The diary of wobbly cat Merida. Follow her life as a neurological wobbly cat from trauma in her own words.

Maybe gettin better?

As you know, mommys ENT guy figured out her dizzy issue, an that just might be mine too! I have all the same problems and problem areas. So mommy and Dr.Marshall have put together a health plan fur me to see if it gets me better because tests say I am all healthy and fine. It might be my sternomastoid muscle (mom had to type that fur me) that goes into my ear.

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So this muscle in people sends stuff to the brain about where your head is off the floor and how far the floor is to you. It sends the wrong stuff to mommys brain and so she when moves her brain thinks she didn’t stop moving or that she is too far right or left and makes her body move to fix it. That is what happens to me too! So we are trying the treatment fur this on me an so far it is going good. I don’t fall over when I look up now, and i can walk when mom walks me for longer without gettin dizzy and trying to fall over!

We will keep everyone posted as we keep going, but my treatments have gone from 1 time a month to 2 times now and each visit is $154 (you can see my bills on my facebook pictures) so we are asking fur donations of any amount of course to try and help me get better to hopefully help other wobbly kitties get better in the future. If you can donate Paypal to [email protected] or share my story, tweets, diaree, or facebook. Even sharing is caring!
Twitter: @savedmerida

Healing continued

Mom says my spay belly is looking really good. I see my Dr next week and she will tell me fur sure, not that I don’t trust mom. Ok well I don’t sometimes! That is only because she tells me stuff is good fur me and it tastes yucky or hurts.. like fisseoh!
The weather has my ears a mess. I am so wobbly and tired lately so I don’t play too much but I sure do love snuggles and belly rubs now since I got spayeded. They make me so happy that I purr so hard my nose is wet and I drool now! Its kinda funny, but mom wipes my chin fur me. Its good to make her feel needed right?
There just isn’t much to tell. We are practising climbing an walking again. My legs and ears say no but I push through it because then I get to go where the big cats go and chase them. Well, try and chase them. Dad says I try real hard and one day… I WILL catch Star! MOL

Healing up

Mommy talked to the vet today because I sometimes have trouble peeing, but the vet says i should be ok in a bit. Its from my spaying and swelling.

I got to go outside and sit in my playpen! It was real nice, and then there was a birdie on the feeder next to me, I FROZE so he didnt see me move! I got to see him eat. I was THIS CLOSE TO A BIRDIE!! —> <—- OMC it was scarey!

We had Canada thanks giving this weekend, but we all didn’t feel good so we didnt do anything much. The weather was cold windy, and me and mom were so dizzy. Moms tried to fix a furends computer but she felt too icky so we all just snuggled and watched TV and had naps. Mom and dad caught a cold.

Mom says I purr much more now, and I dont bite faces since I got spayeded. I get lonely though at night, even tho i know mom and dad are right there on the bed above me, its not close enough. So I cry a little at night, but its ok cuz mom comes and gets me and lets me kiss her and gives me scratches and kisses. She even wraps me in my purple blankey and rubs me until I get sleepy. Moms are so grate! Just don’t tell them much because then they might stop or do too much and be annoying! So its our secret how grate moms really are!

Spay date, er… spay update i mean!

It has been a week and a half now since I got spayeded, and I saw Dr. Marshall on Monday and she looked at my boo boo and said it was good. She said I was doing real good and she can see big things coming fur me now that this is done. I hope so! Something has to make it worth it, cuz i still have a owie and I cant play like before right now. This is stupid! I dont know what they did exactly to me, but I am feeling a bit better than normal sometimes.

I like to let daddy pet my belly even more now, but not mom cuz she is mean. I still get sad when dad goes away to work, so I cry an wait a the gate fur him every day. Sigh. He takes so long to come home sometimes!

Mom got me a new playpen and litterbox. I dont like the new box, and she wont let me try the new playpen yet so I just eat it while its folded up. It tastes pretty good. Maybe if I eat enough she will give it to me? She says we have to make rooms for it or something, I don’t know. I really only half pay attention to mom on a good day. Unless she has chickin, then I have to give her my full attention because well, ITS CHICKIN!!

I didn’t know until I went to write this that mom snuck this video of me. What do you think? Doing a bit better?

I got the spays! Wobbly cats CAN be spayed.

Mom called me FrankenKitty!

Mom told me we raised enough monies so I had no more heats, and that I was gonna be spayeded. She made it seem like this was really grate, and I was real excited!

 

Home from surgery

Until she left me with strangers, who gived me sleepy stuff and boo boos, and dizzy medsins! THAT… was NOT a good thing! I was so happy to hear mommy on the phone, thats when I knew she didnt leave me and was gonna come and get me. I was so scared to be alone and with lots of peoples I didnt know. They told mom I was a real good girl, the best they have seen and that I am “very brave”. We hear that lots. I am glad thats over! But now i have to wear this stupid pink thing when I go to bed or mom goes out. I HATE that thing! I keep showing mom how much I hate it, but she doesn’t get it.

Its official!                WOBBLY CATS CAN BE SPAYED!!

I am really bored now. Mom wont let me out of my playpen much now, and she took away all my toys except kickaroo… which is boring. She stops me from jumping because i hurted myself when I jumped in my playpen lots. I was bleeding just a little bit and gotted a bump of fluid near my boo boo, mom says I am frustrating? I don’t get it.

We say thank yous all very much, because without you guys I wouldnt have gotted spayeded and mom and the vets are sure this is going to help me 100% with everything. It was even more a big deal because I had sixty ovaries. Oh, wait it says on the papers i had cystic, ovaries. Not sure what that means, but it was a big deal and probably why my heats hurted so much. Its all done with and hopefully soon I can play again!

Naptimez

 

Vet update and hot HOT days!

                   I LOVE MY PLAYPEN!!

I saw my vet last week and she says she is real happy with how I am doing on the medisin. We are taking a break from the medisin to see if it is making me a bit more dizzy in the heat since heat makes me dizzy already and so does air pressure. So mom is gone back to herbs and vitamins to see how I do on that fur a bit. I will be back on the medsin again later tho! I am 7lbs and 0.05oz, but I growed a few inches long and so thats why I am not walking as good as before, I have to learn again how to use my hip muscles. Me and mom are working on it again. We got a cost on spays for me too! So mom will have to try and raise the monies so I can get it done.

Its been a hot, hot week! Feeling like 35C (98F) and humid too. Mommy has the AC on, we are very lucky to have it! But the house stays pretty hot, we get sun all evening and afternoon. So when its bedtime its still 27C (81F) in here. The hot makes me dizzy and sleepy so I don’t run and play as much, mostly in the morning now if its cold enough.

Mommy finished making me a cover fur my play pen now, and so I can be inside it when they have to leave the house! No more cat carrier time. They put me away so I stay safe and don’t hurt myself, or get too upset because everyone left me. I get real sad and cry unless I have safety blankey with me when they leave. But now, with play pen I can play or sleep, and look outside like I do when mommy is home. I love it! Mom has such great ideas!

Q&A Update

A picture of my family because we can’t all be nice together. Picture for Chrissy who asked to see a pic of my family. Thank you fur asking Chrissy!

I did a Q&A on my FB page and asked you all to send me questions that I can answer fur you guys. A few of you had some, so I can answer them here and give you an update of all I have been doing, other than singing heat symphonies for mom and dad. MOL!

I have had a lot of play pen time, and I real love it. Mom has all my favourite toys in there for me and sometimes, she just knows when I am sleepy and will put my fuzzy blanket in there for me to kiss and cuddle before I fall asleep.

I have been doing some stairs too. The upstairs is pretty boring to me now, so I like to go exploring. Mom helps me, and I keep telling her I am a big girl but she says if she doesn’t help then I will get hurt. But come ON, I am two now, I don’t need help with everything! geez! Moms are so over protective sometimes and its really annoying!! I love her and all, but I am a big girl.

I tried salmon the other day. I hated it. Its yucky and smells. I think i will stick to turkey as always. I guess I am not really one for change. I like my routine and sometimes a little adventure is ok, but only when I decide so.

The heat has been real bad here, so then I go into heat (the kitty kind). Mom is getting on the spaying thing she says but there is a lot to plan. I told her to just do it, I mean how bad can it be right?

Onto the questions you all asked!

Moira asks: Is Merida able to talk using her tail, like other kitties?

Yep I can, but sometimes I speak mom says. She only understands cat, dog, and human. Sometimes I just get a little confused.

Debra asks: How come the vet you see on a regular basis is not the one who will do your lady gardenectomy?

Mom explained that to me and called the vet, the vet says that due to scheduling where she works.. she just isn’t able to.

Linda asks: The new medicine you’ve been giving Merida, how is it doing & does vet expect more positive results from it?

Mom called the vet for this one too, the vet says that it is doing exceptionally well and she expects to see continued results from it still.

Laurie asks: What is your typical rich filled Merida kitty day like?

I coo at dad when he wakes up at 6am until he pets me before he leaves for work. I play with my toys until 6:30 when I meow and coo until mom wakes up. Mom opens the gate and I squeal in excitement when I see her face because that means we are going to get breakfast!! Mom feeds me my raw turkey and vitamins and medicines. (She thinks I don’t know that she hides it in my food) and then I ask her to help me walk to my playpen. I clean after breakfast and then play with toys and watch birdies out the patio window until its nap time at 9am. At 11am I wake up and let mom know I want to come out for lunch and a potty break. She puts me in the potty and I go and then I hang out an watch some TV, try and chase my siblings until noon. Then I tell mom its lunch time and she walks me to the kitchen where I wait for her to make me some lunch. I eat, and then go exploring with mom walking me around for 30 mins. I clean up, and watch more birds, then ask for play pen time again (which goes with an afternoon nap). I get up at 3 and tell mom I want to come out of my play pen, we walk and do physic stuff, she helps me climb until I get bored of that and then I go climbing and exploring and find my bed with my blanket on it and curl up for a rest or sleep, whichever comes. I rest until dad comes home at 5:30pm and then I try and run to the door and scream for him to get some snuggles. He snuggles me and rubs my tummy, I really love that! I give him lots of kisses and then I hang out until 6pm when its dinner time. Mom gets my food and walks me to it, I eat and then go practice walking and clean up. I practice more walking and pouncing with mom until 7 when I have an early morning nap, and wake up at 9:30pm to go potty. I usually practice walking and get into the potty by myself, some days I am dizzy and tell mom I need her help. Then I play with my toys for a bit until its bedtime snack time at 10:30pm. Mom gets my food and feeds me, and then I clean up and watch TV or have playpen pouncing time. I am SO amped up by this time of day I could play for hours!! I play until 11:30pm when I am starting to nod off and then mom snuggles me in my blanket and takes me downstairs to bed. As soon as we get into the bedroom, I see dad and scream and want to jump and run and go see him. So mom puts me on the bed so I can have my daddy snuggles before bed. I let him rub my tummy and I clean his fingers, hands, and arms so he is clean for bed too. Then mom kisses me and puts me in my bed and puts up the baby gate and pets me until I purr real loud. Then I watch TV through the gate for a bit until I fall asleep. It’s a pretty busy day for me, even though I heard cats have it easy…

I am now 2 years old! =^.^=

I am now 2 years old!! THANK YOU ALL FUR THE BIRTHDAY WISHES! I went into heat on my birthday. I really hate heats! I haven’t been doing much other than talking alot and sleeping. It made my birthday a little bit lame. But fur my birthday I got a couple new catnip toys, and crunchy treats that mom thought I wouldn’t like, I sure fooled her! She took me outside in my playpen too, and I got to sit out there and listen and watch the birds for a few hours. It was really great, I do love my play pen alot!

 

This week I tried stairs again, I been practicing. I climbed the couch with some help and slept up there for the whole afternoon. I also eated the dog lots, and then he slobbered in my ears. YUCKY!! I ran after Star a few times too, but she hissed so we didn’t play. She can be such a cattitude princess sometimes. I sneaked more of the other cats crunchies too, I like them, they taste different. But mom says I have to chew them, I can’t just swallow. Mom nags a lot, doesn’t she?
Mom is trying to raise monies so I can get spayed. I am still not sure what this means, but mom says it will stop the bad heats and I won’t have to worry about them anymore. I like that idea, but she won’t tell me how the heats stop. Please share my PetCaring site

Rainy days are really no fun

It has rained lots here so i am so dizzy on the days. There isnt much to say really, it has rained almost everyday and on not rainy days it has been windy and icky still. It has made me so dizzy that i sleep alot. But when I am not sleeping, i was eating the dog, and practicing stairs with mommy.

Mom washed my blankey too! its super soft now again and i still love it so much! maybe even more than before if thats possible!

We had a big noisy truck here, and mom and i had to go hide in our cars because the truck was really a BIG BIG vacuum! They sucked all the bad stuff out of the furnace because the landlords said it was icky from the past people. Nice landlords to think of that, but the truck was SO scarey and noisy still! I was really scared in our car, the truck was so loud still! I don’t want to see that vacuum ever again.

Over 4000?!

O my cat! It happened, I am not past 4000 views on my diaree. Thank you all so much! I send whisker kisses to each and every one of you! <3

I saw my Dr and she said I am still doing really good and still can be spayed (even though i dont know what that means yet, but i trust my Dr and mom). They found a vet who will take extra good care of me, and watch over me like his own. We have to wait though for the time and find out how much it will cost, so we have to save up and get donations like always. Mom seems real excited about this, I am not sure why.

I keep sneaking to eat kibble again, mom is getting frustrated with me. MOL! I tell her it cleans my teeth and she says that yes, it does… but it also makes me not hungry when its time fur me to eat my turkey dinner. Teehee =^.^=

Mom and dad finally got me a play pen too! now I can go outside, and be away from the vacuum and dont have to be in another room. I can pounce almost past the top! I get the ball every time now too. It is also good fur naps, and cleaning, and pretty much everything. I love it so much!

My medsin is still doing good too. I am slowly getting better each day! I have been practicing stairs with mommy. I told her that I wanted too do them and there was no way she could talk me out of it. We practice every couple days now, it makes me happy cuz I am like my brudder and sister! I dont know why people think I am different sometimes. I do everything they do! I am also smarter. MOL

My birthday is coming up! I am kinda happy, i turn 2!

Playing catchup

I know its been a while, but mom has not been feeling well at all. She was pregnant and then she wasn’t. We all had to help take care of her, even daddy had to stay home and help take care of her! Besides being a physical hard time, its been an emotion one too. So lots of kisses fur mom, and making her laugh. It was Drs orders! She is doing ok but still not all better yet.
My website did die, but a new one came back in its place. One of my real cool aunties is gonna make me a very pretty website, with my favorite colors and pictures and stuffs too. She is sooo super cool! My site is back up now.
We had rain and it made me so dizzy and my head feeled like it would explode! It was so icky, and I forgot how icky rain is. Its no fun and thunder is still scarey. Good thing mommy got me a nice new blankey to keep me safe. Its not my fave color, but it sure is fuzzy and safe!
I don’t know when mom can help me be back online all the time, but as soon as I know I will be real excited to talk to you all again. xoxo
I saw my blog almost has 4000 views, OH MY CAT!!!

Snowy, cold, March

Watching my brudder wishing i was out there

I missed diary yesterday because it was SNOWING! Snow in March! The birds were singing so loud, but mom and I didn’t feel very good. Mom and dad both have a bad cold too. All of us pets curled up and slept the day away! Hopefully there is no more snow and I can go outside soon. Mom told me her and auntie Linda are trying to come up with new designs so I can play outside at our new rental place here. Right now there is no place safe fur me to be outside where I couldn’t get sick or really hurt myself.

I like my new meds. I get chicken paste to eat them with now! Its super yummy! I actually feel good now too when they kick in. I can eat all by myself now without ANY help for my whole meals. Mommy had to change them back to 4 times a day because I was getting acid again and puking after I would eat. Mom always knows how to fix things! I enjoy walking a bit more now, I can do more steps when mom isn’t looking. I am SO much more sneaky now, I can get from one end of the house to the other without making any falling sounds! Mom wonders how I do it, but I won’t tell!

I had a bad few days last week, my ears were hurting and had fluid in them. Mommy called my Doctor and Doctor Jen didn’t know what was wrong. She and mom call me their enigma fur a reason she says. But she gives mom some medicine just in case I was really sick. I never got real sick though, when the cold went away, so did my ear fluid. Then I played with banana, and squirrel, and moms feet! MOL!

The new meds…

Well I have been on my new pill for almost a week now. Mom and my Dr say its good. I don’t know how much I can agree! I need to plan a revolt because this is animal abuse. Mom throws pills down my throat! I growl and I tell her, I don’t think so.. and she still puts it in my throat. A bit later I get dizzy and tired. How can this be good?!

I do walk more. Mom said I killer her back because she took me walking around fur 20 mins and I was still wanting to walk more. Moms a old person now, geez! I can eat all by myself fur every meal now too, I am a big girl and I don’t need moms help at all anymore. I admit, I am lazy and still like to fake I can’t get up. It gets me time with mom, plus I get anywhere I wanna go faster than the other cats 😛 to them! Mom picks me up and away I go. Its much easier than actually walking. I think I have trained her well.

I got some great stuff off my wishlist too! Catnip banana is THE COOLEST TOY, well right now. I still love my tunnel and squeaky squirrel, he never seems to die no matter how much I kill him. I have some great furends! Chester tests toys fur me and then sends me only the good ones, he is so great! Mom got the book she keeps forgetting to get too, now she can continue to help other kitties. Sometimes her brain just isn’t all there and she forgets if she hasn’t dealt with an illness what the herb is for kitties. She says sometimes coffee isn’t enough and a great book is still the key!

Weather Affected Days…

No, mom didn’t go to the Dr. She is stubborn and rested instead and said thats what they would say to do and just give her stupid pills that wouldn’t fix the problem.

Mom and I both been so tired! We couldn’t find why, until mom noticed that it happened on snowy days, or days when the temperature changed really fast! It is a thing called barometric pressure (thank goodness fur spellcheck and fix) MOL! When the pressure falls or goes high really quick, we get tired and wobbly. So now mom knows when it will happen if she checks the weather and she can get ready.

**** THE BIG MEWS ****

I saw my Dr today, and they took my blood. It hurt so I had to growl, last time they did it in my front paw and I like that better, i don’t like when i can’t see it! So I growled, but my Drs helper, Janelle, was petting me and telling me it was gonna be ok, and … she was right. But alcohol tastes icky on my blood needle boo boo. YUCK!! I walked around the office while we waited fur my blood to come back, and…

ITS GOOD!! I am healthy healthy! Which means I can start my new medsin now! So mom gave me some. We don’t know how long it will take, and we really don’t know how good it will do fur me, but it is going to be a good try. The hope is that it will make me not dizzy, and the besets hope is that with no dizzies, I can walk more or walk all by myself forever! I hate pills, but I guess its worth trying if mom and my Dr think it’s good. I have come to trust what they say now, if they say its good or its going to make me better, then I give in and do it. Well…MOST times.

Wish me luck!!

Cold weather – Snuggles and sleep!

It has been so cold here. Mom has noticed a trend in me, that when it is cold out… I do not feel so good. Mom thinks maybe the outside pressure in the sky has something to do with it. She is a smarty cat! She talked to my Dr and we have found a pill I can maybe try to take the dizzies away if it is from my ears. It may take a bit to work, and it may take a little.. or a lot, we won’t know yet. But i can maybe try it next week. I am kind of excited! I have been chasing, well trying to chase, Star lately and I can get SO close if I pounce good enough! She.. doesn’t like that idea. But if I could run, I could chase Knigget and meet mom at the door, and so many other things!

i tried some of the other kitties kibble, YUK!!

We are still working on my walking, it is good mom says. We are waiting to hear back from the physiotherapy lady, and mom can only do so much because she maybe broked her hip, she won’t go to the Drs because then she says she is going to get told to stay in bed and she can’t because she has to care for us. See.. THIS is where I get my stubborn from!

I have been sleeping on the bed with mom and dad almost every night! I like to lay between them and stretch out so they almost fall off the bed MOL. It is what we are supposed to do right? In the morning when the alarm goes off at 6, I get excited and scream because we get to go upstairs and that mean FOOD. So i like to try and jump off the bed and run to the door, but mom is super sneaky and always grabs me so i can’t jump off the bed, hrmph.

This morning, I wanted food early. So at 4:30 in the morning, I decided to go to the potty and poop, and then go to the other potty and poop some more, then track it around a little so that mom and dad had to get up. So i got to have my breakfast at 5am. NOM NOM!

Look at how good my typing is now? i have been practicing on twitter lots. Not so much this past two days, it has been cold and I have sleeped lots instead.