New medical challenge for AgaThor

Hey, guys! I’m sorry these updates come less and less frequently. When I started this blog I was working less hours and didn’t have much of a social life, so I had a lot more time to devote to this. But, there’s been a lot of activity in AgaThor’s life recently and I think all of you deserve an update. This post will be to the point with nothing held back. Also, because it’s already 11:04pm and I work tomorrow, plus I must do the AgaThor ritual in the morning, I’m short on time, so please excuse errors as I won’t have time to proofread tonight.

About two weeks ago, I came to my mother’s to find AgaThor with an injured leg. My first thought was, “Did he get it caught on one of the dog cages?” I looked at all of the cages and couldn’t find any with blood, skin, or cat hair on it. My second thought was, “No way, did Hannah groom him too hard through her cage?” Again, I looked all around her cage and didn’t see anything. I took a closer look at the wound and saw a bunch of puncture marks, that clearly would have been made by cat teeth rather than dog. My mother arrived at her house about fifteen minutes later to find me in a panic. After hurriedly telling her what I found, she informed me that the same morning she’d found that he’d licked hair off those same spots and there were a couple of bites. She put some Neosporin on it and was going to check it after work. She panicked when she saw it, too. It was much, much worse than it had been that morning. He went to the vet immediately, and the veterinarian was really worried about his leg, saying that it may have to be amputated, but that we’d try him on some really strong antibiotics to give it a chance to heal. Her main concern, however, is why he would do this to himself. She worried it was a neurological condition and that the behavior would continue. She told us we should prepare ourselves for the possibility that he may continue to hurt himself and, therefore, that we may have to put him to sleep.

We decided to go with the strong meds, a cone of shame, and for our vet to consult with a neurologist. For the last week he has been on antibiotics and pain meds. He’s also been given a special bath on his leg to make sure the wound stays clean. Three days ago the vet contacted me to let me know that after consulting with a neurologist, they think it best to try him on anti-depressants to see if, once the cone comes off, that will keep him from harming himself. Today, I had to take him to the vet because he had rectal bleeding and his nose and gums looked pale. Thankfully, the vet thinks my panic wasn’t warranted. She says that the paleness to his nose and gums is because the anti-depressant that he’s on make him have low blood pressure, so she doesn’t think it is because of the bleeding. He has been having some incontinence issues and she believes that is what is causing the rectal bleeding, but told me to keep an eye on it. So, that’s where we stand right now. His cone will not come off until next Tuesday because the vet wants to make sure the anti-depressant is strong in his system before we give it a go. So, dear AgaThor fans, please keep your fingers crossed that the anti-depressant does the trick. I’m not sure what will happen if it does not.

I took some pics the last few days and I will post them on Sunday or Monday.

I hope all of you are well. Sending our best wishes!


Happy 1st Birthday, AgaThor!!!

Happy 1st Birthday to my special little man! Who? No, not Sheriff Eric. AgaThor the Super Kitten, of course! I can’t believe we rescued him two weeks shy of a year ago. He’s grown into the alpha male that I always knew he’d become. He goes around trying to boss the older cats around and has developed those trademark alpha male jowls. Here is to you, birthday boy!



I’m sorry it has been a while since the last blog post. I’ve been in the process of adjusting to my new job and buying a home, which I will officially receive the keys to next week! AgaThor has had some medical issues, mainly with his intestines and we are still working on several solutions with Aggie’s veterinarian to correct the problem. But, the poor guy has been to the vet several times over the last two months. Hopefully, we find a solution for him soon. We have yet to come to a decision about neutering him, due to the possible complications. It is a hard decision.

He says he’s very excited to get a vacation home for his birthday, even if it is a few weeks late. He’s already making plans for the vacation home’s décor and drawing me sketches of the type of cat climbing tree that he wants. He also told me he wants a fish tank, but I won’t put any poor fish through dealing with him and my two girls.

He had a nice meal for his birthday and is now lounging on his throne. Let’s take a look back at AgaThor’s first year through pictures. There are three new ones at the bottom!

Agathor, abt five weeks old


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Happy Birthday, AgaThor!!!

AgaThor: “I shall defeat The Black Paw!”

Agathor’s pretty hyped about his poll (see previous post). He can’t wait to hear everyone’s opinions on his superhero colors. He is REALLY worried the colors may clash with his fur. Please take that into consideration when voting. I’ve already sketched the pattern for his cape, now we’ll just wait to see what the results of the poll are to purchase the materials. Currently, blue and yellow are in the lead!

Agathor had a visit to the veterinarian last week. She suggested that we reconsider neutering Agathor. We’re still deciding what to do. As I mentioned in the previous post, he’s begun to test the boundaries with the other cats and challenge their status in the pecking order. However, her concerns are valid.

Agathor has begun battling his first super villain: The Black Paw. The Black Paw is Punky’s alterego. The Black Paw has the sharpest claws this side of the Mississippi. The Black Paw attacks you when you least expect it. Let the mild-mannered battle begin!

Visit us again on Wednesday for the first installment of Tales of AgaThor the Super Kitten!

Agathor needs a superhero costume. Help him decide what colors it should be. VOTE NOW!

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Agathor needs your help. He’s trying to decide what the colors of his superhero costume should be. The poll opens today, November 11th, and will close on December 10th. You can choose one of the color combinations listed OR you can write in your own. In January, plan to see him wear his new Super Kitten cape in the winning colors!

Agathor the Super Kitten thanks you in advance!


Agathor the Super Kitten wants you to vote!

Tomorrow is Election Day! If you didn’t vote early, make sure you vote tomorrow. To find out about the candidates on your local ballot and to find your polling place, visit the League of Women Voters at Agathor is fully invested in this issue. He wants me to tell you that he will come to get you if you don’t vote.

If I have to wear a diaper, the least you guys can do is vote. If you don’t, I’m gonna make a visit. Believe me when I say that you don’t want that.” – Agathor the Super Kitten

He means business, guys. He overheard me say I was sick and tired of this election nonsense and so he attacked me. I couldn’t walk for two days afterwards. So, you best get out and vote. OR.ELSE.

Agathor’s October Extravaganza!

It is November. Time flies by when you’re having fun with Agathor! I’m going to put all of October into one blog post, so that I can officially catch up to the present day. I hope you don’t mind, my friends.

Agathor continues to grow. He is now almost eight months old! It is hard to believe. He is now larger than Persephone, who is almost six. Admittedly, Persephone is a small cat. But, it is still hard to believe. The kitty clothing didn’t work out for him. I had hoped he’d get used to wearing it. He’s a cat. ‘Nuff said. Thankfully, as he’s grown larger, he now fits into newborn diapers and they don’t come off of him. Yeah, human newborn baby diapers. I said it. You’ll get to see some Agathor-with-newborn-diaper-on action in the photos and vids later in this post. Yay!

We still haven’t neutered Agathor and it’s really starting to show. He’s been trying to bully every cat in the house, even those who are clearly alpha cats. My alpha just seems to put up with him and avoid him when possible. For instance, jumping on a chair or bed which Agathor can’t get to. However, my mom’s alpha, Punky, lives up to her name. At first she put up with it, when he still looked like he wasn’t a threat. Now that he’s gained weight and is only a few pounds lighter than her, she’s decided to defend her territory. On numerous occasions, Agathor attack her and then it is HIM running from HER. Hahaha. You think I’m mean for laughing? Maybe. But, I think it’s important he learns he’s the new kid on the block and he needs to stop bullying the other cats.

We are currently brainstorming when we think it best he gets neutered. We both are concerned because he already has so many issues in the lower half of his body AND any incisions may get infected since he can’t use a litterbox. I might have to take off of work just so I can be with him for a few days in a row after the procedure. So, you see why it isn’t an easy decision for us.

I’m happy to report he is still as happy as can be. He’s grown increasingly loving, though he still has the wild kitten side to him. I think he considers himself one of the dogs. He has his own cage, just like they do, where he gets fed separately from the others….just like they do! Maybe that’s why he loves dogs so much.

Agathor has a new friend named Hazel (a two year old dog circa 35 lbs). Hazel was greeted Agathor style on her first day! As soon as we put Hazel in her cage, Agathor ran over and began rubbing himself all over her cage and reaching in with his paws. She was weary at first, but Agathor soon has her wrapped around his paws, as you can imagine. I will post pics of Hazel and Agathor in the November blog posts.

Lastly, my Artemis and Persephone have begun demanding their own blog post. Then my mom’s cats chimed in too. They don’t realize I simply don’t have the time. I convinced them that occasionally I would post pics of them on Agathor’s blog. It took a lot of convincing, so I hope you don’t mind if occasionally I slip in a pic or a vid of them.  Ok, so much for words, you guys want to see pics and vids. I wish I could say they were more exciting, but it seems like every time that Agathor did something totally crazy, I didn’t have a camera on me. Either way, I hope this will quench your Agathor thirst.  Until next time.

Agathor and Persephone playing. Persephone has the advantage and she knows it. (October 1)


I guess I can’t beat up Persephone…so I’ll just beat up you, mom. (October 1)


My friend Hannah is a back for a visit. It is LERV time. (October 3)

“MOM! Agathor won’t leave me alone! I’m taking refuge on Mountain Geek.” – Persephone (October 8)


“DUDE!” – Agathor (October 22)


“The sun is my favorite. Especially when I’m doing yoga!” – Agathor (October 22)


“Food. FOOD. FOOD!!! Stevie Nicks is my favorite.” – Agathor (October 22)

“I’m gonna kill this dead flower. RAWR!” – Agathor (October 22)

“I think I should be the next model for Pampers. CHECK.THIS.OUT!” – Agathor (October 29)



“This piece of paper is going down, guys.” – Agathor (October 30)

“I have a wild hair up my ass! Or, maybe it’s just the diaper ON my ass…” – Agathor (October 30)

“The paper ball has evaded me today! I shall have my revenge! What? Yes, my tail is puffed. It’s simply how I roll, guys!” – Agathor (October 30)


Oh, wait…

A belated Happy Halloween from Brutus and Caesar, the porch cats!


Agathor’s Street Cred – September 2012

finally getting around to the September blog post. I am sorry to say that it is pretty meager as far as audiovisual materials go.

Agathor outgrew the onesie/harness combo quickly (see the last post for images). We had to sew another one together, which you can see on him in the pictures below. Despite how awesome that particular invention was, he hasn’t adjusted to it. He just lays down and sleeps. When he did try and walk, he fell over after a few steps. It was obvious that either it was messing with his equilibrium or he simply wasn’t willing to learn to walk in it. Towards the end of September, we finally gave up.  I have to admit I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t tell everyone that I had a male kitten that wore a maxi pad with wings.

As he grew larger, he gained even more confidence. Or, should that ‘became more arrogant’? In September, he began challenging my alpha cat (Artemis) and my mom’s alpha cats (Aphrodite and Punky). This may be because he still isn’t neutered. Why isn’t he neutered? We’ve been worried about neutering him since his testicles never descended. So, they would need to do surgery in his abdomen to neuter him. As you know, he already has plenty of medical issues in his rear end as is. But, worry not, folks, he will get neutered!  He’s so mad I just told you about his testicles. “That’s so embarrassing, mom!”

Anyway, Punky put him in his place rather quickly. Let’s just say that when she was finished with him, he hid from her for a few daaayyyyz. But, he’s always the optimist, so he is back at it!  Surprisingly, Artemis just tolerates it. I think she realizes that all she has to do is jump on the bed or in a chair and she’s rid of him. He’s giving me hateful glares. He is a Super Kitten. How is he supposed to keep his street cred when I’m saying things like this about him online?!

Agathor is still struggling during bath-time. When I went to get him for a bath a few days ago, he ran up the stairs as fast as he could. His poor knees had to be bruised after that! Thankfully, we have invested in some pet wipes so we don’t have to give him a bath unless he’s a big mess. These are the ones we are using:

Ok, here are the few pics I have from September. I have more stuff for October posts (including video)!


This outfit makes me tired, guys.



Lastly, I saw some awesome cat art at the Mid Ohio Comic Con and just HAD to buy it. Check it out: It is AgaThor’s namesake!!!


Mid-Late August 2012 – Agathor’s Crazy Antics

Time for another blog post. I still am not caught up to the present, am I? I will try to do so soon. As I’m sure you’ll be able to see from the photos, Agathor is growing fast. His legs hadn’t really improved since the last post, though, as always, we were experimenting with new ways to create a diaper for him. Until we find one that works for him, he runs around the house when we have the ability to check up on him regularly (and to clean up any messes he makes!). He’s officially decided he doesn’t like to get baths, despite our hopes that he’d learn to accept them. He struggles and it has become difficult to bathe him sometimes.

I’m beginning to think he doesn’t have control over his bladder and bowels like most cats. This might make sense since he doesn’t have complete control of his legs. This makes it all the more pertinent that we figure out a way for him to either have a diaper, or construct some low litterbox so that we aren’t cleaning up our carpets and hardwood floors so often. While he still has the ability to get so wild that he bites when you’re trying to pet him, as all kittens do, he’s grown just enough that he now rubs on our legs and enjoys being pet, even if for only two minutes. As you can imagine, when we notice he’s going in for a leg rubbing, we nearly have to stop for fear we will trip over him and injure him further.

He often comes to visit me and my two cats (Artemis and Persephone) in my office when I’m tweeting, gaming, or watching a movie. Below are some pictures from one such visit on August 17th. He’s taken an interest in my Scotty Star Trek figure.

“Aaargh, Cap’n. We are under attack!”

“Mommy, I was NOT hurting Scotty. I have no laser beam eye. I swearz.”

Just hangin’ out, guys. Am I hot, or what?

Aphrodite visiting Agathor and I in my office.


This little fella was created by my mother and grandmother in mid-August. They took the lower half of the newborn onesies and sewed it to a miniature dog harness. We then put a “diaper” (a maxi pad) in the lower half, making sure to cute a hole for his tail. The first two times we tried to get him in this, he was mortified. He’d let us put it on. Then, he refused to move. For hours. I’m sure it messed with his balance. I felt we’d have to force him to wear it until he adjusted to it. Unfortunately, since we are gone for long times during the day (at work) and we didn’t feel comfortable leaving it on him unattended, he was often not in it. One day we found him with his lower jaw stuck under the collar. This was the very reason we were not willing to put him in it when he wasn’t with us. It was obvious it needed more work, but it was the best thing we’d come up with since he came into our lives. The work continues.


Enjoy this video of Agathor trying to save me from a bug. You get to see why we don’t let him go near steps unless we’re right next to him. You get to see him use his knees for balance and to “arch” his back when he gets excited. AND…you get to see him run! It is 1 and a half minutes of pure fun. Guest Star: Aphrodite and THE BUG.

That ends the post for tonight. Have a great weekend!

Early August / Agathor circa 5 months old

As Agathor’s physical therapy progressed, he began using his back legs reflexively. When excited, he would use his knees to balance himself so he could arch his back, etc. However, the movements seemed only reflexive at this point. One of his legs does work a bit better than the other. He is still unable to scratch his ear/neck, though he can bring his foot up to that location.

As with all of the cats we’ve ever had, he’s developed several nicknames: Aggie, Aga4, and Thor. He responds to all of them :). My mother is discussing the possibility of creating a kid’s graphic novel about the exploits of AgaThor the Super Kitten. Her wrist was broken at the time, but when it heals properly, she will begin sketching a few items.

Hannah came for another visit. Enjoy the short video!

We continued trying to develop a diaper for him. We purchased some newborn jumpers to try and test them out on him. Here is the stack of jumpers we purchased:

Needless to say, we knew we would need to hem the items to fit Agathor. We wanted to see what his reaction to wearing it was, so we tried it on him prior to redesigning it. He’s a cat. We thought he’d probably hate it. He did. Enjoy the following pictures and video!



Just chillin’ with his kitty toy.

And, lastly, see how easily he gets it off! (short video)

*The noises in the background are Hannah, the Super Hyper Puppy

Agathor circa 4 months old

We had a very busy end of June and beginning of July 2012, so there aren’t many pictures of Agathor from that period. We’d been continuing to do his physical therapy and one of his legs showed improvement. We tried building him a low litter box that using the top of an office box with shredded newspapers to potty train him, but it did not work. Once again, dragging his lower back end made it impossible to keep him clean. In his first few weeks with us, we bathed him about once or twice a day. Around July, we began bathing him two or three times a day. For the most part, he let us bathe him. We were hopeful since we’d started him so young, that he would grow accustomed to the baths and be ok with them for the rest of his life.

We also tried a few more diaper-type solutions. My mother sewed a vinyl “diaper” with elastic at the waist and around the legs. It was disastrously hilarious, as I’m sure all of you can image. I’m sad to say that I don’t have any photos of Agathor wearing that particular item. It was too bulky and Agathor acted like it was a torture device.

Towards the end of July, he was able to get one of his back legs up to his ear/neck to scratch it, but still wasn’t able to actually make the necessary motion to finalize the action. Whenever we see him in this position, we run over to scratch it for him. It must be infuriating not being able to scratch an itch!

Below are some pictures from July 27th and 28th. They introduce one of Agathor’s first furry friends, Hannah. Hannah is a dog that we sometimes board while her owners are out of town. She is a humongous Yellow Lab puppy. She and Agathor took to one another immediately. We realized quickly that we were unable to let them loose at the same time. Despite Hannah’s love for Agathor, she didn’t realize her own strength. She is much larger than he is. We developed a system of putting one in a dog cage while the other is loose.

Disclaimer: Because of Agathor’s special needs, we have taken a very large dog cage and turned it into his personal play land. When we are unable to be with him, we want to make sure he is safe. We have a large dog and a few larger cats and we wouldn’t want them to accidentally hurt him. Also, he does daring and crazy things like: climb curtains with no way down and running up the stairs then slowly falling back down them. So, though I realize having a cage for him may seem cruel, we are, in fact, trying to keep him safe when we aren’t home. This is why he has a big dog cage.

Ok, here are the pictures!

Agathor’s power pose

Agathor making a point: I’m tough

Will you be my friend?


Can we play while you are on grandma’s lap? YES!

Wait. We’re being spied on!