have a tradition here at the cosy apartment of which we are trying to rid
ourselves. It seems that whenever a long weekend comes up, Cammie has one of
her vomiting episodes. It happened again this Friday.
know the cause of it, at least as definitely as I can, and I am at fault.
Cammie has not been fed any soft-food for months because I know that some of it
makes her throw up, and continue to throw up over several days, even when there
is nothing left in her stomach. To be precise, I believe it is only Fancy Feast
that causes this problem; there is something in it to which she is highly
allergic. It is probably fish, and I suspect that it is even in some of the
non-fish flavours. But I have been keeping her away from even Merrick and
Wellness soft-foods, as I cannot be sure that they do not create problems. For
several months, the princess has consumed only Z/D variety hard-food, and has
been free of vomiting episodes.
Friday, I believe she ate some tiny morsels that Josie had left in her
food-bowl at dinner-time. Cammie had been in the sitting room’s tall cat-tree,
with my Chubs at the bottom. Josie had finished and I saw that Cammie had
descended from the tree. I am usually vigilant about keeping her away from the
others’ bowls, but I think I was slack this time. She must have consumed some
of the leftovers from Josie’s meal.
evening, she threw up. She did it again later that night, and very early in the
morning. This being Victoria Day weekend, I knew I couldn’t leave any solution
for the next week; Cammie would have been without food for four days by then.
her veterinarian hospital is open Saturday mornings. I called them as soon as
they opened, to request an injection of Cerenia for Cammie. It is the only
solution to her problem that has proven effective. There were no slots open for
an appointment, but the receptionist understood the situation’s urgency, and
told me to bring Cammie in, and a shot would be administered between appointments.
I did this, and the doctor who was on duty had treated Cammie before. The
Cerenia was administered.
was of course the chance that Cerenia would not work this time. I am always
afraid that there will be a case from which my princess will not recover. But
it was not this time. Later Saturday, she ate a few kernels of Z/D. She wanted
to eat, but food was still unattractive to her. But, in the evening, she ate
more, and by bed-time her appetite was normal again. Today, she was active and
happy – as happy as she becomes – and eating a healthy amount of food. There
has been no vomiting since before the Cerenia injection. I am angry at my own
laxity, and must be extra-cautious with Cammie from now on.
a result of thoughts about food, however, I have amended Josie’s diet, as well.
As you may have read previously, she has been constantly losing weight, if only
by very small increments. She also throws up too often for my liking, though
not in the same circumstances as Cammie. I fear many possibilities, but it may
be simply a matter of Josie not eating enough. The solution may have been under
my hand all along. She loves Cammie’s Z/D hard-food. Much of her diet comprises
Orijen Regional Red hard-food. (Cammie has access to this, but I do not believe
it is disruptive to her stomach.) I am now supplementing Josie’s menu with Z/D.
Like Cammie, she will receive it when she asks for it. Its bulk may reverse the
diminishing of her poundage, and its hydrolysed nature should make it easy on
her stomach. The Great White will continue to be given soft-food, but in
smaller amounts, as it is frequently after her soft-food meals that she
regurgitates. I am hopeful that this policy will put some chub on my Chubs once
am someone who enjoys tradition. I think it is a rock which provides a
foundation for new and enjoyable activities. But not every tradition is good;
not every one deserves preservation. I can live without Cammie’s holiday
weekend episodes. With greater vigilance on my part, she will, too.