Jake’s had poop issues for the past week or so. Not diarrhea, exactly. Diarrhea is liquid. This is more…semi-soft. He’s perfectly healthy otherwise, eating and drinking and wrassling Angel and getting into trouble like any normal 5 month old kitten. He just has somewhat squirty poops (thank goodness he’s a great buryer like Gun-Hee).
I am blessed with great insight into this because every morning while I’m getting ready for work (or, on weekends, just doing my wake-up ritual cleaning) he has to use the litter box and make a stinky just for my benefit. Ain’t love grand?
I tried changing his diet, of course, giving him Hill’s z/d hypoallergenic canned food because it seemed the least like to cause an upset, but it didn’t seem to help. So, after consulting my cat medical books and a couple of websites, I finally called the vet to see if I needed to be worried about this. They told me what I basically already knew: if he was otherwise normal, there was probably nothing to worry about (and he’d been in their office a month ago and was fine), but to be safe, I could bring in a stool sample and they could rule out some causes. Fair enough.
So last night I got an empty deli-meat box, a ziplock bag and a Chinese take-out soup spoon in preparation for the morning. And, miracle of miracles, Jake actually stuck to his schedule and used the box today like clockwork. I took the take-out spoon and held it right under his tail and got a nice, litter-free sample, “mid-stream,” as it were.
I decided to take Jake’s “sample” to the vet this morning before work. It seemed easier to go straight there rather than take it in to work and then go all the way back out there at lunch (they’re in South Boston). Not to mention avoiding the whole squee factor of bringing cat poop into the office.
The most amusing part was the fact that I’d put my spoon-in-box-in-ziplock contraption into a small Cartier bag I found in the recycle bin. It made me smile to think of some thief snatching my “valuable” Cartier bag and discovering the “precious jewels” inside.
Of course, I’m easily amused.