Since Oreo started the Phenobarbital on Friday, his body is still adjusting. My vet told me that it can take a couple of weeks for him to adjust so I still need to give it some time. He has little spurts of energy where he almost seems like himself and then he goes back to looking glassy eyed and a bit lost. Yesterday we opened his KitNipBox and that helped to get him to play and move around a bit. It seemed like he forgot he was ill for a few moments which was nice.
Yesterday I noticed that the tip of his tongue is white. I got worried and of course I called the vet. Every little thing drives me crazy with worry and fear these past few days. She had me check his gums and I tried to get a video of his tongue but of course, Murphy's Law, when you need your cat to stick their tongue out, they don't. The vet said his gums look normal and as long as the rest of his tongue is pink, there is no reason to be alarmed. It may just be a bit of dehydration making the tip of his tongue discolored. I've been adding water to his food to try and keep him hydrated. The Phenobarbital makes them thirsty and in return he's peeing a lot. He's also still having wet poops so I would guess that is what is causing the dehydration. I will keep tabs on it and see if it changes today. If not, I may bring him in again just to be on the safe side.
I've not been sleeping too well and have been concentrating on listening for any sounds of Oreo getting up at night. Each time he gets up to go to the bathroom I go and check on him. Last night he ended up stepping in his pee and got wet litter stuck on one of his back paws. Try cleaning that off... it's not easy! I had to dip his paw into some warm water to get the litter to come off. He was not happy. Then I had to dry his paw and he was not happy with that either. He made pee-pee paw marks all over the floor. I washed the floor at 3am. Oreo had a very mild fever last night also, but I think it may have been caused by the stress of having to clean his paw. I didn't want him to eat the litter and get sick from that too.
I've been putting calming videos on my television for him throughout the day. Yesterday he fell asleep watching a beach video. This morning he snoozed to the sounds of a babbling brook. I know it may seem silly, but the videos really do seem to help him to rest and relax.
I really miss my boy. I miss his spirit, his personality and his comedic nature. I miss spending time working together with him to make videos. I miss his sassy little self and his funny bunny hops. Pudding has been great through all of this so far. He seems to really feel the pain in my heart. Every time I feel like I am going to cry, he comes to snuggle with me. He's a bundle of energy but he's also a real little bundle of love. I am so glad we found one another. Pudding has been sneezing a lot the past few days. I was concerned about that too so I consulted the vet in regards to it. He doesn't have any secretions coming out of his nose so there is no cause for alarm here either. Apparently many cats can have Herpes virus in the nose and it can cause sneezes and itches. Some cats can also have things like Chronic Rhinosinusitis but if they don't have discharge, are eating, drinking and have normal energy levels it doesn't seem to be a cause for real concern. Pudding is fine otherwise, he is just sneezing a few times a day. It always seems to be after he's stuck his face into something so maybe he is also just still getting used to the new smells, dust and whatnot in his new home. All of his tests came back normal and he seems to be completely healthy otherwise so the vet suggested giving him some lysine to help boost his immune system.
So we continue on one day at a time....
Tina Modugno is a children’s illustrator from Canada. Tina loves all animals, kids books and cartoons! She currently resides in Quebec with her husband and four cats!