Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
He is doing great getting around the camper without his wheelchair. He uses the walls to walk along, but sometimes practices walking without support. We've made some modifications to make life easier for him, and Charles is teaching him to wrestle. Otis is a quick study and they are having great fun. Charles is finding having a cat friend to play cat games with is much more enjoyable then harassing the dogs. We'll be posting videos of his progress.
Isn't he a cute stripey boy! He's quite the lesson in determination.
Monday, August 9, 2010
To keep the dogs and cat out of the bedroom we have had to take up floor space with things to block the wide gap at the bottom of the door, and to wedge it tight so it couldn't be pushed open. Since living in the camper, we have also discovered that the vinyl door hampers air circulation and causes the bedroom to be muggy. We leave the door open at night and have taught the dogs to stay out of the bed, but the cat........Well, you know cats.
We love our new door! Roy stained, framed, and hung it. He even placed magnets so that the door is held shut by them. No more tubs taking up floor space and no gap at the bottom for the cat to slide under! The bi-fold door solves another problem we've been brainstorming a resolution to.
We have discovered that arching the bi-fold door and pulling another closet door to it, makes a nice dressing area. This view is from the bedroom. The bed provides an area to lay out clothes and a place to sit. The bigger closet to the right is where our clothes are kept. With the camper being as small as it is, prior dressing required all the blinds to be pulled closed. What a super improvement just a door can make!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
The clinic was held August 5th and 6th in the 4H building at the fairgrounds in Kinross.
This is the dog waiting area.
This volunteer is consoling a worried patient. The cats and dogs were identified in many ways, one of which was a number written on masking tape placed on their heads.
This is the surgery prep area. The students all seemed very efficient.
This is the surgery area. The stage had the instrument sterilization area.
This is post-op. Animals were monitored closely for their progress towards recovery. Other procedures such as nail trimming were done there, also. To the right in the picture is the cat neutering station. Dr. Chadwick, the supervising vet, is performing the operation.
The students slept downstairs in the 4H building.
A nice kitchen was downstairs close to their sleeping quarters. The kitchen was well stocked with a wonderful variety of excellent foods. Isn't it great what people can accomplish working together for a great cause!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
I like to treat the cats to time out of their cages, and I've discovered it's a great way to take photos for posting on petfinder.com. We have quite an interesting menagerie shown in the above picture. To the right of the box with the red square is a cat sporting a haircut called a Lion Cut. Here's a closer look:
Isn't it cute! When long-haired cats come into the shelter extremely matted, the only thing to do is shave them down. It's not as difficult as one might think. Once the cat figures out that those skin pinching mats are coming off, they will actually lean into the clippers to help out.
Meet Tom and Jerry from the cat room photo. These two month old kittens have a muscle coordination disability called Cerebellar Hypoplasia. I've been working with them since the beginning of June doing exercises, massage, and nutritional supplementation. I recently discovered an example of a homemade cat wheelchair online. Roy built it for less than $20. The purpose of the wheelchair is to provide independence while the kitten builds-up its muscles and coordination. The prognosis for Tom and Jerry is that as they get older they will learn to compensate for their disability. Check out how well Tom did with his new wheels on his first day of using it!!!
If you didn't get enough of seeing him in action, look-up his other 4 videos on You Tube labeled Cat Wheelchair. Two excellent You Tube videos regarding their disability is: This is Charley and Feline Hypoplasia "Gordon".