Tuesday, March 09, 2010

What We're Fighting For

I've written a lot of posts lately without pictures so I thought I'd share this one I just snapped of Arthur and Beowulf holding hands while they rest in our bed.

Liz and I can't tell you all how much it means to us to have read all your well wishes for Arthur and for us. Some of you have said Arthur is lucky to have us as cat parents, but really we're the lucky ones. I hope this picture gives you a sense of why I say that.

On a side note, Arthur is feeling a bit more frisky and hence is getting harder to tube feed. However, his appetite for self-feeding is still very small, with him eating maybe an ounce or half an ounce of food the couple of times we've tried to feed him today. One small thing I noticed: he takes a long time (maybe 3 to 5 minutes) to eat a very small amount of food and food often falls out of his mouth.

The original vet said his teeth are ok, but I have to wonder if he is having trouble chewing and swallowing his food.


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Anonymous said...

Avram, always a good idea to have your (new) vet check the cat's teeth, every time they go in. I found out to my surprise that my Harley cat had (already) had a broken tooth that was "reabsorbed" in to the gum, a process that is apparently fairly unique to cats. It's also a painful process which they undergo without their human companions even knowing, as in my case. Luckily at the same time, my vet realized she had still another broken tooth and I elected to have that surgically removed to avoid the re-absorption. Check their teeth! And please also check whether this new vet could recommend some kind of meds that might temporarily increase his appetite. ((((Arthur))))... from me, socidoc

The Creek Cats said...

What a wonderful photo, thanks for sharing it with us.

We are so glad to hear Arthur is feeling a bit more frisky!

ABBY said...

You and Liz are both great cat parents and it shows in the loving nature of both of your cats. I am so glad to hear that Arthur is getting back to some of his old self. That is indeed a sweet picture of the two of them.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

What a cute picture! It is great that he is friskier, but it stinks that he is still having eating trouble. I would definitely mention that to the new vet. We have one kitty with mouth issues, and they can cause them to not eat much even if they really want to. Sending over lots of purrs and prayers that he starts eating more on his own and feels better soon! And lots of supportive hugs for you and Liz. We are glad he has such loving parents!

Junior and Orion said...

Meowm says definitely get his teeth looked at with the new
v-e-t. They may see something that the others didn't.

Old Kitty said...


What a sweet lovely pic of Arthur and Beowulf!

My cat takes an age to eat - all her food is triply blended because she is only able to lick and all because one of her back teeth is chipped. It's definitely worth mentioning this to your new vet - Arthur is doing what he's doing for a reason - there is always a reason and this needs to be found out.

Good luck!

Take care

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

So glad to hear he's getting some energy back, but we worry with you about his self feeding. A closer look in his mouth is definitely needed.
They are both so beautiful. I remember when they were tiny kittens causing havoc (in their own sweet way.)
It truly is a blessing to have cats in ones life. They are always there with unconditional love and gentle ways to calm and soothe their humans. (((hugs)))

Four Dinners said...

Maximus Spittimus apologises for not being here sooner. He asks me to advise you that he is sending lots and lots of purrs to Arthur - who Maximus belives is (very nearly) as handsome as he is...;-)

Four Dinners
Aide de Camp

(Get well soon Arthur xx)

Anonymous said...

Please don't give up. My girlfriend went through something similar with her cat. It took several months before they seen any progress. Now their cat is going on his 5th year after almost dying.

Good Luck to you and God Bless You

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We love the photo, and are sending more healing purrs Arthur's way.