Battle Ground, WA ~ Professional Cat Sitter
He peed on the pad I have out for our new dog. Pink, his urine was pink. The pink is from blood in his urine, he has a bladder infection. We get to the Veterinarian and learn he also has hyperthyroidism and of course since he is about 16 years old, he is arthritic and she thinks he is beginning renal failure. We have gone from no medications to four. In the long term it will be three.
Life for Otis has changed. Now he is getting two wet food servings a day, his antibiotic is best with food. The antibiotic is Clavamox, so it’s a liquid to squirt in his mouth. He is a lover, but not happy about this, he tries to squirm away from me. I have to pop his thyroid pill (Felimazole) in first. I might try to grind it up with his other pills, but I have a feeling he might quit eating his food.
Renal failure can be a part of aging. So he has Feline Renal Support from Standard Process twice a day. This is a grind up pill with his food.
Then he is getting Cosequin once a day, poured over his wet food and stirred in. This should help his bladder and long term his arthritis. Life was easier for Otis, but he wasn’t feeling well. Like so many cats he acted fine, then he showed me he wasn’t. I’m giving this to Ginger too.
Cat are predators, but they are also prey. They tend to hide their ailments so they don’t appear vulnerable. This is why every day cat sits are important, since they hide their medical problems they can seem to get very sick very fast.
Otis is our big purr and I want him to feel as well as he can as he nears the end of his life, which I hope is years down the road. We just want him to enjoy living.
Meanwhile he is busy sleeping the few hours a day cats do! Yes, you are right, they sleep 15 hours a day and can sleep up to 20. Since our little boy is not feeling well, I’m betting on 20 hours.