Pepper update which is not an update as far as being different from the original report

some of you have been kind and concerned enough as to ask for an update on Pepper's health.  and I have been remiss by not providing one, but there really hasn't been anything to report. 
the infection/blockage was caught before getting to critical stage so Pepper is waiting out this week on steroids and antibiotics until surgery next week. 
Pepper is mostly fine, gotten used to his pill every evening (given alongside some Kitten Chow). he pees very little and it is blood-tinged.  a little unnerving, but expected given his illness; on the positive side he doesn't seem very distressed, very little crying or yowling.
one not-so-great-thing is that Pepper seems unable to pee in the litterbox, preferring softer surfaces like rugs and upholstered chairs. this has caused the following:
   – we are getting a new bathroom rug after Pepper is all fixed up.
   – the bathroom rug no longer resides in the bathroom but rather next to the litterboxes
   – all cats are being kept off the front of the house where things such as rugs and upholstered chairs abound.

I will update with surgery news as they happen.   thanks to all for your concern.

had a bit of a photoshoot with Pepper this morning.  I liked these best

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15 thoughts on “Pepper update which is not an update as far as being different from the original report

  1. poor Pepper.well do I know the heartbreak of the tuxie boy peeing small bloody amounts in inappropriate places. luckily TK preferred newspapers and plastic bags, save for his need to pee under the dinner table.will Pepperito be having the full slice?

  2. Oh wow, what a handsome boy. Bestest wishes for his surgery and a comfortable recovery. (Bathroom rugs are highly overrated for bathrooms usage anyway.)

  3. thanks everyone for your good thoughts and wishes. we are hoping the surgery and recovery be boring, uneventful and fast.and homebody, you are correct. bathroom rugs are exceedingly overrated.lauo, Silmi is a very bad kitty. and proud of it, I'm sure.ah, lurker, I hope these updates are not triggering PTSD for y'all. it is so good that is over.arbed, many thanks. hope you are doing well too. last I read you were perhaps coming down with something? [bad sortaboss. bad]

  4. Lurkertype,What is scheduled is not the "full slice." He is going to have his bladder cut open and the stones removed (they are too big to pass! or get stuck). Then the vet is going to "rotor rooter" his bits. She will run a catheter from the insider out and the outside in. And stitch him up then. She wanted to give him a week of antibiotics to reduce the swelling so he would heal better.

  5. yeowch! TK got the stones somehow broken up/dissolved and taken out through a catheter, like a rotor rooter. no cutting into the bladder. is this a new procedure? how long will P be recuperating? and will we get to see the shaved tummy and conehead?

  6. is this a new procedure? no idea. will askhow long will P be recuperating? 1-3 weeks, depending how large the incision is and we can keep it clean, etc.and will we get to see the shaved tummy and conehead? but of course.

  7. thanks, Jay. we are hoping Pepper will be back to his normal melancholy self soon.
    and GO PHILLIES! w00t! what an awesome game last night. I think I was holding my breath all through the seventh inning

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