Thursday, February 23, 2012

Snoozing 2

If Ollie can do this still, he must be doing well. End of February marks 4 months since the vets found the first growth in Ollie's colon. Recent X-ray showed the cancer all over his intestine, but new food, prednisolone, Miralax, Tylan powder and hypoallergenic treats and lots of love are helping him carry on. He's crazy about those treats -- they might be helping more than I know.

Snoozing 1

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hunting for bats?

This was Friday night a couple of weeks ago. I hadn't seen him up there for a very long time.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

update on Ollie ~ successful movie night

For friends of Ollie who have been looking here for photos and updates about him: I'll try to continue posting photos, but this is just a quick post without a photo. In spite of cancer all over his intestine now (and who knows where else), he is doing very well. Friday, I decided to have an impromptu movie night that evening and contacted a few friends on very short notice that day. Three came over, and we made it a pizza night, too. We watched the 1939 "Stagecoach" in the recent Criterion Collection DVD release. Ollie, of course, loves having visitors and he's great at parties. He was in top form Friday night. On the bad side, I couldn't let him sit in their laps because of his condition, and the smell of forbidden pizza was a torment for him (so I plied him with a few of his safe treats -- and not to worry: Ollie still gets plenty of time on my lap).

One evening earlier in the week, Ollie drew my attention to a bat hanging behind a curtain in a spare room upstairs. Last thing I need now is a bat in the house with Ollie in his compromised condition. I had to "get rid of it" quickly, and it might have been dead already, for all I know. (This was the second bat we've found in this house, the first one a couple of years ago being carted off alive but in a weakened state to an animal shelter.)

There might be more movie nights with Ollie, though I have to keep an eye on how he's doing and invite people on short notice.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

cat toys

Sitting around on tissue paper and watching a cat toy spun by his human companion -- two old pleasures combined a couple of evenings ago.

I started to post last night, but a waiting cat was looming out of the corner of my eye. This morning there was to be a return to the vet for an ultrasound to see if the cancer is in an especially dangerous area -- the spleen -- however, I canceled after learning late yesterday that Ollie should go without food starting the evening before the appointment. I don't want to put him through that again. Let's see what we can do about the ultrasound and the spleen later. He's looking fine now and continues to eat and be active. Friends and neighbors, many with cat care experience, have been helping and offering support. In addition to that, last week I found another network of cat lovers, some with lots of experience taking care of cats with various cancers. Their stories and advice on how to know "when it's time" have been a great comfort and help. Some of them might be looking here at pictures of Ollie, so thanks for looking and just click on the "Ollie is your host" label if you just want to see posts with his photos. Clicking on a photo will get a larger view.