Thursday, October 18, 2007


Queen of Halloween here....

Suki is now back from the vet clinic and is definitely happier! Her first response to being home was to run to the food dish! I guess animal hospitals have terrible food also!

Why is it that food that's supposed to be good for you...doesn't taste good?

Anyways...Suki was diagnosed with a urinary infection and was given medicine to help cure it. Thankfully I took her in when I did because things could have gotten worse!

Trying to find a natural cure for urinary problems in humans is bad enough...we can help ours by taking mega doses of cranberry juice...etc. I don't think Suki would have like drinking cranberries?

The blood work came back, verifying the vet's diagnosis and added that her levels of sodium was fairly high! The change in her diet is also a low sodium I did good that way but I now figure the enemy can possibly be Dodge's drinking water!

The cats had stopped drinking out of their water dish, which consisted of a water bottle attached to a bowl, so I started using another bowl placed further away from their food source and they liked that better. This meant me replacing the water constantly but it also gave them fresh water each time and I cleaned it out more often! I had left the bottle system sit there [too lazy] intending to try it again when I noticed that the remaining water had dried up leaving a white grainy was salty [no...I didn't taste it]! I have found this in some glasses at work that had gone unnoticed and this I indeed was salty!

So what does one do now? I absolutely hate our bottled water made here in town...too metallic tasting and it is made by using the town water! Have they removed the sodium? There are a few other bottled water manufacturers that I don't mind but are costly in the long run and can you trust how much is REALLY in them?

What can one do to remove the sodium from our water source without boiling the minerals out of it? Hopefully I can figure that one out?

Suki will now have to take medicine for a week and then have to be urine tested again to see if the medicine took? The vet said that I should take a urine sample and bring it in...this way stress won't be added to Suki. My question does one take a sample from a cat? I don't think she'll want to pee in a cup? The vet suggested I put a plastic bag over her litter box and she will pee on it and I can eye dropper it from there???? Can't see her doing that either! Other problem to solve...anyone out there with a suggestion or answer?

I guess I have a week to figure that one out?

All in all...I had a good nights rest last night, as Suki is no longer laying on my face or complaining! Seems the hospital threat is still in her mind!

Medicine taking this morning was okay for the first half of the dose but the second half made her quite mad at me...hopefully she will have forgotten in 12 hrs before I have to give her any more?

Suki will be back soon, reporting on her "take" of the upsetting time in the hospital...


Jackson said...

Hey Suki, glad to hear you're doing ok, pal. I'm afraid I can't offer any tips on collecting urine samples from a cat, being a dog and all. J x

Blue said...

Golly gosh! I'm in your comments @ long last..

Am so sorry you've been poorly. I have been thinking of you - just couldn't let you know.

Am relieved to see your doing well now - sure mummy QoH is much relieved.

Gentle strokes & pets

PS - have given you sweet Halloween award to help you feel better!

Radcliff, Allie, Luna & Ozzie said...

To Suki's Meowmie. If you still need to try to collect a urine sample, you might could try emptying the litter box and putting some packing peanuts or something similar in there.

A vet suggested that to The Food Source one time trying to get a sample from Luna. It didn't work for us, but Suki might be more cooperative. Or not.

For whatever it might help.

Mo said...

For the bottled water - does your grocery store have one of those places where you bring in your gallon jugs and fill it up?
Most of those sites are reverse-osmosis filtered, which gets the gunk out but leaves fresh water. And it's cheaper than any other bottled water we've found.
If you do buy pre=bottled water, try to get one from a spring source.

TT said...

Purrs and headbutts Suki.

Not too longs ago I had a UTI and didn'ts feel good either. I took yucky medicine for a gazillion days and felt better after wards. I was very sleepy while I was takings the medicines and for a few days afters I finished it. I hopes you feel betters soon.