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About Angela

Reader of all things I can get my hands on, most of it turns out to be worth the effort. I love books and everything about them, and will read a book in a day (if only my schedule would allow this anymore!) I work entirely to much, and don't relax enough. I am a single parent of girls which takes up 110% of my time, but I make every effort to get some "me" time (meaning, I get to read a chapter without hearing "Mom, she's looking at me again!") I have begun editing and proofreading for writers. I love everything about the English language, as challenging as it is! I am also great at editing for punctuation, point-of-view, themes, exposition, and subplots. Character development is what I love to focus on, as well as what I call the scenery of a story. Can you see in your mind's eye what the author is trying to convey? This is so important to the setting of any book.

HCM and Your Cat

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a mouthful to say, and a common disease in cats. Many owners of cats with this disease will never even know that their cat has it. There is no cure for it, it can somewhat be controlled with medication (based on how severe it is), it can shorten your cat’s life drastically, or your cat can live to a normal old age with it.

That is a bunch of encouraging information, yes?

Some breeds are more prone to this disease than others, including my Hairless Sphynx. Some of the signs include difficulty breathing, breathing with their mouth open, little activity, and blood clots may develop. One symptom of a blood clot is hind leg paralysis, as HCM causes thickening of the left heart ventricle, which supplies the hindquarters of the cat’s body with blood.

The only way to diagnose HCM is with an Echocardiogram. This is not a test you will find available at your average local veterinarian’s office, but it is necessary if you are suspicious that your cat may have this illness.

My 4.5 year old, Benjamin, is getting scanned at Michigan State University Veterinary School at the end of October. My 3.5 year old, Franklin, will be getting scanned in Detroit in the Spring.

I normally take my boys to Detroit to get scanned, which is a requirement of the contracts I signed when I bought them (that they get scanned, not that is has to be in Detroit). Benjamin gave me quite the scare a couple of weeks ago when he stopped meowing, purring, playing, and was sneezing and dry heaving at least once an hour. This went on for nearly two weeks! He has also been walking with his back half somewhat slouched to the ground for several months, which I never knew could be another symptom of HCM.

I am happy to say he is back to his normal noisy talkative self, but I am still taking him in early instead of in the coming Spring when I had planned.

You can find further information on HCM at the following link, which is where I referenced my information from.

HCM Information from Cornell

Have you ever had a cat with HCM, and if so, what was the prognosis for your cat?

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International Cat Day

Do you want to know what one of my cats did to me today? On International Cat Day?

About gave me a heart attack this morning! When I went to be last night, Franklin was underneath the blanket and sheets with me…when I got up at 4am, he was nowhere in the house.

Apparently my 16 year old daughter has a hole in her bedroom screen that I knew nothing about, because her door is always closed 24/7 to keep her hamster safe from the cats. She took her hamster to her Dad’s with her Sunday, so her door has been open.

I do not know exactly where he was, and my daughter and I looked all over the neighborhood, but he came back on his own.

I am now actively shopping for GPS trackers for both of my jerk cats; I cannot emotionally handle even one more escape 😦

If You Are Thinking About a Hairless Sphynx for a Pet…

… mind you, I would not give up my boys for anything. But I had to bathe Franklin today after he had a bath a week ago. 

His ears collected that much wax, and at two years old, he still hasn’t figured out how to NOT poop on his webbed paws and bring it upstairs with a bunch of litter.

His bath was not too traumatic, but I guarantee I am bleeding on my shoulders and back from him trying to not get in the water.

Oh; and I trimmed his nails after this.

You have been warned…

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