Celica Blue and Lymphoma: The New Normal


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Lookin’ good!

Celica Blue had her fourth chemo treatment this week. This time it was back to Vincristine, which was the first in the “CHOP” protocol.

Her white blood cell count had been a bit low, so we postponed the chemo for a few days to allow it to rise, which it did. However, Dr. Olmsted was thrilled with her progress. Her weight is fine, appetite and activity level are normal. She said she could barely feel the mass and said it was around 2 cm, down from 7. Read more of this post

Celica Blue and Lymphoma: Round 3


Keeping me company in the home office.

Keeping me company in the home office.

Is it possible that a cat with a normal appetite and energy level, and blood work all in normal values is sick?

Celica Blue has been diagnosed with lymphoma, a common, but nasty blood cancer, but the only time she showed signs of illness were the symptoms – a single vomiting episode, lethargy, and abdominal pain – that sent us to the ER that fateful Monday evening almost a month ago. Radiographs, needle aspirate, and ultrasound confirmed that the mass in her abdomen was lymphoma. Read more of this post

Celica Blue and Lymphoma: Two weeks in


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Two weeks ago today we discovered Celica Blue has lymphoma, a disease totally unexpected in such a young cat.

Since then, living with the disease has become the new normal. Read more of this post

Celica Blue and Lymphoma: The Journey Begins


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This is the hardest post I’ve had to write. Celica Blue, the love of my life, has been diagnosed with lymphoma.

It started Monday, June 20, when she threw up her breakfast. She was rather lethargic during the day, then she experienced pain when her tummy was palpated, and refused dinner. Read more of this post

Home-prepared kitty food: It doesn’t get any EZ-ier


FoodFurLifeIn a world where kibble is still king for so many cat caregivers, there’s a small army of people looking to make a difference, both in the information they share and, now, in a product that can make species-appropriate feeding more convenient.

Laurie Goldstein and Carolina Liima teamed up to create a new product that creates a complete and balanced homemade diet when it’s added to meat. Both are devoted and knowledgeable pet parents. They’ve seen how proper nutrition can dramatically improve the health of their cats. Read more of this post

Cats on the Lookout for Human Kindness


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The community cats in my town are lucky to have such devoted caregivers. I post occasional updates on one colony on ExclusivelyCats and in the Branford Eagle, my local online newspaper. Here’s the current report.

You can read previous stories on Branford’s community cats here, here, and here.

 

Wordless Wednesday


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Safe Outdoor Exploration for Cats


safeoutdoorsHere’s my article from Animal Wellness, Vol. 17, Issue 4.

My husband and I often joke that we bought our house for the cats. It has lots of sun-filled bay and picture windows with unencumbered views of the yards. These windows are always open during the summer so our cats can get as close to being outside as possible.

Continue reading here.

My Journey to Raw


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This is my contribution to CatCentric.org’s “Journey to Raw” series.

My cats have been fed a raw, homemade diet for 15 years or so. Several kittens have been raised on it and several adults have been introduced to it mid-stream.

Two factors contributed to my interest in feeding a more species-appropriate diet.

Continue reading here.

Cats and Coloring: No Better Combination


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Celica Blue puts her seal of approval on a non-cat design by Kimberly Garvey from her book, “It’s Complicated.”

It goes without saying that many of us believe that cats are the best. But to kick it up a notch? Add coloring.

The adult coloring phenomenon has been sweeping the world. No topic is off limits for markers, pencils, gel pens, and crayons. Mandalas (the original inspiration), geometric designs, scenes from nature, and architecture have all been fodder for colorists. Now the cat has become a whole genre unto itself. Read more of this post

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