Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Pickle is in the Hospital...

At the vet, actually.

We noticed last night that he was acting snappish with the other cats--quite unlike him--and I started watching him go from litter box to litter box, spending a long time in each one without any results. So I knew he was having plumbing problems--whether urinary or constipation, I didn't know, so I gave him a glycerin suppository just in case, but that didn't seem to give him any relief. I gave him half a baby aspirin in case he had a bladder infection, and perhaps it was the pain-relief that allowed him to sleep fairly comfortably overnight.

Still, I got up early enough to be first into the waiting room at the vet clinic this morning. No appointment but I had a cat in distress. It is so unusual for Pickle to vocalize that his occasional cries rent my heart.

The vet diagnosed him with urinary blockage. I guess I shouldn't be surprised as it isn't uncommon, but after all these years, I have never had a cat block up. I was just glad that Pickle was staying in the main house and that we noticed the change in his behavior before the situation got more serious.

Still, the vet is keeping him overnight and sounds like she may keep him several nights before all is said and done. I know he is getting good care and he is where he needs to be but I still hate leaving any of our cats at the clinic. I want them to be home with us.

Please keep him (and his mommy!) in your thoughts.


Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Keeping your Pickle Boy in my prayers. Glad he was in the main house so you could catch it and get him to vet!

Will check back for updates, and if it's OK I'll put him on my blog.

The Furry Kids said...

We hope Pickle feels better soon. We're purraying for all of you.

Titus, Tazo, & Earl Grey

The Meezers said...

we are purrrrrrrrrrrring for Pickle Boy. Our Grampa Norton hadded this prollem when he was 4 and lived anofurr 14 years after his 'mergency surgery until he ran off to the Bridge at age 18.
Pickle Boy is in our purrayers.

Daisy said...

Poor Pickle! I hope he feels better soon. I had bladder stones this year and had to have surgery to get them out of me. But I am better now.

I have a sister named Pixie. Sometimes we call her Pickle or Picky! That's a good name.

Dragonheart said...

I am visiting from cats~goats~quotes. I am keeping Pickle Boy in my thoughts and sending purrs out to him.