Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Sorry to say that this is my final post, feline friends & fans. Monday I earned my wings to Kitty Heaven and fulfilled my extended, robust 10th Life on Earth.

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My new-fangled bionic kidney stents from UC Davis, and all the care from SF Vet Speicalists & Presidio Way Vets, gave me the super hero power to fight the good fight against renal failure for 8 months against all odds and with dignity and playfulness, perserving my irreverent dog-like personality. There was no whining or howling, just plenty of Nip, Filet, and Love.

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My final day was mostly calm: sunbathing, sipping from the faucets, and watching the birds from every window, while my watchful hooman made me comfortable in any basket, closet, nook, and cranny of my choice. I was trying to keep my spirits up for Team O’Neill, Mark & Chris, to return that night from their triumphant victory at the Sarasota Tuff Mudder in Florida — but the Goddess of Nip called to me before they were wheels-down. Sorry, boys — I got distracted! Love you, mans!

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My hoomans would like to share their gratitude for you all keeping hope & humor alive in my challenging “sitcheeation.”

Hugs & Hairballs (& Love),
Gary
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On Monday, Dec 3, our loved, pampered, indomitable kitty, Gary, went gentle into that good night.

We'd like to thank everyone who treated him as family, and allowed us to share his antics with them. And especially all the vets & their staff, medical assistants & students, special supplies vendors, friends, and colleagues who helped us make Gary's "new normal" situation manageable.

Unfathomable appreciation to Team Gary:

> UC Davis Small Animal Hospital http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vmth/small_animal/default.cfm : Dr. Elizabeth Craig, Casey Cohen, & the amazing, medical break-through techniques of the feline kidney surgery team for saving him for another 9 lives.

> Presidio Way Vet http://www.presidioway.com/ : Dr. Mike Moran for giving us hope & reality checks on how much of an unexpected anomaly Gary was. Dr. Kalia Helmer for diving into with compassion & urgency. Amanda Moorehead, the vet assistant who found the Cat Sack–the only way we could administer daily subQ fluids & not commit murder (of husbands, wives, pets, etc.).

> SF Vet Specialists http://www.vcaspecialtyvets.com/san-francisco : Drs. Craig Maretzky & Alan Stuart for the top-notch, state-of-the-art managed care with extreme brain power, passion, and compassion, never over prescribing or losing consideration for Gary’s– and his hoomans’ — quality of life.

> Kitty Kollar.com: Donna is the Go-To person for all supplies that make the overwhelming situation of having an esophagial feeding tube for daily meds/food/fluids a manageable, and welcome, attachment that saves your kitty’s life. Her self-made Kitty Kollars are the best invention EVER. And her silicon syringes are absolute hand-and-life savers. Her website and personal guidance assured us we were not alone, and that it is possible to continue a good life with such a dire prognosis.

> The Feline Chronic Renal Failure website http://www.felinecrf.com/ : Oodles of details or just community support when we needed it.

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My So Called (Recent) Life

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Just a normal weekend before my hoomans’ 1st Anniversary getaway near Marshall, CA — home of Hogs Island Oysters! My 7th birthday, not too shabby!

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Sittin’ on the dock of the bay…. Love those big-ass birds.

A few weeks later …
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My hoomans in ICU — so happy to see me!

How did I get that zipper in my suit?
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Buh-bye UC Davis….

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On the road again …
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Aaa ah, back on the Throne ….
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Dats how we roll!
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My new regimen — sheesh, I’d rather have pizza bones.
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Back to UC Davis for my check-up. Hey, Dad–you said I could drive!

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This is much better than that ratty old scratching post… It’s a rental, right?
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I am the poster kitty for all things corrugated …

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Hey, paparazzi — can I get some privacy please?
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Got nip?! Oh yesh!

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Love this new blanket, knead this new blanket!

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Grandma Roz knitted this just for me.

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The fun never stops in a gourmet slurry kitchen… Hey, I gotta watch my girlish figah.
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Three square.. I mean, round… a day.

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But I know I’m worth it… Purrrrrrrrr…

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Oh yeah… A little to left… That’s it.

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The hair, mama–that’s the ticket.

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December 10, 2012 · 9:14 pm

No Country for Old Catz

(This was an old draft from April 28, 2012) The amazing docs at UC Davis we’re gonna spring me for good behavior on Friday, but thought some extra fluids to balance out my kidney values would be helpful. And also, my hoomans needed some practice with the feeding tube. So to catch y’all up, a week ago I went under the knife for kidney stones.

The crack team of feline surgeons gave me two kidney stents to help bypass the faulty kidneys. Not too thrilled about getting fed “slurry” (cat food milkshake) — but soon I get to eat the good stuff.

After an extended ICU “vacation,” I will be able to wreak havoc as usual at home, with some adjustments, of course.

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This is the little alter to the Goddess of 9 Lives that was waiting for me at home.

It’s a little chilly without my usual fur coat, but this faux hawk is hip!

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Nine Lives Down to 4

It’s four years later since my last post… really?!  It’s time to catch up, now that I’m the ripe ol’ middle age of 7.  And trauma always make you take stock.  Whew! Who knew I’d have bionic kidneys now?  More on that story to come…

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My impression of Bill the Cat from Bloombury Cartoon

My impression of Bill the Cat from Bloombury Cartoon

My bionic kidneys are behind that zipper…

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April 27, 2012 · 4:59 pm

One word, son: plastics!

Plastics!

One word, son: Plastics!

Yes, I’m “in da bag.” My peepsgoes to The Nationz Kapital a bunch, so packing is my specialty.  My solid kitty rump is puurrrfekt for tamping down any puffy sleeved blouses or frilly naughty bloomers before she zips up that Ziplock to protect the PowerChick couture from any zipper-busting suitcase slingers on the tarmac.  Bon Voyage!  When the Peeps away, the cat will play….

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Pawz 2 Refresh

Today was a big day: customizing my favorite shoe box, tailoring the mega-strength cardboard to fit around my Pit’r Pat-Cat-Treat-addicted plumpness.  When not chewing on my peeplez plants, or trying to leap onto the shelf where it tries to hide, I’m makin’ muffins on a favorite, most-expensive cahzzzmere sweater from some swanky habadasherie called “Carrots.”  It’s rabbit fude!  

Customizing da Crib

Customizing da Crib

All the napping inspired me to start this blog, or maybe it was just gas.  Hey now, SnarkyPantz, I ain’t no Toonces da Cat.  He was a sell out…

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