Queuing up at the watering hole

Vincent only ate twice today, and there were no “A” meals.

He licked a little bit of Coco&Joe’s at 10.11am and had a “B” meal of raw meat and organs at 1.55pm. Since then, he hasn’t eaten.

When Indy made the supper call just now, he came to the kitchen to join everyone too.

To be fair, I offered him some food as well, but he just stare at it for about 5-10 minutes. Then, I told him I had to keep the food already or it would spoil and all of it would be wasted. We will eat tomorrow.

He just drank water.

Ginger is queuing up for his turn.

It’s going to be a long wait, Ginger.

Because Vincent barely ate today, he lost 300g. I weighed him just now. He’s 2.7kg. Well, for someone who barely ate and is still 2.7kg, I suppose that’s acceptable. Hopefully with tomorrow’s subcut, he would have appetite again and will eat.

Vincent, the only way you are going to put on weight is to eat. You must eat. You don’t like being force-fed, we know, and you’ll fight and the doctor say it’s just a total waste because the energy you expend while fighting and struggling will be more than whatever energy you can get from the morsel of food that we force-feed you. And we haven’t got to the stress part yet. Stress kills…literally.

I tried giving Vincent some Complivit just now. He fought back. You see?  What’s the point?

So, it’s all up to you, Vincent. We are already doing all we can for you. It’s all up to you.

Tabs: I concur.

Years ago, when Tabs was very seriously ill and hospitalised for days, I camped at the clinic and force-fed her. Despite vomiting (which is probably nausea), having high fever and no appetite, Tabs obediently ate all the force-fed food (which was blended ID with water) which I fed using a large syringe. Like clockwork, the vet told me to force-feed because Tabs was considered a “fat cat” and he was worried about hepatic lipidosis. Tabs was very critical and almost lost her life, but she pulled through. We had to give different antibiotics but there were no problems medicating her. She was on drips for several days.

So, Vincent, you have to eat. If you don’t, you’re just going to lose all this weight again and we’ll be back to square one.

Of sneezes, coughs and stretches

Nursing Vincent for the last two months has been a real challenge. More so because of my back injury. My back was so painful (and probably weak) that I could not even pick up a cat from the floor. Even picking up their food and water bowls led to excruciating pain.

Thank goodness I am learning Stretch Therapy now and my back has improved so, so much. Within a week, I can now bend and pick up things with minimal discomfort. Imagine the numerous times I have to bend down each session to serve Vincent if I still had a bad back. I wouldn’t have been able to cope at all.

Also, from March until yesterday, I had not been able to have a “complete” sneeze or cough because of the severe pull of my tight back muscles. I would have to suppress the sneeze or cough, even then, the pull of the muscles is excruciating, to say the least. But today, I found that I could “completely”sneeze! And what a great sneeze that was!

It was such a wonderful feeling! Wow…I can sneeze again, without having to suppress it!

We’ll never truly appreciate these seemingly “little” things which we take for granted in life (to be able to sneeze, to be able to cough) until we suffer disabilities that prevent us from doing it.

Well-being is so, so, so important.

Chatting with a friend about this, she told me about people who have been for spinal surgeries and all kinds of treatment which didn’t help when in actual fact, the problem was just due to tight muscles.

I’m so glad I was fortunate enough to find a treatment that is working well for me.

So, I will definitely make it a point to practise the four basic exercises we have learnt from Stretch Therapy every evening. Taiji in the morning, Stretches in the evening. I must.

While these exercises “look” easy – they are not easy to learn, if one wants to do them correctly and properly. There are so many small but important details that one must adhere to, in order to reap maximum benefits from these stretches. If wrongly done, I think it might have no effect or could even cause more harm than good.

The instructors at Stretch Therapy are excellent, providing detailed explanations and personal guidance. I also need to practise so that I can remember all the details.

When I saw the spine specialist, he only taught me one exercise to do for my back. It was a very advanced form of the Cobra (without arm support – they call it the “Superman”). He said it would be good if there was improvement after 8 weeks. From then, it might take 4-6 months for my back to slowly heal. Well, that exercise turned out to be too advanced and difficult. I have since stopped doing it. Instead, I do this Mini Cobra (see above) taught at Stretch Therapy.

As easy as it looks, one has to get into this position by first lying down completely, as in below.

You cannot take a short cut to get into that Mini Cobra position because then, you would not be working the muscles correctly.

See…it isn’t that easy.  So, proper instructions are of paramount importance if one wants to reap the desired results. I wouldn’t dare give instructions to anyone as I am not qualified, so please do not look at these photos and start doing!

Before this, one of the chiropractors told me to do the Yoga Cobra for my back. As you know, the Cobra in Yoga is much more difficult than this Mini Cobra. So I diligently did the Yoga Cobra, but it didn’t provide any relief, only more pain.

No proper instructor, no proper instructions – this is what happens.

But now, who would think that a Mini Cobra (which looks so easy) can alleviate the pain of the last 5 months?!!  But there are so many details that come with this Mini Cobra – how to get into the position correctly, which muscles to soften and relax, how to breathe. I didn’t know there is a “breathing to the front” and “breathing to the back”!

As narrated a few days ago, two chiropractors claimed they could cure me, but instead, gave me more pain. At least one more chiropractor was honest enough to say that there was nothing more he could do for me and that I should consult a specialist at the hospital. He was worried I may have an infection in my spine. Yikes!

I would still be suffering in pain and agony had I not discovered Stretch Therapy. In just one week, it has relieved so much of the excruciating pain of the last 5 months!

Now, I can pick up the cats (even our heavyweights like Cow, Bunny and Ginger), carry Vincent in the carrier, bend down multiple times a day to serve Vincent and clean after all the cats, I can sneeze, I can cough, I can get up from a seated position and lying down position with minimal pain. I can do my taiji without pain and hopefully soon, I can do those taiji kicks again!

Wow!! I am not disabled anymore!

Biosilver-ed everyone

I’ve decided to apply Biosilver to all our cats on a weekly basis as maintenance for their gums.

Gingivitis can lead to kidney disease later in life because the body recognises the gingivits and produces antibodies to fight it. Globulins are antibodies and these damage the nephrons in the kidneys.

As explained by the senior vet the other day, Vincent’s kidney disease was inevitable. He had stomatitis two years ago, which was very serious and resulted in two tooth extractions. But the stomatitis would have taken a toll on his body which eventually led to what we see today.

Just now, we Biosilver-ed all our cats. Everyone was easy (even Pole and Cleo, surprisingly)…except Vincent. He put up a fight, but it wasn’t as bad.

As it stands, we already know that Cow has a rotten tooth, Indy has gum problems, Pole has gingivitis, Heidi had bad teeth when she first came and Ginger has bad breath and gum problems. Vincent has severe mouth ulcers. For his case, it’s almost like a vicious cycle – the stomatitis two years ago probably triggered the slow damage of his kidneys and now the kidney damage has lead to severe mouth ulcers.

So, yes, everyone needs to be Biosilver-ed, for treatment as well as prevention.

 

Her Royal Poleness

A portrait that says: Regal, Majestic, Stately, Dignified, Resplendent, Immaculate.

Pole has not fully recovered yet. Yesterday she was sneezing quite badly. She is still on Baytril and I give her Vetri DMG. Today, the sneezing is significantly reduced. We cannot open her mouth to check on her gingivitis, so we will use her ability to eat as a yardstick. Her appetite still isn’t back to normal, but I don’t see her pawing at mouth or grinding her teeth anymore. She is also immaculately clean, as she always has been.

Ginger is still occasionally sleeping the cage. This is an indication that he is not fully well yet. The cage is a sick-bay (or hospital) for him. I felt his paws (you have to feel both sides to note the difference) and the side with the wounds still has a small lump. He is still on antibiotics.

Most of the time, he takes the sofa.

Dame Heidi and Her Royal Tabness.

Vincent was seen walking in and out, from the landing to the patio and back. He is trying to get my attention, I know. Tomorrow, I will take him for a replacement subcut.

Neutering aid for 4 cats in Kuantan (Salmiah bt Mat Arof’s)

We have sponsored RM240 for the neutering of these 4 cats.

Terima kasih puan. Saya ingin memohon bantuan untuk pemandulan kucing2 jalanan ini.
Baru2 ini saya jumpa 3 ekor kucing jantan di persekitaran kedai mungkin baru di buang. Bersih dan manja. saya ambil dan kawan saya ingin memelihara, Saya mandulkan ketiga ini yg oren di beri nama Wili, Opi yg berwarna oren belang2. dan Okta yg oren dan putih dibahagian perut.  Yang hitam putih di jumpai di kawasan lain di beri nama Abam. Abam juga jantan.
Kesemuanya saya mandulkan sebelum di serahkan kpd kawan. Bersama ini saya sertakan gambar kucing2 ini sebelum dan selepas di mandulkan.
Terima kasih.

Neutering aid for 2 dogs in Kuala Lumpur (Liu Sook Fun’s)

We have sponsored RM200 for the neutering of these 2 dogs.

Dear Dr. Chan,
Attached are the collages for 2 male dogs, Paco and Rico, both about 6 months old. They were rescued near the shopping mall. They look almost alike and seem to be siblings. We have vaccinated and de-wormed them earlier and neutered them last week. Once they are healed, they will be released back near where they were rescued. We will continue feeding and monitoring them.
The receipt and form will be posted to you.
Thank you & regards,

Neutering aid for 2 dogs in Rawang (Wan Choi May’s)

We have sponsored RM200 for the neutering of these 2 dogs.

Dear Dr Chan,
Be informed that I have sent this 2 dogs (2 Female) to  the vet at Kuchai Lama for neutering on 08.09.18 and now they are re-home at one house which is located at a housing estate & one factory in another area.
I want to apply for neutering aid & attach photos before & after neutering  for reference. Furthermore, completed form & original receipt will be courier to your Subang Jaya office  via  Pos Ekspress today.

Thank you.

Best rgds,

Wan Choi May

Neutering aid for 2 cats in Sitiawan (Chew Huey Yik’s)

We have sponsored RM120 for the neutering of these 2 cats.

Dear Dr Chan,

Thank you for the aid that had been provided by AnimalCare to me last time. I’m writing to apply for neutering aid as for this time too. I would like to apply neutering aid for two cats, a male cat and a female cat.

This is my short write up about them:

I found them at my housing area, Sitiawan. I was firstly fed and adopted their mother, Tiger. After that, they followed their mum came to my house to look for food too. I will adopted them too. So that they will be reunion and staying together.

I will post out the form to you by today. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you very much.

Regards,
Chew Huey Yik

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again…

…and expecting different results – Einstein.

That’s me. Going insane.

So, shortly after the almost-failed subcut, Vincent came to the kitchen asking for food again.

I did the same thing, again. Yes, going insane.

Vincent, if you don’t want to eat, please don’t come to the kitchen. Can?

After everything was just “not right” for Vincent and he refused to eat, I prepared food for the Cow Clan, but Vincent stared at me, so I just put the whole bowl down for him.

Mau makan, makan. Tak mau makan, sudah. 

The thing is, he sniffed at the three types of food in the bowl, waited a while and decided to walk away…

Vincent: The taste just isn’t right…

Ya, semua tak betul.

I left him alone and went to feed the Cow Clan. By the way, Pole is also being very fussy. Also, had to offer a few types. She finally settled for home-cooked food (something she previously didn’t eat).

When I came out, Vincent was doing this behind the chair…

Muka kesian, soldier?

What muka kesian….if you want to eat, come into the kitchen and I’ll feed you.

I did not say all that aloud, but I did think it.  You don’t have to speak aloud when “talking” to a cat. You just have to make your thoughts effective enough to reach them.

He came in.

I offered Cubgrub this time. He turned away immediately. Ok, that means Cubgrub is off the menu for now.

He went to drink water. Fine. Ginger came to eat up the Cubgrub.

As he was drinking water, I thought: Look, all this food costs money, Vincent. If you don’t want to eat, please don’t give me the “illusion” that you want food by coming to the kitchen and staring at me. After thawing, I cannot refreeze the food. After offering to you for so long and you don’t eat, I have to keep the food but it is already a bit contaminated. And I have to thaw enough for you each day, but I don’t know how much you need. I got to work hard to earn money to feed all of you. So, please… And I have to spend so much time going insane (doing the same thing of offering various foods to you only to be turned down by you).

I know I was insane thinking that Vincent would understand all these rather complicated human thoughts. But…I just had to let it all out.

And he kept sitting, refusing to budge and stared at me.

What food do you want, Vincent?

Monge?

No. 

Okay, here’s the deal, I thought to myself. Your last proper meal was last night at 10pm. It’s now almost 2pm. I will give you until 10pm tonight before I do this insane thing again. I’m not going to go insane right now.

Six types of food and none of them is right.

Ok, see you at 10pm tonight, okay?

And I was about to leave the kitchen, but he came towards me and looked.

What do you want, Vincent? We have tried six types of food and you don’t want any, so why are you staring?

Once last ditch effort…I opened up the container with today’s freshly bought muscle meat and heart (already offered this umpteen times today) and laid it in front of him. I’m already so tired of pouring the food out of the container, back into the bowl, back into the container, and into the bowl, etc. The food will get contaminated this way.

So, there…here’s the whole container. Take it or leave it.

He sniffed at it. Thought for awhile. Deciding…

And then…….he started eating.

I held my breath.

It wasn’t easy for him to eat from that small container, but never mind. I’m not moving a muscle. Let him eat first.

Finally, after a considerable amount, I poured out the contents into a bowl for him.

Look at him eat. You tell me…why couldn’t you have just eaten just now?

He finished it and I added some more. Clearly, he was hungry.

Finally, he did not finish all, but it’s already good enough.

And I’m still sane.

I sent the second video to Vincent’s vet and he said I’m overly obsessing over Vincent’s food and Vincent knows it.

Bullying me, eh?

For the vet, he says it’s okay even if Vincent doesn’t eat for one day. No worries. It’s more important to evaluate how much he eats in 24 hours.

But I asked, if he doesn’t want to eat, why does he keep coming to the kitchen to stare at me?

The vet answered: Because he is a cat.

Spot on!

That’s it, Vincent. The next I hit the panic button will be at 2pm tomorrow.

And tomorrow, we are going to your good friend, the vet’s clinic, for a “replacement” subcut!

Hah!