Health, Random musings

Tilly & Molly updates

Tilly is doing very well on a lower dose of her anti-anxiety medication. She is much more tolerant of Pearl and is almost “friendly” towards Molly. They can sit next to each other in a window and watch the garden without any growling, hissing or smacking. YAY!

We took Molly to see her regular vet yesterday to get clarification about what happened to her leg when she fell a few weeks ago. Molly’s tibia (shin bone) has a small fracture at the top where makes the knee joint. Unfortunately, Molly’s kneecap is so loose that surgery is needed to stabilize her knee. We had her medical records sent to the surgeon’s office and we’re waiting for them to get back to us.

Here’s Molly getting cuddles from Dad while waiting for the vet. She’s getting lots of cuddles at home as we try to restrict her activity to allow her bone to heal.

Molly cat getting cuddles from Dad while waiting for the vet.

We hope you all are well and enjoying some fun summer activities (or winter if you’re on the bottom half of the world). I will try to visit your blogs more often before I’m back to 100% kitty supervision duty when Molly has knee surgery. Take care and stay safe my friends.

Random musings

We’re still here

Hello friends. It’s been overwhelming here with 4 young cats and I haven’t been updating my blog or visiting yours. I apologize in advance for this long post and the lack of photos but I wanted to give you all an update to let you know we haven’t disappeared.

First challenge: getting 4 young cat to live together.

Tilly wasn’t accepting Molly & Pearl, so we decided to try medication as a last resort before rehoming the younger cats. We’ve had Tilly on two different medications to try to improve her behavior. The first medication didn’t work but the second seems to be helping quite a bit. Medication is only a tool to help while we use a lot of behavior modification techniques, which has been taking nearly 100% of my time.

After about 3 months of limiting interactions and constant supervision we’re at a place where Tilly is tolerant of Molly & Pearl. The growling, hissing and random swatting stopped, but she will give them a little hiss or swat if the younger cats get in her space when she’s not in the mood. We think that’s reasonable behavior as they all continue to grow up and learn to trust and tolerate each other.

New challenge: Molly injured her knee

Just when we were feeling good about making progress with their behavior, Molly injured her knee. I spent last Thursday with her at the emergency veterinary hospital. Thankfully, we got an appointment and since it’s the local veterinary school teaching hospital, all specialty veterinarians are on staff. She has a luxated patella – meaning her kneecap was out of place. This is complicated by a fracture she had as a wee kitten that caused her leg to grow a bit improperly. Both knees have loose kneecaps (probably genetic), but her right knee was injured more severely.

Molly is on restricted activity – walking only – for 8 weeks! No running, jumping, or playing with her housemates. Needless to say, that is a nightmare to manage. Our house is set up for cat enjoyment and she is very disappointed and frustrated that she can’t romp with her toys or with Wolfie or Pearl (she doesn’t romp with Tilly). The other cats are also disrupted by the household changes – some perches and steps up to counters have been removed and we’ve tried to give Molly easier access to one or two pieces of furniture like the bed. And Wolfie & Pearl have lost their fun playmate.

I have to supervise 100% of Molly’s awake time, making sure she only walks. I lift her up and down perches or windows so she has some semblance of a normal life. I do this until she settles in for a nap. Unfortunately, she’s naturally a super active 1 year old cat and she’s very frustrated by these restrictions. I play with her by dangling toys right around her front paws to keep her mood up, but she desperately wants to romp.

I’m hoping to talk with the orthopedic surgeon next week to discuss treatment options. The 8 weeks restricted activity is kind-of a hope that her knee will stabilize without surgery. But because that leg didn’t grow properly, surgery might be needed.

Again, I’m sorry for the long post and the lack of photos but I wanted to post something so you didn’t think I abandoned our blog. I think of you often and miss reading your blogs. I’ll try to visit while Molly is sleeping, but that’s my only time to do errands and household chores, make sure Tilly, Wolfie, & Pearl are happy, or maybe catch up on my sleep with a little cat nap.

Random musings

Breakfast is Served

Kitty breakfast is usually a bit chaotic, with kittens eager to eat and Tilly getting annoyed at their impatience. This morning’s breakfast was very orderly.

Tilly, Wolfie, Molly, and Pearl enjoying canned food breakfast
Tilly finishes first, followed closely by Wolfie.
Molly finishes her plate
Molly wastes no time making sure Wolfie’s plate is clean
Molly makes sure Tilly’s plate is clean.
Oops, missed a piece.
Molly tries to help Pearl clean her plate (Mom shoos her away)
Molly leaves and allows Pearl to finish.

Tilly and Molly eat canned food enthusiastically. When Tilly is done, she leaves, but Molly is eager to stay and help everyone clean their plate. Wolfie eats quickly if he likes the flavor (like he did today), otherwise he’s a slow licker and I end up hand feeding him. Pearl eats canned food slowly, but she eventually gets her plate clean.