Monday, June 13, 2011

Update on Satchmo's condition and on the feral kittens!

Well, I wrote this post once already and the lovely Blogger lost my post, so here it is again.  I only hope I get everything back into the post.

As I mentioned before, Satchmo recovered well from his liver surgery but all of a sudden began having seizures.  I took him to see the doggie neurologist--who would have thought there would even be such a thing--and we met the most wonderful lady vet.  She really loved Satchmo, but his manners were not quite as good as I would have liked.  He growled at her every time she tried to touch him.  I guess he was just not at his best that day.


Anyway, we talked about the pros and cons of antiseizure medications with the complication of his liver issue.  We finally agreed to try a low dose medication that is not as hard on the liver.  He took it fine and had no side effects that I could tell so I thought all was good.  Not so....he still had two more seizures.  So I called her back and she said to increase his dose because she had started him on the lowest possible dose and if that wasn't working, then he needed a little more.  So, now it has been a week with no seizures and no side effects.  I hope that is a good sign.  I think I will take it as one.

Now, as to the 4 feral kittens, I signed up at the Austin Humane Society to use the Trap-Neuter-Release program.  So far, three of the babies have been caught, neutered and released back out onto my porch.  That fourth one is really skittish, but I hope to catch him/her tonight and take him/her on Wednesday morning.  Then I will be finished with my obligations and these baby kitties will have a chance at a better life without baby-making engines. 

If you have never heard of this particular program, I highly recommend it and encourage you to check it out in your hometown.  Each of these kittens got a rabies shot, wormed, had flea and tick medication applied, and was examined by a vet--as well as the actual surgery to remove the baby-making machines.  The only cost is a little bit of my time trapping, transporting, and recovering them.  Not too shabby.  This really is the best way to control the feral cat population.

So, keep your fingers crossed that I actually get that darn cat tonight or tomorrow night so I can be done!
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