Saturday, December 3, 2016

This is too much for me

It's been a bad year for fostering. 
Aside from the people involved, last Christmas evening, the foster kittens came down with Calicivirus.  It's just a cat flu, they were fine in days, but Professor Fuzzywinkle caught it from them and Mei Mei caught it from him.  Now they both have stomatitis and have had teeth removed and steroid shots.  It becomes a gradual spiral to the cat needing all their teeth removed which may or may not cure the problem.

This last litter of fosters in April were super adorable but Momma cat had a blemish on her ear.  I tried to get it treated but the organization said they don't test for ringworm, the new owners can if they want, it's not round, it's not ringworm although it looks like some sort of fungus.  Hey, guess what?  It was ringworm!  She never broke out but it never got better.  Kittens where fine until after their first showing and then all hell broke loss from the stress.  Luckily for me, 3 got adopted before anything happened but the last little baby got ringworm.  Bad. The org didn't want to spend the money on treatments.  Gave me ear drops to use on her face--which she promptly rubbed into her eye and IT got all messed up.  After 3 weeks, I took her to my vet and decided to treat her for real, I have 4 cats of my own and a rabbit to think of plus I don't want to be losing hair.  Months of dips and oral meds and she was healed!  And we kept her because after months, we got attached.

And that's how we have 5 cats today.

2 months ago my Calia got sick.  Really sick.  Suddenly, she's a renal cat. We brought her back from the brink of death and she's on an IV every other day.  She's also always been an itchy cat but guess what?  For weeks, it's not just her allergies, it's ringworm!  She's had it untreated for weeks.  I finally black-lighted her BECAUSE everyone else has spots EXCEPT the new kitten!  Everyone.  Me too.  Fabulous.  And renal cat Calia can't take meds.  And Fuzzywinkle is a long haired cat.  And I just don't know what I'm going to do right now.  I didn't sleep all night.  When the vet opens, I'll call but it cost over $200 to treat the 1 kitten.  4 cats?  This is insane.  And am I going to have to shave Fuzzy?  Will the sick cat never get better and will just keep spreading it?  Do I need to put her down?  What the hell am I going to do?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

End That Cat Litter Smell

It's Day 3 and it's still working!

I have clumping litter.  I clean it once, sometimes twice a day.  I add baking soda.  I clean the actual plastic box.  I have a window and a ceiling fan in the same room and yet, I can't get that awful fermented litter, poop miasma from permeating the whole damn house! 


I put a small cup of vinegar on the corner, on the floor, just out of cat's way.  The smell stopped instantly!  Even in the morning, when it's at it's grossest, the litter smell doesn't go much beyond the doorway!  Once it's clean again, no smell at all! 

I don't know how long this will last but this is awesome!

Yes, there is the faintest vinegar smell inside the cat bathroom but it's not overpowering and it doesn't effect cat behavior. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

How To Clean a Porcelain Cat Water Fountain

I've got a Drinkwell Pet Fountain.  It's porcelain, not metal and WOW!  Does it get nasty dirty!  Maybe it's my water quality or cat spit but it gets a ring of crud around the bowl and over the lip of the tower.  

The best part is that you can scrub it and soak it in vinegar or bleach and it doesn't do a danged thing!  Not a bit of difference.  It's like that pet fountain crud really means business.
One day, while scrubbing at it to no avail, I scraped at it with my fingernail and voila! There WAS smooth porcelain underneath!  It could be scraped off, but with what?  

Suddenly, my mind replayed an old commercial in my head.  
"Don't scrub your toilet with a pumice stone!"  
And seriously, who reaches into their toilet and scrubs it with a pumice stone?  EWWW!  But a pumice stone would totally get the crud off the cat fountain, right?


Why yes, toilet bowl cleaner cleans it right up, in seconds, no scrubbing! 

1) OF COURSE, by all means, wash again with detergent, get any toilet bowl cleaner off of it before you give it back to your pets. Better safe than sorry.  And duh, of course, only use this on the porcelain parts, not the pump and filter. 

2) This is acid, wear gloves or don't touch until it's rinsed.  

3) Don't get toilet bowl cleaner on metal-like a metal sink.  It etches.  If you've got a big metal sink, clean the pet fountain in the bathtub, like I do.

And there ya go, cleans a cat water fountain just like new!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Workout Update

I've been on and off exhausted since that time in...January?  That one was because I was coming down with a cold and fighting it.  The cold sores all in my mouth should have been a give-away, problem is, I don't just get body tired, I get brain tired too.  Shit doesn't occur to me.

Last Monday, my lifts were shit so I said, "Self?  When is the last time you took time off to recoup?" Um...none.  No time off.  Been going since January like a MACHINE!  ARGH!  I am STRONG!


So I took last week off. 

I'm still tired all the time but again, I was fighting constant cold sores inside my mouth and even though I could push thru the workout, I bailed.

Right now, 3pm, my morning workout.  Yeah, still exhausted all the time.  Probably not cancer again.  Must be just...laziness?  I dunno.  Anyway, I went up on my overhead press!  I'm lifting 25 pounds (dumbbells, not barbell) now.  Lat pulldowns- 80lbs.  Squats and deadlifts are out for now.  Weather change is making my knee ache.  I can't even get off the toilet without holding on to the wall and leaning to one side.  It'll come back once the barometer changes then I can lift again.  Why a joint encased in juice and sealed in flesh can feel the weather, I have no idea, but here it is. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

8 Weeks Old and Done

So, here are their, "graduation photos."

They get fixed this week and then off for adoption.

Yesterday the org called with an emergency!  Newborn kittens and a momma needed a home quickly! 6 hours after we said we'd take them, they got back to us and said it'll probably be a couple of days.


And will I get attitude when I tell them to capstar the lot of them before I take them into my home?  Yep.  


Friday, April 1, 2016

Got Kittens!

Yeah, the org hates us because we insist that the animals are treated for fleas before they are allowed in our home (with out pets).  We're high maintenance, apparently. And then with our outlandish demands that the kittens are all fixed while they're still kittens and not at 3 or 4 months old, yeah, we're terrible.

So kitten season and we got a batch anyway.  And they have ear mites so hopefully I can get SOMEONE to do SOMETHING about that.  Poor things.

Working on getting more pics, I'm posting movies over on Twitter, it's so tedious to do that here so...yeah, you lose, LOL

So, my deadlifts are up.  125.  Not the first time I've lifted this but I'm going back up the ol ladder.  Overhead press is up to 20lb dumbbells so not great but I'm pushing thru this plateau.  Still force feeding myself.  Got sick twice, lifted anyway.  Both of us got sick, I blame him for bringing something from work then immediately after, got sick again.  Still lifted.  Added cardio.  LIGHT cardio!  Just 20 minutes of HIT!  And sometimes boxing the heavy bag.  It's good!  It's all good!  Getting too hot to do that outside tho, jeeeeeeeeez louise it's going to be a long hot summer! 

Example: I got up at 8 (way too early) and fed my 4 cats, medicated all (everyone is allergic and Ceilidh is neurotic so pills, anti-biotics, and eye drops, a little for everyone) went upstairs and fed the fosters, cleaned litter boxes and sweat was pouring off me, my jam-jams were soaked and had to be tossed in the laundry.  8am.  In March.  Fuuuuuuuuuuuck!

Cat allergies-2 have been on prescription food, it doesn't do anything.  Got 2 that are all red gummed and had dentals and 2 rounds of antibiotics now, I'm going to skip all the months of trying new things like the vet wants, even tho she admits that the other things rarely work, and when we go in in a week for a check up, if it's still bad, I'm opting for pulling the teeth.  It doesn't effect the cat whatsoever and Mei Mei is a snowshoe, she can't lose any weight.  She's down to 7 from her normal 8.5.  Can't have it.  Her teeth hurt?  Get rid of them, let her have a pain-free little life.  Fuzzywinkle doesn't slow down eating for anyone.  If it was just him, I'd say leave it.  It just makes his breath bad and he couldn't care less but if one is going in, let's get it over with. 
Calia has itched her whole life, then last year she got a nose bump that kept growing and then in November her toes swelled up and she got a bump behind her ear.  Vet says it's all allergies.  Steroid shot and she's nearly normal!  Ceilidh, well, she's allergic to...I don't know.  Air?  Liquid squirts, vomiting her whole life.  No food seems to work for long.  She'll be getting another steroid shot in a couple of weeks.  It seemed to help some.  The special food and the cat probiotics sure didn't make any difference once the shot wore off. 

Personally, I think all the commercial cat food is toxic but mine will NOT eat people food and raw food is not acceptable to my divas.  Tried it.  They didn't eat for 3 days.  I gave in. Mei Mei can't lose any weight, remember?  Won't eat chicken, tuna, salmon, steak.  At least the rabbit eats his hay cookies!  Rabbit and the fosters are the healthiest animals I have in the house!  Sheeeeeeeeesh!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Night Sweats

I've upped my calories yet again.  All the online calculators come up with drastically different numbers and I was using a low one.  Many others have me in the 2000 to 2200s a day.  Ok, now I'm up to 2000.
More or less.
I have bags of nuts all over the house to help me hit those numbers and macros.  Day 3 and I'm close, really close.  I have 191 calories yet today.  Macadamias, here I come!

One of the reasons I think I was too low at 1760 is because I am still freezing cold all the time.  Another sure sign is last night, man I had the night sweats all night.  If you add 300 more calories in a day, do you sweat all night? 
Besides, I'm not lifting weights for grins.  If I want to see development, I need to eat more.