A Few Steps Back

Lily took a turn for the not-so-great on Tuesday, so he went back to the hospital on Wednesday, and will be there at least until Monday, undergoing the same treatment again, and hopefully getting a diet that he will actually eat. He was bleeding a lot, and having trouble moving. He might eventually need surgery if he keeps having the same problems. We haven't seen him since Wednesday, so that is really difficult. Sorry to be posting about my cat so often, but honestly I feel so emotionally drained from all of this that it feels wrong posting about anything else. I'll try to get some happier things going around here.

I've been busy doing commissioned paintings to help with the vet bill, and I really thank everyone who has ordered something from me. If you'd like a custom piece, please email me, I am still open for commissions. I have been doing mostly portraits, but I am up for pretty much anything. It's also a good way to take my mind off of kitty worries.

The closet sale is going well, and since the new hospital stay will be adding quite a lot to the bill, I will be adding more clothing and other things in the next few days, so continue to check back and see if anything new catches your eye.

Hopefully he will be given the O.K. to come home with us tomorrow, but I don't want to get too excited, just in case. If he needs to stay there to get better, then that's alright. I really hope he'll get better this time.

Super-Happy Lily Update and Closet Sale

Well, Lily is finally back at home, and we are so relieved and excited about it! I've been sitting with him and holding him every free second I have. He was having a tough time the night we brought him home, and he ended up passing a bladder stone, which helped a whole lot. Of course, he doesn't love his new prescription food or his three medications, and he has lost quite a bit of weight since he got sick, but he finally started eating and drinking a lot more (thanks to his new water fountain, which I highly recommend), and he is definitely a lot happier now. He looks a little like a poodle with his shaved legs, but the fur is very slowly growing back.

I just want to say that I am in such awe of all of my wonderful followers, blogger buddies, and friends. Your generous support has knocked out a significant chunk of Lily's vet bill, and I simply cannot thank you all enough; whether you bought art, posted about our story, or sent good vibes our way. I feel truly blessed to know that there are such amazing people in the world who care about us and our kitty. So thank you, times infinity!

I finally finished putting together my closet sale for Lily. There are lots of dresses, tops, skirts, shoes, accesssories, and books, so you can click on the button above to see if there's anything you'd like to buy.

He kind of looks like he's giving you the evil eye, but he's actually trying to hypnotize you into buying something!

Lily Update

First of all, thank you so much to everyone who has commented about Lily, and everyone who has bought anything to help with his vet bill. We are so grateful for your support, and it helps a lot! I wanted to pop in and let everyone know how Lily is doing. We visited him at the hospital on Wednesday and Thursday, and I'll admit, I got pretty emotional, especially when we had to leave. He was so excited to see us, and immediately started meowing when we walked in. The poor little guy looked pretty pitiful, as you can see.

Well, we were supposed to be able to bring him home on Friday, but right before we were about to leave to go get him, we found out that since he ripped his catheter out the day before, he now has to stay in the hospital until Tuesday. I'm so sad! The worst part is that since we thought we'd be bringing him home, we didn't go visit him that day, and they were closed on Saturday due to being out of town, so we haven't seen him for days, and I feel like maybe he thinks we're not coming back. I'm really hoping we'll be able to visit him today. It's been difficult being at home without his squeaky little meows and sweet face. I've been looking at photos and videos of him, and missing him like crazy. Here's a video I took while I was making the bed, and he kept trying to help.

With the extra four days he's staying at the hospital, now the bill will probably end up being doubled. So, that's pretty unfortunate. Please be sure to check out my Etsy if you haven't already. If there is any art of mine at all that you would like as a print, please ask. I should have all of the clothes, shoes, books, and other items I'll be selling up later today, it's just taking so long to get everything photographed and measured. And please cross your fingers for us that he'll be able to come home on Tuesday.

Help Lily!

This morning Lily was acting very strangely. He was standing very still in one spot, looking like he was trying to go to the bathroom. I had to go to work, but Jose stayed and kept an eye on him. While I was at work, Jose let me know that Lily starting peeing blood, and he immediately rushed Lily to the vet.

Basically, Lily has mineral deposits in his urethra from eating dry cat food, and they backed up his bladder so that it is now about the size of a tennis ball. His kidneys were almost failing. He probably would have died if Jose handn't brought him to the doctor. Lily was sedated and hooked up to a catheter. He has to stay at the vet for about four days. But he will be okay.

We are both so, so worried. Lily is the sweetest cat I have ever had. He nuzzles with us and sleeps with us all night, purring the whole time. He is a serious lovebug. This cat is like my child. I feel so terrible that I couldn't be there with him while he was in a scary place, not knowing what was going to happen to him. But I'm so glad Jose was there to save the day. I miss the little guy so much, I wish I could stay with him at the vet's.

The whole procedure is costing about $800. It's a no brainer, this kitty is so worth it. Not that we exactly have that much money sitting around. But we'll make it work. This is where you come in. If you have been thinking about buying anything from my Etsy Shop, please do! All of the profits will go to Lily's vet bill. Also, if you would like to buy a custom drawing or watercolor of any kind for $20, please let me know and I will be happy to do it for you. You can comment here, or email me, and we can discuss the details. Jose, Lily, and I would appreciate it soooo much.

I will also be selling lots of my clothes and books, so I will post a link to those sales once I get everything measured and photographed. If you can't afford to buy anything, no sweat, please just keep our sweet kitty in your thoughts. And if you could let others know about this, or link to this post, that would be wonderful. Thank you so much!