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kat
07-10-2009, 10:33 PM
I know not everyone is a chatterbox like me, but I would appreciate positive thoughts and prayers for my kitty cat Q-Tip. (My current avatar kitty) He is hospitalized and very, very ill with Diabetes and Ketoacidosis. Thank you all!:(

pootie49
07-10-2009, 10:51 PM
Kat

My positive thoughts are for you and QTip, your beloved friend.

Chin up to you both.:)

Angie
07-11-2009, 12:27 AM
you know you can count on my prayers and thoughts. i feel for you and for qtip. try to keep thinking positive, remember qtip is looking to you for strength and a smile and some pats.

kat
07-11-2009, 01:47 AM
I just went to see him in the hospital and he looks awful! He perked up for a minute when I called him "Tip Topper" (he has a LOT of nicknames) but he's got multiple tubes and needles in him and is extremely lethargic. On a small bright note, he no longer has a fever and his glucose level went down a little. Thanks for the prayers and best wishes. -Kat


"To the sick, while there is life there is hope. "
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

bansaisequoia
07-11-2009, 04:50 AM
Eloi, Twyla and Sandoz raise their tails erect in approval for Q-Tip. They are also sending therapeutic purrs down from the after life.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2248/1780521687_8efe47e43b.jpg

kat
07-11-2009, 06:41 AM
Were those your kitties? And is that an actual picture of them? Beautiful. And the names are wonderful. I especially enjoy "Eloi". I should have been an ancient Egyptian because I do believe I worship cats. Well, at least I admire them to a large degree. I think they are the most beautiful and graceful of animals. I must have been one in a past life...;) Thank you Bansai. I go to ICHC daily for perspective..

I do hope that tip will not be joining them anytime soon, no offense. I'd like to keep him around a while longer. But tell them to say hello to Inky..she's a love.

P.S. I got the Eloi and Twyla references, but Sandoz I will look up.

bansaisequoia
07-11-2009, 07:16 AM
These three were felines that my ex-wife got custody of after the divorce. This was 25 years ago. They still seem very much alive to me. The picture is just an internet image. I suppose I could scan an old photograph and post it here, but the image probably wouldn't look too sharp. Nonethless, the picture I posted reminds me of the bearing, carriage and camaraderie (when they weren't fighting) that my cats shared. Eloi was named for a a race of little blue persons in HG Wells' "The Time Machine." Twyla was named for Twyla Tharp, a choreographer who worked with David Byrne and ?Billy Joel???, among others. As for Sandoz, yeah, I guess you'll have to look that up. I don't think I can imagine having three more wonderful cats in my life, but if I had three more today, I'd love them just as much. Hope everything works out for you and Q-Tip. Love, the ne'er-do-well.

kat
07-11-2009, 08:32 AM
I got the reference of the Eloi and Twyla, and I'm sure they meant a lot to you. Lil kitties are so unusually diverse in their personalities. Would love to see an actual pic. I am amazed at how beautiful cats can be.

I want my duck back, meaning my Tip loves water and has a tendency to "quack". (uh oh.. tearing up)
One of the reasons the diabetes went undiagnosed was because of that love of water. Diabetic cats tend to drink more than usual. He always has though. If the vets can get him to eat then he might be able to come home. But, as strange as it is, I have a chunky, picky cat. He's been offered a smorgasbord of delectable kitty type delights, but has never eaten anything but the normal food that I've given him. Go figure. Never thought a cat that DOESN'T beg for food would be a problem.

Well, if you have a pic of the trio, or any one of them I would love to see it. My stress level is up and kitties help. My other kitty (T-Bone) keeps searching the house for his nemesis. That is also a problem.

Babbling, tired. Worried. Thanks for your response! :(

Angie
07-11-2009, 07:05 PM
this whole conversation is giving me watery eyes and a lump in my throat! but at least now i knwo im not the only cat crazy person on this site.
me, my husband myles, and all ten of our cats will be praying for you and qtip. dont lose hope, there's a reason cats got the reputation of having 9 lives...they are very resilient.
signed, Angie, Myles, peachy, rosie, kitty, joey, Monty and his wife Purple, and their four children, Midnite, JuJu, Kinky, Squishy.

pootie49
07-11-2009, 09:49 PM
"When you come to the end of your rope, tie and knot in it and hang on"

Thinking of you and Tip.

kat
07-11-2009, 09:54 PM
Thank you for your prayers Angie and the clan. That's a lot of kitty-love! :)
Just got back from the vet, and while he's still not eating, he's a lil perkier and was very happy to see me. They unhooked him from all the instruments and we spent a pleasant hour together in an exam room alone. He now has a nasal tube so they can get nutrients for him, but it is small and shouldn't hamper his eating when he decides to do so. Soon, I hope! I brought him in several different foods from home so we will see...

It was very good to hear him purr.

opallady
07-11-2009, 10:57 PM
I'm so sorry Q-Tip is feeling poorly and I hope he starts eating soon, although losing a bit of weight might improve his diabetes. Heidi sends her best wishes for a speedy recovery also.

BuschMan
07-12-2009, 06:13 AM
Kat, sorry to hear about your cat. Total bummer.

I feel this is a proper platform to vent some of my own recent cat woes. Here's the story. A dirtbag neighbor of mine moved away some years ago and abandoned his cat leaving it to roam the neighborhood looking for delicious birds and a little love. This cat was a tough mofo as indicated by battle wounds, namely a screwed up lookin half ear. This feral feline was mangy as a rag but ridiculously affectionate. So I started feeding her and the next thing I knew the cat was mine. So I gave her the seemingly witty name "Picatsso" because it looked like she was missing an ear and all of my friends assured me this was a great name. After suffering spinal injuries from patting myself on the back so hard I realized that Picasso wasn't the dude who cut his ear off. Well I wasn't about to give up the name so I kept it and said it was named that because she's crazy looking like a Picasso paintings. Fast forward 2 years and about a week and a half ago Picatsso was MIA. She's never went missing for more than a day so I've come to accept she's not coming back. So that's my cat story. Sorry Kat, this story had some kind of uplifting twist in my head. This took me too long to type so I'm not gonna erase it. Time to go cat shopping. Thinkin about getting a Scottish Fold like that cat from the video who jumps in and out of that huge box. That is the cutest non-kitten cat I've ever seen

kat
07-12-2009, 07:26 AM
First, I am a big fan of beer. And I've had a few. (Under the circumstances, wouldn't you?) Second, I commend you on the attempt to save a lost kitty.People are mf's sometimes.
A few years ago my fiance (at the time) and I managed to save "Rusty Nails" and as you were saying, it is amazing how a rag-tag kitty can turn into the best of cats. (The ear is Van Gogh, but Picasso did some wildly random things as well.) It is truly amazing what a lil love will do for a kitty. This guy ended up so great! And now he has a person (Marine no less!) who is absolutely his owner. You know what they say, 9 lives and ending up on their feet and all....

I appreciate the feedback, any and all stories. Warms my heart knowing there are people who care.

Tip is still in the hospital, and might need a semi-permanent feeding tube inserted in his neck so he can come home. I miss him so, but it is what it is and I have to wait for him to get better.

Once again, thank you and all of you who have responded. It really makes me feel so less alone in all of this time of trouble.:o

momof6
07-12-2009, 11:03 AM
Hi Kat,

Here's hoping that Qtip pulls through and rejoins you and his feline friend at home!

Angie
07-12-2009, 05:23 PM
Kitty has an interesting story. she was born around 7 years ago to a barn cat (probably her 3rd or 4th litter with who knows who). Kitty's two siblings were healthy, active, bouncing, fluffy little kittens; but for some reason Kitty just would not thrive. my husband and i took her and took her to our vet. she weighed 6 ounces at 2 months old! she and was skinny and ugly. but the vet said she seems to want to live so let's give her the chance. to be honest, i didn't have much hope (which is mostly the reason she never got any name except for Kitty; also because she was and is still so small) .it's 7 years later and, well, she will never win any beauty contests, but the vet says she is healthy. she's a very picky eater, she weights around 5 pounds now, she has patches of long hair in some places and often, for some unknown reason, she loses the hair on her tail and ears, so for a few months out of the year she will look like a long-haired rat. the elbows on her back legs are skinny and bony and hairless, too. she holds her own with the rest of the clan tho, she may be small but her claws...they are lethal!.

cats are amazing in so many ways, but never so much in their ability, their desire, and their tenacity to survive! all that combined with a loving caring owner, and you cant miss!

i will be thinking of you and qtip.

ps Kitty LOVES my husband and frankly i think he loves her more than he loves me!

momof6
07-12-2009, 07:31 PM
Best wishes to Qtip for a speedy recovery!

maradnu
07-13-2009, 12:30 AM
Hope Q-tip is better soon.

Please keep us up to date on the progress.

kat
07-13-2009, 03:16 AM
He has had an esophogeal ( I know I didn't spell that right but I don't care!) tube surgically inserted because he still won't eat. He is nauseous and they are waiting for the anti-nausea meds to kick in before giving him his first tube-feeding. If he begins to eat on his own, they will remove the tube. It is not permanent. At this point, I will possibly be able to bring him home tomorrow night but I'm so worried. I will have to give him insulin shots and tube feed him. So scary. And trying to work to pay for it as well. Not enough time in the day. He was a little shaky when I saw him earlier today from the anesthesia but otherwise his vitals and levels are better. He just looks miserable. Like any family member stuck in a hospital bed with tubes sticking out. Only not able to talk. :( I have assured him that mommy loves him and wants him to come home. I have petted him and scritched his chin and kissed his little kitty head. I have told him that he is being prayed for by a lot of wonderful people. If he could, I am sure he would thank you all, as I do! Keep up the prayers...we need them! Thank you all!

pootie49
07-13-2009, 03:18 AM
After you have given him a couple of shots and gotten used to tube feeding him, you will not be as nervous as you are now.

The good news is that he may be coming home, and sometimes just coming home can help.

Still praying...

munchlet
07-15-2009, 01:15 AM
I have owned several cats. Loved them all.

A sick pet is like a small child who cannot talk and does not understand. Scary and sad. But as a rule, animals do better than humans at living with whatever happens. They take life as it comes. They do not wallow in self-pity. They never hold a grudge.

Kinda sucks but no creature lives forever.

I will keep Q-Tip in my thoughts (wonderful name). I also feel concerned about your medical bills.

Just love him and do what you can. Of course you will nurse him tenderly. Hang in there, Kat Girl. Every animal should have such a devoted human friend.

Hugs,

Andrea

pootie49
07-15-2009, 08:11 AM
How is it going with Qtip??

I just want to let you know I am thinking and praying for you both.

Want to throw a prayer my way? - hubby has taken a turn for the worse.

Been lousy day.

Chin up to you and a prayer for the big guy. And any good thoughts for my big guy would also be appreciated.:(

kat
07-15-2009, 07:19 PM
Of Course you will be in my prayers! So sorry to hear that! If there is ANYTHING I can do for you let me know please. You have been such an inspiration. What is going on with Will? If you have time, fill me in.

Q-Tip is home, and making a little progress. I haven't had a lot of free time with the feedings and all. He is eating some on his own which is fabulous. Even got him to play a bit last night. He likes to chase dental floss.

My heart and prayers go out to you and Will. I sincerely hope all will be O.K.

Hugs, Kat, Tip Topper, and T'n.

Angie
07-15-2009, 08:01 PM
it sounds like qtip is on the road to recovery, eating is a great sign.

Pootie i am sorry to hear that Will is not doing so well. i would like to offer some comfort, but i am woefully uneducated about his condition. but i can still pray! and i will be doing plenty of that for both of you.

pootie49
07-15-2009, 09:04 PM
I am so glad to hear about Tip, Kat. It sounds promising and hopefully as each day passes, he will just keep getting better and better:D.

munchlet
07-16-2009, 11:13 PM
that's a great sign.

I live with a dog at the moment... so have nothing to do with used floss but throw it away. The hunting instinct in cats, coupled with inherent grace and agility, makes their play an endless delight.

Glad to hear your good news.

Andrea

kat
07-17-2009, 04:03 AM
Thanks Andrea, I am glad he is doing better as well. It's nice to see the QTip I know and love returning. His big white paws trying to subdue the floss is quite amusing. They land on the floor with a "thwump" but the floss sides right through. He loves it.:D He's chirping at me now....gotta run.

Again, thanks for the kind words!

Kat

munchlet
07-17-2009, 07:08 PM
You've got it... a contented cat.

Purring, playing, chirping (those little chirps I miss the most...).

Feline vs. canine = no contest! (apologies to dog lovers but not really)

Pootie --

Looks like you deleted the reference to Alzheimer's... but I will assume that's what you are dealing with. My thoughts and prayers go with the sweetest lady on board and her hubby. Hang in there.

Andrea

pootie49
07-17-2009, 07:21 PM
Andrea,

I deleted it because I was upset that night, and then realized that I should not infringe on Kat and Qtip's posts.

I am dealing with Alzheimers or rather hubby is, and its been rough.

However with so many of you being so kind and thoughtful and extremely supportive its made my life just a little easier.

Thanks, Andrea.
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Kat,
Purring and chirping - Oh My- sounds like a happy cat and a happy Kat.:D

Oh so glad Qtip is improving!!!

opallady
07-17-2009, 09:29 PM
I'm glad Q-Tip is home and improving. So is Heidi.