Friday, October 27, 2006

Another Trip to the V-E-T

Cat Couch here:

Chatham made another trip to the vet to see if the bladder infection had finally cleared up - it hasn't. So a third round of the antibiotics for him. Dr. Gratson said that it's not uncommon for older cats to have a hard time during the winter to shake off this sort of thing. My husband, who took him there, started to cry and the vet said that Chatham was alert and not in any pain. She said that we shouldn't lose hope yet.

Unfortunately, Chatham's weight has gone down again. I feed him in our bed a good bit (if only to keep Salem from getting to it!). Baby food ham and tuna - even his favorite, saltine crackers - are offered. We do try to get him to eat his real cat food because of the nutrients. Chatham is still interested in food, just doesn't eat what we offer.

The litter boxes are no longer in the basement, but are on the first floor. Chatham does come down from upstairs to use it. (He's not that good about covering up and Salem has taken to doing it after Chatham leaves.)

For the most part, Chatham has been spending his time up on our bed. I go up several times a day to offer food or to visit. Sometimes he'll come down in the evening when I'm watching tv and sit on my lap.

Yesterday I went down to the basement to do some laundry. The basement door has been closed to Chatham and Salem since we moved the boxes up, and this time I forgot to completely close it when I went down. Chatham came down and went straight to where "his" box used to be. I told him "no" and to go back upstairs. Naturally, he did.

He's such a smart boy.


Blogger Sahara said...

Hang in there Chatham. Maybe when your bladder infection is all gone you will feel some more pep!

7:12 PM  
Blogger The Meezers said...

Hang in there Chatham. You will feel better when your infekshun is gone and you will prolly feel more like eating. Mommy used to water down the baby food ham and turkey and put it in a syringe for Norton when he did not feel like eating. That went pretty well and when he felt better, he ate on his own. Since he only weighed 7 lbs when he was healthy, she didn't want him to lose weight.

7:37 AM  
Blogger Derby said...

Chatham I hopes you gets better. Your beans care about you furry much and are doing all they can to help you get better. Purrs and healing kittie vibes to you.

3:41 PM  
Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

I have cared for my share of aged cats.

3:58 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

Cheer up!!! A lot of Pursss and Sansdpaper kisses for you and your humans!!!...

My bean and me, hope you gets better and send you good vibrations from Spain!!!!

4:42 PM  
Blogger Hot(M)BC said...

My Mommy says bladder infekshuns are no fun at all. She knows. She's hadded them. So I guesses it's no wonder you don't feel zactly peppy n zippy. We's purrayin hard for you tho, to get rid of the nasty infekshun and feel like eatin again. You's a furry lucky senior cat, Chatham, to haf beans that loves you so much and takes care of you so good. Efun when it's a nuisance. hehehe
Sanjee, Boni, Mini, Pepi and Gree

6:57 PM  
Blogger Gigolo Kitty said...

The Giggy sends his best wishes to his buddy! Yes, Chatham is a smart kitty. But we always knew that:)

9:31 PM  
Blogger one of us said...

Oh Chatham, we want you to get well, old man ~Merlin, Shadow, KO KO

4:46 AM  
Blogger The Tower Hill Mob said...

Oh, Chatham, we are purring and praying for you. It's tough being an older kitty. Hang in there. Your beans and friends all love you.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Patches & Mittens said...

I know how hard it is, with a sick kitty. Mittens still isnt herself and she threw up again this morning. I thought being on the special food had done the trick, but I guess not, and I cant shake the feeling it is something more. We are hoping for all the best for Chatham, sending headbutts and purrs.

CalicoMom Toni

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Chatham. Feel better, sweety:)

3:52 PM  
Blogger Rascal said...

It's disappointing that his infection lingers but encouraging that the vet was hopeful. That's good news.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Fiona Bun said...

Feel better soon! Rabbit Rabbit early!

4:53 PM  
Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

Rabbit rabbit Chat Cat. Be well soon.

4:16 AM  
Blogger Gemini said...

Oh Chatham, I hopes you start to feel a bit better. Isn't it nice that your Momma keeps visiting you?

8:10 AM  

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