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My NEW book – You Had Me at Meow

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It’s Caturday and I can’t think of a better day to tell you about my new book.

You Had Me at Meow; Considerations before Adopting your Cat, encourages responsible pet ownership and discusses questions to consider before adopting, taking in a re-homed cat or a rescue, bringing in a stray or searching for a breeder.

This  quick little read will hopefully create awareness of the lifetime commitment. If you already provide a loving home but know someone who could use this … please share.

Available NOW exclusively at Amazon. You do not need a Kindle to read it. Use free Kindle reading apps to read on your computer, tablet or even your phone.

I was pulled to write this book after hearing one too many times about cats being surrendered or abandoned. Shares, likes, and reviews are appreciated. And a big shout out to Cyndi Hodges for the editing help.

That pretty cat on the front is my first cat, Skeamer. She is only with us in memory but I’m thankful for the 17 years we had with her.

http://tinyurl.com/atMeow and atMeow.com

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Today, Remembering Skeamer and thoughts on Trinity

Today is the anniversary of when we said our goodbyes to Skeamer. It’s hard for me to believe it’s been 8 years. She was our first cat and will always hold a special place in my heart.

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Today also marks Trinity being on phenobarbital a month. Praise the Lord, we have not seen a seizure since March 23rd. I was told after one month that we’d wean her off the phenobarb and see if she’s still having them. That they are not bad enough to risk seeing if she’s still having them or if she could’ve fallen unbeknownst to  me and had brain swelling. Because of prior commitments I’m not starting the weaning down until Saturday. I was told the extra few days is not an issue. She’s really good at being pilled, but I’m not looking forward to the liquid as we dose down. I am not able to cut the phenobarb any more than quartered so I have no choice. It’s likely she’ll need to go back on an anti-seizure med but they think it’s worth taking the risk of another seizure to see. I was told by another person that I should have Valium ready as we taper off. I am going to ask to have the Valium on hand although I’m not sure when I’d give it because shortly after a seizure she looked normal, but I’ll ask.

I was told that if she has a seizure again I should put her on Keppra or Zonisamide because they are less sedating than phenobarb. She is MUCH better than she was when they first put her on it but still pretty sedated- even on 1/4 off a 1/4 g tablet a month in. If she follows it with another closely timed seizure then she’d have to go back on phenobarb because it gets to a level state sooner than the other two. Then I have to go thru comatose kitty all over again, well I guess if she has a seizure right away that it won’t take as long to get back used to the drug. I’m assuming this will be a life long treatment and how long that is depends on why she’s having them. Or like my last girl- she had kidney problems for 7 years but we lost her to cancer.

I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on, and learned that some cats have the same sedating effect, on the two newer drugs as they do on Phenobarb. That was my only reason for changing something that was working. Wait, that’s not true. I was also doing it because I was told you don’t have to monitor the drug in the system or the tax on the liver with the Keppra or Zozi. Later I was told it’s more because a test isn’t really available to test the drug in the cats system than that the test wouldn’t be needed. I have also learned something I find interesting. Some of the other cats in the Yahoo group that their cats have seizures- some are prone to OCD behaviors like Trinity (is in my opinion). I wonder if they have bad, jerking, moaning dreams too like both of my cats?

She stresses pretty bad at the vet and if the 2 new drugs are not most of the time less sedating, and if her liver is doing okay on the phenobarb,  I’m not so sure I shouldn’t stick with what’s working if she needs to go back on it and just test every 3 or 6 months (forgot what I was told about timing of the 2 test). I guess I probably need to have her potassium rechecked too at some point since she’s now being given once a day.

I love it when I see my girl act herself. It’s a little bit every day now that she runs or plays. Here’s a video of her playing catch on Sunday.  I was really doubting what I was putting her thru when she was zombied out and didn’t hardly move.  I’m wondering if the phenobarb tablets loses any effectiveness if cut and left in the cutter? They are so small I try not to handle them any more than necessary but I see NO pattern to how dopey she is like when she started on it. She used to be the dopiest a few hours after each dose. Now there is no rhyme or reason to the timing of that. When I went to get 5 more tablets of phenobarb (that for some reason cost the same as 10) my vet gave some DL-methonine tablets that I can give with her grain free food instead of the c/d food with it in it when I see things that look like urinary pain/ crystals. I just don’t want to feed that anymore for several reasons.

Thursday and Friday she was playful and alert for a good part of the day. Saturday I thought she might have had a mild mild seizure and possible again Sunday but she could’ve just been very dopey. She was moaning (they both have bad dreams a lot) and when I went to wake her up she was really delayed in doing so. I even picked her up and set her on the floor to watch her but when she blinked to, her eyes were not dilated and she looked and acted okay. Sunday morning shortly after her pill she was wide and glassy eyed but then played.

Let me add that she was diagnosed w. struvite crystals in August 2014 and was for the 1st time but on food (s/d for a bit then c/d) with grain that I didn’t want to feed. I see her eye run more on c/d and she bites at her feet.  Every time I put her back on Wellness within a few weeks I see she needs back on c/d or at least given methionine. I only bring in food the puzzle because I read of a lady who’s cat stopped seizing when put on grain free food. My cats have been on grain free until I had to do Hills r/x for her for the crystals. I’m looking into adding Methionine to a better grain free, and possible other than Wellness because of things I’ve been reading.

Here are the two spreadsheets I’ve started for both on those. Methionine and wet food.  I still want to look into methionine that doesn’t have to be pilled.  The spreadsheets on the are a work in progress and are taking a back seat to the seizures. I tried a few water fountains without success until the 3rd one. I didn’t want to buy it because it was plastic but it’s the only one she drank from. Tyler still doesn’t use it but she does. I plan to post a review on my social pages but not until the seizure issue feels under control.
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When she 1st got on Pheno she was typically out for the 1st few hours after pilling. Now there is no reasoning to when she’s fine and when she’s dopey. I will say she’s often less dopey than before but now it’s like it hits with no timing consistency with being given the pill.  She has started standing up to her brother and actually being a little aggressive at times. She used to would back down or not follow thru like he does to her but she’s started.

P1160940 (Small)I’m wondering if we should still do the taper down and I’m having second thoughts about changing from the low dose phenobarb when it is keeping the seizure from happening.

Cat grandmas are awesome ~

Today was Skeamer’s birthday- she would’ve been 25 today.

With Trinity’s recent health problems the thought that we often outlive our pets has really been weighing on my mind. It’s so hard watching them go through health issues and at some point, having to say goodbye. They sure bring a lot of good times and happy memories too. I am comforted knowing we gave good loving homes to our babies.

Speaking of Trinity. It took her a little over the two weeks before we really started seeing some of our old gal back, but the phenobarb is no longer knocking her out for the entire day. Well most days. We still don’t really see a pattern as to how she’ll be each day. I still think I’d like to move her over to one of the other anti-seizure meds that the amount in her system, nor her kidney levels need to be tested. It’d be great if it was a once a day pilling instead of 2x too I’d also like it if she was still never dopey and we could un-pad areas all over our house. I’m still not sure about taking her off to observe her but I’ll let the medical professionals weigh in on that.

I had to go back to her c/d (with grain) that I really didn’t want to do. In reading more I read that there has been some issues with Wellness and struvite crystals and that’s the grain free I happened to narrow down to. I just learned it’s also better not to feed fish- and the Wellness we feed is Turkey and salmon.

I am going to look into other grain free, no fish, low in phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and starch that are high in protein. I’m also going to ask about adding an acidifier to the grain free food since I can’t find a Rx diet that I like the ingredients. I’ll have to make sure it’s okay with her potassium, but the c/d has citric acid so I’m assuming there is no issue. As soon as I put her back on c/d she started over licking and biting at her feet again and her eye looked worse in just one day.

I still don’t know if eating grain for the first time in her life could cause the seizures like I read about, but I don’t like the ingredients so in addition to the new water fountain and possible adding DL- Methionine, glucosamine and chondroitin.

If nothing else I’ve sure learned a lot with all this. On another happy note my mom, knowing that the medical bills were starting to roll in offered to help us out financially. I wouldn’t take a check- so she got Trinity that new larger Petfusion cat scratcher lounge I wanted to get them for their birthday this month in hopes to reduce her stress of Tyler running her off the one we had. He can’t be in two places at one time. It’s a hit. Cat grandmas are awesome!

new scratcher. 72dpi

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Finally, I had a cat to call my own

I love almost all animals, but I wasn’t a cat parent until April of 1990. Growing up, having to live by my parents rules, I was allowed almost every animal except a cat. Not that I didn’t ask more than once. My dad just didn’t like them, because growing up the cats were allowed inside and out, on the counters and tables and near the food and he always disliked them.

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We had just gotten back from our honeymoon when my cousin called. Her boyfriend’s cat had kittens… “did I want one?” YES YES and YES. My husband was like “yes, what?” I told him I told my cousin I’d take a kitten and he said he didn’t really want pets.  I’d been told no all my life. I joke about telling him having pets was in our wedding vows.  She wasn’t the nicest cat but she was loved and she shared our lives for all seventeen of hers. She always wanted to be in the same room with us, she just didn’t like being petted. She greeted us at the door every time we came home, but I think it’s because she was expected what food we brought for her

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