Saturday, December 30, 2006


I did not pose her.

I haven't written for a while because we thought we were going to lose Brendan right before Christmas and I didn't want everyone to be sad. He is doing just great now and we are very happy with that as a big Christmas present. Mrs. B is happy too and she keeps an eye on him. They spend most of their time together now.

We had been in Portland after Brendan recovered from the bladder infection and he stopped eating. That was a Saturday. By Monday we were very worried and took him to the vets, both of us thinking This Could Be It. We were prepared for the vet to say we have to make The Awful Decision. I was in bad shape. Olof too.

At the vets Brendan got some fluids because he was dehydrated and he got more Clavamox, a B-12 vitamin shot, an anti-nausea shot and a antacid shot. Whew. And some bland food and instructions to get some down him with a dropper. He was obviously nauseated (lip licking). And he did not look like he felt well.

We made three more trips to the vet for shots and fluids and we learned to do it ourselves. Tuesday, he ate a little. Wednesday night we heard the sound of munchies in the night and it was B. Thursday we left for Christmas (with all three felines in tow).

He started eating normally again and we were thrilled. The vet said his tests came back and there was no infection and his kidney levels were normal. Not just better than last time, but normal. And he's seventeen.

The last few days he has been very enthusiastic about every meal and obviously feeling his oats. He wants to go out and check his territory every day (we go with him) and right now he is curled up with Mrs. B in front of the heater. He is enjoying his life and companions.

When I think of how it could have been, I know it was a very good Christmas indeed. And Ramona would agree.

Fluid therapy for cats is just amazing. Don't hesitate to try it if your cat is ill and your vet recommends it.


Anonymous said...

Great news. B is such a beautiful cat and he and Mrs B are a lovely pair.

Derby said...

Purrs to Brendan for continuing health. We want Mr. B around for a while.

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

Just updating the Prayer & Praise Blog, very glad to hear he's okay, really scared for a second, though.

You've got a lot to be thankful for this week. Wow.

Anonymous said...


I can finally post here now too....darn blogger upgrades!

Happy New Year to you guys and the kitty clan!

Anonymous said...

Oh we are so glad he is doing better. What a scare.

Anonymous said...

We've been worried for him and for Miss Ramona aka Mrs B. Its good to hear that he's not just on the mend but back to normal.

I hope that the new year brings lots of purrs and snuggles for both, and for Harper - the not so tiny dancer - as well.


Anonymous said...

I am so glad to know Brendan is doing well. Here's wishing for a healthy new year for all!

Kimo & Sabi said...

Good news!

We wish you a furry happy, healthy, safe, snuggly, flea-free, Temptations-filled New Year!

Anonymous said...

That is great news - and we are sure that Mrs Brendan is just thrilled! Fluid therapy is like a miracle!

Beau said...

Mom and I are just absolutely THRILLED about how well Brendan is doing!!! And Mr/Mrs B do make a cute couple! (Would like to see more of Harper.)

Finnegan & Buddy said...

What an adventure! Thank goodness Brendan's doing so much better. Happy New Year to you all.

Finn, Buddy & mom

Anonymous said...

Yay, Brendan! So glad he is doing better.

bat & bandit & holly said...

oh, what a wonderful christmas present to have brendan back in good health!

Mudpuppy said...

I'm happy to hear your good news and to see the wonderful (and adorable) pictures :)