Sunday, June 03, 2018

Avast, ye mateys!







Pony's doing super.    He's doing a lot of sleeping (they sent him home with opioid painkillers, which came with unintentionally hilarious paperwork (Pony, if you think you have an addiction problem, here's the number you call, okay?)), but also eating and drinking and tormenting Sodapop, so things are looking up. 

Amazingly, they do not sell cat pirate eyepatches on Etsy, land of all strange hand-crafted things, so I've been left to my own devices.  (Decorative accessories are for photos ONLY; I do not expect him to actually WEAR one, haha)

And now it's time for a Pirate Pony theme song, I think. So far the best I've been able to come up with is this, sung to the tune of "Popeye the Sailor Man",

"I'm Pony the Pirate Cat,
and I know that I'm all that,
I thrill all the kitties
with my pirate ditties,
I'm Pony the Pirate Cat!"

Needs work, right?  Suggestions welcome!







Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Enucleation

Back in early April, I noticed that Ponyboy had an odd little bulge in the corner of his right eye.  (Ponyboy has always had eye problems.)  I took him to the vet, who thought it might be a reaction to some kind of irritation and gave me some steroidal eyedrops to try.  When the bulge continued to grow,  I took him back to the vet, who did a needle aspiration that didn't really reveal much of anything.  But the bulge kept growing bigger, until within the span of a couple of weeks, it was covering about half of his eye.

The vet suggested surgical removal of the mass and biopsy.  Diagnosis: Squamous cell carcinoma, a locally aggressive cancer of the third eyelid that can usually be completely cured if removed promptly.

Yesterday, Pony and I traveled to the Cornell Companion Animal Hospital (a place we are familiar with, haha) for a consultation.  And all I can say is, how lucky is it that we are within an hour's drive of animal ophthalmologists?



Suggestion?  Remove the eye as soon as possible.

This morning, I took Ponyboy back to Cornell.  First up: Radiology, which confirmed the cancer had not yet spread. (I will admit to crying when I got THAT good news.)   Next up:  Surgery, which was done early this afternoon. Ponyboy is now Ponyboy the Pirate Cat, as he is one-eyed, and he will remain at Cornell tonight and come back home tomorrow.

Good lord, I do love this sweet cat. 


Saturday, May 05, 2018

Today's walk

Spring flowers are all over the woods this time of year.














According to James Fitter, this is a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak:




Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kittens!

Little Rumor on Sunday afternoon:


Sunday night - kittens are happening!:


Monday morning - Meet the Rumorettes:


Kittens!:



Mama and kittens are all doing well. Yay!






Saturday, April 14, 2018

Spring has sprung

Here is proof that Spring is here no matter what the weather:

I have an extremely pregnant foster cat:


The dolphin plant is blooming:
 

The car is parked in the driveway instead of the garage:
 

The bleeding hearts are up:
 

The flamingos have returned:
 

The skunk cabbage is up:
 

The eagles are nesting!


 Hey, heron, get outta the way, I'm TRYING to take a picture of the turtle:


The turtles are back!  A friend informed me last night that yesterday was Turtle Day, which I sadly missed, so I made sure to get out today to get my fill of turtles:


What's the surest sign of Spring in your neck of the woods?