So last night as I was heading upstairs and as I passed through the hallway, I noticed Leo in the litter box up there. I continued to the bathroom for my nightly ablutions (love that word) and soon he was in the doorway. He sat down and began that licking of his whojigger. Uh oh, I thought, I hope this isn't the start of problems..
He moved toward the tub and dug at the bath mat and fought with the tag on it before sitting back down and having another lick. Oh no.. not again... He gave the corner of the counter top a bear hug, from standing on the floor.. (long cat is looonnnggg) then sat down and licked again.
We checked the litter box, nothing new in it. That means he didn't go before all the licking. What if he's plugged up, I asked, panicking of course. A more reasonable part of my brain, which I barely listened to, said what if he was interrupted by me going by him and now was too excited by attention and wanting to stay upstairs that he was just licking because he still had to go? (It was Star's turn to stay upstairs last night, she was already behind the closed bedroom door, waiting for him to go back down so we could block the stairs to give her the whole upstairs.)
I hardly slept, waiting for the vet to open at 8:30. I wound up calling at 8:15 and was relieved when they answered! I explained what was going on, and that he was scheduled for Monday morning for a retest. I told them what went on the night before and asked if I should bring him now or wait for Monday, hoping they'd say bring him now. Which, thankfully for my sanity, they did!
Greg dropped him off so they could wait for his bladder to fill up, or give him fluids so it would, or, if he was stopped up, they could right away do the bladder tap with a needle. That's what they were going to do Monday, rather than wait for him to go on his own, because they get a more accurate test of crystals if there are any.
I waited for their call, knowing they closed at noon today. Finally, around 11 they called. His bladder had not been over full like he was blocked, good news. They tapped it and got their fresh sample, good news. There was blood, but only red cells meaning no infection and apparently they will get that from the needle poke, more good news! No crystals! Great news!
The licking, they said, was likely behavioral, (Pottyous Interuptus or a young boy cat thing..), and not because he was hurting or sick! Whew! So now I don't have to wait for Monday and his retest. He has no more medicine! All is well in our world!
We are going to try to stay away from fishy foods still, since that can be a cause of crystals and if he's had problems before, well, we don't want to have any flare ups if we can avoid it, if it's an issue. Besides, they're getting used to the non fishy food now that we've mixed it with their usual stuff. Three kinds mixed fairly equally.
So we're dancing happy over here! Ok, cat mommy is. Star's all Hissyface because not only is Leo back, but he smells like THAT PLACE. And Leo's all, "Do you know what they did to me? Hugs!!!" But we're happy!
That brings me to what's missing from my sidebar. I took down the Purrs for Leo badge. And I thank those of you who purred and prayed for him and displayed the badge. Big thanks to KC for making the badge! I don't know if I would have gotten through this without all of you, I was one stressed mess here! So thank you and thank you again! And if you have his badge up, please feel free to take it down because at this moment, my boy is all better!
Hello, my name is Leo, and I may have a licky problem..
But I's not sick no more!! Paws in the air, whoo!!!
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