Coming Back, Slowly

We are still here.
Sleeping in, but still going strong.



Hello.


I am sorry we have been away for so long.

This year has been a season for health issues; for the cats and me.  Though I’m sure I could have written about them as they happened, the truth is I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue the blog.

 

What happened a year ago

 

I adopted two cats last fall; Gomi and Yaya (both sphynx).  It was going to be a foster situation but became a foster fail.  Yaya came to me scarred and with a horrible rash.  It turns out she is severely allergic to almost everything.  Yaya’s condition makes it hard to adopt her out because managing her allergies on top of properly maintaining a sphynx is a lot for the average adopter to manage.  Having allergies of my own, I knew what extreme efforts it would take to care for her, so I decided she would stay.  Gomi is a young male sphynx.  Gomi can be very sweet, but also has aggression problems that caused him to be returned to his breeder twice.  Though I am still trying to adopt Gomi out, he is comfortable in my home and has boned well with Moshe Moshi.  Both cats suffered from abuse and neglect.  Though they are doing much better (patting myself on the back), there is still much to do to get them to full cat happiness.

Moshe Moshi had a health scare late last year.  Though his diagnosis is not definitive, they diagnosed him with lymphoma, and that triggered FIP.  The Vets were sure he would die within a month or two, but at the moment he is doing very well.  Whether he does have the disease or not remains to be seen.  For now, he is gaining weight, eating well and still is the sweetest cat I know. Testing continues to see what will come.

 

Lexi is fine, no problems, no worries.  She does not, however, is not thrilled with these two cats in the house.  She tolerates Gomi; even cuddling with him on occasion.   Yaya however, well, let’s say I have much to work on getting them to like each other.  I think I will take the girls on a road trip together so they can get to know each other without the boys.

 

Me, well, most of the change has to do with me.  After years of failed dieting and plagued by injuries during exercise, I went through weight loss surgery.  The recovery and lifestyle change is taking up most of my time.  Along with going through this process, I have retrospectively considered if I wanted the blog to continue.

 

I am not the best of writers but want to get better at it.  I’ve not been about to find a niche topic that every caught on, and I don’t need to write down my thoughts like a journal.  I wrote because I thought people would be interested in the subject matter.  My skillset (or lack of) has probably contributed more to my blog not being read regularly than anything else.  After years of writing, it stands to reason that I would ask what the point of continuing. 

 

On the other hand, I have met some wonderful people while writing.  That alone makes it worth my while to not chuck it in just yet.

 

I am considering how the blog will change, but I’m not there yet.  I will let you know.

 


Coming Back to the Blog





I know, right?  We've been out for awhile.  Not much has happened to us, but what little has occurred has taken much of our time as of late.  We will begin posting on Monday, October 1, 2018.  Come back to us N&H fans.

He Belongs to the Ages

Stephen Hawking: 1/8/42 - 3/14/18


I hope he found what's relative. 

Que Sera Sera

Leci, Moshe and Gomi

It's Sunday. The cats are taking their mid-morning naps, and I have a moment to talk with you about our lives and the blog future.

The Cats - Long-time readers of our blog know that Moshe Moshi has had Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome for years. His Vets and I treated this with both diet and medication. He was doing well on just food alone for the past two years when slowly I noticed he was losing weight. A trip to an Internal Medicine Vet and several tests later shows Moshe has Inflammatory Bowel Disease and is symptomatic of early Lymphoma. I am of course crushed by this news. I am however encouraged that the interventions being mounted by his Doctors will provide a good quality of life for Moshe Moshi for however long that will be.  For now, he is well, comfortable and deeply loved by me, his adopted siblings and the staff at Friendship Animal Hospital.

Gomi & YaYa have had some adjustment problems in coming to live with me.  Prior neglect and lack of attention to behavior issues with both cats have led to all of the cat showing signs of stress.  Because most of the aggression was coming from Gomi, it was recommended that Gomi should be medicated and rehomed. Being barely two years of age I was naturally hesitant to medicate such a young cat. But, whether he stays with me or goes to another home, I couldn't pass along his problems to another person without trying to heal him.  So he is on medication, and I am doing exercises to redirect some of the energy to more playful behaviors.

YaYa too has some aggression issues, mostly about trusting the other cats won't harm her. I am unable to address that with medication because the medication current to treat her allergies has been somewhat shaky. We had to increase her dose of meds, and have found it difficult to find a diet she doesn't have an allergic reaction. Her Dermatologist will test her for other allergens and its hopeful that we can keep off of a need for steroids. In the interim, she needs to be heart scanned first in preparation if we do need to address thus steroids.

Lexi, though stressed by Gomi and Yaya is doing ok. She is going to the Vet for a full physical and dental cleaning tomorrow.  Lexi has been the #1 con voice in making either cat a permanent addition to my home.  She is warming up to Gomi since he been on Paxil, but Yaya, not so much.  Hopeful for a clear exam and no tooth loss cleaning.

My health too has been impacted by all if this (weight, arthritis, job), but I will muddle through; I always do. Part of the new content for the bog was going to be about managing lifestyle issues and how this relates to the cats.  I am still working on it, and you will start to see these posts soon.

So, as you can see my time has been a bit consumed with other things and not the blog. Still, I have decided to continue with the blog. Still working on our changes, and for sure the recent events will impact our future content, but we will still be here. As the saying goes, "When life gives you Lemons..." Well, let's just say I'm becoming very creative with lemonade recipes.  Thank you for your support. 

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