Tuesday, February 14, 2012


About a week and a half ago I was in Ottawa on business (oh, Ottawa, you Grey Lady, you are tolerable in the summer but crushingly depressing in winter), so Husband had to take Mojo to the vet for his sub-q fluid shot. He is barely manageable by two people - trying to do it single-handed would be a lesson in futility.

The happy news is that they weighed him and he weighed in at 8 lbs 3 oz, which is the first time he's been over 8 lbs in quite a long time and confirmed our observations that he is putting on some weight and doing better these days. His coat is glossy, there's a layer of fat over his spine, and he is crazy active and playful. We are all happy. I credit this to the Royal Canin Medi-Cal Recovery food, which his vet recommended months ago, and which makes up about 70% of his diet now. It's high-calorie, high-moisture (fighting dehydration), and full of good things for him, like fish and vegetable oils.

Home administration of sub-q fluids continue to be a day-to-day thing. Or other-day to other-day. Tonight we had a relatively quiet session, although it took two efforts to complete the process. Last time, he shredded his dad's forearm and the bloodletting was technicolour and full of awe. And that was while Husband was wearing gloves.

Overall, we're pleased. The bottom line is that he's healthy, and happy, and active and kittenish.

Living as hard as he can.



Blogger Sherwood Harrington said...

You are very, very good people, you know that?

10:40 p.m.  
Blogger Nostalgic for the Pleistocene said...

What Sherwood said. Yall rock. Mojo got the right family.

I'm also having warm thoughts about the people who take the time and apply the science to formulating these truly good pet foods. I was planning an entry about the stuff we have Graymatter on, but wanted to -- and still think i should -- wait til she's been on it awhile longer. But a single week of Purina's Pro Plan "Sensitive skin & stomach" formula has amazed us. I don't know if it's new but it wasn't at our stores till now.

11:23 p.m.  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

Way to go, Mojo! And thirding the opinion that you are great people!

10:22 a.m.  
Blogger ronnie said...

Thank you all, you're all very sweet. It doesn't occur to us that anyone *wouldn't* do everything they could for a sick kitty. Probably the company we keep.

Ruth, you're right about the pet food people. Royal Canin has a strict policy of only selling their food through vet clinics to ensure that people buying it are also getting advice and information and hopefully from people who know their pets' health well. I think that's admirable.

7:39 p.m.  
Blogger Xtreme English said...

good news is never wasted!!

10:25 p.m.  

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