Two hours and $175.00 later
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Sometimes, it's hard being a Mom, and sometimes it's hard being a Momcat. I currently have three kitties - Stuckey, Jules (Juliet Dustbin), and Gracie Mae. Jules had a cold. A cold that did not seem to go away. She was sneezing...a lot. I thought it was because the heat was on and blowing dust around that irritated her sinuses. *WARNING* THE FOLLOWING IS NOT FOR THOSE EASILY GROSSED OUT! Then came the phlegm - gobs and gobs of it. She sneezed and blew out streams of mucus and then proceeded to lick it back in. I know Ewww. I tried wet, warm compresses to wipe her face and remove dried mucus which she did not like at all. It did help her breathe a little easier though. When she started vomiting up mucus and losing weight I knew I had to bring in the cavalry. I called the Vet and brought her in yesterday afternoon. Dr. D. was recovering from a two-week stint with a bad cold himself so was VERY sympathetic towards her. After one last indignity (temperature taken anally) and an examination, Dr. D. pronounced this was probably the result of exposure as a kitten to multiple respiratory infections. Like the Chicken pox virus in humans, that re-appears as shingles when immunity is compromised, this virus came back to revisit Jules. The virus allowed a secondary bacterial infection to develop in her sinuses. Because it was a bacterial infection it CAN be treated with antibiotics. I have to administer a combination antibiotic/anti-inflammatory drug daily to Jules for the next two weeks, along with another drug that will encourage her appetite. Apparently, if cats cannot smell their food, they are not interested in eating. The appetite enhancing drug is trans-dermal so I have to wear gloves when applying it to the inside of her ears. Yup that's right, her ears. I also asked Dr. D. if I forget to wear gloves while applying it, would it increase my appetite? You know, my appetite does not need any encouragement...in fact sometimes it needs some stern discouragement! Anyway, both he and the vet tech looked at me funny then laughed when they saw me smiling. Dr. D. also suggested that I bring Jules into the bathroom when I took a hot shower so she could benefit from the warm, wet air. I bought a vaporizer instead.
I love my fur babies but they do not like being stuck in small rooms. Thanks for listening!