Sorry I haven’t had a chance to post lately… I’ve been so busy!
I had a graduation ceremony for my second bachelors degree (commerce to add to the fine arts!) and then took a well-deserved trip to the Central-ish North Island with Oli, my best friend Priya and her husband Therushen while they’re over from South Africa.
Me at my Official graduation ceremony with flowers from Oli.
Oli and me and my Maori graduation ceremony.
On the gondola up to the luge. Oli like, “oh gawd, what have I signed up for?”
On the skii lift back up to the luge.
Enjoying Maori Kapahaka and waiata performance at Rotorua.
I-Spy: find the Englishman and the two non-locals.
When we got back to Auckland after our trip, naturally we went back to Priya’s mother’s house for curry. Priya then dropped Oli and me back at my parents’ and stopped in to see Maggie.
Maggie was so happy! She loves having visitors, and absolutely loves Priya. She’s probably well aware that, although Priya loves her to pieces, she is also allergic to cats. The visit perked Maggie right up. She was doing the rounds, making sure she got pats from everyone there. She’s started to become attached to Oliver too. She hasn’t known him as long as Priya, but has taken to him reasonably well. Still though, Priya is the favourite.
Once it was bed time, I felt really guilty about being busy and away for so long so I let Maggie sleep in with me. Good thing I did too, because the day after I got back was the coldest day of the year so far. I think it got down to around 5 degrees Celsius overnight. It’s since climbed back up again. Poor Maggie. She was so incredibly cuddly and clingy.
“PLEASE don’t leave me behind again…”
A couple of days ago, she started eating again! She’s not eating enough to allow that to be her only source of food, so we’re still syringe feeding her, but at least she has an interest. She eats a bit from one plate, then moves along the plates until she’s had a bit of everything. Then she goes around the corner to have a drink of Pims (water). All of the cats seem to like that particular bowl of water for some reason. D’arcy had to learn yesterday to wait his turn. He didn’t do a great job at that.
With us still syringe feeding her, it means we can easily give her her anti-nausea and her anti-inflammatory medication.
D’arcy didn’t like being told to ‘wait’ so we had to get another bowl. Note the bowl in the bottom right corner of the photo. Yet, he still wants the one MAGGIE has.
She’s due for her next chemo in a week or two.
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We had another update from the vet today: Maggie‘s been bright and cuddly and wants pats from all the vet staff. She’s started to feed on her own! She licks all of the gravy and tries to eat the meat but then gags. At least she’s trying. The fact that she’s interested in and is trying food herself is a huge positive step.
Maggie was curled up in a ball in her cage when we first got there today, which is the first time we’ve seen her do that since she’s been there. The surgeon had taken her feeding tube out. She still has a bandage around her neck, but it might be off by tomorrow. There’s just a small hole where it was and they’re going to leave it to heal on its own. She’s not too fazed by it; she’s more bothered by the bandage around her front leg.
She was super affectionate with both me and Mum this time. She scratched the hell out of my arms, and had a nibble on my wrist a couple of times. She was also quite talkative, especially when she felt she wasn’t getting enough attention. She even used the dirtbox and had a bite to eat while we were there.
“GET IN THE CAGE!”
Having a nibble
Loving the face scratchies
Having a love
Going batshit insane
Loves with Mum
More loves with Mum
More face scratchies
“GET IN MY CAGE!!”
“I love my mummy”
Eating all by herself!
All going well, she can come home tomorrow, but she’ll still be on a series of meds, and we have to keep her confined so she doesn’t try to do anything stupid like run around or jump up onto things. We’re looking into either hiring or buying a crate for her. I saw a series of soft crates of varying sizes on the Animates website, so Mum will take a look at them properly online, then might call and ask if any branches near us have them in stock. Maggie tends to rub her face (including her stitches) all over the bars of the cage she’s currently in, which is probably not the best for her healing.
We were told though, that if she goes on a ‘hunger strike’ for 48 hours, we need to get in touch with the vet as soon as possible, because she has kidney failure and she will go downhill rapidly.
It was a bit sad today. The cat in the cage next to Maggie had to be put down, and they took him away to do that while we were there When the cage came back soon after, it was empty. He seemed to have been hit by a car. He looked fine on the outside, but apparently he had pelvic trauma. There was also a large Alsatian coming out of anaesthesia, and it was crying. It sounded so sad… poor thing.
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