Everything has been going very well in our house for some time now in terms of our cats’ health. Patrick is doing well with chemotherapy, and everyone else’s health issues have not flared for awhile.
But then, about two days ago, Lucy peed in a paper box. Both he and Patrick have bladder cystitis, and sometimes Lucy pees outside of the litter box when he is having a flare. He sometimes pees outside of the litter box too because he wants to claim himself as alpha or because he’s upset about something.
So when he peed once outside the litter box we weren’t too concerned. But then yesterday he did something he’d never done before: he peed in the cats’ toy box, which is full of the majority of their toys.
He did do this at a time that I was really angry, so it could be a response to that. I am reading a book called “Combating Cult Mind Control” by Steven Hassan in an attempt to understand what happened to me in AA. It is proving to be helpful and informative in that area. However, I am noticing that my family definitely fits as a cult and it turns out that I have been pushed into other cults as well throughout my life.
This brought up a lot of emotions and when David got home I was angry about pretty much everything in my life. I was all over the place. But David told me that these kinds of books are supposed to bring up emotions. Which is great, but at the same time Lucy might have been scared enough by my reaction that it led him to pee in the toy box for the first time.
So later today I am going to be washing all of their toys from the toy box. Most are catnip toys, and I did find some directions online last night about how to safely wash these types of toys.
Even though this happened while I was upset, though, David and I decided that Lucy needs to go to the vet.
A little while after we decided upon this, Lucy started telling me that his bladder and belly hurt and that he wants to go to the vet. I let him know that we are planning on taking him, and that if he wants to go to the vet he doesn’t have to pee on things to get our attention. He can just tell me so. He seemed to contemplate this.
Later in the evening, he tried to pee in the litter box and was unable to, and then tried again about 10 minutes later and was successful. So I really do suspect that something’s going on with him.
This morning David made him an appointment at the vet today. I’m glad that he’s getting checked out.
On top of this, it looks like Perdi and Tempest are having a feline herpes flare. Feline herpes is a virus in cats that causes symptoms like sneezing, runny noses, watery eyes, and basically all the symptoms that a human might have with a common cold. It also can spread quickly from cat to cat. I worry about what will happen if Patrick comes down with feline herpes right now, as his immune system is down right now due to chemothererapy and I fear that he might have some problems fighting off the virus.
So I gave all of the cats a lysine supplement this morning. Lysine is a product that helps cats to recover from feline herpes and is also preventative for the cats who do not have it. Hopefully this prevents any of them from getting really sick from it.
I’m going to have to keep a close eye on all of them over the next week or so because of this outbreak. If anyone starts to show signs of an upper respiratory infection or other infection I’ll have to take them to the vet.
I always notice that when it comes to our cats health issues, that when it rains, it pours. It seems as though they get sick in tandem with each other, even if it’s not from the same issues. I’ve heard, though, that this is a common phenomenon with pets. It can prove to be quite frustrating.
Thanks for reading. I do plan to put up a post(s) soon that dissects some of those slogans that people hear in AA. But today I have other things on my mind.
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