When was your cat’s last checkup?


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Oblivious.

Mollie had her checkup in June. She’s maintained the same weight for several years and her bloodwork is normal for a “senior” cat. (Hard to believe at 8 years old, she’s considered a senior cat.) Her teeth have always been so-so; she had a dental last year and this year her teeth were deemed “mediocre.” Read more of this post

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Welcome Stormy. And Good bye.


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Stormy in her new home.

After I lost Celica Blue, I was ambivalent about adopting another cat. Losing her had taken the stuffing out of me, emotionally and financially. We love all our cats, but there are those who wind themselves around your heartstrings; Celica Blue was one of those cats.

So, I wasn’t really looking for another kitty when I stopped by Branford Compassion Club in early March. However, Krista, one of the volunteers, whispered in my ear and said, “There’s a gray kitty over here.” Read more of this post

Celica Blue and Lymphoma: The Journey Ends


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Celica Blue on Dec. 13, 2016

On Dec. 22, 2016, exactly six months after she was diagnosed, Celica Blue lost her battle with lymphoma. It’s taken me more than two months to finish her story.

She was the love of my life and brought the most incredible amount of joy in the two short years she was with us. Read more of this post

Celica Blue and Lymphoma: A Bump in the Road


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You take my photo with a flash and I’ll squint.

After a pretty good honeymoon period, we’ve hit a bump in the road.

Celica Blue was due for her sixth chemo treatment in this round, Doxorubicin, this week. I noticed earlier in the week that she was drinking water, just three times over two days or so, but it was unlike her; she never drinks water. She was also acting just a tad punky. Read more of this post

Celica Blue and Lymphoma: Her Oncology Team


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Waiting

We’ve been shuttling back and forth to Central Hospital a couple of times a month since June 20 when a late-night emergency visit led to Celica Blue’s lymphoma diagnosis.

We’ve got it down to a science. Well, it’s science that’s saving her life right now. Read more of this post

Celica Blue and Lymphoma: Remission in Sight?


CB-Remission?Going into the sixth round of chemo – the latest on Aug. 31 – Celica Blue continues to be the perfect cat. Read more of this post

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: 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

Vaccine Conundrum


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You’re gonna do what to me?

Mollie needed a dental and I finally made the appointment. My cats are minimally vaccinated and my vets have respected my wishes.

However, I was told that she needed a rabies vaccine due to the fact that “saliva and fluids” were involved. I asked to double-check with the vet who has seen her most frequently and he confirmed that she needed the shot. It’s also legally required by the state and I’d been able to slip by until now.

I did some scrambling, knowing that I wanted a couple of days before the dental procedure to see if there was any reaction to the vaccine. I knew I wanted the Merial Purevax Non-adjuvanted, but that it’s only good for one year; Connecticut has a three-year rabies requirement. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

We did have a discussion about the process and the vet acknowledged that the frequency is driven by the pharmaceutical companies; he agreed that the duration of the vaccine is probably longer than what’s recommended. He did say that Merial now has a three-year Purevax rabies vaccine, but it’s three times the cost. He did his best to assure me that side effects were few and far between. Read more of this post

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