Post 1955: morning chores…

Dougy looks better, but I still have till the 14th, minimum, to give him his twice daily medication for his eye. He was a pretty good patient today, excellent for Dougy! I think, I hope he now associates the drops with reduced pain or discomfort in that eye. He sneezed a bit after this photo was taken, one of the symptoms of feline herpes.

Andy, wrapped in a towel in preparation to give him his medicine for high blood pressure. He’s giving me that usual “Stare of Extreme Upset and Disapproval Prior to Ripping Out ‘His’ Carotid Artery with My Razor Claws of Instant Death” look. He was a good boy, however, giving me no excessive hassles today. The kitty boy medicating chore went well, with minimal stress to us all! (No animosity left over – he just stopped by for a chin ‘scritch’!)

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Post 1954: Dougy’s eye…

Dougy periodically has a relapse of feline herpes, with a side effect of conjunctivitis, and that’s what I learned at Dr. Dave’s clinic yesterday. I dread the days till January 14th, his next veterinarian’s appointment date, because Dougy is not a good patient, unlike his brother Andy.

I think I’ll have to go to a bath towel to wrap Dougy. I use a smaller one with Andy, and Dougy fought his way out of that one two, three times when I tried to get the medicine in his eyes. Fortunately, I eventually succeeded and his eye is more open than it was. (One medication is a lubricant – “corneal repair gel”, that smaller of the two bottles, and it seems to be quick help. It doesn’t look like a gel going in, though.) https://icatcare.org/advice/cat-health/feline-herpes-virus-fhv-infection

Andy hasn’t had this. I think Dougy must have been exposed during the week I had Andy at home and Dougy was still with his mommy at the clinic. They’ve been vaccinated for it, but I’ll ask Dr. Dave the 14th if either has had a follow-up shot. I know they got two shots In October, one for rabies.

Dougy is a forgiving kitty, fortunately, and our tussle to give him his eye drops hasn’t made him too upset to hang out with me, the way he always does.

Post 1953: Upset!

Dougy doesn’t like it when I’m on the laptop. He gets really growly.

Post 1952: tummy rub tease…

Dougy’s no fool. When it comes to tummy rubs …

…it’s all about presentation! (Yes, after I took the photos, Dougy got his tummy rub!)

Post 1951: Andy’s celebration is over…

Andy had a busy New Year’s getting Doug (the human) up at 11 AM New Year’s Eve for “Kitty Food Time”. Then it was time to clean up!

“Kitty Food Time” went well, though only after too long a wait by Andy’s reckoning. Doug – the human one – had to wash a sink full of dishes to get to the kitty food dishes first…!

What next??

After a little thought…

…Andy had his answer! Woo hoo! Zzzzzzzzzz…

Post 1950: why they keep me around…

There is that special spot on my kitty boys…

…that they love, love, love me to scratch that spot! 

Post 1949: resting up for New Year’s…

Hey, it’s that time of year again and the kitty boys (Dougy above) are sleeping in in preparation for the Big Event. Darn right: 12 o’clock midnight is “Feed the Kitties Time”!

(To my human friends, may you have a prosperous 2019! I appreciate your following this blog and, for those of you having your own blogs, I’ve enjoyed following you. )

I’ve no idea what this says other than it supposedly celebrates Chinese New Year’s. Close enough and it has a tuxedo kitty. (Hi, Molly the tuxedo kitty!)

Post 1948: snuggling…

Andy knows something about the recliner…

…namely, it’s one of the warmer spots in the apartment. It’s a good place to sleep!

Post 1947: the end of year is nigh…

Time passes too fast. Hard to believe this sweet little guy used to hang out this way with me until he got too big for the spot. The little paw always went over my wrist. This is Dougy when he was a kitten, almost seven and a quarter years ago…!

Andy was so small, so cute, so sweet, so fragile. He came home with me in September 2011, barely old enough to leave his momma. Dougy came later, and Andy was happy to be reunited with his brother!

Yeah, transitioning into the next year aways makes me nostalgic.

I want you around, safe and sound, in 2019, so celebrate responsibly on the 31st.

Post 1946: it’s all in the presentation…

The kitty food bag tear strip is a favorite “toy”, but sometimes I have to vary presentation to keep it fresh for the kitty boys.

Rawr! Dougy ambushes the tear strip critter!

Dougy is amused. He had a great time today!