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It was shopping day today and I'm absolutely exhausted. But that's not why I'm here.

I am finally confident enough to say Foo is doing pretty well.

The diarrhoea is better - this can be attributed to the antiobiotics and/or the hypoallergenic diet, and she'll probably stay permanently on the hypoallergenic food. The urinary incontinence has resolved, almost as quickly as it started. They found protein and blood in her wee, which suggests a UTI, but nothing was cultured. However, she was already on antibiotics and it's hard to get a culture when that's the case. It was also not the way UTI's usually present in cats, which is why it seemed unlikely. (They present much like they do in humans: urgency, frequency and whining, not puddles underneath). So now the assumption is that the runs was something that could be fixed with diet and ABX, and the UTI was a bit of bad luck at a weird moment, probably caused by all her bum licking, with an atypical presentation.

For the sake of certainty, she'll have a repeat ultrasound to check that those enlarged lymph nodes have gone down, they probably will have. I figure they were up because of this, if only because she's so chipper.

She is now a much more lively cat. She's opinionated and tells me when it's time for a pat. She has an increased range of chirps and trills, and likes to tell me what she's up to. (But only when my eyes are open. If they're closed and she decides to get off the bed, she jumps off quietly.) She lets me know when it's bedtime too. And she's curious about stuff.

The only downside is that pilling her is getting harder and harder. I can pick her up okay if she doesn't get a headstart, and if she does she always gives up before I do. She doesn't scratch or struggle en route to the table, I can hold her by the scruff without a struggle - but the moment I pry open her mouth she clamps down on my finger, pushes with her tongue, and flings her whole body back and forth, using the fact that I've got her by the scruff of her upper neck to work it as a pivot point. S

he's using physics against me!

I would admire her technique if it wasn't so bloody painful. Spent the last couple of days after the pilling session with my hand in the sink, soaking in dettol. Aside from punctures, I think she's hitting ligaments and stuff.

It's going to be a little embarrassing if my cat become super healthy and I get tetanus.

So to that end I went by the vet's today and got a pill-popper thing. In the past I've found pill-poppers to be more trouble than help, but Foo is proving exceptional. And my finger can't take it anymore.

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Mar. 27th, 2015 12:16 pm (UTC)
Yay good Foo news!
Mar. 27th, 2015 02:56 pm (UTC)
This is so good to read because the list of symptoms was worrying. If the lymph nodes are down that will be proof of her having two infections. YAY! for good stuff!
Mar. 27th, 2015 05:04 pm (UTC)
Apart from the finger biting resistance to pilling, Foo sounds like she is turning into a very satisfactory cat.
Mar. 28th, 2015 12:44 am (UTC)
I strongly suggest you get a pet grooming bag. This is the one I have for Nemo, can't remember whether I got it on ebay or amazon, but anyway...

You can wash a cat in it - which is why we got one. A long haired strong willed cat with the runs is not easy to wash otherwise!
Mar. 28th, 2015 01:18 am (UTC)
I can see the merit in that. She'll still throw her head around, but at least the rest of her body won't follow.

Today was the worst effort yet - I was trying to use that pill-popper thing and the vet's directions were no use at all! Total failure, and the poor thing was dribbling foam for several minutes as the pill disolved to far up (and I couldn't get near her).

I'll look into the bag. Tomorrow I'll try the towel method.
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