind! I was only wondering the other day how your cats were going!

They're just beautiful! What a jumble on the bed (almost looks like an orgy!) :)

I love your portable heating system - and the way they swap themselves around! I would just love it if Banjo would sit on me. I feel privileged if he should deign to lean against my leg as I lay in bed!

I love the second-last picture. Those eyes! The last picture certainly does tell a story...if looks could kill!

Oh, and I couldn't imagine trying to clean Banjo's teeth with a toothbrush. I'd be shredded!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-02-03 14:03 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe Banjo would like to visit my dental clinic? HA: "not, mrow!".

Yeah, they love warm bodies to lay on and with. Right now I am trying to type with Angelo on my lap. He's very needy in the mornings and just follows people around, mro-o-o-o-o-wing, waiting for someone to bend over and pet him or pick him up. I hate to tell him, but I haven't poured my tea, fed the "kittens" (they eat different food from Angelo) or made breakfast. Alas, he will have to get up.
melyanna_65
melyanna_65 at 2010-02-03 21:49 (UTC) (Link)
Awwwwww, I'm glad to find an update about your lovely kitties. They look so cute and I love those amazing blue eyes.

I think that having a good reading with kitties all snuggled upon you is the most relaxing thing ever.

Thanks for sharing, hon!

*hugs*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-02-03 22:52 (UTC) (Link)
"I think that having a good reading with kitties all snuggled upon you is the most relaxing thing ever."

Is this a form of relaxation you enjoy, too? :)
golden_berry
golden_berry at 2010-02-04 00:45 (UTC) (Link)
You are a good mom, what with all the teeth-brushing and gum treatments and such! Love the photos! I hope Angelo's problem is "only" chronic renal disease, although that can be a heartbreaker itself, as I know from personal experience.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-02-04 01:04 (UTC) (Link)
I hope that's what he's got, too, since cancer would take him so quickly, or more quickly. We got his latest bloodwork back yesterday and his creatinine levels are only a tiny bit better than last month's test, after all these treatments. The vet is going to look at his urine again, though, too, which was actually very normal a month ago (when his creatinine was elevated). His urine was nice and concentrated, the way it should be. Cats with failing kidneys have very watery pee, since the toxins aren't being removed sufficiently. But you know all about that from experience. :(

Thanks for stopping by, ducky. Smooches to your kitties.
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2010-02-06 12:59 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for posting this update, lass. It’s great to see how well they are doing and that they get along with each other. Charles seems to like the cat-arazzi *g*. His Shire-blue eyes really are otherworldly.

You all look as snug-ses as bug-ses in rug-ses.

--Estë
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-02-06 15:47 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, very snug! Sometimes, *too* snug. Those whippersnappers get hot. :)

Look at your icon! The blue nearly matches Charles's eyes, which are so like sapphires. Yes, they are very blue. Angelo's are, too, but they have a bit more aquamarine in them, and Elsa's are super-blue, but such a deep shade they're almost navy. From far away her eyes look black. It's nice having a variety. Can't have too many pairs of blue eyes, ey? :)
Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2010-02-07 04:39 (UTC) (Link)
Ahahaha!!! Charles and Elsa are little Goth kitties!!! (-: Those poses:

Charles: I vant to suck your blood, my sweet Elsa!
Elsa: Oh Charles, yes!!!

I do hope the tests will come out clear for Angelo. Will keep my fingers crossed for him.

The looks on Angelo's face in the two before the last pic are just priceless! LOL!!!!

Pic #3--
Angelo: You love me, and only me, and you want me closest to you, don't you?

Pic #4--
Angelo: Well, I'm going to make that happen, right now. Watch me, my love!
Charles : *nothing going on between the ears*

Pic #5:
Angelo: Mmmmmm . . .
Charles: What happened? How did I get here? There must be some mistake . . .

Their eye colors are just amazing. I've never lived with a meezer with eyes that deep a blue.



Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-02-07 14:28 (UTC) (Link)
HA HA HA HA!!!! I loved your dialogue for the cats, Lavender. Thanks for writing it down so I could read it, too. :)

Angelo's creatinine level was nearly as high as before, unfortunately. Not "kidney failure", mind, but a level for kidneys not doing their job the way they should. The vet, however, thinking back to his last testing, when he tested the urine for concentration--and the test was good, ordered a urine sample this Friday. So this coming week we'll see if that has continued to be good. In that case, he said, he's going to suggest Angelo continue on the kidney-kind food and the supplement, but cut down the hydration to once every two weeks. If he then maintains on that, at least I won't have to take him in every week and more. Not only is that costly (17.40 a pop plus the cost of the bag when they have to order a new one), I don't like having to go there all the time, and Angelo doesn't like it any better. :)

Edited at 2010-02-07 02:29 pm (UTC)
 Paulie
not_alone at 2010-02-17 22:34 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, their eyes are such a brilliant blue!! What great pics - they seem to have grown up so quickly:)

I do hope Angelo's kidney troubles aren't too serious. Our Beatrice, who is nearly 19, has severe kidney disease now and we know we won't have her for much longer. Her sister died of the same thing when she was 16. It's so sad but I know they've had really long lives in cat years - your Angelo is still quite young:)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-02-17 22:53 (UTC) (Link)
Dear Beatrice, nineteen! I'm so glad you got to have her so long, and her sister (sixteen is the oldest any cat of ours has lived). I hope she is being kept as comfortable as is practicable. Getting old and dying, whether it is us or the people and animals we love, is no fun.

Thank you for asking after Angelo (the big baby). Kidney disease is a common bringer of death to aged cats, so we've been prepared for that, but not at nine years old. That's why we've been worried it's really a symptom of cancer yet to be revealed. In the meantime, he's still getting the IV fluids every week, which is tiresome and expensive, but his urine concentration has improved, so we're going to keep that up until March, then check him again and try tapering him off. I'd love him to just get better and be able to live normally again, or nearly-normally, with just the change in food and the special kidney supplement and no continual trips to the vet. We shall see!
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