The Bubba Saga continues.
There was a flea issue. I had applied Revolution to each cat. But the vet found fleas on Bubba two weeks out from his most recent dose, so now each cat wears a Seresto collar, and even after that there were fleas, so I gave each a dose of Capstar . I’m also treating the house by vacuuming, rubbing diatomaceous earth in the upholstery and sprinkling it in the carpet. This seems to be working, but I still found a flea on Yella Thursday and one on Bubba today so more Capstar will be administered.
A one week follow-up visit after Bubba’s dental surgery found he was healing up. But we were back at the vet yesterday and the vet noticed a lesion in his mouth. We’re gonna give it a couple weeks to heal on its own, but if it doesn’t, she’ll have to do another surgery to fix it. The thought of two surgeries back to back frightens me. And I can’t help but think that after all the work he and I have put into getting him healthy, this doing him in would be so horrible.
I talked to the vet about Bubba’s hiding behavior and why I believe it’s related to his arthritis. I decided to try Adequan again to see if it helps. I’m giving Bubba a shot every 4 days for 8 doses followed by one dose every 3-4 weeks. We’re 4 doses out and he’s already shown signs of feeling better. He’s not hiding or shrinking in fear from the other cats.
Then there’s the issue of his eating. I’ve tried a variety of foods but the only thing he wants to eat is tuna. I’ve given him cat food first whenever I fed him, and he’d eat a minimal amount, but soon he was back meowing at me to eat. I’d try the cat food again and he’d refuse to eat it, but if I gave him the tuna he’d gobble it up. He’ll eat a whole can in the span of one day.
That’s why were were back at the vet yesterday. He has to eat, so I don’t want to not feed him tuna, but tuna isn’t the best nutritional choice for a cat. The vet suggested I try mixing tuna in cat food, and if that doesn’t work, give him the tuna. She agreed with me that his eating tuna was better than his not eating at all. So far today he’s eaten more tuna than cat food, but at least he’s eating some cat food.
The other cats are doing ok, for the most part. The gang and I have a new nighttime ritual where they each find a spot near me and lie with me until I go to sleep. It’s comforting and relaxing. I feel we are each becoming closer as my time is divided between fewer furry family members.
As for me, I am feeling forlorn. My job search is going nowhere. Working two jobs makes a body real tired real fast. I’m looking around to move to a place where the rent is lower, but the thought of moving right now is daunting. It’s also not easy because apparently this is an area where corporate rental agencies bought up a shitload of houses, resulting in a huge increase in rental rates. But I need to live in a cheaper place so move I must, even if it means moving to a different town. I’m thinking of moving back to Murfreesboro. It’s a college town so I can find a cheaper place, and there’s plenty of places to apply for a part-time job, even though I will compete with younger candidates.
But not today. Today is the first day I’ve had the whole day off in over a month, and I’m enjoying doing nothing. No mowing. No cleaning. I’m lying in bed with my babies and playing computer games.