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Where Have I Been?

August 6th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

I have been absent a really long time! The reason is good news, if you ask me. I have been incredibly busy with my pet sitting and dog walking business!!

I thought I should check in, though, since this month is Steve’s ampuversary and adoptiversary and today is my vertigo-versary!! I’ve been one year “free” of vertigo!! I put free in quotation marks because I technically still have vertigo. If I stop taking Benadryl, the spins come right back.

Steve continues to be a foster big sister!! I organized my foster animal pictures and counted them all a couple of litters ago. At that point we were in the high 30s. I lost count, but we’re now somewhere in the 50s for how many animals we have fostered in the past 6 years. We have kept two (Spyder and Steve) and 4 have died (2 died several summers ago – 1 from an antibiotic toxicity and 1 from a virus outbreak – and 2 died in the last litter we had, possibly from distemper, possibly from a survival of the fittest type of situation). I think we’re doing pretty good!! Steve camps out at the bedroom door every day, waiting for the kittens to be released to “gen pop!” The distemper litter was kept in quarantine extra long and only got to come out for 3 days before going in for spay and neuter, but those 3 days were incredibly fun! They were so ready to explore anything beyond the closet and Steve, Spyder, and Saxon couldn’t keep up with them!!

Nebula JUST got adopted last week!! Can you believe it?! She was the longest we’ve ever fostered anything! She ended up going to an adoption center at the nearby PetSmart where she lived for just over a week before getting adopted.

Jay had a class with Esteban’s mom so we got to check in on him briefly. He’s doing great and loving life with his one eyed brother!

Steve’s Ampuversary is on the 15th. Jay and I will be on vacation down the Jersey shore, but I’ll try to remember to post to at least the Facebook page! Her Adoptiversary is two weeks later (remember, we signed her adoption papers when we went to have her sutures removed) so I need to make time to come back and post for that! Two whole years!! WOOHOO!!!! (and no more pooping troubles!)


Steve, 2 years ago, before surgery and before I put meat on her bones!


Steve checking out the last litter of kittens (or blurs)


Seriously! They never stop moving!



It’s Been Awhile

May 7th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Oops! It’s been awhile since Steve and I have checked in! I guess I’ve just been busy working and taking care of kittens!! Yup, it’s kitten season! In addition to Nebula, we currently have three 7ish week old kittens from a litter of 7 (a staff member at the shelter has the other four). We’ve had them since they were three weeks old. They’re so stinkin’ cute!! No mom came in with them, but they’ve been eating on their own since they arrived.

Poor Steve is trying to be a good foster sister to Nebula and Nebula just keeps hissing and swatting at her. The kittens haven’t been tested for FIV/FeLV so Steve hasn’t really met them yet except for the few times I’ve had them out to bathe them and I’ve let her smell their butts. Of course, she hissed at them, but I’ve caught her a few times at the bedroom door trying to check them out when they’re playing in the bedroom.

We shaved Saxon last week to get rid of some mats and to prevent summer matting. When he came home, Steve didn’t recognize his scent and starting hissing and swatting at him. I couldn’t help but laugh. I even intentionally brought them together a few times to see it happen! I’m so bad!! They’re fine now, back to playing and wrestling. Saxon is so soft! Shaving him was the right decision. He looks kind of funny, but the knots are gone and his coat gets a new start at growing out!

Nebula has been approved to go up for adoption from foster. I’ll be setting up her spay appointment when I’m at the shelter tomorrow for the kittens’ vet check. Β The kittens will probably be available for adoption in another two weeks. I just weighed them. Two of them are approaching two pounds, and one (the runt) is not quite a pound and a half.

Yorrick turned 7 this past weekend. The only signs of his age are the little tiny lumps and bumps he’s starting to get. I shaved the fur off of each of them so I can keep an eye on them. None has grown bigger than a pea, nor has any changed shape or feel. Everything about them says sebaceous cyst, but I’m still watching them.

I think that’s all you’ve missed. How about some pictures?

Saxon shaved

Saxon freshly shaved

Steve checking out Saxon shaved

Steve checking out this strange cat I brought home


Birthday ice cream! Pulled Pork flavor yum!

nebula watching tv 2

Nebula watching Let’s Make a Deal

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Nebula helping with laundry

Fitz, Simmons, Skye by All Occasions Photography

A professional photograph of the foster kittens (Fitz, Skye, Simmons L to R)

Fitz, Simmons, and Skye day 1

The foster kittens on their first day. Skye, Simmons, Fitz (L to R)

fitz simmons wrestled to sleep

Fitz and Simmons fell asleep wrestling!


Happy Poopiversary Steve!!

March 29th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

I’m sure many are thinking, “What a silly anniversary!” An important milestone in this house, though.

You may recall, in an earlier blog post, I mentioned that Steve was doing well on the GI front (or behind hardy har har). So, I went back and actually looked to see just how well. I dug through Facebook posts and vet records. March 24, 2014 was the last time Steve was at the vet to be deobstipated (unclogged in medical terms)! Knock on wood, it has been a full year of successful pooping! Well…maybe not successful. It took her body a few months to regulate to the new food and the new medication; and there were several days spent locked in the bathroom while she sorted it out. We experimented with grooming wipes vs. baths vs. baby wipes. But it has been a full year without constipation!

I suppose we’ll never know if her GI issues were caused by the same thing that caused her leg malformation/injury, which led to her amputation. Or if her amputation led to trouble getting a good stance in the litter box. Or if nothing was related to anything and she just got unlucky enough to have an injury followed by an amputation followed by severe constipation.

Regardless, I couldn’t imagine life without Steve. I’m happy to celebrate poop! Especially when it isn’t in liquid form and all over my bathroom!!

If you’re interested in or struggling with this topic, here is a great article I read on it :

For some, it’s TMI. For others, it is a matter of life and death. We are so lucky that the former supervising veterinarian at the humane society got a job at our regular vet’s office. She was familiar with Steve and was able to help me during a financially rough time. I am eternally grateful to her!

Steve after her full whisker to tail bath

Steve, just over a year ago. A full whisker to tail bath after a 2 hour deobstipation appointment!

steve fell in the tub

Steve, yesterday, drying off after falling in the tub after my shower.



No Rest for the Wicked

March 23rd, 2015 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

No rest for the wicked amazing foster parent, that is!

Yesterday, the newest list of foster kitties in need went out. It was all moms with kittens, and we can’t take moms with kittens as we have nowhere to separate them when weaning time comes. HOWEVER!!!! One of the moms has a severely injured leg that may require amputation. I offered to foster that mom post-op if the foster who takes her and her baby for the initial foster period is not comfortable with doing so.

I’ll probably know in about 4-6 weeks if I’m going to be rehabbing another amputee!

For now, it’s just Nebula. She’s made it out into gen pop, but she’s still super skittish. As usual, Steve was the first to reach out to her, and is the first one that Nebula is really taking to.

I got an email from Esteban’s new mom today that said he slept with his new brother on the bed all day today! She said they were even touching paws at one point!! AWWWWW!!!!

Here’s the “answer key” to the “hidden objects” picture I posted of all 6 furry kids

everybody circledSpyder is hiding there in the back! He was the tough one, huh? πŸ™‚

Cross your fingers and paws for the best possible outcome for that mama cat!



And Then There Were Five

March 20th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Esteban was adopted today!! His new mom is the epitome of the perfect adopter! She asked all of the right questions and she’s an orange cat lover! She was also very excited to learn about the Tripawds community and I think she’s going to join! We’ll all have to keep an eye out for Jenny and Esteban!! Yup! She said she’s keeping his name πŸ™‚ This is the best I’ve ever felt after sending one of my fosters off for adoption! I’m not sad at all. It’s like he went to an extension of myself!

No more amputee fosters…for now. I can finally take down all of the plastic jugs I had up as a barrier to keep Esteban off of the counter and top of the fridge! What a troublemaker he was!! The constant food struggles will hopefully stop now, too. Everyone was eating everyone else’s food and some cats were getting double meals and some cats were getting half meals…

Last night all 6 furry kids were all in the same room together, as if they knew it was the last chance they had!



Can you spot all 6?

I’m definitely glad I got to have another post op experience with a Tripawd, especially since Esteban’s was so different than Steve’s. Maybe when Jay and I have a bigger place, we can foster a canine Tripawd….then foster fail! πŸ™‚


Esteban’s Journey

March 20th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Even if Esteban doesn’t go to his furever home tomorrow, I wanted to share these:


Esteban and Zissou 3

Esteban’s first day here (approximately 5 days post op) January 9, 2015


Esteban's last night

Potentially Esteban’s last night, nearly 12 weeks post op, March 19, 2015

If only you guys could feel him. His coat was so rough and in such poor shape when he first came to live with us. He’s so soft now! I think I’ve curbed his over-grooming a little too. Hopefully, he continues on this path!



Esteban’s Last Days as a Foster

March 18th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Sorry! I know I’ve been absent for a while! I’ve been busy at work as my own boss πŸ™‚

As you may have seen on the Tripawds Facebook page or on Steve’s Facebook page, I received two emails about adopting Esteban last week!! One was from three guys who live together and have one cat who they rescued when their neighbor let her go after moving. The other was from a girl who lives with her cat, Watson, who is blind in one eye.

The three guys seemed to be a little intimidated by Esteban’s Tripawd-ness after I got a little into it. The girl, Jenny, still seemed interested. She really understands how special differently abled pets are! She has a lot of love to give. Esteban and I are meeting her on Friday. If all goes well, Esteban will go home with her that night!!

I’ll be sure to let Jenny know all about the Tripawds community. Hopefully, she’ll sign up and we’ll all be able to follow Esteban’s continuing adventures!

How about a Steve update?!

You may recall Steve had GI troubles that were mostly resolved with a change in diet and a little bit of laxative. I don’t want to jinx anything, but Steve has been doing really well lately. I used to say that no matter what happened, as long as she pooped, I was happy. Even if it was diarrhea and it was all stuck in her fur and she got all gross, at least she pooped! For several weeks now, Steve has been having totally normal poops! What a weird thing to celebrate! I’m sure she’s happy because she doesn’t have to get locked in the bathroom for hours and hours and hours while her stomach settles!


Esteban hopes his new home has all of the premium channels…or at least Netflix!


I’m trying to soak in moments like this as much as I can while I still can! I keep reminding myself, “He’s not my cat!!”


I don’t pose them! They just do this!!




Esteban the Troublemaker

February 23rd, 2015 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Esteban has been happily making himself at home. He enjoys relaxing on our bed. He plays with Steve and Saxon when he’s in the mood. He does zoomies more and more often and has unhappy outbursts less and less often. Saxon was grooming him tonight!

Jay told me a couple of weeks ago that someone – some cat – was chewing on one of the spider plants. I didn’t think too much of it because spider plants aren’t harmful to cats. That’s why we have them. Whichever cat apparently kept it up because Jay bugged me about it again. I didn’t really take note until I saw spider plant leaves all over the kitchen floor. I asked Jay about it, and he pointed at his spider plant, Simon, on top of the fridge. Yup, we name everything in this house. πŸ™‚ Simon had been chewed to almost nothing. Jay was almost positive it was Esteban doing it. He said that he had seen Esteban chewing lower leaves before. It was a fair assumption. I’ve seen Spyder chewing on some low hanging babies from the spider plant we have hanging in the window above Yorrick’s cage (that one is named Eisenhower), but none of the other cats seem to care. Also, none of our cats can jump as high as I’ve seen Esteban jump, and I had to guess that Esteban was jumping from the mini cat tree under the window across from the fridge up onto the fridge. So, I removed the cat tree. Jay was skeptical. He thought Esteban was jumping onto the counter, jumping up onto the elevated toaster, then up onto the fridge.

That night, Nebula, our newest foster, woke me up when she started crying. As I laid there listening to her, I heard the coffee mugs on the counter *tink tink* together. ESTEBAN!!! I ran into the kitchen and caught him up on top of the fridge!! Boy, did I scare the you-know-what out of him!!! I grabbed him and put him on the ground before he could jump down. I was so mad!!!!

The next day I put obstacles up on the counter and toaster to keep Esteban from climbing up onto the fridge, then put foil up under and around Simon – both to scare him and to alert us if we don’t hear him climbing again. I went to PetSmart (in yet another snow storm) and bought a little pot of that grass they sell that is safe for pets to chew on. I put it in a spot that is safer for Esteban to climb to. It’s fine if you chew plants! Just chew this plant that is lower and doesn’t belong to Jay!!

Jay heard coffee mugs *tink tinking* again this morning and caught Esteban before he got any higher than the counter. It seems my obstacles worked. The plant from PetSmart, who has yet to be named, has been chewed a teeny tiny bit. I guess it doesn’t taste as good as a spider plant.


Poor Simon


The troublemaker



Seriously, This Vet Appointment is Never Happening

February 18th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Esteban’s vet appointment got cancelled today. The vet wasn’t in again. I don’t know why, but I assume her back is still not well. We continue to get snow and if she’s shoveling it, she’s not doing herself any favors! I think I’m going to give up on rescheduling and just have Esteban swing through the vet room before he goes to his new home.

His episodes and outbursts have been fewer and further between. He’s more likely to be running around and goofing off (like he’s doing right now, actually), than to be scrunching up in pain or biting at the air…or me. I was just thinking a couple of days ago about how it had been awhile since he’d had a painful outburst. Then he jumped on the couch to get attention from me and I could just see it coming. I could tell by the way he was acting; I saw it in the way he paced or something. Then SNAP! He didn’t get me though! I pulled away before he could bite me!! The more he plays and the less he has these reactive episodes, the more hopeful I am that he’ll succeed in a new home.

I got an email today saying someone was interested in Esteban. The interested party sent a short email asking that we call him because he doesn’t use his email much. I gave him a call this evening. He said that he had already adopted another cat, but new cat wasn’t getting along with existing cat. He said that he was going to give it a little time, but he wasn’t too hopeful. I told him about how Steve was when she first came to live here (nasty to everyone) and how she’s now the welcoming party for all of our foster cats. That gave him more hope. He said he’d call me in a week to let me know if it didn’t work out and if he was still interested in Esteban. Call me crazy, but the vibe I got from him over the phone suggested that he wasn’t the right fit for Esteban.

He can stay here as long as he needs to, though. Preferably not forever, but I’m not sending him to just any old home just to get rid of him!

Zissou is doing well in her new home! She’s settling in and slowly getting to know her new kitty siblings. She likes to lay with her new owner and read, which is no surprise since she did that here with Jay a lot.

Here are two pictures I took the other day when it was -13 degrees at night (with a -30ish windchill), and about -2 degrees when I took the picture. The high for the day was 6, I think. We never open our bedroom door because we (I say we, I mean Jay) don’t want the cats on the bed; but it was so cold in the apartment, the only way to warm up the bedroom was to leave the door open. I don’t know if Esteban has ever laid on a bed before, but he made himself comfy really quick! I called the pictures “2 cats, 6 legs, 1 bed, 3 blankets, -2 degrees”

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!

February 15th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Just a quick post to let you all know that Zissou met her Valentine today! She got adopted!! She went to a home with two other cats and a very patient and understanding mom! Her new mom, who was actually looking specifically to adopt a tuxedo cat with a stub tail, “speaks cat” – as in she can read their eyes, ears, and tails really well. That was what sold me on her because Zissou is so vocal, but so often she doesn’t mean what she says.

Of course, I told the adopter that if things don’t work out, Zissou can always come back here to be fostered again, no questions asked and no hard feelings. Paws crossed that things do work out and she stays, though!! I really think they will. This woman was so pawsome and so perfect for Zissou!

Now it’s Esteban’s turn! He’s been made available for adoption pending his vet visit!Β

zissou's gotcha day

The last picture I took of Zissou before she went home!!