Cato Is Ill – A Tiny Blog Hiatus

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About 6 weeks ago Cato -who just turned 14- suddenly started to vomit multiple times. Up to the point that she only threw up bile and foam. Throwing up is one of Cato’s specialities, but usually it stops after one time. She also completely stopped eating and drinking afterwards. A quick Google search taught me that cats can get liver damage from not eating for 2 days or more. So we made sure to see the vet the next day.

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Why is Cato so ill?

The day before her health declined we had some work done to our back yard, including a quick cleaning of the patio. The patio cleaner was supposed to be biological, but upon further investigation we learned that it contained Didecyldimethylammonium Chloride / Benzalkonium Chloride. Diluted and dried up this substance shouldn’t do much harm to cats. But we think that she might have ingested some from her water bowl outside. Afterwards I feel so stupid for not checking on her bowl, so if you read this and have pets, be aware. She did not have any mouth ulcers though, which usually happens if a cat licks Benzalkonium Chloride from its paws.

Up to this day we are not sure if she’s got any damage from the patio cleaner, or if it is just a coincidence that she got ill the day after. The blood tests and echograph didn’t show a clear diagnosis, other than that she had an infection and possibly pancreatitis.

Sadly I discovered this Monday that her right eye has gone blind, the pupil is permanently dilated. I talked to the vet in tears when I found out. Because she had been poked around so many times I had promised Cato not to go there anymore. But I decided to bring her in once more, only to see if her blood pressure wasn’t sky high. Once she was on the treatment table she made a perfect poo, haha. Both me and the vet were happy, because she hadn’t been able to do so in a while. Her blood pressure was just fine. So now we still don’t know what’s wrong, but it might be a brain tumor.

Cato’s main symptoms are:
– Hardly eating
– Stomach pain (she mostly sits hunched up with her feet tucked under her)
– Lethargic
– Sleeping most of the time
– Back leg weakness
– Nausea
– Sudden blindness in one eye

In the beginning she also stopped drinking, but this has gotten better after a day of fluid therapy.

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So what now?

To make sure that Cato was getting fed, we had to tube feed her multiple times a day. Basically this means feeding the cat with syringes with wet food (in our case Hills I/D). She also had to get multiple medications, such as antibiotics. The vet made this look so simple, but at home it was a huge battle trying to get her to swallow a pill. So from that day on I mixed it into her food. This was time-consuming, but luckily we are both working from home as freelances for kind & patient clients.

The horrible thing about pancreatitis is that you can’t cure it, you can only help the cat a bit and hope for the disease to go away. And if it’s a brain tumor we would only prolong her life for a year or so, if it can be treated in the first place. There’s no clear prognosis and her condition will range from day to day. One day I though I had to let her go and the next night she gave me headbutts and cuddled up beside me. Eventually Cato got fed up (no pun intended) with the force feeding, up to the point that she started hiding from us. Last weekend we decided to only feed her Almo Nature from a small bowl -great treat for any cat- which went well.

We might have to let her go

Tuesday she was doing really well, she was active and managed to kill a pigeon in the backyard (O_o). But today she is not doing well at all. She can barely walk and she accepts syringe feeding by opening her mouth herself. If she will stay like this or if she gets even worse, we will put to sleep before the weekend. It really breaks my heart to even think about this. It is so hard to let her go, but it is even harder to see that her quality of life is suffering. For now we try to keep her as comfortable as we can. We also gently cuddle her a lot, which she still accepts and enjoys.

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all of the above pictures are from before her illness

Japanese Stationery Shop Review – Rainbowholic Shop

This review contains a bit of cross-posting with the article that I made with Marceline for Super Cute Kawaii. I have only made one order at the Rainbowholic shop so far and really wanted to include it in this series of Japanese stationery shop reviews. I’ll go a bit more in depth about the ordering, service and the assortment of the shop.

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At the beginning of this year I noticed that Kaila was holding a fund-raising campaign for her dad who is undergoing radiation treatment for cancer. It’s a subject close to my heart, as both of my parents have had cancer. Also Kaila is such a great role-model for the kawaii community, with her love for Japan and her positive attitude, that I really wanted to support her #RainbowsForMyDad campaign by making a purchase.

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The package arrived within a week after shipping and it was adorned with lots of kawaii washi tape and stickers! I received some extra cherry blossom stickers in my package, because Kaila had noticed that we are both a fan of sakura. She also included a ‘keep believing in yourself’ booklet in the package. It is handmade and comes with great positive advice to achieve your dreams. To be honest I was having major PMS when the package arrived so this made my day (and it made me tear up big time, haha).

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I had been eyeing the Bande Sakura Washi and Sakura Petals Washi Tape for a while. And this washi tape did live up to my expectations. Basically the tape consists of small washi stickers in various shapes that you can peel off. I’ve used both tapes for my Bullet Journal April set-up, that I will share with you soon. It was so nice to work with these Bande tapes, I can really recommend them.

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This cute Pokemon Dessert Plate sticker sack -with pastel colors and golden details- has got the cutest illustrations. I’m planning on using these stickers in my Bullet Journal, probably to decorate a Pokemon Go page. This set is sold out, but you can find a couple of other Pokemon items at the Rainbowholic shop.

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The shop carries a nice selection of character stationery, often sold in sets and/or as Rainbow Mail. My Melody is an old favorite Sanrio character of mine, so I ordered this cute set with clear stickers, tape and post-it notes. These are all official Sanrio items of a good quality. Heart

Rainbowholic Shop from Japan Review Summary

Cute stationery in this shop

Washi tape, stickers, stamps, pens, markers, pencil cases, memo pads and journals are all available in the stationery section. Rainbowholic Shop is also the place to look for creative books and the special Rainbow Mail. Also if you are visiting Japan, you can book Kaila for a Kawaii Tokyo Stationery Tour, which sounds like so much fun Smile

Packing and shipping

★★★★★

Kaila emailed a picture of the package and the tracking number, so I could keep an eye on it. My order arrived within a week in a sturdy envelope, decorated with lots of kawaii washi tape.

Product and shipping prices

★★★★☆

The product prices are very reasonable, but a little higher compared to other shops, hence 4 stars ^_^ For instance a set of 5 Mildliners is about $8.90 at the Rainbowholic Shop compared to $7.00 at Cute Things from Japan.
Most Rainbow Care Packages come with a flat rate shipping of about $4.50. Other items will be shipped by the somewhat expensive EMS method. But I emailed Kaila to work out Airmail shipping with tracking, which was only $8,80 for my package.

Customer service

★★★★★

Despite the fact that Kaila is working another job and blog/vlogs quite often, she responded very quickly to emails. She was super helpful and absolutely deserves these 5 stars!

Shopping at the Rainbowholic Shop has been a positive experience for me. If you are looking for Japanese stationery with kawaii and cheerful designs, you should really check out this shop. And if you’d like to receive a more personal package, you might enjoy Kaila’s Rainbow Mail.

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