This week has been pretty good so far, knock on wood! Oreo seems to be feeling much better and his spirits are brighter. I can still see the anger in his face when Pudding gets on his nerves, but then again sometimes Oreo even instigates it in the first place. He is still not bouncing around but I've gotten rid of the laser toy ever since the first seizure happened. Oreo's bounces generally begin while playing with the laser. The neurologist did tell me that contrary to popular belief, laser toys don't cause seizures in cats. So maybe I'll get a new one once he's feeling better. I've tried taking out the catnip and throwing around the ball with him but as soon as Pudding enters the fun, Oreo is out of there! Both Oreo and Onyx kind of move away and allow for Pudding to go nuts. Oreo did show some interest in playing with one of the wand toys this week which was nice to see. I guess things just need more time. Pudding's energy level is still really high and both Oreo and Onyx seem to allow him to have front and center stage when it comes to playing.
Oreo has allowed Pudding to play with him a few times over the past week as long as it stays within the means of what he's comfortable with. He's eating well and I've been able to start taking pictures of him and filming with him once again. Regardless, things won't be the same as they were because I still prefer that he work less for his own well being. So he won't be playing multiple characters in videos like he used to unless I film it over the course of a few days. I am doing my best to give him minimal work and split it up between myself all of the cats. Working with him this week, I could sense that he misses it. Perhaps he misses the time we spend together while working, or then again maybe it's just the treats!
Last weekend I went to visit my parents for lunch one afternoon and as I opened the closet to get my jacket out, Oreo bolted and hid under the bed. I realized that it was the closet his carrier is kept in and he probably thought he was going to have to go to the vet again. I gently pulled him out from under the bed and set him down in my covers and gave him a big kiss and told him he was not going anywhere. He kind of froze up, didn't want to move and whimpered. I felt so bad. He has obviously really been affected by everything that has happened. I am glad that we still have a couple of weeks before his MRI so that he has more time to rest. As far as it is right now, I don't want to bring him for the scan. Things seem alright and I am still petrified to put him under anesthesia, mainly because of how he reacted to it when he choked on the cat treat last winter. It was not a good experience for either of us. Regardless, the final decision will come after I have the appointment with the Animal Communication Specialist on the 12th. If at that point it's decided that we cancel it, I will make an appointment with a Homeopath/Holistic counselor who specializes in animals. I had contacted her a few weeks ago but because of the cost of the MRI, I don't want to spend money on anything else beforehand. She comes to the house to work with the animal which is great because that means no stress for Oreo as far as having to travel. I've heard great things about her and she's been practicing for many years so we'll see how that all plays our when the time comes.
Pudding will be neutered on November 21st. I am also looking forward to seeing how that affects everything. Normally the energy level drops slightly once the animal is spayed/neutered. I am sure that both Oreo and Onyx will also appreciate a day without Pudding around. He will go in around 8:30 am that morning and should be ready to be picked up around 3 pm. I can't believe how quickly he is growing! They get big so fast!
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!