Happy Friday! I gave an update this week on social media on Harley’s health issues. You can read it below. He says thank you for all of the good thoughts, purrs, head bonks and kitty kisses that flooded in. He is loved and feels it!
Here’s what the cats were up to this week!
Woodrow: Mama, I’m so happy it’s Friday!
Mama: Me too!
Sophie: Mama, what’s dat down there?
Mama: I don’t know. Why don’t you go investigate?
Sophie: I’m too comfy. Will you bring it to me?
Mama: How about if I pick you up, carry you to it, you can sniff it, maybe bat it around for a bit, then I’ll carry you back to the chair and you can take a nap.
Sophie: Sounds good.
Mama: I was kidding.
Sophie: No backsies, Mama! Let’s go! And be gentle when you pick me up. I just ate.
Olive: Mama, will you open this for me?
Mama: Is your name Harley?
Olive: Um, yes?
Mama: Nice try, Olive.
Olive: The name’s Harley! Sheesh, get it right. And you call yourself my mama…
Woodrow: Mama, Tux is outside our fence. He’s eyein’ me!
Mama: I doubt Tux can see you all the way up here.
Woodrow: He’s got night vision goggles, Mama.
Mama: It’s not night yet.
For those who don’t know, Tux is the neighborhood kitty that is turning out to be Woodrow’s arch-nemesis. 🤷♀️
Mama: Looks like someone had a party in the bathroom last night.
Sophie: What do you mean?
Mama: Someone ransacked the Q-Tips.
Sophie: You keep saying someone as if you don’t know it was me.
Mama: You’re right, I know it was you.
Sophie: Then let’s not dance around this, Mama. How much do I owe you for the ones I used?
Mama: One dollar and 87 cents.
Sophie: Bring me my purse and I’ll see what I can spare. I have a big shopping trip planned this weekend, you know.
Sophie loves Q-Tips. So imagine her delight when she found a brand new open box in the bathroom…and then imagine my delight when I found them throughout the house.
Big Boy Cat (update on Harley)
Mama: How are you feeling, Harley-Bars?
Harley: I’m fine.
Mama: Okay, let me know if I can get you anything.
Harley: Don’t start hovering, Mama! I’m a big boy and I can take care of myself. Now, bring me my teddy bear and blankie and I’ll be all set.
As some may know, Harley had an unplanned vet visit at the end of September. We did a full senior exam and bloodwork. He came back having kidney disease (just entered stage 3). But he also came back with an incredibly high value on a heart stress test. They did a chest x-ray and didn’t see anything to indicate an immediate concern of heart failure. But until we knew what’s happening with his heart, we couldn’t come up with a treatment plan for the kidney disease. So, we scheduled an echocardiogram that took place this past Monday. The echo came back with fairly good news – the good news being that we can treat the kidney disease with fluids (we already changed his diet). But he does need another echo in 9-12 months, as we’re likely dealing with early hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
As background, Harley joined our family as a foster cat nearly 2 years ago. We adopted him a couple months after that. He’s definitely over 10 years old, and the vet thinks he’s likely older than the rescue originally thought. He’s our oldest cat and we’ve never had to deal with kidney disease or giving fluids. But heading into his treatment and care, we wouldn’t change a thing. Harley is ours and he will be well taken care of! Please know that he’s acting his normal self and hasn’t missed a beat. Although, he does request that you send kitty kisses if you have them. (Sorry for the long post, but I know you all care about Harley and wanted to be updated!) ❤
That nose shadow!
Bonus Friday Photo (Office Cat)
During our vet visit with Harley on Monday for his echo, I snapped this shot of the office cat posing nicely with the staff pumpkins. The cat’s name is Ollie and he’s a sweetie. (We go to a cat-only vet, so Ollie doesn’t have to worry about woofies coming in.)
Have a wonderful weekend!