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Friday, February 27, 2015

Houston, we may have a problem

Since Leo's vet appointment a few weeks ago, we have kept him in our holding cage downstairs, bringing him up and letting him stretch his legs a bit and play. Lately, he has been showing unusal signs of aggression which makes me extremely nervous. He had not been around the other cats and the vet told us to keep him quarantined for six months in the event that he begins exhibiting signs of rabies from whatever bit/attacked him outside before we had a chance to bring him in permanently.

He is a sweet kitty, but we must also look out for our other four fur babies as well. We have noticed as of late that he will rear at us and try to bit or swat us for an unknown reason while petting him or trying to pick him up at all. The other night, while trying to put him back into the cage, he grabbed my face and punctured me with his claws, drawing only a little blood as he could have done much worse. It is getting harder and harder to take him back downstairs, yet we can not simply keep him completely caged for six whole months!

There are no blood tests for rabies that our vet can perform, however, I have found some information on PetMd.com.

Symptoms and Types:

There are two forms of rabies: paralytic and furious. In the early symptom (prodomal) stage of rabies infection, the cat will show only mild signs of CNS abnormalities. This stage will last from one to three days. Most cats will then progress to either the furious stage, the paralytic stage, or a combination of the two, while others succumb to the infection without displaying any major symptoms.

Furious rabies is characterized by extreme behavioral changes, including overt aggression and attack behavior. Paralytic rabies, also referred to as dumb rabies, is characterized by weakness and loss of coordination in the cat, followed by paralysis.

This is a fast-moving virus. If it is not treated soon after the symptoms have begun, the prognosis is poor. Therefore, if your cat has been in a fight with another animal, or has been bitten or scratched by another animal, or if you have any reason to suspect that your pet has come into contact with a rabid animal (even if your pet has been vaccinated against the virus), you must take your cat to a veterinarian for preventive care immediately.

The following are some other symptoms to watch for in your cat:

  • Pica
  • Fever
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Hydrophobia
  • Jaw is dropped
  • Inability to swallow
  • Muscular lack of coordination
  • Unusual shyness or aggression
  • Excessive excitability
  • Constant irritability/changes in attitude and behavior
  • Paralysis in the mandible and larynx
  • Excessive, dripping salivation (hypersalivation), or frothy saliva

Is his aggresstion due to us secluding him for so long and thus confusing him not being fully adapted, or something, much, much worse? I am horribly worried about this and I truly pray that he is okay. We will continue to try to take care of him for as long as possible, but it breaks my heart to think of losing him. We lost Mr. Earl Gray, our last stray male we tried to rescue, and if we lose Leo as well I will seriously consider never taking in another one again. It is just too much to bear and extremely hard for me to deal with anymore.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Birthday wishes and a late holiday ...

Greetings and happy Wednesday everyone! Well, my sister Robin and I had finally gotten the chance to get together to exchange our Yule (yes, I said Yule) presents to one another. On Monday evening (my birthday) we all met for dinner and drinks at one of our favorite old haunts, "Flanagan's Pub." 

 Robin's hubby, Jim and my hubby, Brett

Robin opening up her gifts from me ~ a personal photo album and scrapbook and a vintage "Tiger Beat" magazine still wrapped in the plastic cover it came in and, of course, featuring her first love, Donny Osmond!

 And, my birthday and Yule gifts from Robin ~ a really cool Astrological Calendar and a Yankee Candle of my favorite scent, "Moonlight."

I also received a beautiful birthday present from Miss Judy. A lovely ocean blue and white candle with assorted seashells in it. This is perfect for my bathroom  ...

Thank you all for your "Happy Birthday" wishes as well. You guys are the best blogger friends a gal could have!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

My Birthday Weekend

Greetings all! Not too much happening here as we are just hanging in there waiting for spring to arrive. But, in the meantime this weekend will be my 51st birthday. Nothing special planned as of yet, although hubby and I will most probably just go out for a nice dinner and then chill out and relax at home for the evening. 

Leo is adjusting very well. For the current time, he spends his days in the holding cage with everything a kitty needs and then in the evening we bring him upstairs and let him get some exercise hanging out and playing in the spare bedroom with us ...

His wounds are healing up nicely as well.

Until next time my friends, here's wishing you all a very blessed weekend!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Devotion of Love

Yesterday was Valentine's Day and, while hubby and I usually go out to dinner and take a bit of "us" time, we spent the entire day running around and making arrangements with my mom for my dad's funeral this coming Tuesday.

One of the stops we made was to the local flower shop to order a few floral arrangements and such. When we got back into the car, hubby had a lovely single pink rose (love and friendship) on the front passengers seat ...

Though I am still struggling a lot with the guilt that I was the one who gave my dad his last liquid morphine dosage just before he passed on, I know that in my heart I had no choice and that this was the only way at that point which I could help him any longer. The nurses provided us with medication for both pain and to relax his respiratory system so that his heart rate could gradually slow down until he was finally at peace. This was by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life and would not wish this very difficult responsibility on anyone. To be honest, I don't know where I found the strength to do this, I can only surmise that it came from my father ~ who was THE bravest man I have ever known. 

I would also like to thank my dear friends in blogland (and the 67 Facebook friends and family) who took the time to offer their condolences and heartfelt dedications. Words can not express my sincere gratitude. Goddess bless you all!

God saw he was getting tired
and a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around him
and whispered, "Come with Me".

With tear-filled eyes we watched him
suffer day by day.
Although we loved him deeply,
We could not make him stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
hard-working hands put to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.

  ~ Nancy Rose Bouchard

Saturday, February 14, 2015

In Loving Memory of my Beloved Dad

This is without a doubt the most difficult post I have ever had to write. Yesterday was a day that will forever live in agonizing sadness for my family and myself. My beloved father passed away at 12:45 in the afternoon at home. Thanks to the wonderful and compassionate nursing staff who stayed by my dad and my family's side throughout the entire day, he was able to go peacefully, without any pain, and on his own terms ~ not God's.

My father touched so many people's lives and has left a legacy to be extremely proud of. The person whom I have become and everything that I am, I owe to my father. We will forever miss his warm, loving presence and unforgettable sense of humor. He was the very best husband, father and friend anyone could ever have had and the empty hole left in our hearts is a deep one. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Leo the Lion Heart

Happy Thursday everyone! Just a little update on the newest member of our feline family, Leo. We took Leo for his vet appointment on Wednesday evening. Dr. Heather examined him and upon taking a good look at his horrid wounds said, "Wow! These are pretty nasty. He's lucky to be alive!" Mind you, the entire time she is looking at him, he is purring happily.

Indeed, they were much worse than we even imagined, although he surprisingly did not require any stitches. She sedated him so that she could thoroughly clean up his wounds and cuts, neuter him, give him convenia (an antibiotic injection), give him something for worms, and perform a FeLuk test immediately. To our relief, his results were negative. After a few nail-biting hours spent at the vet's (and Leo a bit groggy from being sedated), we were able to take him home with us. 

The only problem is that since he is a stray and we do not know whether or not he had a rabies vaccination (highly unlikely), and we do not know what kind of animal attacked him (raccoon, groundhog, other?) we must have him quarantined for up to six months! Meaning, no contact with other animals and even our contact is limited as there is no test available to find out if an animal has the rabies virus.

We will do whatever is necessary to get Leo "the lion heart" back on his feet so that he can join the rest of the family for, Goddess willing, a very long time.