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Operation Hipster Commencing

Diciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here. So, last night was a little rough. The Leader got Himself worked up about his surgery again and we found Him sitting in a box full of toys. When we asked Him why He was in there, He said that toys always make Him feel better. He said they didn’t seem to be working this time though.

Otis in toy box

Leader Otis was laying in a box of toys. He said that toys usually make Him feel better.

Brother Henry and I knew exactly what we needed to do. The Leader needed our support, and we were going to give it to Him. We coaxed Him up onto the couch and we snuggled up with Him in a show of solidarity.

Otis, Oliver and Henry resting before surgery

We snuggled up on the couch with Leader Otis so He would feel safe and supported.

This morning though, Leader Otis is off to The Bad Place, and Brother Henry and I feel like we can do even more to support Him. We also know that the Guardians are worried sick, so we figured out a way we could support both The Leader and the Guardians. We are launching “Operation Hipster” to raise money for Leader Otis’s surgery and recovery. To start, we created a fundraising video. Here it is:

In addition we created a website that explains Leader Otis’s problem and has a widget that allows people to donate. Brother Henry and I would love it if you would visit the site and share it with anyone you think might want to help.

Operation Hipster

Visit the official Operation Hipster website to support Leader Otis!

 

Oh, and there’s also a special opportunity to have a kitty of your choice become one of the Cult of Otis Patron Saints! Visit the Operation Hipster website for details!

Now, Brother Henry and I are going to go do our best to stay strong for The Leader. I know we won’t be able to do Him any good if we are both nervous wrecks when He gets home tomorrow. Please purr that the Leader’s surgery goes well, and we will let you know as soon as we have any news.

So Sayeth Brother Oliver

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OK, I Was Kind of Freaking Out

My Disciples,

After spending most of yesterday totally not freaking out, I’m ashamed to admit that maybe I really did start to freak out… just a little bit. I was up in Kitty Valhalla hiding from the Guard…errr… I mean, just seeking some peace and quiet. I was trying to take a nap on a nice comfy blanket, but My mind kept returning to My pending Hipsterectomy.

Otis hiding in Valhalla

I was trying to nap in Kitty Valhalla, but My mind kept thinking about My surgery.

I suddenly felt an overwhelming surge of anxiety, and I just started yelling.

Otis yelling again

I was overcome with anxiety and started yelling to release some tension.

As I was yelling, I heard a voice say, “Ummmmm… Mr. Otis? Could you please not do that?” I stopped immediately and looked over toward the cubby holes by the window. Thomas was peeking out at Me with a slightly annoyed look on his face.

Thomas wanting quiet

Thomas did not appreciate My yelling. He asked Me to stop.

I apologized to Thomas and told Him that I was just trying to let out some tension. He said, “I understand, but Kitty Valhalla is the only place in the house that I feel completely at ease. Your yelling is making me feel like trying to climb the walls like I did after I first came inside. Why are you so tense anyway?” While he was talking, Thomas jumped up on top of the bench in front of the window. I joined him there.

Otis and Thomas chatting

Thomas jumped up on the bench in front of the window and I joined him there.

I told Thomas about My leg and My pending Hipsterectomy. I told Him that it was freaking Me out because I had to go to The Bad Place, and that I probably wouldn’t survive. He listened closely and when I was through he said, “You think you’re not going to be able to survive a night at The Bad Place? Hmmmm… I doubt it.” I asked him why he doubted it and he said, “Well, I understand that you, like me, started out in life living alone in the wilderness. Is that correct?” I told him that it was, that My parents were two feral cats. He continued, “I know it’s been a long time since you were out there, but don’t you remember what it was like? It was only a few months ago for me, and I remember it clearly. Every day I faced danger far greater than a trip to The Bad Place, and every day I was gripped by fear far greater than what you are feeling right now. Wasn’t it the same for you?”

I thought for a moment and then shuddered, remembering. I said, “Yes Thomas. It was the same for Me. For almost a year I was surrounded by constant danger, gripped by constant fear and always longing for a better life. Then I found the Guardians”. “Yes…”, Thomas said, “… so you made it through a whole year of being more scared than you are right now. Don’t you think you’ll survive for a day or two at The Bad Place?” I had to admit, the kid was making sense. We sat quietly for a moment and then I got up. I apologized to Thomas for making him nervous earlier by yelling, and then I went downstairs to seek a place where I could truly find some comfort.

Otis ready

After speaking with Thomas, I went downstairs to a place that truly gives Me comfort.

Although I am still afraid, I think I am ready to face what is before Me. Until it is time to go though, I’m going to sit right here, in the safest place I know… on the couch in between the Guardians. I don’t know when I will next get the chance to address you, My Disciples, but when I do, I hope My Hipster days will be a thing of the past.

So Sayeth Otis

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Preparing The Leader

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here. As I mentioned on Sunday, I overheard the Guardians talking about Leader Otis’s surgery, and they had decided on a date. I didn’t want to tell The Leader right away because He was hurting very badly and I didn’t want Him to also be worrying about His pending visit to The Bad Place. This morning Brother Henry convinced me that it was time to fill Leader Otis in so He could prepare Himself. I called The Leader into the living room and had Him meet me at the posing bench. Brother Henry stayed close by, both to provide security and to offer extra emotional support if needed.

Oliver breaking the news 1

I called Leader Otis over to the posing bench. Brother Henry stayed close by.

As soon as The Leader was comfortable I told Him that I had heard The Guardians say that He was going to have surgery on November 26. Leader Otis paused for a moment and then he said, “Tell me exactly what they said.” I replied, “One Guardian told the other that Otis’s FHO would happen on November 26.” Leader Otis paused again and then said, “F-H-O… how do you know that means surgery? I thought I was going to have a Hipsterectomy…” I answered, “Yes, Leader Otis, you are having a Hipsterectomy. I have deduced that FHO is short for ‘Full Hipsterectomy Operation’.” The Leader then sat silently for a long time with a strained look on his face.

Oliver breaking the news 2

After I explained how I knew when His surgery would take place, Leader Otis sat quietly looking strained.

Eventually, Leader Otis said, “Are you sure that’s what FHO means? Does it really mean surgery? Couldn’t it just mean something like ‘For Helping Ouchiness’? You know, like maybe just something they put on My ouchy leg here at home to make it better? Then I wouldn’t have to go to The Bad Place! Please, Brother Oliver, I really don’t want to go to The Bad Place!” He then began to whimper softly as He snuggled up against me.

Oliver comforting Otis

Leader Otis became fearful at the thought of His pending surgery. He snuggled up against me for comfort.

I did my best to comfort The Leader. He’s been dealing with hip pain for so long right now that I think He is emotionally spent and having trouble coping with this added bit of stress. I’d be lying if I said that Brother Henry and I weren’t worried about Him as well, but we have faith in the Guardians and know they will do everything in their power to help The Leader heal.

Eventually Leader Otis calmed down and settled in on the couch for a nap. I know some rough days are ahead, but Brother Henry and I will be here for him. In fact, to show my support, I have vowed not to play any practical jokes on Leader Otis until He has fully recovered from His Hipsterectomy. I hope He heals quickly!

So Sayeth Brother Oliver

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Soreness Sunday

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here. Leader Otis asked Me to fill in for Him this morning because He says He is too sore for blogging. He’s been curled up in a cardboard flat all morning looking miserable.

Otis sore

The Leader is having a bad day. His Art Thritis is making Him very sore.

Because The Leader is hurting, I have declared this Soreness Sunday. I hope He gets all of His soreness out in this one day so He can move on to Much Better Monday. I didn’t want to tell Him this, but I overheard the Guardians talking about His upcoming Hipsterectomy surgery and it sounds like they have set a date. I know it’s going to be scary for Him, but hopefully once it is over He will be on the road to leaving days like today behind Him.

So Sayeth Brother Oliver

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The Mystical Mat of Toastiness

My Disciples,

You may recall that some time ago, I performed a successful sneak attack on Brother Oliver to claim the Mystical Mat of Toastiness. Well, it appears that the Guardians believe the Mystical Mat of Toastiness might help with My Art Thritis. They have been letting Me sleep on it recently and it has been glorious!

Otis sleeping on Mystical Mat of Toastiness

Ahhhhhh… that’s the stuff. I loves Me some Mystical Mat of Toastiness!

My one complaint is that the Guardians don’t let Me sleep on the mat all day. They usually wake Me up and start moving My Art Thritised leg around as if they are trying to stretch it out or something. I’m not really sure what they’re up to, and I don’t know yet whether or not I like it, but I definitely approve of the Mystical Mat! I would give it two thumbs up… if I had thumbs.

So Sayeth Otis

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I Think I’m a Hipster

My Disciples,

First let Me just say how much I appreciate Brother Henry filling in for Me the past couple days. He did a good job keeping you all in the loop, although I honestly would have preferred that he keep that thing about the rat butt to himself. Oh well, as Brother Henry informed you, I have been having some soreness in My right hip that seems to be getting worse. I hate it, not only because it makes Me limp, but also because it means I have to go to The Bad Place more.

On Monday, the Guardians took Me to a Bad Place that I had never been to before. The people there were very nice, but I was too terrified to really pay attention to what was being said about Me. I do know they were talking a lot about My sore hip though. For some reason, in My frightened haze, I focused on that word, “hip”. A memory was triggered of the time I heard the Guardians talking about something called a “hipster”. I recalled that they didn’t seem to be all that excited about hipsters, so it occurred to Me that maybe hipsters are bad. Then I thought, “Wait a second… I have a bad hip. Maybe it’s not the hipsters that are bad, maybe a hipster is someone with a bad hip. I must be a hipster!”

Otis not happy to be a hipster

I have a bad hip. I guess that makes me a hipster. This sucks.

So now, not only am I dealing with the newly discovered knowledge that I am a hipster, the Guardians have started moving My hip around more. I’m assuming the people at the Bad Place told them to do this. I’m not sure yet how I feel about it, but so far I’m just letting the Guardians do their thing. It’s funny though, I assume that since they know My hip is bad, they must also know I’m a hipster. When I think back on their conversation about hipsters I can recall them saying that hipsters always drink something called “PBR”. I have no idea what that is, but if it is a magic potion that helps to take away the pain of bad hips, I hope they get Me some soon!

So Sayeth Otis

 

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The Leader Hurts

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here. Leader Otis is hurting. His Art Thritis has worsened in recent days and he has developed a noticeable limp. He is trying to pretend He is OK, but clearly he isn’t. I know He feels more vulnerable than usual because He has been asking me to watch over Him whenever he sleeps. I, of course, do so gladly.

Henry and Otis in window 1

The Leader hurts because His Art Thritis is acting up. I watch over Him while He sleeps so He feels safe.

I know the Guardians are aware that He is hurting. I don’t want to tell Him this, but yesterday, while He was sleeping, I overheard the Guardians talking about taking Him to some specialty Bad Place. I know He will just get upset and worry more if I tell Him, so for now, I am just going to keep being as reassuring as possible.

Henry and Otis in window 2

I can’t make Leader Otis’s pain go away, but at least I can make Him feel safe.

I know the Guardians will do right by Leader Otis, but I have to admit that I am a little bit worried to see Him like this. I’m used to Him being the scrappy little kitty from the streets, willing to pick a (play) fight with cats twice His size (namely, Brother Oliver and Me). He just hasn’t been up to that lately because of the pain. Whatever this specialty Bad Place is that the Guardians were discussing, I hope they can help Him. Right now He is badly in need of another Miracle of the Leg

So Says Brother Henry

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Stanley Is Not So Unstable

My Disciples,

You may recall past blog posts about The Mighty Stanley, including one that speculated on why he seemed to be so unstable. Well, I have noticed in recent days that Stanley has been visiting My yard a lot more and that he hasn’t been so grumpy with the Guardians. I found this to be curious, but not as curious as what happened this morning. When I went into My Outdoor Domain today, Stanley actually walked up, sat down and addressed Me directly!  This was the first time Stanley has so much as acknowledged My existence!  I was beginning to think that maybe he didn’t believe in the dogma of The Cult of Otis.  I thought that he might be catheist, or maybe a catnostic or something.

Stanley at door

Stanley approached My Outdoor Domain and addressed Me directly this morning!

When Stanley spoke, his voice was much softer than I expected.  He said, “Leader Otis? Ummm…I heard that you were the cat to ask if I wanted to get some catnip. Is that true?”

Fearing that Stanley might suddenly become angry and violent as he sometimes does, I laid down on My side and played it casual. I said, “First of all, nice to finally meet you Stanley. Second, yes, it’s true that I can command the Guardians to deliver catnip, but I won’t do so if you are going to attack them when they come out there. I’ve seen you lash out at them in the past. I’m not judging you for that because I know you have a lot of stress in your life as a Limbo Kitty, but My Guardians keep Me safe, and I want to return the favor.”

Stanley at door, Otis laying down

I laid down and played it casual. I wanted to make sure that Stanley stayed nice and calm as we talked.

Stanley looked very embarrassed, and then he said, “I’m sorry about my past outbursts Leader Otis, but you may have noticed that I haven’t lashed out at your Guardians in some time. You see, I used to get angry because I was afraid they were going to pet me on my back and around my tail. It hurts when I get pet there so I am very protective of those areas. Your Guardians seem to have figured this out and now I really like to be around them!”

At that moment, I realized that Stanley was probably suffering from Art Thritis just like Me! I also noticed that when he spoke, his teeth looked old and worn. He must be an old cat with lots of sore bones and joints. I immediately told Stanley to sit tight, and then I ducked inside and meowed loudly to summon one of the Guardians. They appeared promptly, and when they saw Stanley they went straight for the tub of catnip. Sometimes I’m amazed at how well they can understand My commands! They gave some catnip to Stanley who immediately dug in.

Stanley Eating Catnip

At My command, the Guardians gave catnip to Stanley. He immediately dug in.

After eating, snuffling and rolling around in the catnip, Stanley seemed to be feeling much better. He said, “Thanks Leader Otis! This stuff always helps me manage my pain. I think it must be medicinal or something!”

Stanley laying in catnip

Stanley said he felt much better after partaking of the catnip. He thought it might be medicinal.

I told The Mighty Stanley that there was no need to thank Me, and that he should stop by any time he needed another dose of his medicine. With that, Stanley got to his feet and gave Me two slow blinks to show his appreciation. He then set off in the direction of his house, looking a little bit lighter on his feet.

So Sayeth Otis

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Trip To The Bad Place Part 3- What I Discovered About The Radumographs

My Disciples,

So, after I returned from The Bad Place, enjoyed a tasty treat, and slept on the Guardian’s coat for a few hours, I was awakened by the sound of the front door opening.  The other Guardian had arrived home, and she asked the Guardian that had taken Me to The Bad Place to show her the pictures from the radumograph machine.  I took the opportunity to sneak up behind the Guardians and listen to them as they looked at the pictures and talked.

The first thing I found out is that the radumograph machine takes pictures of the insides of things.  In this case, the machine took pictures of the insides of Me!  I saw it all right up there on the computer screen as the Guardians’ were talking.  The Guardian that had taken Me to The Bad Place was pointing out My bones, My poo that hadn’t been pooed yet, My pee that hadn’t been peed yet, and even some gas that was floating around inside Me!  He seemed most concerned about one of the joints in the leg that I have been favoring.  If I was looking at the radumograph picture correctly, it definitely looked like he was pointing at the main area that I am experiencing ouchiness.

Otis Xray 1

It was amazing what I could see on My radumograph picture. It made Me think that I better hang out close to the litter box.

The Guardian said that the cause of the ouchiness in My joint was something called “Art Thritis”.  This was puzzling to Me.  I mean, I like art a lot.  I even used to help one of the Guardians with her paintings, but I had never felt any pain because of the art.

Otis helping with a painting.

I used to help one of the Guardians with her paintings, but it never hurt. I'm not sure how I got Art Thritis.

As the Guardians talked some more, I heard them saying that the doctor at The Bad Place had said My Art Thritis might have been the result of an old injury.  Maybe even a broken hip when I was young and still growing.  The Guardians seemed to have a theory about when and how this might have happened, and they seemed angry at someone at another Bad Place where they took Me to get neutered six years ago.  I’m not sure what that was about, but after they left, I jumped up to the keyboard and took a closer look at My ouchy area.

Closeup of Otis's Ouchy area

I was on My back when they took the radumograph pictures, so that's My right hip that looks all ouchy. I guess that's the Art Thritis I'm seeing.

I’m still confused about what all of this means, but I trust the Guardians to protect Me and keep Me safe, healthy and happy.  I can tell that they are concerned about Me, but from the bits and pieces of conversation that I have overheard in the past few days I also know that they have a plan to address My Art Thritis.  I just hope it doesn’t involve too many more trips to The Bad Place!

So Sayeth Otis

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