No, this post is not about soup. It’s about booze. It’s rainy and grey today, typical weather in the Pacific Northwest. One of my cats isn’t eating. I’ve offered him everything, pretty much any time he acts the least bit hungry. He doesn’t even want his Greenies, and those are pretty much Kitty Crack Treats. It’s making me fret.
Mr. B has been with me for almost 11 years, and he’s starting to feel his age. He moves a little slower, and he’s not as bulky as he used to be, and he’s kinda cranky sometimes. His kidneys aren’t 100%, but he’s doing alright with supplements and a lower protien diet. Unfortunately, if he doesn’t eat, he won’t get his supplements. I’ve had him on fluids for several days, as he wasn’t drinking much either. He seems perky enough, and definitely interested in the idea of food, but other than a few licks of the gravy from his favourite Friskies kitty junk food, he just doesn’t care.
His regular vet is excruciatingly expensive, and I’m not convinced they are giving him the kind of care that best suits him (and me). I’m picky about vets because I spent 8 years working as a tech. The place he goes now, they have five doctors, a big staff, night nurses, on-site blood analysis, an excellent surgical facility, and all the bells and whistles a modern vet needs. They are friendly and intelligent folks who genuinely care about animals. I even did some volunteer work with them for a while. It’s the little things, like not bothering to look in his mouth or palpate his abdomen, that bother me . . . and the bland attitude of their receptionist . . . and the tendency to jump on procedures and tests before they get the whole story. Okay, maybe it’s added up to a bit of annoyance for me.
Point is, I decided to try a holistic vet who makes housecalls. I doubt there will be a difference in cost, really, but I’m looking for a difference in service. I think Mr. B needs to be evaluated from a new perspective. For that matter, so do I. My neck is killing me (note to self: stop slouching!).
At any rate, it’s been one of those kinda days. So, I offer unto those that need it, a healthy dose of Canadian Comfort: 1 shot of Canadian whiskey, 1 shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream, and three shots of chocky moo (otherwise known as chocolate milk). I think I’ll wash mine down with a Guinness cupcake.
I hope Mr. B feels better very soon. One of my cats is ailing, too, and I also have a vet who tests and charges up the wazoo (and makes me feel guilty if I don’t go every test available every time). This too shall pass, but the Canadian Comfort sounds like a good solution in the meantime!
I hope you kitty feels better soon!
I have three dogs and I hate it when they feel ill because, 1. I can’t understand what is wrong because they can’t talk (darn it) and 2. I can’t do anything for them except take them to the vet and hope they can help.
Thanks Kelly and Ginny. Mr. B is feeling a bit better today, and so am I. 8)
Poor Mr. B, I hope he’s eating and doing o.k.!
Thanks Reeni. Mr. B is finally eating better and being more active again. If he’s happy, I’m happy.
Seeing your kitties get old can be very tough on you. I lost two in the last six months – my 18 year old mutt (Annabelle) and 11 year old 28 lb. Maine Coon (Cody). Cody resembled your Mr. B, and also had some nasty complications. Diabetes and urinary infections were ultimately his demise. No fun.
The holistic approach can definitely work. I have close to 1000 hours of massage training, and cranio-sacral and acupressure were two of the “big” courses. Cranio in particular can definitely work on pets. And as a side note, it will work on your sore neck!
Thanks for the input, Larry. It’s definitely been hard coming to terms with the fact that Mr. B is not immortal. We’re planning to meet the holistic vet this week.
Cody sounds like he was a monster of a cat. Maine Coons have the most wonderful personalities. My sympathies regarding his passing and Annabelle’s.
Mr. B is so cute… I really hope he feels better soon. Hopefully the new vet will be able to provide some insight.
On a side note, I could drink the crap outta some of those Canadian Comforts! Yum!
I hope Mr B feels better soon! One thing that our cat loved when he was around is MediCal Gastro diet – he stopped eating for a while and that damaged his liver (or vice versa, the vet wasn’t sure). MediCal Gastro was one of the ONLY things he ate for a while after that stint of “I’m on an extreme diet” from him.
Your cat’s so adorable! I’m a cat lover myself, looking after my 2,5 year old named Maji! ❤
I will tell Mr. B he has another fan. Maji is such a cute name.