It didn’t take long before Portia subscribed to the Cosy Apartment tradition of coming down with something that required a visit to the doctor. I think my new foster-cat has a urinary tract infection.
I have been finding that someone has been wetting just in front of the litter-box in the library. At first, I thought it was Tucker, as I did, in fact, catch him wetting where he shouldn’t in the storeroom. The roly poly does this when a new cat comes to stay and, while I will continue to watch for signs in him of something physical, I think it is a matter of emotional stress. It eventually resolves itself.
But yesterday, I noticed Portia sitting in front of the litter-box. I figured that she would use it in her own time. Not long after, I discovered that someone had wet on the soaker pads laid out in front of the box. Last night, I caught Po in the act. This morning and this afternoon, she repeated the performance. As well, yesterday, she hid under my bed for an hour or so, which she has not done before. Something was amiss.
Portia will go to the hospital tomorrow, being dropped off in the early morning and retrieved later in the day. This will allow her bladder to fill even if she arrives with it empty, thus giving the hospital staff a chance of obtaining a sample of her urine.
I feel bad, of course, that she must go to the hospital after only nine weeks with me, but it must be done, and with little delay. From the frequency of her misaimed wetting, I think she must be feeling uncomfortable, and the infection won’t heal on its own. Hopefully, in a few days or a week, Po will be going to the litter-box less often, and doing this rather more so.
At least you caught it early and can get her the help she needs. Purrs from all of us.ReplyDelete
Poor Portia. The vet will probably give her an antispasmodic and an antibiotic, which should relieve her symptoms, and in a day or two, she should feel more comfortable. I'm so glad you noticed the problem quickly and treatment will be started early.ReplyDelete
Your good observation skills helped things to not get out of hand...hope she can easily be helped to feel better, soon.ReplyDelete
Poor Portia, but good for you spotting it early.ReplyDelete
Fingers and paws crossed that all goes well and she feels better soon; Derry sends purrs. Let us know how things go!ReplyDelete
I certainly do hope all goes well with Portia going to the hospital. Hopefully the infection isn't too serious at the moment medicine will fix it very quickly.ReplyDelete
Thank goodness you saw it. I wish I had seen Katie's round with a similar, but not the same problem several years ago. There wasn't wetting outside the box but other things were present. I regret that I didn't put two and two together. Sometimes you learn hard.ReplyDelete
Glad you were able to catch her in the act to ensure it was Portia. Hope she overcomes the infection quickly with your intervention and meds.ReplyDelete
Ugh. The poor girl. At least, if it is a UTI, you caught it early and it should be easy to cure. I'll be sending healing thoughts her way.ReplyDelete
st francis' blessings two ewe portia; we understand that ewe due knot wanna vizit de "place" but we can rest a sure ewe.. that ewe will feel all de better bee cauz oh de vizit.... ♥♥♥♥♥ReplyDelete
I’m pretty sure it’s not that Portia is being kept from the box by one of the boys. The opposite would be more likely. And she uses the box for pooping; that isn’t a problem for her.Delete