Hungry Cats

Mar. 3rd, 2011 08:07 pm
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Horn of Plenty)
My work at the West Campus Learning Center at our local community college has me finishing up each day at 7 p.m. Since I usually feed our cats in the evenings, they've started congregating at the front door around then, greeting me with vociferous demands that they be fed immediately. I resist following orders, especially from the non-human members of our household, partly out of principle and partly out of the certainty that if I ever start there will never be an end to it. In fact, having arrived home less than an hour ago, I have cats sitting outside my bedroom door at this moment, wailing their dismay at my decision to write this post before feeding them.

The cats' impassioned pleas for food have become something of a joke in our house, so tonight I was greeted not only by them, but by an email from my husband, containing only a JPEG created by one of our boys:


pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (colorful cats)
Today, Muffin, one of my sons' cats, came home (to my sons' house) from the Broadway Animal Clinic, where he spent nearly three weeks following surgery to prevent him from being blocked by kidney stones. Although Muffin is only three years old, we've had to rush him off to vets twice, because he's developed blockages. The care Muffin received at the Broadway Animal Clinic far exceeded my expectations, as we received a substantial discount on the surgery and free boarding for the entire duration of his stay. This was not his usual vet, btw; we were referred by Feline Ltd. when they couldn't schedule an emergency appointment at the time we called.

Muffin had a difficult time while he was there. He had an emergency treatment to remove the blockage, without which he would not have survived, then had to wait a few days for his vitals to stabilize before the surgery. Shortly after his surgery, he managed, despite the plastic cone around his head, to reach back and pull his stitches loose, necessitating a blood transfusion. There was another transfusion, too, which I think was related to internal bleeding, and a second operation. For several days he wavered, developing an infection and with high levels of the toxins that indicate a failing kidney. Dr Mueller was forced to put him on antibiotics, despite fears that his kidneys might not be able to handle the medicine. Finally, he began to recover, but he didn't return to eating solid food and had to be hand fed. In my experience, most vets would have sent him home at this point with instructions on how do use a syringe to feed him, but Dr. Mueller never suggested that, preferring to make sure he was eating on his own again and "out of the woods."

When I thanked Dr. Mueller and told her how much I appreciated the care Muffin had received, she shrugged off my thanks and my offer to help in some way, since I couldn't afford to pay her usual fees, with one exception: she and the staff enjoy gifts of chocolate baked goods. Especially chocolate. Especially gooey, fudge-y brownies.

They will get some.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Default)
Via [livejournal.com profile] dancinghorse:

lolcatz )
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Horn of Plenty)
When I visited my dad at Thanksgiving, there was a new kitten in the house. The kitten's name is Vinton.

I've tucked a few photos of my dad and the kitten under the cut... )
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (colorful cats)
One of [livejournal.com profile] asakiyume's daughters created this animation for the song "Can't Stop Me Now" by Queen.

pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (dogs)
Being on Facebook is exposing me to even more of all the fun, er, distractions that can be found on the web. For instance, one of my friends there posted a link to this photo article, Friday Watch: All Dogs Go To Heaven . . ., which was in the Silicon Valley Watcher.

Now, I remain a neutral observer on the issue of what happens to us after death, but if there is a Heaven, I firmly believe it has to include at least the possibility of all our loved ones, or it wouldn't be, like, you know, Heaven.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (kitty cat)
I wasn't planning on posting again this evening, but then I came across this video in Will Shetterly's RSS feed and, given my last post, it was just too apropos to pass up, even though the language sometimes edges past my very staid limits *g*:

Watch The Mean Kitty Song )

Memage

Nov. 14th, 2008 06:32 pm
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Horn of Plenty)
I just learned some very disturbing information, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] crinklequirk.

Result under cut )

But, that wasn't enough for me. No, I had to go forward to discover:

Result under cut )
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (kitty cat)
I spoke with Ian earlier this evening and he said that Muffin is doing much better. Thank you to all who expressed concern or otherwise thought good thoughts for Muffin.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (kitty cat)
This was posted by [livejournal.com profile] lunalelle over on [livejournal.com profile] cranky_editors:

cat

You can see more cat pictures at Icanhascheezburger.

My apologies to those of you who've had to suffer twice. ;>
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (smug white cat)
My friend, [livejournal.com profile] lnhammer, also keeps a journal he calls Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day, over at [livejournal.com profile] prettygoodword. Tuesday's word was actually a pair of words with similar meaning: "mickle" and "muckle."

While "donating" rice over at Free Rice, I came across another word, which I just couldn't help sharing: "clowder." You see, we've got a mickle clowder of cats. Which means, to use more common terminology, that we have a large group of cats.

Edit: Oh, I forgot to mention, that AskOxford.com has an entire section on the terms used for collections of animals.

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