Archive for the 'Our Cat Marty' Category

A miracle!

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

As I type this post I have a sweet purring kitty laying next to me.  This is a huge deal because not too long ago, Marty was far from sweet…

As a kitten, Marty was cuddly and curious but as time went on he grew more timid and anxious which resulted in hissing and biting and hiding.  His condition worsen to the point of separation anxiety.  He started peeing in the house when we would leave for trips… at first in the kitchen and then on the carpet in the basement.  After several rounds of antibiotics for what we thought was recurring bladder infections we were at the end of our rope.  We had many talks of giving him up but feared he would be put down because he was so mean! It was a major point of stress in our home.  After one tearful trip to the vet and lots of tests, Marty was diagnosed with Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease.  Not the diagnosis we hoped for!  We were hoping that he had an infection that could be treated… and end all of the urination issues.  We were saddened at the thought that this disorder was untreatable and that we would have to make the choice to either deal with it or give him up.  Because I love him so much and couldn’t bare the idea of him being someone else’s pet…(or worse!) I wanted to try and make things work.  We considered anti-depressants to help him relax, but they came with their own list of health concerns.  We thought about boarding him when we went away, but given his biting history, we knew he wouldn’t be accepted.  The vet suggested one last thing: Comfort Zone with Feliway.  It is a plug in (like a glade plug in) that emits a synthetic pheromone that is calming to cats.  At $50 for the start up kit and $28 for the refills each month, it is expensive, but we wanted to give it a try… it beats replacing carpet frequently!  We tried it for the month of October and had AMAZING results!! Marty was friendly and social and cuddly again.  He didn’t bite us or hiss for the whole month!  The real test came at the end of October when we went away for the weekend.  Fearing the worse, we were pleasantly surprised when we came home to the same happy cat we left… and best of all, NO ACCIDENTS!!!  We are so very thankful for this wonderful product and so thankful to have a sweeter, calmer version of Marty!! 

Marty Acrobatics

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

View in HD here

Marty Explores the New House

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Here’s some video of Marty exploring our new house.

Defensive Marty

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Marty gets very defensive with his stuffed cat. He’s normally much nicer than this!

Marty is famous!

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Our friend Christy has started a pet sitting business and she used Marty’s picture for her website!

Happy Cat Pet Sitting

Marty & the Bag

Monday, August 24th, 2009

The other day, Marty managed to stick his head through the handle of a plastic bag containing recently purchased and quite fragile Christmas tree ornaments. View some of the ensuing mayhem below.

Omaha Steaks Jackpot part 2

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Tonight we picked up our Family Combo from Omaha Steaks as mentioned in my previous post.

I took some pictures to chronicle the event!

(Yes I am a dork!  And please don’t mind my messy hair!  And make note: the picture of Peter was taken under protest!)

Home with our bounty!





The receipt with our savings!


Even Marty was curious about our steak stock!


Making room in the freezer!



Cat & Mouse

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Marty has had a pretty rough week, with vet visits and all. But he still likes to have fun.

Marty's new tunnel!

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

While we were at Ikea we found this awesome cat tunnel for Marty!  I think he likes it… even though in most of the pictures he is just laying beside it.  It is hard to get good action shots… maybe another video will be coming soon!


Click here to see the album.

Marty – March & April

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Marty is getting bigger every day and is still quite entertaining. Here are some of his favorite activities over the last couple months.