Wednesday, 8 November 2017

WOYWW 440–Kitten Spaying

Again, nothing on the creative front – too busy, then too tired… Also, we’ve been very involved with the kittens who have had a pretty eventful week. I am writing this late on Tuesday evening.

On Sunday it was the Pet Service at our local church and we took Lily and Ruby!

06 Lily and Ruby at the Pet Service 5-11-17

They were very well behaved, and everybody admired them greatly. Those who had visited them when we first had them were amazed how much they had grown. The service was lovely – not long, but very touching, with everyone having the opportunity to introduce their animals by name, and it was so nice to see everyone’s pets – mostly dogs, including a beautiful guide dog. There was one other cat. We had a young lady from our local Animals in Distress charity to talk to us about their work, and she showed us photos of six puppies that someone had brought in – they’d found them abandoned in a cardboard box. They were thought to be no more than 24 hours old. How can anyone do something like that?? Anyway, the staff worked with them round the clock, bottle feeding them every couple of hours and bringing them on, and they only lost one. They are now about to go to their forever homes. The local paper reported on it.

Today we took them to the vet to get them spayed (what my hubby calls having their squeaks removed!). It was really strange not having them in the house all day. My hubby took them in about 9 a.m. and we went to collect them at tea time.

Both had done fine, but by the time we got home, Ruby had pulled her stitches out. Their wounds are tiny – I can’t imagine how they got everything out through there! My hubby took Ruby back and they super-glued hers shut again and put a lampshade around her neck to stop her biting at it. By the time he got her home, she’d pulled that off, and she went bananas when he put it on her again, and she managed to get her lower jaw on the outside of it, so off it came again. We are keeping a close eye on her and it looks as if the wound might be opening again – he will take her back in the morning if necessary. They said that if the lampshade didn’t work, they could put a kind of suit on her but I can’t see her taking kindly to that either!

They gave us some easy-to-digest food for them but of course Ruby wouldn’t touch it because she doesn’t like wet food. We gave her a few of her biscuits instead.

We have to take them back in ten days for the stitches to come out and to be checked over. While they were there, the vet discovered that Lily has got an ulcer under her tongue – we can’t imagine how that happened. We have got antibiotics to give her, and when we take them back for their stitches, they’ll have a look at it again if she’ll let them.

Lily has behaved as one would expect – quite subdued, and needing to sleep, but Ruby has been wild, rampaging around and playing, and trying to wrestle with Lily (which we have been stopping) – all this leaping about is not conducive to her wound healing, is it!! She is such a baby still. It’s awful to think that in about a month, she would have been ready physically to be a mother herself… Talk about teenage pregnancies!

I always go to bed very late, and I’m staying up with them as late as possible to keep an eye on them, but will have to go up soon in order to be up early in the morning for my grocery delivery, and to check on the kittens as my hubby has to go out first thing.

What a worry this all is! I hope things settle down and that things soon get back to normal again.

Other stuff

My hubby decided on Saturday, bless him, that we hadn’t been out on a jaunt for ages, so we went out for lunch in a local pub and then went over to Plymouth to visit the National Marine Aquarium – one of my favourite haunts. I’ve done a post about it with lots of photos, but here are a couple.

05 Anemones through Dome

09 The Large Tank

Health Update

Still no news about my hospital appointment to see the surgeon about my hernia. I really hope I hear something soon. My ME continues to be a pain and I’m just not getting on top of things as much as I would like. Every time, art gets pushed to the bottom of the heap. I’m back to doing the monthly accounts again now and need minimum brainfog to deal with that!

17 comments:

  1. was just about to leave for work but took time out to check up on what's been happening - hope the kitties are doing better this morning! Naughty Ruby!! Helen #1

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  2. It must be so frustrating not to be able to do what you really want but I guess you can only listen to your body. Poor old puss cats but the op is essential and they'll be fine. I've been to the aquarium in Plymouth and absolutely loved it, I sat in fron of that huge tank for ages - so calming.
    Hugs LLJ 8 xxxx

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  3. Wow you have a lot on your plate. I can imagine the kittens are filling a lot of your time, they are so cute!
    I hope things settle for you a bit so you can get some crafty time in.
    Ellie #7

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  4. Never heard of a pet service - what a great idea - and probably very British, may I add! Ruby and Lily look so cute together in their carrier. I'm not sure Oreo would have enjoyed it much - he hates being in his carrier. The last time he used it was when we moved - He meowed all the way for an hour tiring himself out and eventually falling asleep. I love aquariums as well - in fact, I wanted a small one for home so Oreo can look at the fish but hubby put me off saying it's another thing to worry about if we go on holiday, so I just resorted to getting a robotic fish for Oreo to play with. It hasn't come yet, so I don't know if it will work or not. Hope you can get back in your art haven soon - Happy WOYWW!

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  5. Having cats isn the house is like having children: both a blessing and a worry. I hope Ruby's wound will heal soon. Have a warm and bright day, happy woyww and a big hug from Holland, Marit #19

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  6. Hi Shoshi- Ruby's antics with The Cone of Shame are so typical of a lively cat, aren't they? I'm sure all will be well as she settles down a bit.It is always shocking to hear of people abandoning animals like that- they really have no right to keep any animal at all. Hope you hear something soon on your surgeon visit, all seems to be well here, wounds healing, no temperature, so all good. Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #10 XxX

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  7. Hi Shoshi. Life is never dull in your house is it?! What a rascal to pull out her stitches! Hope she starts to behave soon - for her own sake as well as yours and hubby's. Trust you will hear from the specialist soon - then something can be done.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #3

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  8. Sorry to hear there's been no progress on the medical front (for you at least). Hope the kitties behave themselves and make a full recovery. Eva will be down in Plymouth over Christmas staying with her Hubby's family; perhaps you might hook up if it's not too far. Happy WOYWW Sarah #27

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  9. What a little horror. I think you might enjoy this video on utube of Simon's cat at the vet http://amzn.to/2zEpiKm

    Have a clam week
    hugs monica #32

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  10. Hi Shoshi hope that things improve all round and soon. Life can be so difficult at times can't it. I feel as though I scale a mountain, start down the other side and stroll along for a short time then another mountain to climb. Fell worn out with it all. Anne x #26

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  11. Hi Shoshi, I hope you have news soon about your hospital appointment. I can fully sympathise with you with not getting on top of things ... and I don't have two lively kitties to contend with. Have a lovely week, Heather #5

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  12. Used to have my two in one carrier until the fires we had here in Spain and panicking trying to get them both in the carrier when I had to leave the house, I said never again so bought another carrier. It was one in one out. Now they wouldn't fit in together. ANickoana

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  13. Oh my, you have been having a time of it! I do hope the stitches are still in and the collar is not too badly mangled! I am sorry to hear you are still struggling with your ME, I hope things get better for you, although trying to keep the kitties from their stitches must be quite tiring and stressful.
    Hope you have a good week with them and Ruby calms down a bit!
    Diana x

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  14. Hi Shoshi, hope you can stop Ruby pulling her stitches out, it's not easy. Brilliant photos from the Aquarium too. Happy creative belated woyww, Angela x14x

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  15. Oh, those little rascals - especially Ruby! I have seen people use a baby T-shirt on a cat to keep them biting at their stitches, not sure if it would work fer her! Hopefully they will both heal quickly and you won't have to worry again. I've had 2 black cats in my life (inky 1 and Inky 2!) and both were left abandoned in a box, and thrown in the woods. I found Inky 1 myself when I heard her crying on the way back from a trail ride, and Inky 2 was found in a box with her siblings. I can't imagine what goes through someone's head to do that to any animal, especially when there are so many shelters around. Very sad, but I'm glad I was able to rescue them both! Love little jaunts with my hubby too! The aquarium is so beautiful and calming I think! Sorry I'm so late this week, thanks for sharing, have a great week! Lindart #34

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  16. Happy Very Belated WOYWW. Hope that the kittens heal up soon - it is normally quick with cats. A definite worry and extra work for you both, which is why we have decided that our current pets will be our last. When we are in Spain I have already arranged to do some voluntary work with the local dog/cat rescue centre. Walking dogs when I am able, plus making cards to sell in their shop. My health has been worsening too, which I think has a lot to do with the colder weather/shorter days. We are off to Spain again in December and hoping that I feel better there (well, I know I will ). Ali x #28

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  17. You made me laugh. We just had the 'squeak' removed from a stray 'kitten' that wandered into our yard from the timber back in August. Turns out Tabby is almost 2 years old! Seriously? She is sooo tiny. They did hidden stitches on her that will dissolve as the incision heals. she hasn't messed with it and it's healing nicely. I do agree on how small the incision is to remove everything. Lovely photos of the aquarium.
    I've not been round for ages, Sweet Lady. sincerest apologies. Always in my thoughts. Creative Blessings! Kelly #30

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