Friday, April 20, 2018

Wrapping Up Waffles

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss, look what the man in purple shorts brought us today!

KATIE:  Looks like nothing but a big cardboard box, some brown packing paper...and an orange cat.

WAFFLES:  Duh...I didn't come in the big box, Boss. 

KATIE:  Are you sure? It looks about the right size to me. All we need is a little bit of packing tape and an address label. 

WAFFLES:  Whaddya mean, Boss?

 KATIE:  Are you familiar with the phrase, "Return to Sender?"

About Today's Photos
Katie and Waffles aren't sure what arrived in today's delivery. But whatever it was, it came in a nice Waffles-sized box with plenty of packing paper.

Waffles has no idea how lucky he is that Katie doesn't know how to use the packing tape dispenser.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday Morning Cuppa Waffles

Today's post is inspired by a fan favorite from our #WafflesWednesday Greatest Hits Collection. Although the photos were taken a few years ago in our Minneapolis townhouse, our famous Sleepypods are still with us. And for the record, the white one actually belongs to Katie. (!)
WAFFLES:  Hey Boss, it's Wednesday morning. Have you had your cuppa George yet?

KATIE:  George??? Don't you mean Joe?

WAFFLES:  Joe? Who's Joe?

KATIE:  Cuppa Joe? You know, coffee?

WAFFLES:  Duh. Cats don't drink coffee, Boss. Even YOU know that.

KATIE:  Of course I know that. You're the one that was all Cuppa George, Cuppa George. Which, for the record, makes no sense at all. I'm merely trying to explain that it's Cuppa Joe, not Cuppa George. When referring to coffee, that is.


KATIE:  Waffles.

WAFFLES:  Maybe you should switch to decaf.

KATIE:  Maybe should switch to decaf???

...seconds later

About That Last Photo
Sometimes the camera freezes an expression you're just not able to see with the naked eye. There's a split second where the beginning of a yawn or meow can turn a seemingly ordinary cat into–
Well, into Waffles.

He's truly a cat that can go from lazy to maniac in about 4.6 seconds.

Of course in the case of Waffles, this kind of expression is far more common than you might think. He's definitely a cat that can go from lazy to maniac in less than 60 seconds.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Waffles and His Pearly White Update

WAFFLES:  How do I look, Boss? Do you notice anything different? 

KATIE:  You're always different, Waffles.

WAFFLES:  C'mon, Boss. You must notice something.

KATIE:  AI try very hard not to notice you. 

WAFFLES:  It's my TEETH, Boss! See? They're all sparkly.  ...uh, wait a minute. How come everything is upside down? The whole world, Boss! It's upside–

KATIE:  I think that's your pain meds talking, Waffles.

Update on the Orange Boy
Lots of our friends have been checking up on Waffles and asking how he's doing after his big dental day last week. Thank you so much for caring so deeply about him, and Katie too.

He was in a little bit of a funk for just a couple of days. But he's doing great now. He's back to eating his normal meals and following Katie around. He's also been doing a lot of power-cuddling with Glogirly.

Today is his last day on pain medication and he's got just a few more days of antibiotics. In about a week, he'll have to go for another Jeep ride to the vet just to make sure everything is healing like it should.

He's got plenty of girlfriends at the clinic that will be very excited to see him. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Waffles the Supernumerary Cat

WAFFLES:  Check it out Boss! I'm a SUPERNUMERARY Cat! I think that means I'm super good at math and numbers and stuff. You know, like when I count to elebenty hundred chicken drumsticks.

KATIE:  Supernumerary? Supernumerary has nothing to do with your less than average math skills, Waffles. It means you have double teeth! 

WAFFLES:  Whoa! Double teeth? More teeth must mean more breakfast! Right?

KATIE:  I don't think it works quite like that, Waffles.

Waffles and the Big Dental Surprise
On Wednesday, Waffles went to the vet for a full exam, bloodwork, and a dental cleaning. We've always known Waffles is a unique little guy with a personality larger than life. What we didn't know, and neither did our vet, is that he's more unique than we'd ever imagined.

Waffles had something called Supernumerary Teeth. In simple terms, it means double teeth. Where there should be one tooth, there are instead two side-by-side. It's quite common in dogs, but rare in cats. In fact, our vet has only seen it in one other kitty client.

Apparently, there was a lot of excitement in the surgery suite. Everyone at the clinic wanted to see what was going on. One of the vet techs couldn't wait to show us a photo she took of Waffles' double teeth before they were extracted.

It sounds very special, but unfortunately, it can cause a lot of dental problems. The teeth can be very crowded, and in Waffles' case, the double teeth had become a virtual food and bacteria trap. Both had become decayed and infected. They'd also caused trouble with the tooth in front and in back of them. So despite their specialness, they had to come out.

Here's a diagram showing what all the teeth in a cat's mouth are called and where they're located. Waffles had four extractions: 308 and 308b, the supernumeraries, the 309 Molar, and the 307 Premolar. The entire bone line under those four teeth had become thickened and unhealthy. So after the extractions, it was burred away prior to closing.

And if the supernumerary teeth weren't enough of a surprise, Dr. Fern couldn't believe her eyes when she looked at a radiograph of his upper teeth. 107 and 207, the Premolars circled in red have three roots each, as opposed to two roots. They're totally fine and healthy. But like Waffles, a little unexpected and unique.

A Purr-fect Health Report Card
Our vet said he did great and was very cooperative with the exam and blood work they did before the procedure. His results came back with flying colors. Perfect results, perfect weight, and healthy in every way.

Waffles is home and doing great. It was a pretty significant procedure, one requiring a general anesthetic, so he's not quite himself yet. He's on pain medication and an antibiotic for the next few days.

He's been hanging out with Glogirly, cuddling up next to her whenever she sits down. As we're writing this, Katie is even laying next to him on the sofa.

Special Thanks to Uniquely Cats
Special thanks to Uniquely Cats Veterinary Center of Boulder. Our rockstar vet, Dr. Fern, and her wonderful and caring staff are the best. Not only are they experts and on top of their game with the latest and most advanced technology in feline medicine and care, they treat us like family.

Waffles had to stay at the clinic for observation after his procedure. One of the vet techs gave him his own private room to relax in. He had his Sleepypod in there, his food, a litter box, and...she even built him a pillow fort so he'd have a comfy place to rest and hide.

She said she'd peek through the window and see two little ears poking up from behind the fort.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Off to the Vet Part Deux

WAFFLES:  Psssst...Boss! Is the coat clear?

KATIE:  Coat? Don't you mean, is the coast clear?

WAFFLES:  Duh. We live in the mountains, Boss. Not on the coast. 

KATIE:  Fine. So what are you hiding from?

WAFFLES:  Glogirly! She said I have to go to the vet this morning. And this time she said we're not just going to drive there and come right back. She said I have to go INSIDE.

KATIE:  Well, have fun with that, Waffles.

Repeat Performance
Last Wednesday, Glogirly took Waffles on a wild Jeep ride to the vet. She thought his dental appointment was that day. She got her wires crossed and didn't realize the appointment was this Wednesday. Waffles had no idea how lucky he was. Last week, that is.

So they're off again today. But this time, for real.

Sorry, Waffles!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Laundry, Fashion and Cats

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss, you should come help with Glogirly's laundry. I'm making sure all the clean stuff gets plenty furred up. I'm working on the darks. 

KATIE:  Because orange fur goes so well with black pants and t-shirts. 

WAFFLES:  I know, right?

KATIE:  Waffles, everyone knows that black and white is a classic. Orange has no place with black and white. Do you think Coco Chanel ever wore orange?

WAFFLES:  Coco? You mean like cuckoo for cocoa puffs?

The 5-Second Rule
Today's photos were taken after Glogirly left the fresh laundry unattended in the bathroom for a bit too long. Apparently, she was unaware of the 5-second rule.

You know, where any fresh, warm and invitingly soft laundry left unattended for longer than 5 seconds is subject to any and all cats within a 100' radius.

Bonus points if the fresh laundry is left near the window in a toasty sun puddle.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Waffles and the Big U-Turn

KATIE:  What are you doing back here so fast, Waffles?  You were supposed to be at the vet all day.

WAFFLES:  We drove down the curvy mountain road while I sang the song of my people. And then we turned around and came back up.

KATIE:  What do you mean? You never went to the vet?

WAFFLES:  Nope. I told you before. Glogirly and me were just going for a Jeep ride.

KATIE:  So you didn't go to the vet?

WAFFLES:  Boss, I think you need to get your ears checked. Maybe YOU need to go to the vet.

KATIE:  I don't get it. I've been to the vet like 100 times in the past three months. Waffles goes once, and he doesn't even go. How does he do it?


Wait. What??
If you stopped by on Wednesday you probably know that Glogirly and Waffles took a Jeep ride to the vet for his wellness exam, blood work and dental cleaning. It was to be an all-day affair. But a little under an hour after they left, Glogirly showed up back at the house. WITH Waffles.

Apparently halfway to the vet, Glogirly started talking to herself. Was Waffles' appointment today? Was it tomorrow? Was it yesterday? What did the note on the kitchen counter say? Uh oh...did she have the WRONG DAY???

There was a phone call. Then some HBO words Waffles couldn't understand. Then a U-turn.

Yup, they were one week early.

Meanwhile, Katie is trying to figure out how Waffles can be the luckiest cat in the world. Just how does he manage to dodge vet appointments like this? And how can she dodge her next one?

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Four-Wheeling Our Way to the Vet

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss, Glogirly's taking me for a ride in the Jeep today! We're going four-wheeling! 

KATIE:  Four-wheeling, huh? I didn't realize you had to go off-road to get to the vet. 

WAFFLES:  Wait. What?

KATIE:  Enjoy the ride, Waffles. I'll just stay here and make sure this soft pillow doesn't go anywhere.

Over the mountains and through the woods... the vet clinic we go.

Katie did so well with her dental procedure in January. It was truly an investment in her health and well being. We knew she had some diseased teeth that were causing her discomfort and contributing to some of her chronic health issues. Getting rid of those bad teeth has made all the difference for her.

At almost 6 years old, Waffles is much younger than Katie, but is showing signs of gingivitis. We want to get ahead of the game to ensure he has a healthy mouth. 

So today's the day! Waffles will arrive at the vet clinic Wednesday morning at 8am. He'll first undergo a general wellness exam and some bloodwork. Then he'll go to one of their surgical suites for the dental procedure. It requires general anesthetic, so he'll be there all day. They like to monitor the kitties as they're waking up and then watch them for a few hours. 

Though Katie will be lounging away on her pillow at home during his procedure, she'll be riding with Glogirly later in the day to pick up Waffles. Don't tell her, but she's due for her 6-month senior kitty wellness exam. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Easter Dinner High-Five

WAFFLES:  Happy Easter, Boss! Are you ready for your Easter dinner?

KATIE:  Yes. And I suppose you're ready for my Easter dinner too. 

WAFFLES:  How'd you know?

KATIE:  Educated guess.

WAFFLES:  High-five, Boss!

KATIE:  How about you go high-five someone else?

WAFFLES:  But I like high-fiving you.

KATIE:  Whoa, whoa, whoa, Waffles! That's no high-

WAFFLES:  High-five, down low, to the side, too slow.

KATIE:  *sigh* Teenagers.

About Today's Photos
Yesterday we celebrated a quiet Easter at home. A little Netflix, a little nap (or two), and a delicious dinner. Chicken for Waffles, turkey for Katie and French toast for Glogirly. Preceded by a quick photo shoot in the kitchen. 

According to Katie though, not quick enough!

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