Tuesday, September 23, 2014

6th Annual Maggie May Day!

Well here it is upon us again! Another anniversary of Maggie May's third and final surgery to correct her luxating patellas! Today marks SIX years! You can read all about it by clicking the link above.

Maggie May update: SIX YEARS post-surgery and Maggie's legs are purrfect! We even had a little scare recently when Maggie May climbed up onto the top kitchen cabinets to try to tussle with Maizy... when I started to run towards her to help her down.... she.....JUMPED! Jumped from about 7' onto the floor. I felt like the world stopped for a minute and we just stood there waiting for her to move. She did. Just like nothing had even happened. If only she knew how scared we were! Does she not remember the knee surgeries? Geez! LOL! So, after that, Maggie May and Maizy were both put on a short course of Fluoxetine (Prozac) ☺ . They just do not get along. At all. Both of them full of tortitude! We've tried natural products with no luck. Their dislike for one another really runs deep. I think we are seeing some improvement though!

Here are some recent shots of our Tootlebug!

 Doing what she does best... cat napping!
Always with a leg sticking out. Funny girl!

Thanks for stopping by and celebrating Maggie May's special day! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Maggie May's Got Treats and an Eye Update!

This package from Chewy.com couldn't have arrived at a better time. Maggie May has had to endure 4x/day cold, stingy eye drops for the past three weeks. She has been such a trooper, but I like to give her a treat after the drops to make her (and myself) feel better.
They are some really great treats, too! ORIJEN Original Cat Treats are 100% meat, 100% natural, freeze-dried to preserve taste and freshness and super delicious according to Maggie May and her best bud, Ziggy.
She likes to take them right out of my hand. She is super gentle doing so. Such a sweetheart! I like rewarding her especially when the reward is a healthy treat.
Ziggy, on the other hand, will just about take my fingers off to get to the treat! LOL!
Ziggy says, "those treats are NOM NOM NOM!
                                                      Hey, where did the treats go??

Now for an update on Medical Mystery Maggie May... We have good news to share! Maggie May's eye lesion has been downgraded to a weak tropical low expected to fizzle out with in the next week or so! Yay!

As you can see by the latest photo, it's completely flat and no longer red! Looks like a little shadow on the eye now. Will there be a scar? At this point, I'm not sure. I almost feel like a lesion like that will probably leave behind some sort of reminder. Hope to hear from the vet tomorrow after he has reviewed the picture. Christmas wishes have been answered! 
I must say we are happy, happy, happy!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Fun-Filled Package from the King of Finland!

Oh wow! Look what arrived in the mail alllll the way from Finland!!!
It's an awesome package filled with fun goodies just for me! Look at that adorable notepad!!
A calendar starring my king, Punapippuri!
Totally awesome handmade gifts such as super fun Rainbow Spiders and a Patriotic Packing Tape Toy! These toys are awesome because they are handmade with love and I've never seen or played with toys like these before! So. Much. Fun!

Thank you so much, Punapipurri! You have made my Christmas so amazing as always! I hope your gift arrives very soon!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Maggie May Update

Tomorrow will be one week since Maggie May's vet appointment. It's also one week of Trifluridine 1% eye drops- 4 times/day. Maybe it's wishful thinking, but the hubby and I both think that the lesion looks as though it has flattened these last couple of days. That sucker really stuck out from her eye last week. That alone is an improvement.

As for the size, it still looks be about the same diameter. You can also see in the picture that the surface looks different. Perhaps whatever it is, is starting to break up.

It sort of reminds me of a hurricane. The before image is like a powerful category 4 with the high cloud tops and tight eyewall. The bottom image is like when it starts to become disorganized after moving over cooler sea surface temperatures. The eyewall begins to collapse. Maybe it's a category 2 at this point.

The good news is- It doesn't look worse!


Thanks everyone for the well wishes, prayers and concern. We really, really appreciate each and every one of you!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Medical Mystery Maggie May

This morning I was able to get a better pic of the eye growth. Looks as though it's grown in the last few days, but that could just be my mind playing tricks on me or my panic taking over. I'm trying not to panic.

Well, we saw our wonderful vet this afternoon. Maggie May loves him and she's so calm, cool and collected when she sees him. He's so great with her and they go waaay back- to the days of luxating patellas. Oh, how I don't miss those days!

He took a good long look at the eye with the lighted magnifying scope and said he hadn't really seen anything quite like it before. Neither had I and I did a lot of googling! Warning: just don't google. Nothing good ever comes from it!

Anyway. He swabbed it and looked at the specimen on the slide. Infection was not detected, but it could be that he didn't swab hard enough and get enough on the slide. Eew! Maggie May was re-tested for FeLV- negative! She had been tested when she was just a little squirt, but better to be safe than sorry! So that leaves the possibility that it is viral- possibly the herpes virus rearing it's ugly head right in Maggie May's eyeball! So, we got a prescription for an anti-viral eye drop to give up to six times per day if possible. But since the hubs and I both work away from home, looks like it's going to be around 4 times a day. Caution: the drops may sting and they cost a small fortune. I just pray they work! If not, we may go another route or even have to see an out of town ophthalmologist.

Hopefully the drops will be the cure and I won't have to rename this blog "Maggie May and Her Super Expensive Eyeball."

Thanks everyone for all the wonderful prayers, purrs and well wishes!! Y'all are just great friends!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Prayers Needed for Maggie May

Hello everyone! I'm asking for some prayers, good thoughts, positive vibes, etc. for Maggie May.

She has developed a very strange lesion/growth on her left eye. It appeared rapidly over a week ago. We tried treating it with eye ointment and even gave her some L-lysine in hopes that it was some herpes virus flare-up. There has been no improvement. She has an appointment at the vet tomorrow afternoon at 5:00.

Of course, we are worried, but are remaining positive and optimistic. It does not seem to bother her in the least. She doesn't squint her eye or rub it. It's just there... but it's not supposed to be.

Thanks to you all and much love from us!

P.S. Maggie May and I are praying hard for our friends who are sick and lost - hugs to everyone!

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Today we will be talking about noms. Who doesn't love noms? Ferris LOVES noms, so we are going to throw it over to him so he can tell us all about these new noms he just tried.
Ferris here- repurrting for duty! It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta..... wait, what am I saying? This isn't hard- this is the BEST job ever! Now, let's get down to business, shall we?
First of all, my mom wanted to say that she LOVES the packaging of these noms. She is all about the "retro" and said that the packaging fits in very well with her decor. So, I reminded her of one very important rule, "you can't judge a nom by the pouch." What you can judge it by is the taste, so here we go!

Firstly, this pouch is a winner for it's rich consistency and chunks of fish. Delicious fish like salmon, jack mackerel and tuna! Holy mackerel it was so good, I gobbled up every last morsel. Yuuuum!!! 

This pouch definitely brought out my adventurous side and made me want to ditch my mancat duties (napping) and go down to the creek with with my cane pole. Then I remembered that I'm lazy and it would be much easier for my mom to open the pouch and pour it in my bowl. Moving on....
Mom said this one reminded her of chicken noodle soup.
I must say, I do love this soup! The gravy, the shredded chicken, the hint of pumpkin... It's yummy, yummy in my tummy!
It did not take me long to devour every last bit. This stuff is super good! The purrfect dinner on a crisp Fall afternoon. I recommend pairing it with a nice room temperature spring water.

Want to know how you can get your paws on some of these tasty noms? Just hop on over to chewy.com!

It's time to hang the "Do Not Disturb" sign and take a nice loooong nap.

Sweet dreams, y'all!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Put A Cat On It!

I was given the great opportunity to do a t-shirt review for AlliedShirts.com. Being someone who loves  to create graphic designs, this was right up my alley. Of course, everything is better with a cat on it, amirite?

Some of you may remember when I fostered three cute little shelter kittens, Dahlia, Poppy and Tiger Lily...

Oh Poppy, how funny you are! As you can see, she was the inspiration for this shirt design.

Now, about this shirt... First, I designed the image on my computer using some graphic design software. This is not necessary though, you could easily upload a photo to the site or choose from their clip art. You can also further personalize your shirt by adding your own text. Uploading my design was simple as pie. I just followed the on-screen instructions.

They have a large selection of shirts styles, sizes and colors. There is something for everyone. This is the ladies budget t-shirt. I was worried at first that it would be boxy and unflattering as I'm used to more fitted styles. I am happy to say it fits me just right! It's soft, cozy and comfortable. Best of all, it came out exactly as I designed it.

I'm excited to go back and order some more custom t-shirts. They make great Christmas gifts, too. I think the best part may be the free standard shipping on all orders. I do love me some free shipping, now!

Allied Shirts Recommends: BuildASign.com and Printcopia

Monday, November 11, 2013

Fun Times with Fev-vers!

How excited was I to receive this Interactive Feather Toy from The Natural Pet Company?!?! My cats are crazy about feathers and I like any toy that is interactive- it's great for bonding between me and the cats and between the cats themselves. 

The toy arrived quickly and packaged very well. The wand is long and sturdy and arrives in two pieces that easily slip together. There are 3 (THREE) feather toy attachments! I thought that was an awesome bonus! We tried out all three and they were all a big hit with the kitties. Although, Saylor was a bit unsure of the bell at first. The others did not seem to mind. As you can see, the bell didn't deter her too much. LOL
Biggify for full psycho kitty effect

So, Saylor gets a bit psycho when it comes to feathers. She is really serious, as you can see. Just look at those eyes and planted claws! What a little nut! I don't think she wanted the other kitties to play with her... She wanted the toy all to herself and even tried to run away with it a couple of times!

 Ferris and Maizy joined in the action when Saylor allowed. Ferris and Maizy are both really great at the high jumps... too bad my camera was too slow to capture it.

They didn't want to stop playing, but eventually mommy's arms got tired. LOL! Saylor and the other kitties highly recommend this feather toy. It's interactive, fun and durable. They give it two big paws up!