Last night Mom heard barfy noises and this morning she found a hairball in the one place that’s impossible to clean – on one of my giant cardboard scratchers.
I hacked up a hairball once before on this scratcher, so mom took a utility knife and cut away the offending cardboard and turned the scratcher over. Now that I’ve soiled the other side, there’s no more flipping & hiding and it’s time for a replacement. Luckily, she’s been storing a second scratcher in the closet.
The PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge is a bit pricey ($50 at Amazon), but it lasts a long time because I treat this like furniture and don’t scratch it much. I mostly use it for lounging and as a step to the window sill. I’ve had this one for over 5 years and it’s still in very good condition so Mom doesn’t mind the cost.
The PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge is well made and looks nice in the living room. The cardboard is dense and the ones I purchased years ago are cut & smoothed very well. The slick, colored edging has held up beautifully. I’ve sent these as gifts to two family members and they’ve also been happy with them. A larger cat can’t fit in the openings at the end, but kittens certainly could. I’m ordering another next week so I’ll see if they’re still the same quality as the ones I purchased years ago.
Today, we’re joining Brian’s Thankful Thurdsay Blog Hop.
This was the second neighborhood kitty to visit the catnip pot in my backyard in about 20 minutes. This guy looked up to say thanks.
I’m thankful that I’m feeling better. The vet called and said my urine culture came back with E. coli and the antibiotic I’m on should take care of it. We’re all thankful that we should get over this little hurdle pretty easily.
Mom (and Dad) have never been so relieved to see my beautiful yellow eyes.
It’s taken 4 days for the 24-hour pain medication to get out of Raven’s system. I think there’s still some effect but her behavior and her eyes are noticeably improved.
We’re still waiting on urine culture results but she’s taking a broad-spectrum antibiotic so I’m hoping it will take care of whatever bacteria shows up in her urine culture. Raven is acting much more like her usual self. She’s eating again and urinating more normally (no little marble-sized pee balls).
The Urination Situation
Mom & Dad took me to my regular vet today. It’s a 30 minute car ride but it’s much calmer and quieter there with just a few animals and staff. If you remember, I went to the hectic & noisy emergency vet on Saturday because I was frequently peeing small amounts.
The regular vet said his initial test shows some blood in my urine and I’m not concentrating my urine like normal. The dilute urine might be left-over from the fluids the emergency vet gave me on Saturday, but he doesn’t think that’s the case. He sent my urine sample and blood out for more thorough testing and we’ll get the results tomorrow.
In the meantime, I’m starting an antibiotic and waiting for the pain medication to leave my system.
About this pain medication
The pain medication I was given was supposed to last only 24 hours, but it’s approaching 48 hours and my pupils are still dilated (about 2 mm less than yesterday) and I’m still agitated and not acting like my normal self. If you compare today’s and yesterday’s photos, you can see my pupils are still very dilated but I don’t appear to be quite so traumatized or startled. I’m really glad it’s cloudy outside and Mom & Dad are keeping the lights off for me so I don’t suffer from the bright lights. I could close my eyes if I weren’t wired and agitated. I’ve barely slept in the last 2 days.
I’m not happy with the adverse effects of the pain medication that Raven was given. Simbadol is an opiate pain medication (buprenorphine) that can be injected once daily for up to three days for pain control in cats. It was recently approved for use in cats. I’ve used oral buprenorhine before and had no problems with it. After more reading, I don’t think Simbadol was an appropriate drug to use in this situation. It seems more appropriate for post-surgery pain (moderate to severe pain) and Raven was not demonstrating any obvious signs of pain when she was using the litter box. Granted, cats are excellent at hiding pain, and I’m 100% in favor of appropriate pain control, but this seems to have been much too strong a drug for Raven. Or, Raven may be extremely sensitive to it and very slow at clearing it from her system.
I’m not saying Simbadol is a bad drug. My personal philosophy is to use the mildest, safest, shortest-acting drug that will be effective. Based solely on Raven’s reaction, Simbadol is not a drug I would use again unless she were in serious pain. If your vet recommends Simbadol, I suggest discussing if it is truly needed for the level of pain your pet may be experiencing or if there is a milder or shorter acting drug that may be effective.
Mom here: Raven is replying to a lot of comments on yesterday’s post and she may reply to some here. She’s still under the influence of the pain medication. Hopefully you aren’t too confused by her drug-induced creative writing. I’m glad I didn’t give her the second medication (which can have side effects) – I wouldn’t know what’s causing what.
We’re joining The Cat On My Head’s blog hop this week.