Mia – My Mother’s New (to her) Cat

I’m currently waiting for a call from my daughter saying she’s in labor (she’s not…yet). She’s due February 18th and I am on a plane ASAP when that call comes in. 🙂  In the meantime, I’ll talk about the newest edition that HAS arrived in our family. Our mother’s new cat. New to her, anyhow.

After missing her cat, Henry, who passed a couple years ago, Mom seemed ready for a new companion, and we “kids” jumped on it. My sister took Mom to the local rescue place two days after Christmas and Mia came home with Mom that day.

Mia is about ten years old and the sweetest, gentlest cat I’ve ever known. She’s perfect for Mom. Mia’s favorite places are on Mom’s lap and sleeping above her head or next to her leg. She’d sleep ON Mom’s leg if she could, but there are limits, eh?

Anyhow, I couldn’t write about Mia until now because there were issues and I needed to know the outcome would be good, which it is.

We had a horrible time getting Mia to eat. The prior owner had written down the food Mia was used to. Over the course of 4 weeks, Mia ate hardly anything. We tried what she was used to, plus 2 or 3 other brands. Different types of canned food, too. Even drizzling tuna juice didn’t work. Nor did human food. We zapped stuff in the microwave for a few seconds to enhance the scent. Mom smeared it on her paw (she DID lick that off).

Mia was drinking water, but simply would not eat. For FOUR weeks. Mom counted out kibbles and they were still there in the morning. The vet said she had to be getting food from somewhere or wouldn’t be alive after 4 weeks. They did an xray and found a dime-sized stone in her bladder, but didn’t think that would keep her from eating.

Mia and Mom at one of several vet visits.

Mia and Mom at one of several vet visits.

Four vet visits later, and a drop of almost 3 pounds, from 12+ to 9ish, we were desperate. They didn’t want to put her through the trauma of surgery if she wouldn’t eat. So we started a medicine that is an appetite stimulant. I’m not sure how long that stuff takes to kick in, but one day later, Mia still wasn’t eating.

So Mom put her plate on the floor with a few chicken leftovers and was shocked to see Mia gobble them up. She switched the cat food from bowls to plates, and Mia has been eating ever since! It’s amazing!

Now, she’s still on the appetite stimulant, so we’re honestly not sure what did the trick, the meds or the plate. Could plate vs. bowl really be enough of a deterrent for a cat? We had tried different bowls, but never tried a plate. Gees.

Anyhow, it’s been two weeks since Mia started eating. She’s gaining weight. Loving Mom’s lap, her favorite place to be, and successfully had surgery this last week to remove the stone.

All seems to be well with Mia, and as a family, we are so, so grateful. The bonding between Mom and her kitty was immediate and deep and we all hope they get many good years together.

Welcome to the family, Mia!

22 responses to “Mia – My Mother’s New (to her) Cat

  1. Mr Midnight, Sir Winston and myself, from the blog of the same protagonists, loved reading your piece. My two liked the photo of Mia. Best of greetings. 🙂

  2. That’s an interesting story you shared. I have two cats and I know that they don’t like a plain bowl for their water because they have a hard time figuring out where the bottom is and that tends to scare them. So, our babies have a water bowl and food bowls with pictures on the bottom. Thus, it makes them feel more secure. I’m so very happy for your Mom and Mia.

    So excited for you becoming a grandmother. I’m hoping your daughter has her baby on February 18th because that’s my birthday too!

    Congratulations all around!

    • Hi, Connie. Pictures in the bottom of the bowl, huh? That’s probably a really good idea. Our own Dude tends to dip his paw in his water dish, I think to know where the water level is. So it might be a great idea for him.
      And yes, here’s hoping our newest grandchild comes close to or ON her due date. This long distance guessing thing is agonizing. 🙂

  3. Sooo glad to hear everything turned out well. I’ve heard that some cats won’t eat a food if it is a different shape than what they are use to. Hugs to you all!

  4. What a lucky girl Mia is to have been adopted by your mother. So many people wouldn’t have went that extra mile to get a recent adoptee the medical attention she needed.

    Love the picture. 🙂

  5. I love that you all found out the issue AND having been owned by some pretty persnickety cats, I can totally see that bowl vs plate thing being an issue. LOL – So glad your mom got a new companion and that all is well.

    let us know when the baby is on the way!

  6. What a nice story. I love it when animals find good homes. Hope they are together a long tone.

  7. What a precious girl, Laurie, So pleased to hear Mia is now eating well and that the stone was successfully removed. Loved the photo and the bonding is obvious from that alone, Two very contented ladies!

    • Yes, they are very contented now. Thank goodness Mia started eating! We’re taking her for her post-op visit today. The vet wanted Mom to keep Mia from jumping up on things for 2 weeks. That lasted one night. Lol

  8. Valerie J. Patterson

    Our Princess Leigh would only drink water from her very own coffee cup. If it was not in her cup, it did not exist!! 😛 😛 I’m so glad Mia is eating and fitting in so well with your mom. Hope they are an amazing pair for a long time to come.

    • I’ve had cats pretty much all my life, and still never considered just how far their “finickiness” could go. Lol. Just got home from taking Mia in for her post-op check and she’s gaining weight and doing very well, the vet said. Whew!

  9. So pleased Mia is eating now and your mom has a lovely companion. 🙂

    • I supposed I should have discussed how amazing my mom is, at 89, still driving, still living on her own. But I know she missed the companionship of a cat, so we are all very grateful Mia is finally thriving. 🙂

  10. Has the baby arrived yet? Sorry to be so late with this, but, well, you know. Mia’s problem sounds like the same problem my momma had when I moved her up here to be by me.

    We tried many different approaches to get her to eat, but she would not. When she lost 9 lbs. in 1 week, everyone went on Red Alert and called in the Appetite Stimulant. After a few days to a week she began eating well again and now she’s amazing everybody! 🙂 YAY!

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