Monday, September 24, 2007

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How can a cat as frail and sick as Niobe be such a stinkin' trouble-maker?

I called Robb from the grocery store, where I was buying baby food and canned fish for our sick kitty. I had been close to tears as I was looking over the jars of baby food. Niobe hadn't eaten in days, and I was so worried that she wasn't going to be alive when I got home.

Niobe, however, is a cat full of surprises. It seems that while she hasn't managed to find any interest in food or water, she found the inspiration to jump out the bathroom window, and go cavorting on our roof.

Niobe is, under the best of circumstances a spazzy, uncoordinated cat. Our roof is two stories up, and she has already fallen off of it once, when she was younger and more spry. Robb encouraged me to hurry home, because he really couldn't climb out the window and retrieve our silly cat.

After the conclusion our little roof-top adventure, I spoke with our vet. Niobe does, indeed, have a urinary infection, and the lab is running tests to see what bacteria we need to be fighting. At the vet's suggestion, we are increasing the amounts of fluids that we are giving to Niobe, and continuing to give her antibiotics for her gum lesions. I spent more time than I would like to think about, rubbing baby food on her lips and tricking her into eating.

Then, about half an hour after giving her more fluids, I went in to clear away the plate of baby food. Niobe gave me a funny look, and ate the entire glob of food in a single chomp. She then proceeded to gorge herself on tuna and water.

Things are, at least for the moment, looking up.

6 comments:

wassamatta_u said...

Yay! Baby food baby steps!

The Gillespie Tribe said...

Yeah! Glad to hear some good news on the kitty front =o)

When our kitty was sick and would eat nothing... the one food that worked was, of all things, corn! Who knew?

Cheers!
Rhea

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Mister Firdusi was a corn freak.

When I was growing up, we had a cat who used to drag corn cobs out of the compost and gnaw on them, on the staircase.

I can't tell you how many times I almost fell down the stairs, from stepping on slimy cat-chomped corn cobs.

Anonymous said...

Cats make people insane, don't they? They do the same thing to me, our kitten (now a year old) jumps off the dresser and lands right on my chest and then the next day I'm covered with bruises. If person did this to me, I'd take them to court, when my cat does it I pick them up and kiss them as I scold them.

It sounds like your cat is probably in mourning, as well as needing some excitement.

I think I'm coming back as a cat in my next life.

Annalisa

colormecynical said...

Glad to hear of the improvement. What kind of baby food do you use?

Boots is now my 5:30-and-again-at-9:30 alarm clock. she just wanders around my room howling until i get up and pay attention to her. she's a real turd, but i pet her while i tell her how mean she is.

Annalisa, i'm with you on your last comment! what a way to reincarnate.

Martha said...

Are you kidding me that you don't understand why Niobe was out on the roof???? Look at all those pairs of jeans!

xo,
Martha

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