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!

AgaThor will have his vengeance!

Hey, AgaThor devotees!

AgaThor’s digestive issues worsened in mid and late-March, but he’s a bit better this month so far. We’ve had to put him on a completely liquid diet, which includes a combination of mostly KMR (Kitten Milk Replacement) with some Science Diet A/D and vegetables. As you can imagine, he lost a couple of pounds, but is still a healthy weight at this time. Yes, we realize he is way to old for KMR, but it seems to be better for his stomach. We are continuing to monitor him and take him to the vet if there is a problem. I am happy to report that AgaThor worked his charms on his archenemy while at the vet and now everyone at the vet absolutely loves him. The EVIL VETERINARIAN has now seen the light and joined him in his struggle for good. So, worry not, folks. He still has his mojo. He is still in VERY good spirits and is increasingly testing boundaries with his alpha male personality. We’ve come to realize his paralysis extends a little further into his body than just his back limbs. This a bit of a blessing in disguise because it means that, for the most part, his digestive issues haven’t bothered him.

I only have two pictures for you today, sorry. I’ve been getting AgaThor’s vacation home up to snuff. HE HAS HIGH STANDARDS!

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AgaThor crazy attack cat with devil eyes – “I will have my vengeance upon my intestines by beating the crap out of your leg!”

And…yes, those are my favorite house socks.

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AgaThor drying himself on a heat vent after one of his many baths. He asks that you not be jealous of his fashionable diaper.

Lessons learned since we’ve had AgaThor: Bathing cats is hard…and sometimes dangerous.

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!

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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’s Rockin’ February Begins

Hey, guys. AgaThor is counting down to his birthday in March. He’ll be one year old and he’s already working on his birthday list. He’s thinking of getting a tattoo because he thinks it will make him look hardcore. All superheroes need to look hardcore, right? I told him that his diaper (and the smell coming from it) would likely scare away even the most evil of villains. He wasn’t super happy with that answer.

Anyway, a little update. A couple of weeks ago, AgaThor had some health issues that required numerous visits to the veterinarians. So, once again, he was pitted against his arch-enemy The Evil Veterinarian. The vet suggested the possibility that he has a progressing neurological disorder and may lose additional bodily control. We began to express his bladder because it seemed he didn’t always have control of when he urinates. He was also having bowel movement problems, so he is no longer eating ANY hard food and we have to add a lot of water and a little bit of pumpkin to all of his wet food.

AgaThor is not very pleased that I’m posting this update: “Gosh, mom. Stop writing incredibly embarrassing stuff about me on the internet. No one is going to take my superhero status seriously.”

We are happy to report that he has improved and hasn’t required a visit to The Evil Veterinarian in a week. Crossing our fingers that it was just a temporary problem.  AgaThor’s bottom end is now even a darker shade of yellow/tan because of his diaper, despite our washings. He is SO embarrassed that he said that all future photos should really focus on his upper half. I told him that at least on some occasions, we’d need to include the diaper in the photo. After all, it’s part of the reason that he has a fan base. He then cursed the gods for giving him both white fur and the inability to use his rear legs while also making him a superhero. His life is so hard, guys!

Lastly, I’d like to apologize that the superhero cape is not yet complete. I’m working two jobs right now and look at houses to buy, so I’m behind on non-essential duties. AgaThor just gave me a nasty look and said, “Getting a superhero his or her cape IS ESSENTIAL!” I’m aiming for late February or early March for the cape. But, worry not, friends, a cape is forthcoming!

Ok, now to the good stuff – PICTURES!

 

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This is Aggie’s newest favorite lounge spot.

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Aphrodite and Aphrodite chilling in the living room

I hope everyone is having a great February!

Your Weekly Dose

Need a weekly dose of AgaThor the Super Kitten? Fret not. AgaThor knows what his fans need.

AgaThor and I hope that everyone’s New Year started off right. One of the resolutions that he and I made was to get fit in the New Year. I’ve delayed fulfilling my New Year’s resolution until March, but AgaThor is on it. Here he is doing yoga!

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He makes it look so easy! “Stay strong, guys. You have the power to change your destiny!” – AgaThor

Have a great weekend. AgaThor knows that he will!

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!

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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 http://www.lwv.org/. 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)

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

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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)

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“DUDE!” – Agathor (October 22)

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

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“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)

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“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)

THE END

Oh, wait…

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

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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: http://amzn.com/B001F0RCC8.

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

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This outfit makes me tired, guys.

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SOOOOOO TIRED!

Lastly, I saw some awesome cat art at the Mid Ohio Comic Con and just HAD to buy it. Check it out: http://www.jennyparks.com/lokitty-and-thorkitty/. It is AgaThor’s namesake!!!

Goodnight!