Andrea (Celestial Kitties) has been in physical therapy where she has been discovered to be the sewing/crocheting talent that she is. She’s been making things at the request of those she is meeting at the center. She told me last week that she had collected some money for the things she’d been making, and would I like the money as a check or would I like supplies? Trying to convince Andrea to keep the money for herself (this was NOT a fundraiser) was a futile fancy. I was forced to give an answer to her question. I told her I’d love to receive some supplies.
When Andrea’s gift arrived, I’d also just received Mell’s gift in memory of her TC kitty. There were lots of boxes. I took them down to the kennel because they would have filled my kitchen floor. The Angel in my kennel likes to be out of her kitty condo to roam around when I am down there working. She was thrilled with all of the boxes. She doesn’t play with toys. I was pleasantly surprised to see that she definitely enjoys boxes. She climbed around on them for quite a while. Then she settled in for some serious grooming.
As I opened boxes and arranged gifts for pictures, Angel claimed one of the empty boxes for herself.
I got my picture of Mell’s gift, then I arranged the stuff that Andrea had sent. She’d included some of the bisque packets that Angel is able to eat. As if Angel KNEW that some of this gift was meant for her, she posed right beside the items.
Andrea – THANK YOU.
Now let me update you on the Angel. She had the surgery resulting in no discovery of polyps or anything else that could explain her breathing problems. Dr. A said there was lots of mucus. Angel came home with two new medications which we finished without any change at all in the breathing or the mucus. I reported on this blog that I had ordered a natural product from Hawaii that specifically indicated it would “reduce mucus production.” I started Angel on this product on March 14. I feel like she does not sound any different now than she ever has. BUT – the fear has always been that she will quit eating (which she has done before because of her breathing/mucus problem). All I can say is that she is still eating for me. I mix a super healthy porridge of a high nutrition canned food with water each morning. And she has a Bisque each night. It’s been three weeks since she started the new product. She still sounds like a freight train when she breathes, but keeping her eating is the goal. And so far, so good.
As a side note, I have a little foster I’ve introduced you to named Trudi. She has a terrible breathing issue, too. She has been to the shelter vet clinic numerous times. She, like Angel, has been on all kinds of medications. She did not have an exploratory surgery like Angel did, but she sounds almost exactly like Angel when she breathes. We never felt that these two had the same issue because Trudi was born with a deformity in her rib cage. The vets that have seen her don’t really feel like her rib cage is the reason for the breathing issue, at least not the nasal part of it. Unlike Angel (who never had nasal drainage or any apparent infection), Trudi would do great while ON an antibiotic. Then three to four days after ending the antibiotic treatment, she would go downhill. There would be nasal discharge that would quickly turn into a sinus infection. She would stop eating and stop playing. Back on an antibiotic and she would recover. We knew she shouldn’t be living on an antibiotic on and off indefinitely, but the vets didn’t know what else to try (after SO many trials of everything they could think of). Well, I put little Trudi on this same product that I put Angel on. Started her on it the same day (March 14). Trudi has now been OFF of any antibiotics for the longest period in her life. And she is doing fantastic. She eats. She plays. In fact, she is so active now that living in our downstairs bathroom is no longer exciting enough. Trudi is out with our own furry family members. She has explored every inch of this house. And she and Pipes (our youngest cat) play to the point of exhaustion.
I don’t know if this mucus-reducing product is the answer we’ve been looking for. But it seems unlikely that this is coincidence. Keep your fingers crossed, Friends. (And wish with me that someone wonderful comes along to adopt little Trudi.)
(And Ginny – THANK YOU.)
See you tomorrow.