Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sounds Like A Party To Me

Look at my beautiful kitty Lupin. Yeah, this is before he caught the cold that Giles brought home from the vet when he was having his teeth removed. Giles spread that cold to Ollivander and Lupin. Our hairless kitty (Buffy) apparently has an iron immune system and has not been affected. Of course she's not susceptible to a cold virus. She's Buffy.

Giles and Ollivander got over their colds but Lupin has gotten worse instead of better. Now he's stopped eating and drinking and has weepy eyes and a runny nose with coughing and sneezing. The only time the vet could get us in was at 4pm, during homeschool-time for Haven and nap time for Seamus and Marlie. I rushed to do school earlier than usual, to finish in time to take tired and cranky Seamus and Marlie with us to the vet. (with our sick kitty)

You know, the thing about having 13 pets... you see the vet frequently. I think we're single handedly financing her house and car. And you know how they always do it at the vet... they put you in a room right away, and then they let you sit in that exam room for 45 minutes until the vet is available to see your pet. Yeah, that's a barrel of monkeys with a nap-less 3 and 4 year old. Though I had a little giggle when the kids decided to play I-Spy to pass the time, waiting for the vet to arrive.

Marlie: "I spy something... purple."

Haven: "Mama's hair."

Marlie: "Yes!"


Anyway, the vet finally walked in the exam room and declared that Lupin had an upper respiratory infection and was dehydrated. They gave Lupin some IV fluids and a shot of antibiotics.

Now that he's back home, what do I have to do for him? Well, I need to give him a double dose of some nasty-smelling gel (Lysine) twice a day, antibiotics twice a day, force-feed him canned cat food (should be fun), give him several syringes of chicken broth in his mouth (even more fun) and hold him over a humidifier with his face in the steam for 5+ minutes, 3 times a day. (even funner still).

And you know what? I did the humidifier bit the moment we got home. Turns out cats don't really like to be held over a humidifier.

Oh yes. This is gonna be fun.

20 comments:

  1. poor thing, and you have been sick too... ugh!

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  2. Ugh. I can't even imagine dealing with a cat with a cold. And a humidifier? Do you think the vet giggled as you left with those instructions??

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  3. I got a puncture wound through my fingernail trying to force our oldest cat to take a pill a couple of years ago, which meant I had to go to the doctor and get antibiotics too. Cats don't know what's for their own good...Hope Lupin feels better soon!!

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  4. Ugh, I'm so sorry! I always thought cats had some sort of crazy immune system and didn't get sick. (I think I just assumed they were too snooty to catch a common cold. ;) ) But if I thought giving a CHILD a nebulizer treatment was bad I'm guessing it has NOTHING on giving a cat a humidifier treatment.

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  5. Please, please get a pic of you holding your cat over a humidifier! The things we do for pets.

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  6. Oh fun .. sounds like sick kitties are even more work than sick kiddies.

    I hope he feels better soon!

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  7. Wow! I hope Lupin is feeling better soon. Having 5 pets... I can totally sympathize!

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  8. Oh wow. That sounds terrible. Last week I had to give Noah antiobiotics, breathing treatments and eye drops all of which he hated. That wasn't fun either. I'm sure it's especially hard with a cat.

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  9. That just doesn't sound fun at all, from beginning to end. Our kitties have not gotten sick yet. Seriously, they just pea when they aren't suppose to and cough up hair balls.

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  10. Which, once again, is one of the main reasons we don't have pets.

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  11. Ugh - so sorry your babies are feeling punky - I do have a suggestion for the humidifier - why not put him in a bathroom with a steamy shower going? A bit less hands on than the alternative ;-)

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  12. You kill me! Lupin over a humidifier, oh man that's priceless!

    And they do keep you in there waiting. Like you don't have enough on your plate to hand feel and syringe broth into his little mouth.

    You need video of this routine!

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  13. Man.. that's a lot of meds for a cat. I'm not a cat person so I can't say I'd go through all that but I know I would for my dog so I guess I can empathize with you somewhat.

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  14. Seriously? I can't believe they want you to hold Lupin (great name, btw!) over a humidifier for FIVE minutes. Have they ever actually been around cats before? Can't you just turn the shower on and lock him in the bathroom for 10 minutes and call it a day?

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  15. Oh goodness Julie the poor kitty and poor you. Kitties generally don't like their face in water so putting it's face in the humidifier!!! GOOd luck with that one! I hope your kitty is declawed!

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  16. Oh goodness Julie the poor kitty and poor you. Kitties generally don't like their face in water so putting it's face in the humidifier!!! GOOd luck with that one! I hope your kitty is declawed!

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  17. Oy. The only thing worse than a sick husband is a sick cat.

    Hope all is well ASAP!

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  18. Well, sheesh, why didn't you try the nebulizer on him?

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  19. Ummm, good luck. I worked at a shelter for years and years and years... and we had URI going around frequently. For the cats that weren't eating, we found that adding just a touch of water and warming it gently in the microwave made a huge difference. But the rest of what you're supposed to do? Wow. Good luck!

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