Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The day of cat trauma
For those that do not quite remember, I possess a cat with a delicate stomach.
In October 2007, she had a bout of gastroenteritis that required hospitalization when we tried to switch her from kitten food to adult food. She ended up on prescription cat food for life. We have *just* finished paying off the bills for that visit.
So when we found a delightful trail of cat vomit leading to the litter box yesterday evening, we were not pleased. Obviously, she didn't feel well. She was lethargic and tired, and went to sleep on the bed with Chris, my husband. End vomit round #1.
Vomit round #2 occurred at 1:30am this morning, when she decided to throw up all over my bed. Not on Chris, although I might have taken a subtle pleasure from that. =) But it did require awakening my sleeping husband (he slept through it!), so that I could remove the sheets and wash them. Which I did at 2 am. And Zoe retreated under the bed, which is the safest place for all cats.
Vomit round #3 occurred sometime between 4am-8am this morning, the brief period when I was asleep and Chris was asleep.
And to the vet we went this morning!
Zoe has mild pancreatitis, brought upon by being fed too much protein. She was given tiny bits of boiled chicken and turkey last week. Then, Chris in his infinite wisdom, fed her tuna on Sunday night. For the first time in her life. Tuna is not good for my cat.
So now she's resting, and has even more special prescription cat food, and strict diet orders. And they've sent us home with powdered pancreatic enzyme to mix in her wet food, although she refuses to eat any yet. She's had water, and the vet gave her fluids, plus a shot to bring down her fever. (I learned today that a cat runs a fever at 103 degrees F.)
And that has been the day of much cat trauma.
(As an addendum: Yes, I did work today. I contacted eleven editors and got a book out the door to them. I answered e-mail. I have earned my American Idol tonight, after a night of laundry and sleeplessness. At least babies will cry when they're sick, right? =)