Dear Friends of Luna,
While I generally get to see Luna every week, it’s been quite some time since I had the chance to write for her. Luna is as stealthy as ever when it comes to avoiding her twice-daily pilling sessions. She has never been a fan of oral medications and she really dislikes aural medications! Did you know that Luna has calculated the precise position underneath the crates in surgery where she can sit so that the members of the staff cannot quite reach her? I happen to be one of those staff. If you ever see one of us lying on our bellies in the surgery room half buried under a set of crates, we are probably trying to catch Luna for medications.
Luna has been in good health overall this month. She did have a flare-up of skin irritation and we know that she has been sneaking into forbidden foods on several occasions. Luna always makes sure that not a drop of food is left on the floor and she is known to clean up after Angelo if he gets a little messy with his food tray. If the staff is not quick enough to clean up after Angelo before releasing Luna from the surgery room, then she quickly moves in to make the evidence disappear. The trouble is that her actions have consequences that do not remain hidden when her facial skin gets red and raw.
Luna is hosting two lounge residents for a ladies’ night sleepover in the surgery room. The lounge is home to five Tabby’s Place cats, four of whom are diabetic. As part of our expansion and improvement project, the lounge is getting an update and renovation. Some new furnishings are being installed and for the safety of the resident cats, they need to be relocated for two days. Luna is welcoming Rashida and Samantha to the two crates in the surgery room. She is hoping they bring tasty treats, but the staff will be working extra hard to make sure that the potluck sleepover will not turn into a serve-yourself buffet.
This month Luna served as a model for several of our sanctuary staff. We periodically get training in “basic” medical skills so that we can jump in to help when emergencies arise or our veterinary team is short-staffed. Luna worked with our senior veterinary tech to demonstrate the proper hold and positioning for a jugular blood draw. We don’t often have to get blood this way, but it is important for the safety of the cats and the staff that proper techniques are understood.
During the month of thanks, we send an extra special thank you for all you do for Luna! Happy Thanksgiving to you and all those close to you!
Your Guest Correspondent,