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Tuesday, 11/01/2005 - 11:35 AM PDT
The topic: Poor Handsome.

I think he's doing a little better, but he's still pretty punky.

I called the vet this morning to find out if there's anything that can be done. I've come to the conclusion that it's no longer a congestion problem, but it's his throat. The vet warned me there could be a problem there. His throat is just really sore.

I think the fluids I gave him yesterday did help. And I started giving him the l-Lysine again to help boost his immune system. I got some tablets at CostCo, 500mg each. I had split them and was giving him a half twice a day, but he just kept spitting them out. And I can understand why, they're very rough where they were split. So, this morning I found my bag of bigger gelcaps and crushed one of the halves and put it in the gelcap. Then I found the pillpopper the vet gave me years ago and grabbed Handsome, put the popper in his mouth, pushed the plunger and the l-Lysine was gone in no time.

I spent the next hour crushing l-Lysine tabs and funneling them into a gelcap. And I have to remember to use the popper. On the right side of his mouth, he's got at least one tooth that's very ragged and everytime I have to pill him for a while, I end up getting a scrape on my right index finger that gets a little infected. I've got a bump there right now that I have to squeeze.

He still hasn't eaten that I know of. I tested him this morning with my bowl of cereal and he showed some interest. I went into the pantry and opened a can of goat's milk and he lapped up a fair amount, so that's good. And I did see him drinking from the fountain again on the patio.

I also started giving him the homeopath ferrum phos. That's always seemed to help the other kitties in the past, especially when they have upset tummies. Handsome has thrown up a couple of times, but it's just foam. From his throat, I guess. He climbed up onto my lap last night and hacked up a bunch. I had to change clothes.

Last night he spent the night on Brian's recliner. I covered him up with a blanket and he didn't seem to mind. He is sleeping a little more, which is good. I think he's so uncomfortable because of his throat, that he just can 't sleep when he's having one of these episodes.

Anyway, I'll hopefully have more ammo in my arsenal later today.

Replies: 3 comments

Oh,the poor thing. I just caught him on the cam and he doesn't look like he feels very good at all. I really hope you get a handle on it and he feels better soon. I'll say a prayer for him tonight.

Posted by Melanee @ 11/01/2005 08:27 PM PDT

I just saw Handsome on the webcam he doesn't look like he feels to good. God Bless you Handsome. He's a beautiful little boy... My best wishes.

Posted by Roni @ 11/01/2005 09:12 PM PDT

Hope Handsome starts feeling better real soon.

Glad you are better!

Posted by Bobbie @ 11/03/2005 11:40 AM 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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