CBD Oil and Asthma in Cats

Callie developed heart-wrenching asthma several years ago, and to watch her wheeze and try to clear her lungs enough to suck inadequate oxygen pulls at my heartstrings. She will be having a wonderful time wrestling with me and will roll over playfully, only to have to sit up violently to cough. Brushing her right away seems to calm her, but the coughing fits are coming more often and taking lo her to subside. When she was finally diagnosed with asthma after 6 months of antibiotics from another incompetent vet, Dr. Stephens in Morro Bay put her on prednisolone cream that is applied to the ear flap and causes Callie very little stress when administering it.

But now that we aren’t going to Morro Bay as much, we have had to change vets and have a lovely vet named Sandy, at Encinitas Village. Unfortunately for us, we ran out of the cream quite some time ago and are waiting for a delivery that will arrive on Monday. She first prescribed prednisone orally, and that did nothing for her cough, so we got creative and chose to purchase some CBD oil from a local dispensary. The olive oil-based CBD oil is dropped into soft food and the usually very picky Callie laps it up like it is the best-tasting food she has ever tasted.

The results have been pretty conclusive and her cough is down by 75% and she appears relaxed and happy. The only downside that I can see, is an increase in her appetite and gum disease by eating soft food. I resist the temptation to feed her canned and only feed her dry kibble once I have given her the medicine, but Callie’s preference for gummy canned food is going to be a challenge. When we first rescued her as a 3-year-old, she already had advanced gum disease and we had to schedule her for teeth cleaning. Her gums really improved and she hasn’t had any oral issues ever since. I can already smell her bad breath again though and will have to be very careful.

We pick up the prednisolone cream tomorrow on our way to Las Vegas and will be staying at the Thousand Trails Campground for the first time. This summer we became members and now we can stay for free in any of the campgrounds that are in California and Nevada, Washington and Oregon. What a great deal! We are very excited to see our daughter again and I hope to do some landscape photography at Valley of Fire, Snow Valley, and Zion. Once I have the cream for her ear I won’t have to give her the CBD oil as much for asthma but will be using it for separation anxiety that makes her throw up, and that is another story altogether!

Happy Holidays to all of my beloved readers. I hope that you have recovered from Thanksgiving and can move on to Christmas and Hanukkah and whatever it is that gives your heart joy and causes you to reflect on your life and all that you should be grateful for. I am so grateful for having rescued Callie. She has become my muse and contributes so much to my life and the adventures I am having traveling in the RV with my wonderful husband of 41 years.

A Hitch in her Giddy-Up

Callie has been given the somewhat grave responsibility of being able to explore her surroundings outside free and unattended while staying at Cypress RV Park in Morro Bay, California. I realize that many people believe that cats should not be allowed to run free outside because of the danger they pose to themselves and to wildlife, and I totally get it, but I do let Callie roam a bit while parked in a safe and enclosed RV Park that she is familiar with, and I keep the door and a window open and check on her frequently. She usually stays within sight of the RV and if I don’t see her after a short time, I whistle and she comes running.

The other day I was aware that she had been gone for a while so I went out and checked on her and whistled and whistled and she was nowhere to be found. I stood outside and whistled some more and finally, she darted out from a parked truck one site over and she was being chased by a noisy cowbird that was swooping down and pecking at her as she ran as fast as she could toward me. Callie had to run across loose, medium size gravel and an old shoulder injury made it difficult for her to get to me fast enough. As she limped along at a pathetic lope, and with the bird hot on her tail, the term, “a hitch in her giddy-up” came to mind. No wonder she hadn’t come back home any earlier, she needed me to protect her from the bird that was harassing her and she was waiting for my back-up before she headed back to the safety of the RV.

It was quite the hilarious scene witnessing her being tormented by a bird and I think she viewed the whole experience with a mixture of fear and trepidation. Her desire to go exploring seems to have faded because now she parks her rear end next to the picnic table in our site and keeps a wary eye out for those pesky birds.

Chilling in the RV

Sheltering in Place

We have finally escaped the desert heat once again and this time because of COVID-19, we are sheltering in place in Morro Bay. Cypress RV Park had accepted our reservation before the pandemic hit and honored it as long as we stayed put for a couple of months. The public restroom facilities are all closed up and we are fully contained in our CLASS C RV and only go out for bike rides, photo opportunities, and grocery shopping.

Callie has been given permission to explore freely outside for short periods of time because we are nestled way far back in the park with no one next to us. The streets that border the park are quiet and there are very few cars. She is having a blast and loves sitting out in the sun with a cool marine breeze washing over her.

I have been taking lots of sea otter photos and the bird life here is especially rewarding. There is a female Peregrine Falcon named Sierra that has 3 chicks high up on Morro Rock and Great Blue Herons and Snowy Egrets are everywhere. I even captured a Common Loon that looks like it has bright white polka dots on his back feathers.

The virus crisis is far from over, and the lack of testing while opening up the country is a foolish and irresponsible move. I can only hope that most of you readers follow the science and support our first responders and health care workers by continuing to social distance yourself and wear a mask while inside buildings. Stay safe and healthy everyone. We will be enjoying Morro Bay for at least several months and I look forward to sharing lots of photos with you.

Common Loon
Mother otter and pup
Snowy Egrets
Great Blue Heron
Morro Bay
A mother otter trying to rest with a rambunctious pup.
Big Sur
My little helper!