Puddings & Toyboys

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Cagney: The Sorrow

My beautiful little boy Cagney has gone.

How very hard that is to take in.

How could it be?  Only five years old.  He was flirting just hours ago.  What about Bezukhov?  How will I tell his best buddy Bezukhov?  No Cagney.  Anymore.  No… it was too much to bear.

I am not ashamed to say I wept uncontrollably.  I went into the consulting room where he was, carefully cradled in a soft towel, looking so beautiful, as though he were sleeping.  My heart knew what had happened but my brain could not work anything out.

Ms EHV calmly told me that the blood sample she got clearly showed that Cagney had lipaemia (fat in his blood) for some time.  As he came around from the anaesthetic his heart failed.  He had an underlying heart condition that we knew nothing about.  Of course looking back at his symptoms, this offered an explanation.  Ms EHV said there was no cure for this condition, although if the blood sample had not been taken he may have lived a few months more, though still, most probably, undiagnosed.

My Cagney has gone.

I left the vets with a heart so heavy I could barely walk.  And I had to face Bezukhov & Phineas.

Cagney that last morning

Cagney that last morning

 

 

Cagney: The Shock

Cagney during the day

Cagney during the day

Last Sunday, Cagney seemed a little off.  He was displaying some symptoms that prompted his previous visit to the vet: pale feet, reduced appetite, wetter poops, a bit wobbly.  He also had a new symptom of tail bobbing.  He was still reasonably active but I noticed after he did a lap of the room he looked out of breath whereas normally he would not be.  He still interacted & flirted with Bezukhov & Phineas so was not sitting fluffed up or anything like that.  In fact, I was unsure that day whether a visit to the vet was essential.  In the end, I rang to see if Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) was available the next day.  She was available the following morning (21st Sept), so I booked him in as a precaution.

So, Monday morning, after giving Bezukhov his every-other-morning medication, I caught Cagney & placed him in the travel cage for the trip to the vets.

Ms EHV examined him.  She confirmed his tongue was pale, like his feet.  His heart rate was slightly fast but not alarmingly so like before.  His temperature was normal.  His weight was a healthy 49 grams.  Though I had no concerns about his feet, she also checked them, given his previous history, & confirmed his toes were gripping well.

Cagney in travel cage

Cagney in travel cage (last photo)

We discussed what we should do next.  It was suggested that perhaps he should have the same medication as before but to continue it for longer, approximately one or two weeks after he has improved; it was possible the previous medication was stopped too early.  However, before going down that route, it was decided to take a blood sample to rule out other things.  Whilst waiting for the results I was to make sure Cagney had plenty of fluids as she thought he was a bit dehydrated.

Whilst she prepared for taking the blood sample, I said to Cagney that I would be in the waiting room & would see him in a minute or two…

I waited in the waiting room.  The wait seemed quite long.  I was not overly concerned as I simply thought Ms EHV would be waiting for Cagney to become less groggy before returning him & was probably taking the opportunity to type up some notes.  Then she called out for the receptionist/nurse, who went into the consulting room.  Still I was not overly concerned, just thinking she needed another pair of hands to help with something awkward.

How wrong was I?

Ms EHV came out the consulting room & told me my beautiful little boy had not survived.

 

 

 

Sorrow, Sadness and Shock

It is with great sorrow,

                       … great sadness

                                … & great shock

                                        … that I announce the passing of my very dear boy Cagney.

Cagney

Cagney

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Cagney, I truly hope you are with Atilla now.
We all loved you very much & always will.
Thank you for those very special 5 years, my dear boy.
xxx

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The Big Corn

When I give the boys corn, it is usually baby corn.  It has been some time but I decided to treat them to ‘proper’ corn.  A big chunk of sweet corn with juicy nuggets for them to get their beaks into.

My memory fails me as to whether Phineas has actually had the big corn before.  If he has, it was a long time ago & there is no record of it!  The last blog post on the proper corn was Juicy Corn, that shows Cagney & Bezukhov tucking in.

After the initial shock of seeing a big, bright yellowy ‘thing’ on the landing platform, Phineas took a brief swipe at it as he passed.  He must have got the taste of it as it did not take long for him to tuck in.  Then it seemed he could not pass by without indulging in some.

(Click on photos to enlarge)

 

Remembering Atilla: Three years on

Three years ago today, our beautiful Atilla made her way to rainbow bridge.

Atilla-3-yrs-on

Still in our thoughts.

Love you my dear girl.

xxx

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A welcome misting

The Thomas bath is often in use but not as a bath.  I usually put something leafy in with water to entice either Cagney, Bezukhov or Phineas to have a bath.  They may go over to it & nibble at whatever goodies are there, but never have a bath.  Recently though, Bezukhov had a paddle.

That day the bath had dill.  It was a rare moment that Phineas was not guarding his dill (all the dill, wherever it is placed) & Bezukhov took the opportunity to put both feet in the water.  He had a little shake, as if to imitate having a bath but in reality only his feet got wet.  Anyway, I took the hint – it was time for a celery misting.

This misting, a few days ago, was enjoyed by all.  I let Cagney & Bezukhov have their go before I let Phineas out.  Both toyboys were eager; Bezukhov started dancing in the wet celery leaves before I even started spraying water over them.  Cagney, who can sometimes go ages without a bath/misting, was also keen.  I felt that he wanted to wash his recent vet & hospital visits out of his feathers.

Once the toyboys had finished, I let Phineas out for his turn.  He was a bit confused as he was torn between having a wash under the spraying water or eating the celery.  He managed to do both (video below).

 

 

 

The All Clear

Cagney had a follow-up visit with the vet on Tuesday 1st September.  I nearly cancelled the appointment as he seemed so well but thought it best to take him in case the Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) spotted something that I had missed.

Reunited after Cagney's vet visit

Reunited after Cagney’s vet visit

Cagney having a flirt

Cagney having a flirt

We arrived on time but there was a delay so we were waiting for about half an hour.  In that time, Cagney was getting more & more stressed.  It was difficult to calm him down with all the different noises at the surgery.  He was even panting at one point.  I thought this would affect his heart rate.

When it was our time, Ms EHV was visibly cheered to hear that Cagney had improved.  She said that just looking at him he looked much brighter.  She asked if he had been vomiting or if he had had trouble flying, which he has not.  His heart rate was checked & she declared it completely normal!  This was a relief, particularly as she said that on the Saturday (22nd August) his heart rate was “through the roof”.  I noticed she had not used that phrase at the time, probably so as not to make my heart rate go through the roof with worry…

As Cagney appeared so well, she said all medicine (antibiotics at this point) could cease.

It is thought he had an infection.

So, right now, we are very happy that Cagney is back to normal, with pink feet, a normal heart rate, normal temperature & the energy to eat, fly & flirt!