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Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

January 31, 2015

So I hope to get back into blogging – but here’s a minor setback: You know it’s a problem when none of your browsers auto fill the name of your website when you start typing.

To be honest, I feel a little of the same — disconnected. As I mentioned earlier, living with two CH cats is …normal for me. At first, when we adopted our cats, it was easy to come up with post topics. Everything was new. I had so many questions and wanted answers. Every day we would face challenges and find ways to overcome them. Or deal with them. Or, sometimes, cry through them.

Over time, those challenges have lessened – or at least have become normal, which is OK in my book, too. (We all do crazy things for love.) And I think that’s a good thing. I hope it’ll encourage those new CH cat parents who aren’t sure if they can do this (you can).

Here’s a little of what I mean:
– We still have litter box accidents now and then. Someone will miss or fall and a mess will ensue. But that’s OK. Stuff is just stuff, and when I come running with a towel, the kitties know it’s so I can help them. (It also helps to keep a roll of TP near the litter box.)

– I carry (read: coddle) Ellie often. She can totally handle the stairs, but more often than not, we give her a lift because sometimes, just sometimes, she does tumble down them, and while she’s OK, the overprotective mom in me wants to keep her safe.

– And when she does manage the stairs on her own, we have precautions (mat at the bottom, gate at the top) which make things a little safer.

To be honest, I’m blessed enough to say I struggled coming up with that list. We still have challenges (chipped teeth, pulled nails, banged heads), but we’re more equipped (emotionally, in terms of safety precautions, rationally) so they’re not as huge deals as they once were. I don’t want to come off as insensitive; I’m still ridiculously in tune with them and love them to the moon and back, it’s just that everything has become more familiar over time.

It’s a good place to be in. Really good. It may sound odd to some, but we’ve grown as a little family. Things may not be “normal,” but they’re somewhat normal to us.

So take heart, those who are starting down this road. It may never be easy, but things do change. And while I may not be writing about personal questions or struggles I have, I encourage you all to share, ask and discuss. I like to think of this site as a little community/resource, so please use it as one — as a way to help and encourage one another and get help and be encouraged, too.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Suzanne permalink
    February 1, 2015 2:16 pm

    Being a new CH kitty mom, my husband and I are happy to hear your perspective. Our CH cat also has the herpes virus in his system. Today he is sneezing a lot with some discharge from his eye. We were at the vet last week and he was fine then. Any suggestions?

    • elizabethpashley permalink
      February 3, 2015 7:30 pm

      Suzanne – try getting some Lysine (it’s a nutritional supplement). The herpes virus can show up with stress (it could have been the vet visit to trigger it), the lysine will help give his immune system a little boost 🙂 You can get it in gel or powder form and it’s not too expensive. (This knowledge is from years of working & volunteering with cats in shelters!) 🙂

    • Shoshanna Crumpler permalink
      February 4, 2015 9:08 am

      Hi, Suzanne, welcome to CH Land!

      Yes, Elizabeth’s advice is right on target; the amino acid Lysine helps inhibit the virus. It’s over-the-counter.

      Of course herpes is not specific to CH’ers- many cats and kittens carry the virus for life, but immune system support helps suppress it.

      Another excellent supplement for immune support is DMG. If your veterinarian is open to holistic or integrative healing, he or she will be very familiar with it.

      I also second Carolina’s suggestion that if sneezing persists, antibiotics may be in order; respiratory infections can be bacterial as well as viral.

      In general, CH kitties are no more prone to illness than non-CHies.
      Good nutrition is a cornerstone of health.

      Welcome to our world;
      enjoy your baby!

  2. Carolina permalink
    February 3, 2015 5:25 am

    Hi Amanda, great to have you back! Your blog was so important to me when Annie was first diagnosed with cerebellar issues. I worried about her, and my, ability to cope with everyday life but reading your stories, and those of others, helped me to see that CH cats can live long happy lives. It’s such a great resource for new CH pet parents.
    For Suzanne, Lysine powder mixed in to your cat’s food can help suppress the virus and ease the symptoms. All that’s needed is a tiny pinch, approx an 1/8 teaspoon, once a day. If the symptoms are bad he may need a trip to the vet for some antibiotics though.

  3. Shoshanna Crumpler permalink
    February 4, 2015 9:28 am

    Hi, Amanda!

    Thought it was just me, lol !
    I’d reached a plateau also, where life with Elvis was no longer a novelty.

    Of course there are some accommodations, but they are now second-nature. And isn’t that the goal, really?

    Of course as CH parents, we are advocates, ambassadors. We are pleased to share our experiences.
    We don’t have all the answers, and what works for one CH’er may not for another. But it may.

    And support is paramount, especially in the beginning. New parents are encouraged to share and pass it forward.

    Every time I explain to someone that my cat is not broken, his condition is part ( only one part ) of who he is,
    that person is empowered.

    Elvis is 5 years old now.

    It’s been a long time since he was profiled here. We do have a recent tale to tell, if you would like. 🙂

    Email me.

  4. Suzanne permalink
    January 17, 2016 3:24 pm

    We have had our first CH kitty for one year now. He just turned 3 and he has changed our lives. We love him so. We are considering adopting another CH kitty. Any advice? Are the challenges of providing a happy home for two different. They did grow up together in the same shelter. Would anything change?

  5. June 3, 2016 2:54 pm

    Hi. My cat Miranda who is 14 now. Developed a problem about 6 months ago. She falls, all the time; even to the point she rolls over. I’ve tried to do my best with her but wondered if she is dizzy at all. She goes into corners all the tine and isn’t fussy on eating. It seems to be something within the brain. She never had a bad fall or anything. Everybody says i should put her down, but not until she cant walk or eat i will still plug on. Feel so sorry for her.

  6. Colleen M Peper permalink
    August 17, 2020 4:11 pm

    Thank you for this, it give me hope. Derby doesn’t seem too bad but there are some things I’m hesitant about, like stairs. I moved the box this weekend, I know he got down there but how is still a mystery (did he fall or actually get down there). I’ve blocked the stairs again and will work doing training or at least see his method. I totally relate with the litter box. I’ve had Derby for almost a month, he’s 18 weeks old. He was a disaster in the litter box, a few times ended up in baths and a few times just baby wipes (unscented of course). We would watch him in the box, wait for him to finish and immediate put him into litter box next to the one he was in so he could still think he was burying his evidence. I’m happy to say, the last week has I haven’t worried at all about it, he’s gotten a little bigger so now the sides of the litter box helps keep him upright and he hasn’t fallen over once.

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