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.