Last night we noticed Stormy having difficulty walking. Our thoughts immediately went to Zoey when she did this over Labor Weekend in 2009 and ended at the emergency vet clinic for the entire weekend. If Stormy is experiencing the same thing, it means her kidneys are beginning to fail which is common in cats as they age.
Originally the plan was to take her into the veterinarian on Saturday, but at 2:00 this morning I couldn't sleep, got up and discovered she was struggling ever more with her hindquarters. So, we will be taking her in this morning. Updates as they become available.
The latest addition to our family and Kitty-Cam popped up on Cam 2 today so before the questions came in, I thought I'd better introduce Neo to everyone!
Last night we adopted Neo from our local Humane Society. Neo is a beautiful gray male. Introducing him to our home and Stormy, Finnegan and Domino has been a slow and careful process. There has been some expected hissing between the cats, but no fighting. Neo is still exploring the house and until he is comfortable with his surroundings, we have a 6'x6' area for him the basement complete with a kitty bed, food, water and litter.
The shelter told us Neo was brought in as a stray in October and adopted out once, but returned because he didn't get along with the other cats. Fortunately any "disagreements" the cats have are minor and expected as as they get comfortable with him.
Neo will likely take some more time to get comfortable before we see him more regularly on the cameras. A better picture of him will be provided once I create his biography.
Tonight we are sad to tell you of the passing of our beloved Zoey.
Zoey's health had been deteriorating over the past couple of years. She even spent a long weekend in the kitty hospital in Sept. 2009. Her health had recently changed for the worse and we were contemplating her final days/weeks.
She had been diagnosed with kidney disease and inflammatory bowel disease. We were worried that she would not be coming home with us that Sept. 2009, but we were lucky enough to have her for another 14+ months.
Zoey came to us June 1996. She came to us via a friend of Kris' parents.
Prior to Zoey coming into our lives I wasn't much of a cat person as I grew up with dogs. Zoey managed to change that permanently.
We will dearly miss her.
Zoey and Domino, normally rivals, found a moment of zen on the faux sheep skin under the Fall sun this morning. We must admit the draw was partially staged as under the sea green towel is a microwavable heat disk that is keeping the kitties toasty warm. If only we knew this was all it took to strengthen their friendship!
We have spent the last several weeks cleaning up spam on the site and making it more secure so we don't get blasted with spam again. Along with the clean-up, Kitty-Cam has gotten it's look updated.
We also temporarily moved the night vision camera from Cam 1 to Cam 2 because it caused quite a bit of distortion when pointed at Cam 1. Placing it on Cam 2 was an improvement, and we did catch Domino there during the night, but over the weekend it crashed and burned so a regular camera is now back on Cam 2. We'll do some testing of it and see if there is any chance of bringing it back.
A final note about the site, although we make every effort to make the site cross-browser compatible, it is best viewed in Firefox, but usable is most modern browsers.