Angel-bait is constipated, Kamikaze sprouted a tumor in the exact place I injected her latest cortisone shot. She gets one a month to keep from scratching herself raw and bloody, but the cortisone can leave infected, grape-sized tumors that I can only keep an eye on, knowing the whole song and dance is the best we can do and is shortening her life.
Angel-bait stopped using the litter-box 2 months ago and started going in secret places around the the house. I responded with the vet-approved behavioral mod, cleaned the boxes daily, bought the expensive cat-attract litter, disinfected and sprayed feline-repellent on the carpets and fabrics. It appears she countered this strategy by holding in her poop for three days and now she’s blocked up.
I put her on a diet of pumpkin, fluids, and oily canned food to no effect, what she does is approach the no longer covert poop stash, sniff, turn away and wander with nowhere to go. I then place her into the sparkling fresh, cat-attract litter box and she instantly jumps out. A half hour later we try again, she eventually strains so hard her midsection convulses til she throws up. The vet tells me fecal impaction can lead to surgery, or depending on my finances, euthanasia, so I picked up a Fleet baby enema and used it on her yesterday, she pooped within an hour like it said so on the box, so it looks like we averted the knife this time.
From her perspective all this unpleasantness would have been avoided if she’d been allowed to mess on the carpet without interference, but we can’t have that, hard as it is for a cat to understand that the feeder has rules too. I want her to do something she no longer wants to do, and am preventing her from going where she wants to in peace, so right now I’m the bad guy, but we’re also doing the strange circumstantial bonding; the only way I know my cats are sick is when they sleep with me, and I’m waking up in guilt-tinged sweetness, the both of them curled up on my stomach.
So it’s pumpkin for Angel-bait, compresses for Kamikaze, and for me light blogging, the better to role-play some version of hand-wringing cat mommy.