Tuesday, January 5, 2010

When distractions AREN'T a good thing...

...meaning they are my distractions, not Panama's.

I've been very busy and worried lately. The cat I have now had for nearly 11 years has stopped eating for unknown reasons. Almost a month ago, I took him into the vet, and they weren't able to tell what was wrong, even after doing a blood panel. They cleaned his teeth and pulled two bad ones just before Christmas, but that didn't make him want to start eating again. Now I'm giving him Pepcid AC to see if it's an acidity problem (we noticed he is burping a lot), and he's going in for an ultrasound on Monday.

In the meantime, I'm force feeding him. My other cat had feline hepatic lipidosis a little over four years ago, so I am familiar with force feeding a cat — I had to force feed her for a month before she started eating on her own again. It's time consuming, though, and frustrating at times. I hope we can figure out what is wrong and get him eating on his own again!

Anyway, I'm sorry to say that this is starting to cut into my time with Panama. I've tried not to let it, but yesterday I didn't do anything with him at all (except for taking his blanket off) because I was so discouraged that Prince had thrown up his breakfast. Force feeding him 4 to 6 times a day makes it hard to get work done sometimes, too, which in turn makes it hard to spend time at the barn.

Tomorrow it probably won't be an issue, as we are supposed to get a lot of snow. Thursday will be only 15 degrees at best, which will make a trip to the barn unlikely but not impossible. (Thank heavens for full care!) Perhaps I can get caught up on work while I'm housebound, so that I can have more time with Panama (and Prince!) on Friday, when the weather is a little better!



At January 7, 2010 at 11:39 PM, Blogger Sally said...

It really is difficult to concentrate on your horse when life gets in the way-and they seem to feel it too. Hope your kitty gets better!

At January 9, 2010 at 6:54 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks Sally! The kitty is doing a little better, but still not eating -- I think the improvement is because I've been able to get more food into him this past week. I'll find out more on Monday (I hope) when we have an ultrasound done.


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