Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Late Holiday Photos

Hello kitties, it's your pal Emma here.
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Mama was extremely busy over the Holidays that she didn't remember to take photos of the family against the tree this year. She was always doing something.

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So on Sunday, Dec. 30th, she had some free time and so did I. I was sunning myself by the tree when all of a sudden the clicking started. (Happy to report that this year we didn't have any ornament casualty)

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I couldn't wait for her to stop clicking, because the glint in her eyes show that there was no stopping her this time, and so I continued to do my ritual - baffing in the sun.

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And show her my yoga pose - I am very bendy (Phoebe of FRIENDS)

It was sometime later that mama remembered this is a 2-cat household and hollered for Buster to come from wherever he was at the moment. He did come and see what the yelling was all about.

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But the moment he saw the shiny box in mama's hand, his quick reflexes came into action and this is the only shot that mama could take. Sometimes, Buster has a mind of his own.


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Ever since I started feeling poorly and started taking medications, mama and papa bring me the antibiotic-laced tuna to whereever I am, and I'm totally milking this. I could really get used to all of these, the humans at my beck and call.

Anyway, my appointment with this lady vet (I like her) was on Saturday after I completed the second round of antibiotics to cure my suspected UTI. The first round showed some progress, I stopped peeing on the couch (see the newspapers on the couch, that's for my peeing). On the second round, which the humans and the vets all agreed to do since it was not going to harm me and would do me some good, I continued to frequent the kitty litter with small amounts of pee every time. I have always peed in small amounts compared to Buster since I was rescued. And then the unimaginable happened - I peed on the couch twice, which my humans took as a setback.

In addition, mama was a foot from my kitty litter when I visited it and let out a whimper, which took to mean to her that I was hurting.

And so on Saturday, in addition to the follow-up check-up that the vet performed, I also got an x-ray. It did not show any stones, although that didn't mean I did not have stones. There are stones that don't show on x-rays. Or they may just be crystals.

My humans are leaning towards more of homeopathic remedies. The vet has prescribed noms for me and additional round of antibiotics.

Our question is do you know of any nonsurgical way to remove/dissolve stones (in case I have any)? What other conditions would be associated with my symptoms do you know without the help of more costly diagnostic procedures?

Mama here......

Emma has not shown any other changes in behavior. She eats the same amount. She still cannot tolerate Buster. She goes about her daily routine. Although on her last vet visit, she was down by a couple of ounces, which the vet discounted, citing many factors for a loss of a couple of ounces, like if she peed before she got weighed.

Anyway, here's to healthy and happy kitties in 2013. Mwah!!!!


  1. My Auntie Blossom has been known to get the UTI thingy. Whenever this happens, she gets antibiotics (the two week shot one) and Prednisone. The steroid reduces inflammation or something and makes her feel way, WAY more comfortable.

  2. Emma such beautiful pictures of you and our Momma is jealous at how beautiful your holiday decorations are. With 5 of us Mom covers up everything (we can be a bit naughty). Hoping Emma feels better very very soon.

  3. I wish I had some UTI advice, but none of us, or the cats before me had a case that was as persistent as Emma's. There must be something out there that can help. Paws crossed!

  4. The pictures are very pertty! Now, let me put my two cents in...I am good at that sometimes. That sounds like our sister Precious, although she always went in the box. Twice she was diagnosed with a UTI, The diagnosis was wrong, flat wrong. She had sterile cystitus which was confirmed by a three day culture with our New vet. We increase her fluid intake, lots of juicy food and a water fountain, plus glucosamine treats. She is better now. That's our story here, for what it's worth. We hope Emma feels better soon.

  5. Oh, Emma I hope that you will start to feel better soon. Praying that all the medication will take effect really fast.

    Happy 2013 Buster, Emma and Mama :D

  6. I dont know about stones, but if it's chrystals, the strict avoidance of fish helps. Leo hasn't had a single episode since we de-fished him. It can occasionally be difficult to find foods that don't have fish sneaking in it, but it's worth it.
    We hope Emma feels better soon and has no more issues!

  7. I haven't followed Emma's problem closely, but I would suggest no dry food, offer grain-free canned food and purchase a kitty water fountain to encourage her to drink more.

  8. Thank you for sharing wonderful Christmas days with your lovely cats !
    So Beautiful.

  9. Emma, we laughed at your Phoebe comment! ;)

    When Zoey had some peeing issues, antibiotics really didn't help. I did stop feeding her dry food, she only gets grain-free canned, and I mix water in with her food, almost making it soupy. Since I started doing this, she hasn't had any problems (knock on wood).

  10. Those are cute Christmas pictures!

  11. Oh Emma you are so beauteous taking your baff!

    We think there is lots of great advice here and we hope Emma is feeling better soon. She certainly LOOKS wonderful! (And so do your lovely decorations!)

  12. When Cosmo used to have pee troubles, the vet put him on Royal Canin Urinary S/O kibbles which did help. Valiam also helped to relax his bladder muscles to help him pee (short term). Antibiotics to counter any possible infection (crystals have sharp edges so might injure the bladder walls).
    Does Emma drink much? If not, the S/O kibbles will encourage her to drink.
    Good luck!

  13. Emma beautiful Emma....all the boys here just fainted. And I am so jealous of your Xmas much bling bling and no casualty? tsk tsk

    We hope for healthy kitties all over the world, especially in your home. purrr...meow!

  14. Such beautiful pictures of you, Emma! Our cat Sammy was having trouble peeing a few years back. For what it's worth, we started adding water to his food, and giving him glucosamine, and it seemed to help. Paws crossed for you!

  15. Me and my mom-person wish we had some UTI advice, but neither I , or any of the cats before me had this problem.
    Keep paws crossed for Emma and hope somebody else can give you some good advice !