Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Beastly's Baby Photo...


I was perusing the web the other day (at work....VERBOTEN!!!) and came across the website for the rescue organization that we ended up adopting Beastly and Shay from. I noticed that some of their photos looked like they were taken by a pro photographer and were really nice! So I looked up the photographer, found her site, and lo & behold, there was the doggone CUTEST (this will be the only time you see that word associated with the following cat's name) photo of Beastly that I ever did see. It was taken before she chose us in the rescue adoption room (probably about 2 weeks prior to our taking her home, I'm guessing).....oh, her eyeballs....doesn't she look like cookie monster??? [= Of course I had to buy a print....

On the medical front, Shay (Who's official name is Squeebert, although he doesn't like us to tell anyone cuz it embarasses him and makes him wish we'd named him something completely normal like Ralph) has been preliminarily diagnosed with a low functioning thryroid...or hypothyroidism. (gee, just like me.) But unlike in middle-aged ladies, it is "unusual" in young kittens. Many cats deal with HYPERthyroidism (or overactive thyroid gland) when they hit their older years....but here we are with a "rare" case in a kitten...that just might be a sign of something else that is systemic....or it can be the whole problem. So did we get an answer at the vet? er....not really....but at least we can try to treat this and see what happens. Shay had his first dose of thyroid medicine tonight, and I'm THRILLED to announce that I can pulverize the pill and moosh it in his wet food and he doesn't know the difference!! YEE-HAW!!! We were skeerd of expensive pet-sitters that know how to give pills to reluctant hiding kittens, but looks like all anyone has to do is keep Beastly the HECK AWAY from Shay's food (wouldn't THAT just be a disaster! Like giving a maniac a jet-pack...) So now we'll see what happens....hopefully the meds will decrease his symptoms and help him grow like he should be. From the little I've read, it seems that a low thyroid level at a young age can give a kitten short legs and a lack of a neck (which Shay actually has)...but the articles mention a big sized head, and Shay just has a little walnut head...so I reckon only time will tell....keeping fingers crossed (beastly will be keeping her eyes crossed instead...) =^..^=

3 comments:

Everycat said...

I've never heard of a kittern with Hyperthyroidism before. I hope Shay does well on the pills. That picture of young Beastly is glorious!

Calamity Jen said...

Blah to hypothyroidism (which is something you, Shay and I all share, apparently). How do you keep the kitties from eating each other's food? We've always found that to be a challenge.

pseedie said...

[= i have horses and goats, and have gone through the "sharing food" thing with them.....not fun. So from the beginning I've kept them to their own food...if they leave their food, they get plunked back where they started from with a scolding noise (mine is an abbreviated pirate noise....like "Arrrrrrrrr" without all the r's afterwards) They've responded well so far!