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Otto follow-up

Otto's doing better. The bare spots aren't bloody anymore and are starting to fill in. But apparently, the corn and wheat gluten wasn't the (only) allergy since he wasn't eating that before the problem started.

No sign of fleas. His blood glucose level dropped from 351 to 208, still outside normal range of 70 - 150 but we're going to stay the course with canned food. The level associated with possible kidney infection was about the same. And the calcium level (associated with lymphoma) is now within the normal range (maybe I was eating a lot of cereal a couple weeks ago).

And Otto was so good while the vet poked around trying to find a vein. He deserves big hugs.
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stephpic

Otto update

Over the past few months, we've noticed Otto had been losing weight, going from obese, approaching about average weight. For a while I attributed this to his not liking, and eating less of, the food he'd been on since the last vet trip, where the vet suggested he was allergic to corn or wheat gluten, common in cat foods. But in the past few weeks, he's been drinking noticeably more and peeing more, and in one particularly vulnerable, non-litter box spot. After trying many remedies, the combination Mav-yelling-orange-on-location seems to be working pretty well (failures include banana peels, which cats allegedly hate, aluminum foil, cat-deterrent spray). So anyway, I was pretty sure this was a sign of diabetes (esp. since he'd been on steroid shots for allergies when he was younger, which the vet transitioned to milder pills as the allergies continued as he aged because steroids can cause diabetes). So I had been primed for signs of Otto developing diabetes for a while now. Plus, we'd noticed some large bald spots, but what was new was that they also looked bloody, which wasn't surprising given his constant licking/biting those spots.

So we took him to the vets last night. Long story short: he has fleas, explaining the bare spots. Vet gave him flea topical cream, which we need to give him monthly (rub the contents of the little tube onto the back of his neck, where he hopefully can't lick it off--but if he does, it's not harmful to him). I bought flea spray and sprayed around the litter area, where, now that I think about it, I have noticed some small-insect activity. If anyone notices anything that might be fleas, the spray is on the floor in front of the television.

They ran a blood test. Not surprisingly, he has high blood sugar, probably indicating diabetes. So we're switching him to canned cat food that is high-protein, low-carb (fortunately, found a website that summarizes this info for commercial cat foods). Tess will get this, too, it being almost impossible without a lot of effort or creativity to control who eats what (suggestions are welcomed, though). They'll get 3 cans per day. Another blood test result was a possible kidney infection, which we're not dealing with for now. The final result, which worries me the most, is elevated calcium levels, which the vet said could indicate lymphoma. I'm afraid to google on this, from his demeanor when he brought this up. But he said it could just be a random fluctuation. We'll take Otto back in a couple weeks for another blood test, where his blood sugar will be lower and everything else will be OK.
stephpic

Otto update

Over the past few months, we've noticed Otto had been losing weight, going from obese, approaching about average weight. For a while I attributed this to his not liking, and eating less of, the food he'd been on since the last vet trip, where the vet suggested he was allergic to corn or wheat gluten, common in cat foods. But in the past few weeks, he's been drinking noticeably more and peeing more, and in one particularly vulnerable, non-litter box spot. After trying many remedies, the combination Mav-yelling-orange-on-location seems to be working pretty well (failures include banana peels, which cats allegedly hate, aluminum foil, cat-deterrent spray). So anyway, I was pretty sure this was a sign of diabetes (esp. since he'd been on steroid shots for allergies when he was younger, which the vet transitioned to milder pills as the allergies continued as he aged because steroids can cause diabetes). So I had been primed for signs of Otto developing diabetes for a while now. Plus, we'd noticed some large bald spots, but what was new was that they also looked bloody, which wasn't surprising given his constant licking/biting those spots.

So we took him to the vets last night. Long story short: he has fleas, explaining the bare spots. Vet gave him flea topical cream, which we need to give him monthly (rub the contents of the little tube onto the back of his neck, where he hopefully can't lick it off--but if he does, it's not harmful to him). I bought flea spray and sprayed around the litter area, where, now that I think about it, I have noticed some small-insect activity. If anyone notices anything that might be fleas, the spray is on the floor in front of the television.

They ran a blood test. Not surprisingly, he has high blood sugar, probably indicating diabetes. So we're switching him to canned cat food that is high-protein, low-carb (fortunately, found a website that summarizes this info for commercial cat foods). Tess will get this, too, it being almost impossible without a lot of effort or creativity to control who eats what (suggestions are welcomed, though). They'll get 3 cans per day. Another blood test result was a possible kidney infection, which we're not dealing with for now. The final result, which worries me the most, is elevated calcium levels, which the vet said could indicate lymphoma. I'm afraid to google on this, from his demeanor when he brought this up. But he said it could just be a random fluctuation. We'll take Otto back in a couple weeks for another blood test, where his blood sugar will be lower and everything else will be OK.
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New Programming

anisodragnfly has a scheme, and in order to help her fulfill it, we have added HBO and Showtime and upgraded to Total Choice Plus. This probably means I'm going to have to watch the first few seasons of Six Feet Under and The Sopranos, huh?
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crack for you addicts...

so, uh, Karaoke Revolution 2 was released the other day. Would it be a safe assumption that if I were to pick up a copy on the way to wrestling practice that 2/3rds of the purchase price would be refunded to me?

Also, should I pick up a new headset mic?
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Garden/yard work

FYI: Yesterday I planted California poppy seeds in the front yard in a row parallel to the width of the house. I wanted to go the whole length of the garden, but the ivy is pretty think near the walk-way so it's about 3/4. We had those last year in the front garden, the red-pink single flowers on a long stem (I thought they were really pretty and lasted a long time). Just hoping that cat doesn't mess with them.

Also planted some grass seed in the back to patch up the holes. The grass I planted last year didn't seem to take well. I'm thinking it may be due to the limited sun we get back there so this time I bought more hardy grass for that. Should also mow back there (I'd given up trying to weed-whack the yard last year, just too hard to do). Maybe we can get a used (i.e., cheap) mower.
stephpic

In the house!

Last night while watching TV downstairs I saw what I'm pretty sure was a mouse in the exercise room. I'd like to catch it before the cats do (who knows what kinds of diseases, etc., this thing is carrying). Maybe we can move the cats to the attic and set up a mouse trap downstairs.
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