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14 December 2007 @ 12:51 pm
Rochester's Big Day Out  
Whenever we head toward the apartment door and start putting on our shoes and bundling up, Rochester immediately perches by said door to beg to be let out. Today, he got his wish. Why? Because for the past several days, he's been keeping us awake at night and tearing me away from work with plaintive meowing and attempts to relieve himself all over the apartment. We at first thought that he was just being bratty about his litter box, which happens a lot. But when that's the case, he usually just finds himself a corner, has at, then lets us discover it later. He doesn't cry and whine and carry on until the wee hours of the morning. My sister suggested it might be a UTI. After getting very little sleep last night, despite the fact that we bought a new litter box, we decided there might be something to that.

Cue Remy working from home, cue me calling every vet in a five-mile radius (there are a surprising number of vets in a five-mile radius of our apartment). Most were either closed or booked solid. We finally found one in the Strip District that takes walk-ins. So at around 11:00, after we bundled ourselves up, we bundled Rochester up in a towel and granted his very dearest wish.

He got to go downstairs, outside, into the backseat of my car. Remy sat there and held him while I drove. He was trembly, but didn't cry or void himself the way he normally does when confronted with an automobile trip. At the vet's office, he sat calmly in our laps even as all manner of large dog moved through the waiting room.

He was well behaved during his check-up, too. The vet was impressed by his size, as most people are (15 1/4 lbs, fills up our laundry basket when he lies in it). Fortunately, the vet didn't find any obstructions or any overt problems. He gave us antibiotics and special food, and we'll need to go back in two weeks if things don't improve. Hopefully, though, Rochester will be fine.

On the car ride home, Rochester was even more docile, and was dutifully rewarded with catnip upon our return. I don't think he meowed even once the whole time. It gives me hope that, if/whenever we do spawn, we will be able to teach our sprogling to be well behaved in public. Sadly, Sephie now smells Vet and Other Strange Things on Rochester, and is being all hissy/growly when he tries to cuddle with her. Hopefully, she'll get over it soon.
Aikidoka, dreamer, seeker, general purpose geekmanycolored on December 14th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
Poor megakitten!

If it turns out he has struvite crystals, Royal Canin's Dissolution Formula has been very good to us. Moe has been on it for 2 years now, and in 2 years, he has not had an infection (he used to get several a year.) He also likes the taste of it.

You can only get it from a vet, but the same goes for all prescription foods.
Miusheri: hello_cthulhumiusheri on December 15th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Good to know, thank you!

Well, Rochester definitely doesn't like his antibiotics, but he does like his new food! We'll let Sephie finish out our Felidae (which, at the rate she eats, will probably take ten years), then we'll switch her over to the UT-friendly stuff as well. She also seems to like it. Either that, or we'll give the Felidae to my sister, who has two kitties of her own.

He also hasn't been having any litter box trouble since we got home, which is a big relief for us all =)
Who am I?canissum on December 15th, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
Wow. Poor Rochester. It's like he's grown up. I hope he starts feeling better soon.
Miusherimiusheri on December 15th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
Well, Rochester hasn't been having any difficulty since we got home from the vet, so I take that as a good sign! The only thing at which he's taken umbrage is his dose of antibiotics, but that's hardly unexpected.

I will be sure to cuddle him on your behalf. I hope Pandora's doing well!
Who am I?canissum on December 17th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Pandora is trembly as always. With out Moses and Leah she's *such* the lap kitty. She's even started to brave my lap while I'm sitting at the computer.