12 December, 2016

Vet and Weather News

Chucky, before the echocardiogram.
The walls are painted green,
which reflected in his eyes.
The veterinarian says that Chuck's heart muscle is beginning to weaken, and there isn't enough strength to push the blood out all of the heart. She says that means the blood swirls around in there, and that may lead to clotting.  Therefore, she's upped a couple of his meds, to help avoid clots.  She thinks he's been feeling a bit punky because of this swirling business, and that's why he's not eating as much.  He's lost a full pound since the last visit.

However, she was very interested in the news that the usual food he's been getting is disappearing, and that we are switching...slowly...to Salmon and Green Pea, which is what the holistic vet recommended. She is thinking the new med amounts AND new food might entice him to eat up.  She wants to see him again in 2 to 3 months.

Chuck howled the song of his people all of the way to the vet's office, but going home he was mostly quiet.  I took the opportunity to make up my own songs, with his name inserted.  Not only was he manhandled and had blood stolen, but then he had to listen to me singing too!  Oh my, poor kitty.

The vet tech who handled Chucky was wearing too much perfume. Therefore, Angel began hissing at Chuck Friday night, and kept it up all day Saturday and Sunday!  She may have given it up today, but she is still moving around the house with her tail down, and looking around furtively.  How do I tell the vet's office to advise their staff to get their perfume jollies OUTSIDE of the office?  Even The Hubby couldn't stand the flowery smell on Chuck's fur!

Thank you all for your comments about online ordering.  I heard from Natural Balance today, in response to my email, and they said once supplies for Venison and Green Pea are gone, they are going to STAY gone for a very long while.  So, I'm glad I found that last case of the old food, and have already started transitioning Chuck and Angel to the new.  My plan is to add a second brand too, once we have them settled into the first.


Pawprints on the feeding station

"Let's eat before the food freezes!"

Snow on Sweetie's fur

The backyard

Snowy Ghost Cat 
If I cannot have them inside, I can at least shovel and sweep The 'O' Cats's territory, just so their paws don't have to get snowy.  First thing Monday morning, I shoveled snow from the front door, around the side of the house, and around and over the back deck.  Patty thinks the shovel is a toy and barely avoided getting shoveled up and dumped unceremoniously into the snow pile!  Sweetie is sure the shovel (and any broom) is on this earth to harm her, so she stays hidden or runs away when I do this work.  Temps are dropping into the sub-zero range soon, so any snow left will become ice.  The Cat Car drives in the slush and snow like a champ!


Random Felines said...

Poor Chuck. As for the tech, we don't think it would be out of line to drop them an email. Many people are sensitive too. End of the week here is going to be frigid....stay warm

Hairballs and Hissyfits said...

I hope Chuck does ok! Terrible news about the perfume - you should maybe talk to your vet or even email and mention that you are also allergic and that Chuck had issues with your other cats so they do something about it! I hate overpowering fragrances!

The Whiskeratti said...

Oh, Chuck, those eyes! We hope this new medication and food helps. PS: Mom is a serious non-fan of perfumes and strong chemical scents of any kind.

Ann Boyajian said...

I like the idea of emailing the vet about perfume. Yuck! Poor Chuck, I hope he rallies and does well with adjusted meds.

Ivan from WMD said...

Oh, ick, perfumy vet techs. We hate that too. Poor William came home reeking once. Our mom had to wipe his fur down! Fortunately, we don't usually get the same tech more than once because there are a lot of student types who move on. At any rate, Mom can't tolerate perfumes of any kind.

Chucky, we are all rooting for you and hope you feel 100% soon. And all be safe in the snow!

Furries said...

FYI Petco.com has venison & green pea
Sounds like ok news for Chucky. Hopefully adjusting his meds will get his heart pumping a bit better and he'll feel better.

Brrr, all that snow looks cold.

Catio Tales said...

Purrs for Chucky - what a sweet heart. Paws crossed for foods. And that snow - brrr. Well snow is okay but we all hate ice. And we all stay away from the snow shovel.

Rene said...

Aw, the poor guy. That must have been stressful for him. I hope the medication helps.

Three Chatty Cats said...

Oh, I hope the meds help Chuck. And that he likes the new food.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

dood....sorree ta heer ya haz sum heebeez goin on in yur heart buddy....we hope de new foodz stop em N they get ya bak ta 1000000000 purrcent veree soon.......heerz ta warm dayz N nites two all N hopin de snowz leeve faster N they arrived ♥♥♥♥♥

Brian's Home Blog said...

We are sending lots of purrs to you Chuck, we hope the meds help bunches.

Tamago said...

I'm sorry to hear about Chuck's heart..I hope new med amount will help, and hope he will eat more.
I can't stand the smell of perfume! As dogs and cats have stronger sense of smell, I don't think it should be allowed in the vet's office.

Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

I'm sorry to hear about Chuck's heart, and hope that the meds help. I am so sensitive to perfume, that i might have said something. Since pets are so much more sensitive, I'm surprised the vet didn't say something.