Sunday, April 20, 2014

not so easy Sunday....


We got the update from the vet yesterday. Based on the test results, she thinks it is a salivary gland tumor.

We did some searching and found this on Merck:

Salivary Gland Tumors

Salivary gland tumors are rare in cats, although cats are affected twice as frequently as dogs. They usually occur in cats more than 10 years old. Most salivary gland tumors are malignant, with carcinomas and adenocarcinomas the most common types. Spread to nearby lymph nodes and the lungs is common. Tumors removed by surgery alone tend to recur, so radiation treatment, with or without surgery, offers the best outlook in most cases.

So, it doesn't sound good. Dr T wanted to send off the slides to be tested elsewhere since it is pretty rare. Mom told her to go ahead, though it won't really change much unless it comes back non-cancerous for some reason. They are going to hold off on doing anything until they here back from the secondary test - maybe mid-week. However, based on his age, the goal is to keep him comfortable and maybe try to reduce the swelling at the back of his jaw. Mom told Dr T that she isn't sure if it is getting bigger or if it just that she has been staring at it for a week.

No idea what this means for time....they did discuss maybe trying to aspirate part of it to relieve some pressure but not sure if that will happen or not. The main goal is so long as he seems comfortable and still eating then we will give him all the time he has.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Random Friday....

More on the v-e-t report:
Mo got the bad cat report. He wanders around acting all nice when they get here and then WHAM tries to eat people. Mom is afraid one of these days he will actually bite someone so the next visit will require a little more thought. Mom can catch him easy enough. But he is pretty skinny and can turn himself around which makes him hard to hold on to. He actually got a fang almost into the tech this time. His weight is actually up some (which is good - no body fat on that boy). And he isn't due for vaccines for 3 years.... (mom is fairly certain she heard the v-e-t mutter "hallelulah" MOL).

Maestro weighs about the same - which is a very good thing. Still waiting on the report from the v-e-t.

Spud had to be chased around by mom and then unceremoniously shoved in a carrier to wait for the v-e-t to get here. At least he isn't a screamer like Ivy somecat. He got weighed, vaccinated, toenails clipped and his ummm behind shaved (we told him it could have been worse - we hear some of the cats at Katnip Lounge are now nekkid).
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We got an update on Saffron. She is adjusting pretty well. Mom knew she was going to be a tough nut to crack.....
seriously - you doubt that face would cause problems?? 

Mom and Saff's mom have been texting back and forth. Saff didn't come out much the first couple of days, but by Monday night she was letting them rub her belly. And as of the other night, she had met the other two cats in the house and checked out their climbing wall and the crinkly tube mom sent with her. She has even been out and snuggled on the couch. Though it does appear that she may end up being a daddy's girl. :)
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

a week already???

Thanks for all the pawsitive thoughts yesterday....we hope to have an update tomorrow.
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Hard to believe it was a week ago yesterday that mom brought home Jade and her boy. Then in just over 24 hours we added 4 more kittens.

We had some good suggestions on Tuesday and after wandering the interwebs, we went with some geology/gem names. (thanks to Miss Andrea and Miss Patty)

Everyone is doing very well and gaining weight. While our tiny girl is still tiny, she is putting on steady weight...plus being little lets her squirm under everyone.

So, without further ado, let's do some introductions and weights:

 Mica (Jade's original kitten)
weight: 4-11 was 6 3/8 ounces, 4-16 was 9 1/8 ounces

 Ash
weights: 4-11 was3 1/2 ounces, 4-16 was 6 7/8 ounces

 Amber
weight: 4-11 was 4 1/4 ounces, 4-16 was 6 5/8 ounces

 Pearl
weights: 4-11 was 4 1/2 ounces, 4-16 was 7 3/8 ounces

 Coral
weights: 4-11 was 2 7/8 ounces, 4-16 was 5 3/8 ounces
(so last night she weighed as much as Mica did when he got here)

Mica's eyes are just starting to open. The others should be a few days behind him. He is certainly the bulldozer of the family - he put his head down the other night and was shoving Ash around their box.

Jade is SUCH a good momma. As mom was taking pictures, the kittens were making it apparent that they weren't very happy about it. Jade came over more than once and told mom to KNOCK IT OFF!!! Jade was very polite about it, but also very insistent that mom put those kittens back.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Maestro




Our old man turned 19 years old last fall. A couple of weeks ago the pet sitter found a lump at the back of his jaw.

Our v-e-t came last night. Mo and Spud were due for check ups and vaccines. They are doing well though Mo did try to bite the tech (oh my).

As for Maestro, they took some samples from the lump. He is kind of stiff as well but things are limited for cats. We should hear something back by the end of the week. The doctor thinks it involves his salivary gland....either an infection or a tumor. Mom talked to the vet about how much to do and while mom can medicate him she is reluctant to go to extremes due to his age. We will keep you all posted.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Be the Change

We can't say it enough, but volunteering pays off in so many ways. You can "be the change" for an organization in you area!!

Rescues always need help and volunteers keep these places running. In some cases (like the rescue that mom volunteer's with), it is ALL volunteer...no paid staff at all.

From cleaning, to socializing, to laundry, to walking dogs, to foster care...and even different things you wouldn't think about. Writing thank you notes, working in a retail store (we have one manned by volunteers on the weekends), stuffing envelopes, organizing fund raisers. There is no job too big or too small that can't use some sort of help.

But of course, you are here for kitten pictures....which is a FUN part of fostering. If you have some space and some time, think about contacting a local reputable rescue: with the start of kitten season, they need all the help they can get.

the mom makes for a comfy snoozing spot

or you can snooze on a sibling

They are growing and getting cuter by the day!! The gray tabby in the middle is Jade's original kitten. The tiny black one on your right is the smallest...but gaining steady weight so we aren't too worried about that one.

And now....we think mom knows the genders. The gray tabbies are both boys and the other three are girls (where is Fred when we need him??) Still working on the name theme. Nothing has jumped out at mom yet. They don't have to be related to Jade...most times the kitten theme doesn't have anything to do with mom's name (though sometimes it does). If you are newer to the blog, suggestions are welcome (and we give credit) but we are all about a good theme...and not such big fans of people names (except famous names if you know what we mean).