Friday, February 22, 2013
Meet Mika! Anakin's New Brother from another Mother! We rescued Mika from a Texas shelter. Mika is a special kitty just like Anakin. Mika has about 1/2 of a tail. He has all of one leg except for the actual foot part where the pads and toes would be, and his other leg stops a little ways passed his knee and just rounds off at the end. They say he was born this way. We are looking into getting Mika a prosthetic foot so he will be able to walk easier. Mika is a super friendly sweet cat and has already made him self at him with Anakin and The Gang.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Mika is doing great! I have been able to remove the baby gate and he has the run of the house during the day now. He is very friendly with Buddy (our dog). He does his little coo sound at Buddy & all the other cats too. Anakin and the others are hissing a lot less too!
Anakin & Mika screened porch :)
Mika looking out the front window.
Mika, George, Zoe, Trixie & Pixie eating dinner together Nope Anakin isn't there. Since Anakin is on a special diet with his laxative meds mixed in his food & he tries to take the others food he has to eat his dinner in the bedroom.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Back from Mika's vet trip and everyone loves him. This was just and exam since he already had all of his testing and shots from the shelter. He weighs 6 pounds. My vet agrees that Mika is possibly a year old maybe more like 9 months old. That would make him almost the exact same age at Anakin. She thought he looked great. She did clean out his ears some. They also did a worms/parasites test on him just to be sure it was clean. Well all know the last thing I need is more worms/parasites going around in this house! She doesn't think I need to put him through getting a bath, that just a good brushing would be all he would need. She took a really good look at Mika's back legs & tail and felt all over them both. Here's what we are dealing with, He has about 3/4 of his tail. His right back leg is only missing the foot, he has the whole leg, femur, knee, tibia, fibula, all the way down to the two metatarsal bones. Then it's like those two metatarsus bones are cut in half. Then on his left back leg, he has his femur and knee but only half of his tibia bone and that's it. My vet thinks we can try a prosthetic foot bootie on the right leg. So I'm going to look into that. We also think there is no way to put anything on the little tibia of the left leg. There is just not enough there to attach anything to. It does bother him a little bit though, after all it's just skin over bone, no padding at all. She thinks if we can get him a comfortable bootie for the right leg he probably won't use the left leg at all and just walk on three legs. Maybe something like this? http://www.lifewithcats.tv/2011/02/23/must-love-cats-kitty-prosthetics/My vet also says we do not want to amputate the left leg unless it is really necessary, like due to infection or sores. She worries about phantom limb pains in animals just like people would get. So amputation would be an absolute last resort. I have some antibiotic cream to put on the skin of his nubs each night for added protection. I am due to bring him back next Tuesday for his last shot and my vet is going to do a few xrays then too just to confirm what bones he has and maybe be able to tell if he was born this way or if it's possible that his mother ate his missing parts or if it was a trauma. She doesn't think it was a trauma since there isn't any scar tissue. Right now Mika is taking a nap in my son's room. Earlier today Anakin did come over and sit by the baby gate again. There was still hissing but not quite as much. Oh and George has already been licking & grooming Mika! :)
Monday, February 18, 2013
Picking up Mika Saturday night in Morgan City LA. Thank you so much to Texoma Pets Alive, Friends of Arlington (TX) Animal Services (FAAS), Jennifer Juniper Alexander, Bucky Eads, Julie Ohmer Barbier, Mika's foster mom Carrie, Julie's friend Cindy & my awesome hubby Dewey! :)
Mika relaxed with my son Ian in his bed all afternoon & evening. Mika is such a cuddly lover!
George being his normal friendly self :) The vet was all booked up today so we have an appointment tomorrow to get those legs looked at.
George & Mika! Lots of nose sniffing and little paw pats. These two will be friends in no time.
Anakin watching Mika by the gate. Anakin has been growing & hissing a lot but he'll come around
Anakin sitting by the gate. So far George is the most friendly. Zoe has come over and looked at Mika twice and just walked away. Trixie has come over and hissed a few times. Mika is so sweet he's just been cooing & meowing at the other cats.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Anakin's New Brother from another Mother! Mika has about 3/4 of a tail. He has all of one leg except for the actual foot part where the pads and toes would be, and his other leg stops a little ways passed his knee and just rounds off at the end. They say he was born this way. I will be posting his whole story here soon.
Mika slept on my lap like this the whole car ride home :)
One more pix of him sleeping in my lap. He would wake up and purr and look out the windows a little and then go right back to sleep.
Here's Anakin smelling and pawing at Mika under the door. There was a little bit of hissing but nothing really bad.
Mika getting comfy in the bathroom. We are taking him to the vet tomorrow to get looked over. He won't be in the bathroom nearly as long as Anakin was since Mika is already pretty big. The introductions should go really fast. I'm not sure if you can tell from this photo but he has about 3/4 of a tail. He has all of one leg except for the actual foot part where the pads and toes would be, and his other leg stops a little ways passed his knee and just rounds off at the end. I will try and get close up pix of them soon. We will know more about what to do to protect his back legs after talking to the vet tomorrow. His legs remind me a lot of a kitty named Dottie but her legs are this way due to trauma.
My wonderful neighbor (Thank you Joanna!) used to be a pet groomer and she came over this morning a brushed all of the big matted fur knots out of Mika's neck fur. He has a few bald patches on his neck now but is really happy he can get some good neck scratching :) He is still really dirty though. As long as my vet thinks it's ok we are going to give him a bath tomorrow.
Just a close up of he sweet face :)