While we’re continuing to deal with a kitty who’s not well, I have been doing a bit of stitching in between syringe feeding and the like (if you’re looking for an update on Smudge, scroll down a bit). Putting the LeMoyne Star blocks together has been a lovely distraction when I’ve had a few minutes to stitch.
Even pressing the blocks feels like fun at the moment. I think getting them pressed just perfectly gives me a feeling that I’ve got some control over something.
As the sun was going down one day this week, and I can’t even remember which day at this point, it cast a wonderful pink light on the office towers in the area. The one that’s on the other side of the roof garden looked, I think, quite pretty — although I’d rather it was summer and the leaves were out on the trees and I wouldn’t be able to see it.
A couple of the buildings across the street also were turning quite pink.
And here’s Smudge, resting in a kitty bed in between feedings.
Thank you to everyone for your wishes and thoughts for Smudge’s recovery. We’re by no means out of the woods yet and his appetite is — well, beyond finicky. He’s finicky at the best of times, let alone when not well. The cupboard shelf with kitty food has so many different varieties and flavours that we’ve bought in the hopes of finding one that he’ll actually eat on his own that I think we could open a small shop! He’s on an appetite stimulant and, while he is eating a little bit on his own, I really don’t think it has had the effect the vet was hoping for. I know there are other appetite stimulants for cats and will bring that up in today’s conversation with the vet.
In the meantime, our goal is to get 250 calories per day into him. I had never noticed it before, but cat food labels do not show the calorie count. Thankfully, our vet had the calorie count for some foods and a non-blogging friend found and forwarded to me a chart with all sorts of cat foods and their calorie counts listed. In order to get enough calories into him, we’re making a slurry out of a tin of food and syringe feeding him in 1 to 1.5 ounce increments throughout the day.
An ounce or ounce and a half may not sound like a lot, but it takes some time. I am extremely grateful Smudge has the typical Maine Coon temperament. He lets me give him his pills, syringe feed him and generally be a pest (which must be what I appear to be from his point of view) without protest or struggle. I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult this could be with many cats!
He has us waiting on him hand and foot. He likes baked chicken, but only when it’s just out of the oven warm. Not warmed up the next day after it’s cooked, mind you. Only out of the oven warm. So chicken is cooking here at various odd hours of the day and night.
Lester has been enjoying the variety of foods that are suddenly appearing. He seems to know that Smudge isn’t well and has been periodically going over to wherever Smudge is to check on him.
I’m still basically taking a brief blog break, but thought that I’d pop in with a post — mostly to say thank you to you all. Although I haven’t responded to comments, I can’t begin to say how much I’ve appreciated each and every one. Hopefully, I’ll be back with a report sometime next week that Smudge is improving and can then start to visit and comment on blogs too but, for the time being, Smudge’s needs absolutely have to come first.