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Pip's kitties...
Hey all, progress report here.

Well, Teia, Hildie and Chessie definitely know something is up.  All their old, comfortably smelly carpet is gone, the kitchen and front entry have laminate flooring and most rooms are freshly painted, plus most all of the other familiar stuff is in boxes or piled up to go in the shipping container.

Hildie definitely misses her sister, Kessie, and I think she's looking for Anita, too.

Miss Hildie (as I indicated in another thread) has early stage diabetes.  Doc Knilans recommended a long acting insulin (ProZinc, 40 unit vial, along with U40 syringes), which is formulated for kitties.  He started Hildie on 1 unit every 12 hours and we'll double check the glucose next Friday to see how her body is responding.  I gave her the first dose at his office and the 2nd this morning.  She barely needs any restraint, seems to know this will help her (I also give her a couple of her favorite Greenies stomach health treats before and after).  All other blood work was normal or only slightly off, which he thinks will mitigate as the diabetes is treated and we get the girls on a more consistently carnivorous diet.

Miss Chessie had to be sedated in order for Doc to get a blood sample (she's a very strong little bugger).  He kept her overnight, trimmed her hind hair and her cleaned her nether region, cleaned her ears and brushed out some thick undercoat.  All the blood indicators were in the normal level.  The ear problem looks mitigated by use of the eardrops he gave us, there is still a mild discharge, but the bad odor is gone and the benign tumors look no larger than last month.

Miss Teia is slated for her elder kitty bloodwork next Wednesday.

So, life continue at the, now, temporary headquarters of Catamount Grange.  Hopefully we'll be joining Anita in Maryland for good by the end of the month.
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Been waiting for an update....

I had a thought- would the kitties like to see Anita and know she is coming back?  I know it's odd, but you could skype with her and show the kitties she is there and will see her again...????  

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Anita and I talk on Skype each evening.

I've held Hildie up, she seems to recognize the voice but not make out the image.  Hopefully just a few more weeks.
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happy to hear Hildie is doing well with the treatments and will stabilize soon..
good for Chessie, always so comforting to get an all clear!!!
hopefully the same for our Teia :)
these smart critters sure do know when 'something' is changing, they have a huge relocation ahead....to a new Catamount Grange. Anita must be missing her family, soon you'll be all together again, best of luck:)
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I get emailed newletters from Dr. Becker...and this one was in my mailbox this morning talking abt Biddie a diabetic older kitty....some valuable info on there, although I never agree with feeding Science Diet...there are better foods and less expensive...never the less some good tips and good reading for a newly diagnoses diabetic kitty :)

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/09/07/biddie-diabetes-mellitus-patient.aspx?e_cid=20120907_oldPetsNL_art_1
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I'm glad the kitties are doing well over all.  I'm glad Skype is helping you all out.  Naturally for you and Anita, but it sounds like the kitties are glad to hear her voice, too.
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Well 3 days of the insulin regimen away for Hildie.

She's taking this real well.  When I kneel down behind her, she lays still and takes the shot very calmly.

Except for Calamity Jane Grey (1982 - 2004), I think Hildie and her sister Kessie ((2000 - 2012) have been the most perceptive kitties we've had for knowing that something we are doing, that might hurt a little, is to help them.
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