10/21/2016 – Five for Friday

Five - Ruby, Quint, Olivia, Sunny, and Viola - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Five – Ruby, Quint, Olivia, Sunny, and Viola – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Breaking News! Mom captured five of nine Colehaus Cats in one photo. That’s… *figuring maths* …over fifty percent of the cats in the house!

From left, beginning with Ruby asleep on top of her tower: Ruby, Quint, Olivia, Sunny, and Viola. This also shows how well Sunny fits in as a Colehaus Cat.

Missing cats: Miss Newton (probably stalking her Dad downstairs), Pia (asleep in her basket, also downstairs), Tessa (undoubtedly plotting her next bout of trouble), and Patrol Sergeant Zuzu (spying on Tessa plotting).

10/19/2016 – One Word Wednesday

Cozy times three - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Cozy times three – 2016 © Colehauscats.com


10/17/2016 – Sunny Days with Sunny

Sweet Sleeping Sunny - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Sweet Sleeping Sunny – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

It might not be sunny outside at this exact moment, but our autumn sunshine is scheduled to reappear in a few days and that will make Sunny very happy. She is doing well, recovering from a second UTI and a second week’s worth of Veraflox antibiotic, which smells faintly of vanilla and of which we are certain she has had just about enough of consuming.

Her second UTI occurred just four days after her first round of antibiotics ended so Mom’s nervously watching and waiting and hoping it doesn’t come back a third time. If it does, it means something else is going on and Sunny will need another vet visit. We talked to our favorite vet a little about this possibility but we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves to discuss that here just yet. We could use your good thoughts.

In the meantime, we’re reading and studying up on kidney disease, the various stages (Sunny is in stage 3), and how UTIs can get in the way of treatment. There are several homeopathic remedies but all come with risk and each cat will react differently. We have been extremely satisfied with our vet, whom we’ve been with since 1989 and who has cats in various stages of kidney disease, and we will continue to follow their guidance.

Nurse Quint - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Nurse Quint – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Sunny has settled into our family very nicely, and has a couple of the best nursemaids you’d ever want looking out for her well being.

Nursemaid Olivia - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Nursemaid Olivia – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Even with everyone watching out for her, she does require extra quiet time to help keep those UTIs at bay. We’re preparing to move her from the isolated Cat Den where she had been recovering, while trying to get her to enjoy wet food exclusively over kibble, and to ensconce her permanently in the big master bedroom alongside Ruby who loves this room like no other, where the two of them can run around, frolic, kick their heels up, and do all those things senior cats tend to do when away from other cats, human eyes, and camera lens. Like they do.

Playful Sunny - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Playful Sunny – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Frolicking Sunny - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Frolicking Sunny – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

And if that means Ruby gets to share special meal times as Sunny is becoming accustomed to, we don’t think she’ll mind one bit.

Ruby approves! - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Ruby approves! – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

It’s a win-win!