I have to thank LT and TK's recent ordeal* for making me hyperaware of odd cleaning/licking/straining behavior in our two male cats. and what do you know, yesterday evening, Pepper, our 8?-year-old tuxie started to show signs of discomfort – licking and licking at the bits, crying out a bit, acting under strain. he wasn't feverish or bloated, but we figured the writing on the wall. confirmed later that night when teh SO found a few drops of pee in three different places (none of them a litterbox).
fast forward to this afternoon and the vet visit: Pepper has stones (lots) in his bladder, which have irritated his bladder walls, caused an infection, and are too big to pass naturally. this was confirmed via x-rays and ultrasound. so there will be surgery next week to remove the stones. have to wait a week as the tuxie is on steroids to reduce the inflammation of the bladder and antibiotics to fight the infection.
*which is over, we hope for good. hallelujah.
is there a tuxie curse? tom, if you read this, keep an eye on BrotherWind.
Pepper is such a sweet cat. no bratitude, no tuxitude. he trends more towards eeyoretude. he gets sad and he is in pain, but he always assumes is his fault or something he did. and he doesn't hold a grudge.
take what happened a few minutes ago when we gave him his antibiotic pill: not having given him a pill before, there was some trepidation as to how he'd react.
we didn't need worry. teh SO just sat Pepper on his lap, barely opened his mouth, dropped the pill and massaged his throat to get it down. halfway through the process Pepper was purring…
we are hopeful that is being treated early enough to avoid a blockage. fingers crossed.