Friday, December 28, 2012

Saturday morning

It's about 730 in the morning on Saturday and we are all here in bed.  Zero seems confused. Like he doesn't know what he feels like doing. He lays down for a minute but the stands up again and wobbles on his back legs, turns around walks a few steps on top of me, then comes back and lays down again.
I worry about him every day but he still eats well, loves his snuggles and purrs to show me he is happy. Keep it up, little man.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Day after Christmas

So today I realized that Zero now is developing some weakness in his hind legs. when he jumps down of the bed he looks as if he slipping and sliding and he seems to be having difficulty standing up. Other than that he is the same loveable, purring, happy cat. I looked up the weakness in the hind legs and they do say that it's a sign of the drive form of FIP. it's interesting I cannot find any information on the disease changing from wet to dry FIP, but it seems that that is what happened with Zero. He has no symptoms of wet FIP anymore but now after reducing his steroid medication it seems that he is developing dry FIP symptoms. I'm going to return his steroid medication to the usual today.

He's a little fun-loving man

Zero, after that last post, has been an active and loving little guy (Maybe a little extra attention goes a long way). I have found him rolling on his back asking for belly rubs more times than I can count and I'm always happy to oblige.

Yesterday he was fascinated with the pin that seals the air hole on my yoga ball. I took a video of him playing with it.

I will try and post that this afternoon.

I showed it to his vets and they were smiling and pleased.

Friday, December 21, 2012

It's almost Christmas

As I'm sitting here by the Christmas tree, with Zero on my lap as I knit and savor my early Saturday morning coffee, I think back to this week and how Zero chased the ribbon as I was wrapping gifts. He was like a little kitten (well, he is a little kitten) pouncing on the ribbon.

I'm also thinking about the purrs he has given me this week. They seem endless.

But then I think about how my worry began yesterday.

In the morning I fed him his usual. Zero eats and eats. Even if he just ate, he will eat again.
No worries.

Later, just after 2pm, when I came home from work, I fed them again, per usual.

Zero has been getting extra treats, like a small bowl with a teaspoon of Fancy Feast with warm water added so I know he is getting enough fluids. Well, after eating his dry food, and then his wet treat, he went to visit the litter box and upon his return to the kitchen, he threw up his food.
All of it.
I felt so bad for the little guy and this set on my worrying about "is he loosing weight again?"

I'm crossing my fingers and toes that he just ate too fast and is still at the peak of his health for now. His
mood seems to be the same. He is purring as I write.

Merry Christmas everyone!
And Merry Christmas, Zero!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Well yesterday was Hana's big day! 

She spent an hour and a half in the car, bounding down the highway (at times crawling through traffic), to reach her new family.

Hana took the ride pretty well, staying in the carrying case, balanced on my lap, half in-half out as I stroked her fur and whispered to her. During the trip a few times she began to pant (I thought she was experiencing stress) and I pulled her inside my coat to curl up. Then, with only 20 minutes left in the ride, Hana experienced car sickness. She vomited a tiny little bit onto my coat and I just stroked her and helped her get back into the carrier where she wanted to go.

All in all, Hana arrived and had a great first introduction. We we were welcomed into her new home by  her new parents and helped her become acclimated as we talked about any last bits of information.

Her new mom and dad are lovely. I know she will have a great life. Plus, her new sister is being picked up today so she will have  a new sibling!

Here are some photos from the trip.

As for Zero, he has been doing well every day. I know I haven't been keeping up with posting every day but Zero is an amazing little man and I spend lots of time with him on my lap which hinders uploading photos and writing blog posts!

Zero has gained a "healthy" amount of weight back and doesn't exhibit any of his previous symptoms such as heavy, labored breathing, bloating or signs of distress and discomfort.

He is behaving as he did before the diagnosis.

So with noting more to report, here are some updated photos of Zero.

He loves cuddling with his older brother.

Zero is so handsome! 

Gorri and Zero cuddled up. 

Zero is excited for Christmas.. (or at least I think he is!)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

This one goes out to Hana

Our pretty little girl.

She has found a home for the holidays! 
(sniff, sniff) I am tearfully happy that she will be with her new mother and father on December 15th!

These two have been such a big part of our lives since we encountered each other all the way back on the windy day in May. (We never did see that movie, but I don't remember anymore what it was).

It's been a long and wonderful journey and now Hana is moving forward. Her new mother sounds like and Angel and said the same of Hana. I think they were meant for each other. 
Her and her husband are here in South Korea with the military and will be taking Hana back to the USA when they are finish with their duty. ALSO, they have always wanted a black kitty named "Sunny" and they plan to adopt a black kitten as soon as they find one from the rescue network. 
Hana will forever have a black kitty in her life and Zero can pass knowing that his sister found her forever home. 

Zero is still amazing me and seems to be doing better every day! Now, he is up and about playing and prancing. Jumping onto the kitchen table and swatting at my yarn as I knit. 

He is amazing and I can see him staying with us for a long time. As one reader, (my only reader?), Julie said, he was meant to live out his days, however many he has left, with us. I can't pass up Hana's chance at the perfect life. 

So, without further ado... 

Congratulations to Hana!!!

Here are a few gems from the birthday party

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas ornaments

So Jay thought of an idea. We take a photograph that we have of each cat we've rescued and put it ion an ornament. Hang them on our tree forever! I love it!

I'd love this if it were a photograph somehow. 

These are some ideas that I've had but am not sure how to implement either. If I could print photos onto super thin paper I could apply them to bulbs using some sort of paper mache.

Maybe I will knit some bulbs and use a mini frame, then apply it to the knitted ball.

Cats love yarn!