Kitty Kat Blues

This one has the Kitty Kat Blues.

He’s not feeling well.

We’re in the middle of Round 3 of antibiotics for what appears to be a bladder infection. That was the result, twice, of urinalysis. Except that Gibbs only responds positive for a few days, then returns to frequenting the litter box with a dabble of pee here, a dabble of pee there. The litter looks like it’s been hit with shotgun pee pellets. The boy wanders in there every five minutes and sometimes he just sits in the litter.

I’m worried about him.

On the day of this photo, he was feeling some effects from pain medication. A little lethargic, and a little more yowling than normal. Since then, Gibbs has been taken off the pain medications and is more willing to play and move around the apartment.

The upside, if you can call it that, is his appetite has not suffered through this period. On the contrary, he delights in the addition of canned food to his diet, to increase water content. I nixed the Science Diet c/d (which he threw up all over the bed quilt) and opted for organic/natural/high water content canned food. With Natasha’s help, I’m starting to serve him bowls of tuna water and boiled chicken water. Anything to get Gibbs to drink more.

I’ve also been researching Feline Idiopathic Cystitis as the vet initially mentioned this to me as a possible cause of the boy’s symptoms.

Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is a collection of conditions that affects the bladder and urethra of cats. One of these conditions — the most common — is feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC), which is inflammation of the bladder with an unknown cause. About two-thirds of cats with FLUTD have FIC.

On Monday, there will be another conversation with the vet. Gibbs is on day four of the latest seven-day antibiotic and he’s still having an inappropriate relationship with the litter box. There has to be a remedy to this bladder issue.

I want Gibbs to be well.

And put an end to the Kitty Kat Blues.

Your kind, healing thoughts and vibes would be much appreciated.

28 responses to Kitty Kat Blues

  1. loisajay says:

    “..and sometimes he just sits in the litter.” This happened to Teemu several years ago. He had crystals in his urine and was at the Emergency Vets for a few days. Yup, meds and Science C/D, which has been his permanent wet/dry food ever since. He had this happen twice, but the last time was the more serious. I hope Gibbs gets better, Mary. The sitting in the litter box was a quick tip-off to me that something was wrong in Teemu Land.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thankfully, the vet has not discovered stones or crystals to this point. I hope it stays that way. I had a male cat many years ago with stones that had surgery and many treatment options. It didn’t end well for him, so that history makes me more worrisome over Gibbs.

  2. Dan Antion says:

    We’ll keep a good thought for Gibbs. He looks so sad on that tube. Our original male kitty had symptoms like this. It’s so hard when you can’t just help him. I hope you get good news from the vet. We’ll be thinking of you too.

  3. joey says:

    Oh I will send him special kitty-healing vibes. How uncomfortable he must be 😦 I’m sorry he’s got you worried.
    My girlfriend had a cat (when we were kids) who could only drink distilled water because he was susceptible to infections like that. Giving distilled water to him was easy. Keeping him out of our cups of anything else proved to be a bit trickier. 😛
    Hopefully the vet will give you some good news soon, and Gibbs will be peein like a big boy cat again 🙂 He’s sooooo beautiful! Just look at his coat! Poor fella.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Gibbs thanks you for the healing vibes and sends his appreciative “meow.” I may ask the vet about his water, that’s something new that I didn’t think about. I’m drinking bottle RO and spring water, so perhaps Gibbs should drink the good stuff too.

  4. Joanne Sisco says:

    Poor Gibbs. Poor you.
    Having a sick, unhappy kitty is so sad. You both have my sympathy. I hope he perks up soon and puts this episode behind him as just a temporary blimp.
    In the meantime, I’m sending both of you lots of virtual hugs.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Gibbs was playing last night, which is a good sign. But he was also very restless overnight, yowling and jumping up on the bed several times, begging for attention. I guess we shall see where this goes, but I would like to see an end to it.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        Keep your finger crossed, Joanne. Right now, he’s out on the patio, watching birds. We had two baby birds trying to fly into the main patio window last night, so he might be waiting for their return.

  5. I am so sorry. When Furbuddies are sick it is worse than when people are sick; there is no way to really comfort or communicate. Keeping you and Gibbs in our hearts.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Katie. Yes, this is the time I wish Gibbs could talk. It’s frustrating being unsure what exactly is wrong and when it hurts him. I want to fix it for him!

  6. Aunt Beulah says:

    As you said in your comment above, it is such a worry when a pet is sick because we can’t question them about how they’re feeling, what might comfort them, if there’s anything else we can do. I’m sending lots of concern and best wishes your way.

  7. John Holton says:

    With all the cats we’ve had over the years, you just know we’ve had our share of bladder issues. Ours have usually involved crystals, which it sounds like you’ve already eliminated as a source. Hope you figure out what’s going on with Gibbs. He’s a pretty kitty. Tell him his friends in Georgia are thinking about him.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I will give Gibbs extra pets tonight and tell him they come from Georgia. So far, X-rays have not shown crystals or stones, but I’ve been told that X-rays are not necessarily the last word about this. I’m hoping this last round of antibiotics does the trick, but it will be a while before I know positively.

  8. I’m new here and ‘humour, cats, pets’ brought me to your site in the hope I’d find someone whose blog I could follow and enjoy reading. (Mission accomplished). This post has really struck a chord having been down a similar path with my own cat. Wishing your kitty a speedy recovery.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you for the kind words, the reading and comments. I truly appreciate it, and Mr. Gibbs thanks you for your well wishes. He’s doing better as of today, but we’ve been down this road before where he’s good for a few days after the antibiotic ends, then regresses. I am hoping the latest medication and conversion to a majority of wet food will keep the bad stuff away.

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