I’ve been waiting for my brother Harry to post his updates, but since he’s so lazy, I’ll go ahead an post mine first. The last time I wrote back in May, we had recently lost our friend Stripey. It’s just been me and Harry since then.
Things were going smoothly until my grandma, Debbie, noticed some blood under my tail. This had happened before we lost Stripey, but Debbie was so involved in trying to feed him and make him better that she wasn’t really watching me too closely. The vet had asked her for a urine sample, but she and her family had come down with COVID the day that Stripey went to Rainbow Bridge. It was a Friday the 13th and very bad luck for all of us.
Debbie thought my bleeding issue had resolved itself, but then in July, she saw me after I used the litterbox and noticed the blood was back. She brought me in emergency to see another vet who kept me at the animal hospital and took some tests. It turned out that I was diagnosed with Feline Urologic Syndrome. Debbie’s mother had a male cat with this issue, so she was slightly familiar with it but didn’t realize that female cats got it, too. The vet told her it was less dangerous in a female cat because it didn’t usually cause the blockage that it does in male cats which can be deadly if not caught right away.
To make me better, the vet recommended a special diet of very expensive food, Hill’s C/D Urinary Care canned food. Debbie has it delivered by Chewy. She tried a few samples from the vet first to see if I would eat it and was surprised that I loved it. The problem is that Harry loves it, too. He watches me eat and tries to steal it from me if I don’t finish it right away. I also try to steal his dry food, although I don’t really miss it that much.
The prescription food is so delicious. Debbie gets the small can that is a scrumptious chicken stew with carrots in it. The vet told her to feed me 2 small cans a day. She breaks that up into a few servings by covering the cans and refrigerating them.
So far, so good. No more bloody behind. I’m very playful, especially at night and am enjoying the cooler weather. I also modeled for Debbie’s book, Memories and Meows, that just came out. It features me, Harry, and a few other cats that came before us including Stripey.
The Cat in the Christmas Tree: And Other True Stories of Feline Joy and Merry Mischief. is another book that isn’t out yet but features me and Harry in “First Christmas with Kittens,” a holiday story about when we were young. It will be published on October 11 and is available now on pre-order on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cat-Christmas-Tree-Stories-Mischief/dp/0800737938/
That’s it for meow. I hope my writing will spur my brother to take up his paw and share his news which includes becoming an author in a forthcoming anthology. You heard it right. Harry has pawed his own story, but I’ll let him share that information soon.