Fred’s new book, The Convert, is now available for purchase! I personally think it’s the best thing he’s written, but of course I might be the tiniest bit prejudiced (but seriously, it’s reaaaaally good). Any questions or comments about the book can be directed at Fred over at his blog.
Buy it at Amazon, here. (It’s only available at Amazon for now; you know you don’t actually have to have a Kindle to download and read Kindle books, right? There are Kindle apps for just about every electronic device in existence. Just thought I’d mention that.)
Connie is having a commentathon – for every comment she gets for the first 400 comments, she’ll donate 25 cents to the shelter she fosters for, and for every comment after that, she’ll donate 10 cents. Go comment!
Myrtle Beach was fabulous, and I really enjoyed the break from scooping. I might have missed the kitty love, but the kittens (and Miz Poo) more than made up for it when I got back.
Seriously, those Pickles are the HAPPIEST kittens ever. They purr from the moment they get up, to the moment I shut the guest bedroom door at night. They probably purr all night long, too, but I can’t swear to it.
I took this picture when Dandelion was still on medication for her ears, thus the reason the fur around her ears is yellowish. She finished her medication the day I left for Myrtle Beach, and so far her ears look great. (I love this picture so much that it’s currently my computer wallpaper.)
Back at the beginning of the month, when I took Dandelion to the vet to have her ears checked out, I had them Combo test her so I could see if she was still testing positive. I also took Purslane along with us as a travel buddy for Dandelion, and I had them test her as well.
Dandelion is still positive, but Purslane is now negative. When I got back from Myrtle Beach, the first thing I did was take Thistle off to be tested.
Thistle is now negative for FIV.
(As a reminder, when I first got the Weeds, all three tested positive for FIV. Their mother is positive for FIV, but it’s unusual – though not unheard-of – for a mother to pass FIV to her kittens.)
On Thursday, all three Weeds girls will be going to be spayed at the spay/neuter clinic. At that point, when there’s room for Thistle and Purslane at Petsmart, they can go. Dandelion will stay here and be tested again in a few months. As I understand it, if a cat tests positive at 6 months, chances are good that they won’t convert to negative. The Weeds just turned three months old last week.
If Dandelion turns out to be truly FIV positive, she’ll stay here with us until someone adopts her.
If anyone out there is truly interested in adopting Dandelion (or really, any of the Weeds or Pickles), let me know and I’ll send you an application and the shelter manager’s contact information. I have hope that Dandelion will still turn out to be negative, but even if she isn’t, FIV isn’t the death sentence that it used to be. Cats can live good long lives with it, and I know that white cats with blue eyes tend to be adopted quickly, so I’m not too worried about her.
2011: No entry.
2010: “They was skeery.”
2009: “HEY! There are BOTTLES in that mug!”
2008: We now have 10 cats.
2007: Litter Enforcers! Coming soon, to KittenTV.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry