Diagnosis

Mar. 14th, 2012 06:09 pm
lunalovegoddess: (schroedinger)
Feeling better today, once I wrapped my brain around Leia's sudden death. I was reassured by vets and vet techs that Leia had a heart problem that was difficult to diagnose without a cardiac ultrasound. Basically, cats with HCM (hypertrophic cardiac myopathy) don't always have a heart murmur and Bengals are prone to this condition. Many show no symptoms until the very end, and in her case, any sudden,stressful event could have triggered a cardiac event. There might not have been testing available when she was a kitten. Now breeders are encouraged to screen for HCM before kittens leave their cattery.

I feel like I can put this to rest now, and just remember her funny quirks and intelligence. I am grateful for having had the pleasure of raising her since kittenhood and for having friends that did their best to make her feel loved and comfortable at the end.

*Their nicknames for her: PrettyGirl and Oh-Cat. (When we saw Puss In Boots, they cracked up laughing because she makes the "oh" face that the grey cat makes.) Although they were not cat people, she grew on them.

done

Mar. 11th, 2012 06:30 pm
lunalovegoddess: (Honor Harrington)
My coworkers at PARL helped me say goodbye to my sweet bengal girl. Now my focus is on getting landlord's approval for my siamese. We've worked so hard to get back on our feet and bring our pets home to give up now. I just hope that they are willing to consider letting us keep TaunWe, even if we agreed to not get another pet once he passes on. He's an awesome cat, very gentle with babies and small children, so if he had to be adopted out, at least he'd be easy to place. Plus, I am in touch with the siamese rescue folks.

I can't blame anyone for what happened to Leia. It's likely her illness damaged her heart, and that any stressful event would have triggered a relapse. It's just difficult to reconcile her sudden death with the energetic, healthy kitty I saw only the day before. It's going to take time for our family to heal, especially as we had lost Ringo almost a year ago. *all cried out*

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Feb. 29th, 2012 04:40 am
lunalovegoddess: (dammit)
No voice today. Finally came down with illness that's been going around. Found Theraflu that I'm not allergic to. Am hungry but cannot swallow anything complicated, so I'll have to send loverboy to the store for Tofutti. LOL

Apartment: Tomorrow may be moving day, as we got word last night that they received our security deposit and we need to come in to sign the lease and get keys. Can't move in, though, until we turn on the utilities, but overall, this works out really well. We receive a utility allowance which means that technically, we don't have to pay rent ourselves until we actually get hired and our income level changes, I can't wait to move in and to collect our storage. YAY!

Today's plan: packing and trying to use up food.

Cats: Feel better after talking with the foster group, who will check with the man who had fostered them before and had bonded with Leia about whether he would be willing to foster them again until we can make arrangements. Right now, she needs to be on antibiotics and prednisone for her bouts of colitis, which will fade once she is in a less stressful environment. Both cats love kids and have been gentle with the infant and toddlers, (TaunWe lets the baby tug his ears and flop all over him, and grooms her) but it's just too much for Leia to handle right now. The vet recommends getting her tested for feline leukemia, so I might do that on Friday when they get their FVRCP booster. They are up-to-date on their rabies until next Feb. so that's good.

Job: Need to let PARL know that we're moving and that I won't be in tomorrow. Still applying for jobs. Still volunteering. Haven't given up hope, but I wonder if maybe my address is part of what's been hindering the process. If employers google it and see that it's a shelter, they might get the wrong idea about me. But at least for now we will have our own place again and know that the rent is taken care of.

Grandmothers: March 2nd is my grandmother's 90th birthday, There is a family party on Saturday wihch we may be able to attend; we're looking into using a Zipcar, on the advice of a LJ friend. ^_^  My gran and I are very close friends, and its' been two years since I've seen her so I am determined to work things out this weekend. She still is fairly active, but is starting to slow down now.

Speaking of grandmothers, we spent yesterday with Bryan's gran. She wants to help us with furniture and/or a washer/dryer. Because we have w/d hookup.
lunalovegoddess: (schroedinger)
Guys, I'm really stressing now about the cats. It dawned on me this morning that although I have the pet policy form for public housing which permits up to two cats, that we'll be meeting with section 8 this morning and the property manager this afternoon... and I'm not sure if they follow the same guidelines. If not, then I will have to make arrangements for the cats, i.e. contact my boss at the cat sanctuary. (They would be allowed to live out their natural lives there if not adopted.)

If they do accept pets and the housing pet policy, then I need to schedule the vet visit, have Leia tested for feline leukemia, update vaccinations, and have the vet sign a form for housing. I need to print out the rabies vaccination certificates that are on my flash drive. Then I have to provide a pet deposit fee when I submit the pet policy. I do have some money saved up which was intended for purchasing a car, but family comes first. I'm trying not to spiral into panic mode. It may not be a problem at all. The meds have been working well; however, I should contact my therapist about claiming the cats as therapy pets just in case.

Leia and TaunWe have been through a lot. They've adapted well to new places and people, but in Leia's case, the stress is exacerbating her symptoms. I can administer her meds and give her a calm, quiet environment, and she will recover. If the vet wants her to be on Prozac, I'll give it to her. I can retrain her to use the toilet if using the litter box is too painful for her right now. Just please allow us to keep our cats in the new apartment.
lunalovegoddess: (Disney / Harry Potter)
My husband and I both are writing for the Examiner.com website. He is the New England Patriots Examiner; clicking on his articles provides us with money for sausages and toboggans... (^_^) http://www.examiner.com/user-sixbryane 

As for me, my first article has been published: Love Is Adoptable at the Providence Animal Rescue League. It posted before I was finished editing it, but I think it's decent for a first run. My goal is to post a daily article about local rescues and adoptable pets, with weekly upcoming events.
lunalovegoddess: (Default)
Hooray. We have doctors. As soon as the health care paperwork goes through, I can schedule a much needed check-up, and then schedule with the "lady-doctor".

In other news, I'm awake and I smell like The Unicorn. It's a good thing that I bought a bottle of it, because I spilled the half-imp I had left onto my neck and chest when my Siamese decided to give me a head-bump. Afterwards, he was extremely snuggly, burying his face in my chest. I'm resisting the urge to purchase some more BPAL, especially with the new Carnival Diabolique out. I simply do not have enough money until Friday to even consider it, but when I do, I'll be using BPAL as an incentive in my fitness routine. If I walk 2 mi at least twice per week for a month and skip my weekly lunch out, I can use the $20 I'd save towards BPAL purchases. What do you all think?

I've managed to get a few things done over the weekend, with the majority in the wee hours. So, overall, this is shaping up to be a good start to the week. What's more, my energy level is extraordinarily high for only having taken an hour nap.

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