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Thursday, 12/30/2004 - 09:27 AM PDT
The topic: I'm worried

Thursday, December 30, 2004 I'm worried about Annie. She hasn't really seemed like she didn't feel good, although the past couple of mornings I've found that she'd thrown up sometime during the night. Yesterday morning, there was a little wad of fur in the vomit, so I figured that's why she'd been puking. She had a hairball she needed to get rid of.

But this morning, there was some runny puke and I watched as she went over to the water bowl and just sat there and stared at it. This is cause for concern, as any observant cat owner knows. I took her temperature (using one of these), it was 103°, a little on the high side. I tested her for hydration (pinch up a skin on the back of the neck and if it doesn't immediately spring back into place, but stays up in a little tent, there's some dehydration going on). She shows some dehydration. I gave her an amoxicillan pill, a quarter of a Pepcid A/C (regular strength) and 120CC of subQ fluids. This was all around 6:30. She threw up the amoxi. I also brought her a little glass bowl of our bottled water. She lapped a little, but not very much. She's been swallowing like she has a sore throat, which I could understand, with the cold that's been going through our population. I took her temperature again about forty-five minutes ago and it had dropped two degrees, which is good. It's been about two and a half hours since the fluids and medication and she's just now napping. It looked like she was resisting going to sleep. I'd given her a clean towel, folded up a hand towel for under her head (she didn't want to lay her head down for some reason, headache maybe?). Within the last thirty minutes I got another handtowel and placed it over her like a blanket and now she's starting to nod off.

I'll be keeping a close eye on her all day, of course. It might be just a cold, like I mentioned. She eats from the same dish that I've seen Chandler at and I heard Chandler sneezing his fool head off over the food. And of course, cats don't cover their mouths with their paws when they sneeze, so she might have gotten infected that way. She was fine yesterday, or so she seemed and the day before, she was on her towel in front of the monitor grooming herself. She's always done this thing with her back claws where she pulls on them with her teeth to get the old sheath off. She did that Tuesday night and spit out the sheath. So, whatever hit her, hit her quick. She's not a spring chicken any more, she'll be seventeen next month. Like her brother DeeJay. So, keep a good thought for my old lady.

DeeJay had some pretty nasty red urine last night. I don't know what was up with him. But I started him back up on amoxicillan. He did take a nasty fall off of the desk the other night and I wonder if that has something to do with it. He's better this morning, I didn't find any signs of bloody urine this morning in the house.

The kittens are doing well and recovering from whatever was ailing them. They're back to chasing one another at night all through the house. They're getting big enough now that they are having a harder time getting behind the entertainment center in the family room, which is a good thing. I hated the idea of them getting hung up in the cords in the back.

I don't know if it's the cold damp weather or what, but a couple of the cats have become exceedingly affectionate. Like Sagwa and Lisa. I carry the claw trimmers with me so that I can trim the claws. They like to knead which actually feels good until the little tips of those claws start going into skin. Then it doesn't feel so good.

Well, I've got some work to do, actually got an order for the store the other day. I have to go fill it.

Replies: 1 Comment

Awww, just love up on Sagwa and Lisa! I love it when my babies get all cuddly.

Posted by Terry @ 12/30/2004 07:34 PM PDT

lisaviolet is fifty something, married with no kids, takes care of lots of cats, likes taking photographs, loves Southern California weather and spends altogether too much time avoiding her responsibilities.

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