Furbaby Friday…

Wow had has been a tumultuous couple of weeks with my Fur Babies, where to start, perhaps with the dogs;

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My Eldest daughter is currently in the US on holiday and they are both sulking and missing her terribly, she is their second Mum. Buddy has been responding really well to a new (miracle) drug Cartrophen for his arthritis, he has gone from a cripple to climbing onto table tops like a naughty puppy. They tell me it doesn’t work for every animal (we put our cat Teddy on it and did not work as well), but Buddy is the poster child. Except on the way home from his latest vert check he launched out of the back of the SUV and now has hurt his back/ back leg…….I am watching him some times he is fine and other times not; but he is known for really hamming things up to get more attention and with my daughter away he is after LOTS more attention. Chloe’s eyes are gradually getting a little worse as she gets a little older, nothing can be done, but she is mostly happy; just startles easily.

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Wow, Zorro is at his sleekest he has ever been and back to sneaking out of the house and property when the chance is taken. Still a big sook, but standing up for himself these days. That includes beaten up on the other cat and dogs. Often he gets a timeout and is locked up in the laundry. We use a cat pheromone spray to help keep him calm; works well.

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Teddy was born with a busted up tail which never healed properly, by the time we rescued him there was not much we could do, either amputate or leave it and see what happens; we took the latter. What happened was arthritis….we tried the Cartrophen drug, but he has bad side effects and it puts him off his food, also it is not helping as much as we would like. He is in pain as his tail will not bend and it is difficult to sit down and even use the kitty litter. So an extended visit with the vet, we have had a blood test taken to check his liver and kidneys are all OK to do an anaesthetic for X-rays. Found elevated kidney proteins, needed a urine sample! A urine sample from a cat, seriously…………..oh my 22 hours that cat held on while locked in a laundry with an empty litter tray and a bowl of water, just to entice him to ‘go’. Urine sample showed evidence of infection. So a course of antibiotics is required, only one thing worse than giving a cat tablets, is giving a cat tablets that hates you for locking him in the laundry for 22 hours so you could collect a urine sample with NO cat litter………….so we opted for a more expensive injection, still had to catch him and take him the the vet for his shot. We still need another urine sample in 2 weeks and we still have not even done the X-rays yet! If it was not so expensive and painful, it would be hilarious.

Next is the turtles……..Sheldon is big and strong and weighs 178 grams and is 15cm in diameter and you need two hands to hold him, considering he was no bigger than a 50 cent piece when we bought them home; Sheldon is thriving.Crush unfortunately is not doing so well, a month or so ago he cut his leg, turtles are cold blooded so they do not fight infection as well as normal pets, so oral antibiotics and antiseptic baths. Only thing harder than giving a cat tablets, is giving a baby turtles drops! My Children thought it was hilarious, it was a nightly battle that took two people. Honestly he is half the size of Sheldon and ALL Attitude (aarrgghh!) All cleared up after a few weeks. Then he started getting funny marks on his back feet, it looked like something was chewing his feet……..after a few vet visits and more drops and more anti fungal creams and baths, we discovered the root of the problem – Sheldon was eating him! OH MY GOD! Seriously?  Apparently turtles get cannibalistic tendencies when they think they are threatened or don’t have enough space. So now they both have their own tank, Crush who was not eating and was losing weight, was so stressed out and in so much pain, poor little bugger, but now in his own big boy tank he will hopefully thrive like Sheldon is doing. Even after a few days in his new tank he is again eating and seems so much happier and his feet are healing; he will probably never be whole, but with us looking after him and keeping him away from Sheldon, he will hopefully now live a long happy life.


So that has been my very expensive, tortuous and stressful couple of weeks, thank goodness I have my art and photography, otherwise I would be freaking out.

~ Julz