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Well its actually been more than a week since I've updated on Lily, maybe even two? I've been busy! I got a job! Yaye. I'm working back at Panera Bread, never thought I'd go back after I quit 19 months ago to do the temp thing. But this is one SO much closer to home, and they seem pretty nice there. So anyway. Still dealing with Lily's constipation. We still get our mini walks around the house. I think it was Friday?, we went for a long walk in the woods and she did good with that. Today she wasn't too keen on walking, but she did wander into the woods a little on her own, and a few minutes later I saw her run back to the house, and she did that cute little skip off the side of the tree coming back. So she can't be feeling too bad. I ordered the EZ egg Yolk today, that'll be our first trial, see if that helps with poop, and hair balls, if not, I will move on to either lecithin, or Miralax.
I switched their food back, their hard food anyway. I just didn't like the diet food, it was so full of carbs. So Lily & Zoe are both happy to have Crave back in their bowl. Once money is better, I will try the Dr. Elsey's. At least Crave has more protein. And eventually find a wet food they really like, so I can feed them wet food in the morning and not have dry sitting out all the time. And I plan on buying every type of gravyish wet food in existence at Petco/Petsmart, trying one can till I can find something they will both eat for breakfast. Still going to mix in some Royal Canin since I know they will both eat the gravy out of it. And definitely going to try the Tiki After dark, I saw one that might be good, the chicken and pork and I think they both like pork because Royal Canin has pork.
I weighed Lily the other day, she is 18.2 lbs now, so maybe we've lost a few ounces so far? Maybe? We will get there!
 
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I swear there is more pep in her step yesterday, and this morning! Yesterday evening she just seemed peppier, and happier when I got home from work. Who knows, maybe she's enjoying not having me around 24/7 :geekcat:and is a nice break from me, lol. Or maybe the cooler weather. I'm off today, so maybe later this afternoon I'll see if she's up for a nice walk in the woods and get some exercise.
Last night she was just peppier, played with a random piece of paper she found on the floor for like 30 seconds, and I saw her run across the room like once, so yaye. She had pooped at some point yesterday, but we're still in the clumpy, bally texture, followed by a tiny log, and its only every few days. I'm hoping the EZ Egg yolk comes in the mail today, I'm really excited to give that try. I'm going to pick up some Gerber baby food today, and I I plan on mixing that with the EZ Egg Yolk, and getting her to eat that the same way I did with the pumpkin puree. She won't be happy about it, but if it works, she'll get over it.
Zoe has lost a little bit of weight, she's in the 7 lb range now, which really makes me nervous, but I dumped the diet food and went back to their normal Crave food. So I guess the weight loss food was working for Zoe, but not for Lily.
 
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Nothing too exciting or new to report. I finally got some EZ egg yolk in her, with the old stand by; pumpkin. Pumpkin is just such a great texture, and thick enough to get on my finger, and stick in her mouth and she eats it quickly and gets over it quickly. So I mixed the EZ egg yolk and pumpkin together and she had no idea that there was a new ingredient in there. We took a tiny walk around the house today, I didn't want to go into the woods, I saw a snake in the woods the other day and now I'm terrified of stepping on one. We will go again,its such good exercise for her. I tried getting her to play with a wand today too, yeah...no interest, what so ever. I weighed her today too, still 18 lbs.
 
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Thursday I was nicely surprised by a BIG poop, biggest I've seen in quite awhile. Then when I cleaned it out yesterday, a bunch of little balls again, that look like constipation again, or maybe there wasn't much in her? I gave her more pumpkin mixed with the EZ Egg yolk this morning just incase. I love how easily it goes in her with the pumpkin, but I didn't want to mix pumpkin with egg, or be so reliant on pumpkin. Maybe tomorrow I'll try EZ Egg with baby food again, this time turkey, and try to find ham flavored, that is apparently a hard flavor of baby food to find.
I tried more of the many wet foods that I bought, I left it for Mom to give them while I was at work, I thought maybe they would like Tiki cat after dark, I got the chicken and pork..Nope, no one would touch it. Silly stubborn girls! This is supposedly one of the best wet foods on the market,(and expensive) and my girls snub their noses at it. I'll keep trying, running out of ideas and brands to try. You would think they would start getting tired of what they eat for dinner, EVERY night, the tuna and sardine mess.
She walked a little this morning, I was trying to distract her from going to her hard food bowl, so I kicked her out the front door, and we walked from the front to the back.
I've brought home a few boxes from work, thinking that would be fun, but apparently they are just good spots to rest in.
 
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I weighed Lily about a week ago? She was weighing in at 17.8, so hopefully the scale is right, that would mean she's lost some weight! I don't know how accurate it is to weigh myself, then weigh myself holding her, with her being angry/a little squirmy but its the best we've got.
No big changes. I'm not home a lot, which I can tell upsets her. She was REALLY angry with me for a few days, a few days ago, wanted nothing to do with me, but she's over it again(for now) I guess its just because she doesn't understand, I was with her every day all day for several months, and now all of a sudden for the past month, I'm gone almost all day, every day, and when I'm home, I tend to be exhausted and just kinda sit on the couch. She doesn't understand why, that I am working again. But the other day she was really happy to see me and seemed to be in a really good mood, she walked around the house all by her self, and even chased a little pom pom ball a couple of times.
We're doing pretty good with feedings in the mornings now, they both like Soulistic, the Tuna & Duck. Mom tries to feed them shortly after I've left for work, and Zoe's been outside for a least a few minutes and then comes back in. Then dinner time its the normal Tuna & Sardines still.
I've kinda slacked on the pumpkin/EZ egg Yolk, but I gave her some sometime earlier in the week,probably last monday? then again this saturday, and today. one time mixed with ham baby food, then pumpkin the last 2 times. I think it was Thursday, I didn't get to satisfaction (ha, wow I'm weird) of cleaning out the cat litter, but my Mom told she had a GOOD poop that day, and then again later in the day. Then I noticed it was a lot softer than usual, and now its kinda bally again. I need to be more consistent with it to help keep her regular, I just hate the free time i do have, of shoving it down her throat. It would be easier if she would just eat it, mixed in with her food. The exercise front, not so good, I don't have the time to walk her like I did before, and it gets dark so early, and its getting cold. I tried today, she walked around the yard with me, and then ran, because Zoe chased her, and she got mad, so she wanted to go inside. So there's that.
I need to spend more time with her. With both of them really, I know she misses me. The day she was chasing the pom pom a few times I could tell how happy she was, and she went hiding behind a door ready to play with me.
 

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When you're gone, ask if it would be ok to try some low volume classical harp music for Lily, sometimes it really helps cats to relax.

Would they like a ripple rug or some other self entertaining thing?

 
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The ripple rug looks like fun! I know Zoe would like it, Lily who knows what she finds entertaining, depends on the day. I don't know why it affects Lily so much with me being gone, she's not home alone. Mom is retired, and she is home most of the day. and gives them both attention throughout the day. Yes she does more with Zoe, but its because so is so much more active and will "help" Mom do stuff outside.
 
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We are quickly entering the blah's of winter. I got her outside with me for a little bit today, but frankly, its too cold(for me!) She walked around the house, and she also "studied" a tree, and jumped at it, jumped down, and then ran to the other side of the yard to where I was, so yaye a little exercise. I keep telling Mom she needs to just stick her outside, and really encourage her to make a lap around the house,while I'm at work. She'll stick her outside, but she needs the push to go walk around, she'll just sit on the porch and want back in if your not with her.
Still no progress on the poop front. Sunday I gave her pumpkin/EZ egg yolk, and then earlier today. I found at a petstore (PetValu) a broth/stew made by Stella & Chewy, its for dogs, but the person at the pet store insisted that its okay for cats too, and Lily actually licked it a bit. I think inbetween the pumpkin/egg, I'll try that mixed with the egg, and get a few finger fulls of that because I want the EZ egg yolk to work, but I give it to her only like twice a week, so I'm definitely going to try to get more in her.
I found a treat they both really like, we are trying to give Zoe more than Lily, since Zoe is still on the thin side. The freeze-dried chicken. Zoe goes crazy for it, Lily likes it. It's high protein and fat, so any extra calories for Z is good. Lily gets a couple pieces and Zoe gets more. We bought the one for dogs, and just break it up, because the cat bags are so little with so little chicken.
I need to weigh Lily again, I haven't in about two weeks. I am pretty sure she has lost a little weight, simply because she doesn't get temptations treats every day several times a day. Mom gives her like 4 of the prescription treats all day, and I give her some in the morning and when I come home from work. Before we got serious about weight loss, we gave in all the time and gave her temptations. I think she knows now too she's not going to get treats every time she asks.
 
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I weighed her tonight. 17.6! So I think that's good/better?
There was a tiny bit of poop in her box when I got home from work, balls again :( I gave her the EZ Egg yolk yesterday, this time I mixed it in with the Stella & Chewy *dog stew* and suprisingly it went down very easily, I just separated the chunks of chicken out and got about 3 pointer fingers worth in. I'm becoming more creative with getting it in her, instead of just baby food or pumpkin. the dog stew was a breeze. So yesterday I picked up another little carton of that, along with some pate food to mix in, I'll try that soon.
Anyone ever try winter squash? the sales person was very keen on selling me Stella & Chewy winter squash for cats and dogs. It was $20, and its frozen. Because I want to rotate between pumpkin, and the EZ Egg yolk to get and keep her insides moving. Is winter squash any better than pumpkin? I just have to get better with this, instead of like twice a week, I would like to rotate between EZ egg yolk, and pumpkin or the "winter squash". The sales person didn't seem to understand that it has to be a thick consistency, because shes not going to eat it, I can guarantee it. Its gotta go on my finger into her mouth. Because she kept trying to sell me goats milk also, lol
 
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