Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Cats Are Costly
Our sweet, new Ninja Cat has had problems since he arrived home. Potty problems. Really nasty, smelly problems that my husband has stoically handled on his own all this time because the mere sight of it has me gagging (it's a pregnancy thing).
I took 2 separate fecal samples in to the vet's office, and they each came back negative, so we hoped that things would just resolve once his little system was used to the food here. Five weeks in, and things weren't any better. Ninja jumped into my lap on Friday after a trip to the box, and he left some, um, residue on my pajamas. I nearly threw up. I was done. This will get fixed!
Fecal sample #3 went in for testing, but this time it was a more comprehensive test (which meant it cost 3 times as much). Steven didn't seem very happy with me over that since the other 2 samples were negative.
My diligence paid off. Ninja has a bacterial infection causing something called Clostridial Entertoxicosis. Treatment is inexpensive amoxicillin. And fiber. I'm feeding him pumpkin now as a treat, which surprisingly, he loves! Hopefully, his potty problems will be resolved in the very near future!
And speaking of the costliness of cats, I was paying bills last week, and I was perplexed by our water bill having gone down by nearly $20. Then I realized that with Calvin gone, I'm no longer doing laundry every day. Guess he was costing us more than just vet bills. But he was 100% worth it.