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He’s on a strict prescription diet indefinitely, and I have to somehow manage to give him half a pill a day for the next seven days. Our Echo is not to pleased with his new scent. She went off on a sniff hiss rampage until we moved him into the kitty room. He’s being incredibly sweet, and it’s almost as though he realizes how much we’ve sacrificed by being less aloof. We’re really excited that things turned out well and he’s healthy!
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Yesterday was an interesting day in the Compton-Chastain household.
My boyfriend and I have two surrogate children in the form of a six year old tri-color calico named Echo, and a four year old tabby/siamese mix named Jareth. They’re both rescues, and even though I adopted them long before my significant other and I began dating, they’re definitely ‘our’ babies.
Well, actually… the boyfriend is Jareth’s stepparent as my lesbian and I adopted him together years ago.
A little complicated?
Here’s a flow chart:
Anyway, as I was beginning my morning yesterday I noticed Jareth squatting above the floor mat at the entrance of our bed room. I thought he was trying to relieve himself in a very naughty place. So, I ran over screaming and shooing him into the cat room where their litter box is located. It was then that I noticed him squatting again, and the little splatter of blood on the linoleum. Difficulty voiding with little to no results? That definitely sounded like an urinary tract infection. Though, the blood scared me into believing that it had spread to his kidneys. With no appointments available at the veterinary clinic we had to settle for a walk-in. Which, should really be called a wait-in.
I returned home from the vet’s office at five-ish (I left a little before three) and it turned out that Jareth had a blockage in his urethra that caused his bladder to swell. The vet said it was not nearly as bad as it could be; but, that it has the potential to be fatal if not treated immediately. He said it’s from combination of diet and a male cat’s naturally narrow urethra. They’re going to flush his bladder to remove the blockage and then cath him for a few days to stretch his urethra and make sure he’s voiding.
Then, they’ll remove the catheter for 24 hours and keep him under observation for a day to ensure he’s not blocking again. After than he can come home, but on a very strict diet.
The procedure seems to be fairly routine, and we caught it the day it started. He’s maintained a healthy appetite, so the veterinarian doesn’t feel it’s necessary to check his kidney function at this time. If the blockage returns, we have the option of a sex change surgery to remove his penis and thus make his urethra shorter for easier urination. However, we’re not at that point just yet, and I really hope that a new diet will make a huge difference.
Echo has not taken Jareth’s absence well. She spent the better part of yesterday afternoon sniffing around his carrier and pawing at the door. I think she may believe that he’s in there because of his scent. Last night she refused to sleep in their bed that they’ve come to share in the last weeks.
It is truly astonishing just how empty a home can feel with the absence of just one kitty. I truly hope he can come home soon. This apartment just is not the same without his little aloof attitude and need to fuck shit up. : (
So, my partner and I found this recipe on Youtube for a “Chick-Fil-Gay” sandwich! It’s essentially a copycat recipe for, well… YOU KNOW! We made two sandwiches last night, and they were so delicious, that we’re making more tonight! I’m sure you guys will agree that it’s an excellent alternative! Oh, and did I mention they’re healthier too? :3
Picture of our sandwich; because, I can: