Cat Tanka

Dec. 3rd, 2011 09:37 am
mikekn: (Tyr)
I wish I was there;
cool technology lets me
view the cats at home.
But what if they feel the same
as they gaze out the window?

More )

Cat update

Jul. 25th, 2011 10:31 am
mikekn: (Tyr)
It has been a while since the last update, but all the news is good. The gate came down maybe 6+ weeks ago. Tyr promptly explored everywhere settling into a few different hiding spots in the living room and dining room. Eir did some exploring as well, but only when I wasn't around. By the time I went to Origins, he was regularly wandering about. During the week I was gone, Kim and Derek took care of them. They got to play with Tyr some, but didn't spot Eir the entire time. After I got home we made a detailed search of the house with no luck. Then later that evening as I was typing stuff up in the dinning room, I spotted her heading upstairs from the family room.

Eventually I tracked down Eir's main hiding spot - behind a laundry basket filled with fabric and sitting in the corner. I didn't realize there was space back there, but she found it with no problem. Currently it is the only place I see her. Once or twice I spotted her running back into the spot, but never hanging around outside of there.

Tyr is interacting with the girls more and more, and getting closer to me, but keeping out of touching range. I figure a few more months and I'll be able to pet him a little :)

This past weekend, I moved the cat cam downstairs and was able to catch Eir and Tyr playing on the cat tree - I was very happy to see that, since it meant Eir was just hiding from me, and not everything else.

Pictures )

Cat update

Jun. 8th, 2011 02:40 pm
mikekn: (Tyr)
Because everyone needs a cat update :) (at least the aren't any more frequent)

First - happy to report that Bootsie has settled right back into her routine at home. She is giving Kim a wide berth still, but is out and about.

Eir had some worms when she went in to the vet, so she got treated for them, but Tyr's treatment had been long enough ago that there was a good chance he'd have caught them from her in the meantime. So off I went to treat him again, plus Grimalkin and Gunther just to be on the safe side. He wasn't too badly traumatized by the experience, but I am giving them a few more days before I remove the gates - probably this Saturday if I don't give in sooner.

Pics! )
mikekn: (Tyr)
Last week Bootsie went to the vet to get spayed. They also wound up pulling some bad teeth on her, so she came back to my place for a few days of recovery and antibiotics. During this time she lived in a cage in my garage - it was pretty crowded in there with food, water, litter box, and hiding box, but she seemed to do ok. Tuesday evening we drove the cage out to Kim's house and opened it up in the back yard. As soon as she had a clear view of where she was she took off to under the neighbor's shed - a usual hiding spot for her. Hopefully she will settle back in with no problems.

Tuesday morning Eir went in to get spayed and was back home that night to start her recovery. I haven't seen her out and about yet, but she seems to be doing ok when I check on her. She is back to hanging out in the closet - still letting me pet her if I reach in there.

Tyr is doing really well and can't wait to ditch the baby gates keeping him and Eir in the office (Soon I tell him - just finish off the dry food and give you sister some time to recover).

On the good news front - I was away this weekend and Kim stopped in to feed and medicate the cats. She wasn't able to get to the house in time to give Grimalkin her evening insulin shot, so I told her to skip it (too much insulin is a much bigger risk then too little). Monday I was doing a glucose curve on Grimalkin - taking blood every 2-3 hours and observing how well the insulin works. At least that was the plan. My first measurement was before she ate or got her morning shot and it came in at 95. Normal for a cat is between 70-100, with peaks of up to 120 after eating. When the vet did her last curve she was coming in at 300+ and the insulin was bringing her down to about 200. I opted to not give her a shot and take another measurement later. I was taking them less frequently then I would for the curve, but since I wasn't tracking the effect of the insulin that was fine. Her numbers were something like: 95, 94, 76, 68. The next morning I took one more and got a 95. So for now the vet says we call her in remission and just keep her off dry food and watch for any signs. A glucose test from time to time to keep an eye on her numbers is also a good idea.

For the bad news - In the process of getting Eir into a carrier I got well and truly bit and chewed on. My right index finger is currently a bruised and swollen sausage (but I can still type!). Visited my doc the day after and got a script for antibiotics, and have a follow-up visit tomorrow.

So I don't leave you on a down note, here is Tyr standing guard at the closet (Eir is inside, behind the boxes)
mikekn: (Tyr)
Last night Kim and Derek came over to get Bootsie for her vet appointment. Kim had connected with Cat Angel Network and they set up an appointment for this morning. After fortifying ourselves with Indian food (Spice Kitchen is yum!), we ventured into the garage.

Bootsie had taken to hiding behind a sheet of plywood, so I've been putting her food at one end of it. She goes out and about, but I always found her there in the morning. We set up a trap (the vet requested she be brought in a trap and not a carrier since it is easier to access her from the trap) at one end where it would be the only way forward, and I started in from the other side. The plan was almost flawless - Bootsie when right into the trap, but not far enough to trigger it. She realized what was happening, backed out, turned around and came towards me. After deciding not to run up me, she opted to duck under my foot and make her escape into the garage.

This led to a series of small chases. She'd pick a hiding spot, we'd try and get her out (with various levels of success) until she made a break for a new spot. Each time she picked behind the plywood sheet, we would try and get her in the trap. It took three tries, and she never walk into the trap a second time. I wound up picking her up in a towel and putting her into the trap.

At this point she should be at the vet. We're not sure if her recovery will be at my house or with Kim and Derek, but once that is done she will be back out in the wilds of Pottstown.

Hot and lazy day at home:

Cat tales

May. 19th, 2011 10:49 am
mikekn: (Tyr)
Tyr really wants to hang out with the girls. Last night he was again sitting in the office not far from the door.. I settled in the hallway on the floor and watched him for a while. Nothing I could do would get him to come closer - nor did he run away though. When Gunther came over though, he moved right up to the gate. I hung there for a bit petting Gunther and Grimalkin. Tyr would meow at them from time to time. Eventually he settled down by the gate and was just purring away. I couldn't get either of the girls to go over to him, but they didn't run away either. After I went to bed, I could still hear him meow from time to time and pull at the baby gate the way Grimalkin does.

This morning I spotted a little bit of blood on the carpet (turned out to be more of a bloody discharge then blood), so I decided to check on Eir. This involved trying to pick her up from the closet and wrap her in a towel. I got her up and out and onto the window ledge where I hoped to reposition and get a good hold on her. Instead she hopped off and jumped the gate. Fortunately she went for the bathroom and was hiding behind my hamper. I just closed the door and then covered her. There was some struggle, but she settled down quick enough. She was scared and tense, but not running or fighting. I was able to check her out and then just hold he in my lap for a bit petting her. (Didn't find anything to be concerned about)
mikekn: (Tyr)
Bootsie settled in and started eating within a week of getting here. Since then she has continued to eat (and use the litter box!), but is still just hanging out in the garage. As soon as we can schedule it, we will be catching her again and taking her to the vet to get spayed. If need be, she will recover back here and then head back out to Kim's neighborhood.

Eir and Tyr have settled down again and things seem back to normal (the whole pregnant and kitten thing freaked them out a bit). I've seen them interact with each other some, but not tons. Eir has mostly claimed the closet, while Tyr sticks with a little cat house (off camera...).

Eir will have her first vet visit on the 31st - hopefully getting a full work up and staying to be spayed. It will no doubt be an exciting trip for both of us.

I rechecked with Kim about their birthday and she figured out it was around May 7, 2010, so they are actually just over a year old now.

Tyr and I had some interesting interaction last night. I was heading upstairs to read for a while, and when I turned on the hall light he was hanging out by the scratching post in the office (usually if I'm moving around they will hide). So I laid down on the floor in the hall and talked with him for a bit - he just watched me cautiously. Eventually Gunther came upstairs so I sat there petting and playing with her for a bit. When I peaked at him, I noticed he had moved closer. I kept at it, and he kept moving closer. Eventually he was right at the gate watching Gunther and I. He hissed if I put my hand toward him. Gunther hissed when she leaned in toward him. But neither ran nor acted aggressive at all. Grimalkin joined us, but wouldn't get too close. Tyr was very interested in one of the scratching toys we were playing with - I wonder if I can set up some sort of toy going through the baby gates that all the cats could play with.

Gunther has her annual checkup next week. I think she's put on weight since I switched to wet food for them. Otherwise she is in good shape - her fur is slowing growing back from where she was chewing it.

Grimalkin continues to be the Best Patient Ever, taking her twice a day shots without complaint to struggle. I need to have another glucose curve done with her. Does anyone have an old blood sugar meter I could borrow? The vets use the Accu-chek Advantage, but if I need to buy one I'll probably go with the ReliOn from Walmart.

And yes, there are some pictures... )
mikekn: (Black)
Eir had her litter yesterday, but they were fairly pre-mature and didn't not survive more then a few hours. While it is sad, I'm glad it is over now. I feel she is too young to have to have been able to handle and take care of them.

Sadness

May. 5th, 2011 10:40 am
mikekn: (Black)
I am sorry to report that Bootsie's three kittens did not survive. I suspect the stress of relocating her kept her from caring for them properly. Combined with the cold last night it was just too much for them.
mikekn: (Tyr)
It has been about two weeks since I last posted an update. The camera works great. Tyr continued to settle in - eating food, using the litter box and playing in the office. Eventually I got to the point where I took down the baby gate and let him explore if he wanted. Both of the girls peeked into his room (he was behind the door at the time) spotted him and then went back out. He explored a little while I was downstairs, but was back in the closet when I went to bed.

That night I heard him playing with the ball and track toy. In the morning I found the toy in the middle of the upstairs hallway. He was back in the room at that point, so I put the baby gates back in place while I was at work. I repeated the same thing the next night. I didn't hear him, but that morning after the girls got me up to get fed, Gunther pointed looked under my dresser for a moment before heading downstairs. Sure enough, there he was. By the time I got them fed, he was back in the office.

A day or so later (April 27) I got a message from Kim that they had caught the sibling - and that she looked pregnant. They brought her over that night and we had an exciting time when as we tried to get her out of the carrier and cleaned up (had an accident), she took off like a bolt of lightening. Scaled/jumped the baby gate, ran downstairs in the kitchen, knocked over the recyclables, ran in to the living room, scaled the floor to ceiling book shelves, jumped down, ran back into the kitchen, jumped on to the curtain rod and went for the second one before we caught up with her.

Eventually we calmed her down (she does fine when she can't see anything) got her cleaned up and set up in the office with Tyr. She is still very skittish, but has eaten and explored a good deal. Still not big on litter box use, but I can work on that. I don't think she and Tyr are interacting much yet (positively or negatively). She hides better then Tyr so I haven't caught her on the camera much until today when she took over the closet and he stayed under the desk. Having her in there hasn't changed Tyr's behavior any, so that is good at least. When I try, I can pet him - usually while he is hissing at me. For her if I get to close (a couple of inches away) she takes off for a different hiding spot.

Yesterday (May 2), Kim called to say that they had caught Bootsie. Bootsie is Tyr and the girl's mother, and is also pregnant again. Kim and Derek have been trying off and on for years to catch her with no luck. With her finally caught, we set her up in my garage. The plan is for her to have her kittens and wean them, and then we'll get her fixed and back outside at Kim's house. Is a good plan.

Tonight when I got home from work, I discovered that Bootsie has had her kittens (or is possibly having her kittens). Hard to tell how many (at least three have been spotted) or how they are doing. She didn't really get a chance to settle in, so I'm keeping an eye on her to make sure she eats soon.

Yes there are pictures - just none of the newest arrivals )

I'm still working on name ideas for the sibling. My short list is all Norse gods to go with Tyr.

Eir - only because of the one translation which says: "Eir, who is the best leech." (Well, she gave Kim a good bleeding...) I've no idea how it would be properly pronounced.
Nanna - which one source defines as "the daring one"
Syn - a goddess associated with defensive refusal (and another nice three letter name)
Zisa - relatively unknown goddess known near Augsburg. Her name is the Upper German feminine form of Tyr. Possibly a wife or sister of Tyr.

Spy Cat

Apr. 14th, 2011 11:41 am
mikekn: (Cute)
In an effort to figure out what Tyr is doing, and how he is getting along, I borrowed an IP camera from work and set it up in the office. It took a few days to get everything just right (since I haven't been home much lately because of the film fest), but now I have an iPhone app that lets me peak in on him at any time - complete with pan/tilt/zoom control :)

Some pictures )

Cat time

Apr. 8th, 2011 02:31 pm
mikekn: (Grimalkin)
I had a dream last night that Kim sent me an email about another cat. Not too far from reality - I did ask her to see if they could grab the sibling of the new guy (I think his name will be Tyr, but I want to talk it over with him first...), but no emails yet.

I'm now leaving the door to the office open all the time, but have two baby gates (one on top of the other) in the doorway. This lets him see the girls and vice versa without letting them really interact yet. I was concerned that he would hide more, but he continues to empty his food bowl, so he is still moving around both at night and during the day. I can reach into his hiding spots and pet him; sometimes he'll hiss other times he won't.

Grimalkin has started her insulin - one unit twice a day. She's very good about getting her shot (and I've only managed to stick myself twice!) She is getting Insulin Glargine (Lantus from Sanofi Aventis.) It's pretty costly (over a $100 per bottle). If I'm reading everything correctly the bottle holds 1000 units (100 units/mL, 10 mL), so there is a year supply there. Unfortunately, the meds expire after being open for four weeks.

Because the internet doesn't have enough cat pictures, here are some of the sib hanging out at Kim and Derek's house.

Kitty! )

Cats

Mar. 31st, 2011 10:26 pm
mikekn: (Grimalkin)
Time for a general cat update.

It's been over a year since Mughi passed away leaving us a three cat household. Tyree went with Amy to keep her company and reduce the stress on Grimalkin (who never got the hang of him) and Gunther (who did ok, but not great).

A couple weeks ago Grimalkin had a health scare when she stopped eating for a while and developed fatty liver syndrome. Fortunately a week or so of force feeding and meds were able to reverse the problem and get some weight back on her. Unfortunately soon after that she decide she was going to become diabetic. Tonight she is at the vet while they figure out what dosages of insulin will work for her. Tomorrow I pick her up and get my training. If we get really lucky, she'll reverse this as well at some point (cat's are weird that way - they can recover and reverse various organ problems, essentially going into a sort of remission.)

Sunday we received a visitor who had had a really rough week. One of the feral kittens at my sister's house had a run in with a neighborhood dog, and gotten his leg pretty messed up. If they could find a place for him to recuperate (at least), Cat Angel Network (a cat rescue society) and their vet would do the work needed to keep him going. Kim's place is full up on animals, and I'm a softy when it comes to cats, so I said sure he can stay with me. If the girls get along with him ok then he can stay for good. Little guy lost a leg (and got neutered), but otherwise was given a clean bill of health.

He is currently set up in the office with the door shut. Any time I go in he is hiding in one cave or another - but the litter box has been used, the food is all gone, and stuff on the shelves or desk has been moved about.

He doesn't have a name yet. I'm leaning toward something related to Tyr, but I may check out Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (where we first spotted Grimalkin's name.)

Here he is in the closet:


Hmm... kinda hard to see.

Maybe if I move the poker chips... )

Cats

Mar. 31st, 2011 10:26 pm
mikekn: (Grimalkin)
Time for a general cat update.

It's been over a year since Mughi passed away leaving us a three cat household. Tyree went with Amy to keep her company and reduce the stress on Grimalkin (who never got the hang of him) and Gunther (who did ok, but not great).

A couple weeks ago Grimalkin had a health scare when she stopped eating for a while and developed fatty liver syndrome. Fortunately a week or so of force feeding and meds were able to reverse the problem and get some weight back on her. Unfortunately soon after that she decide she was going to become diabetic. Tonight she is at the vet while they figure out what dosages of insulin will work for her. Tomorrow I pick her up and get my training. If we get really lucky, she'll reverse this as well at some point (cat's are weird that way - they can recover and reverse various organ problems, essentially going into a sort of remission.)

Sunday we received a visitor who had had a really rough week. One of the feral kittens at my sister's house had a run in with a neighborhood dog, and gotten his leg pretty messed up. If they could find a place for him to recuperate (at least), the vet and a cat rescue society would do the work needed to keep him going. Kim's place is full up on animals, and I'm a softy when it comes to cats, so I said sure he can stay with me. If the girls get along with him ok then he can stay for good. Little guy lost a leg (and got neutered), but otherwise was given a clean bill of health.

He is currently set up in the office with the door shut. Any time I go in he is hiding in one cave or another - but the litter box has been used, the food is all gone, and stuff on the shelves or desk has been moved about.

He doesn't have a name yet. I'm leaning toward something related to Tyr, but I may check out Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (where we first spotted Grimalkin's name.)

Here he is in the closet:


Hmm... kinda hard to see.

Maybe if I move the poker chips... )
mikekn: (Mughi)
Mughi
??/1989 - 3/15/2009
mikekn: (Mughi)
Mughi
??/1989 - 3/15/2009
mikekn: (Mughi-pumpkin)
Mughi is about 19 years old at this point. She is showing her age in many ways notably weight loss and "accidents". These days we keep her penned in the kitchen where the other cats won't bother her and it is easy to clean up after her. She doesn't jump or climb much so a simple baby gate is all it takes to keep her there. She still gets around ok and interacts with us, but mostly she's just happy to eat and sleep.

Tyree has been doing quite well. His only problem is chasing Grimalkin. Otherwise he's a big cuddly cat (who still plays rough - but we're getting better at avoiding injury while playing with him).

Gunther had a rough patch a while back, when she started to chew out her fur. This was caused by the stress of living with Tyree. We got her on some meds for a month or two and in the process she and Tyree came to an uneasy co-existence. They are both really cautions around each other, but they eat from bowls in the same space and both sleep on the bed together. Only when they surprise each other is there a problem, but that is rare and doesn't cause any damage. At this point she gives as good as she gets (and her fur is growing back in).

Grimalkin is in the worst shape of our gang. Health wise she's lost a little weight (not totally a bad thing) and may have a heart murmur, but mostly she is nervous and skittish. If she sees Tyree, she runs. If he sees her run, he chases. She's gotten frightened at the litter box, so she's mostly stopped using it. That means we have to keep an eye on her and watch for more "accidents". I tried putting her in the kitchen with Mughi, but even two baby gates weren't high enough to keep her in (I don't understand why she won't stay in since Tyree can't get in). She lives at the top of the cat tree, or in Tyree's room on top of a bunch of boxes. She'll come and visit if people are around and Tyree isn't but the moment she thinks she hears something she's gone.

One of the side effects of all this is that our house is no long good for hosting Game Days. I have to get my gaming fix with the Philly Gamers, cons, or anywhere else I can.
mikekn: (Mughi-pumpkin)
Mughi is about 19 years old at this point. She is showing her age in many ways notably weight loss and "accidents". These days we keep her penned in the kitchen where the other cats won't bother her and it is easy to clean up after her. She doesn't jump or climb much so a simple baby gate is all it takes to keep her there. She still gets around ok and interacts with us, but mostly she's just happy to eat and sleep.

Tyree has been doing quite well. His only problem is chasing Grimalkin. Otherwise he's a big cuddly cat (who still plays rough - but we're getting better at avoiding injury while playing with him).

Gunther had a rough patch a while back, when she started to chew out her fur. This was caused by the stress of living with Tyree. We got her on some meds for a month or two and in the process she and Tyree came to an uneasy co-existence. They are both really cautions around each other, but they eat from bowls in the same space and both sleep on the bed together. Only when they surprise each other is there a problem, but that is rare and doesn't cause any damage. At this point she gives as good as she gets (and her fur is growing back in).

Grimalkin is in the worst shape of our gang. Health wise she's lost a little weight (not totally a bad thing) and may have a heart murmur, but mostly she is nervous and skittish. If she sees Tyree, she runs. If he sees her run, he chases. She's gotten frightened at the litter box, so she's mostly stopped using it. That means we have to keep an eye on her and watch for more "accidents". I tried putting her in the kitchen with Mughi, but even two baby gates weren't high enough to keep her in (I don't understand why she won't stay in since Tyree can't get in). She lives at the top of the cat tree, or in Tyree's room on top of a bunch of boxes. She'll come and visit if people are around and Tyree isn't but the moment she thinks she hears something she's gone.

One of the side effects of all this is that our house is no long good for hosting Game Days. I have to get my gaming fix with the Philly Gamers, cons, or anywhere else I can.
mikekn: (Tyree)
Tyree's Song )
mikekn: (Tyree)
Tyree's Song )
mikekn: (Gunther)
-- BEGIN REPORT --

2008-Jan-10, 4:08 AM EST
Corporal Gunther was making a routine patrol when she encountered and captured a member of the Mus Musculus organization operating in the area.

2008-Jan-10, 4:17 AM EST
With the support of PFC Grimalkin, the prisoner was transported to the officer's quarters for interrogation. As the officers were roused from sleep, the prisoner made an escape attempt, fleeing on foot. Gunther and Grimalkin pursued but after a brief struggle, the prisoner was able to give them the slip.

2008-Jan-10, 4:22 AM EST
Gunter and Grimalkin continued paroling and searching for the escaped prisoner. Officers returned to sleep.

2008-Jan-10, 5:15 AM EST
Prisoner's hiding place was discovered. Prisoner was recaptured and returned to the officer's quarters. Officers were once again roused and the prisoner was detained for questioning.

2008-Jan-10, 5:17 AM EST
During waterboard interrogation, prisoner once again escaped - this time through the sewers. At this time prisoner is deemed Not-A-Threat. Gunther and Grimalkin have been commended for their good work. All surveillance footage will be destroyed per Directive 11.

-- END REPORT --
mikekn: (Gunther)
-- BEGIN REPORT --

2008-Jan-10, 4:08 AM EST
Corporal Gunther was making a routine patrol when she encountered and captured a member of the Mus Musculus organization operating in the area.

2008-Jan-10, 4:17 AM EST
With the support of PFC Grimalkin, the prisoner was transported to the officer's quarters for interrogation. As the officers were roused from sleep, the prisoner made an escape attempt, fleeing on foot. Gunther and Grimalkin pursued but after a brief struggle, the prisoner was able to give them the slip.

2008-Jan-10, 4:22 AM EST
Gunter and Grimalkin continued paroling and searching for the escaped prisoner. Officers returned to sleep.

2008-Jan-10, 5:15 AM EST
Prisoner's hiding place was discovered. Prisoner was recaptured and returned to the officer's quarters. Officers were once again roused and the prisoner was detained for questioning.

2008-Jan-10, 5:17 AM EST
During waterboard interrogation, prisoner once again escaped - this time through the sewers. At this time prisoner is deemed Not-A-Threat. Gunther and Grimalkin have been commended for their good work. All surveillance footage will be destroyed per Directive 11.

-- END REPORT --

Pictures

Nov. 21st, 2007 04:51 pm
mikekn: (Just me)
As Thanksgiving approaches, it seems like the right time to finally put up some pictures of excessive eating at Ubercon.
Cut, cause I care )
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