Friday, March 30, 2012

New Acrylic Painting + Kitty update

I've been so busy outside I haven't done much painting lately, but last night I went into the studio and had a pretty productive couple hours. I've got a face painting gig on Saturday and they ask for a small donation for a silent auction and I've decided to donate this little guy. The art and craft show is to benefit a local no kill shelter in my county called Posey County Pound Puppies. So I thought a cute little dog would be perfect for the auction and I actually planned on painting this just for that purpose. I hope he gets a good home :) I think I'll name him "Can I go home with you?".  He's not quite finished, I need to add just a few little things. 

My poor kitty Glove is hanging in there. She started looking quite a bit better then all of a sudden I noticed she stopped drinking and eating again and I thought oh no, this is it. But Wednesday morning I got up and was petting her like normal and noticed this icky smell. I got to looking and she had an oozing wound on her little back end. I called the vet right away to get in because I knew in her current state she might not be able to heal very well. So I took her in and she had an abcess and they cleaned her up and clipped it away and discovered this giant hole! Turns out she had been bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider! I'll show you a picture at the bottom, so beware. Not a close up though.

We have Brown Recluse Spiders everywhere in my house, it's a constant threat for us. I worry about all the time. We have our home sprayed 4 times a year. God forbid my son get bit. But I never thought they would get through an animals fur, but then I remembered she has just had a lot of her fur clipped away due to all the matting. My poor baby! So it's been a couple days of anti-biotics, and I've been pampering her and feeding her with a spoon (she is so spoiled) and she is doing a lot better, Yay! She is eating, and wanting affection and I guess she has used up another one of her nine lives.

She also had some sort of colon clogging problem and the vet had to give her an enema. Ugh, I'm glad they did it and not me... lol. I left her there for an hour, so she wouldn't have a blow out in the cat carrier... haha  She's all unclogged now and he said it's soft food for her now for the rest of her life. No problemo, other than it stinks to high heaven, but she's worth it.

Here she is, hole and all the first day. It looks like it is healing pretty good now.

brown recluse spider bite at base of tail
IF you are a little morbid, like me and want to see a close go here.

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  1. Oh when I saw you were doing an update on the kitty, I thought, oh no, she's gonna tell us the worst news! And it was bad news, but at least she's still with you! I didn't know cats could be bothered by spiders, much less Brown Recluses! They're a lot of them in Georgia too, though I don't think we have them as bad as you do! My hubby was bitten by a BR twice in one year and he had all kinds of problems from it. I'm glad Miss Glove is doing well! And you Pet Portrait is wonderful, I bet he'll definitely go to a good home and QUICK too!
    Miss ya,

  2. The doggie painting is fabulous!
    Poor kitty, she is having a heck of a time isn't she. Good thing she has is so well taken care of.

  3. I couldn't resist the close up look. that's the creepiest thing ever. i had no idea. i don't think we have those spiders up north. (just another reason I'm glad to be in Massachusetts). glad glove is doing better. -Karen

  4. Poor poor kitty. We don't have those types of spiders here, thank goodness, but what a horrible thing they cause! Glad she is starting to heal. On the more positive side, your puppy portrait is so sweet! I love his expression!

  5. So glad Glove is better. She is a beautiful girl. Looks like she almost lost her tail. When I worked in the physical therapy dept. of Huguley Hospital, we had several Brown Recluse cases and one woman almost lost her leg. Texas is notorious for these spiders and my cluttered house is a perfect breeding ground. I'm cleaning this very day! Tabby had an abcess on her breast and I thought it was just a cyst. The vet drained it, but it returned. One week later, Tabby looked really sick so I took her in and the abcess literally "exploded" in the vet's office while the vet was examining her. Thank God it didn't happen at home. All the blood and pus was gross. Dr. Susan dressed the wound and Tabby has healed completely. Sending thoughts and prayers for Glove and "death rays" for all those lurking spiders! Take care and thanks for sharing this story.


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