Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas to all

Hi, everyone.  Just want to tell everyone Merry Christmas (or whatever holiday you might be celebrating, I guess).

This first video is a classic version of White Christmas, sung by The Drifters, with animation by Joshua Held.  One of our long time favorites.


Next up, a copy of the Jingle Cats version of White Christmas.  This is a cat blog, after all.

I hope most of you have the connection speed and time to watch them.

Billy White Shoes is still hanging in there.  I let him out of his cage most of the day when I am around to keep an eye on him.  He stays more or less calm most of the time, and when he starts running and jumping around, I put him back in the cage.  He's kind of figured out the connection, and tends to limit his jumping and climbing.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Billy is starting to get restless

Billy is starting to feel better, which in a lot of ways makes things worse.  He feels OK, and he really can't figure out why I don't just let him out of his cage so he can run around like he wants to.

I used to let him out for a lot of the day, if I was going to be around to keep an eye on him.  Of course, back then Billy didn't feel all that great, and he would spend most of his time dozing someplace.  Now, he is spending most of his day in his cage, because he keep trying to climb up on things, and generally run around like he used to.  The last I need right now is Billy White Shoes tearing that leg up again trying to rassel with the rest of the crew.

Billy, tucked neatly between the heated pad and the litter box.

 Reaching for my leg, trying to convince me to let him out and let him run around and cuddle with the rest of us.  The shaved place on his left leg is where the V*T had an IV during surgery (and maybe for a while after that)


UPDATE: I tried Connie's nip suggestion, at least sort of.  I had a nip cigar (from  Nip & Bones) that I gave Billy.  It seemed to help, at least for the first few hours.  Thanks, Connie.  (we had some bananas that most kitties seemed to like better, but they've disappeared somewhere) 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A closer look at Billy's leg

As in, Billy's Xrays.  Let's just say Billy White Shoes is going to have trouble if he ever needs to enter a court house anywhere.

I didn't get a Before image, but you can about imagine what it looked like from the After shots.

My complements to the folks at Summer Street Animal Clinic for a job well done.

PS: Various V*T's best guess is Billy White Shoes got hit by a car.  The scrapes and scratches kind of indicate that.  Beyond that, we may never know.  Billy isn't talking about it.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Billy still hanging in there

Billy White Shoes and I just got back from a trip to the V*T.  Some of the staples were working loose, and I wanted to check to see whether there was a problem or not.

The V*T checked things out, and decided the incision was healing enough that he could just remove the staples and be done with it.

Billy is getting bored in his cage, so I've started letting him out for a while when I can keep an eye on things.  Billy keeps pressing his luck, trying to start climbing around, so he usually doesn't get to stay out very long.  But progress is being made.

A close-up of Billy's incision, sort of.  Billy was laying in my lap when I took these photos, so it was kind of shoot a lot and hope.

Billy White Shoes, looking back at you.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Billy is home

Billy White Shoes is home.  Currently he is spending most of his time caged, to restrict his movements, and he is none too happy about it.

He will go back to the V*T on the 17th to have his staples removed, and for a general checking out.

I also have a couple pictures of his leg.  They are kind of gross, so I'll put them below the fold, if I figure out how to do that.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Billy White Shoes update

Billy made it through surgery in fine shape.  I went to visit him, and all the tech's liked him a lot.

I took him his penguin, and he seemed kinda glad to see it.  He reached out to grab it, and started cuddling with it.

With luck, Billy will be home tomorrow some time.  After that, it will just be a matter of keeping him calm for a few days/weeks before he can run around again.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Just a quick Billy White Shoes note

UPDATE: I just called the V*T (about 4PM, 04-DEC).  Billy came through surgery pretty well, all things considered.  The surgeon had to put a pin and several screws in Billy's leg to keep everything in place, but he seemed hopeful over the phone. Billy likely won't be home for a few days, yet, but at least he is gaining on things.

Thanks, much, for all the purrrrrss and purrrrayers.


Hi.  Just a quick note.

Billy White Shoes is at the V*T tonight with a broken leg.  Billy will most likely go through surgery tomorrow afternoon.  The V*T thinks he can repair Billy's leg, but the break is bad enough there is an outside chance the only option will be removing the leg entirely.

We could all use a few purrrrrss or purrrayers, if you should have any to spare.