Meet Anakin! Ani is a two legged cat, born without a pelvis or back legs but that doesn't stop him. He is full of love & life! My family and I rescued Anakin and I am caring for him. My family and I are lifelong animal lovers and will give Ani the absolute best possible home, love and care. I will be posting updates, photos and videos of Anakin on his website, Facebook page, Twitter and YouTube as he grows.
Handsome Mika sitting on the chair by our bed :) He's so sweet!! I have been in contact with my vet tech at OrthoPets about Mika's House Slipper. She called & talked to me about the problems I was having with the slipper. She gave me a lot of good ideas to try like feeding his special treats when we are putting the slipper on to distract him from what we are doing. She also made me a video using her own cat showing me how to hold Mika's leg so he is more comfortable & relaxed when we are putting the slipper on. I will keep you all posted on how it all goes. Question... Why are we trying to put a slipper on Mika if he can walk around fine now? Mika does not walk around in a way that I would call "fine". Yes he can get around where he wants to go but on the hard floor he is not nearly as agile or mobile as Anakin is even on two legs. Mika walks hunched over & hobbles along very slowly on the hard floor. It is only on the padded carpet that he can kind of hop & run really well. I think getting him this padded slipper will help him be able to hop and run on the hard floor. Even if this slipper doesn't work out at least I will know that I tried to help him be more mobile. I will post some video this week of Mika walking around on both the floor and carpet so you all can see what I mean.
Mika with his House Slipper. I'm getting video and photos together of us trying to get the slipper onto Mika's foot. I have to send them to OrthoPets so they can see how we are doing with the slipper. So far it's been a lot harder than I thought it would be. Mika doesn't want it on his foot and the way the slipper is made it's a lot harder than I thought it would be to actually get his foot into the slipper. We are definitely not giving up. We are able to send the slipper back for adjustments if after viewing the video & photos OrthoPets decides it needs to be adjusted.
Anakin is doing much better. He will be starting his second week of antibiotics for his UTI tomorrow. I found this lovely website post about Anakin, Mika & the gang. Thank you so much to Purr 'n' Fur for writing this :) http://www.purr-n-fur.org.uk/fragment/frag25.html
What a difference a few months makes! Remember the hissing and growling Anakin did at Mika when I was first introducing them back in February? Well look at these two BFFs now. Anakin had been bathing Mika for a few minutes before I even started filming. How sweet are they! They really are just like two brothers now.
Anakin had a trip to the vet this morning. Here he is in the room waiting for the vet. My poor Lil Man has another UTI. He's started 2 weeks of Clavamox antibiotics today & is also back on Forta Flora probiotics too. His UTI's have always been all bacteria never any crystals in his urine. He doesn't act like he feels bad but he did start peeing outside of the litter box last night and that's always the first sign that he has a UTI. I'm just glad he did it last night so I was able to take him today before the weekend.
EDITED To Answer some Questions from Ani's Facebook page... Thank you for all of your love, help & suggestions. I will look into some of
the things that have been suggested that I'm not already doing. To Answer Some
Questions... All my pets drink filtered water. We have a pet fountain & it
is fully cleaned often. Anakin gets extra water mixed in his wet food at all
feedings & he does not eat dry food. He eats Wellness canned food. We use
Yesterdays News cat litter in Tidy Cat Breeze litter boxes. Anakin has access to
5 litter boxes and a box with his pee pad. All the litter boxes are checked
& cleaned twice a day or more if needed. Anakin does not usually set his
privates on the floor most of the time he sits on his tail and it covers them. I
keep my floors clean and vacuum often. Anakin is on Clavamox because it works
well for him, he has had reactions like diarrhea when we tried other
antibiotics. It think that covered most of the questions I saw ;) Thank you
again for all of your love, support & suggestions for Anakin :)
Anakin & Mika relaxing in "The Chair" :) Mika's House Slipper from OrthoPets has arrived!! I will get some photos of it to post soon. We haven't put it on Mika yet. Right now we are just letting him smell it, putting it near him & petting him with it to get it to smell more like him and less like the rubbery smell it has now. I have instructions on how to start putting it on him and a two break in period of wearing it for a little while here and there before he can wear it full time ( 8-10 hours a day at the most). I can also send it back for adjustments if we need to as well. We are just going to take things really slow with this and see how it goes.