Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Few Words from Pixie

Greetings, Dear Friends!

First of all, I want to say thank you to all of you who came to visit me when I was taken ill. I would like to visit you all, but I feel so weak still, a lot of the time. I have better days and worse days. Most of the time, I don't feel much like eating. I try to make an effort, for Mummy, but it's very hard sometimes, I feel I just can't. Today is not one of my better days. Today is  Shabbat, and because the V-E-T said Possum and I can have Fancy Feasties just once a week, and no more than half a can, Mummy divided a can of FF Classic Chicken between Possum and Me. She gave us some yesterday evening, before she had her Erev Shabbat supper and I ate most of it on my own, though she coaxed me to eat the rest. But today, when she served up the rest, at breakfast time, I only ate a few mouthfuls and she has been coaxing me on and off all day to eat more. I ate a few morsels of my dry foods, just to please her but I just can't eat any more, it's such an effort for me. In the afternoon, she gave me my infusion, and I guess that's what helped me go to the bathroom. I also made my toilette. I know that pleased her. She was pretending to be asleep, but I know she was peeping at me. And she was very pleased when I wriggled in under the blankets and curled up next to her, when she had her Shabbat afternoon nap.

I don't really understand what's wrong with me. When Mummy gets out the food bowls, I want to eat - I really do - and I come running, but after a few mouthfuls, I just can't eat any more. Maybe if she were to leave the food bowls out, and I could go back to my food after slowly digesting the first few bites, I could eat more, but she won't do that because Possum keeps eating from my bowl as soon as I turn away - and he vomited today, twice, after doing that.

There's something else I wanted to say and it's very important. I know I am very sick and that I might be going to the Bridge quite soon. In a way I'm scared about that, although I know it's a beautiful place and that the Great Cat in the Sky will look after me there, till Possum comes to join me and Mummy comes later, to collect us. But who will look after Mummy and Possum when I'm gone?

I just took a look at Mummy and she looks very sad. There was a lot of water coming out of her eyes. She's doing all she can to make me better but I think we both know that there is nothing to be done. We neither of us know how much longer I'll be with her and Possum but I want them both to know how much I love them both.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Still Trying to Outwit Mummy

Greetings, Fellow Felines!

Possum here again, with Pixie looking over my shoulder. We still haven't figured out a way to outwit our Human and get round our new feeding schedule. We haven't stopped trying though.

This morning, when Mummy set down My food on the balcony, and tried to lure Pixie away and shut Me out there, I didn't fall into the trap. I backed away and into the living-room. But Mummy was too quick for Pixie (who isn't up to full speed yet). She switched the feeding-bowls and put Pixie's on the balcony and shut her out there and then put my bowl down in the kitchen.

Of course I ate. I always do, even when it's Me who gets shut on the balcony. But Pixie doesn't like to feel cooped up (at least, not all by herself) and when she's shut up on the balcony on her own, she doesn't like to eat. So Mummy only got half of what she wanted.
She tried not to show her disappointment, of course, but we can read her like a book.
I wonder what She'll try next...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Weekend is Almost Here - Hurray

Greetings, Fellow Felines!

Possum here again, writing our blog - but Pixie is right here beside me. She's still too weak to blog - she's got a long way to go before she gets to be as sleek and well-rounded as she was before her illness - but she says she's going to check what I write and if she thinks of anything important to add, she will miaow out loud and clear :-)

And, first of all, she wants me to thank all our dear friends, both our old friends and the many new friends we have made over the past few days. There are so many of you, we neither of us know where to start. We hope to come and visit you all, a few at a time. Pixie has to take things easy. Also, her leg is still bandaged, which makes her feel a bit miserable. But the weekend is almost upon us, when we get to have our Human in attendance around the clock, besides which, according to our new Feeding Schedule, on Shabbat we shall receive Fancy Feasties, so that will probably cheer Pixie up a bit (and Me too...)

Anyway, what we both wanted to say (again) was how much we appreciate all your kindness. Thank you very much and love to you all. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Feeding Time

Greetings, Fellow Felines!

Possum here, again. Pixie is resting as much as possible, trying to get her strength back. To that end, our Human started her on a Royal Canin Veterinary Diet this morning. In fact, we are both of us on Veterinary Diets - Pixie is on Renal and I am on Urinary S/O. But I don't see why it should be such a big deal if I have a nibble at her food or she, at mine. Yet Mummy put my food on the balcony and Pixie's in the hallway and she shut Me on the balcony to make sure I didn't come and disturb Pixie while she was eating. And then, as soon as Pixie finished (and she didn't eat very much, Mummy said), our Human removed both bowls of food so that we shouldn't eat from each other's bowls. (Of course, I had finished my own breakfast while Pixie was still picking over a few tiny morsels.) And then She went off to work and We had to wait till she came home in the evening and put out our feeding bowls - once again, mine on the balcony and Pixie's in the hall.

This is Not Good, Fellow Felines! Both Pixie and I like to eat on and off during the day and we can't do that if our Human is going to keep removing the food as soon as we finish the first course. But She says we leave her no choice, because we keep going to each other's bowls and we need to have different foods.
I am sure we will find a way to outwit Mummy eventually - it's only a matter of time.

On a different, but related subject, Pixie has already got the better of her twice in less than a day. Yesterday, as I may have mentioned (or maybe not), Pixie came home with a bandage on her front paw. The V-E-T had put it there, because the thingy that he had attached before for an infusion had rubbed and chafed and it had started bleeding. Well, within a matter of hours, Pixie had managed to get rid of the whole bandage, and Mummy only noticed just when she was getting ready to go to bed and then She had to re-bandage Pixie's paw. I watched and saw how she did it. First, she put a minty-smelling gel on a piece of gauze, which she put on the wound, then she wrapped it with a kind of thin cotton wool and finally, wrapped the whole thing with a blue bandage. Pixie didn't like that at all! But she didn't complain too much, she let Mummy go to sleep, all unsuspecting - and when Mummy woke up again at about half-past-five in the morning, there was Pixie, again without the bandage.This time, too, she had managed to shed the whole bandage, cotton wool, gauze and all, in one piece, as if it was a glove! So Mummy had to bandage her again. But she did it better this time and Pixie still hasn't managed to get rid of her bandage. I guess she didn't try so hard, this time, because our Human, who occasionally displays an almost Feline Intelligence (due, no doubt, to her long acquaintance with Us,) had realised that what was bothering Pixie was the fact that the bandage was covering her whole foot, instead of just her leg, where the wound was, thus making it difficult for her to walk. She therefore arranged the new bandage in such a way that it left Pixie's foot free for her to tread on, so she can now walk without limping.

Pixie would also like me to mention the fact that Mummy took the advice of our dear friend, the Admiral and her Mummy, and got the V-E-T to administer the two-week antibiotic shot. Pixie didn't like having a needle stuck in her, but at least now she won't have to drink that horrible white stuff that Mummy was trying to feed her twice a day. Every cloud has a silver lining.

Okay, I must go now, Fellow Felines, and help Mummy to administer Pixie's infusion. She will have to have them twice a week now, for the rest of her life. Poor Pixie. While she is having her infusion, I shall read her some more of your lovely, kind letters of support and encouragement. It makes her feel so much stronger to hear how much you all care for her and are purring and woofing for her. Love and kisses to you all.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

What the V-E-T Said...

Mummy and Pixie are back from the V-E-T and I don't think Mummy is very happy. Pixie, too, is very quiet. She went and hid under the bed and then came out and wriggled under the blanket. Mummy gave her some Fancy Feast and she ate a little bit and then curled up under the blanket again and went to sleep.
I sneaked a peep at Mummy's blog so I know that, despite the apparent improvement over the past two days, Pixie is still very, very sick. On top of everything else, one of her paws is slightly inflamed. Pixie said the V-E-T- put some cream on it and bandaged it and she'll have to go back tomorrow evening. And she had SO hoped she was done with That Place.
Mummy has just given Pixie some more to eat - she had a very little and then wriggled back under the blanket.
I am so very worried, Fellow Felines.
I guess we can't give up on those purr-ayers yet...


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Shabbat Update

Greetings, Fellow Felines!

Possum here again.

Just a few lines to report that Pixie seems to be slowly getting better. Today, she has been eating of her own volition - not very much, it is true, but only a couple of days ago, Mummy was having to beg her to eat her favourite flavour of Fancy Feast. Today, she even ate a little dry food, and drank from her water bowl, in addition to the infusion Mummy gave her - and used her litter box. And, Fellow Felines, she washed herself and made her toilette. She is still very weak and thin, and tomorrow, Mummy is taking her back to the V-E-T for follow-up tests. I suppose that means they'll stick more needles in her and take blood samples - poor Pixie. But Mummy says we can allow ourselves to be "cautiously optimistic".

I read Pixie some of your letters of encouragement. She was very happy to know that so many of you are thinking about her and purring for her - she said it gives her strength. She absolutely loved the graphic that Ann from Zoolatry made for her and asked me to thank Ann. 

Now we must just wait and see what the V-E-T says tomorrow. So keep on purring for Pixie...

Friday, October 21, 2011

News of Pixie

Greetings, Fellow Felines!

Pixie seems to be feeling a bit better today. While  Mummy was feeding Me, Pixie (who had been hiding under the blanket on Mummy's bed) came out, hoping for her share (even though Mummy had been feeding her Fancy Feasties on and off throughout the morning).Then later in the evening, she went out onto the balcony, where Mummy had left a bowl of dry food, and had some of that. She must have been hungry;-)
And she even went to the bathroom. Mummy went to check up on her and saw that there were some small wet clumps. That made her very happy. She smiled - and then water came out of her eyes! I think humans are very strange. Yesterday, she leaked water from her eyes because she was sad, and now, she does it because she is happy!? I am really, really confused! 


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Little Bit of Good News (I Think)

Greetings, Fellow Felines!

Mummy took Pixie back to That Place again this morning, for another infusion and before they left, she whispered to me to say goodbye to Pixie - just in case... Then, at lunchtime, she went back there and I could see, by her face, that she thought she would be coming home without Pixie. But, Fellow Felines, when she came home, she brought Pixie with her after all! And Pixie curled up on the bed in her usual place and Mummy gave her something to eat. I couldn't understand why she gave her Fancy Feasties, after what the V-E-T said, but Mummy explained that Pixie's blood tests showed a slight improvement and that she will now be giving Pixie infusions twice a day at home till Sunday, when she will take her back to the V-E-T for more blood tests. In the meantime, the V-E-T said to feed her anything she wants, the main thing is to be sure that she does eat something. But I only got my regular dry food! Huh! Mummy did pour some chicken soup on it - I like licking out her bowl when she makes chicken soup for Shabbat. But I was too clever for her. I licked up the soup and left the dry food.
I wonder how she's going to manage to give Pixie infusions. I should think the moment Pixie sees that needle, she'll run a mile!
Later on, if Pixie wakes up before our Human turns off the computer, I shall read her some of the kind letters you've been sending her since she was taken ill. It is good to know we have so many friends, purring and woofing for Pixie. I know she'll be very touched and will want to thank you all purr-sonally, when she's well again. But we must remember, we're not out of the woods yet. Like I said, we have to get through the next few days and poor Pixie must still have infusions. She is still very weak and Mummy is afraid to get her hopes up.
So please, Dear Friends, keep those purrs and woofs coming.

Thank you so much and Love to you all,


Monday, October 17, 2011

Update on Pixie

Greetings, Fellow Felines!

Possum here, still holding down the fort while Pixie is sick. Mummy took her back to the V-E-T this morning for another infusion. She had to stay there all day (Pixie, I mean). But do you know what happened later, Fellow Felines, when our Human went back to collect Pixie? She decided that because I haven't been eating my dry foods, there must be something wrong with Me and that she should get Me checked out too. But she only has one (very large) Cat Carrier, which she had used to take Pixie to the V-E-T. So she borrowed another, smaller and rather smelly one from the V-E-T and kit-napped Me and took Me to That Place, where the V-E-T shaved off some of my beautiful fur and stuck a needle into me to take a sample of my (blue) blood. True, he said I carry myself like a King, which shows appropriate respect for Me, but that can hardly compensate for the Indignity of being shaved and made unconscious with gas and having needles stuck into Me!
Anyway, he said he can't find anything to explain a loss of appetite and that it was hardly surprising that I refused to eat those (IMHO - inferior) dry foods, when my Human gives me Fancy Feast every day. He told her Fancy Feast is not good for Pixie and Me, because of the very high protein content. But Mummy asked if she can at least give us Fancy Feast on Shabbat and he said okay, but only half a tin (about 42.5 grams).

But I am being selfish, Fellow Felines. You want to hear about Pixie, I know. Well, as I said, the vet said she wouldn't eat all day, not even Fancy Feasties. Mummy was terribly, terribly upset and in the car on the way home, a lot of water came out of her eyes. She was talking in a very low voice to her Daddy, our human grandpa (he gave us a lift) and I couldn't hear everything she said, because Pixie and I were in our carriers on the back seat, but it must have been Very, Very Serious, because he said to her not to give up hope. When we got home, he came up for coffee and apple pie, which she made for Shabbat (she hardly ever bakes) and they talked about Pixie some more and lots more water came out of her eyes. So now, I'm more worried than ever about Pixie. 

However, after Pixie had settled down again, Mummy gave her a bowl of Fancy Feast (the V-E-T said she could, just this time, even though it's not really good for her in general, just as long as she eats something, and until she gets her appetite back) and she ate quite a lot of it. And that made Mummy smile and tell Pixie what a Good Girl she is. So I think that must be a good sign. But Mummy is still worried, I can tell, she has a very troubled look on her face and I just heard her talking to someone from her choir on the phone, fragments of conversation about Pixie maybe not coming home again from the next visit to the V-E-T. Oh, Fellow Felines, I am so confused, I don't know whether to feel hopeful or despairing. Whatever shall I do if Pixie has to leave for the Bridge? We often squabble, but she's my sisfur and I love her and I don't want her to go. I just can't imagine life without Pixie! I am going to purr-ay for her with all my might tonight. I know many of you have been purring for her and sending positive energies and I hope you will continue to do so. 
Thank you all, dear  friends - from Me and from Pixie.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Very Bad News

Greetings, Fellow Felines!

Possum here again - because Pixie is in hospital. She is very sick and needed an infusion. Mummy had to leave her there and she's going to pick her up this evening and bring her home. She doesn't tell me what the doctor said, but I can tell from her face and the water leaking from her eyes that it's very, very serious.
It was quite a shock for Me when our Human came home without Pixie - I thought she'd bring her right back as soon as the V-E-T had finished his examination and now, I feel completely discombobulated. It's very lonely without Pixie. I am a Fearless Feline but I am afraid for my little sisfur. Please, everyone, keep on purr-aying for her.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Worrying Weekend

Greetings, Fellow Felines!

Possum here, this time. Mummy and I are rather worried about Pixie. She hasn't been eating very much for the last few days. She comes running when our Human brings out the Fancy Feasties, and has even pushed Me aside a few times to get at the food in my bowl instead of waiting for Mummy to put down her bowl (I'm the Eldest, it's only right that I should get my food first, don't you agree, Fellow Felines?), but then she only eats about half of what's in the bowl. She seems to be drinking all right, but she barely touches her dry foods and even turns up her nose at the snacks our Human offers her (well, to tell the truth, so do I. Who wants dry snacks when one can have Fancy Feasts?) Now she's so thin, she seems to be all skin and bones. Our Human was so upset this morning at Pixie eating so little, that water started leaking out of her eyes. She says she's going to take Pixie to the V-E-T tomorrow.
I shouldn't think she'll have much trouble getting her into the carrier. Poor Pixie - she has no idea what's in store for her at That Place. But if the V-E-T can make her better, (as he made Me better exactly a year ago) I suppose it'll have to be done.  So I would like to ask all you Fellow Felines (and Canines too), as a special favour, to purr and woof for my little sisfur Pixie's good health. Thank you so very much.

Possum the MagnifiCat

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Chag Sameach

Greetings, Fellow Felines!

Tonight, our Human is celebrating the start of the Sukkot festival. She was going to help us write a special holiday blog so we could explain all about the festival to those who don't celebrate it, and wish those who do Chag Sameach (Happy Holiday), but instead, she got sidetracked writing her own blog about something Very Important - something that made water come out of her eyes. In case any of your human Mummies and Daddies are interested in reading it, it can be found here.
Anyway, she and her (human) family seem to have made a very good supper, even though she says there were no salmon leftovers for a kitty bag. Still, she compensated us by giving us Tuna and Mackerel Fancy Feasties, one of our favourites.
As always, tonight, as we sit down to our holiday meal, our thoughts and purrs are with those kitties who don't yet have a fur-ever home. May they soon be found by humans who care and who will love and cherish them.

חג שמח

Possum and Pixie - the J-Cats