Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Chatham Update

Outside the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg
Cat Couch here:

Well, after a good birthday, Chatham has taken a rather sudden downward turn.

His arthritic back legs seem to have gotten much worse - it's as if his hips are now turning both legs to the right.

We knew that his eyesight wasn't great, but now he is bumping into things a good bit. I've watched to see if there was a pattern; are we moving things around too much? But Chatham bumps into things that are never moved.

And we're not sure where he is mentally. He doesn't respond to us like he used to. He walks in circles as if he's confused about where he wants to go; however, this may also be because with his bad eyesight he isn't sure where he is or that his especially bad left rear leg is pivoting him around (and I do mean pivoting, sometimes!).

He cries or meows - we're pretty sure that he's not in pain - and we can't figure out what it is that he wants. We go through all the usual desires: food, getting him to the litter box, cuddling in just the right way, etc. All without satisfying whatever it was that he wanted.

So, we're just not sure what's up with our old baby. We continue to try and make him as happy and comfortable as possible and hope that this is just a bad phase - he's had them before and then took a good upward turn in health.

These photos were taken the day before his 20th birthday at my church. I sponsored the flowers at the previous Sunday's service in honor of his birthday; I took him in to meet our minister and secretary (and to pick up items for the newsletter that I do for the church).
Inside the foyer


Blogger Daisy said...

Oh, Chatham, I am sorry you are feeling poorly. I am sending some comforting purrs your way.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Riley & Tiki said...

We are purring and purraying for Chatham.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Astrid, Kashim & Othello said...

we are sorry that you are feeling bad too and we hope you will get well soon.
sending hugs and purrayers all the way from austria.

11:38 AM  
Blogger ML (Mary Lynn) said...

KC said...
O, Chatham, we's a purring fur u's.
Purrs, purr-rayers & headbumpies,

12:12 PM  
Blogger Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We'z sorry yoo feel so bad. We'z purring and purraying dat dis passes. Sending comforing thawts yoor way...

1:14 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Underfoot said...

Purrs for Chatham! Would he feel better in a more confined space, like a big crate? It's a big world for an old cat who can't see and keeps pivoting. How's his hearing? I SAID, HOW'S HIS HEARING? Purr, purr, purr!

1:31 PM  
Blogger Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

We're all purring for Chatham over at Simply Siamese!


2:11 PM  
Blogger Hot(M)BC said...

We's sending lotsa purrs and purrayers for you to get past this bumpie in yore road Chatham.
Sanjee, Boni Maroni, Mini, Gree, Pepi and Mom Robyn

2:21 PM  
Blogger Emma's Kat said...

We too are sending lots of purrs and purrayers your way Chatham! Hope you start feeling better soon!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Parker said...

Here comes some purrs of healing for you Chatham!
Puuuurrrrrrrr, Puuuurrrrrrrr, Puuuurrrrrrr!
I love you - please jump over this bump in the road and carry on!

5:41 PM  
Blogger Derby said...

Chatham you got to go to church?! I don't think mum would take me into a church.

Hope you are just having a few bad days, lots of purrs to you.

6:17 PM  
Blogger momsbusy said...

sending purrs and purayers yur way chatham. we hopes yu starts feelin better.

yuki & kimiko

7:52 PM  
Blogger Donny and Marie and Casey said...

We are purrrrrrrrring for you!

~Casey, Donny and Marie

8:00 PM  
Blogger Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

We heard about you on the catblogosphere and rushed over to wish you well and let you know we'll say prayers for you. Mommy is especially partial to Meezers (particularly applehead ones) since she had them growing up. Get better buddy.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Radcliff, Allie, Luna & Ozzie said...

Maybe Chatham would be happier if you could limit him to a room or two. He might be getting confused as to where he is.

Hang in there, Chatham. We're sending comforting purrss to all.


9:58 PM  
Blogger DEBRA said...


We hopes you feel better furry furry soon. We will continue to purr for you and hope you are back to your normal self real soon.


3:22 AM  
Blogger Gemini said...

Chatham, we are furry sorry you are feeling so badly. Momma says she understands about the circles. Georgia sort of does that too--we thought it was her brain tumor but maybe it's a cat getting old thing? Hmm.

Purrs to you from all of us.

8:08 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

We're thinking of you, Chatham.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Eric and Flynn said...

We're sending yoo purrs too Chatham. Hope this is just a temporary setback and yer soon feeling better.

4:20 PM  
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5:59 PM  

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