Monday, 25 July 2016

Update on Austin's Insistitis and a request for purrs!

First of all I want to thank everyone who went to the trouble to comment, message and email after the last blog post about Austin's "little trouble".

For a nine year old in/out cat he has been very healthy, except for his stomatitis, which is thankfully under control.

Since his visit to the vet where he received antibiotic and anti-inflammatory shots, he has certainly improved and has had decent pees in his litter box, though as he mostly does his business outside, I can't supervise his every bathroom visit!

I have cut out kibble to only a few treats at night and have started to introduce gravy based wet food which is NOT FISH! He actually ate beef for the first time and chicken and liver! I have to say it's a bit of a miracle after years of turning his delicate nose up to anything non fish based....... unless it is fresh cooked organic chicken breast served on a silver salver! 

I am thinking about introducing a water fountain, but as he runs a mile from fast moving and out of control liquid I am having doubts still!

Anyway, thanks for all the purrs and advice. Austin and I appreciate it and you all very much.

We would like to ask for purrs for a very special friend, Moses the Studio Cat, who resides over at Lily Pad Quilting Blog. He is a very sick kitty and we know he and his family would really appreciate support. You can click on the link or his picture below.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

I've got Insistitis!

I insist that I am let in and out and in and out and in ......

The Staff here: And it seems there was a very good reason for Austin's urgent in/out requests over the last couple of days! Many of you will know that he prefers to do his private business in the great outdoors despite having all mod-cons and an en suite inside entirely for his comfort.

However, unusual activity around the litter box made it clear that he was having trouble in the bathroom department, so I bundled him in the PTU and rushed to the vet and yes, it seems he does have cystitis. The vet gave him an antibiotic shot and anti-inflammatory shot and said he should feel better in 24 hours. He didn't say anything else!

Here's the sweet boy last evening!

I made the mistake of googling feline cystitis and found that it can be a lot more serious in male cats than female! Stuff about crystals and lower UTIs has now made me sweat a bit, so any advice would be very much appreciated! Do I need to change his diet? He is such a very picky eater and only seems to want to eat fish based soft food and I do give him posh kibble (Royal Canin) but have cut that out for a few days. As far as I can tell there is no blood in his urine.

I know many of you have dealt with this in your kitties, so I will welcome any input! And some purrs would be so much appreciated!

Austin has not been blogging or visiting his buddies for quite a while much to his disgust and of course he blames me!! Fair dos! But I have to admit to being sometimes totally overwhelmed by the sheer number of lovely cat (and dog) blogs there are now and also how involved so many are in events, promotions, giveaways, branding etc (and Blogpaws!). Also we have been blogging since March 2008, so inevitably there comes a point where new ideas for posts dry up. We do hope to be back as I know Austin misses everyone :-)

Sunday, 1 May 2016

My Ninth Birthday Selfie!

It's my birthday today and I feel rather blue!
As no one's remembered ... I take a dim view!
Where is the champers and where's the niptinis..
The girls with long tresses and furry bikinis? ;-)

But it's OK!

Don't fret about me, I'm purrfectly fine!
It's cool to be Austin, now that I'm nine!
I've met with my pal, my muse, Mr Turtle,
And here we are now just having a furtle!

 I am joining in the Cat on my Head's Sunday selfie blog hop. Click on the badge to see others participating.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

A Closet Selfie with Haiku!

Kitty in repose.
Hidden deep in the closet.
But nowhere is safe!

Yep! I found this really really soft comfy soft creamy fleecy (did I say soft?) blankie in the Senior Staff's wardrobe! I hunkered down for some nice and quiet easy, BUT the Pawpurr Ratsy found me and now my hidey-hole has been revealed for the world to see! 
*SIGH* I expect they will be selling tickets next!  

Never mind! I will leave a liberal sprinkling of my black furs on the really really soft comfy soft creamy fleecy (did I say soft?) blankie! I am sure that will be appreciated!

We are joining the Sunday Selfie blog hop once again hosted by our friends the Kitties BlueClick on the badge below.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Sunday Selfies courtesy of Al Fresco!

Here are Tigger and myself posing quite catfully for the Sunday Selfie blog hop hosted by our good friends, Kitties Blue.

It has been a while since Tigger has been seen on the blog and that is because he didn't visit for months and months and The Staff was getting quite worried about him! For those who don't know, Tigger aka Sparky is a visiting buddy kitty who I have known for almost as long as I've been living here - about 8 years!

Anyways this morning we were hanging and squabbling fighting chilling outside and I commissioned The Staff aka TAT to take a couple of pics for the album. I think we scrub up quite well, but not sure who this Al Fresco chappie is?

Please join in the blog hop! 
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Saturday, 9 April 2016

Creating an Impression!

 Our submission for Caturday Art
Is not in the style of Descartes!
He wasn't a painter
Or decorator!
But he thought he was! Silly old f*rt!

I am told by TAT aka Staff that the effect was achieved by using the infrared option in Ribbet and the frame added in PicMonkey. I hear you can get magic mushrooms on prescription now! 

Here is the original rather boring pic!

Breaking News! We have been featured this week by Dash Kitten blog as part of the Worldwide Pet bloggers initiative. Our interview can be seen here! Thank you to Miranda Kitten for being so hospitable and for laughing politely in all the right places! ;-)

Today is also a special day in the blogosphere! It is Marg's birthday. She is a great animal advocate and friend to all. Please pop over and wish her a super day! :-)

Graphic designed by Ann of Zoolatry

We are joining Athena and Marie in this week's Caturday Art blog hop

Sunday, 3 April 2016

The Mutinous Whiskers Selfie!

Austin's whiskers became so contentious.
In fact they were fierce and tendentious!
They would not arrange
Until he did change..
his rules - and complied with consensus!!

 OK, boys, get into line!

A bit of spit and polish while they think about it!

Come on! You're havin' a laff!! 
There will be repercussions!

That's better! Bit of a faff, but we got there!
All whiskers present and correct!!!

Me and my recalcitrant whiskers are joining Kitties Blue who host the Sunday Selfie blog hop.  Just click on the badge below.