Juggling life through a bi-polar lens. Sometimes up, sometimes down. Mostly trying to tread water in the middle. Creating a likeness to a normal life. Whatever "normal" is...

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Paws crossed for Scooter again please...*UPDATED*

....I do promise to blog about something cheerful soon... like a look at the crochet I've learnt, or photo's from the park, all those things I;ve fallen behind showing you.....


But until then, please concentrate your thoughts on my dear cat, Scooter. His 'sniffles' this summer didn't clear, and now he is left with a thick cataarh that makes each breath a snort. He can't smell his food so he isn't eating very much. He doesn't like cuddles.

Asleep in his tent. He loves it indoors and out!

He loves the tent I bought him. Inside are his favourite blankies and at night I place a quilt over the top and tuck a hot water bottle at the side. Once he is in a deep sleep he sleeps soundly. A cute snore for a while, then quietly.

The snorting noise grows louder when he tries to purr...... :(

I am low at the moment anyway, much of which I suspect is hormonal, but the result is that I have no more tears to cry at the moment. I have wept buckets two nights in a row. Please can you all send good vibes to this dear gentleman of cats, who passed his half birthday last month, making him now 18 1/2.

V-E-T appointment today, 5.55 British Summer Time.

I'll let you know what he says....



UPDATE

The vet said that Scooter didn't look worn out or too bothered by his predicament, which is good. I had to give a bad report of my efforts to get anti-biotics down him, I'm afraid. He would have had about half his prescribed course.

For the moment, he says let's assume it's a nasty dose of phlegm and not go looking for tumours and other nasties...... The anitbiotic seems to have done enough to stop him having a runny nose, but didn't break it all up. So he has prescribed a different antibiotic together with a decongestant. I've also ordered a warm-steam vaporizer from Amazon. (Well, if it doesn't help Scooter, I'll put it in the cupboard for our own wintercolds or my next bad dose of asthma!)

Now for my new method of tablet admin: I crush the medicine in a pestal & mortar till it's powder, then mix into a little gravy or paste or jelly, something from one of his favourite flavour of the moment. Then I scoop this into a syringe and, when he is least expecting it, squirt it into the side of his mouth.

Some gets immediately rejected and projectile-vomited into my hair, and my fingers get covered in scratches, but hopefully most of the medicine gets in.

He seems to forgive me after about 15 minutes.

I'll follow this regime for 14 days and hope it cures all.......

Thank you for you kind messages and crossed fingers and paws, please keep them crossed!

Helena

7 comments:

Di said...

Oh Helena - my fingers and toes are crossed here for Scooter. I'm so sorry to hear you're also on a low - anything I can do to help chick? It's been a bad week here so far so I hope things buck up soon all round. Love and hugs my dear friend. Di xxx

Found art blog said...

Big huggies and squeakies to both of you. Crossed everything, and lots of good vibes.....

Angel, Kirby and Mac said...

WE are sending lots of hugs to you and Scooter. It is so hard when they get sick.

Jacqui said...

Hi

Glad to see you back. So sorry that Scooter is unwell again. Lots of love to him.

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

dearest Helena...how my heart aches for you and sweet old Scooter. I know very well your worry...very well indeed. My tears still well up and chock the life out of my chest when I think of Miss Peach and her last months...how brave she was until the last breath she took in my arms... I know Scooter will hang tough brvae mancat that he is and rally over this...you stay strong and know you are doing all the right things...much love to you and please know you are always in our best thoughts....
Love Karla

leenie said...

Everything is crossed, and so many good wishes for Scooter and you and all. Cyberhugs 24/7. Eileen in Arkansas

Feronia said...

Thinking of you and dear Mr Scooter, Helena. Sending you all healing vibes x