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

Branford Compassion Club Turns 20!


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Pat Cotton and Boots

Twenty years after its founding by Eunice Lasala, Friskie Wheeler, and Ann Marie Lorello, the Branford Compassion Club has grown from a group of dedicated volunteers feeding feral colonies to a full service brick and mortar adoption facility.

That facility, officially the Branford Compassion Club Feline Rescue and Adoption Center, now has a full-time shelter manager, Pat Cotton, who oversees the daily care and vetting of all the felines who set paws through the doors. Since opening more than six years ago, close to 1,500 felines have found their forever homes, and approximately 2,000 total since 2008. Cotton is backed up by a team of 50 to 60 volunteers who cover all shifts within the shelter. Another 30 or so help with non-shelter related work such as publicity and fundraising.

Read the whole story here.

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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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: 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

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.

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