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04 January 2008 @ 07:26 pm
I'd hoped that my first entry of the year would be positive and shiny and full of hope and ponies*. Not so much. Why, you may ask? Two words: Sick kitties

At first I thought it was stress-related. After all, I did just bring a very springy little kitten into their pillowish lives. The adult cats, and I include Zinda in this, have been sluggish, sleeping far more than is usual. I figured it was depression. That, or a desperate attempt to hide from kitten-y acrobatics. Then *duh duh DAAAAHHHH!* they went off their food. Not entirely, mind, but they haven't been their kibble-vacuum-cleaner selves. Just over a day ago, Jilly and Isabeau, my older girls, started with the snuffling and rumbly-breathing. Isabeau's meow was muted and rusty. I feared I was reading too much into their odd noises, but last night Isabeau gagged repeatedly, as if she was going to be ill. She didn't expel anything, though, and I will admit that I was selfishly glad of that; she was sleeping in one of my bureau drawers at the time.

That tipped me out of "Mmm. Curious," straight into, "WTBEJEZEEUS?! Also? I am a terrible kitty mother." Since Isabeau seemed the more dramatically uncomfortable of the two, she was the lucky winner of a Trip to the Vet! I tried delivering the news with as many exclamation points as possible. She was unmoved by my feigned excitement. The diagnosis was pretty much what I expected: upper respiratory infection. Dr. Awesome!Vet** broke it all down for me, as he will do, and generally made me a feel like less of an alarmist dork. As for Isabeau, she got a shot of something*** to make her feel a bit better and bring her fever down (oh, the indignity of the Taking of the Temperature!). Dr. A!V advised I give Jilly a dose of children's aspirin for her own fever; she's so unhappy right now, I think I'll do that. I also have ten days' worth of amoxicillin for both of them to fight any secondary infection. Ooo! and a pill shooter. Sweeeeet.

I'm watching the other girls for symptoms. Zee grumbled earlier, and Esme sneezed. I immediately crouched by each one in turn, skritching them and checking their noses and eyes and praising their bravery and beauty, which - come to think of it - they'd seen me doing with J & I. Hmmm. I may have been played.

As I'm typing this, Isabeau is curled up in my lap, purring and breathing a damned sight easier. Damn... spoke too soon. She's coughing again, a phlegmy rattle. Poor pumpkin. Poor Jilly, too. I hate seeing them so unhappy and uncomfortable and unwell.

*Mind, I'm fairly well stocked up with positive and shiny and hope; I expect ponies within the next few weeks. Yes, tomincloset?

**Let me just say the Dr. A!V continues awesome. And he's quitting smoking, so send vibes of steadfastness and YAY! his way, if you are so inclined, especially since a large part of the reason he's quitting is because he has two daughters who are getting out of toddlerhood, and he doesn't want them to know him as a smoker. Since I quit smoking in large part so that kids wouldn't smell stale smoke on Maid Marian, I totally get that. Yep; the 'A' in Dr. A!V still stands for Adorable, too.

***Dexamethasone, in case anyone was curious. It helped her a LOT. It's a 'band aid,' as Dr. A!V says, but it allowed her to get some untroubled sleep, and eat a drink a bit easier. Still, the aspirin will do Jilly for several days, so I think I'm going to do that for her instead of the shot. Right? I mean, what do YOU all think?
I feel: anxiousanxious
Gloryforestofglory on January 5th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
*healthy vibes for your kitties*
Cattomincloset on January 5th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
YES!! PONIES!! I haven't seen my horse in friggin WEEKS!!
BTW, are you aware that the boys have MySpaces now?
Call me for ponies!
Juliet: kitty mischeviousfair_juliet on January 5th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Well done, Dr. Mom