Saturday, April 28, 2012

Ooooooh..... Scaredy Cat

I am posting this video of Batman and his buddy Robin (who we have endearingly nicknamed Fatty). I honestly did not name these cats, they came with these names!

Robin is a giant Maine Coon and he's the biggest wuss on the planet. Seriously, he's big enough to open a good can of whoop ass in the neighborhood, but instead, he's scared of EVERYTHING (and also lazy).

That being said, it's no surprise that he's scared of Batman's cone. The other day, Batman was hanging out in the doorway to my room. Robin got scared of something and bolted to my room but screeched to a stop when he was faced with THE CONE. I could see him panicking and trying to come to a solution to his dilemma. Surely, he couldn't just run past the cone. Nope. He decided to LEAP over the cone to safety on the other side. It was hilarious.

This cute video has Batman and Robin playing with their favourite toy but at a certain point, Batman's enthusiasm for the toy scares Robin away.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pissed Off

Pissed off. That is what Batman is today.

I have been leaving him overnight in the bathroom to recover. It's easier to clean up any accidents that way, an he's been doing well in there - eating well, using his kitty litter- up until today!

This morning I went into the bathroom to find poop and kitty litter everywhere! He'd managed to get it on the wall, floor, his bed, himself, etc., so I spent 30 min cleaning that and him up (he was not so happy about having his feet bathed!).

After that's all done, I give the little guy his breakfast and hop into the shower. While I'm in the shower, I hear this loud meowing and scuffing (scratching with bandages on). Batman is finished breakfast and wants to get out of the bathroom NOW. More meowing and then quiet. I peek out from behind he shower curtain and he's looking straight at me and pooping on the shower mat!
I swear that there was even an evil grin on his face!

Before the failed skydiving, Batman was a very clean and happy cat. He was very dog-like. I hope that this new behavior doesn't turn into a habit!

Tonight I will be finding him a new place to sleep.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ongoing Saga

So today was Batman's check appointment at the vet today. All looked good until Dr Sue caught sight of his left front paw. She asked if the bump was new and I told her that it had been there the whole time (which is true). Turns out it was broken and dislocated as well.

Poor little guy, the original X-ray angles didn't show the break and because he was referred to Dr Sue for his jaw, she had assumed that all the foot stuff was taken care of already.

So instead of a happy thumbs up kind of check up, Batman had to be put under and have his paw reset and put into a split. He now has 2 splints and a cone. He's quite the sight!

Friday, April 13, 2012

More Hours Needed

The days are going by so fast and I feel like I can barely keep up. Its crazy how much time taking care of an injured pet can take.

Batman is certainly on the mend. He was feeling a little bit playful today so I gave him a pot of cat grass to bat at. I can't give him any toys because he might try to use his teeth on them. He was pretty cute with the grass and his little bandage!

Lovely British Smile

We had a vet appointment first thing this morning just to check out the bonding in Batman's mouth. Things seem to have stayed put so now we can thankfully start the recovery process! Hurray!

I was able to get extra doses of the 'good stuff' for him as well as tablet antibiotics. Up until now, we had liquid form to squirt in his mouth which was just silly. He fought it and half of it would run out of his mouth anyways. Yuck! What a mess!

So today, I'm including a photo of the little man's new British smile (he also looks a bit stoned in the photo!). Dr Sue did a great job!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Keeping the Faith

Today was rather hectic but we have progress with Batman.

First thing this morning I made a
sneaky phone call to another vet clinic; the one with the jaw specialist. I hadn't heard from my other vet and my poor kitty had been suffering with his mangled jaw for more than 24hrs.

I was able to bring him in in the morning. They were going to keep him there overnight, take X-rays, and do surgery the next day. I had to run off to work and near the end of the day, Dr Sue surprised me with a call that she had done the procedure and I could come and pick him up.

He was obviously feeling better; rolling around and wanting to clean his paws. I'm glad he's happy but his heightened activity level has made me put his cone on again ( we hoped to avoid putting any kind of pressure on his jaw ).

Fingers crossed, he will be less mobile through the night. It is at this point that I'm having to trust God that nothing in his face shifts over. Dr Sue was only able to bond one side of the jaw so it's still super fragile.

I have been overwhelmed by the kindness that has been shown to me and Batman. I've had donations from all over the globe and lots of people have helped me in getting the word out there in the interwebs. It's been amazing!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Joni is Frustrated

So the vet from emerg sent photos to my vet today and my vet was supposed to call me concerning our next course of treatment for our little super hero. I called twice but he never called. I know he's busy but even if he could have just had the receptionist call me that would have been awesome. When I first called, the receptionist guessed that he was going to call a specialist in from Vancouver but other than that... Nothing. Very frustrating.

Some folks have been asking about costs. So far, I've already put in about $1000 for 3 X-rays, anaesthetic, medication, and 2 exams. The ballpark figure given to me in emergency on Saturday night was $2000 for jaw/ tooth surgery.

I can tell that Batman has been in more pain but he's taking it all in stride really. He might even be less stressed than me!

Tonight he was a hungry little guy. I have to scoop soft food with my hand up to his face. It's kind of like feeding a baby bird!

April 9 update

11 am: We had an appointment with the vet Dr Rolf this morning and things went great. His foot was xrayed and it's aligned fairly well so no surgery is needed, just splinting. We are going to hold off on tooth surgery to allow the tooth root to give the jaw structure as it heals. He doesn't have to wear his cone and can hang out in a big dog crate.

4:00pm Batman is chilling in his new crate and seems to be liking it. We've even had a tiny poo! ( don't tell him I told you that, he'll get embarrassed)

9:30pm. Ugh things have turned for the worst. I returned from Starbucks bc my roomate said he was freaking out. He has managed to break his jaw completely and it has shifted over to the left. Omg it looks awful!!!

12am. We are back from an emergency vet run. The vet only took some pics to send to Dr Rolf who is going to call me tomorrow. On the positive side of things, they didn't charge me for the visit or the new cone. I am so sad; I have no idea how to afford this but I don't want to put him down. He's survived so much already and has been pretty good natured about it all. If he was bleeding inside it would be a different story but this is totally fixable.

Monday, April 9, 2012

It's a Long Way Down!

On Saturday night, my cat, Batman, snuck out on to the balcony of our new place. It ended up being a decision that he would regret! He fell from our 7th floor down to the 3rd floor!

At first I didn't know which floor he had landed on. All I had heard was a sound like nails on a chalkboard (cringe) and I went to check it out. I could hear him meowing below me but couldn't see him so I frantically started running from floor to floor knocking on doors. Nobody was home!!

I was totally getting panicked. I finally ended up knocking on the 3rd floor door and 2 girls answered the door (hallelujah!). They had thought it was one of their cats but of course it wasn't. Batman had managed to run inside their house and hide. There was so much blood and feces everywhere; I thought he had broken his pelvis.

The girls gave me a little blanket to wrap him in and then we were off to the emergency pet hospital. 2 xrays later revealed that he had broken and dislocated his right wrist and broken his jaw and some teeth. Lucky kitty! A human would not have been so lucky.

I am very thankful that the floor he fell too had 1) people home and 2) were pet lovers (they have cats and a super cute puppy)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone! He has risen!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday

I'm going to break a little rule and lump my F and G posts together. Today was Good Friday. It was the first day of my favorite holiday!

It's not my favorite because of the chocolate or the treasure hunts instigated by the Easter bunny (although those things do earn
brownie points). It's my favorite holiday because everything about it points to hope and new life.

Easter falls into my favorite time of year which is springtime. I love seeing all the fruit trees in bloom and the bulb flowers poking their heads from the ground. On a side note- If morning people were flowers, they'd be crocuses and daffodils. I also love hearing all the lovely birdsong again in the trees after a long winter and seeing baby animals because they are so cute!

Easter is also pinnacle to those of us Jesus followers. Rather than run away from the accusations that had been made against him, Jesus chose to get caught, go to trial and eventually he was put to death.

So today we celebrate the death of Jesus (don't we sound like a morbid bunch?) because his death served as a final sacrifice, making previous laws about sacrifice defunct and basically saying, " Hey! Anybody can have access to the God of the Jews, not just the people who follow all those crazy old rules and do weird things like sacrificing animals!"

Thursday, April 5, 2012


I love this song! Men dressed in elephant costumes a great tune and awesome lyrics! Enjoy!! (sorry I still haven't learned how to embed videos- especially from my phone!)

Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Today I'm doing the happy closet dance! I have some awesome friends who came over and fixed my closet for me when I WASN'T home! Thanks so much guys!!

I'm also doing the happy dance because today is the last class for some of my difficult classes. I love teaching kids but there are some classes that I'm happy to see the back of. It's not because the kids are terrible on their own, but mixing certain kids together into a class sometimes creates a less-than-ideal classroom environment.

For example, with a class with a 7 yr old and a 13 yr old there are obvious learning gaps between those two ages making it a challenge to teach.

I also often find mixing home schoolers with public schooled kids challenging socially. Quite often, I find home schoolers are kids that may have been bullied before and taken out of school. Or sometimes, they are kids who have never been to public school and unfortunately haven't learned the 'rules if the playground' yet. A teacher really has to be on the ball to make sure that 'bullying' type behavior doesn't happen with groups like this.

(None of these observations are scientific, they are just things I've been learning and noticing in my first full year of teaching)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

C is for..

Closet. Mine broke at 1:30 inthe morning with a giant crash!

I had finally managed to unpack half my stuff and get my clothing all organized, but the brackets holding everything together were made of plastic.... Bom bom bom!

Funny thing, when it broke, I didn't wake up right away. My brain warped the sound and integrated it into my dreams. It was my growling cat that woke me up. He was so scared by the noise that he hid under my bed and hissed and growled. Aren't our brains weird sometimes?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A is for...

AAAaaaahhhhhh! I hate moving. This is my first entry of my A-Z blogging attempt. I have just moved, everything is in disorganized chaos and in boxes.

Not too sure how the cats are feeling about it quite yet.

Confused Cat by Jutto

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