Right, we are declaring war on our cat’s stress levels! Tinks has recently been more stressed in general, starting with a local male cat coming into the area inside the house by the back door. I’ve seen it in there once, but this and all the other cats which come through the garden are obviously making her stressed. She has been spraying a bit in the house and not been herself.
We’ve also been doing some decoration recently and have got two new armchairs, so a few things have been changed. She just came back from the vet with a diagnosis of cystitis, so the vet gave her some pain relief and we are starting up again with the cat pheromones.
There are also a few other things we’ll be doing…
– To stop or hinder the movement of other cats, I will build a fence across gap between shed and fence at the bottom of the garden. Claire’s Dad will also build us a new side gate as a combined Christmas present, which will hopefully help at the other end of the garden.
– The treatments, new sleeping basket thing from vet, a new chip operated cat flap (£80!), which our neighbour has also gone for. This will stop the cat(s) coming in.
– Tinks also likes the fire and last winter was always lying in front of it stretched out, so hopefully the more frequent use of it will help.
Claire ordered a tester bag of vegan cat food for Tinks!
She seems to really like it so we might go for that! We’re trying the vegan sort because we’re trying to all be more sustainable in what we do, including being vegetarian. There’s no reason why Tinks can’t do the same. Less meat consumption is healthier and means less impact on the planet and its people (but obviously also less on the animals!).
Ok, the cat (Tinks, AKA Tinker or Tinkerbell), has been to the vets twice in the last two days – another £100 but we’ve come out with loads of drugs for her and hopefully she’ll be back to health soon!?
I’m not convinced about over-medication for people and also not for animals. We’ve even now got a feline facial pheromone air disperser thing, which releases artificial cat scent to reduce her stress levels! Bloody hell.
But, when Claire took her to the vets today, she was diagnosed with cystitis again, probably stress-induced. So, it’s back on the meds, but hopefully she’ll be able to get out of the house this weekend, which will reduce her stress levels a bit.
So, there’s also the worm and parasites treatment and a steroid shot + the last inoculation.
Ok, Tinkerbell has had her first visit to the vets!
She was obviously having a few problems and was very unsettled for the first few days here. She was going in and out of her litter tray and not really doing anything + leaking a bit and just not seeming very with it (very technical diagnosis).
Anyway, Claire thought it could be some kind of urine infection so we drove over to a vets which our colleague at work uses. It was a 7:15pm appointment but they only charged day rates. Jac fell asleep in the car so I stayed in there with him surfing the net on my mobile while Claire and Jamie went in with Tinks!
The vet was apparently very good and identified that Tinks had a slight gum infection plus that she was more like 10 months old, not the 12 that we were told. This was because her bottom teeth hadn’t developed fully. So, her birthday is now officially 1st November!
The vet diagnosed the main issue as stress-induced cystitis, so i’m thinking a combination of being at the rescue shelter + moving here + having the boys being very excited around her has led to the condition. Jac is very excited about her and all his chasing and shouting at her must be bloody annoying! : )
She had a steroid injection and is now on a course of Cystaid which will relieve the symptoms of the cystitis. We came out with a £50 bill, but this will hopefully be covered under the pet insurance. Just aware that with things fairly tight right now, this plus all the other costs are mounting up! With the insurance and food, it’s roughly £50 per month. Theoretically, we should have more than that spare each month, so it should be alright.
Today we’ve seen a big improvement in her and she’s been chilling out at the top of the stairs and being much more relaxed around us + purring a lot and licking me! The vet also said keep her in for 3 weeks, particularly until the treatment and shots have finished.