Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The nocturnal adventures of Elbie

Elbie: Catching up on some well-deserved sleep, seeing as how I was out all night protecting our territory against intruders. You're welcome, by the way.

Me: Elbie's catching up on some sleep after making his humans NOT sleep very well at all, because he didn't show up to be let in last night, nor did he come when called, and we were worried sick something had happened to him and that being the reason for his uncharacteristic absense.

This morning, after Monkey had been given his drugged-up tuna breakfast, I left the back door open and continued preparing human breakfast. There was a noise of a cat eating biscuits, and when I looked over to double-check ... there was a red tail. The prodigal son had returned! So today I'm being Bad Mami and keeping the back door shut, but neither cat seems to mind. They're both happily dozing in separate rooms.

EDIT: Bad Mami relented around lunchtime, because me getting something to eat woke the cats ... who then wanted to go outside. Elbie did agree to being summoned tonight and we can now sleep soundly knowing he's safely inside the house with us. Plus we should be getting his awesome bedtime cuddles! :)

Friday, August 07, 2015

Feline non-recognition aggression is a thing

So hey, apparently there's a thing called "feline non-recognition aggression" which is pretty common when a cat returns from a hospital visit. Basically, the other cat (who stayed at home, a.k.a. Elbie) doesn't recognise the smell of the other cat and feels threatened. Speaking from personal experience here, lots of hissing and growling ensues.

It should settle down after a few days, but there are a few things you can do to help them get along. Feliway is one, wiping the "intruder" with wet cloth to get rid of the hospital scent is another, keeping them separate and slowly reintroduce them a third, and so on.

Fun times!

On the plus side, Monkey has been on me most of the day - starting out with sleeping on me in bed (which I have missed the past few days), then being in my lap for most of the rest. He's had more lap time than usual, and that's saying something! He was also a good boy earlier and had his meds, so hoping to repeat that in about an hour or so.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Return of the Monkey

Monkey's back home and currently enjoying a good snooze behind me on the sofa. :)

He's on a number of drugs for a while but at least he's feeling better and is back home with us.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The medical adventures of Monkey

Oh, sweet little Monkeypoops. In mid-July, he was seeming a bit off and I discovered he had a bald lump on his chin. Took him to the vets - he had an abcess (perhaps he'd been getting a bit too rough and tumble with Elbie, who knows). They lanced it and he was given penicillin and painkillers and within a couple of days he was back to his normal self.

Late last night as I was going to the loo, I discovered him in front of the litter trays. Gave him a cuddle, but he seemed very lethargic and not wanting to move. Went to get some treats to see if he was interested in eating, and he showed some interest, but moved very hesitantly and slowly. He licked his bum several times and he also tried to go to the tray and straining but nothing was happening. Seemed like constipation or something, but because he was seeming uncomfortable and in pain, I phoned the vets.

If it was constipation, they advised he would need to be seen, but not as urgently as if it was a urinary blockage. As I couldn't say either way, they advised bringing him in. So, well past 2am, we drove to the vet hospital (the one where Daisy was taken) where he was seen by a vet, who diagnosed it as a urinary tract issue. Luckily, we caught it at a point where it wasn't critical. They took him in for observation, and when they phoned this morning it was to say that a muscle relaxant hadn't worked (in case of a muscle spasm causing his inability to urinate), so they'd put in a catheter, and there were some crystals in the pee. Fortunately it went in okay, but they're still observing him to see if the blockage has been removed, and so on, but he's still going to be in hospital for a couple of days.

Our poor little guy. :(

Phoned the vets to check on him and they said he was comfortable, if a bit drowsy. Just grateful that when he's feeling unwell, you can REALLY tell, meaning you can get him to the vets in time before it reaches a critical stage.

Get well soon, sweetheart!