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Frankie update

Thank you so much for all your well-wishes. Frankie is peeing normally and eating and drinking. He's really sick of the collar that keeps him from licking himself. He's not too crushed about being confined to my office for his own safety when we're asleep. Today he'll be alone for about 4 hours while we're at work (we work different shifts) but I think he'll be fine.

The medicine went down easier this morning. Not easy. Just easieR. He has an antispasmotic injection, an oral antibiotic and a painkiller pill. I only have 2 more pills to give him so I look forward to finishing up that medication. I'm really quick with an injection so I try to get everything injectible that I can. It's easier to give a cat a little stick than it is to force his mouth open and shove something down his throat with his tongue fighting you all the way.

Usually when someone asks me if Puffy's got attitude, I tell them no, he's the sweetest kitty in the world and he can't help the way his face is shaped. But he really is as dismayed as he looks here.

(You can also see we've given up the idea of having our bedding match itself.)

ETA: he was disemboweling that collar so I've decided to take it off for now. He's happily licking his paws, which is fine. IT's the nether-regions he's not supposed to lick.



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Jan. 19th, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
Glad to hear he's doing better. Hopefully the collar will come off soon.
Jan. 19th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)
I think I can take the collar off Wednesday AM. I work from home that day and can make sure he doesn't start licking. Then he'll only need to wear it at night or when we're at work.

I kind of thought it might be easier to leave it on around the clock but it seems to itch him.
Jan. 19th, 2010 10:57 am (UTC)
Cats hate it. Period.
At least its a soft one, the hard plastic ones are worse.
Puffy looks like the cat I rescued from the community residence I worked at.
Jan. 19th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
I'm glad Frankie seems to be on the mend. Must be a huge relief. I'm in awe of your vet skills, I'm not sure I could give anyone, human or animal, an injection. But I guess if you have to, you have to. I'm just not a very good person to have around if you need medicating beyond being given a tablet or medicine - and that's only if you're people.

Good luck and love to Frankie.
Jan. 19th, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
Thanks, Ali.

Believe me, a lot of hand-wringing accompanies giving meds.
Jan. 19th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
So glad to hear your baby is doing better. None of them like that damn collar. Just keep reminding him that this will be over soon and he can go back to living his life the way he's used to!
Jan. 19th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
I will be home with him for the next day and a half, so that will be a great relief to me!
Jan. 19th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
poor little guy! I hope his recovery is swift and sure.

(I remember when Ariel had her last op - we ended up taking the collar off whenever we were around to watch her closely, because she hated it *so* much, and we figured the stress wouldn't be helping the heeling. She had one of those huge plastic lampshade ones though.)
Jan. 19th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
It has to be torture to wear one of those big plastic collars!

I suspect Frankie's a bit fat to easily lick himself. Mainly he wanted to wash his paws and face. Now he's contentedly sprawled on the heat register--yay!
Jan. 20th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
Sweet kitty! There's is an injectable antibiotic that's new on the market. One injection lasts 2 weeks - and you can give a booster after one week if they need it. My vet got it in for my kitty who refuses to take a pill (if you force one down him, he'll promptly hack it up). It's a bit pricey, but worth every cent.
Jan. 20th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
It seems to me as if one of them had the 2-week antibiotic for something at some point. (How's that for vague! When we first got this guy it was the pass-the-respiratory-infection game.) But you know how some antibiotics are specific to certain things? I wonder if this one is more specific to urinary tract issues.
Jan. 21st, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
You're probably right on that - mine got it for a respiratory infection.
Jan. 24th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
I love this icon :D
Jan. 24th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
And it's so true! You're welcome to steal.
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