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Colors! 2009 Week 5

making this week’s post early so i’m not scrambling last minute :P i didn’t have any references when i drew this so the anatomy is off, but i’m fairly happy with it.

little cat

little cat

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note: adding another, just because i was bored

space

space

see it painted

yiddle bear

and now for something completely different…

away from home, had a bit of yarn and a hook so i thought i’d try to improvise a bear. i did write down what i did so if i can reproduce it i’ll post up the pattern.

sorry the image quality is poor, i had to take these with my cell phone.

Colors! 2009 Week 4

due to unforeseen circumstances, i’ve been away from home since last weekend, so this week’s Colors! post is a bit late making it here but it did get posted to the Colors! gallery on time so i say it counts :P

streetlamp

streetlamp

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Jack’s Top 5

I won’t be writing about Jack for a while. Right now it’s too fresh and makes me cry. But I thought before I try to completely focus on something else, I’d remember some of the fun things, and so I present:

The Top 5 Reasons Jack was the Best Kitty Ever

5. He could snore and purr at the same time.
4. He had an incredible knack of managing to always sit on the remote, and somehow block my view of the tv at the same time.
3. He made sure to eat any butter I left out so I wouldn’t eat it and get fat. He was always thinking of me.
2. When I was sad he would curl up next to me…with a paw on my face.
1. He always chased away the invisible dragons that were hiding in the clean sheets when I put them on the bed.

goodnight, pussycat

i am saddened to say that our beloved kitty jack passed away this morning.

jack

jack

jack, thank you for taking care of me these last five years. thank you for listening when no one else would, or at least pretending to. thank you for making me laugh on all those days i didn’t feel like laughing. thanks for teaching me it’s ok to still be a baby when no one is looking. thanks for all the snuggles. i love you, buddy. don’t be sad, you’re going someplace nice, and someday i’ll see you again.

Jack Update

Jack has been at the animal hospital since Friday. Trying to treat him at home was becoming stressful for both of us. He’s got some fight in him, and I ended up pretty scratched up (even tho i swaddled him TIGHT), and we both ended up exhausted at the end of each feeding, and then I’d look at the clock and realize we had another one in an hour and a half. Because he is so large (18 lbs after the 4 he’s lost), it was difficult for me to get enough food and fluid in through force feeding through the mouth, and he became dehydrated and couldn’t urinate, which was a major concern so back to the vet we went.

Right now, he has a tube in his nose to deliver food and an iv for fluids. The initial idea was a peg tube but since his platelet count is low, they were worried about bleeding so we’ve gone this route for now. it’s been a long weekend but here is the rundown:

The Bad things:
Jack is very jaundiced (orange)
He is very sluggish (possibly caused by the slight sedative to get the nose tube in)
His glucose is high, but not terribly so

The Good things:
He is keeping his food down
He is using the litter box on his own
The vet said that he is not in pain…just anorexic and a little uncomfortable from the tube and iv
Somewhere in there, he is still paying attention…he flicks his ears towards noises and voices. And he still has his sense of humor, he stole D’s chair on Saturday and today he looked like he was dozing but opened his eyes WIDE when the vet mentioned “medication”

Tomorrow the vet is going to show me how to give him subcutaneous fluids and how to feed him through the nose tube. at home he can relax and will hopefully perk up after a few days of feedings.