Hampton’s UTI really took him for a long up and down ride. He was a poor boy for over a week. While the urinating settled down in a few days, he was still lethargic, not wanting to eat much and hiding. This worried me. Also Shadow and Stellar were hiding too and soon they too weren’t eating much. At first I thought they were just reacting to Hampton not feeling well. Yet after a day or so, the real reason reared its head.
On Wednesday I awoke to find that one of the cats had vomited. It was all over the place. I was able to look at the camera footage and discover that it was Shadow. He was not feeling well at all. He refused to eat all day and was huddled behind the couch or on the lower level of the apartment. Most of the time he was huddled with Hampton. I did manage to get him to eat a bit of baby food that evening. He was still urinating and drinking water so I wasn’t too worried about dehydration.
Thursday morning, there was more vomit. It wasn’t as much, but it was still happening. He once again spent the day hiding behind the couch with Stellar and Hampton and did not want to eat. Later in the afternoon, he ate a few treats, but he refused the baby food and wet food. Over night he did eat a bit of dry food. By this time, Stellar was eating next to nothing as well and Hampton was still not eating up to speed either.
Friday morning, there was no vomit. I was excited and hopeful. Yet I found diarrhea in the box. I had no idea if it was Shadow, Stellar or Hampton. Shadow ate a bit of dry food and a tiny bit of wet. Stellar ate next to nothing. Hampton was eating small amounts. All were still hiding behind the couch. I was so worried and really wanted to avoid the vet. I knew that another traumatic event would be so difficult for them. I decided to watch and wait. Shadow was a bit perkier by evening and there was still urine being produced in near normal amounts.
On Saturday, there was more vomit. Not a lot, but it was still there. It was Shadow again. I was worried. He kept licking his lips which I knew was a sign of nausea. I had some nausea medication on hand (Cerena) and tried to get him to take it in a small piece of chicken. The pill was so tiny. He refused it. I then put it into baby food. After about an hour, he started to lick it off a spoon. By early afternoon he had finally taken it. I knew this might help him feel better. Of course Stellar had diarrhea later that day. Yet he was not acting as sickly as Shadow.
I could tell the nausea meds had helped. That evening Shadow wanted to come out of the room. He was happy to get out and walk around the house. I was certain to put all of the other animals away. By this time, I knew it was some type of bug. I wondered if Hampton had picked up something while at the vet. Overnight I left out dry food and Shadow really started to eat. Stellar was eating small amounts too.
Sunday I awoke to no vomit!!! Shadow was still not quite himself so I was able to get another dose of nausea meds down him. This really perked him up. Unfortunately by mid morning, Stellar had vomited quite a bit. He also had a bout of diarrhea. I was beside myself. Yet, Stellar was still interested in eating and not acting sick. By evening, everyone was acting more normal. Everyone ate some of their dinner and they started to play. They were behind the couch some during the day, but by evening they were all out and seemed much happier. Shadow and Stellar came out of the room again that night and seemed much more normal! I left more dry food out over night and they finished it all!
This morning all was normal. Everyone ate breakfast. As the day progresses, they are out and about in the room. They are not huddled together hiding! Finally progress! It was a long 10 days of illness and worry.
Of course yesterday it dawned on me that I had been using the same litter scoop for all of the cat boxes. I have 7 litter boxes throughout the house. The last thing I wanted to happen was for my other cats (Jake, Marvin and Cisco) to get sick. So I went about the task of emptying, washing, sanitizing and refilling 4 of the litter boxes. I will then need to clean the other 3 in the room with Shadow, Stellar and Hampton after I am certain they are all healthy.
Here are a few pictures of the boys while they were sick.
Stellar, Hampton, Shadow
Hampton and Shadow
On a different note, we have been enjoying all of the new wildlife in our yard. Last week I had the windows open and I could hear the turkeys gobbling quite loudly. I looked out and at first didn’t see anything. Then I noticed that two them were on my lower patio. I went down to the basement to get a better look. By this time, they were at the door and one of them started to bang it’s beak against the door. It was like it was knocking! I wondered if it saw its reflection in the window. Crazy!