Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Bagheera Recovering

On Monday I took Bagheera to Coal Mountain Animal Hospital with a bladder blockage. This happened back in March, when we took him to our family vet, Gwinnett Animal Hospital, and he stayed about a week for treatment, care, and recovery (yes, that's expensive).

This time around, he only needed to stay overnight, and I brought him home Tuesday evening (even though it was only overnight, it was also as expensive as the first time). He's got two different medications to take (be force-fed) for the next few days, medicine to be sprinkled on his food (which he tries to avoid), and special canned food (also quite pricey). But, the vet (Claire Surber) was quite impressed with his quick recovery, and feels that with follow-up and diet change, he'll be in good shape. (It was also noted that he's a hefty boy, and limiting his food intake wouldn't be a bad thing).

Baggie in all his spread-out glory.

I've had to do some juggling to figure out where to put the now various types of cat food so each cat is only eating the food it should. Tigah, who is used to sharing Rachel Ray wet food with B every day, of course insists on getting her share of his new food, which she shouldn't be eating. B can't have any dry food at all, unless we start buying the (very expensive) special dry food. Biscuts only eats dry, so keeping her away from Baggie's food isn't much of an issue. Meghan is used to licking the plate after the cats are done, so she's kind of wandering around at mealtime wondering where the magic yummy plate has gone and when it will reappear.

Tigah deigns to share "her" sunshine with Mr. B.

I finally decided to put the dry dispenser and the regular wet food on top of the washing machine in the laundry room, because Mr. B is to heafty to jump up there, whereas the girls make the leap with no trouble. I put his medicated food at the regular feeding station, on top of the low file cabinet in my room, where I can keep an eye on it and engage the water bottle when Tigah gets too interested in it.

In a rare moment of tenderness, Tigah grooms Baggie. A moment later, she play-bit him.

So far, the arrangement is working. Also, Bagheera can't go outside for ten days, so I'm playing Human Pet Door for five animals for a while. And people wonder what I do all day ;)

Giving a bit of comfort in closeness.
The patient is spending most of his time on my bed, switching between plots of sunshine, my afghan, and my legs. He's content, eating well (I'm sticking to 1/2 can twice a day for a while), and seems to be comfortable. He goes back to the vet on Friday for a check, then again in two weeks.

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