I wanted to let everyone know that Raven is doing much better. She’s eating, drinking, using her litter box, and is pretty much back to her normal playful behaviors. It’s wonderful seeing her eyes bright and attentive again.
Unfortunately, she has to take a liquid medication (metronidazole) that makes her slobber like a mastiff! I know the pill is very bitter, but I tasted this liquid and it doesn’t taste bitter to me. But she obviously doesn’t like it and I had to wipe slobber off the walls after the first couple doses. Her Dad and I worked out a method where he holds her and I give the medicine and stand at the ready with a paper towel until she’s done frothing. I called the vet to ask him to call in a prescription for the pill form, but apparently he has a non-work life and went on vacation. Oh well, we’ll muddle through, but if she ever needs to take this medication again, I’ll definitely get the pill form.
I’ve been re-educating myself about inflammatory bowel disease. My first kitty Felix had intestinal small cell lymphoma, and I hope with all my heart we’re not heading down that path again. I’ve read that probiotics can be helpful for all types of bowel disorders and I’ll start Raven on them as soon as I can. Proviable or BeneBac Plus seem to be two brands that are reliable and I’ve seen recommended by vets. If any of you use a particular brand of probiotic that you’ve been happy with, please let me know.
P.S. After writing this post I saw the sad news about Sparkle’s passing. She was an awesome kitty ambassador and will be greatly missed. Our condolences go to her family during this heartbreaking time.