We are hoping everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. Ian and I travelled to his parents’ this year, leaving our precious kittens behind for a few days.
About two days after we got back, we noticed a large lump on Merlin’s tail. Looking closer, we realized the lump was hard and was probably either bone or some sort of hard abscess. Then, on Tuesday morning, he wouldn’t eat his food (an obvious sign something is wrong).
Ian took time off of work to take him to the vet last night. He got his first x-ray. It turns out that Merlin kinked his tail! The lump is swelling from compression in his tail spine.
Now he is on pain meds, anti-inflammatory meds, and some digestion pills to help some diarrhea that’s come along.
He has been eating a little more, so that’s good. The hope is that the tail will heal on its own this week and surgery will be avoided.
Tansy watched over our little invalid while he slept after his vet visit.
So for now, Merlin will be getting lots of medication and assigned to bed rest! Which he does most of the time anyway. Silly little guy.
The kitties get a long-awaited cat tree!
It wasn’t even built and already it’s getting good reviews.
And yes, as you may have noticed, it is a BLUE cat tree. Blue!! It matches our decor! Not the standard beige. I’m not sure who’s happier, the cats or me.
The finished product. It stands about 6 feet tall.
Now, for some photos of the lovely kittens enjoying their new palace.
Queen of the Castle, indeed.
“Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay cat treeeee”
Tansy intensely enjoys the tree.
The mice have lasted a surprisingly long time. Resilient, furry little things… aren’t the faces adorable?
“Do you like your new tree, Merlin?”
“Yes I do, Mom, very much!”
Well, I think the tree is possibly better than anything we could have made ourselves.
I’d say we’re all happy with it!
Merlin came home to us last night!! My wonderful sister looked after him for hours while I was stuck at work. He got to play with his brother (Anni’s new little one) while waiting.
He is SO CUTE! So handsome and wrinkly and perfect in every way. I could not be happier with the little miscreant.
It took him and Tansy all of 10 minutes to get used to each other. I’ve been a little nervous, watching them play fight. Merlin will jump Tansy, run and away, and get tackled from behind. Then Tansy, aka The Scrapper, pins him under her and shows him whose boss.
In all fairness, Tansy is bigger, and she was here first! Merlin has a few small scratches, but according to the vet, that’s just part of growing up. So I will try not to worry.
Their first vet trip this morning went very well! Lots of pitiful mewling during the 6 minute car ride. “We’re doing this for your own good,” definitely fell on deaf ears.
Tansy is healthy: her weight is perfect, her coat is soft and shiny, and her teeth are growing in on time. The vet was impressed that we were able to find a female Orange Tabby to adopt (they’re very rare).
And Merlin, of course, was an instant hit. He cuddled with the vet. He cuddled with the secretary. And he cuddled with all the vet techs in the back. Such a player. I’m pretty sure his photo is going up on the wall, they were that impressed with him. He’s also healthy, but he did need a shot. He meowed once in surprise, then went right back to playing.
It’s been a crazy Friday/Saturday, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re loving our new cat babies and taking care to spoil them has been so fun. Welcome to the Brech family, little ones!
You guessed it! Our awesome breeder Melissa keeps sending pics our way!
I've been looking at these pics all day. Even at work. I honestly think it's good for my health. Lowers my heart rate.
I mean look at this guy!! He's growing so much! My guess is he'll be a big one… look at that long snout. It's only been a week since the last photos!
Oh my goodness, that belly!! He's going to be a little chubbers. I love it.
I love his striking aqua eyes.
And his mysterious skin color (what is it? Lilac? Lilac point? Sepia?) is so handsome. I can just imagine the velvety feel of those wrinkles.
Even my non-sphynx-loving-coworkers couldn't say a bad thing about him. Possibly due to the fact I was cooing over him and possibly getting teary-eyed. Whatever works. DON'T SAY MY BABY IS UGLY I WONT BELIEVE YOU.
In other news, our official Gotcha Day has been scheduled for September 22! So we still have about 2 months to go. That's ok. More time to get our ducks on a row before Merlin and Friend come home. But…it's getting harder to wait!!
It's time for more Merlin pics!
He'll be 8 weeks old at the end of the month. Our breeder has been graciously providing us with more photos!
Look at that tummy!! We're guessing our lil' wizard is going to be a pretty big guy. He certainly seems to have an appetite.
Aw look at those eyes! And those EARS! It'll be fun to watch him (kind of) grow into them.
We can't believe how fast Merlin is growing, but every week we grow more ready to bring him home.
Hey all! We are in the process of moving closer to Seattle. So far, we have moved all of our bigs things and most of our little stuff, too. Our things are here but not necessarily put away…yikes!
However, our furniture is set up so I can share a pic of what the huge living room looks like! It’s plenty of space for our future Miss and Mister kitty to frolic through.
I’m trying not to buy cat stuff right now. It’s really, really tough. My Chewy.com and Petco shopping carts are like a mile long.
Hubby was like, “Let’s wait to buy cat stuff till we need it.” He’s onto me, I’d say! He knows my “buy now” finger is getting itchy.
Ok, ok, I’ll wait… a month. But soon this apartment will be primed and ready for kittens!! Merlin and Girl Kitty (we haven’t picked her name yet) will be extremely spoiled and there’s not much (read: nothing) Hubby can do to stop it.
It’s time to reveal my lists of cat sweaters I will choose from for Merlin. (I am in no way affiliated with the shops mentioned in this post).
So far my favorite store, due to their overwhelmingly awesome selection and cool sweater design.
I’m especially in love with the maroon storm-patterned one (very wizard-esque) and of course I’ll need a plaid or two. The black and green or blue patterned shirt will have to wait until Merlin’s eye color sets in.
Sphynx Cat Wear
Another fun shop, SCW has some good-quality, awesome basics.
Violet Cat Pet
An Etsy store based in Russia, what stands out to me about this shop is its amazing cat jumpsuit.
Posh Punk Sphynx
Last but not least, this shop boasts some pretty rockin’ designs, too.
In the end, I know I can’t go wrong. Merlin will be the best dressed gentleman out there!
Hi friends! It’s been a busy few days, oh man (but I hope everyone had a happy 4th of July!)
It’s been crazy because I officially got a job up in Bellevue! We have 3 weeks to move from Bremerton before I start on the 23rd. Ready or not, we’re moving on. Continue reading