Saturday, November 11, 2006


Cat Couch here:

Chatham's bladder infection is no worse, but also is no better. He's on a new antibiotic now, hopefully this will do the trick. Unfortunately, it's a liquid and he really hates it. Even putting it in tuna juice didn't work.

He seemed okay after that last emergency vet visit, but then the next day we noticed that his back legs seemed weak. This has gotten worse. He has trouble walking on very soft surfaces (such as the litter in the box or the bed if the bedding is not stretched out flat. So far he has been able to get down and up from our bed (we've set up "steps" of a sort) to visit the box (we've put one in our bedroom), but we're worried that soon he won't be able to. It is so sad to see him stumble and fall. Yesterday he shook his head and actually knocked himself off his own feet.

Today my husband is going to see if he can find a way to make a ramp or small steps so that Chatham can get up and down from our bed, since it is his preferred spot. We've also put the card table up back between the window and bed, so that when the afternoon sun is on that side of the house he can lay in the warmth.

We did ask our regular vet about his legs - there is a different, stronger arthritis medication available, but Chatham's liver can't take yet another thing to process at this time.

And yet, Chatham seems clear-headed and communicates with us. His purrs have gotten softer, but are still there when we lay down with him. He is trying to adapt to walking with his current handicap.

Thank you all for your concern and well wishes ... they certainly help.


Blogger The Meezers said...

oh cat couch, our mommy knows just how you feel. the same fings happened to bof Norton and Trixie (wif the walking). They hadded their good days and their bad days. It's hard getting old. We hopes that the new antibiotic helps wif the infekshun, 'acause then he will feel better. And maybe his legs will get stronger when he feels better.

Chatham, we is purraying for you efurry night. Get better furriend.

7:24 AM  
Blogger Smeagol & Strider (Mystery & Gizmo too!) said...

We hope the new medicine gets rid of the nasty infection. We are purrayin' furry hard for you, Chatham.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Patches & Mittens said...

Oh, we are so sad. Special purrs and headbutts, and know we are all wishing you the very best. We think of you all the time.

The Girls of the Big Piney Woods

9:24 AM  
Blogger DEBRA said...

Oh Mr. Chatcham

We here at ManxMnews are all purraying furry hard fur you. We hopes you feel betters soon!


Abby, Boo, Jinx, Ping and Gracie

9:41 AM  
Blogger Anita said...

I don´t know say you... I hope, sincerely,Chatham improves of his health...


Chatham, you must be strong.. the cats must conquer the world and without your recovery, it will be difficult.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Derby said...

Mum says Grampie was feeling woobly this morning too. Must be part of getting older. Hope the new medicine works on the infection.


1:17 PM  
Blogger Gemini said...

Purrs and headbutts Chatham and to your Cat Couch too.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Chatham and cat couch! I just found your blog. I hope you are feeling better and you's lucky to have such nice beans who takes good care of you.

Purrs and headbutts;

2:38 PM  
Blogger KC said...

o, Chatham, we be purr-rayin fur u's.

Bear is haffin tha same problem. somedays hers back legs jus don't work right.

i's glad bof of our parents take such good care of us, they works reel hard to make sure we're comfy, even whens we gits old.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Max said...

Oh man, I hope he's ok.

When the Cat Who Came Before Me needed help onto the bed the Woman put boxes of different sizes mear it like steps, but she says now at Walk mart you can buy steps. They're called Doggy Steps, but you don't have to tell him that. Tell him they're Chatham Steps, made just for him.

10:37 PM  
Blogger THE ZOO said...

malcolm would have little seizures where his back legs wouldnt support him for several minutes. he slipped all around. this was a year before his stroke and we had to put him to sleep. he didnt have the seizures all the time. just on occasion. as long as his clear headed he should be ok. we put malcolm to sleep because he wasnt clearheaded and couldnt get there.
we are sorry chathams having all these issues. its hard on the whole family.

8:39 AM  
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