Cats who say “if it fits, I sits” are not trying hard enough. Because honestly? You can sit even if you don’t fit. #comeon #cats #tryharder #letmeshowyou #dontgiveup #champion #nailedit . . GRACIE UPDATE: A lot of you have been asking me about Gracie. She is doing OK! She seems to be back to normal: She’s dining alongside me and Pookie, rotating through her favorite nap nooks, chasing me and Pookie a bit in the evenings, and (like some people I know) not spending any time at all in her office. All her normal things! . However, she *does* have a serious and incurable condition. One of the most unpleasant aspects of learning that she has PKD has been slowly realizing that she seems to have some low-level chronic pain and/or discomfort — and probably has for the 13 months she’s lived with us. Gracie is being closely monitored. She is receiving care, lots of love, and (some might say) preferential treatment. Thank you so much for wishing her well and checking in! 💙💕
First, the good news: the results are in and Gracie does NOT have.... cancer or FIP. Hooray! . The bad news is that G has a congenital condition called Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). Cats with this disease are born with cysts in the kidneys that progressively worsen over their (usually shortened) lifetimes. The severity varies from cat to cat. . Gracie has a lot of cysts, and her kidneys are significantly enlarged. However, she also currently has a urinary tract infection. We are hopeful that the UTI is the main reason she is not feeling well. (She is getting antibiotics to help with the infection.) . While PKD is a serious condition, we are feeling thankful it isn’t something worse. Your healing energy, prayers, and positive messages clearly made a positive impact. Thank you! 💕💙💕 . If you want to learn more about PKD, here is a good resource (clickable link is in bio): http://bit.ly/2LQuUe6
GRACIE UPDATE: Gracie is home and recovering nicely from her kidney biopsy. Frustratingly, the lab results won’t be ready for one or two more weeks. 😮 . On the more immediate front, G is being treated with antibiotics and seems to be feeling better. She is eating, drinking, grooming, and even playing again! (This pic was taken last night.) So we are going to try and focus on getting back to normal while we wait for the biopsy results. . I’ll post an update just as soon as there is any news or a change. . Thank you again for all your kind words and healing vibes! 💕
GRACIE UPDATE: Our girl is still not feeling well. She’s been resting in her “office,” but not quite sleeping. On Tuesday, the vet gave her time-release antibiotics and anti-nausea meds. These have helped, because she has been able to eat and drink a bit — although not as much as normal. She continues to be lethargic. . Yesterday, we received the good news that her tests for FIV / FELV came back negative. This was a relief, because a positive result would have meant that all three cats in the household were in danger. (Gracie had been tested for these diseases previously, but false negatives are possible when the infection is recent.) . The last of the lab results are expected on Monday. We do know that Gracie’s condition is pretty serious, the question is how serious. We are giving her lots of gentle head scratches, love, and frequent offerings of her favorite foods and fresh water. . Thank you so much for your well-wishes, thoughts, prayers, and messages. Your support and kindness mean the world to all of us. 💕
Can you please send some healing vibes to our Gracie? She’s not feeling well, and a sonogram today revealed that her kidneys are significantly enlarged and malformed. Lab tests are being performed, but we might not have those results till next week.
This just in: GRACIE’S RESCUE PICS! I recently heard from a follower who, it turns out, was the kind-hearted person who regularly fed our Gracie when she was living on the streets of the Bronx. There are a lot of feral cats in that particular area, but only Gracie was friendly enough to accept food. This is because Gracie had lived with a neighboring family before being put out on the streets to fend for herself. (She stuck around near the building of the family that had abandoned her, which for some reason really adds to my heartbreak.) . Gracie lived on the streets for at least 3 or 4 months. She became pregnant in no time flat (Gracie!), and the cold NYC winter had already arrived when Cindy and North Shore Animal League swooped in and rescued her. . Thank you so much to @xlodi for looking after our girl and for reaching out to Beth! And also for sending these amazing never-before-seen pics! . Thanks once again to our cat goddess @bethostern and @cindyszczudlo and everyone at North Shore @animalleague 💕 for all of the amazing work you do. . Now if you’ll excuse me, I have something in my eye. . #justiceforgracie #adoptdontshop #rescuecat #rescuedandloved #rescuesaveslives