Sunday, June 12, 2016

Health, One Day at a Time



All the best wishes and good thoughts worked: Cammie is much improved today. I waited all yesterday for her to visit the litter-boxes. She didn’t move from her favourite cat-tree once during the daylight, so I brought food and water to her there. She ate small portions (I kept them small) through the day, and drank.

The lack of urination concerned me; I suppose it was good that it was not the opposite, repeated attempts to go that produced no result. After I went to bed, I couldn’t sleep; I knew she would go to the litter-boxes eventually because she started wandering. Sure enough, at 1.30, she wet in the litter-box. After she finished, I checked the result; I had been scooping the boxes after every other cat had used it, so I would know what deposit was the princess’s. She had left a big lump of urine in the litter, the size of her head. I was able to sleep after that.

When I woke at six to give Tucker his injection, Cammie was at the hard-food bowl. She followed this by eating a good soft-food breakfast. I have been feeding her little amounts since then. She has drunk water on her own. She hid again today but I think that either she is not fully recovered from her ordeal (which is likely) or she simply finds the corner of the library behind books where no one can get to her restful. She came out twice, once when I lie down and patted my chest (she lie on me for about fifteen minutes purring) and again when I opened the window; she emerged for the fresh air. So I didn’t worry much about her hiding. She has wandered about the apartment today, like a convalescent roaming the hospital corridors in her pyjamas and robe, just to get out of her room. 




I don’t know what this condition was. It doesn’t appear to have been cystitis. It may have been a simple infection - the veterinarian had suggested that it was a minor one – that was cured quickly by the Clavamox, which then caused its own problems. I will definitely watch for signs of a recurrence. I still have the Veraflox but will not use it, as there seems little point in treating a problem that appears to be gone, or at least in retreat. I will be speaking to Cammie’s doctor about this tomorrow. For now, the princess is feeling good. She is no longer nailed to her cat-tree or secluded behind bookcases. She is, at this moment, lying on the bed in the full blaze of the evening sun. She just ate another satisfying portion of food, and I await her next urination (really, that’s constitutes an event in my life.)

Another crisis seems to have been staved off, though, as I wrote to a friend today, a cat’s health seems to be a matter of one day at a time. Well, this day has been a very good one.

10 comments:

  1. How wonderful to hear that Cammie is much improved! I know you're relieved as we all are. I agree that her condition was puzzling. Maybe it was cystitis, and because you were so vigilant, you were able begin treatment before a serious problem developed.

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    1. I hope whatever it was it is on its way out.

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  2. So glad Cammie is on the mend.

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  3. This is great news! Purrs to Cammie, and paws crossed she doesn't have another bout of whatever this was.

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  4. We wish you many more settled days, rather than having to play nurse with your team. They are lucky to be so well cared for.

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  5. Thank goodness Cammie is on the mend! What a baffling case hers has been! A cats urinary system is one of great complexity !
    Vigilance when it comes to Cammie's urination is of utmost importance . Is the single large void a normal pattern for her? If she is not back to baseline , there may still be something going on.
    I'm so glad to hear she's enjoying sitting with you. Keeping her spirits up will help her deal with her illness. God bless you, John , for loving her and caring for her.

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    1. I spoke with the vet and she isn't too worried about Cammie going just once a day. I've noticed that illnesses are sometimes a divide for the behaviour of my cats. This may be how it will be for a while with her.

      I worry about her a little more than I do about the others when there is sickness, as it always seems to discourage her more, though that is probably just that melancholy face of hers. I am continuing to bring her food at irregular hours. I want her to eat as much as she likes.

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  6. That is such good news that Cammie is improving. I know what you mean about watching the litter box. Every time I hear Flynn digging, I rush to see the consistency of his stool! I have bated breath hoping it will not be liquid. He has had a full week of formed stools which is the longest he has gone since the dreaded Convenia.

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    1. May Flynn continue to leave good news in his litter!

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  7. cammie....we iz BUZZED happee ta lurn yur doin sew well, keep up de grate werk ☺☺☺ & de next time yur at de place oh eeeeeeeeeeevil, it will be just ta pop in & say ~~ HI

    ♥♥♥

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