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04 April 2008 @ 08:37 pm
I sort of fail at Kitty-Mom.  
So. When I cook with oil, I drain the remainder into a can. Once the oil has come to room temp, I place it in the freezer. It hardens quickly and allows me to use the same can for multiple batches. Once the can is full, I toss it. Simple, right?

Nope. Not when you have a one-eyed kitten who is decidedly keen on all things People Food. This afternoon, Esme slurped up a substantial of chicken-infused cooking oil. It was smeared over her chin and chest, and while she happily licked her paws for the next several hours, I figured that was the worst of it. That’s because I’m a bit of an idiot. I’m sure you’re all waaay ahead of me here. A few hours after her illicit feast, Esme began having gastrointestinal issues. Explosive issues. She made it to the litterbox, so Good Kitty! points there. The explosiveness, however, rendered the fur on the entire back half of her body... icky. Very, very icky.

Cut to the bathroom: just me, Esme, and a bottle of kitty shampoo. Her cries were piteous, my efforts to clean her even more so. Poor wee kitty was so good: as upset and unhappy as she was (bloated belly, inflamed posterior, soaked fur) she never turned on me. Sure, she scrabbled at the edge of the tub in a manner both ineffectual and not a little bit hilarious, but she never turned her claws on me. In fact, when I’d rinsed her and wrapped her in a towel to sop up her dripping coat, she snuggled into me and started purring. “Momheymom! You won’t believe what happened to me! Momheymomheymom help! iloveyoupurrrrr

Alas, when her coat fully dried, I saw that I’d missed a lot of the oil. Another bath is in the works for Sunday (this time, though, I’m enlisting Don’s help). In the meanwhile, I’ve placed hand towels in all the places she likes to curl up. I’m adding supplements to her food to counter some of the effects of the Magical Exploding Poo. She’s still mad playful and adorable and - oh, yes - distressingly stinky.
I feel: nauseated::sighhhh::
Aifacat: Remy. On. Crack.aifacat on April 5th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
Oy! Poor kitty!

Er, at least her coat will be nice and shiny now?
Kel: pounce!ladyjoust on April 5th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
Eventually, I suppose. We just have to wait for the bloated tummy/explosive poo/clingy oily hindquarter ick phase to pass. And another bonus: her intestinal tract will be delightfully cleansed.
Kat: omfg!evegryffindor on April 5th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
Poor little baby!!

(That is in reference to the kitty and her mommy, btw.)
Mirandamirmie on April 5th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
>So. When I cook with oil, I drain the remainder into a can. Once the oil has come to room temp, I place it in the freezer. It hardens quickly and allows me to use the same can for multiple batches. Once the can is full, I toss it.<


Also, poor you/kitty :(.
Blaidd Drwgfairyrune on April 5th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
You are not a bad kitty mommy, you just have a very troublesome kitty. I feel your pain; my doggie got into EVERYTHING from the time she was big enough to reach things until about four or five years old.

Maybe Esme will learn to keep her nose out of people food now...but probably not.
mistress_kathmistress_kath on April 5th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
For the oil still in her fur, try a small amount of Dawn dish detergent...it's what the animal rescue people use for wildlife that's been caught in oil spills. And we've used it on Tigger, who has medical issues of the icky sort.

Small amount in a plastic container of warm water and mix it with your hand so you don't get tons of suds, then pour the mix on her and rinse.
Kel: 52 Jillyladyjoust on April 6th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
We (the Crimson Pirates) were just talking about this yesterday! I gave it a go; she's still damp and unhappy so I can't yet see how well it's worked.
mothehappycowmothehappycow on April 6th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
Oh dear.
janelleofwarrenjanelleofwarren on April 6th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of when my Methos was a kitten. Folks I lived with cooked a turkey, put it on a cutting board, cut it and left it. The juices WAY overflowed the groove in the cutting board and started flowing onto the floor. We found 3 kittens under the stream of juices with mouths upturned...and incredibly greasy heads! I ended up wrapping Meethie in a towel and washing his head (with baby shampoo) under the bathroom tap. He looked so silly with the shrunken head effect on his fluffy body! Thankfully, he didn't have tummy troubles from it though.
Kel: kittykittyladyjoust on April 6th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, kitties! How hungry and how very foolish you are!

I think Esme's tummy upset is nearly done. Here's hoping!
Julietfair_juliet on April 7th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
That's some metabolism she's got there.