Sunday, September 28, 2014

Vintage Cars (Blanket No. 62) - up for auction!


Vintage cars!

This cloth with vintage cars and the stripey purple cloth are contributed by Agnes Cheong.
Thank you very much, Agnes!

Auction Rules:

1. Please check the latest comment for the latest bid before putting in yours.

2. All bids are placed as comments on this blogpost. All comments will be published instantly in chronological order. 

3. The auction ends at 5.00pm, on Tuesday, 30th September 2014.

4. The winner is to bank in payment no later than 72 hours after the closing time failing which we reserve the right to offer it to the next highest bidder or to reauction. Winners who fail to bank in payment will be barred from participating in future auctions. 

5. You may use a pseudonym when placing your bid, if you wish, but please use a genuine email address as we need to contact you if you win. Your email address will not be displayed. 

6. Please participate responsibly in the spirit of goodwill, honesty and fun!

100% of the winning bid will be channeled to our Fund for the animals.

Do we hear RM150?

The bids as they come in:

28th Sept:

At 9.19pm, Grand Jedi Master Yoda bids RM300

At 9.16pm, Pooi Ling bids RM250.

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I didn't want to cut up too much of the cloth so that the design can be seen.

I added our own chequered cloth in red, blue and green to make up the length.


This blanket would make a perfect gift for a child (or adult!) who likes vintage cars.


This blanket measures 56 1/2 inches by 76 inches.


The backing is done in beige by my mum with the backing cloth contributed by Agnes too.

mini-P9280495For a donation of RM150, you will be supporting the neutering of a street dog or a cat plus two vaccinations. Neutering and vaccination save lives.

Thank you very much for your support and happy bidding!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bunny's bodyguards

Bunny must be feeling fine because he has been asking for food every half hour or so.

Yes, the vet said "small meals many times throughout the day", so he's holding me to that instruction. After all, it's from the vet, so we must follow!

Today, I have increased the amount slightly, and he has been able to tolerate it all. No vomiting at all.

And he is as happy as a lark again. The meds are all working well!


Our brave vigilante keeps a close eye on Bunny.


Two vigilantes - both cannot stand the nonsense and bullying nature of Cow.

Ah, Bunny is in good hands.


 Bunny has taken Tabs' special place on my lap too.

Grooming session

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Our masked vigilante, our hero!

This evening, there was bullying in the Clubhouse. I heard cat screaming and when I rushed out, I saw Pole hiding behind the little scratching bench and Cow intimidating her.

I went over to stop the escalating condition and carried Pole back to her condo.

Then, I went back to the room but before I knew it, Indy was doing his war-cries. I left him alone thinking he was scolding someone at the Stargate, which happens quite often. But the war-cries did not stop.

So, I went out again and this time, saw Indy scolding Cow. The elder cat (Cow) was crouching, quite intimidated by the brave, younger vigilante.

I knew what was happening - Indy was scolding Cow for intimidating Pole.

Our masked vigilante was ensuring justice was being done! That's his job - defending the weak.

So I praised Indy for doing what's right and called him back. He came back running.


The brave vigilante and the damsel in distress.


The vanquished.


Our hero for today, posing for a quick photograph...

And he's off again...

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Who has been here? What's that smell?

Bunny's blood test results

The long-awaited blood test results finally came this afternoon and it's all clear for Bunny!

What a relief!

Bunny's kidney and liver readings are all normal and from this, it is most probably not pancreatitis.

Yesterday had been a long day for all of us. Bunny could only be fed small meals and by night time, he had understood that he could only eat in the kitchen. This morning, he had his three spoonfuls in the kitchen and when the rest had their pantry breakfast, Bunny didn't even join them. He went to play by himself at the Clubhouse. That was quite sad, actually. Normally, Bunny is a very happy and confident cat.


This morning, after breakfast.

But by afternoon, he began to perk up. It must be the medicines kicking in to help. He appeared much happier and started asking for food more frequently.


Food, please? 


Okay, another small meal in the kitchen then.


Food, please?

But you just ate half an hour ago, Bunny....


But the vet said to feed me, and I quote, "many times throughout the day", remember?

Bunny asking for food is always a good sign! He is also much more confident today.

There has been no vomiting today - and that's really good. The sporadic vomiting had been going on for about two weeks, and I think the last three days had seen the worst of whatever that was afflicting Bunny. It was probably an infection in the gut or gastritis. Whatever it was, the medicines seem to be helping or maybe the deworming helped too.

We'll never quite know what it is, but as long as Bunny is feeling better, that's really good.

The vet said to keep giving him small meals for a week, and slowly increase the amount back to normal.

I even gave Bunny his two brands of wet food today in small amounts and there was no vomiting.

Thank you, everyone, for sending positive vibes to Bunny!

Bunny says "thank you" too!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

"I want attention too!"

With Bunny getting all the special attention and privileges, the rest want the same too....


Despite her classic calico aloofness, Cleo is a super attention seeker.

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 This bench is Cleo's territory whenever I am sitting on it. If I sit on the bench, Cleo must come onto it too. It's an unwritten rule.


Rain or shine, Tabs sits on my lap whenever I am at the computer. This is Tabs' territory.

Cleo sits ON my laptop whenever it's closed. If I'm using it, she sits behind the laptop.


Cow has been seeking attention as well. Whether coincidental or otherwise, he vomited a bit of his breakfast yesterday and came to ask for the probiotics. I gave him some and he was happy. That was just an isolated episode.

mini-P9240463Ever since coming back from the vet's, with the anti-gastric and antibiotic injection, Bunny has had 5 small meals and he has not vomited.

Bunny seems to understand that he is supposed to take small meals in the kitchen. It's just 3 spoonfuls of wet food and he's happy. He knows he's going to get a small meal every 1-2 hours. At the vet's today, Bunny weighed 6.38kg, so there's been no weight loss at all. A slight gain, actually.

We're all keeping our fingers, toes and claws crossed that Bunny will get well soon.

Thank you for rooting for Bunny, too!

Bunny goes to the vet's

This morning, Bunny vomited twice. He did not look too happy after breakfast; and he vomited after half an hour. Then, he asked for food again, and vomited again. It was only after one hour that he felt well enough to ask for more food. He managed to retain his third and fourth meals for the morning.

This has gone on for too long already. It started as sporadic vomiting and it was under control. I thought it was just eating too fast or too much, or an intolerance to wet food, but in the last three days, Bunny has vomited a total of 5 times, so it's time to get a check-up.

I had been quite worried last night, reading up on pancreatitis. But one of the tell-tale symptoms of pancreatitis is the loss of appetite. Bunny still has good appetite. It's better to let a vet do the differential diagnoses.

Luckily I managed to get an appointment, so off we went to the vet's this afternoon.


Orchestra in the car.


But a real bunny at the vet's.


Bunny was so scared, he tucked his head under my arm.

But he "cooperated" fully with the vet, allowing the vet to check, take a substantial amount of blood from the leg and even had an X-Ray done.

Bunny has no fever, but a quick blood count showed he has low white blood cells. This is probably due to him being FIV+. Or he could be having an infection as well. FIV+ cats do not produce enough white blood cells to counteract infections. So the vet suggested Clavomox, an antibiotic to address possible infection. Sometimes, infections can cause inflammation which in turn cause vomiting too.

Bunny didn't seem to be in pain anywhere. He is not anaemic (red blood cells is normal) and he doesn't appear to be sickly. The vet was going to do a simple blood test on the kidneys and liver but decided it may be wiser to do a full blood profile. So blood was taken from Bunny's leg. Bunny totally cooperated and did not move or make a sound. What a good boy!

The vet then took Bunny upstairs for an X-Ray. The X-Ray did not show any obstruction in his system too. His kidneys, liver and pancreas appeared to be of normal size in the X-Ray. In other words, nothing "wrong" could be seen from the X-Ray. That's a relief, but it also did not shed any light on the vomiting. The vet thought he might see some obstruction somewhere, but there were none.

Bunny was dewormed and now, we have to wait for the blood test results tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Bunny was given an antibiotic and anti-gastric injection and this is to be followed with a course of antibiotics and anti-gastric tablets for a few days. The vet wanted to prescribe anti-vomiting medication too, but we discussed and thought it may be better to do without it and also to wait for the blood test results. The reading of the liver enzymes would be able to shed some light on whether it is pancreatitis or not. The treatment for pancreatitis is to give anti-vomiting medication and small meals throughout the day.

Since the root cause of his vomiting cannot be determined yet today, we would just go on symptomatic treatment for now with the antibiotics and anti-gastric medication.

By tomorrow afternoon, we should know more.

I really hope it's nothing serious.


Blood taken for the lab. Full blood profile will be ready tomorrow.

The vet says to give Bunny small meals throughout the day and monitor his condition.

All the procedures took some time at the clinic, but Bunny was really good through it all. He did not complain at all and allowed the vet to do whatever that was necessary. On the way back in the car, Bunny was quiet and only mewed softly. He was probably tired too.


Bunny's home, everyone!

I gave him a small secret meal of just 3 spoonfuls of wet food and waited.

In the past one week, the sound of Bunny vomiting has become a nightmare for me. My ears have somehow become sharp enough to hear that much-feared sound of a cat regurgitating food in the pantry (Bunny vomiting) from as far as the living room or the patio. It's become somewhat of a phobia, to wait for 1-2 hours for the vomiting to happen.


One hour vomiting. Phew...

Then it was meal time for everyone. Bunny had just two spoonfuls of wet food so that he wouldn't feel left out. His appetite is still good, which is a good sign.

Then, I waited....


Another hour passed...all still okay.


 Bunny sitting beside me and grooming himself.

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 Two and a half hours - all okay.

It is at such times that we are reminded never to take good health for granted. Now all I'm praying for is for Bunny to stop vomiting and get back his health. And I'm thankful that the rest of the cats aren't ill. Good health (just not being sick) is really something to be thankful for.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bunny's secret small meals

I figured one way to give Bunny his small meals is to take him out and feed him in the kitchen. Hopefully, the rest won't know and won't ask for food too.

Poor Bunny vomited again after dinner this evening, so I have to give him small meals for the rest of the evening.


Here's his one Primal nugget meal.

I noticed that if the food is wet, his tendency to vomit is greater, so it looks like I have to give him dry meals. Maybe when it's dry, the volume is smaller. Bunny is okay with kibbles and Primal nuggets.

The rest of the inside cats don't know about this "secret meal" arrangement, so shh...



...Rosie knows.


Ginger too.


And if Rosie and Ginger know, of course Daffodil would know too.

So, the family gets a treat in the kitchen along with Bunny.


You cannot say "no" to this face, can you?


And WHO says we don't know?

Of course they know, a cat's sense of smell is 400 times sharper than that of a human's.


I don't know what's going on here.


 So yes, everyone knows Bunny has secret meals in the kitchen.

So, that's not going to work...hmm.

Ginger's visit

A few times a day, Ginger would sit right outside the grille asking to be let into Bunny's room.

His wish is granted today...

I let Ginger walk into the room by himself today. Cleo charged at him but Ginger stood his ground by standing tall. I know for sure Cleo will not bite, so she's okay.

From the bench, Ginger climbed onto the apartment and sat himself down comfortably on Level 1.


Bunny was napping after one of his small meals. Indy looked.


Ginger also looked.

Now, that's a pretty mean look, isn't it?

After a few minutes, I took him out.

We do not push our, sirree.

Gen-X and Gen-Y cats

Daffodil is very partial towards Rosie. She is always grooming Rosie and we have never seen her reprimanding Rosie for anything.

But she paws Ginger on the head very often, probably reprimanding him for gallivanting to the roof.

And Ginger would allow himself to be reprimanded by his mum.


Ginger always lets his mum have his blankie.

What a good boy!


This is a very rare photo of mother and son together.

Gen-X and Gen-Y - look at the size difference!