Thursday, 27 April 2017

Rosie is gone.

I've never known anything like it.  Rosie had Ace, Worrals, Rebel, Gypsy, Cecil and even Pixy taking part in a vigil of cuddling next to her on the sofa on my lap during the day.  She died in Simon's arms as he took a turn cuddling her about 9pm.  She will leave a large hole, but as she was very depressed when Saffron died, I wonder if that's what set it all off. 

Bittersweet

Rosie is taking dying seriously now. She really enjoyed that last meal of chicken, but squiggled into Simon's arms during the night and is fading fast. She's drunk some cat milk and some broth from the chicken bones but that's the limit of her efforts. She's on my feet, with a hot water bottle, she has wriggled out from under the rug.  She has a little drop of thin April sunshine. 

Ace has been cuddling Rosie and looking after her, all the Rubbish Tip 3 have to some extent, but Ace especially.  She was their little mummy when they arrived, and they know how to pay love debts back. They are going from strength to strength, and Kelly and Piper are already becoming big cats.  Piper also answers to'Chuchundra' [for those of you who do not know your Kipling, in the extra tales at the back of Jungle Book was the story of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the mongoose, and Chuchundra is the musk rat who goes round the edge of the room because he doesn't dare cross the middle.  It suits.] Ace is still a little little cat and probably always will be. Kelly has taken on Linnie's mantle as the Prince of Daftness, and Ace is the Kronprinz of Kisses even if not the King.  Cecil is also trying to be a prince of daftness.  Right now he's come to lie with Rosie, I'm not sure if it's the sun puddle that attracts him, or altruism, but he is good when cats are under the weather. 

Scampi and Gypsy, being my biggest, and the biggest cowards in the UK, had lovely Lauren come out to innoculate them at home.  And Gypsy still went beresk.  He would have gone berserk but that requires more brain power than he can muster, so beresk it had to be.  However, he was on my arm making puddings with both ends that evening, instead of the both of them decamping to live under Simon's bed for three days, so worth having Lauren out on call. 

Leo is still enjoying his lion cut, and loves to cuddle daddy.  

We had a few days warm sunshine, unlike today's thin and icy offering, and so the window was opened. Rosie was able to go out, and enjoyed it, basking. 


Here are some gratuitous April pictures, which include a lot of Rosie just because.  I don't expect her to live the day out, she's sleeping herself away. 

My brother

Ace and Rosie

Rebel and Rosie

Kelly with Worrals [she had been washing him]

Can that be Princess Pixy Neferkity Merybast with her tongue stuck out?

Gypsy has to sort out his nethers

As you can see next to Cecil, Piper is a big boy!

"Dear all, the weather is here, wish you were lovely. Dora."

Princess Pixy wondering whether to go in or out

Hey mum!  she sat on me!

that's better

Rebel and Rosie playing mirrors

Cecil, Ace and Leo

I love that floofy tummy!

Double Daddy occupancy, Rosie and Leo

We got a bit of flesh back on her and she enjoyed the warm days

couldn't resist this picture of Cecil wearing the tower.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Better News

Well, Rosie is still with us and from the razor sharp spine and place where your fingers meet at the back end of her spine she has a little, little pad of flesh.  I am feeding her with a malty high calorie paste, chicken, and Felix double delicious as she's gone off kitten food.  She had a vitamin B injection and has chalky stuff night and morning to try to stabilise her bowels.  And she's drinking cat milk and broth which I make for her to keep herself hydrated.  And she can purr....

I'll try to download and post some pics soon, I've been more concerned with shoving food into Rosie than taking photos, and making sure she gets it not the ravening horde, and Pixy, who is a ravening horde on her own.  Kelly mustn't have anything except kitty food because of his runny bum; and we are winning.  He is now leaving me sticky turds on the covers [what do I call them, not antimacassars, so much as antimakellies] and needs much less frequent bum wiping.  But I have  no intention of upsetting the delicate balance of his insides when I know fine well that when he nicks anything but grain-free kitten food he proceeds to produce goo.

we have gone mostly grain free except for bribery and corruption of Rosie and of anyone except Kelly to keep them away from Rosie.
And on the sofa right now I have Ace, Worrals, Gypsy, Pixy and Rebel.  Simon has Leo, and on the computer desk/cat storage are Cecil, Piper and Rosie.

Friday, 7 April 2017

This is the worst 18 months I've lived through. Rosie is FIV+

How long has she had it?  good question. Possibly since she came from Romania 5 years ago.  It wasn't a standard test then and I didn't know enough to ask for it.
Can she survive it? I don't know, she has been losing weight hand over fist.  With help from the vet, she can have some quality of life for as long as she has, and I am trying her on fortiflora which has helped a friend's cat with FIV. 
The scary thing is that it is possible that she has passed it to the others.  However, FIV is harder to catch than FelV, and Rosie has never been a fighter so we can hope they all escape it.  Also, a healthy cat with FIV does not necessarily  develop all the symptoms, even as someone with HIV isn't necessarily about to drop dead, it's a question of maintaining their shots, keeping them on probiotics and good food.  We have recently gone grain free which I am hoping will be generally a good thing.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Small hours shock: RIP Linnie

Lying in bed some time after 2, wondering how much it would disrupt the two cats cuddling me, Worrals and Ace, I felt feet walk up me, and a familiar face comes over the edge of the duvet.
"Hello Linnie," I said. "Don't walk on Worrals, she'll hit you." I was wondering how to incorporate 3 cats in my bed without bad language, and Linnie jumped onto the bedside table - and promptly fell off onto the bed.
At first, I was saying, "What are you up to, you prune?" when I could see he was lying as if he couldn't get up.
Plan A is always shriek for Simon.
And withing 2 minutes, having twitched and emptied his bladder, our King of Kisses, Prince of Daftness and Pontiff of Prunery was gone.  Five years old and gone.  He had a heart murmur but he was so full of life... that afternoon he had been out in the run, climbing about.  And now he's gone.  I am still very much in shock, but I want to share celebration pictures of our lovely boy.













Tuesday, 14 March 2017

A lion cut and other pics

The time came for Leo to have his fur cut short, and this time we decided to go for the complete lion cut.  We were not prepared for the difference it would make!  suddenly our grumpy old sod was gambolling like a kitten and ready to be friendly.  Not only has he been suddenly receptive to being stroked, he has become a lap cat, and has been friendly to the others.  That fur must have been heavy and uncomfortable!  so our brave little lion is going to be keeping his lion cut, and we'll have it done as soon as his hair grows longer than short haired.
And right now he feels all plushy...

Leo approves of the new sofa!  we got it [I love freecycle] while he was being clipped, and he investigated it and decided we got it for him for behaving himself at the hairdresser



Kisses for daddy even! I know he looks silly [I do dig his moon boots] but if he is more comfortable, I don't care; he can't see himself so he doesn't care either.

Daddy's favourite scarf.  He sleeps on Simon like this at night


a box full of orange.


Pixy Neferkiti Merybast is a diva. Had you guessed? 


"Er, ok, I won't go on the computer."





Worrals appears to have decided that Kelly is her kitten.  She has been washing him whenever she sees him.  And a much better solution for his nethers than to be wiped by us when he leaks [which he is doing less and less.]

Rosie does look a bit ratty, she took Saffron's death very hard but we are trying to build her up.  Loving her trio of kittens helps, though as you can see, she exploits them!  We have moved to grain free food now and are hoping this will make a difference to all of them.