Friday, October 28, 2011

Mother is better! And happier!

Since I wrote my last update about my mother, a month ago, she has gotten better. Her episodes of confusion have been fewer, and the severity has been less. In fact, she has been clear in her mind for the last three weeks!

She has not been happy in her nursing home. There were times when she was very unhappy, and times when she seemed better satisfied, but about two weeks ago, she told me that she definitely wanted to move to a facility nearer to my home, a particular one that she has thought well of for many years. We went to see it and take the tour, and she asked me to start the process of applying.

She was accepted, and discharged from her "old" center, and we finally moved yesterday afternoon. She was happier from the moment she arrived. Workers met me at the door, helped Mother into a wheelchair and took her to her room, and had a cart for her belongings, which they also took to her room while I met with the admissions lady and signed all the papers and gave her a deposit check. When I arrived in Mother's room, all her clothes, pajamas, etc. had been carefully put away in the closet and drawers, and Mother was tucked into bed with her pjs on! I chatted with her a little while, then kissed her goodnight.

Today, she was still happy. The therapists had worked with her some, to assess her abilities, and developed a plan for her. I think this will work out very well!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I think Woody's a Maine Coon, or partly one!

Woody, sitting

Woody, stretching

These pictures were taken a month ago, and his tail is even bigger and bushier now! I have been telling him I think he got another cat's tail, but I saw a picture of a Maine Coon, and something clicked, so I looked it up:
Wikipedia article

1. "...the tail ... is long, tapering, and heavily furred, almost resembling a raccoon's tail." *check*

2. "The Maine Coon is a longhaired, or medium-haired, cat. The coat is soft and silky." *check*

3. "The most common color seen in the breed is brown tabby." *check*

4. "Long tufts of fur growing between their toes ..." *check*

5. "Heavily furred ears with extra long tufts of fur ..." *check*

6. "The Maine Coon is generally not known for being a "lap cat" ..." *check*

7. "Maine Coons are also well known for yowling, chattering, chirping, "talking" (especially "talking back" to their owners), and making other loud vocalizations." *check*

Now, Woody does not have long hair everywhere, so that's why I think he's only part Maine Coon, and of course he hasn't reached his full growth yet. The article said Maine Coons can take from 3-5 years to reach full size, not 1 year like most cats!

In any case, I think he'll be a really pretty cat when he's grown.

He was missing for two full days, and finally came crying at the door about 10:30 the other night. We were worried, and put up signs everywhere, and told our closest neighbors. Perhaps he was shut up in someone's garage or storage building. Anyway, he's not going outside again for awhile!

Meanwhile, our "senior cat" Spite was injured. My husband sat on him! Accidentally, of course. A black cat sleeping on a black heating/vibrating pad in a semi-dark room is easy to miss. Husband realized what had happened, but he was too committed to sitting, and couldn't get up right away. He (Spite) was able to walk, but he was slow. His appetite all but disappeared; he ate some canned food, but no dry food, and just a little water. So, we took him to the vet and left him overnight. He was given fluids, vitamins, and antibiotics, and is feeling much better, but still needs lots of TLC and a daily antibiotic for 2 weeks, then a re-check at the vet's.