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Christmas Disaster Averted

December 26th, 2014 at 01:53 pm

We nearly had heartbreak at my house. Tuesday my cat I've had since I was little was acting a little strange. He would meow at you when you tried to touch him, and he was not being his super snuggly self.

In the middle of the night I rolled over and bumped him and he hissed at me. (He sleeps in bed with us) I didn't think too much about it, because we just got home from vacation and I thought maybe he was just cranky at me.

Wednesday morning he wouldn't jump down from the bed. So I went to pick him up and sit him down. As soon as I put him down he fell over. Then he instantly started going in circles. Over and over and over. Around and around. I couldn't get him to stop, and he would fall over every couple loops.

I panicked. I was thinking stroke or something wrong with his brain. I called the vet, and thankfully I got the last appointment of the day. Over the phone they agreed that it sounded like a neurological problem.

Even on the way, in the pet carrier he was still going in tiny little circles. Of course he went potty in there, and then got it all over him.

It was so pitiful. The only way to keep him from spinning was to hold him against your body. So his neck couldn't turn. It was very scary. After cleaning him and looking at him, the vet decided he has an inner ear infection which was causing his balance to be off. Praise the Lord! She was so impressed by him and said he was the sweetest cat she has ever seen. He was very calm, and was even purring as she did all his check up. When she was cleaning between his toes he would spread them apart and she thought it was hilarious. He loves his toes rubbed.

They gave him a steroid shot and an antibiotic shot. And I have oral medicine to give him twice a day. I can't believe how fast the steroid worked. Within only an hour or two he was almost completely walking straight again, and back to his normal happy self.

I am SO happy he is okay. This is my baby. He literately stays with me the entire time I am home. While I working at the couch he will sit with me, he sleeps in bed with me, when I eat dinner he sits under the table or lays on my lap. Even when I shower he sleeps on the bath mat waiting for me, and it has been like this for over a decade. He is the smartest and loveliest cat I have ever seen. He even does tricks like a dog does! He is one in a million. I've had many cats over the years, but none can compare.

The oral medicine isn't going so well. It's cherry flavored and bright red. What the heck. He hates it, and spits it everywhere, staining everything with red sticky syrup.

Just so glad to have my snuggle buddy back.

8 Responses to “Christmas Disaster Averted”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    So glad he is doing better!!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm so glad it wasn't something more serious! I'm giving my cat an oral pill right now too, twice per day. I have found it best to find her in a relaxed state, squeeze her mouth open and toss the pill back as far as a I can. I then gently hold her mouth closed for a second. A vet tech told me once that if the cat licks their nose after they have swallowed it. I did just find one pill on the floor this morning, so one of them didn't make it down like I thought. Smile Good luck caring for your kitty.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I just love a story with a happy ending! So glad your baby is well again.

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    So glad she's ok. Cats often purr at the vet or in scary situations to calm themselves.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    What good news. Glad your baby is OK.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm glad it wasn't anything too serious!

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    You'd think they'd find a way to make cat or dog medicine gravy flavored.

  8. Tabs Says:

    So glad this wasn't going to have a sad ending. Happy holidays to you both!

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