Monday, April 27, 2015

Purrs for Brulee

Mom Paula had to rush Brulee to the emergency vet yesterday and they were there for almost 4 hours.  Brulee vomited a little yesterday morning and Mom Paula noticed she was a little uncomfortable.  Mom Paula had to go play the piano at church and then go to the hospital with Grandpa Gregg.

When Mom Paula got home, Brulee didn't meet her at the door.  Mom Paula found her under the middle of the bed.  Brulee wouldn't come out and wouldn't even eat one of her freeze-dried treats.  Mom Paula managed to crawl halfway under the bed and pull Brulee out.  Brulee felt hot to the touch and was wheezing.  Mom Paula quickly put her in the Sleepypod and off they went.  Once at the emergency vet hospital, Brulee started panting/breathing through her mouth and the vet tech immediately took her to the back and put her on oxygen.  The vet came out and said Brulee had a fever of 104.6 and had some nasal discharge.  She wanted to do blood work and take xrays of her lungs.  Mom Paula wasn't allowed to go back to the examination room with Brulee.  About 2 hours later, the vet came out and said Brulee's lungs were clear and her bloodwork looked good.  She said she thought it would be best to send Brulee home because she was getting stressed in her cage.  Brulee was given sub-q fluids, Meloxicam, and Maropitant.  The vet recommended Mom Paula run a humidifier for Brulee and watch her closely the next 24 hours.  She said Mom Paula may need to take her to our regular vet to see if her fever is down.

Brulee came home and immediately started exploring the house.  Mom Paula fed her and Brulee ate well.  She ate some treats (which she wouldn't do earlier in the day) and she isn't hiding.  Truffle isn't doing as well.  For the first time in 3 1/2 years, Truffle doesn't like how Brulee smells.  Truffle has been slinking around the house and hissing at Brulee.

We'll give you an update later today to let you know how things are going.

Pee ess - Grandpa Paul may come home from the hospital today.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Remembering Sweet Praline

Four years ago today, Mom Paula helped our sister-before-us, Sweet Praline to the bridge.  Praline was known as the Diva of the CB and was almost 16 years old when she left us.  Today, we bow our heads and honor our beautiful sister.  The night before Sweet Praline went to the bridge, she put together a special video and you can watch it here.

A very special thank you goes to Ann of Zoolatry for designing this graphic for us at the last minute (yesterday)!  Mom Paula added the words, but this was one of her favorite photos of Sweet Praline because it was taken the last month she was on earth and she was watching bird TV with the beautiful spring sunshine on her face.  Thank you, Ann!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Baby Truffle

Truffle has been a little stinker ever since the first time Mom Paula saw her.  She's still a stinker, but such a beautiful one.  This photo was sent to Mom Paula when Truffle was 10 weeks old.  Mom Terri said her daughter was getting ready to go to college and was throwing away a bunch of stuff and when she looked around, Truffle was in the bag.   Isn't she adorable in her Victoria's Secret bag?


Grandpa Paul is still in the hospital, so continued purrs and prayers are appreciated.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thankful Thursday

It's been a couple of rough weeks with Brulee having to be rushed to the vet and Grandpa Paul being rushed to the emergency room at the human vet.  We're very thankful that both appear to be okay.  Brulee is doing great and Grandpa Paul is doing better, considering the scare he gave us yesterday.  He'll be in the hospital a few more days.

This isn't a sponsored post, but we are extremely thankful for Trupanion Pet Insurance.  Mom Paula purchased a policy for Angel Sweet Praline several years ago and she was very impressed with how well they handled expenses with her.  Trupanion was the only company who would insure Angel Sweet Praline with her being a senior kitty.  When we came to live with Mom Paula as kittens, Mom Paula immediately enrolled both of us with Trupanion.  Mom Paula likes it because she can set her own deductible and reimbursement rate.  The insurance policy doesn't cover wellness visits or the doctor's fee, but Mom Paula set it up where she pays no deductible and has 90% coverage.  She pays a little more for the premium, but it's worth it for an illness or accident.

Brulee's total vet bill a couple of weeks ago was $608.69.  We just received an email that Trupanion is going to reimburse us $498.26 and the check has already been mailed.  Mom Paula thinks we'll keep our policy as long as we get great service like this.

There are many pet insurance policies out there and the buyer needs to read the fine print.  Some companies will only reimburse a "standard" rate based on their regional figures.  Whatever company you may choose to invest in for the expenses of illnesses and injuries, having a policy is a good idea.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday (almost)




Special purrs needed:  Our Grandpa Paul was rushed to the emergency room last night and was admitted to the hospital.  Please purr and pray for him and our family.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Tale of Two Tails

We fooled you yesterday.  Some of you guessed the tail belonged to Truffle and some of you guess the tail belonged to  Brulee.  We thought we'd show you two photos of each of our floofy tails and see if you can figure out who the tail from Monday belongs to.

Here's Truffle's beautiful backside:
Truffle

Here's Brulee's floofy backside:
Brulee

Can you identify the differences?  So, who does this tail belong to?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Who's Tail?

We know you can tell us apart from the front, but can you tell us apart from our tails?  Take a guess who this is...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Selfie

Brulee took a moment while she was at the vet this week to pose for a selfie.  Mom Paula still can't believe how relaxed Brulee was in the examination room.

You can see more Sunday Selfies at The Cat on My Head.



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Caturday Art

Truffle decided Brulee has had enough attention on the blog this week.  Truffle found a new photo editing website called pho.to.  We went to the "fun effects" and chose the "rose" and put in one of Truffle's recent pictures.  We really like this effect.

If you want to see more Caturday Art creations, you can visit Athena and Marie here.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Emergency Vet Visit

Brulee had an unexpected trip to the vet yesterday.  She's been having a little tummy trouble and had been vomiting a few times the last couple of weeks.  Mom Paula decided it was time to get her checked out, so she put Brulee into Truffle's Sleepypod and off they went.  Brulee appeared to like the Sleepypod, but Mom Paula became concerned when she looked over and saw Brulee was shivering.  Brulee is usually very calm in the car.  Mom Paula unzipped the top of the Sleepypod a little bit and began petting Brulee and Brulee stopped shaking.  Mom Paula was really concerned.
Brulee

There were a lot of woofies in the waiting room yesterday morning, but we didn't have to wait too long to get back in the examining room.  Once we were in the room and Mom Paula unzipped the Sleepypod, Brulee stepped right out and began winning over the vet tech.  Brulee stepped right onto the scales and weighed a svelte 8 pounds (down 0.13 pound from September).  Brulee's temperature was normal, so that was a good sign.
Brulee wonders why Mom Paula hates the scale so much!

Since Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital needed to "work in" Brulee, we didn't get to see Dr. Keisler like we usually do.  We saw one of the newer vets, Dr. McKinnon.  She immediately complimented Brulee and stated that she wasn't what she expected to see when she walked in the room.  She said Brulee was bright-eyed and moving around and curious.  She checked Brulee's tummy and didn't feel anything unusual.  She said  Brulee was a little dehydrated.  She said she thought Brulee may have eaten something that didn't agree with her tummy, but she'd feel better getting some blood work and x-rays done since Brulee had been vomiting a few times in the last couple of weeks.  Mom Paula agreed because she wanted to make sure Brulee was okay.

Mom Paula wasn't allowed to go into the back room with them.  The vet explained that they try to keep people away from the radiation of the x-rays.  Mom Paula reluctantly agreed and felt like she was in the examining room forever before they brought Brulee back in.  The vet tech said Brulee was wonderful and calm during the tests.  Dr. McKinnon told Mom Paula to give her some anti-nausea medicine for a couple of days and to eat a couple of cans of the Hills ID food.  Brulee was given a shot for nausea and some Sub-Q fluids.  The vet said the results should be in later that afternoon.  Mom Paula stayed at home with Brulee all day to watch her and wait for the phone call.  Dr. McKinnon called about 8:30 pm and said the bloodwork was great and the x-rays were normal.  She said to watch Brulee and to bring her back in if there were any more problems.  Even though the visit and tests costs over $600 (which we really don't have to spare), Mom Paula said it was worth it to make sure Brulee was okay.

Brulee was so relaxed at the vet's office and we're so relieved she's okay.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Brulee is thankful for a refreshing drink of water from her fancy cat fountain.

Update:  Brulee needs to go to the vet at 9:30.  She hasn't been feeling well.  We'll post an update when we get back.  Special purrs please.  This is the first time she's been sick.

Update 11:40 am:  Mom Paula - We're home from the vet.  After a $600 vet bill, I still don't know what's wrong.  Brulee had no fever and the vet didn't feel any blockages, but she was concerned that she'd thrown up so many times recently when she doesn't usually do it.  Brulee was a little dehydrated, so she received some SubQ fluids.  The vet also did some blood work and took x-rays.  She was given medication for nausea and two cans of food for her tummy.  I won't hear the results of the tests until this afternoon.  I'm so nervous.  Please purr that this isn't anything serious.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Easy Does It

There's nothing like taking it easy on the Ess and the SleepyPod on a Monday morning while Mom Paula goes to work to make some green papers to keep us in the style we've grown accustomed to.
Brulee on her Ess and Truffle in the lid of her SleepyPod