The Daily Colby, Edition 6 8-26-2020 - 08/26/2020
Hey it’s Colby,
I always say that Pana Animal Hospital is lucky to have gotten me, but really
I am lucky to have been adopted by them. I am a cat of many problems.
I have my Feline Gingivitis, Lower Urinary Tract Disease, an allergy to chicken
by products, and who knows how many other problems they have yet to discover.
This all means a combination of medications, food, and monitoring that has to
happen at all the right times to make sure that I feel ok. I can’t say I’d expect
other owners to handle all of my problems (although I know there are great
owners that would take on a special cat like me). It is really lucky I have a
whole team of “owners” to watch over me.
I bet you’ve noticed that I haven’t been out and about at the clinic as much lately,
and that I haven’t had much to say. I haven’t been feeling the greatest. I had a
series of high temperatures and UTIs (urinary tract infections). I have also been
feeling really down in the dumps due to my Feline Gingivitis lately. The girls have
worked tirelessly to help me feel better. They first worked on getting my
temperatures to regulate. I was placed on an antibiotic to help me fight off
infections-like a UTI-that could cause me to have a fever and feel crummy.
They got bloodwork on me to make sure that I didn’t have any kidney issues
and to monitor my white blood cell counts so that they would know when the
infections were completely taken care of. After all my infections seemed to be
cleared up, they noticed I still wasn’t myself. I was very lethargic and really just
wanted to hide in my cage all day. Luckily the girls know me and know I am a very
inquisitive cat, so they knew I must not be better yet.
With no obvious problems with bloodwork, urinalysis, x-rays, countless exams,
and chiropractic adjustments, they turned to the last resort. I had my very first dental!
I hated it. It will be a lifelong thing for me. My girls always recommend dentals to
pets in need. They tell the crazy pets that chew on hard things and break teeth to
get dentals, the older pets who don’t allow their humans to brush their teeth to get
dentals, and anyone else that they see seems to be in pain, or sick because of a
thing called periodontal disease to get a dental. I thought they were crazy. I thought
they just liked to torture these poor pets and pull out their teeth. They always joke
that they'd like to do that to me when I bite them, afterall!
I’ll let you guys in on a little secret though. . . listen to my girls. They fixed me!!
I only needed two little teeth pulled this time around and the rest of them are
pearly white. I am absolutely shocked about how much better I feel.
The girls are all rejoicing and telling me how excited they are to see me out
and about making my usual rounds to the other patients, crying to be held,
and even bugging Dr. Lutz for my special treats again! My teeth weren’t even
that dirty and I am only 4 but that made all the differences in the world to how I was feeling.
I may hate dentals and the medications I have to take after, but you can bet because
the girls did a dental on me I will be more than happy to come up and visit you
next time you stop by the clinic. So regular clients/patients, I’ll be seeing you
in the lobby for your next visit.
A much happier and healthier Colby!
The Daily Colby, Edition 5 4/3/2020 - 04/03/2020
It’s me again,
I feel like sometimes people don’t understand what a fun cat I am.
I am an adventurer at heart. I love to explore new places. I am very good at
checking out the things the PAH team doesn’t normally notice. Each cage
needs to be inspected, both before and after a patient leaves. I need to make
sure they understand that I am in charge, and this is my domain. Of course
the girls don’t let me in with any patients, especially not the ones that
don’t like cat;, but I do get to check out a lot of stuff. I look into every
carrier/pet taxi brought to the clinic, and in every room after a patient leaves
while the girls are cleaning up for the next patient. I like to explore every box
brought into the clinic, too. Anytime we get a shipment I like to hop in and
out of the box. Not just once, but multiple times.
There is nothing quite like being thorough!
The thing I like to do best, though, is to climb and jump. I jump into the window all the time.
I also like to jump halfway up our kitty condo for my Genesis buddies and climb the
rest of the way up on top. There is a set of cages, over the girls heads,
in the surgery room that I have been known to climb too. It doesn’t matter
how many times the girls tell me it’s a bad idea or they won't get me down,
I still do it. Most of those times the girls have to get me down, even when they
say they won't! I mean they would never leave me hanging.
Anyway, the way I see it, it's their fault for letting me up there, right?
I am also an avid treasure hunter. I can find the toy mice on the shelf up front anytime!
The best thing to do when you find something like that is to hide it. I have many
hiding spots that I stash my goods when I get them. The kennel girls don’t really
understand my plans though, so a lot of times they take them and put them back.
That’s ok, it just gives me a new mission the next day! My Genesis buddies have
toys in their condo I like to play with, too, but it’s harder to get them to share with me.
The girls make sure I have scratching posts, tunnels, mice, balls, and any other
toy a cat could think of! I have it pretty good and lead a fully challenged and
exciting life around PAH.
Off on the next adventure,
The Daily Colby, Edition 4 - 02/22/2020
I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs that I have special food. I bet you thought
I was just being conceited, didn't you? Well not that I don’t deserve everything
special, but that isn’t what I meant! The crazy thing is I really do need special food.
I am a very sensitive cat and have some underlying issues. Don’t worry, none of
which are contagious to humans or other animals!
I have the perfect home being under special care at PAH. I require special food
and supervision to live a healthy lifestyle. I have a disease that essentially makes
me allergic to my own teeth. Sometimes my gums start to hurt and I get just a bit
crabbier than usual. The PAH team is really good at checking my mouth and
knowing the tell tale signs of when I’m not feeling like myself. They, of course, give me
medicine to help me with my flare up. You can imagine if I have a complicated unheard
of problem like that I would, of course, have more issues too. I am allergic to most foods.
My special food is the only one I should and can eat. I have special treats too. Dr. Lutz is
my go to person when it comes to the extra things. She hides them in her desk drawer
so I don’t just help myself to them. Even though they are special ones that I am not
allergic to, I still can get sick from too many. My system is sensitive and PAH and I
have learned to balance it all pretty well.
My condition is called Feline Gingivitis and no one really knows what causes it. What
I really am allergic to is the plaque that builds up on my teeth and leads to excessive
inflammation of my gums. The girls here are always telling the patients to brush their
teeth, which is great and they should, but in my case that won’t be enough. I am only
3 and while it’s not unheard of for cats my age to have actual periodontal disease,
or need dentals, it is less likely with good diet habits. However, any amount of
plaque causes me discomfort. There are only two ways to combat my disease. The first
one is pulse antibiotics and steroids when I have a major flare up. This will relieve some
of the symptoms I have, but it won’t cure me. The doctors here know that long time
steroid use can invite more problems, so this isn’t a permanent solution or something
they can give me all the time. The only other option for my condition is to surgically
extract all of my teeth. This would obviously prevent the buildup of any and all plaque
which would cut down the problem at hand. However, the doctors here think, at my age,
that is a bit extreme. Although the girls like to joke with me and say if I continue to be
ornery, that is exactly what they plan to do with my teeth! The doctors have decided
no more than it bothers me, we will only take action when necessary and leave the
teeth pulling for later in my life. So, for the time being they think it is best for me to
have regular dental cleanings, medications, and closely monitored by Veterinarians.
I say all the time that PAH is lucky to have me, but maybe I’m just as lucky to
have them! Most people would want to pull their hair out, dealing with all my problems,
but PAH has a whole team constantly looking out for me and taking care of me.
Of course that is exactly how it should be!
Time to eat!
The Daily Colby, Edition 3 - 01/10/2020
Hey, it’s Colby,
Have you ever been a creature of habit? I know I have. I like to do things the same
way everyday. I have a whole routine, and I am cat enough to admit I get grumpy
if I can’t keep up with that routine. I have my very own “room” set up in the back
that I sleep in overnight. It has my special sock monkey I have from Christmas
(from one of the lovely ladies here), my bed, and my special food. It is a
comfy place and my safe spot at times.
Every morning, the girls come in and let me out while they handle the other
patients morning walks/feedings and things. I make my first set of morning
rounds then, to greet all of our guests. I like to sniff around their rooms and
see what kind of animal they are and how they are doing. After the girls have
finished tending to the other animals it’s, of course, my turn again. I stand at
the kennel people’s feet and tell them all about my night, they then take me on
their shoulder to my room. They have prepared it with fresh litter, fresh food,
water, and fluffed my bed for me. I like to nibble on the food before helpfully
dumping my water to let them know I am done. They then let me back out to
make my next set of rounds. The clinic is a busy place for a nosey cat like me
and I like to see if I missed anyone or if new people are around.
I visit everyone in the back to make sure all the ladies working know I am here.
I go up front next to check in the patients with our receptionist for the day.
My favorite window is up there so if the other animals are not interesting enough
I will usually sit on the window and watch the birds I intend to catch. I usually bathe
in the sun coming from the big window doors around lunch time and if it’s quiet
enough I’ll take a nap there too. I am in my best mood if I’m able to do that. If I can’t
manage a nap in the sun because people keep disrupting me, then the girls will usually
take me to the back for a nap in my room. I like to get out mid-afternoon and go
around to visit everyone again, make sure no one snuck in without me knowing,
and then hang out for the rest of the day with my receptionists. I like to lay on the
desk and help people write their checks and babysit the little animals that make
a visit to the desk too. Before everyone leaves, I make it around one more time
and let all the patients that are staying know I am still here and in charge.
Then the girls put me in my room with fresh food and a newly made bed.
The girls always joke and say I am the baby around here. If my routine is
interrupted by a chaotic day, I get fussy. The girls know this and try to
accommodate me. Some say I need to learn manners, and sometimes they
aren’t wrong, but more than anything, I am a cat. We are creatures of habit,
and we can be nosey and love the commotion sometimes, but we are also
solitary animals that need space from humans and other animals. So, if I am
in a bad mood, it’s best if you steer clear! I am the king of being “Hangry”
and needing naps. Really, most people can agree with either problem,
and only wish they could have the life of a cat like me!
Looks like it’s naptime now. See ya later,
The Daily Colby, Special Edition 2 - 12/20/2019
I am writing to you to ask to be put on the nice list. I promise I have been a very good cat.
Well, ok, maybe not the best but that just means there is room for improvement, right?
The girls have come up with a list of things that I need to work on for the new year,
so consider this a plea for the nice list AND a new years resolution, all in one!
They have even so cleverly titled it “10 Naughty things Colby does,” but I assure you,
they aren’t as bad as they seem!
10 Naughty Things Colby Does:
- Bites the staff (especially Brittney!)
- Bites the clients
- Drinks from the toilet
- Steals other pets' food
- Digs in trash
- Dumps water bowl
- Torments other patients in cages/carriers
- Eats anything and everything
- Bugs us in the surgery room
- Gets Hangry!
I mean, come on, some of these are just not fair on the girls’ part!
- Of course I bite Brittney! She is the only one in the clinic that won’t pick me up when I ask. If I'm being honest, that probably has to do with the fact that when she gives in and picks me up, I do go ahead and bite he!, I feel her attitude is just unacceptable. She really should enjoy me and my presence.
- As for the clients, well ok, I may need to work on that a little!
- I drink out of the toilet because it has GOT to be the most fun fresh water to get. It is just a challenge. Forget the fact that I have fresh water out in a bowl at all times. In order to get this water, I have to sneak up on the toilet bowl and fish for it! It is a fun game, and I don’t see how that it is really all that big of a deal.\
- I only steal pets’ food and dig in the trash when the girls give me my special food. You have got to understand that one, Santa! I mean, if we took your milk and cookies away, wouldn’t you want to find where we hid them? The food I have to eat may help me live a healthier life, but it is not the most tasty food.
- See above!
- I have said it before and I will say it again. Dumping my water is most definitely a good idea. I only do this to let the girls know that I am finished with my food. I prefer fresh food and I prefer things to be on my schedule. So, this is the best way to accomplish both things! If I dump my water, the girls will know I am finished with my food and replace it with fresh food. It’s really to benefit everyone.
- I think the girls are very confused on this one. I do NOT torment the pets in cages/carriers. I am merely letting them know I am here. This is my house. I’m trying to be a good host and check on my guests. I greet them when their people carry them in by getting on their cages and looking straight at them. I check on the pets that are in their rooms by going and standing in the middle of them and looking at all the cages. I can’t help that all the pets get excited to see me and bark/meow!
- Eating anything and everything is also helpful to the girls. Eating the cheese and crackers on the counter the other day was a very good idea. What if the cheese had been bad and the humans had attempted to eat it? I was saving them from a belly ache later! Or that tree they brought in and put stuff on? I mean come on! Do they even know what could of been in there? I have to take care of the girls. They bring lots of stuff around I haven't ever seen, and I need to make sure they know what they are doing.
- The girls call it bugging them. I call it entertaining them. I am usually telling them a story. Just because they can’t understand it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t appreciate it. I also have to be a good host to those animals in the surgery room and let them know I am there, too. Then, there is the grumpy ones that are telling the girls off. Do they want me to not protect them? I have to let them know I am not happy they are talking to the girls in that way and that they need to behave. So see? Really I am a hero.
- Gets hangry? Well, all I have to say about that is, who doesn’t? That is not even a naughty offense. I like my food when I like my food. If I get hungry of course I’ll get angry. It’s common sense and the girls really can’t blame me for that one.
So you see Santa, I really feel like I need to be put on the nice list. Everybody has
room for improvement. I’m just like the rest of them! I promise I’ll do better next year!
The very NICE Colby!