Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I Remember You

Maggie reuniting with Maizy Grace

Maggie enjoying some nip on the boogie mat

Reuniting with Dixie

Some things never change. I don't know what it is about Maya, but Maggie May loves to put the wrestling moves on him. They were separated shortly after this picture was taken.

Maggie May is still in the bedroom while we are not home, but we are letting her out a lot when we are home. Since Maggie May has not been formally introduced to CC and Snoopy (the fosters, yes they are still around) they are not out in the common areas together and we have to alternate.

For some reason Chevelle wants to stay in the room with Maggie. I think it has something to do with the fact that Maggie's food is out at all times and Chevelle's food isn't. So we let Chevelle in during the afternoons and at night to sleep (after the food has been put away.) Maggie wasn't too fond of Chevelle at first because she tried to steal her food......Maggie is very protective over her food and will hiss and slap at Chevelle. Maggie makes a very funny growling noise when she is eating and there is another kitty nearby. This is probably because she was born to a feral mother and may have had to fight for whatever food she had.

**Christina, Alex, Marcus, and Lucas, thanks for reading our blog. We are glad that you have found it helpful and we are sorry you are going through the same thing with your Marcus! Please feel free to email me. You can find my email address by clicking on my profile pic. Best of luck to your family!!**

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Take It Easy

Maggie is taking it easy. She mostly stays in the bedroom upstairs and doesn't seem to mind being in there alone. She spends most of her day napping on the bed.

I guess being in solitary confinement for so long has gotten her used to being by herself. Even thought the vet said she was free to go, we like her in a smaller area. We have allowed her to sleep outside of the crate for two nights in a row. She snuggles up on an ottoman next to my side of the bed.

Sometimes she still enjoys relaxing in the crate

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Born To Run

Update on Maggie May:
Friday at 5:00 pm she was released from the crate.........she went wild (wrestling, running on the stairs, climbing furniture, etc) and was put in the bedroom about 15 minutes later. When her ears cock back and she gets that wild look in her eyes, there is not much time to react before she goes nuts. Jr and I flinched with practically every move she made, we did not want a repeat of the last month and a half, so we put her up. We let her back out for about 30 minutes before bed and she was much calmer. She seemed pretty sore and slept all night in the crate.

Reuniting with Ferris....before she put him
in a headlock and we put her in the bedroom

She spent most of Saturday in the bedroom while I was off on a much needed shopping trip. I opened the bedroom door for her to come out in the rest of the house, but she wanted to stay on the bed and rest. We believe her muscles were aching and sore from not being used much for the last 45 days. She slept in the crate all night.

Enjoying freshly laundered sheets, hot outta the dryer

This morning she is doing very well, doesn't seem as sore, but is just laying around on the bed and taking it easy. What I am most happy to report........her legs are working great!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Free Bird

Today Maggie May receives her "get out of jail, free" card. She would like to thank all of her supporters for their purrs and purrayers, but we asks that you keep them coming.
Unfortunately, you can't tell a kitten to slow down, don't jump, stop wrestling, and have them understand you. We are heavily considering keeping Maggie in the bedroom while we are not home, at least for a little while. She will be out of the crate, but able to hang out in the room unsupervised. While we are home we will be able to keep an eye on her as she has free reign over the rest of the house. This will be a very exciting time for Maggie May, but an uneasy time for me and Jr.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Do You Feel Like We Do

Maggie and I are very excited because tomorrow after work, she will be free! She will no longer require the crate. She will be taking an early retirement and will get to sleep in, instead of coming to work with me. Lazy days ahead!! She will be reunited with all her brofurs and sisfurs who have missed her dearly. That will be a little scary for us because I know she is going to want to wrestle with them first thing, to make up for lost time.
Maggie is doing great. Her once swollen knees have gone down thanks to Traumeel, a homeopathic anti-inflammatory. To see her walk is amazing! We are so happy with all of her progress and her resiliency. Maggie has been through so much since her first surgery in August, but she has the most amazing spirit and she has taught us so much!

This experience has been such a roller coaster. We can't wait to get off this crazy ride and go back to our semi-normal lives.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Easy Like Sunday Morning

Maggie May is resting and relaxing before another long work week at the office. This will be her last week at work, then she will take an early retirement and do what kitties are supposed to do all day.....eat, sleep, and play! I will miss having her at work though, she is great company.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Set Me Free

"Look, no staples...only scars!"
The vet appointment went great, the staples are removed.....yay! Dr.W said things are moving great. He recommended we keep Maggie confined for another week, but we can let her out for short periods of time and only if supervised.

He admits he's a mechanic, not a carpenter....
Maggie and I think he did a purrfect job!
Maggie comes out for about 15 minutes every 3-4 hours to stretch her legs and exercise in the bedroom only. The bed was a major concern because it is so high off the ground and we didn't want her jumping on and off.

The solution is a homemade staircase of sorts, built by Jr, for about $30.00 for the wood and other supplies. The carpet was leftover from a car project, so that was pretty much free.....I love that word! They might not be purrty in pink, but they serve their purpose quite well and they are very sturdy (I may have to do some decorating on them when I have some time.) Maggie is learning to use them, although, she wasn't too sure at first!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Don't Stop Believin'

This afternoon Maggie May will get her staples removed. Like always we are hoping for a great progress report from Dr. W. Maybe he will say Maggie can be released early on good behavior! We can't wait for Maggie May to act like the nearly 6 month old kitten that she is. We are feeling really good about this last surgery and recovery!
Maggie May wants to wish all you cool cats a Happy Weekend!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Closer To Free

I am having a hard time getting Maggie May to eat her meals lately. Maggie's only objective in life at this point, is getting the heck out of the carrier/crate. I put the food in there with her and she dumps it over or covers it with her blankets while trying to scratch or dig her way out. We are wasting quite a bit of Cosequin and Ligaplex, which are supplements designed to help a kitty in her condition. If only I could fast forward time, I would! Only 4 more days Mags!

To prepare for Maggie May's release, Jr will be constructing steps or a ramp to help Maggie get on and off the bed with less impact to her knees. Now all we need is an elevator or chair lift for the stairs and we'd be straight! They will be my biggest concern when she is finally released from solitary.

Maggie and Cal, before her knee problems and surgeries

While Jr will be playing "Bob the Builder" I will be volunteering with the BCCP Friday night and Saturday morning, re-vaccinating our feral colonies.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

How Sweet It Is

Our First Award!!!! This award was given to us by Cats In Maryland and we are very grateful!
The award is Premio Dardos and it means:

With the Premium Dardos, recognize the values that each blogger shows each day in commitment to transmit cultural values, ethical, literary, personal etc. that, in short, demonstrate their creativity by alive thinking that remains intact from their letters and words."

This label implies two rules: The first, link the blog from which the award was received. The second rule is to pick blogs to deliver the award to.

I would like to pass this award along to:
The Cats P
Juniorbabee and Orion
Aoise's World
Manx Mnews

Peace Of Mind

Maggie May went to the vet yesterday for a swelling on her left knee. Dr. W did a needle aspiration to get a better idea of what we are dealing with. Turns out, it is only a seroma! The fluid was clear and showed no signs of infection....yay! He said that the swelling may come back after he drains it, (it did) but will eventually be absorbed by the body. Seromas are a pocket of serous fluid and are fairly common after surgery. We are very happy with that news! Looks like all the purrs and prayers worked!!! Thanks!

Our next appointment is Friday at 4:00 to have the staples removed.