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Getting old ain’t easy

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

First lemme tell you, my friends, Mom L and I thought this post was gonna be a whole lot different than it is today. I know, I know—I missed my Friday Memes post. But I have a good reason. You see, I was at my regular Vet DVM place, but with a different Doc. This Doc was very good, except—the Doc forgot the “why” I was there and focused on my dismal sad, lethargic state and my whole senior cat history.

Well I can tell you! I cried, Mom L and Dad P cried! The Doc started to talk about…ahem, koff, koff…ya know…that “end of life” chat. That took the whole focus OFF the real health challenge I was brought in for. Mom L noticed that I had been going in and out and in and out of the litter boxes multiple times within one hour over a few days etc.

But the Doc focused on my senior ailments, and decided it was time to have the “talk” with Mom L and Dad P. Thank Ceiling Cat that Mom L and Dad P know me so well. They said “thank you” but we will get back to you. They left, having forgotten the “why” they brought me in the first place.

That night I literally went between two litter boxes THIRTY times!! Mom L knows, ‘cuz she was counting them and watchin’ over me. Thank Ceiling Cat again, Dad P and Mom L took me to a great emergency Vet hospital on Saturday at about 8 AM PDST.

My pals, I so wanted outta there!! We waited for over an hour in that little room. I know, yes…we could hear that there were several even more critical care needs for other woofies before they could get to me. I did try my best to find an escape route!!

Mom L and I were there for like five hours. But I went home with a urine draw done and a pawerful antibiotic for treating my suspected urinary tract infection. Fast forward to today, Sunday, May 29. I am peeing like a champ!!

And enjoying a bit of time with my nip rainbow! This kitteh may be seventeen years old, but she still has some moves left, by golly!!

Now to add to the state of health affairs for Sage and sweet Katie. Sage was at the Vet about ten days before me. She was not eating for like three days, vomiting bile, etc. Mom L suspects the evil IBD. But our Vet gave her some fluids AND cerenia, to calm her gut track that day. And TKS is back to her darling, always willing to eat anything self!!

And lastly, precious Katie has been back again for that horrible fungus that won’t let go of her claw sheaths. More than on Vet has suggested she might need her claw (s) removed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO SIREEE!!!!!!! That will not happen in her lifetime. Mom L and Dad P will catch her once a week to treat her affected claws, for the remainder of her life!!! KATIE WILL NOT HAVE HER CLAWS REMOVED!!!

So, that’s what’s happening over the last ten days or so in my castle. Let me know how you are all doing. We all know that gettin’ older is tough, but we can still be active kitties, loved by our humans!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

We three girls in our castle

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

I am, of course posting my Monday blog post late…sigh. But at least it is gonna be out there for any and all to take a look.

Moving on, I thought it has been a while since I shared some recent photos of me, Sage and Katie—living the good life in my castle.

I am first up, naturally, right?! You can see me visiting some of the volunteers who met in my castle to  plan for Delta View Cats’ inaugural fund raiser yard sale. I was upstairs napping and decided to go down for a snack. Wow! There was a meeting going on that I needed to get in there and snoopervise. In the past, I would not have joined in with all those strangers, but I went right over to my stairs, climbed up onto my couch and checked out Mr. Burt and Miss Shannon who were sitting there.

You will also see me hangin’ out under my tent on my bed when Miss Kandi was staying with us while Mom L and Dad P were away.

Next up is Sage aka The Kid Sage aka TKS. She is such a bootiful house panther. Sage and I have never been really close, but I know that she so loves to sit on Mom L’s lap and take a nap. This makes Mom L so very happy so’s that’s OK by me.

Now for Katie aka KK. She is such a cutie and she makes sure that Sage and I know she respects us. She and Sage play chase through the house, up and down the stairs and whatnot. One of her favorite things to do is hang from the stairs with her front legs hanging over and then she streeeeettttccchhhheeeesss our her front legs and spreads both her paws. You can just hear her toe knuckles cracking!!

Hope you enjoyed being a part of my castle world for a few moments. Thanks for sticking with me while Mom L and I try to figure out how to get about ten more hours in our day!!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH 

Changes in Savannah’s Castle

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!

I am turning my blog post over to Mom L today.

Thank you, Nana, for allowing me to talk about the changes in your castle residents.

It is with great sadness that I want Nana’s readers to know that her Dad P and I made one of the most difficult decisions we’ve ever made. Our gorgeous, precious, loving, cuddly Court Jester Eowyn, needed to be rehomed.

Eowyn is a perfect snuggly, affectionate lap cat with all people. She and I were especially bonded over the six months she lived with us. I was so excited that Eowyn got our shy Katie to run and play with her all over our home.

Katie was starting to behave like a senior cat because of nine-year-old TKS and seventeen-year-old Savannah, my heart kitty for all times. To see her become her young five-year-old self was heartwarming.

In August 2021, Eowyn and her two kittens, Arwen and Frodo, were found abandoned in a city park where Delta View Cats, our nonprofit, feeds a cat colony. We decided in October 2021 to adopt Eowyn. I registered her chip to me. However, in January, we finally found a wonderful home for her two kittens, Arwen (with the head wobble and asthma) and her brother Frodo. Eowyn always liked to go in to their kitten room and do some rough and tumble playtime with them. But as they got older, she was less inclined to spend much time with them, but she always visited every day.

Once the kittens were gone in late January, Eowyn’s behavior began to change quickly. She began to play too rough with Katie so Katie stopped playing. Then she started to stalk and attack Nana and Sage. She would corner them in the litter boxes, or back them into a corner where they had no escape. Nana is deaf and could not hear Eowyn and Nana has severe arthritis so she cannot get away quickly as Sage was able to do. Eventually, the three girls started staying most of the day and even the evenings in our master bedroom. Sage wouldn’t come down to have licks of Dad’s ice cream because Eowyn was always right there. Nana wouldn’t come sit by me on the couch to watch TV and get brushies because Eowyn would always try to sneak up on her from the back of the couch.

And yes, Dad and I asked for advice, coaching, cat behaviorist input etc. It only continues to accelerate and we saw to way to give Eowyn the attention she needed and deserved while also being able to give Nana, Sage and Katie all the attention and love they needed.

Long story short, Eowyn is now “Callie” and living as the only cat with a delightful, loving and kind young couple not far from us. She gets to sleep with them every night, and she gets all the cuddles she wants, she has no other cat giving her competition for her humans’ atention. She also has a doggie pal who she doesn’t mind at all. So, her life will be the best life she needs. I will never stop loving her and missing her. Please enjoy a couple videos and some photos of her in her very own castle where she is the reigning Princess!!

 

Watch Eowyn, aka Callie, climb up onto her new Dad’s neck to relish in cuddling with him!

Dad and I made the best decision for all four cats involved. I hope Nana’s readers can see this. Thank you for understanding.

Within the first week Eowyn was gone, all three girls started coming back to our living room at night; Sage to share ice cream with her Dad, Katie has started playing like crazy again with her wand toys and other toys, and Nana is once again back comfortable next to me on the couch at night. Clearly they are all more at ease and outgoing now that Eowyn has her own castle.

Lastly, I want to let you know that Nana goes in today, Monday for an ultrasound to learn if her irritable bowel disease (IBD) has escalated into lymphoma. She has had this for 8 of the ten years she has lived with us. Her heart murmur has moved from a stage two to a stage three, likely due to her chronic kidney disease (CKD) and her IBD. She has been losing weight, and lost six ounces from January 2022 to yesterday at her vet visit.   Her arthritis is severe but this spunky lady still hippity hops up and down our stairs from bottom floor to top and back again. I will let you know what we learn from her ultrasound. Send her purrs for it to show only the IBD.

Nana asked me to sign off with her usual, so here it is—

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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