Six Sick Cats
Thursday, December 27, 2012
A few weeks ago I took the last of the indoor kitten to the Humane Society to get spayed. A couple of days after bringing them home, I noticed that Maui's incision didn't look right, so I took her back. They said it was herniated and needed additional surgery. The recovery from that surgery required that she be kept quiet for about a week. This meant no jumping on anything - she had to be confined. Since I have 7 indoor cats right now, even putting her in a separate room would be next to impossible, so they kept her.
When the week was up, I got her and brought her home on a Sunday. Almost immediately I noticed her coughing and sneezing - a couple of times right into the faces of the other cats. I was pretty upset that they gave me a sick cat to take home, so instead of taking her back to the humane society, I took her to my vet. Sure enough she had an upper respitory virus. They gave me some antibiotics to stave off any secondary bacterial infections and sent me home with instructions to keep her separate from the other cats, and to call if the others started showing symptoms. I felt terrible because she is a very social cat and had just spent a week in a cage at the humane society, and now she had to be kept by herself for another week. I did as I was instructed - she got her meds twice a day, and I spent a couple of hours a day with her just holding her when she felt bad and playing a little with her when she felt better.
As I was out of town for the Christmas holidays, a friend stayed at the house and took care of the cats. On Christmas Day she was allowed back with the other cats, but by then, I was told, several of the others were starting to show symptoms. Unfortunately the vet's office was closed and we couldn't get meds until yesterday. When I got home I was upset at how congested a couple of the cats are. We got antibiotics in everyone, and again this morning, and it's going to be quite a circus for the next week. One of my favorites, Mizuno (named after my running shoes), is really congested. I think he is going to need a trip to the vet.
Maui, who is now 99% recovered is tearing around the house wondering why no one wants to play with her. I just hope that no one gets worse, but since I am home right now, I will at least be able to keep an eye on them.
If anyone has any advice on how to make them feel more comfortable, I sure would be appreciative (and so would they).
On a positive note - I finally got a full time job and start on the 7th! The bonus is that there is no travel and the commute is about 1/2 hour from home, which is about as short a commute as i can expect in relation to where I live.