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Posted Oct 22 2012 3:15pm

Just a quick update on our feline situation (mainly to explain why I might not be answering emails and so on…).

A few days ago, it seemed that the worst was over: Prezzemolo had begun eating and drinking and seemed to be recovering well.

Well, since then we’ve had quite a setback. Yesterday Prezzemolo didn’t eat a single bite of food. He did have a few sips of water, but that was IT for the day. And he was very lethargic, of course. There was nothing we could do but keep him warm and wait till this morning. We were extremely worried, since this meant that he didn’t have his antibiotic (it was supposed to go into his food, all crushed up, of course)…yes, very bad, I know! Anyway, first thing this morning we took him in to the vet who gave him a shot of antibiotics. Poor little thing…

But that’s not the end of it. Last night, out of the blue, Peekaboo, our five-year-old, began coughing a rather weird, raucous cough…So yes, she’s sick, too. This morning we took her (separately from Prezzemolo) to the vet who told us she has tracheitis (inflammation of the windpipe, or trachea, which can be really dangerous if not treated), luckily with no fever. Antibiotics for her, too. Another miserable cat…

Are the two illnesses connected? Probably…(In spite of all our precautions, hand washing etc.) I mean, Peekaboo has never been sick before. So this is too coincidental. Tomorrow I’m going to see if the vet can run some blood tests and/or sputum cultures on both cats. I’d really like to know what we’re dealing with, here…

At any rate, for the next 8 to 10 days I’ll be taking the cats to the vet (two separate trips, mind you…) for their shots. Stefano will help me whenever he can (today, e.g., he took the day off work…), but I’ll be doing most of the caregiving, since I’m the one who is at home the most. 

As long as the others don’t get sick…yikes…Sandy, please send some of that universal energy our way, will you? Thanks! 

Well, we will get through this, of course. And Peekaboo and Prezzemolo are going to be fine…It’s just…really hard to see them suffer like this…I mean, just ten minutes ago, the little one turned his head away when I put some yummy wet cat food under his nose to see if I could get him to take just a little bite…

Written by Margaret

October 22nd, 2012 at 9:15 pm

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