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Misty Grey

She has things to do, like occupying sunbeams, drinking out of the bathroom sink, and being beautiful – on four legs, or three!

05-28-14 – 9 Weeks After Surgery

Filed under: Uncategorized — ddmckenna at 6:44 am on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Misty took a walk around the yard so I grabbed my camera and got some photos of my pretty girl on her walk.


Her fur is growing back nicely, but there is still a noticeable difference in length on her back.  She is starting to feel fluffy again when I pet her, and I think if her fur were all that length it would be hard to tell it wasn’t fully grown in.


A view from behind.  She enjoys sitting on the hill looking across the houses below.



Somewhere around the time I took this photo is when I got bitten by a fire ant.  See what I do for you, Tripawds?






05-21-14 – 8 Weeks After Surgery – Soggy Kitty

Filed under: Uncategorized — ddmckenna at 4:52 am on Thursday, May 22, 2014

This is Misty waiting for her breakfast, still all soggy after getting her ear meds. Ugh, is it really only Day 2 of the ten days we’re going to have to do this? She ran away from me this evening when I offered her treats. 🙁


05-20-14 – Enjoying Birthday Dinner

Filed under: Uncategorized — ddmckenna at 10:47 pm on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

We ended up sharing a meal to honor her birthday because I went to the store and found chicken livers – something that only Misty and I like so we don’t have very often.  I gave blood last week, so maybe I was craving the iron. I cooked hers plain and fried mine with a little bit of onions to add some flavor. Here are a couple of photos of her enjoying her birthday dinner, as promised:



Misty-Kitten Photos

Filed under: Uncategorized — ddmckenna at 9:21 pm on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I came across some old kitten photos of Misty and Alley – I was trying to verify the year of Misty’s birth for sure – it was 2000.  Here are some photos of both girls from 2000-2001.  Misty was always cat-shaped from the day I got her at 8 weeks old, but Alley was still little enough that she has a cute little kitten-belly in some of the photos.  None of these are all that fancy – it was just a little webcam that we used to take them I think.

misty collage Two Kitties Looking Alley Collage isn't she cute! clear cameo of mist

05-20-14 – Happy 14th Birthday Misty!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ddmckenna at 3:29 pm on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Today is Misty’s birthday – we got her from the animal shelter on July 20, 2000 and they said she was two months old so I made her birthday May 20. I feel bad because we started out her birthday this morning with ear medicine, but treats and breakfast and a short while sitting in the back yard enjoying the morning breeze made up for that. Now she is upstairs asleep on a comforter on the floor in the spare room. A comforter that I really should have put into the laundry weeks ago, but I have been putting that off because she claimed it and she looks so cute curled up on it asleep.

Later, when she is up and around again, I’ll feed her some rabbit from the freezer later as a special birthday dinner. I’ll try and post a photo of her enjoying that. 🙂

05-19-14 – After the Vaccination Visit

Filed under: Uncategorized — ddmckenna at 12:35 am on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I brought Misty in because she was almost due for her rabies vaccination and I wanted to get in on time so I could get her the 3-year one instead of one year.  The county I live in apparently requires me to send in a copy of the paperwork and $15 to get a tag that shows she is vaccinated, so I’ll be putting that into the mail tomorrow.

While we were there her doctor took the opportunity to give her a good look over and make sure all is ship shape.  She looked at the bulgy area on Misty’s neck – seems to be just fat, but let’s keep an eye on it and don’t worry unless it seems to be getting bigger. Misty’s been scratching at her left ear a lot so I made sure to have her take a peek, and sure enough there was gunk in there. They took a sample and it was an infection – yeast. This is what Misty was suffering from when she was first diagnosed with food allergies a few years ago. Boy did Misty’s back paw go when they were digging out a sample! Poor girl, it must be so itchy!


Some back story here (cue the time travel music): Years ago I brought her in because her ears were clearly painful – she would scratch at them vigorously and cry, and when I was petting her she would flinch if my hand bumped her ear, and even run away and hide. At the vet they found that her ears had gunk in them, and so they started the months-long process to get then cleaned up (once it was diagnosed as NOT ear mites, which she apparently had at first too and so we thought it was all being caused by them).

The vet dosed both her ears with a sticky goo called BNT, which is anti microbial and works against both yeast and bacteria.  We had to go back every two weeks for another dose of BNT, and when it was finally cleaned up they could see that underneath it all the tissue in her ears was inflamed. Apparently this is a common way in which food allergies manifest. So,  they gave us some prednisolone (easy easy to feed to her because she LOOOOVES treats and I just wrapped the pills) and some stuff to continue to cleansing of her ears (two times a day in each ear, and NOT easy at all because even on a good day she is not fond of liquid being put into her ears). The first  ear medicine caused her to pull the fur out all around her ears where it dripped, and we were getting it all over me of course, and it bothered my skin too (Zymox, and my problem was caused because it contains propylene glycol which I have found out the hard way makes my skin itch and burn), so they gave us something different (TrizUltra + Keto) and prescribed hypoallergenic food (Royal Canin rabbit formula).

Her ears got better but she has been on the hypoallergenic food ever since. She started to get bored with eating the same thing all the time, so I’ve had to be creative in finding ways to keep it interesting for her.  I bought a frozen rabbit from the butcher and cooked it just like a chicken in the slow cooker, then pulled it off the bone and froze it in many tiny pieces.  I take out a few at a time and let them defrost as treats for her. And now and then I try adding something back into her diet.

Cue music for time travel back to the present.


Apparently something I gave her recently must have been enough to trigger her allergy again. I hope maybe it was the canned food that I offered her a couple weeks ago that she didn’t seem to like (first time EVER in HISTORY). I gave it other and she sniffed it and didn’t eat it, instead she came back to me and begged for more.  I gave her some treats and she ate them and then ate the food.  However she threw up later (I blamed it on her drinking too much water too fast out of the bathroom sink), and the next day she wouldn’t eat the food.

Anyway so we came home today with more TrizUltra (plus Revolution and her rabies paperwork). So she got her dose of revolution, and then the ear stuff. No fun, she still managed to catch me on the thumb with one claw, but once I got the cleaner into her ear and started massaging it around, she relaxed. I let her got and she shook it out (all over me but hey I deserve it since I’m the one that put it into her ear to begin with, right?). She found an afternoon sunbeam to curl up in and I followed her with some treats and the towel.  She graciously accepted the treats and allowed me to wipe the side of her head where it dripped. She started purring before I was even done, and put one paw on my leg – it must feel better already for her to forgive me THAT fast.  She hasn’t moved from her spot since, even though the sunbeam is gone.



05-19-14 – Sunbeam Cat (Almost 8 Weeks After Surgery!)

Filed under: Uncategorized — ddmckenna at 2:08 pm on Monday, May 19, 2014

I realize I’ve been remiss about posting sunbeam photos. Misty seems to occupy sunbeams most in the mornings when I am not usually feeling extremely motivated to follow her around with a camera. I guess she likes morning sunbeams better that afternoon ones, or perhaps she just doesn’t like to interrupt her afternoon naps (another important duty she does every day).

Anyway, so, here’s a sunbeam photo, just for you.  🙂


Today she has an appointment for her rabies vaccination. I’m sure she has no idea she will be going for a car ride later, or she would not be looking so relaxed.

And here’s one more sunbeam photo for the road. This was taken a few days ago. I was using treats to try and get her face turned toward the sun, and this was the result. I love her expression in this photo!


Misty waiting for her dinner

Filed under: Uncategorized — ddmckenna at 4:42 am on Friday, May 16, 2014

Here’s a video of Misty waiting for her dinner. She gets so excited, she can’t keep quiet “Rrr… Rrrrr… Rrrrrtt…”

I can’t help laughing every time I feed her.

Sorry the the video started off blurry… She started rrrr-ing before I was quite ready.


05-15-14 – 7 Weeks After Surgery

Filed under: Uncategorized — ddmckenna at 3:37 pm on Thursday, May 15, 2014

This started out as an attempt to photograph her scar area while she happened to be lying in a position to show it, and turned into a licking my hand session instead, so I’ll post a few photos. Kitties always look so sweet when they are happily grooming someone they like! 🙂 <3

It looks to me like some of the fur along her scar is growing back white. I’ve heard that happens sometimes.



In this one I think she looks a little like… E.T. maybe? image

A pause while cleaning the front paw, to contemplate the meaning of life, or perhaps just where to lick next:


Such a sweet kitty!image

05-13-14 Just Misty in her Baby Dill Pickle box

Filed under: Uncategorized — ddmckenna at 5:39 am on Wednesday, May 14, 2014


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