Monday, May 23, 2016

Happy Victoria Day!

Happy Victoria Day everyone!

Thanks to Zoolatry for the Victoria Day badge
Victoria Day marks the first long weekend of summer here in Canada.  It is also known as the May two-four long weekend.  Some say that is because Canadians will drink a two-four of beer  (a case of 24 beers) over the holiday weekend, but really because it is celebrated in honour of Queen Victoria, whose birthday was May 24th.  Why celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday?  Well, she was the British Monarch who reigned when Canada became a country.

Victoria Day is always celebrated on the Monday just before May 25th (so somewhere between May 18th and May 24th).

Victoria Day is celebrated throughout Canada, except in Quebec.  Quebec celebrates the Journée nationale des patriotes instead.

Credits: Traveloge Canada by Connie Prince
We hope our fellow Canadians enjoy the holiday!  It looks to be sunny and warm here in Ontario!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday Selfies

For our selfies this week with The Cat on My Head's Sunday Selfies, we are once again showcasing a digital scrapbook page.

We didn't quite succeed with our selfies this week, as we aren't all looking straight into the camera, but we did our best.

Credits: Kitty Cats by Connie Prince

Dragonheart is back to his old self, which is very good.  He is still on pain medication for a couple of more days, since he had one tooth extracted, but he is happily eating his soft/wet food, so all seems well.

Our daddy is now coming home a week earlier than originally planned, so we are all very happy!  As Merlin is still doing quite well (with the exception of his stools), we are very hopeful he will get to spend some time with daddy!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Caturday Art: Dragonheart

Dragonheart here!  Thank you all for the prayers and purrs for my dental.  My exposed tooth is now out and I'm no longer in pain.  Yay!  I am on painkillers for another four days, and wet food only, but that's okay.  I'm feeling so much better than I'm purring again when I get head rubs.

This week for Caturday Art with Athena Cat Goddess we have another digital scrapbooking page.

Credits: 52 Narratives, March Week 10 by Little Feet Digital Designs

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Trip to the Vet: Dragonheart

Purrs for Dragonheart today, please.  He is going to the vet as his molars appear to be bothering him.  He has been pawing at his face and meowing as if he's in pain.  A quick vet trip the other day found that his top molars looked very decayed, so they are going to investigate today (x-rays and extractions if needed), so he needs to be anaesthetized.  Dragonheart has a heart murmur and very mild hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, so anaesthesia is always a risk.  Our vets are very good though, and take every precaution.  They've also anaesthetized Dragonheart before, so they know what works for him.  At the quick vet trip they gave Dragonheart a long-lasting painkiller, and he's been acting normally since then, so it does appear that he was in pain at the very least.

So purrs would be appreciate today that all goes well, and they it is just the teeth bothering him. The bloodwork they took at the quick vet appointment all came back normal, so that's good.

Thank you for your purrs!

Update: 10:45:  So Dragonheart took the sedation well.  They are extracting one tooth, and the gum behind the tooth looks like it has gum hyperplasia.  So they are doing a biopsy to make sure it is nothing serious.  We are all very happy that the sedation has gone well, and that they are able to do the extraction at this time so he doesn't have to go back again.

Update: 12 noon: The vet reports that Dragonheart is looking good and having a cuddle.  They sent us this photo:

The vet students love us Sphynx!  We are always a big hit when we go to the vet.  Thank you again for your purrs, positive thoughts, and prayers!

Update: 13:00: So our mom spoke with the vet student overseeing Dragonheart's care (he also had a full veterinary doctor working on him), and it turns out that with Dragonheart's bottom right molar, there was a deep pocket, the bone had receded, and one of the roots was exposed.  That's probably why he was in pain.  The gum hyperplasia they figure was due to the pain - he was probably irritating that area, and so the gum there became enlarged and inflamed.  But they removed the little lump and are sending it to be tested, just to be sure.  The rest of his teeth looked good.

So silly Dragonheart, hiding the pain from us until it got to this point.  Although the vet said that cats are very good at hiding pain, and very very good at hiding oral pain.  It is a good thing our mom noticed him pawing at his cheeks the other day.  He had been meowing at his food plate, but he does that quite often anyway, as he is the fussiest of us three.  At least it's been taken care of, and he should be fine now.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Selfies: Another Digital Scrapbook Page

For our selfies this week with The Cat on My Head's Sunday Selfies, we are once again showcasing a digital scrapbook page.

The gang over at Kitty Caperz asked us if we keep our scrapbook pages digital or if we print them out.  We do both.  Our mom makes a lot of pages for various challenges, and after she has so many of them made, she'll pick the best to put into a photo book.  That's why the journalling on the scrapbook pages is frequently from her point of view and not ours!

Credits: Made with Life in Colour by Blue Heart Scraps

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