Saturday, November 13, 2010

Yes, The Shelter is Still There.

It is just taking longer and longer to get to it. For some reason, the insane holiday traffic has already started this year, and now it is way past dark by the time we get there because of the time change.

This week, we took the 4 kittens who are up for adoption with us, to give them to Meg. We won't be able to take them to adoption day because of the home football game -- it's homecoming week!

So, we finally got up there, and there was a meeting going on, which turned out to be good. Gidget is on meds for a urinary tract infection, and she is only supposed to get it once a day, in the evening. The morning person had done it, and it is one of those new meds that it is way easy to overdose on with cats. So I was able to get Lee to call the morning person and make sure she really did mistakenly give the med early, and get Miss W. to change the sheets to have her get the dose in the mornings now.

Gidget is also very vocal about not wanting to be in the cage. She will be moved to a room soon, I hope, but we will have to get her used to her new roomies slowly. She takes time to warm up to other cats. People, she loves, she would let you pet her fur off.

Nacho's neck is healing up! Being in the big room with Grady, Clint (who came out of hiding this time, hooray!), Ginny, Prissy, and Zoey has made all the difference. He is not rescratching it open every time it starts to get better. Zoey, by the way, has earned the nickname "Porcupine" from Little Girl, because she is huge and so fuzzy. Little Girl says she is a porcupine masquerading as a cat.

Mamie had her very last dose of medicine for the upper respiratory infection, and she is still breathing funny. I think it is a simple case of asthma. Maggie from that room has been adopted, so it is just the two M's now, and Maisie is doing well. If it were a URI, one of them should have caught it by now, even with Mamie on the meds.

Iggy's cage was empty, and I asked Miss W., and again it was good she was there. She had moved him to the room with Tiffany and Muffin, and hadn't moved his paperwork or his food and water bowls. We took care of that, and added an extra litter box, as he doesn't mind other cats but does mind sharing that.

Frieda is still friendly, so I think her only problem all that time was that she doesn't think she is a cat, she thinks she is a person. She will have to be an only cat. The same may be true of JuJu, but we don't have anywhere to put her so she can be alone, besides a cage. In a cage, though, she is just as grumpy. For now, her roomies Tiger and Buddy seem to ignore her.

Angel's paws are healing up, thanks to no use of cleaning chemicals in that room, and a tea tree oil ointment rubbed on them daily. Her paws have always been a bit rough and scaly, but the bleeding was a recent thing, and she may have eczema on her paws. Other than that, she and Dustie are doing well.

Dora, Squirt, Peepers, and Heathcliff are calming down, and are eating. We give them half Purina and half Science Diet Lite, to try to wean them onto the Lite. It seems to be working, and they are getting friendlier.

Lulu is all healed up from her cleft palate surgery, and she, Daisy, and Sasha are happy together.

Cherry is a love, and wants lots of loving as usual. Katy is being shy in her cage, as she just got there and is getting used to things.

Roxanne, Sophie, Francie, and Rosie are happy and eating and just cruising along.

T-Boy is now permanently out, with a lower cage set aside for his food and litter box, as Baby doesn't share. She likes him, but not that much. She is actually allowing herself to be touched on occasion, but I'm still not trying. She scarfs all of her food as soon as it is down so she doesn't have to share.

There is still debate about what to do about her. Yes, sooner or later she will have to be caught and brought to a vet. The problem is, whatever is wrong with her is possibly very expensive wrong, with a big price tag just to do the tests to figure it out. How much do you spend on a not friendly cat to find out what is wrong with it, especially if it is something bad like a brain tumor that will require her being humanely euthanized, when there are so many other needs and so few adoptions lately? I'm glad I'm just the bottle feeder, and low on the totem pole. I'm not sure I could make those decisions.

Today is:

Actor's Day

Chuang Tzu's Day

Feronia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Festival for Juno, Minerva & Jupiter)

Guinness World Record Day

Ides of November

Lamentation of Isis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (mourning for Osiris)

National Indian Pudding Day

Runic Half Month Nyd begins

Sadie Hawkins Day

St. Abbo's Day

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini's Day (patron of hospital administrators, emigrants, immigrants)

St. Homobonus' Day (patron of garment workers, tailors)

St. Nicholas I's Day

St. Stanislaus Kostka's Day (patron of Poland, young people; against broken limbs, doubt, palpitations)

World Kindness Day

Birthdays Today:

Monique Coleman, 1980
Jimmy Kimmel, 1967
Whoopi Goldberg, 1955
Chris Noth, 1954
Jean Seberg, 1938
Oskar Werner, 1922
Nathaniel Benchley, 1915
Louis Brandeis, 1856
Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850

Today in History:

English king Æthelred II orders the killing of all Danes in England, known today as the St. Brice's Day massacre, 1002
Lady Jane Grey and Bishop Cranmer are accused of high treason, 1553
Patriot revolutionary forces under Col. Ethan Allen attack Montreal, Quebec, defended by British General Guy Carleton, 1775
Benjamin Franklin says, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” 1789
The first US anti-slavery party, the Liberty Party, convenes in New York, 1839
James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads him to study the subject and come up with what he later calls hypnosis, 1841
The Denny Party arrives at Alki Point, becoming the first settlers of what would become Seattle, Washington, 1851
The first shipment of canned pineapple leaves Hawai'i, 1895
French cyclist Paul Corny flies the first helicopter, 1907
Russia completes development of the AK-47, one of the first proper assault rifles, 1947
A 150-mph tropical cyclone hits the densely populated Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), killing an estimated 500,000 people in one night. This is regarded as the 20th century's worst natural disaster, 1970
Xavier Suarez is sworn in as Miami, Florida's first Cuban-born mayor, 1985
The High Court of Australia rules in Dietrich v The Queen that although there is no absolute right to have publicly funded counsel, in most circumstances a judge should grant any request for an adjournment or stay when an accused is unrepresented, 1992
In a referendum voters in Sweden decide to join the European Union, 1994

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