Under The Weather

UPDATE: 8:30am Wednesday – 

Kitty ate some food this morning. Her fever is down some as her ears aren’t hot to the touch like they were last night. She’s still not grooming which is really strange since she usually grooms all day long. She seems kinda stiff – maybe joint pain from her fever? She was in her office chair this morning and then switched to her windowsill. I put her red blanky there so she’ll be more comfortable. Her sinuses seem to be stopped up and she tries to drink water but keeps making this snorting sound like she can’t breathe through her nose and then she gives up trying to drink. So after Harland and I gave her her antibiotic this morning, which is administered orally with an eye-dropper, I gave her some water with it too. Maybe she’s got an upper respiratory infection? She’s been sneezing for the last week or so, not frequently, but enough to notice since she usually doesn’t sneeze at all. Harland’s going to call the vet to talk about her. Hopefully she’s on the mend.

Thank you for all your kind wishes and prayers. We (Kitty too!) appreciate them!



Tuesday evening:

Kitty’s not feeling so well.


“I feel like crap.”

“I know dear. I’m sorry.”

This morning, Kitty was not in bed with us like she normally is. We found her in the office curled up in a chair with 2 large piles of vomit on the floor nearby. Kitty never barfs, except in case of hairballs.

We hoped it was just something she ate, but as we busied ourselves getting ready for work, she remained in the chair, uninterested in our movements.

Not like her at all.

So Harland took her to the vet first thing, and later I went to visit her on my lunch hour. The vet had examined her but could find nothing wrong except a fever.


When I arrived, Kitty was sitting wide-eyed in her carrier listening to an animal in the examination room yowling in protest.  Oh dear, I’m sure Kitty thinks the vets office is nothing more than a place where small animals are tortured. The vet had prescribed an oral antibiotic. I paid the bill and took Kitty home. Harland and I gave her a dose of her antibiotic. Then she ravenously dug into her food bowl like she hadn’t eaten in a month. I raced out the door and headed back to work hoping Kitty was on the mend.


But when I got home this evening, she was sitting in the windowsil.

It’s about 9pm now, and she’s still there. She still has a fever.  She has no interest in eating food –


or her nightly treat of warm milk.  When I gave her a kitty treat, she didn’t eat it but instead slowly reached out and pushed it off onto the floor.



It’s a little game of hers to push small objects off tables and desks just to watch them fall, and it’s the only bit of playfulness I’ve seen in her today.

She hasn’t groomed herself all day and she looks rather disheveled.


If she doesn’t feel better by tomorrow morning, she’s headed back to the vet.

Poor Kitty. We’re worried about her. We want our bouncy happy mischievous Kitty back.

But more importantly we want her to feel better.



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19 Responses

  1. Oh, I do hope its nothing serious!! Kitty, please get better soon, okay? Hugs and kisses.

  2. Alica says:

    I’m sorry kitty! Please, feel better soon!!

  3. Teresa says:

    I do hope she’s feeling better soon. Of course, it will take the antibiotics a bit of time to work.

  4. Tara says:

    Hope he dear girl feels better soon!

  5. Kathy S. says:

    Poor little kitty. I do hope she feels better tomorrow morning.

  6. Dianna says:

    Aw……sending happy thoughts for Kitty to feel better soon…. Please keep us posted. Hoping she’s much better today!!

  7. Jann-Marie says:

    Sorry to hear she’s not feeling well. In your first photo there’s a plant on the windowsill…lots of different house plants are very toxic to cats, as are also some outdoor plants. And cats like to nibble on greenery.
    They can also be allergic to household cleansers and talcum powder.
    Hoping she is better today.

  8. Laura says:

    Hoping she better today.

  9. I have really enjoyed reading all your posts and looking at all your photos — but especially the ones featuring Kitty. (Cats in general, and that name in particular, live in a big warm area of my heart.) I’m really sad at this turn of events. I hope she will continue to take her antibiotics and to recover quickly.

  10. Suzanne says:

    thank you everyone for your good wishes. Kitty is feeling a little better today (see my update above at the top of this blog post) 🙂

  11. Lorraine says:

    Sorry to hear she isn’t feeling well. Have you tried a product called Sips? It comes in a box from an animal food store. Doesn’t need to be refrigerated, only after opening. If she drinks some it will help hydrate her. It looks like she got into something or possibly a bite of some kind. Will she eat canned cat food?
    Good sign though, if she is pushing her treat on the floor and watching it fall she isn’t too bad off. I can see her in my minds eye, there is that treat let’s give it a push, turn head, yep there it goes! Human must now pick it up….
    Too cute. Please keep us posted.

  12. Lee Ann L. says:

    Poor Kitteh. I dislike it when one of our own gets sick; so, I know how you feel. I hope she feels better soon!

  13. Elizabeth says:

    I feel like if you didn’t own Kitty than I would! I read your update and I’m happy she’s feeling better. She’s a beautiful cat 🙂

  14. Becca says:

    Get well soon Kitty.
    You guys take care…..
    Florida hugs,

    ps–impacted bowels???

  15. Vivian says:

    I know you don’t let her outside much, but could she have picked up something from the barn cats? Bless you Kitty – get well soon.

  16. Lynne says:

    Praying for your sweet Kitty. Hope to read good news soon.

  17. Tina says:

    If you just take one look at her face you can tell she feels like crap. By the way cats don’t groom when they are sick or caged. Although some will over groom to the point of bald patches. You are doing all you can do for the poor dear. Hope she feels better soon. The product that Lorraine suggested called Sipps sounds like a winner.Keep us posted, please.

  18. Patti says:

    Feel better Kitty, I love reading about her and hope she is better soon. I have two cats so I know exactly how you feel.

  19. MaggieMae says:

    Sending kisses and hugs to Kitty. I love reading about her along with her photos.

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