Animals that hang around.
The critters are all doing fine. Mozi the lizard is asleep for the winter. Murzik is either playing or sleeping. Powder, well, he's still been itchy, although we've seen a bit of improvement. He's been getting into some trouble. There's some pictures of him getting his face dirty. The other day he chewed on my brand new spider plants. He still opens cabinet doors. He's being his usual self.
Powder is in the hospital. We took him in to the vet back in March 2nd or so. The reason was because he was licking his fur off. A few days later, he started peeing around the house. Just a few drops here and there. We took him back in and got a bunch of medication. He seemed to do better. then he started having problems again. We took him in and this time got an x-ray. Turned out he was backed up with poop. He got some kitty laxitive medicine and we continued the pill pushing (3 pills a day).
On Sunday, March 19th and in the evening, he had attempted to use the litter box and appeared upset and growled at me when I approached. This is right. He was grumpy for a little bit and we got him some medicine.
Monday evening he was back to peeing around the house. Usually not much – maybe a drop or two of urine. Then I caught him on the couch and he really went to town and peed on Olessia’s wedding magazines and all the cat toys that were up there.
Tuesday he seemed ok.
Wednesday, he’s peeing around the house. Constantly. Nothing is coming out though. I called the vet a little after 9am and was a bit frustrated. The medicine we’ve been giving him for 2+ weeks wasn’t working. They said he had to go in immediately. I argued a bit because I wanted to talk to the doctor, not the nurse. The doctor called back and recommended an emergency vet and told me I had to take him in immediately. So, I left work and took Powder in. They did a quick exam on him and found he was blocked. They were going to need to do a lot of work to get him unblocked (I’ll spare the details). He had crystals blocking his plumbing.
They cleared the blockage on Wednesday. Thursday he seemed to be doing ok. He pulled out his catheter on Thursday morning. He was peeing ok on Thursday. Friday, he was straining. They gave him some medicine to relax the muscles so he could pee easier. By the afternoon, he was still having problems so they reinserted the catheter. He hadn’t been eating very much since he had been there. This was starting to cause concern for our doctor.
Saturday (this morning), the catheter had stayed in and Powder was doing pretty good. He had eaten some food and was being overly friendly. The doctor finally had a chance to give him a proper exam since the previous days he had been growling and putting up a fight. Turns out the doctor found he has a heart murmur. We don’t know yet how serious it is.
We got to visit him today. Boy he was all about the cuddles and purring. After a good while of cuddles, he slowly went to sleep. He looked comfy. They had him in a thick blanket.
Olessia calls me from upstairs – the cats got outside!
I come up and here, the sliding door is half open and both cats are milling around outside. Now its past 8pm and its dark already. We both go outside. Murzik doesn’t know what to do and is happily waltzing around outside. She’s sniffing the air and the grass. Powder, he’s busy sniffing too, but he sees me walking his way and he knows I’m out to end his fun. He bolts off towards the back of the yard. I tried to get him between me and the house. My fear was he’d jump the short fence we have or find a rabbit hole under the fence. He ended up bolting for the house and I freaked because we leave our side gate open. I called out to Olessia to watch for Powder because he was coming her way and to close the gate (Olessia almost had scooped up Murzik). She ran for the gate and he saw that and stopped before the house. Now he was a little confused as to what was going on. He ended up cautiously walking to the middle of the yard and I followed. On my way to Powder, I was able to scoop up Murzik. I wasn’t too worried about her. Murzik isn’t as street smart as Powder is. When I scooped up Murzik, Powder saw that and he was freaked out. His tail was poofed up and his back was arched with all his back hair sticking up. I was able to scoop him up as well and return the two to the house. I have no idea how the patio door got opened. I may have left it open because I was grilling. Or maybe I had left it a crack open and they managed to get it opened further, but for some reason I doubt that. the doors aren’t easy to open. Hmm… Well, they’re safe and back in the house.