Monday, August 29, 2016

My cats are aging

I was watching TV lounging on the sofa last night when Kim Kim climbed up to sit with me. She gave me a silent meow again as she demanded me to pat her. 

I cannot remember for how long this has been happening on a daily basis. It seems like a long time. She will meow. I will pat her, then maybe stop a while and she will meow louder again as she thinks that it is not long enough. Once she has enough, she will sit with her hind legs in front while she suckles her tummy for a few minutes. And then she will fall asleep on the sofa beside me. Occasionally, she might wake up and give another silent meow before she drifts off to sleep again.

She will be 16 and a half this coming Sep. In this past year, we have noticed that her mobility has slowed down and she is sleeping more. Her aging process has accelerated a little more though she remains bright and alert. 

With Bon Bon's death in Mar, we have become more aware that the rest of the gang are also getting on in years. Kim Kim and Xin Xin  are more than 15 years old which is the average age of a house cat. If all goes smoothly, they might have at most another 5 years with us. By then, Chang Chang and Yuan Yuan would also be around 15 to 16 years old. 

My wife and I have talked about their death candidly on many occasions. We have always known this will happen, that we will mourn each of them when they leave us. But we just cannot estimate the impact it will have on us. 

Bon Bon's passing hit us really hard. We continued on with our daily lives but there is so often this huge hole in our hearts. Time heals but it is such a long process.

I can't imagine them leaving us one by one in the next few years. The house will be so empty then, perhaps only left with May May who is 7 this year.

Till then, we will all follow our daily routines. They will bugger us for food and for pats. We'll continue to love them and care for them. If only this continues indefinitely.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Happy 14th birthday

You would have been 14 years old today if you are still with us.

Happy 14th birthday, my little grey girl. We still miss you lots.


Monday, May 23, 2016

We still miss you a lot, little grey girl

It's been 2 months plus since oyu left us but we still miss you lots. The searing pain has since been replaced by this dull ache which does not go away and we do not want it to go away.

Come visit us at night. We'll love to hear you meowing loudly in the living room again as we sleep or hear the sounds of your little paws running around as you chase Xin Xin for your favorite game of tag. Come snuggle between us. We'll like to find your grey fur on our blankets once again.

Mummy was so happy one morning as she recounted you visiting in her dreams.

Come again, Bon Bon.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Bon Bon's fight to the end

Bon Bon
20 June 2002 – 14 March 2016
13 years & 9 months old

We sent our precious little grey girl across to the Rainbow Bridge this afternoon.

From Nov last year, she had been having some trouble eating and what we thought would be a routine dental job for her in Dec became a nightmare for both her and us. The vet diagnosed her as having stomatitis, a life threatening oral inflammation caused by the over reaction of her autoimmune system to plaque. A biopsy also revealed that she had oral cancer on the left side of her mouth.

There was no cure in Singapore for her. From early Jan 2016 onwards, she lost the ability to eat and drink on her own as the ulcers and tumors in her mouth and throat started spreading. The monthly steroid injection could only reduce the inflammation and hopefully make her more comfortable.

We were totally helpless. We could only ensure that she does not starve to death by syringe feeding her twice daily. It was hard seeing her in pain she tried to swallow the blended liquefied food. But she persevered and we did the same for her. It did not really matter we spend more than 2 hours daily huddled in the kitchen feeding her. Sometimes she will be cooperative but on some days, it becomes a challenge as she splattered food all over. It was painful seeing her trying to stay alive, especially in the last few days.

Other than the inability to eat and drink, she lost none of her lovable personality. She spent a bit more time resting but she continued to be curious and mobile. She moved around the house, poking her nose into anything which pique her curiosity. She continued greeting us at the door every evening when we get home but hides under the sofa once she knows we are preparing her food.

We knew the end was near when she started losing her zest these few days. This morning, she cried out in pain when we carried her into the kitchen. Her first time in the last few months. We know our Bon Bon. She is one of those dainty cats who cannot really stand pain. She drooled quite a copious amount of blood from her mouth when we syringed her food a couple of times. There would be occasional blood when we feed her but never in this quantity.

It is time. We said our goodbyes. She moved on peacefully and without pain at the vet.

Thank you Bon Bon for the last 13 plus years with us.

You are the gentlest little girl we have ever met with not a single bone of malice in your lithe furry body. You would wriggle your way out of tight situations, rather than hiss and scratch like most other cats. You are Xin Xin’s most loyal sidekick, following her almost throughout the day. We love the way you play with the water dish. That is so uniquely you.

Our hearts are so pained when you finally left us. But we know this is the best option for you. You'll be free from the pain. Run well. Play well. Rest well. If what they say of the rainbow bridge is true, we'll see you again some day over the other side.

We’ll always remember you, our little grey girl.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Run free, Tunabelly! Run pain free!

A good blog friend just left us.

The speed of his leaving shocked me. His recent photos and activity level description seem to be of a cat on the road to recovery. To hear that fluid filled his lungs so rapidly and took him away from his loving family is so sad and heart wrenching.

Run free Tunabelly! Run pain free!

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

I can't believe she is a decade old

This little girl celebrated her 10th birthday yesterday with a few mouthful of KFC. 

All these years, she has been running around, playing, lying near the door with her legs spread wide open catching the breeze, catching up on her beauty sleep at least 12 hours daily, stealing food off others' plates every single day!

I do not know where her enthusiasm and energy come from at all.

Continue running, jumping, playing, eating, Bon Bon!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

3rd Year Anniversary Today

Today is our 3rd year anniversary. XX is still doing well. Running, eating and playing well. Hopefully no more scares from now on.

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Furry Chang Chang

In the end, I did not apply anything on Chang Chang to keep off the mites. Miraculously, he has stopped his constant licking and his fur has started to grow back since 2 weeks back. And the wax in his ears are starting to slowly clear up too.

I am not sure what we did right but these are the 3 things we changed in the household in the past month or so:
  1. We gave him a bath with flea and tick shampoo every 3 weeks since the beginning of Nov.
  2. We changed our regular washing detergent (Attack from Kao) to Breeze powder.
  3. He started rejecting his regular Wellness wet food and so we had no choice but to feed him Science Diet wet food. The ingredient list of Science Diet does not look as good as the Wellness list but he seems to be doing okay on it. And when we feed him Wellness occasionally, he seems to itch a little more. Or is it just our imagination?
Well, if the 3 things above seem to work for him, I think we will stick with it until it falls apart again.

I am currently contemplating giving the gang a raw diet (beef, chicken, pork, innards mix) in the evenings but I don't think it will succeed. I tried feeding them steamed chicken and pork before and everyone rejected it except for Chang Chang who gobbled up everything. Two cat owners I know had started their cats on a raw diet and it is doing well for all 4 cats.

Well, if I don't try, I will never know.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

What is good for mites: Revolution vs Frontline?

Gave them a flea & tick shampoo bath yesterday and they had since been scratching around the neck area. The Wife thinks mites are causing the itch as the vet did detect a mite egg on YY when she last went for her annual check up. No fleas were detected though.

We are considering the application of either Revolution or Frontline. Based on internet literature, Frontline only kills fleas and ticks while Revolution is 2-up, adding on ear mites and heartworm to the list. Revolution is almost 2x the cost of Frontline at ~$90+ for 6 applications for 6 cats.

So what would be a better solution for us? Revolution or Frontline?


Saturday, November 20, 2010

New litter box odour control mechanism

I learnt this last week after a chat with a friend who has just recently got his third cat. To eliminate any foul odour from the litter boxes besides the usual diligent clearing and cleaning of the litter boxes, he places a small tub of coffee grind next to the 3 litter boxes. It seems to work quite well as I did not detect any foul smell within 1m of the boxes. I did a little research on the internet and apparently, coffee beans absorb any smell in its vicinity and can help in odour control.Therefore, I have collected some spent coffe grind from the office coffee machine and have placed it in a mid size flower pot (the bigger the opening the better). The pot has a heavy base and will hopefully prevent May May, the nosiest parker of them all, from toppling it over. I have also covered the pot with an old stocking of the Wife to prevent them from digging up the grind and also to prevent spillage should MM manage to topple it over.

And now, fingers crossed. Maybe the coffee grind will really work wonders. If it does, it is really recycling since the coffee grind is destined to be thrown away anyway. As the grind is damp, fungus will probably start growing in it in a week or two. Then that will have to be thrown out and refilled.

Add-on on 21 Nov 10, Sun morning: The coffee grind worked. I checked out the litter box area this morning and there was no smell even though they did their business in the boxes during the night. There was a faint coffee smell around the area though. And they did not topple the pot at all.


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Expensive precription medication

Xin Xin had been on Fortekor daily since she was diagnosed with kidney failure and HCM in Jul 08. As of now, we can afford the medication but the price has been increasing this couple of years.

Lately, I found a UK online site which sells this prescribed medication at a cheaper price and because of the huge depreciation of the British pound against the SGD, it is almost 50% cheaper than when I purchase it from the vet.

The purchase process is a little complicated though. As it is a prescription medication, I needed my vet to fill out the site's prescription form and have it mailed to them in the UK. They do not ship overseas at the moment (vs what is mentioned on their site FAQ) so the only way is to either use VPost or some other similar sites. Or you can have it sent to a friend who lives in the UK who can then bring it over when he/she visits or vice versa.

And your vet must be licensed to practise in the UK. From what I can gather from the web, if your vet has the BVSc (bachelor degree for vetinerary medicine taught in the UK and some other countries) and MRCVS (accreditation to practise in the UK) titles after his/her name, it should be no problem.

I bought 8 months worth of medication. Hopefully, I will have the fortune to buy another few batches of this which means Xin Xin will still be with us for the next few years.

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Monday, September 20, 2010


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Friday, August 20, 2010

Fat Eric has passed

What sad news. My favorite English cat has gone to the Bridge on 18 Aug 2010.

I have always been a fan of Fat Eric. He seems to be such a nice big floffy fellow, always ready for a cuddle and a pat on the head. Well, at least he did not suffer much on his last leg.


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Day 13 to 18 (13 to 18 Jul 10) - All is well? Fingers crossed

12 Jul 10 (Mon) was the last time we sub-Qed her. For the rest of the days this week, she remained well hydrated. However, I had still stocked up 10 packs of sub-Q supplies just in case. Anytime she gets dehydrated and unwell, I will sub-Q her until we can get her to the vet.

She was alert and bright the whole week. She had started eating her Waltham's renal dry food again although we still make sure she is syringe-fed her Science Diet k/d wet food at least twice a day until her hydration levels stays at a good manageable level.

Slowly, we are letting her spend more time with the rest of the gang. And for some reason, she had actually stopped hissing and chasing MM after the hospitalization. She had used to harass MM at least once or twice a day before her relapse. I am not sure of the reason at all since XX looks and behaves as if she has fully recovered. Let's hope that this will continue.

I am not sure if this is the end of the relapse episode. Hopefully it is and there will be no further relapse for the next few years.

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