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Prayers Needed

One of our pet parents and I have been communicating back and forth since Friday with regard to her kitten, Sly.  She asked us to pray for him and I am passing this request on to all of my faithful blog followers.

Sly loves to chew as some kittens do when they are teething or feeling anxious. He chewed off parts of the toys that are supposedly safe for kittens and swallowed them. Sly had to have surgery to remove foreign objects from his intestinal tract.


With the permission of Sly’s owner, I want to use this opportunity to talk with each of you with regard to the dangers of kitten toys and other objects.

Do you remember the story I  told each of you the day you picked up your kitten from our home — the story of Roscoe?  Roscoe was the rescue kitten we had several years ago. He became lethargic, would not eat or drink. When we took him to our vet he did x-rays and found something wrapped around Roscoe’s intestines. Surgery followed and we discovered a ponytail holder was the object he had swallowed.  He made it through the first surgery fine but when they had to go back in, he died on the operating table.

When I tell all new pet families this story it is not to put a damper on an otherwise exciting day but to emphasize that even such a small thing as a ponytail holder or rubber band can end their kitten’s life.

And now I will add Sly’s story to my going home speech.  But I pray from the bottom of my heart, this story has a happier ending.

Look at the toy Sly had that is made especially for teething kittens!  And the pet parent sees this and says my kitten will love this and since it is for teething it must be safe.  But now we know,  it isn’t.


If you are going to leave your kitten alone while you go off to work, to school or shopping, before you go look around for any toys that might be a danger to him. Look for any toys that have cloth or string. Put those toys away.  When your kitten is alone, he misses you and will look for something to soothe himself.  Another danger is garbage bags and other plastic bags. Don’t leave any lying on the counter. Even two of our older cats are drawn to plastic bags and will chew on them the minute they see them.

Sly’s family are the best pet parents a breeder could ever dream of.  We have texted back and forth during the months since they picked him up and I know they have done everything right. But no one can possibly have their eyes on their kitten at all times. They have now cut the tails off the teething mice. They are going to put their Christmas tree out of Sly’s reach so he can’t get at the decorations.  The nurse at their vet’s office told them very scary stories about the holiday trauma for cats and dogs.

The tail has now been cut off the fish. The dental chew is placed in the cabinet when Sly is done cleaning his teeth.

The nurse suggested a Nylabone to satisfy his teething urge. They found them on Amazon in chicken flavor.



Sly is doing well at the present time and is taking his four medications but they have to be very watchful over the next few days. The concern is sepsis.  Please pray Sly will heal and no infection will attack his body.  And please pray for his family. Sly is not allowed to climb or jump and you all know that is going to be an extremely difficult thing to curtail for a Siberian.

There are also a couple of other things going on in our lives at the present time.  A very good friend from our Girard church family passed away this morning. And my son-in-law’s father is doing very poorly. SueEllen, Mike and Mike’s brothers are driving to North Carolina as I write this. I pray for their safe travels. I will be spending a lot of time this week at their home with our granddaughter. If I do not answer your emails right away, please know that I will do so as soon as possible. It might be better to call me if you have a question. (217) 823-5482

Life has ups and downs and we are taught to be thankful for both.  The downs teach us patience and hope.  The ups make it possible to know that there is always sun after the rain.  And let’s end this post with some sun! How about those Cubs!

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  1. Mary Alice Cunningham

     /  October 23, 2016


    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Ann Brown

     /  October 23, 2016

    Sending our prayers for all the situations mentioned. So very sorry. We adore our Nikolay so much.

  3. Vicki

     /  October 23, 2016

    Oh poor Sly – I pray all goes well with him. Prayers to the family.

  4. Vicki

     /  October 23, 2016

    P.S. I ordered a pet feeder toy last week from Amazon, but as I was looking at the different models on Amazon I read reviews. Thank goodness I read some of the negative reviews because the one style I was about ready to order had a warning from a pet parent stating their cat had chewed off a piece of the feeder. This type of feeder was one with plastic pieces that stick up at angles.

  5. Sandi Rasmussen

     /  October 23, 2016

    Poor Sly and Sly’s family! They will be in may prayers and so will your daughter’s father-in-law. I have started making a list of all the supplies to buy for our kitty. Maybe I should hold off a while to ask you your opinion before I buy. Again, prayers are coming their way.

    Sandi Rasmussen

  6. Amy

     /  October 24, 2016

    Thoughts and prayers to this family! We had a similar situation with our 5mo old Siberian back in July. On a daily basis we did a “toy sweep” of kids toys to make sure nothing hazardous was around. We made sure everything was up at night after the kids went to bed. Things were picked up whenever we r left the house. Sadly, our curious Spencer chewed the straw off a hiding sippy cup. He was so sick. Luckily, (but unfortunately for our bank account!!) he pulled through his surgery and recovery quickly. He’s a happy, rambunctious, loving guy who is down one of nine. Hopefully Sly also has a quick recovery!

  7. Dinora

     /  October 24, 2016

    Oh noo…this is sad and scary…pray that kitty heal soon, and now Im worry I left some toys for Maya to play…not exactly that kind but some has string, OMG I will b worry all day…even thought is not the first time I left toy for her to entertain herself while Im away…pray for this kitty……

  8. Vicki

     /  October 27, 2016

    Anxious to know how Sly is doing and your son-in-law and family?


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