Diagnosis Summary of Evaluation – 21 January 2021

Diagnosis/Summary of Evaluation –21 January 2021

We received Purrkins diagnosis/summary from Dogwood today; we are UNLIKELY and could not be more thankful – Idiopathic Epilepsy.

Thank you for referring “Purrkins” to Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center for evaluation. 

Below is a summary of our evaluation and recommendations. 

Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions about this case.

Patient: “Purrkins,” DMSH, male neutered, 6/30/2010

Veterinarian: Riverside Cat Hospital

Clinical Diagnosis: Seizures

History: Onset of focal seizures that have responded to initiating phenobarbital therapy. Purrkins is currently on 15mg phenobarbital every 12 hours.

Neurologic Exam:

– Mentation: Alert and responsive

– Cranial nerves: Normal

– Gait/Posture: Ambulatory with a normal gait

– Postural reactions: Intact in all limbs

– Spinal reflexes: Intact in all limbs

– Muscle tone: Normal in all limbs

– Pain perception: Intact in all limbs

– Spinal pain: None detected

– Neuroanatomic Localization: No identifiable neurologic deficits

Diagnostics: MRI: No macrostructural abnormalities.

Spinal Fluid Analysis: Normal white blood cell count and protein concentration.

Assessment/Plan: The lack of significant changes noted on MRI and CSF analysis allows us to feel comfortable continuing to manage Purrkins’s seizures with phenobarbital, knowing there is not anything else that needs to be treated. 

Please have phenobarbital level checked 2 weeks after increasing the dose to 15mg every 12 hours. 

Also, please keep us updated on his status.

Medications: Phenobarbital (15mg tab): 1 tab every 12 hours

Recheck: As needed. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Andrew Isaacs, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)

ALL BRILLIANT NEWS WHOO HOO.

Purrkins is still not 100% YET. Dr. Isaacs was not concerned as long as Purrkins is improving, which he is! Not as quick as I would have thought or liked BUT add in the higher dose of Pheno Purrkins has not adapted to yet, plus anesthesia!

He said older kitties 🙀could take longer to come out of the anesthesia!

Purrkins is ten years & seven months young, Mature;)

How old is our cat?

Purrkins is eating not like usual; I can coax him by hand feeding or using one of our staples for times like these. Gerbers Stage 2 Chicken & Gravy baby food!

Num, Num

Drinking, grooming, no pain signals! All the things we watch for. Purrkins hop is a wobbly hop from all the meds. We won’t let him do his pet steps or real steps yet. Not worth the chance. 

I am syringing water & tuna water. I’m hoping to help flush these meds out of his system quicker.

Purrkins rested most of today!

resting is healing

Furnace people came today.

– Parts will take 3-5 days before they can start. Mark ordered us more pellets. He can pick those up tomorrow and do a curbside pick up at TSC with the truck;) no contact etc., plus a couple of space heaters. We dress warmer and make due:) 

Thanks, everyone again; we will keep you posted!

We look forward to reporting Purrkins IS BACK 100% and zooming thru the house: ).

LOADS OF LOVE AND GRATITUDE BEYOND MEASURE. 

From all of us at the cool Purrkins Palace;)

 

More updates to follow.

💝💝💝🎗🎗🎗

SPINAL TAP RESULTS ARE NORMAL – 20 January 2021

20 January 2021

PURRKINS SPINAL TAP RESULTS ARE NORMAL

WE JUST GOT THE NEWS. DR ISAACS JUST CALLED  

Spinal tap results are normal. Whoo-hoo.🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

Dr. Isaacs asked how Purrkins was doing, and he confirmed what we already knew, he is stoned as long as he continues to improve. No worries! (anyone here knows how hard that statement is;)

We do as planned recheck pheno levels again on the 26th- and we get on with our life hopping on with 2 pills, one every 12 hours.

We will discuss the results with Dr. Matt and get his input. We stopped all supplements for this trial of pheno to rule anything out. For the pheno to be the only thing in Purrkins system. No other variables, Dr. Matt was on board, of course!

Purrkins was so happy to be home! He ate great, drank lots (side effect from the meds), and his hop well was not good but a splay of legs. He now has his legs under him  BUT not close to 100%, he so trying & I’m assisting;)

Finally tucking in for a needed nap

We are thankful to see Purrkins little eyes come out of this haze!

He is finally tucked in for a nap.😁🙏🏻👏🏻

Drugged to the nines. groooooovy

He is not showing me any pain signals!🙌🏻

Our furnace is not working; we have to have someone come out tomorrow to take a look. it should be under warranty, but we will see💸 

We have a pellet stove for emergency heat, and it quit working too! 

The Good news Mark got the pellet stove going again, so we do have heat in one room at least.

Thanks again, everyone, for holding our hand and paw thru this terrifying time.

Thanks for holding my paw

Loads of love and massive hugs!

Holly, Mark, Purrkins, Sexy Saxton,Purrkins & Saxtons Grandma & Grandpa – My parents asked me to thank you for all the love, prayers, and support!

More updates to follow.

💝💝💝🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻😁😁😁🎗🎗🎗👏🏻👏🏻💸🎁🤝😘

Purrkins comes home from Dogwood 19 January 2021

Purrkins comes home from Dogwood. 

Our trip to pick up Purrkins! Hazy daze! I don’t know about anyone else, but those ugly gray days under distress do not help this hooman!

I spoke to my Mom on the way there and asked her to send us some sunshine. No more do we pull into Dogwood to get Purrkins RAY and look what peaks out A RAY OF SUNSHINE! Yep, another sign all would be ok.

Thanks, Mom Delivered☀️  🙌🏻

Truest Statement

Picking up our Purrkins Ray

Purrkins was drugged to the nines. They told me he was not with it yet and would be unsteady, ugh on three, that’s understated!

I  brought food, knowing he did not eat well and thought we could spend a little time in the parking lot before heading home.

What is going on, Mom?
Is that you, mom?! i think that is you!

Purrkins was agitated and unsettled in his carrier – he wanted out of his carrier for the first time in his life. Pressing his little head against the door. Frantic.

Get me the bleep out of here, MOM! I’m soo confused!

I got Purrkins out and held him thinking I could help soothe him.

So not Mr. P. Im whacked people.

It helped, but there was no way he was getting back in the carrier!

I tried to feed Purrkins. He had zero interest.

I held Purrkins the entire trip home. (Not safe) but we were in the back seat, and we do what we need to do for our furmily.

Much better i know I’m going home now!

Purrkins did settle in my arms. 40 minutes into the drive, he let out this sound I have never heard before. A little distress sound mew. I don’t know how else to describe this to you. He was telling me something and began to get agitated again.  I told Mark I think Purrkins needs to go the bathroom. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Using the facilities on the Road

Mark pulls off the highway to a church parking lot. We get the gigantic litter box out of the hatch and put it in the backseat. I had to hold Purrkins in the box. He has no strength. None, the boy, can hardly stand up.  I place him in the litter box – sure enough, he had to pee (huge pee). So we get him cleaned up and put the litter box in the hatch. Off we go again.

Phew!

A half-hour later, I hear the same sound mew  🤔 I ask Mark if we can pull over again and repeat. Another church parking lot and redo! Now the dear boy has to poop and does. What cat does this?

I’m not even sure dogs would do this ?!

He never ceases to amaze us 10 years 7 months later. 

We scoop, clean up, and off we go again, and phew Purrkins says thank you, hoomans cause I was distressed and needed to use the facilities. ( I can only guess he did not use the litter box in the hospital) I did not think to ask as he had a catheter in during the MRI.  Purrkins has NEVER had an incident in the car or at home. He refuses to even drugged to the umpteenth nines! Dear soul💝💝💝

The rest of our ride home was uneventful Purrkins watched out the window all the big semis going by. You can see where the tap was. ugh

my mohawk

WE ARE HOME

We are finally home and so happy to be home! Purrkins ate and has a full belly & decided to rest for a few minutes. It does not last long!

I have to clean up i have a new patchwork quilt hairdo.

Dogwood

I have to say the Dogwood neurology group was amazing; they could not have been more compassionate and caring! They took the best care of Purrkins! I hate any of us would need Neurology or needs a neurologist, but if you are in Michigan or the surrounding area, we cannot recommend Dogwood highly enough!

Purrkins Vet Dr. Isaccs 2nd one in the screenshot is one of the co-founders of the clinic. GEM absolute gem! Easy to speak to easy to understand, so compassionate! Angel in earth clothes!! He gave us the floor to ask any & all questions and took the time to answer them in detail each time we spoke.

Purrkins MRI & Spinal Tap 

They found nothing on the MRI and what our utmost prayer/hope was. We knew that if the MRI did not reveal anything, they wanted to do a spinal tap while Purrkins was sedated, and they did that on the 19th while Purrkins was sedated.

We will get the results of the tap on January 20. 

Spinal Tap Information

DR I. told us not to lose any sleep over the tap results because usually if there is inflammation in the brain, they can tell during the MRI. He did not see anything in the scan. The spinal tap was to make sure nothing else was going on with Purrkins. If the tap comes back abnormal, i believe he said we would start a steroid, but I will need to confirm this if needed.

I asked in the planning/decision making if the spinal tap would be painful for Purrkins, i shuddered at the idea! 

His answers  –

  1. It is different in animals than in humans, 
  2. Purrkins would not feel the procedure because he would be sedated.
  3. Obviously, our animals could not tell us how it feels.
  4. They appear to have no side effects from the procedure.
  5. Some humans get severe headaches; animals’ difference is the head’s location and the heart’s location. When we humans stand up, our head is above our heart, and it is almost in line with the animals.

This made sense to us. I hope it does to you all reading this.

 Mri is done

Dr. I asked the tech to call us asap to share the news NO TUMORS were found during the MRI! Of course, this was the most significant concern and our worst fear! NONE FOUND! 

List of the possibilities for focal seizures CATS

They go by age in cats 0-1, 0-5, 5 & older – the onset of symptoms.

The older the kitties, the odds of C are greater.

  1. Meningioma (cancer) could have been treated depending on location. 

Treatments for Meningioma

Surgical, radiation, steroid, or combo ( he told us if any species, including humans, had to have a brain tumor, we would all want to be a cat and want it to be a meningioma)

If they found this during the MRI, they would have stopped the MRI and given an IV of steroids to reduce swelling of the brain –  then we would have had to make choices) 

This type of cancer is outside the brain and easily removed and/or treated depending on location.

Another type of cancer that infiltrates thru the brain and as wicked as it comes. We discussed this, but this was not on his list. I’m not sure why.

2. A vascular stroke that we did not see the full effects of

3. Another organ causing issues making the brain swell ( which was unlikely because Purrkins bloodwork does not indicate anything)

4.  Idiopathic (No reason), but at Purrkins age, this was unlikely! 

Being a cancer survivor, yes, we all know where the thinking was.

It appears we are unlikely.

We can confirm more tomorrow when we get the tap results back.

More Questions

Could this onset of focal seizures be Purrkins tooth? 

Dr. I’s answer, yes, it is possible – it is a stressor or a trigger for an epileptic patient. Dr. I suggests we do take care of the dental and resolve that issue.

Plan for now

We continue on the phenobarbital and recheck blood plasma levels by the 26th and see how Purrkins does. If Purrkins were to have any more of these focal seizures, i am to record and call Dogwood and our Kitty vet, and they will reevaluate the plan.

All the results from today will go to Kitty Vet and Dr. Matt. I know Dr matt will have more input.

We have a wobbly tripawd kitty right now,

Purrkins back in recovery in his Parkland Pet Portable Foldable Playpen Exercise Kennel Dogs Cats Indoor/outdoor Removable Mesh Shade Cover

I’m ok guys, but i would prefer not to see so many colored elephants.

LOADS OF LOVE & GRATITUDE FROM ALL OF US AT PURRKINS PALACE

XOXO

TRIPAWDS NATION! MAGICAL POWER, PRAYERS, PAWSITIVITY DELIVERED!

MAGICAL POWER, PRAYERS, PAWSITIVITY DELIVERED!

PURRKINS RECEIVED ALL YOUR Tripawd Magical power, prayers, pawsitivity & good juju!

MRI CLEAN

NO TUMORS WERE FOUND in the MRI, nothing was found in the MRI, that was our ultimate hope and prayers for Mr. P!

I will do several posts to share the last week & all the information in the coming week—apologies for not getting to the blog post sooner. I know you all understand we have all been thru the wringer.

We have updated the forums; in the meantime, here Purrkins Mri done NO TUMORS  it was faster for me to do;)

Purrkins coming home – seeing pink & purple elephants.

THERE ARE NO WORDS THAT CAN EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE!

THANK YOU, EVERYONE, FOR HOLDING PURRKINS IN YOUR HEARTS, THOUGHTS, YOUR PRAYERS, Sending PAWSITIVITY, AND GOOD JUJU! 

YOU HELD US ALL UP!🤝

OUR BOY HAS MORE LESSONS TO TEACH WE COULD NOT BE MORE THANKFUL!
Love you guys
You all helped my brother! Love you

Loads of Love from all of us at chilly Purrkins Palace!

Enormous hugs, updates to follow!
🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻💝💝💝

 

Purrkins is having his MRI now!

Purrkins MRI is happening right now! It will take a couple of hours, and after Purrkins is up from anesthesia, the Vet will phone us with results etc, then we can head out to get him. We are estimating maybe 11ish?

I was able to check on Purrkins a couple of times last night; he got his meal and did eat a little, but not much they would have liked to see him eat more! I’m not surprised I told her I was delighted to hear he ate something when i phoned last night. Purrkins did not eat at MSU for three days, and i suspected he would do the same thing here.

I checked on him this a.m. too, and the girl said he is still hanging out back there, not howling or meowing to get out, and again no surprise as i told her that’s Purrkins. He is the most gentle cat! They gave him his meds in a pill pocket last night, and he refused again, no surprise;) I told her i had sent in a churu tube in with him, and that’s what i use & syringe! She said they used a pill popper this a.m.

I forget to mention the Vet commented on Purrkins name on our first call; he loved his name and how fitting it was for him:)

i will keep you posted. Thanks for holding Purrkins in your thoughts and prayers. It means the world to us!

LET YOUR FAITH BE BIGGER THAN YOUR FEARS! THANKS, PAULA

Loads of love & pawsitivity! 🤝🤝🤝🙏🙏🙏🚂🚂🚂

FULL STEAM ahead 🙏🙏🙏 choo choo!

XOXO

Please continue Mr. Purrkins Prayer Train overnight!

Please continue Mr. Purrkins Prayer Train overnight!

We are home, you guys w/o Mr. P at the moment, several pup emergencies (paralyzed pups) came first, and Mr. Purrkins is gentleman enough to know that they need the care more than he does right now.

Purrkins will stay overnight, the Mri still may happen today. We are to phone them at 6 p.m, and will know more specifics! The vet will want Mr. P to recover there. I asked how Purrkins was doing and was told he was “just hanging out” typical Mr.Purrkins😽!

 Your visual Dogwood where Purrkins is hanging out.

Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center

Please do take notice of the excellent address!

Our sign Purrkins is in the best of hands; & the Vet is a gem!

yep, another sign of our lucky numbers;)

Mr. Traveling Purrkins on our way there.

Really Mom, more pictures! And Mom put your glasses on so you can see if the pics are blurry!🤓
Enjoying the view.  
Taking a snooze

Sexy Saxton was elated we came home! But he says, where is my brother?

Where is Purrkins?!

WE LOVE the Wyze camera. We could check on Saxton whenever & did:) Here is one screenshot! The blinds are down and not one light on & yes, you can still see. I will post better images so you guys can see them at a later time. I was able to speak to Sexy Saxton thru the camera. 😁

Snoozing Sexy Saxton & his timed feeder on the table;)

Most importantly Purrkins is in the best of hands!  He has his own Purrkins Palace within a Palace!

Please understand I have too much information swirling in my head! I’m shattered & do not have the energy to post all the information yet. I  wanted to get at least this out to you all!

Please continue fueling our prayer train & I will keep you posted!
Loads of love and a million thank you’s🤝🤝🤝😽😽😽💝💝💝🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🚂🚂🚂

6 Month Recheck & New Chapter

We can use some pawsitive thoughts here at Purrkins Palace

We ask the tripawd nation for prayers, pawsitive thoughts, good juju, for Purrkins, please!

6 Month Recheck

December 3, we had our six-month recheck appt curbside.
I have no idea the odds here, but that morning of the appt. Purrkins showed me something was wrong; what we thought was his mouth. He did a painful yawn type thing, his eyes looked off to me, and I went to look in his mouth, and he growled at me. (Never Purrkins unless he is in pain).  The Vet took a look at Purrkins mouth and suspected a tooth is bothering him. (He has had reabsorption lesions in the past. Happy Hoppy Eighth Birthday. He would need dental & radiographs to confirm.

The Vet did the recheck – bloodwork, chest X-rays, urinalysis, and bp sent us home with a low dose of gabapentin for the tooth pain. (another story entirely) grrr. Controlled substance!!

Purrkins bloodwork was great, chest X-rays clean, urinalysis clean, and bp great!

The soonest they could do a dental is in February because appts are all backed up from covid. The Vet gave us several other dentists to phone again, all booked until February. That was not an option for us, so we dug further and found a gold kitty hospital (one of a few in Michigan); they would love to see Purrkins that Friday.

Switching vets curbside, oh yes. Not getting a dental appt until February forced our hand, and for that, we could not be more thankful!

New Kitty Only Hosptial

The kitty only hospital has been the biggest blessing and NO comparison to a traditional high volume practice. No comparison to a kitty friendly practice either.  We have tried two kitty, friendly practices! No comparison; we have not even been inside, mind you. They have taken so much time with us and have been available to us anytime we have needed them by phone, email, etc. If you have a cat, please do your cat and yourself a favor and find a kitty only clinic Cat-Friendly Veterinarian.

I was so nervous for Purrkins having to go into a new place, new people on his own. When we pulled into the parking spaces, they are all marked to know where each patient is. New of course, for these times, and when I looked up and saw a number 3, We felt a sense of relief, our sign!!

Our sign!

Curbside Appointment

Our appt could not have gone better! They start the appt with Purrkins in the car; we talked to the tech and Vet first. Then they came to get Purrkins and the Vet phones again. We were on the phone most of the visit with the Vet. She is LOVELY. What a massive change speaking to a cat only vet. She knew every term I was using as I described what Purrkins was experiencing what pain signals he was showing me.

She can see the same as our Vet; one tooth likely will need to come out. But again, requires the dental and radiographs to confirm! We booked the dental for January 11. She will ensure Purrkins is comfortable until our next app. I told her what our Vet sent home and that I BUMPED up his Gaba dose on my own, knowing Purrkins did well on Gaba in recovery and wanting to make him comfortable until we saw her!! She was glad I did 🙂 She sent him home with 200 mg of Gabapentin a day. 100 mg every 12 hours and will check on us in a few days and see how Purrkins was doing,

My Gaba

Purrkins did ok on the Gaba but started having these twitches – whiskers, eyes. I took videos for the Vet; she took a look and said it’s nothing to be concerned with and thought it was mild tooth pain even on 200 mg of Gaba. So we continued the Gaba, and these twitches become more frequent; I sent more videos. She said she wanted to send the video to a neurologist to confirm she is not missing something and did! I had already googled all this and researching the what-ifs. Ugh, don’t do my friends!

Focal seizures

So I get the call from the kitty Vet; the neurologist is afraid Purrkins is having partial seizures/focal seizures. (MY FEAR) They want to see him and rule this out. The vet wants to postpone the dental until we know more. The fear Purrkins could have a grand mal seizure being sedated.

We had the choice to start antiseizure meds right away or wait to see the neurologist. We chose both to start meds phenobarbital and booked the neurologist appt. The pheno was like a little miracle; the periodic twitches stopped until January 12th – 12 days into the meds.

Purrkins had three more of these in a row! A head tilt- cocked to one side along with a head quiver. I panicked, grabbed my phone, recorded, tried to help Purrkins, but there is no way my panic helped. I have my phone 24/7 because the vet needs to see these as they happen. Thankfully they only lasted seconds. I called the Vet and sent a video of this entirely different twitch, seizure. Dr.R, the kitty vet, sees a typical focal seizure in the video and what the neuro was afraid might be happening. She increased his phenobarbital that evening.

Back to the kitty Hospital

We went back to the kitty hospital yesterday to check the plasma levels of the pheno in Purrkins blood. It needs to reach a certain therapeutic level to be effective, and we have room to move up in the meds. Since the increase, today is day four so far, so good. Purrkins is resting a little more but no twitching. KNOCK ON WOOD!

The bad news is a side effect of the meds is weight gain. Purrkins gained ounces since his last appt. Kitty vet said not to worry right now about the side effects they will subside, sedation, starving, weight gain, peeing more, increased thirst. She asked me to send her the nutritional analysis of the food we feed and how much etc., she would take a look and see how we can counteract the meds and help Purrkins in the future. NEVER have we had someone care and take the time to go this far and want all these details. I know she will have some input for us. She truly cares about her patients and wants the best absolute best for them, she continues to tell me she is there for us, and these are not just words. She has been here for us 1000% HUGE BLESSING!

Neurology

Our neurologist appt is Monday, the 18th at 9:00. In Farmington Hills, Dogwood Veterinary about an hour and a half drive for us. We are scheduled for an exam and MRI. We are preparing (the best one can) for the worst and praying/hoping for the best. (Admin’s words:) The cause could be several things and many non-life-threatening! However, it can be our worst fear, too, yes _ in the brain! We are holding on to all the pawsitives until we know more. Purrkins could have a grand mal seizure while being sedated, and we hold onto that if this would occur, Purrkins will be in the best place possible to get the care he would need.

The rest of the answers may or may not come! And we will take each thing as it comes. We will do our absolute best for Purrkins. We have the best team going into this Kitty vet, dr matt (holistic and traditional vet), and the neurology group, who are all diplomats in the field. The results will go to both vets, the kitty Vet & Dr. Matt. Dr. Matt being our beloved Dr. Matt, has already spoken with us and talked us off the cliff for now. Again huge blessing to have this team for Purrkins.

Tripawd Ambassador

Purrkins goes wearing his tripawd gear, bandana on his carrier, and Aunt Rene’s protecting this cat charm! We will be carrying you all with us on Monday. We will not jump into the deep end just yet, Although, of course, I already have and clawed myself back out!  Now that I’m out, I’m staying out and will take each tick at a time. (my aunt Janice sage words)

Protect this cat🙏🏻
Always a Tripawds Ambassador

We hope and pray today and tomorrow remain uneventful for Purkins, no twitches, no seizures🙏🏻, and we get to our appt w/o a hitch!!

Mark and I have been on watch 24/7! We know what to watch for and when we need to go to the ER. If the twitching lasts longer than one min, we wrap Purrkins in a blanket and race to MSU. Our prayer this does not happen, but we have to know what to do and when.

Preparing for our long day away!

What? All-day no one to feed me?

Sexy Saxton will have to be on his own for the day we bought a Cat Mate timed feeder for him so he will not miss a meal. Cat Mate C300 Automatic 3 Meal Pet Feeder with Digital Timer for Cats and Small Dogs

Cat Mate Feeder

It has a little ice pack to serve wet food (we do raw but will use can for this day, it holds three meals, one instant and two on a timer.

ice pack inside
Ice pack

We bought it just for this day trip, and thankfully both the boys are not afraid of the sound and will use it. I don’t care for plastic, but it is BPA free. I can’t suggest it highly enough; it works like a dream right on time, no issues whatsoever, and a huge peace of mind knowing Saxton will get his meals on time. (sorry, I should have clipped Saxton’s video a bit:) too late.

We also installed a little Wyze cam to check in on Saxton and make sure all is ok.

The neurology appt is also curbside, so we will be in the car the day we cannot even use the restroom.

Here is our to-go bag Tripawd Cats Have Fun Tote Bag for Monday;)

All Purrkins records and supplies for our long day

I will do my best to keep you all posted as we tread into another unknown. If I go mia, it is because I will need to regroup, ok.

A picture worth a thousand words💝

Stay pawsitive with us, please.

Super Kitty
Our superhero

Purrkins hunting a mouse on the back porch!

I will get that mouse Mom YUM
the highlight at 1:30 a.m; the mouse comes out on the back porch! Our sweet boys

Special heartfelt thank you to our family, peeps, and friends who are holding us up through this difficult time. Although we are all distanced, we feel the love and strength! We are blessed beyond measure to have you in our lives.

One of many prayers

my ongoing prayer

Love you all, and thank you in advance for sending Purrkins all your tripawd magical power & love!
💝💝💝🎗🎗🎗🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🚂🚂🚂

 

 

Happy FOUR Year Ampuversary PURRKINS!

Happy FOUR-Year Ampuvesary Purrkins!

Four years on 3

Today is all about MEEEE.

Meeee

We invite you all to our virtual pawty. WHOO HOO!

Grab your furmily and a bowl, fork, or spoon and celebrate with us, please.

Tuna Steaks for Everyone!

Mum made Tuna steaks for our celebration.  Whoa, they are the best.  No comparison to a canned tuna! We ate every ounce of our one ounce lol.

Tuna Steaks Pan-seared 1.5 minutes each side in olive oil
WE RUV TUNA STEAKS 
YUM

Two steaks made 7 ounces a ton FYI if anyone else decides to try tuna steaks. I got them from Whole Foods and pan-seared them in olive oil for 1.5 minutes each side.

The boys highly suggest that you do they devoured it. YUM

devoured

We got prizes too!

Saxton gets rewards for being the best brother!
I celebrate my brother
I had the best pawty!

Four years ago

Was in no way a celebration day; it was terrifying. Purrkins was having surgery to remove a limb that we said to take off. UGH!  Waiting, wondering if we were doing what was best for Purrkins! I was sewing Purrkins baby onesies anxiously waiting to hear that surgery went well!  I second-guessed our decision once a couple of days later when I brought Purrkins home. & never since.

Eternally grateful for Tripawds!

My heart goes out to anyone going thru this journey anytime, let alone in a pandemic. (hugs) We are eternally grateful for Tripawds, the community the love, support, ongoing education thru all these years. A former dog site who graciously gave us cats a home, a platform, and a much-needed handbook. Cool Tips for Tripawd Cats

None of us know what we are going to get as in time/calendar days when we receive that C diagnosis and make that horrible decision to take a limb off! We make the best-informed decision out of LOVE and HOPE and Pray for quality of life and, of course, time!

We have been blessed beyond measure and do not take one day for granted & we hope for many more!

Enjoying outdoor time in our tents

Purrkins is our inspiration every day! Mark calls him superman & I made him a little cape for today.

My survivor cape

Purrkins says, what is this, Mum? I  need no costume or cape; everyone can see I’m a super kitty on three.

super kitties don’t need costumes

Nothing stops this boy like it or not Purrkins says, what missing leg Mom? I’m fine. Stop worrying about me. (If only i could;)

The boys also celebrated double digits; they turned 10 on June 30th!

Happy Birthday to us!

We do our best not concentrating on and reading about C every day; it began to steal our joy and dim our light.  I made us all a promise when Purrkins was diagnosed to slow down and enjoy every day. Removing Purrkins from my laptop was not keeping that promise!

I can now say I am keeping that promise.

ALWAYS ASSISTING MOM
SOAKING UP THE RAYS
What laptop? No laptop here:)

We are living in the now no matter what the now looks like! The boys see this virus as a good thing; they now have their Dad home full-time (early retirement), and they are missing out on vet appts;) Win-win for them. (I can’t find a way to pass them off curbside yet. UGH)

We hope you are all staying safe and well! Thanks for joining us!

Over and out here from Purrkins Palace. Until next time.

If you need our help you know how to find us.

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Three YEARS On Three

Please join us in celebrating Purrkins

3 YEAR AMPUVERSARY 

Purrkins lights our world up every day!
CANCER FREE – no metastatic disease! 🎗 3 ON 3
3 YEARS ON 3!

The video below is 9 minutes long — a CELEBRATION of Purrkins and a special tribute to tripawds.com, tripawds here today and ones of yesterday. We included as many HEROS as possible!  We hope you will celebrate with us and salute our CHAMPION TRIPAWDS of the world! I know 9 minutes is a lot to ask but we HOPE you will watch. Thank you!

We made MegaWheels Liver Cake for the boys in molds.

Meg’s Tripawd Treat Training Liver Cake Recipe

Megastar’s FAMOUS Liver cakes! THANKS, CLARE & MEG
Three-year celebration platter Mum baked for us.
Yum
My candle is not lit because my fur would catch on fire! See it lights up safely;) All different colors too. We like yellow the best!🎗

We made Pooch Creamery Ice Cream and poured into kitty molds. It’s a ton of ice cream for cats we have it froze for more celebrations. The boys split a kitty cube;) It is lactose-free. We are hard-pressed to find kitty celebration items we have to be creative in most things kitty;)

Kitty ice cream cubes

We love BOTH our boys and would not trade them for the world!  Saxton’s included in everything expect so many vet visits, and Saxton is thankful he prefers to stay home!

Waiting on our prizes
I got real mail from Super Stu and his peeps💝😘 It says I rule Today and every day😻
Yeowww
I am sharing my bonito flakes with Sexy Saxton but not my q-tips:)
Happy Kitty
Time for a snooze I am pawtied out

The boys are our borrowed angels, and we are honored to be their humans!

We are hopping into another year and HOPE and PRAY we can slowly jump into old age and never see the likes 💩 of you know what again!

Mr. Fahrenheit
NEVER GIVING UP HOPE🎗

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS MY FRIENDS! WE’LL KEEP ON FIGHTING ‘TIL THE END!

Over and Out

Eternally grateful & loads of love to you all!💝🎗

Series Continued Purrkins Friends Meet River

River

This little kitty is River he was found in a junkyard dragging a severely injured leg. The injury was too old to be repaired and the leg needed to be amputated. Judi was his human angel and fostered River. They first posted on the blog on July 28, 2018. I feel in love with River if we could have added another kitty he would be the boy’s brother. Pictures and captions shared thru Rivers recovery from Judi.

Rivers bum leg before amputation
Rivers Story
Home from surgery and already on the move
River in his baby onesie (adorable)
River had a great night! He’s using the kitty litter box like a pro! He ate good this morning, played, took his medicine like a champ, and LOVES to be cuddled. He seems to be resting well on the pain meds. I just adore this boy and has touched my heart forever!
River is doing fantastic! Eating, playing, resting, loving and purring away. This was last night after I gave him his medicine. Such a love!
River is doing great!
Those Itchy stitches are out
He climbs up the bed and jumps over to the top of the cat condo (lots of pillows below just in case)
looking out the window for the birdies
River already using his core strength

Me- Last I had heard from Judi little River was going up for adoption.

I checked in with Judi to see if River found his furever home and guess what River is in his furever home with JUDI the foster Mom. YES! 😁😁😁😁❤️❤️❤️I was so happy to hear it!

Judi “My darling boy River was officially adopted by me after he was returned to the shelter. as soon as he was returned, he came “HOME.”

Me-Of course, this was meant to be! River says yes Mom I love you!

River is all grown up & so handsome.

River has a furmily of three other kitties he loves.

River & Bobert
River and Tiger who is a special needs senior with thyroid problems. River loves all his furmily
Black is Paislee, orange is Tiger, of course, River, and Bobert. See were Judi’s spot is? 🙂

Judi – “River is doing amazing! I guess because he was so young when he had the amputation that he really doesn’t know anything different.

He runs, he climbs, he jumps … he’s quite the adventurous boy!

ME- Kitties adapt to three legs quickly River was happy to get rid of that bum leg and get on doing all kitty things on three and now all young cat things:) Scratches & Smooches to River & the furmily thanks for keeping us updated and sharing Sweet River with us.

Extra prayers for Judi she has been going thru surgeries and medical issues and River is now being her caregiver and healer!

Thanks, fur reading!