Robyn, I don’t want to hijack your comments, but I do have a question. I came home from my book club last night to have my daughter freaking out – our 19 yr old cat had blood coming from below his anus. I think it had just happened, because the blood was very fresh everywhere – and I do MEAN everywhere.
I thought our other cat had bit him, because I saw him earlier following him around sniffing his behind. Luckily my husband works for a vet clinic, so I texted a vet tech, and sent a picture, she thought he had ruptured an anal gland. We were able to get him to the clinic, even though it was after hours, someone gave him the antibiotic shot that lasts 14 days, and told us to feed him pumpkin and to do warm compresses if possible.
My question – has anyone had a cat that ruptured an anal gland? The people at the clinic said it was fairly unusual, cats usually kind of deal with the anal glands themselves. It is a pretty good sized wound – but I guess we need to keep it open so it can drain.
Anyone else have a cat this happened to?
Maureen, I am so sorry I didn’t respond to you in the comments last Friday. I saw the comment and meant to, but then something shiny caught my attention and I wandered off.
Back in 2008, Miz Poo had an anal gland adenoma – a cyst near her anal glands burst. The vet had to put her under and clean the area, and then closed it up. As I remember, her recovery was pretty smooth and the vet said that they usually come back and turn into a chronic condition, but sometimes they never reoccur. We never had another issue with it, luckily.
It doesn’t sound like your kitty had the same issue as Miz Poo, but it sounds a little similar so I thought I’d mention it.
Has anyone out there dealt with this? We’d like to hear about your experience, if so!
Do you think your cat perches that attach to the window with suction cups are up to a 16-17 lb. cat jumping on it? The one I had in the window fastened with Velcro came crashing down the other day, causing my glass break sensor to go off and necessitating a trip home to make sure everything was okay. I need to get a new one, but also need to find one that will hold up a 17 lb. cat.
You know, they claim that they’ll hold up to 50 pounds, so I would think they’d hold your kitty. Tommy is 13 pounds, and the bed barely even shifts underneath him (and now that I think about it, it held him plus Carlin (who weighs 3 1/2 pounds) just fine), so I would say give it a try! The ones we have are the Sunny Seat, which I got at Amazon.
Carlin’s not a very shy little kitten, is he?
Carlin is absolutely NOT shy at all. He is one confident little guy, and I wish I had had the camera going when he walked into the kitchen and rubbed along Archie’s side. Archie, who likes his space, was HORRIFIED, so he hissed, and Carlin didn’t care at all, he just went along his way.
I got the Sugarbutt – judging you banner and I believe I need a shot glass of that to go with the Stompers not judging me one I have. So that way I can take my first/second with Stompers and then if I go for more I can use Sugarbutt.
Here you go! (If that’s not the design – wording – you had in mind, let me know. It’s relatively easy to change.) As always, everything is marked up by $1, which I donate to Challenger’s House.
I still love the description of Gilda as a ninja house leopard tuxie. Puts me in mind of the rare diamond-bellied tuxie description from a while back. Who was that, anyway?
I also love that she was adopted first! She’s the one I would’ve snagged. Was she as much of a sweetie as I (hope) suspect she was?
Paul was the rare diamond-bellied tuxie, from back in February:
And yes, Gilda was – is! – a complete and utter sweetheart. She was the biggest lap-sitter of the bunch, loved being held and snuggled, and would let me flip her over onto her back like a baby, and would just purr and purr.
Gilda’s family, if you’re out there: we’d love to hear how she’s doing!
So, last night:
And now the confession: I’ve known that Carlin and Skelton were going to be adopted, together, for a little while now. Because their new big brother might look a little familiar to you if you’ve been reading for a while…
That’s Bill, from the True Blood 6, who was our foster way back in 2009! He has an older sister, Izzy, too. Ann and Rich came to visit a few weeks ago, wanting to meet Belushi.
WELL. Belushi was all “DON’T LOOK AT ME, DON’T TALK TO ME, YOUR LOVE BURNS MY SOUL.” Carlin, on the other hand, was all “HI HELLO WHAT’S IN THIS PURSE AND THESE SHOES ARE A WONDERFUL TOY AND YOU MUST LOVE ME.” Understated and quiet, that’s our Carlin. He stomped his way into their hearts pretty quickly, and they decided they wanted to adopt him. They came for a second visit a week later, and Carlin and Skelton curled up together to sleep, all super cute and sweet.
A few days later, Ann let me know that they wanted to adopt Skelton, too. I WAS THRILLED.
So when y’all said repeatedly that they needed to be adopted together, well. It was all I could do not to announce that they WERE going to be adopted together! And now they have been.
The BEST thing is that they have their very own Instagram! You can go follow them right here. Carlin is now George, and Skelton is Red – which I think is just perfect.
Okay, so here are the last of the pictures I have of these sweet boys and Lucy. I spent more time snuggling and kissing them than taking pictures, these last few days!
Lucy was not happy about being at Petsmart, and in fact she hissed at first when I put her into the cage. But she settled down quickly, and I know she’ll be fine. I got to see (and kiss) Louis, Shecky and Roseanne, and hopefully this is the weekend they’ll all be adopted.
Say hello to River.
River has been at Petsmart for a few months, and needed a break from the cage. I’m going on vacation next week, and so while Fred wasn’t willing to care for little bitty kittens while I was gone, he was perfectly willing to host River. We’ll keep her in the foster room for a few days, and then give her the run of the upstairs for the rest of her stay here.
I don’t know exactly how old she is – I’m thinking 9 months or so? Those pictures aren’t the best, I’m sure I’ll get better pictures to post. I don’t know her very well, but I’m told she’s a sweet, feisty girl with a mind of her own. She was a little timid when we first put her in the foster room, but by bedtime she’d warmed up. I’m sure she’s going to enjoy having room to stretch!
Video! Carlin and Skelton try out their pro wrestling moves. Those boys are CRAYZEE.
2014: “I can’t REMOVE this tag under penalty of law, but nothing says I can’t BITE it!”
2013: “WE ARE STARVING!”
2012: “Also also, you startled me and made me go ::floof::”
2011: No entry.
2010: No entry.
2009: “Hey! Guys! I don’t wanna brag or nothin’, but did you notice I’m in the box??”
2008: Kaylee the fearsome beast demonstrates that she can unhinge her jaw and swallow your head whole, if she so desires.
2007: “I am highly suspicious of your intentions, lady.”
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.