Aby-a-Day – 2 April: Cat Scan (Medical Monday)

Last month, I posted about Jacoby’s only urinary incident since we moved to Sweden. At that time, I could not find the photos of our first trip to the vet when he got an ultrasound. Well, guess what? I was looking in the wrong folder!

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Like most vets, there is are separate waiting rooms for cats and dogs. They had this poster in the cat waiting area.

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Not too sure about this Abyssinian, though…

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This was our first trip to what became our regular vet hospital. We came here because the place Björn used to go to wasn’t able to fit Jake in for an emergency when he started showing signs of bladder distress. This place was able to see us that day…and I was so impressed, they became our regular vet.

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As usual, Jake calmly explored both the waiting room and the exam room…Uh, Jake? I think the doctor’s meant to sit there, not you.

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As we hadn’t been seen here before, Jake needed to be weighed.

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4.36 kilos. Not bad, that’s a little over 9½ US pounds.

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After they checked him out, they decided he needed an ultrasound to see what was going on with his bladder. Normally, they shave the belly, but since we had a cat show in Finland coming up in a couple of weeks, they very kindly did the scan with all his fur on.

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It just made him a little messy from the gel.

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Then the lights were turned off and he got scanned.

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Turns out, it wasn’t crystals this time at all! He had a little polyp in his bladder.

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In case you can’t see what is going on in the scan, the vet made me a little sketch to describe the polyp.

He didn’t even need antibiotics; they just gave him Buprenex and Metacam. He recovered perfectly, and when we went back for a recheck and second scan, the polyp had resolved itself. I wonder if it’s the better quality food that’s fended off his UT problems?

Other People’s Abys: Wild Bill Hunts With Star Clan

So sad to announce this…Jacoby has lost an uncle.

Last week, Sherry posted: “My 6 year old Wild Bill, the most playful and affectionate cat I’ve ever known, is in the hospital in critical condition tonight with sepsis after being blocked with urinary crystals. He has been in the hospital since Saturday morning and was seemingly recovering until this morning when he started to look weaker and ended up in septic shock from infection. I love him so very much and pray he makes it home soon – he’s missing rubs on his head and his favourite toy, Tim Horton coffee stir sticks – like so many people, he needs his Tim Hortons everyday.”

And then today came this sad news: “I am so broken hearted to let everyone know that my sweet boy Wild Bill passed away yesterday morning. I had him back to the vet the night before because he still did not have any appetite and seemed to be getting a bit worse rather than better with a below normal temperature. They gave him injections for pain and appetite but by yesterday morning he was very weak and a couple of hours after his morning syringe feeding he was barely able to walk and as soon as I saw his mouth open to breath I called my vet and rushed him right in – by the time I got there his heart had already stopped. I had no idea he could end up that bad that quickly after a urinary blockage. I am devastated to lose my Wild Bill – he was truly a special cat and will remain forever in my heart”

Wild Bill was Jake’s uncle. He was a younger sibling of Scar’s (same mother and father, but from a different litter). He was from the last litter of Ginger x TJ, born 3 May, 2010 – an uncle younger than Jake!

But it’s scary because Jake, too, has urinary crystals. He’s never had a blockage, but it’s serious motivation to make sure he only eats UT food.

My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend has stopped running today.

Aby-a-Day – November 16: Travelling in style (Miniature Monday)

One wonderful thing that happened at the NEMO show was Meg gave me an old Sturdi carrier of hers because the one I’d brought Jacoby to the show in was…er…destroyed in action, shall we say.

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I’d been thinking of getting one of these, so it was a welcome gift. Thank you, Meg! Both Jake and mini-Jake really like it.

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And best of all…this carrier is completely machine-washable if necessary!

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Hey, guys…don’t look at me like that!

Aby-a-Day – October 10: “Auburn” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Auburn.”

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Angel is a red/sorrel Abyssinian. I suppose you could call that “Auburn.”

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She needed to visit our friends at South Boston Animal Hospital a couple of weeks ago as she had a little bit of a UTI, too. We think it was brought on by the stress of her recent dental work.

It should be noted that Angel does not like anything done to her mouth. That includes giving her pills. Usually, she’ll eat a pill pocket. But not always – which is weird because she LOVES treats. And then you have to give her the medication the usual way. And this is what happens. Bear in mind…I had just clipped her claws two days before. This is why I never really tried to brush her teeth…

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Even though she’s impossible to pill…everyone loves Angel!

Aby-a-Day – May 10: Happy Mother’s Day to me…(Selfie Sunday)

Jacoby is having another UT flare-up.

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I’ve never considered myself a maternal person. I was Daddy’s little girl, a complete tomboy, and I hated dolls.

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I had a stuffed kitty. I dressed her up and put her in the doll stroller. And yeah, I was seriously hating that pink dress.

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I have always been a cat person. Always. And I do feel like a cat mom. It’s not the same as being a human mom. In some ways, our relationship is more that of being partners or equals than being a parent and a child. But when they’re sick…

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…I feel like a mom.

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Jake started showing his classic UT symptom, going back and forth between the boxes and squatting in other places, at about 6:50 on Thursday night. Our vet closes at 7pm, so I wasn’t able to take him right in, but I was able to make an appointment first thing the next morning.

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We went in, and they did the usual things, took a urine sample, and gave us all the usual medicines.

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We took the bus home. On the way Jake was being so cute riding so nicely on the seat, that I had to take some selfies.

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They didn’t really turn out that well, but I like them. I think they capture how we both were feeling.

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And speaking of capturing a feeling…this is Jake after his first dose of Buprenex, which we keep on hand in case he has a flare up. Jake likes Buprenex!

So, if you consider yourself a cat mom…Happy Cat Mother’s Day!