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Tora The Super Cat

July 13th, 2015

One of a Kind Cats Who Loved Humans, Animals, and Car Rides!

After fighting with a very aggressive cancer for about six weeks, Tora took his last breath while my husband and I were beside him. He was so brave, strong, and courageous, and he never showed any wimpy attitude toward his illness. It was about “living” for him, and not “dying”.

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My absolute favorite picture of Tora taken by my friend, Johnny, the cat photographer! Fall 2014

He was able to walk (slowly though) and get wherever he wanted to until the very last week. He has been a very active cat his whole life, so we were so thankful that he had good quality of life right up to a couple of days before his passing. He enjoyed going outside through a cat door, sat on a shelf watching the world go by, and Mikan (his rambunctious sister) literally goes by chasing lizzards, moths, and baby snakes. Even after he partially lost his balance in walking in his last week, he attempted and succeeded to move from where he was to where he wanted to arrive by taking short three steps at a time. He even managed to go upstairs alone to rest up until three days prior. I need to mention this, five hours before he was ready to leave for a cat heaven, he hovered on the floor to get in the litterbox! Although nothing was coming out, he “did” it by lowering his butt briefly. He was such a fastidious and clean kitty. It was so amazing to see his determination and dignity behind these actions!

A mobile vet who offers euthanization had been arranged for Monday, but he completed his life cycle by his own on Sunday. He stayed laying down in his bed as if he was taking an exceptionally long nap. He looked very calm and peaceful.

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“Does anyone want to pick me up in the box?” He enjoyed the box-ride daily with a special song along with it.

Tora was my first cat. He taught me so much about cats, inspired me to be the best cat care taker for any cats on earth, having fun with cats in life, and make strong loving connections with cats. His typical day consisted of a regular super-chase with Mikan starting from the backyard through the cat door and the living room up to stairs to the second floor bedrooms, “sharking” walk around the kitchen counter at the feeding time, hide-and-seek play in the kitchen cabinet (he wanted us to call his name to look for him while he’s hiding behind the cabinet door), a couple of daily mutual grooming sessions with Mikan, and at night, a long lap time with Jeffrey, and when we were all ready for bed, he would come up on our bed, flopped down next to my shoulder to tuck me in for the night.

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“Give me belly rubs, please!”

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“I love sitting in my daddy’s lap while he’s driving. Not to worry, I didn’t attempt to drive.”

He was a very rare cat in that he loved a car ride. When his cat carrier showed up in the living room, he voluntarily went in and waited in there for us to close the door because he knew he would get a fun ride every single time, including a trip to the vet. He was also an official greeter to everybody who came in from the front door. He especially loved the house parties. He would sit down in our conversational circle and enjoyed the company. In fact, our most recent house guest came and stayed for several days before his passing. Despite that I had told her that she might not see Tora much this time since he had difficult time walking, she told us in the next morning that he came to her room to say hello to her by meowing and walking wobbly, let her pet him, and lied down on her computer/electrical cords. He had been always a great host and polite to all the guests over the years. He did his last assignment as a chief cat greeter so beautifully and completely. I am so proud of him.

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Tora taught Mikan how to properly play-fight with him, but Tora lost some games… His sister has been grown up!

When Mikan came to our house three years ago as an orphan cat, he LOVED her from the day one – he started licking her as if he was her mother cleaning her. Well, Tora didn’t know Mikan had ringworm (we didn’t know that either!). They were a match made in heaven. They play together, eat together, sleep together, and groom each other for three years! She got lots of lessons from her big brother. I’m sure she has every skills needed by now to take over his role.

We miss terribly not seeing Tora physically because he was always around us, and pretty talkative on top of that, but when I go outside and being open to nature, he comes with the wind – I feel him immediately surrounding my body so gently with love and peace, sometimes, with playfulness.

Tora & Mikan August 2014 together

“Selfie with Mikan and Mom.”

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Lots of great memories…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In next blog, I will talk about my learning from taking care of Tora, and share the resources I have used and were very helpful dealing with the challenging time of caring a very sick cat.

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“Selfie with Mom and Dad in my favorite car.”

 

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Easy & Nutritious Chicken Soup for Your Kitty’s Soul

February 18th, 2014

 

When my little girl kitty, Mikan, was a kitten and was very sick with repeated high fevers, and not eating anything, I made a batch of chicken soup for the first time for the kitties.  When I put it in front of her, she smelled it, and immediately she put her head into the bowl – licked it up every single drop, and wanted more!  I am still ever thankful for the soup because it really saved Mikan’s life.

"Chicken soup gives me lots of energy to play. Yippee!!!"

I started to incorporate the chicken soup to one of our cats’ regular variety of their meals and snacks.  It contains abundance of minerals from bones in an easily digestible liquid form for cats.  Both sick and healthy cats (and dogs) benefit from this broth.  I have given away many jars for my cat friends, and their kitties love it, too!  Here is the recipe to share.  Enjoy!

 Ingredients:

  • 3-5 lb Chicken bones (any types of bones are good – a whole carcass, thigh bones, drumsticks, etc.)  You can use the bones only or you can buy fresh chicken and cook them with meat on.  5-7 lbs. with meat.  *I used pasture-raised, hormone/antibiotic free a whole chicken carcass from Richardson Farms ($7.50) at Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market this time.  
  • 2 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar *I use Braggs organic, raw, un-filtered apple cider vinegar.

Instructions:

"Let's get cooking!"

  1. Place the chicken bones (and meat) in a soup pot – you need a big pot. 
  2. Add water to cover all the bones and meat completely.
  3. Add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar into the pot.
  4. Put a cover on, bring the pot to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for a few hours, skimming the foam and extra fat (if too much) coming to the surface.
  5. After meat falls off the bones, separate and reserve the meat in a dish to give to your cats with the soup later.  Make sure there are no bones in the meat.
  6. Add more water if needed and another 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to the pot with bones and continue cooking in low heat for another five to up to twenty-four hours.  The longer you cook the bones, more nutritious it gets.  I used to simmer only a few hours, but after I tried ten-hour cooking, I was blown away by the flavor and quality difference, so I cook more than ten hours these days.

    After 12 hours of cooking...

  7. Strain the broth through a fine-mesh strainer to a big bowl to cool it down.  Make sure there is NO COOKED BONES in the soup.  It is dangerous to ingest.
  8. Pour the broth into ice cube trays for easy freezing/defrosting, or pour it into glass jars and keep them in the fridge and the freezer.  It is best to use it up within a week in the fridge (I sometimes let it last for two weeks, but the flavor diminishes some.) It lasts a few months in the freezer. 

I also use this yummy broth for human meals like stir-fry dishes and cooking quinoa and brown rice.   But we all know it is really chicken soup for your kitty’s soul!

Tora’s Last Dental Visit Ever – Hopefully…

June 14th, 2013

This Wednesday was a big day for Tora – the second dental surgery this year.  It was arranged to extract the correct tooth since the previous different vet pulled the wrong tooth in March.  It turned out that Tora needed more extensive surgery than just pulling one right tooth.  Tora has had weak teeth and gums since he was a kitten.  Now, he is almost 10 years old and I was told by the dental vet (Dr. Capron) that all of his teeth would eventually be removed surgically within a year or two because all of them show some degrees of resorptive lesions or gingivitis.  I thought, “All teeth…removed?  No teeth left at all?”  That sounded awful, as if it was a death sentence to a finicky cat-Mom’s ears, I’ll bet you all could understand that feeling.  For a second, I had a flash picture of Tora smiling without any teeth. 

"Belly rub, please?"

After reviewing the x-rays with Dr. Capron, we decided to save two front upper canines which were relatively healthiest of all – which means, all the rest should go.  It was a very hard decision for me and my husband.  We had a simple most important criterion – what was in Tora’s best interest.  Although Tora didn’t show us in an obvious way, he must have been in pain for a long time and suffering a lot, and we wanted to stop that.  Also, if it is possible, we wanted to prevent future pain happening and to avoid any harsh stress (mentally and physically) with future dental procedures.  Here is the sad truth: Tora underwent 14 extractions yesterday, including the tiny 9 front incisors!  In addition, there were two “clean-up” works to repair his fractured jaw and to remove a bone fragment left behind in the gum from the March procedure.  Dr. Capron took almost three hours to do the surgery for Tora.  Seeing the before-and-after x-rays, it was clear that Dr. Capron is an excellent, thorough, and caring dental veterinarian.  We are very happy with the result.

Today, a day after surgery, Tora is eating and drinking well.  He is also resting well.  He must know what’s done was right thing for him.  He looks much better in recovery today than the one in March.  He is not hiding in places (signs of discomfort and pain).  He is purring away when I pet him.  Today, his “cone-of-shame” (e-collar) looks like a big blue medal to me, showing how brave he has been going through this ordeal with us.

"Hello? Are you in there? What are you eating?"

 

Mikan must be a little worried about her brother.  She sometimes parks herself right outside Tora’s retreat room sending good vibes…  Or, is she smelling Tora’s yummy canned food under the door?  Hmmmm.

Tora and Mikan will reunite in a couple of weeks.  I will promise to you all to keep Tora’s e-collar on him for a couple of weeks, and not giving in…  If he scratches his jaw or gums without the collar, our investment to this surgery goes down the drain.   Oh, no.  That won’t be happening.

Tora’s Visit to a Dental Specialist

April 17th, 2013

After being on the waiting list to see a dental specialist, Dr. C., we got a call from his office that there was an immediate opening on Friday morning! My husband, Tora, and I visited Dr. C. for a consultation right away. We must have been lucky to visit him on that day since it was his “off-surgery” day. He spent 1.75 hrs with us going through Tora’s dental x-rays that we brought over, examining his mouth visually, and discussed how we best proceed from here. Frankly, the information he gave us was so overwhelmingly rich and vast (as in quantity), our heads were spinning so fast by the end.

"The left canine on the screen was the healthy one. It should not have been extracted."

He started out with how the dental professionals are all trained to take X-rays in a specific universal direction, so that anyone can see the image in the “right” direction. Obviously, our previous dental vet (or tech) didn’t seem to be aware of the universal rule that all images should follow a certain orientation. In all Tora’s x-ray images, the marker (which shows only one direction – toward a nose) on each image was random in direction – that indicated that either x-ray discs were faults at the manufacturer when they were made, or the previous dental vet (or tech) was ignorant about this universal rule.

Another finding was that when Lower Right two molars extracted and sutured for the second time, the sutures didn’t hold/last. They seem to be healing over, but without the closure. We’re not sure why the sutures didn’t hold, but likely because when closing them, the skin was too tight and the pull too great. It’s also possible that Tora rubbed them and caused them to open. Thankfully at least today’s vet wasn’t worried about them. He said he would have done them differently (and better), but they seem like they will heal fully.

One of the biggest things we found out was about Tora’s canine tooth – the one wrongly extracted – was not sealed properly, yet. The extraction site is somewhat raw down there to the bone. It is trying to heal itself, but it is taking long time because food bits might have gotten in the hole etc. He suggested that It needs to be cleaned up everyday with peroxide soaked Q-tip (twice a day). In this process, “the hole” gets agitated and tightens the area, so that the healthy healing happens quicker. We are doing this once a day – that’s all Tora can tolerate. For the first run, he screamed so much that we felt so bad. It’s a two-persons job. Tora became burrito kitty. Jeffrey and I will be better team with practice, I hope.

From the x-rays, Dr. C. could tell that there were no bone fragments or root left on any extraction sites. That was a good news. He wants to see Tora’s canine tooth heals properly first. So, we will do peroxide-Qtip regimen for 10 days before next appointment. After that, we will visit him for the “correct” canine extraction. Dr. C. can see Tora has periodontal disease on-going, so he might need more extractions in a couple years – warned us it is up to us to make a decision as to extract one by one as Tora feels pain, or to extract all his teeth at once. Any experiences, opinions, anybody?

"Need more rest, thank you."

"Hey, I'm bored. My brother doesn't want to play with me."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We felt very comfortable with Dr.C. moving forward. We all agreed on our priority – that is Tora recovers fully before next “correct” surgery. As I am typing this update, Tora is sleeping in my office. I wonder what he is dreaming about… Tora is not fully back to himself, “play-boy” yet. Mikan is patiently waiting for him to play with her. Healing takes time…

Learning to Deal with Sympathy Pain – Part II – What? Wrong Tooth?

April 9th, 2013

On Friday afternoon, I was taking a cat nap in the living room – it has been an exhausting week to worry about Tora’s “un-improvement” after the dental surgery.  A telephone call from the dental vet woke me up.  First, he asked how Tora’s been doing, so I told him that the recovery is not fast, and in fact, Tora shows signs of pain and discomfort.  He suggested continuing Buprenex (pain killer).  Then, he said, “I’ve been looking over Tora’s dental radiographs… and I am so sorry that I extracted the wrong tooth.”

I couldn’t find the words to respond to what I just heard.  In my head, I was saying, “NO, no, no, no, no, it cannot be true.”  Then, I heard the vet said, “I just don’t know…I don’t know how it happened.”  I couldn’t bear the news.  My nightmare became real.  I was telling my friend a few days after the surgery that looking over the scanned copy of radiographs myself, it seemed like the wrong tooth (Lower-Right canine) was extracted instead of the correct one (Lower-Left canine).  Jeffrey called the office to help us interpret the particular radiograph because it could be our amateur eyes that making mistakes.  Sometimes radiographs’ angles can be tricky to correctly interpret.

"I don't understand...did I do something wrong?"

 

The office manager tried explaining that what we were seeing was in such a way that appears confusing, but said that the vet did pull the correct tooth.  At some point in our conversation (I was listening in), she realized that the wrong tooth might have been pulled, but immediately after, her logical mind seemed to over-ride her wisdom in judgment.  She reaffirmed that the vet extracted the correct canine.  As we requested, she promised to send us clearer and more detailed radiographs to us.   We didn’t receive the radiographs or a telephone call for three days until the dental vet call to admit his mistake. 

I felt sick in my gut.  What if this was a right-leg amputation done wrong instead of a left-leg?  The cat will lose both legs because of the mistake.  We are not over the emotional pain.  Tora is still on Buprenex.  He, somehow, still suffers from physical pain.  When we stop the medication, he shows the symptoms of pain (hiding in dark places, not eating, sensitive to touch, etc.)

Our original sympathy pain for Tora seemed to be getting worse.  My sister told me to take it easy because the animal’s physical/emotional healing can be amazing.  We are humans who “remember” and “hold on to” thoughts and emotions.

"Go, T.O.R.A. Toraaaa!! I'm the official cheerleader in this house!"

 

Our household official cheerleader, Mikan, has been an incredible supporter to us.  She is 100% happy with herself 24/7.  It was so lovely to watch Mikan giving Tora five “soothing licks” on his forehead the other day.  Tora usually glooms her.  Until his tongue gets stronger again, I am brushing Mikan every day.  The good news out of this terrible ordeal is that we (humans) are making intimate connection with Mikan.

Learning to Deal with Sympathy Pain – Part I

April 2nd, 2013

Wow, what a week it was!!  One of our cats, 9 yr old Tora, went in for dental cleaning last Monday – that’s what I was hoping to have done on that day – well, it turned out that he had a very painful condition called FORL (Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesion), and he needed to have four teeth extracted.  Now he doesn’t have many teeth left in his mouth.  He even lost his precious lower right canine.  All he has are a set of upper right teeth and a set of lower left teeth.  In other words, there are no matching teeth up and down to chew things.

"Are you kidding? I will tear this cone of shame as soon as I get home", and he almost did.

Unfortunately, Tora was still in so much pain and bleeding from his gums.  He couldn’t eat or drink for three days after the surgery!  I gave him homemade chicken soup everyday using a syringe.  There was something very wrong about his “un-recovery” process.  We brought him back to the vet office on Wednesday.  Apparently, the sutures were loose and the holes were exposed.  AHHHH!  The vet sewed them back again, but he didn’t give us any extra pain medications to bring home, with the reason being that Tora still has his pain medication in his system for a while.

A long story short, as of today, Tora is still not coming back as his usual “play-boy” self.  He is actually getting worse, in fact.  He retreats himself upstairs in our closet, in a dark and quiet corner to rest all day.  He doesn’t come downstairs to see Mikan anymore.  He wants to be alone.  He eats a quarter can of Wellness brand (softest texture I could find on the market) four times a day while struggling to keep it in his mouth.  He drools because his tongue movement is awkward.  However, I am thankful that he still has some appetite. It is so miserable to watch him suffer.

Jeffrey called the vet office first thing this Monday morning to request the pain meds for Tora.  We got them now, and I am little bit relieved to know that Tora is not in a huge pain anymore.  However, something is still bothering him.  According to the vet, he should be back to normal “self” by now.  Well, individual cats experience everything differently.  Cats ARE individuals!!

"I want my brother back. Do you know where he is?"

OK, by now, you can clearly hear my frustrations, anxiety, and fear.  I am slowly learning how to deal with Tora’s pain.  What I mean by that is, I feel like I am in pain too!  I am literally his Mom as far as I’m concerned.  I feel like I gave birth to him.  Unless I let go of my worries and negative feelings, it occupies me 24/7.  That’s not healthy, is it?

I am using flower essence for myself to calm down and worry less.  I made a combination bottle of Walnut (protection from outside influence), Larch (boost self-confidence), and Red Chestnut (relieve specific fear to others – loved ones).  I am totally overdosing flower essences, but there are no worries – it is just flower water after all, and it is OK to overdose.  The most important thing is that it is working subtly but surely.  I also sit quietly near Tora and think of and visualize lots of fun activities that we do together.  Strangely, Tora sometimes starts purring, and I feel much better after that.  Of course, grabbing my favorite drink – a cup of green tea latte at Starbucks also helps.

Do you know any other methods to heal our cat-mom sympathy emotional pain without drugs and alcohol, please share with me!  I will be grateful.

Tora’s New Sister

November 21st, 2012

Oh my goodness!  I don’t know how many times had I dreamed about this day – the day that Mikan can get out of her quarantine suite (master bathroom and closet combined for luxury) and she can explore  everywhere in the house (she might think our house is a huge castle!).  Finally, she can live with all of us – yes, ringworm is OVER.  The most exciting thing was to observe the re-introduction of Mikan and Tora again after 11 weeks!   Both cats briefly met in late August before Mikan started to show various sickly symptoms.  I was little anxious and nervous about this process this time.  I was just crossing my fingers hoping everything would go well.

"We are finally together!"

As soon as the door opened, Mikan dashed out of her “cell”, and there was her long-awaiting brother, Tora, with open paws (OK, I am imagining things).  In reality, Tora was sitting there to greet her with his extended neck.  Then, he started licking the top of Mikan’s head right away!  Mikan was so excited to see something new, so she couldn’t sit still for Tora.  She took off to other new areas of the house to explore.  Tora chased her everywhere.  They were both hyper-active as if they couldn’t contain their emotions of excitement and joy!

Today, on the fourth day of Mikan’s integration to the family, I am so thankful that Mikan is doing extremely well.  She looks as happy as a clam, jumping and galloping everywhere.  She already has a set of permanent canines, too.  It was wild to see her baby teeth canines and permanent canines existed side by side for about two weeks.  We will surely continue feeding her high quality homemade raw meat with right supplements for her.  I’ve learned that Omega 3 (Salmon oil) and turmeric have been a big help for her skin condition in addition to our daily supplements.

"Yep, we play!!"

Since Mimi passed in late June, Tora has been mellower than before.  He adapted himself to be an only cat in the house, acting like a human rather than a cat, in my opinion.  However, Mikan brought him back to his natural state – being a cat again!  He runs so fast that my eyes cannot follow his movement.  He has distinct moments of being active and being relaxed.  In his relationship with Mimi, he was instigator and Mimi had to hiss at him in order to let him know “enough is enough”.  Now, Tora hisses  to Mikan to let her know “too much is too much”.

All is well.  My husband and I felt big relief this week.  We sat in our backyard with our favorite Green Tea Latte from Starbucks this afternoon, and took this happiness ALL IN.  Welcome, little sister to your home and family!  Life is sweet.

"Do I look beautiful now?"

Focusing on Quality of Life for Cats

October 22nd, 2012

First of all, thank you so much for many friends who sent me warm support and encouragement via email and on the blog.  Mikan has been appreciating them also, and in return, she has great news to share this time!

"Do you want to join me for fun?"

Mikan is doing wonderfully well.  Since I wrote my last blog, Mikan hasn’t had a high fever at all!  She is “fever-free” for two weeks – this is a world record for her!  Mikan’s energy is much more robust and lively, and her motor skills and muscle coordination are getting coherent like a REAL cat every day.  Yaaaay!

You might wonder what we did differently in these two weeks.  We decided to focus on her wellness and quality of life rather than “treating” whatever happening on her skin (there is still no diagnosis from the vet).  I decided not to use the vet-suggested OTC skin cream (Lotrimin) for ringworm nor the enzymatic shampoo for the skin itchiness.  Instead, we let Mikan out in our cat-fenced backyard to run around for one hour every afternoon.  She LOVES that time.

At first, she was overwhelmed by the different noises of the wind, the leaves, the cars, etc., but she got used to these familiar outside sounds very fast.  I learned that UV light kills ringworm fungi, so this was perfect thing to do!  I could tell that she is taking in everything that the nature offers to heal and boost her immune system.  She is engaging every movement with 100% focus outside.  What a joy to be with her to experience that feeling together!  Although Mikan has sufficient space inside her master bathroom/closet suite, nothing is better than running around on green grass, freely under the warm sunshine.

By the way, we had a new window installed in Mikan’s suite the other day, so that she can have fresh air and natural sounds from outside.  I didn’t like the previous widow which didn’t open, so I am very happy with the new one.  It is little a silly that sometimes the house project on a list gets done quickly because of the cats, not because of our needs.

"I like to be in your lap, too."

The other two things I am doing twice daily are Colloidal Silver topical application for ringworm and also homeopathy.  Somehow, Mikan likes the homeopathy – when I show her a dropper, she would come and starts licking the tip of it!  She may know exactly what she needs.  We will re-start herbal remedy this week.  As I’m observing Mikan’s growth week by week, she is certainly gaining weight and clearly getting longer (should I say, “taller”).  I’d better go and take more pictures of her now, so that I won’t miss out capturing amazing Kodak moments.

"I AM a tiger, grrrr!!"

My Journey with Mikan

October 10th, 2012

It has been six weeks since Mikan joined our family.  I am reflecting on how each cat requires different attention for their health.  Mikan brought us a challenge in a good way.  Her weak health status helps me appreciate how healthy Tora and Mimi were when growing up!  I thought that healthy kittenhood was “normal”.  Raising Mikan for six weeks, after five high fever incidents, ringworm, earmites, staph infection, and severe side effects from medicines, I’ve learned that healthy kittenhood should not be taken for granted.

"Here I am at the vet office, again. The doctor is very gentle and nice to me."

According to the two vets I consulted with recently, it is not clear as to why Mikan keeps having fevers over and over.  Neither of them recommends antibiotics nor steroids for Mikan.  She is currently too weak for any kinds of medications.   Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa (Oops, this is Mikan’s first typing!)  I am in our master bathroom with my laptop here to be with Mikan.  She will be cooped up here until her ringworm is cleared, which is almost gone.

I have been using Colloidal Silver 500 ppm topically on her ringworm spots (it is both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial).  In my opinion, it has been working very well.  It is safe even if she licks it off from her fur.  I also used a mixture of herbs as a topical application.  I used a recipe from here.  I made a mixture of turmeric powder, neem leaf powder, coconut oil, and colloidal silver.  I applied the mixture to the ringworm spots a couple of times a day.  This worked very well with Tora.  Although he had only a few time exposures to ringworm from Mikan (15min. each time, perhaps) back in August, he got one from her.  I didn’t know Mikan had ringworm back then.

Currently, we are dealing with Mikan’s staph infection that came with the episodes of high fever.  Her soul is beautiful as always, but her face is not so pretty right now.  Mikan didn’t let me take her picture up front, but here is the one she reluctantly let me take for the blog.

"I'll be better looking soon!"

Mikan seems to enjoy the car ride to the vet.  She is always calm and relaxed in the car.  I saw her sleeping on the way back from Round Rock last week!  That is cool.  🙂

On a positive note, from Mikan’s perspective, it is just another day.  Some days, she has lots of energy.  Other days, she wants to rest.  For her, every day is a great day, just some have more playtime than others.  I’m learning to trust the natural process that she’s going through.

My husband and I have been experiencing emotional up-and-downs depending on how Mikan has been doing every day.  Our adventure and learning continue…

White Teeth: Give Me Smile Kitties!

April 19th, 2012

"Gosh, here it comes...."

It has been a year since I started brushing my cats’ teeth.  Yep, I do it every night.  Both cats don’t like it, but they learned to tolerate it in order to please me (I wish).  In fact, I bribe them.  They know that I give them three to five bits of crunchy-bad-for-you treats before the brushing.

As you might have already known, I feed them raw meat mix as their regular food twice a day.  According to my animal communicator, Tora missed the crunchies so much that all he talked to her about food was “give me crunchies” (the kibbles I fed for his first four years of his life).  I gave in a little after that conversation.  Oh well, I give myself a bag of potato chips as a treat, so why not to my beloved cats?  It is only fair to Tora.

I use a human-baby tooth brush for the cats’ teeth.  The bristles are softer than the toothbrush made for cats.  Instead of toothpaste, I use a few drops of much diluted colloidal silver which has antibacterial quality in it.  I used to add Peelu natural dental fibers (powder) to the colloidal silver, but it was too much to deal with for me and the cats.

"Mom! Gentle, please!!"

The great news is that Tora didn’t need to have any teeth extractions last year at all.  He had eight teeth already taken out in recent years, and I didn’t want him to go through it again if it can be avoided.  The vet told me that Tora seems to have genetically weak teeth and gums.  He had a regular teeth cleaning only at the vet, and Mimi didn’t even need the cleaning!  I saved a lot of money as a result of brushing.

I plan to celebrate this memorable, one year anniversary tonight…by taking one day off from the routine – NOT brushing their teeth, and not feeling guilty about it!!  I’m sure Tora and Mimi don’t mind giving me a night off from it, and they may even be smiling behind my back…

"Yikes, brother! I gotta run!!"