Monday, January 22, 2018

An Update on Katie and Her Pearly Whites

Dear Friends & Readers,

Last Friday I posted about Katie's dental appointment that she was heading into that same day. There was no way to really know for sure how minimal or extensive her procedure would be until the vet was actually in there. You've all been such wonderful friends and readers, sharing your prayers and well wishes both here and on social media. I want to thank you for keeping our Katie Girl in your thoughts. 


Let me first say that everything went very well, and Katie is safe at home recovering.

Taking a Funny Break, Just for Today
It's awfully hard to be funny or clever when your kitties are hurting, so I'm not even going to try. Instead, I'd like to share an update on how the procedure went and how everyone is doing. 

I don't have any new photos to share. Today's pictures are just a few favorites that make me smile. I don't like to take photos at the vet during serious procedures like this or even at home when Katie or Waffles aren't feeling well. 

Katie's Procedure
Katie's dental surgery was pretty extensive. Her vet and I were fairly certain she had some diseased teeth that were contributing to some of her health complications. As it turns out, there were four teeth in very bad shape that had to come out. Part of the reason it was so important to remove them is because of the bad bacteria those teeth were continually releasing into her bloodstream. This can adversely affect her immune system, put her at risk for other diseases, and even exacerbate the side effects of her IBD, inflammatory bowel disease. 

They were likely causing her quite a bit of discomfort too. Katie had three canines, those are her large front fangs (*triple sad face*), and one incisor extracted, as well as a thorough cleaning, tarter and plaque removal. She was under general anesthetic for the procedure which lasted about 1.5 hours. 

Katie's Recovery So Far
Despite the fact that the teeth were extremely difficult to get out and required a tremendous amount of torque on the part of the vet, Katie is doing extremely well. She came home late Friday afternoon and wasn't a bit shy about asking for food. After just one jar of her favorite baby food, she was back to her regular diet of raw turkey.

Giving Katie any kind of oral medication is a challenge. And given how sore her sweet, little mouth must be, I couldn't even imagine trying to get her to take a pill or liquid. So I opted for at-home injections. It's much easier than you might think.  I'm giving her one injection of Buprenorphine for pain about every 12 hours. She's such a sweetie and doesn't mind the shot at all. I just gently hold the loose skin behind her neck and insert the needle just below that. She doesn't even flinch.

I can tell her mouth feels different to her. Just by the way she licks after she's eaten. Her cute pink and black lips show a little more than usual, probably because there's some swelling and because she's getting used to how it feels. She has some dissolving stitches that should already be gone. She's not ready to start grooming herself yet, so I've been petting her with a warm and damp washcloth. I'm sure she'll be back to usual grooming routine and her silky soft self soon.  

She's been sleeping quite a bit, probably from the pain medication. But she doesn't appear to be in any sort of distress. She's letting me pet her and is purring like a steam engine. 

Waffles Recovery
Waffles is having a rough go of it. He experiences non-recognition aggression whenever either of them visit the vet. Even when they go together. He's not aggressive in a way that indicates he'd ever harm Katie, he's more scared. Non-recognition aggression is all about smell. It would be like if I came home one day and still looked like me, but smelled like a total stranger. It's scary and confusing to him. He'll hiss, growl and yowl. He needs a lot of reassurance from me that everything is ok, so I'm making sure to spend some time with him too. 

Because Katie hasn't been able to groom herself yet, Waffles is still smelling the vet and medications as opposed to smelling his favorite companion.

On the first night I separated them so everyone could hopefully get some rest. I spent time with Katie, laying on the floor next to her in our walk-in closet and then also spent some time with Waffles in the office where I had his accommodations set up.

With the exception of mealtime, I've let Waffles out of the office. Although he's still hissing and growling some, it's definitely tapering off. It will just take some time. This is another reason it's a good idea to pet Katie with a damp and warm washcloth. The more I can help her to smell like "home," the quicker Waffles will come to realize everything is ok.

The Hardest Part
One of the most difficult parts of being a cat parent and guardian is not being able to explain to them what's going on and why something is hurting. I wish more than anything I could hold Katie close and reassure her that she'll feel so much better soon. That she did nothing wrong. That I love her. That we'll play with fuzzy balls again soon. I wish I could take her pain so she didn't have to feel it.

I wish I could tell Waffles that his buddy is still here, she's just smelling a little funny. 

Thank you so much for keeping all of us, especially Katie, in your thoughts. We are all so blessed to have such wonderful friends.


Friday, January 19, 2018

Pearly Whites

WAFFLES:  Wake up, Boss! 

KATIE:  Isn't having your head under the covers the international sign for "I'm sleeping - Do Not Disturb"?

WAFFLES:  So does that mean you're sleeping, Boss?

KATIE:  *Sigh* Not anymore, Waffles.

WAFFLES:  Good, because it's time to go to the vet. You know, to get your teeth sparkles.

KATIE:  Teeth sparkles? I don't like the sounds of that. How about you go get YOUR teeth sparkles instead. 

WAFFLES:  But I don't want to get my teeth sparkles until you get your teeth sparkles. 

KATIE:  What, are you chicken? 

WAFFLES:  Even chicken isn't going to get me out from under these covers today.

Katie's Pearly Whites
Glogirly is a little anxious today. Katie is having some pretty major dental work done. We have an awesome vet, who is very experienced and knows her stuff inside and out. She also knows Katie inside and out. Not only has she seen her in purr-son a few times, she's spent hours reading every single word, every single test result, every single everything from all of her previous vets and visits since she was a kitten. 

She was instrumental in helping identify Katie's IBD and what we can do to help her. On Monday, in our The Cat Food That Saved Christmas post, we wrote a little about the food Katie has transitioned to and how we're already seeing some great results. Something Glogirly wasn't aware of though, is how untreated dental issues can adversely affect a host of health problems, including IBD. It's out vet's belief and hope that if we tackle some of the mouth issues Katie has, it will help some of her IBD symptoms like gastrointestinal distress. It's something that should improve her quality of life and help her to feel much better.

So Katie will be spending the day at the vet. She'll go in early in the morning for the procedure. Our vet doesn't know how much or how little will need to be done until she's in there. We're hoping it's more on the little side. It will require general anesthetic so Katie will be at the vet all day in order for her to be closely monitored afterward and make extra, extra sure she's ok to come home. She'll likely need to take some pain medication for a little bit. 

We don't often ask for prayers and purrs, but we sure would be grateful if you would keep us all, especially Katie, in your thoughts today. ❤️

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Do You Smell What I Smell? Plus Some Very Special Guest Stars

KATIE:  Waffles, have you smelled Glogirly yet?

WAFFLES:  What do you mean? Did she get new perfume or something? Chinese takeout.? That General So guy makes really good Chinese chicken. 

KATIE:  No, Waffles. She smells like CATS

WAFFLES:  Duh, Boss. WE'RE cats.

KATIE:  Not us, Waffles. Other cats. 

WAFFLES:  Whoa...OTHER cats??? You don't think–

KATIE:  No way.

About Today's Photos & Guest Stars
It's no secret that Glogirly loves taking photos. Photos of the mountains, photos of our visiting wildlife, and obviously, photos of cats. Though the majority of her memory cards are filled with Katie and Waffles, she also likes to find room for other kitties and friends. 

Over the weekend, she paid a visit to a fellow Colorado Cat blogger Sierra, and her two cats, Lita and Carmine from the Fur Everywhere blog. Which explains why she and her camera bag both smelled of other cats.

Lita hasn't been feeling well and it was really important to Sierra to have a nice photo of her precious girl. Her orange boy, Carmine, was under the bed for the first half of the visit, but when the food cans started opening up, so did he. 

Both Lita and Carmine did such a great job modeling for the camera. Especially considering they've only briefly met Glogirly once before.

Pretty-in-pink Milita (Lita) and Sierra.

As sweet as an orange creamsicle, Carmine in his favorite spot.

Lita loves love. Could her sweet collar tag be any more perfect?

Brother and sister.


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