Thursday Hansel had his booster shot and is all done. Dr Reeder likes to stagger shots to help ward off possible side effects. His neuter has had little effect on his behavior but if he gets a regular session with the laser dot he is much less likely to jump the other cats.
I will be keeping him. I assured my friend I can still foster. While for now there is a lot of storage in the front room and the future playroom in the finished part of the attic, once the kitchen is restored there will be tons of room. And I plan to finish the other half of the attic as well. Naturally, when most people adopt their fosters, they run out of room for more. I have no husband, children or dogs. Visitors are rare. I still have fewer cats than when I first moved here. Simba’s passing left a space for Charli and no one has taken the spaces left by Mini, Mosby and Tony. Little Hansel is so much like a Bengal it is like having Shinki back again. While he went back to my friend YJ once he returned from Korea, he was with me for a long time and Bengals are unlike any other cat. He plays with the water in the fountains and likes to come under the covers and sleep next to me like Shinki did. And he climbs everywhere! It makes me keep up with the housework.
There was blood in Cloud’s urine but no bacteria, indicating no infection but an inflammatory response. This will require dietary change. I picked up some cans of special food at the vet. This did not work for Simba’s diet, she hated the canned kidney food and refused to eat it. She would only eat the dry, which is actually not what you want.
So I am looking at alternative therapies. I would like all the cats off dry kibble and eating more natural and healthy food. This requires patience and a slow transition. Mi Sun and Dolly are still having problems with dermatitis. I am sure it’s an allergen in the house. Allergies are an inflammation response too. I need to find contractors that aren’t complete incompetents and get this placed fixed up. In the meantime I am going to try treating it more aggressively starting with applications of coconut oil.
Hansel’s vet is at a different practice. The man who rescued him and his late siblings brought them to Dr Reeder. When we went for his booster, a man brought in a beautiful German Shephard. It turned out he belonged to the receptionist I was talking to and he was there to get a cold laser treatment for his arthritis. Mi Sun’s vet does not offer this but the receptionist swore it really helped her dog, so I am seriously thinking of taking her there to try it.
Between the dermatitis and the arthritis, Mi Sun is not as happy as she might be. The supplements really help and when she is bad she gets gabapentin. However, no medication is without it’s downside and I would rather avoid it. I think a more natural diet would help but she is a kibble addict; although she will readily eat canned food, unlike the other cats she turns her nose up at chicken, pork, and even sushi. I did finally get Dolly to eat some of the nice organic chicken we had for Thanksgiving, so I am more optimistic than I was.