Monday, September 28, 2009
Mocha Goes to the Dentist - an Update on Baby Mocha!
Guess who? It’s ME, Mocha!
I want to thank everyone so much for thinking of me and keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. I could feel your love and kindness and it’s really helping me on my road to recovery. While I’m not completely out of the woods yet, I am holding my own. And I want to thank my good friend Creamsicle for posting my story and update.
I’ve had a very busy week! Last Monday, I went to the dentist! The humans here were concerned that I might be having some trouble eating, so my regular vet recommended that I go to see Dr. Martin Sheibel, a specialist in Dentistry at the Mayfield Veterinary Hospital. He’s such a nice and kind man! I wasn’t even scared there at all, he was gentle with me. He examined my jaw and looked at my teeth to see if there were any deformities or problems.
They decided not to do any x-rays on me, because of my tiny size, but Dr. Sheibel noted that my teeth were growing in exactly as they should be, and my little jaw was perfectly aligned. He was amazed though at how small I am, and how tiny my teeth are, for being almost three months old. He feels that my situation is much like that of a premature-born infant (human of course!) who would be a bit behind developmentally for a considerable time, always vulnerable to various health problems. Since I was found in a ditch the humans don’t know if I was premature or not, but it is a definite possibility. My main struggle right now is gaining enough wait so that I can be fully vaccinated, in order to fight off any potential problems that might come my way. Dr. Sheibel noted that a big positive is that I am a bundle of energy! I am also very curious and have bright sparkling eyes! So it sounded like a pretty good report to me!
Then on Wednesday I went to see my regular doctor at the Stony Plain Veterinary Clinic. It was just a routine follow-up appointment, but everyone there is always happy to see me. The people there are very kind and sweet to me. I really don’t mind going to the doctor – it’s not bad at all!
So as of now I weigh 725 grams, about a pound and a half. So I am still very small for my age. I look more like a one month old kitten than a three month old! But as long as I keep eating and drinking, and gaining even a bit of weight each day, then I am heading in the right direction.
My doctor said I should still stay at home base in isolation for a couple weeks or so yet. You would think that would be depressing, but it’s really fun, because I get extra spoiled by the humans, and I have lots of visitors. I’m not contagious or anything, I just need some quiet time so I can get lots of sleep and work on increasing my food intake. But I do get occasional visits from one of the other young kittens. “Baby Charlie” is my new friend. She’s not too much older than me, although she is quite a bit bigger. But we are becoming good friends. She comes in to my special room and we get to sniff each other, and play. I really enjoy our visits.
And my human Godmother has been visiting me too. I just love our visits. She gives me lots of cuddles and kisses, and I like to curl up and snooze on her chest. I just love to cuddle and will purr like a tractor! She also brought me the neatest gift, it’s a pretty pink little chair from her cat Hanna. I love this chair – it’s so soft and cozy and I love to relax on it. I also love to climb it and dive-bomb the seat, catching the imaginary mouse that sometimes sits on the chair. I’ve also spent a lot of time playing with my favorite toy, the Cat ‘N Mouse (as featured in Creamsicle’s Favorite Toy List further down in this blog). It’s a great toy, and that mouse really is hard to catch. But I have really good paw-eye coordination and can make him stop no matter how fast he’s spinning!
So as you can tell, I’m doing a lot better. It’s a slow process, the humans say, but they are patient with me and are helping me get better one day at a time.
I want to thank you all again for continuing to send me well wishes. I know they are helping! I’ll write you again soon and let you know how I’m doing. In the meantime, here’s a little video of me, you can see some of my new photos, and also get to see me in action!
Talk to you later my friends!